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Current and Past AWA Presidents

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Current President
Jenna McDonald Nichols

Jenna Hoffman McDonald Nichols is a native Memphian and third generation lawyer. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. While at Ole Miss, Mrs. Nichols was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. In 2014, Mrs. Nichols earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. While in law school, she served as a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Public Action Law Society, and she was recognized with the Dean’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award in 2012. Mrs. Nichols also served in the University of Memphis Child & Family Litigation Clinic, where she was appointed as Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of children in juvenile dependency and neglect proceedings.


Mrs. Nichols’ law practice currently covers the areas of divorce and separation, child custody, child support, juvenile law, paternity/parentage, and adoption. Mrs. Nichols is also specially trained in collaborate divorce and she is a strong advocate for mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.


Jenna McDonald Nichols is an Associate Attorney with Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C.

2020     Megan Lane

2019     Laura Deakins

2018     Eileen Kuo

2017     Diana Comes

2016     Lisa Gill

2015     Keating Lowery

2014     Mary Morgan Whitfield 

2013     Frances M. Riley

2012     Emily Taube

2011     Lucie Brackin

2010     Michele Howard Flynn

2009     Jennifer Hagerman

2008     Shari Myers

2007     Laurie L. Christensen

2006     The Honorable Kay S. Robilio

2005     Mary McGinnis

2004     Amy M. Pepke

2003     Karen Hall

2002     Sara Falkingham Maxwell

2001     Jackie Prester

2000     Barbara Zoccola

1999     Susan Clark

1998     Valerie Johnson

1997     Patricia Horton

1996     Mary Arnov

1995     Rebecca Baggett

1994     Kathy Story

1993     The Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons

1992     Denise McCrary

1991     The Honorable Bernice B. Donald

1990     Ellen Vergos

1989     Gail Mathes

1988     Shelia Cunningham

1987     Faye Austin

1985     Alayne Adams

1984     Alayne Adams

1983     Kathleen  Norfleet

1982     Bonnie Ragland

1981     Bonnie Ragland

1980     Gail Mathes

1979     Gail Mathes

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