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VOL. 44 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 3, 2020

TN Supreme Court picks Radice for commission

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Joy Radice has been appointed to serve on the Access to Justice Commission.

Radice, one of three new members who will join the commission beginning April 1, is a professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law. She was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

As a professor and director of clinical programs at the College of Law, Radice specializes in access to justice, criminal law and procedural law.

She has dedicated her legal career to serving those who cannot afford legal representation including facilitating the first multicounty expungement clinic in the 10th Judicial District in 2018. Through the event and others like it, Radice recruits law students to gain hands-on experience working with clients. She has been instrumental in introducing law students to pro bono opportunities.

Other appointees to the commission are Monty Burks and Amber D. Floyd. Burks serves as the director of faith-based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services while Floyd is the senior assistant city attorney in Memphis.

Gail Ashworth, chair of the Access to Justice Commission, says she believes the new commission members are talented and dedicated and looks forward to their contributions to the commission.

“They each have helped the commission in successful projects and programs and I know they will bring the same level of enthusiasm to their new roles,” Ashworth says.

Campbell wins Mitchell Scholarship

Natalie Campbell, a senior and student body president at the University of Tennessee, has been selected for a Mitchell Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards in the country.

Campbell, from Farragut, is the first UT student to be named a Mitchell Scholar and one of only 12 members of the George J. Mitchell Scholar Class of 2021, having been chosen in a highly rigorous national selection process.

Mitchell Scholars are awarded a year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. As a Mitchell Scholar, Campbell will pursue a master’s degree in inclusion and special educational needs at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

“We are thrilled to have our first Mitchell Scholar at UT, and even more pleased that the recipient of this prestigious honor is Natalie Campbell,” says UT Chancellor Donde Plowman. “She is a proven leader on campus and in the greater community, and is committed to helping those around her. We’ve always known that UT students are extraordinary, and it’s wonderful to see them receive international honors. Their success is also a testament to our university’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate scholarship, research, and engagement.”

Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, adds: “To have a Mitchell Scholar is a tremendous honor for UT, so it’s fitting that our first Mitchell is Natalie Campbell, who’s made countless leadership contributions to this university and to the disability community in Tennessee. She just has this extraordinary will to instigate important change. I couldn’t be happier for Natalie—she’s absolutely earned this award.”

Campbell has been active in UT’s Student Government Association since her freshman year. Last spring, she was honored with an award for extraordinary campus leadership and service at the 2019 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet.

“I am incredibly grateful to my family, who inspire me and were my first educators in advocacy, as well as my professors, advisors and friends at UT, who have provided wise counsel and extraordinary experiences that have made my success possible,’’ Campbell says.

ORNL researchers named to SAE as fellows

Mike Kass and Jim Parks have been named Society of Automobile Engineers fellows.

They are transportation researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Kass, who works in the Energy & Transportation Science Division’s Fuels and Engines Research group, was recognized for his distinguished leadership and technical accomplishments in land, air and sea mobility leading to the creation of an unmanned aerial vehicle committee in SAE and establishing a unique marine fuels and lubricants research platform.

Parks, leader of ETSD’s Emissions and Catalysis Research group, was recognized for his technical innovation in catalyst systems for lean engine emissions control and for the development and application of advanced diagnostics to enable optimal performance of engine-emission control systems.

The fellows will be recognized at SAE World Congress in April.

In other ORNL news, Jeremy Busby, director of the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, has been elected fellow of the American Nuclear Society for his contributions to developing materials for nuclear energy systems.

The ANS cited Busby’s work to better understand materials performance and improve materials for numerous nuclear energy systems, including space reactors, fusion reactors, advanced fast reactors and light water reactors.

Busby has more than two decades of experience in research and development in nuclear engineering.

The ANS previously presented Busby with the Landis Young Member Achievement award in 2006, and in 2007 he received the ORNL Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment for his research leadership around high-performance cast stainless steels, a critical part of the ITER project.

Busby received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering in 2010 for the high-performance cast stainless steels effort and for mentoring students as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Michigan. In 2011, he received a Secretary of Energy Achievement Award for contributions to DOE’s response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan.

5 Vols earn awards for volunteer service

Five University of Tennessee students graduated in December with more than 225 hours each of community service, earning the gold service medallion awarded by the Jones Center for Leadership and Service.

The students who earned the gold medallions are:

April Damron, from Chattanooga, a public relations major with a business minor

Sumain Hemani, from Memphis, a kinesiology major with a Hispanic studies minor

Peyton Jones, from Lebanon, Indiana, a hotel, restaurant and tourism major

Caroline Leonard, from Bristol, Tennessee, a kinesiology major

Margaret Newman, from Brentwood, a double major in psychology and Spanish with a pre-veterinary focus

Kramer Rayson adds Morrow as partner

Brandon L. Morrow has been named a partner at Kramer Rayson LLP.

He represents businesses, educational institutions, and colleges and universities in employment, constitutional and civil rights matters.

Morrow holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Tennessee and a juris doctorate from the UT College of Law.

He has been elected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” (2016 - 2019) and ranked by CityView Magazine as a Top Attorney in business litigation, constitutional law/civil rights and labor and employment law (2019).

He has litigated trade secret and non-compete issues, and defended employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies against a variety of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. He also works closely with partners in the firm’s traditional labor practice group on labor regulations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Management Solutions picks Browder

Sherry Browder has been chosen as president of the Government Services sector for Management Solutions, headquartered in Knoxville.

She joins Management Solutions from URS/CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), where she was reindustrialization manager. She has more than 30 years of leadership and project management experience in engineering, environmental restoration and compliance, and has worked with multiple state and federal agencies including the DOE, DOD, DHS, EPA and NASA.

She will play a key role in leading the Government Services sector as it continues to grow its market position and expand the services offered to new and existing customers.

“The appointment of a seasoned veteran like Sherry Browder to the Management Solutions team demonstrates our ambition and drive to grow our business in the government sector,” says Misty Mayes, Management founder. “Her leadership and business development acumen are unrivaled, and her arrival is a significant step in the evolution of the company.”

Mayes will assume the position of chief executive officer and will focus on growing the company’s commercial services sector and rapidly expanding consulting practices.

“The experience of working at UCOR alongside some incredible professionals has truly been formative in my career, but this opportunity to lead Management Solutions’ Government Services sector was simply too big to pass up,” Browder says. “The company has achieved remarkable growth under Misty Mayes’ leadership, and her vision for where we can take the business is completely compelling. I’m excited to get this chance to work with the amazing Management Solutions team as we enter a period of sustained and dynamic growth.”

Construction Solutions is a new division that will be led by Sam Mayes, PE, PMP, a 30-year civil engineering veteran, and formerly CFO and vice president of Client Services Management Solutions.

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