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This month the Journal takes an inside look at the Tennessee Supreme Court, by a former staff attorney of 20 years. It’s not an exposé, but a guide to help you know how to better interact with the state’s highest court. Read about the good work through restorative justice that Tennessee Youth Courts are doing, as well as who the CASA Volunteer of the Year is. In his column about how different generations communicate, President Jonathan Steen explains why sending a text late at night to a senior partner may not be the best mode of communication. As we continue to celebrate the Journal’s 50th Birthday all year long, take a look at this feature that's all about the cover photos used and how they were created. Columnists cover IRA beneficiaries and creditor protection, how banking works for legal marijuana sales, and even Justice Ginsburg’s recent “nap” before the president’s speech.

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

Attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and medical technology company Medtronic were honored this past Saturday during the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) Gala in Nashville. Judge Bernice Donald from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit gave an inspiring keynote address at the program, which also featured comments from Chief Justice Sharon Lee, CCPBI Co-Chairs Andy Branham and Jim Barry and TBA President Jonathan Steen. Over the past nine years, CCPBI has raised nearly $500,000 to support pro bono activities across the state. See photos from the event, read more about the award recipients or learn more about the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative.

The TBA Public Education Committee has updated The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors for 2014. The updated 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

This year’s signature YLD public service project is a series of legal clinics across the state. As envisioned by YLD President Rachel Moses, clinics will be held during the first annual Access to Justice Week – the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area. See a complete list of events online.

The 13th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available from the TBA Family Law Section. Produced by the members of the section’s Alimony Committee, the book is available for purchase in a loose-leaf format for $40 or a three-ring binder for $50. To order the book, visit the TBA’s online bookstore or contact TBA at (615) 383-7421. Members of the Family Law Section can download the new edition at no charge by logging in to TBA.org and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.  

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced the eighth annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2014 or 2015. The competition is held in memory of one of the section's most outstanding founding members and has a cash prize pool of $1,200. It is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law. Entries are due May 1, 2015. The competition rules and announcement are available here in downloadable format.

Events

Calendar

The Environmental Show of the South is the largest and most comprehensive environmental conference and tradeshow in the region. Its goal is to provide high-quality, low-cost environmental training as well as updates on government/industry developments and trends, with a particular focus on solid and hazardous waste issues. The 44th annual event will be held April 22...

The TBA Disability Law Section’s CLE will present disability practitioners best practice guidance and insights from Administrative Law Judge Ronald Miller with the Social Security Administration about the disability hearing process. Michael Williamson will provide helpful pointers on success at the Appeals Council level and beyond....

President Barack Obama today called for the Senate to confirm his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, 160 days after he named her to lead the Justice Department. Obama’s comments follow the...

A federal appeals court today appeared divided over the Obama administration's request to lift a lower court ruling that blocked the government from implementing the president’s executive actions...

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