Legal Aid Society adds Swiney as tech director

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and The Cumberlands has hired Paul Swiney as its first director of technology.

Swiney, who brings 25 years of IT experience to Legal Aid Society, most recently served as a technology consultant for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and as an independent contractor, according to a release.

Prior to that, Swiney (pictured) spent more than two decades with KPMG LLP. As manager of forensic technology, Swiney worked closely with the Office of General Counsel, managing KPMG’s eDiscovery project and data collection activities. He also served as associate director for IT in-office support with the company.

“The legal industry is increasingly reliant on technology to connect lawyers with clients and collect essential case information,” Gary Housepian, Legal Aid Society executive director, said in the release. “Paul brings an extraordinary technical background and skill set, and his experience in the non-profit sector will serve us well. We feel fortunate to have found such a great fit.”

Swiney will be based out of Legal Aid Society’s Nashville office and service all eight of the entity's offices across the region. LAS bills itself as Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm.

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Ortale Kelley adds two associates

Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford announced today it has added Rachel C. Hogan and Kobina P. Ankumah as associates.

According to a release, Hogan’s practice will focus on civil litigation, insurance defense and coverage, and medical malpractice. Ankumah’s will focus his practice on commercial transactions, medical malpractice and insurance defense and coverage.

Hogan received her Juris Doctor degree from Belmont University School of Law where she graduated cum laude and was a member of the Belmont Law Review and the BU Board of Advocates. Hogan also participated in Belmont’s Mock Trial program, where here team placed in the top 10 in a national competition.

In addition, Hogan is a 2012 graduate of Lipscomb University, having received a B.A. degree in journalism, summa cum laude.

Ankumah received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served as the ombudsman for the university’s honor council. He also served as a senior editor for the Journal of the Legal Profession, and was a recipient of the Arthur Davis Shores Scholarship.

In addition, Ankumah is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, having received a B.A. degree in public policy studies.

“We believe that both Rachel and Kobina possess the skills to provide exceptional legal services for our clients and that they will be a valuable addition to the Nashville legal community as a whole,” Richard Sebastian, the firm’s managing partner, said in the release. “The firm looks forward to working with our new associates and developing them into outstanding attorneys.”

With the addition of Ankumah and Hogan, Ortale Kelley now has 24 attorneys in its downtown Nashville office.

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