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“The withdrawal of the Legal Services Corporation funding would be a crippling blow to our access to justice community at a time when need for their services has never been greater,” writes TBA President Jason Long in the June Tennessee Bar Journal. Long speaks out for the LSC in the face of proposed a budget that would obliterate it, asking lawyers to contact their representatives. Also read about how more than 300 years ago when pirates terrorized the Caribbean it appeared to be a free-for-all on the high seas. But there was a certain form of democracy being carried out among them, as the pirates operated their own form of the Rule of Law, which is detailed in this month’s Journal. Look into what happens within the criminal justice system in Tennessee when a person cannot pay their fines, in the feature “Sentenced to Debt.” Columns include family law, torts and humor.

Committees, Task Forces

The Tennessee Bar Journal usually keeps just to the facts, but this summer the publication will publish some outright lies — or what some call fiction. The winning entry of the First Annual Tennessee Bar Journal Fiction Contest will appear in the August issue. The magazine's Editorial Board announces the competition with the purpose of celebrating and encouraging lawyers' creative sides and to provide an outlet for lawyer-writers as they seek to illuminate the law and the lives of lawyers through fiction. The original work should touch on something law-related, no matter how slight. The deadline is May 31, so get to work!

The TBA Public Education Committee has updated The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors. The Handbook contains practical information on a wide range of topics, including issues such as applying for Social Security benefits, long-term care considerations and estate planning, as well as completely new sections addressing online security and new health care legislation. 

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The 15th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available. TBA Family Law Section members can download the book free from the section's resource page after logging in. Others can purchase a loose-leaf printed version of this publication for $40 per book ($50 in a 3-ring binder) from the online TBA Bookstore or by contacting the TBA at (615) 383-7421. The book, which includes published and unpublished cases from Aug. 8, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2016, is compiled by the section's Alimony Committee under direction of its chair, Amy Amundsen.



Take a break from the ordinary and join your colleagues from across Tennessee at the 2017 TBA Annual Convention in Kingsport. Enjoy family fun activities, compelling programs that tie together local history and the law, and sessions designed to help both you and your practice thrive. It all takes place at the beautiful Meadowview...

In town for Nashville's Country Music Festival? Need an hour or more of CLE? The Tennessee Bar Association will offer convenient and flexible CLE on June 8-10, 2017. Programs will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Take as many or as few hours as you need.

Topics address:

  • Criminal law
  • Transactional practice
  • Writing skills
  • Child welfare...

Don't worry. It's not a rehash of Legal Writing from law school. Rather, we'll take a look at some key "big picture" approaches to writing that many practitioners - whether litigators or transactional attorneys - may lose sight of. Similar to the ever-popular Minecraft videogame, we will create and build from the bottom up. You will learn the right building blocks and...

With this long weekend ahead of you, it's a good time to whip out that fiction piece you've been pondering so you can send it to the Tennessee Bar Journal's...

A recent survey of nearly 400 managing partners and chairs nationwide suggests that changes in the legal market are continuing to affect performance,...

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