Chambliss Law Firm Honors UTC Students

Stophel Scholars Program Connects Students With Business Leaders

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chambliss law firm honored the 2013-2014 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students at its annual Stophel Scholars reception on Tuesday at the Chambliss Conference Center, Liberty Tower. The reception offered the 10 award recipients, eight undergraduates and two graduate students, the opportunity to meet and engage with members of Chattanooga’s business community.

“We are humbled to be able to honor these hard working, devoted students with recognition and introductions to some of our area’s most engaged business leaders,” said Tony Young, firm administrator of Chambliss. 

The Stophel Scholars program, now in its sixth year, aims to foster local talent and encourage promising students to build long-lasting mentor relationships with Chattanooga professionals. The John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award recognizes high potential students in the UTC College of Business who are emerging leaders. Award recipients are chosen based on strong leadership skills, self-motivating initiative, strong decision-making skills and communication skills.

This year’s recipients include: Bradley Bell, Marketing, Knoxville; Kayla DeLong, Accounting, Maryville, Tenn.; Kelsey Giddens, Management, Franklin, Tenn.; Saasha Jones, MBA, Chattanooga; Scott Kramer, Accounting, Chicago, Ill.; Sydney Lamb, Accounting, Tullahoma, Tenn.; Kate Linehart, Accounting, Signal Mountain; Erin Mercer, Marketing, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Lynna Nguyen, Accounting and Finance, Chattanooga; and James Walpert, MBA. 

“UTC is proud of these young men and women and appreciates the commitment Chambliss has made, through the John C. Stophel Award, to recognize some of our outstanding business students,” said Dr. Robert Dooley, dean of UTC’s College of Business. “This networking event gave the students a chance to talk with potential mentors and future employers.”

Chambliss law firm established an endowment at UTC in 2008 to honor the legacy of Mr. Stophel, a founding member of the firm. He practiced law for more than 50 years, and during his career led numerous civic, charitable and religious efforts in the community. He served as chairman of the University of Chattanooga Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001-2004.

To learn more about the John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award visit http://www.utc.edu/college-business/student-services/stophel-awards/.

Tennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Standard Of Appellate Review

The Tennessee Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, clarified the standard of appellate review for a trial court’s decision regarding judicial diversion. When a case is appealed, the court must determine what standard of review applies. In this case, the defendant argued that the Court of Criminal Appeals used the wrong standard when reviewing the trial court’s decision ... (click for more)

Special Supreme Court Denies Hooker's Petition To Rehear

The Tennessee Special Supreme Court has issued an order denying John Jay Hooker’s Petition to Rehear the case in which he challenged the constitutionality of the state’s judicial selection process. Mr. Hooker filed the petition with the Court March 27, seeking a rehearing on the issue of the constitutionality of the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) under the Tennessee ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)