Nashville Bar Foundation picks leadership forum attorneys

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The Nashville Bar Foundation has selected 25 local attorneys to participate in the 2017-18 Leadership Forum program, a nine-month professional development group.

The leadership program, which begins its fourth year next month, is intended for lawyers with between three and eight years of experience, according to a release. The program "encourages diversity in the practice of law" and helps attorneys with diverse backgrounds build relationships with each other.

The group will meet monthly from September through May 2018.

Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum 2017-18 class:

• Kristi Wilcox Arth (Bradley)
• Tayo Atanda (Bone McAllester Norton)
• Bahar Azhdari (Brookdale Senior Living)
• Paige I. Bernick (Cornelius & Collins)
• Jamaal Boykin (Manson Johnson Conner)
• Brad W. Craig (Lewis Thomason)
• Beau C. Creson (Butler Snow)
• Lauren Curry (Sherrard Roe Voight & Harbison)
• Alex S. Fisher (Frost Brown Todd)
• Kaitlin E. Harvie (Bass Berry & Sims)
• Cherrelle Hooper (Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance)
• Andrew Kaufman (Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein)
• Peter Malanchuk (Community Health Systems)
• Michele T. Marsicano (Wiseman Ashworth Law Group)
• Aisha McWeay (Metro Public Defender's Office)
• Jennifer Moreno (Metro Government)
• P. Danielle Nellis (District Attorney's Office)
• Jeremy Oliver (Waller)
• Mallory Ricci (Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete)
• Brook Schiferle (Tennessee Attorney General's Office)
• Bruce Shanks, Jr. (Ernst & Young)
• George D. Spanos (Rogers, Kamm & Shea)
• Malaka Watson (HealthTrust)
• Zachary Wiley (Morgan & Morgan)
• John Wilks (Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard)

"We are so excited to have such a great group of new and diverse leaders in the profession and our community as members of the NBF Leadership Forum," NBF President Gail Ashworth said in the release. "The tradition of providing participants with a unique view of leadership opportunities and developments in Nashville and the strong mentoring program is something we are all proud to be a part of as the Leadership Forum program enters its fourth year."