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In the November issue, Memphis lawyer Miles Mason Sr. details what you need to know about an independent child custody evaluation, and Nashville lawyer Milen Saev considers the consular non-reviewability doctrine. Tennessee Bar Association President Bill Harbison points out why 1881 was a very important year (besides that the TBA was formed!). Other columns include Wade Davies’s criminal law, Russell Fowler’s history and Bill Haltom’s humor. Candi Henry reviews the book, The Billable Hour. The Journal’s 50th Birthday is celebrated this month with a story about the background of the magazine’s and other TBA publications’ proper names (which is not nearly as boring as it sounds).

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

As new lawyers take the oath of office across the state this month, the TBA would like to welcome you to the practice of law! As you begin your legal career, the TBA and its Young Lawyers Division are here to help you navigate this next chapter. To give you an overview of the benefits of TBA membership and ways you can get involved, we have created a webpage just for you. The page also offers links to photos from the swearing in ceremonies and TBA's Open House. And remember, new admittees who join the TBA during the month of November will receive a free gift. Learn more here.

The YLD Mock Trial Committee has released the rules for the 2016 competition and a new map of mock trial districts. The new districts, which now mirror the YLD District Representative seats, will be in effect for the 2016 competition. Download a memo explaining the redistricting process or download a map of the new districts. Questions should be directed to committee chair Kristen Corn, (615) 550-6603. This year's problem will be a civil case. Look for case material to be released in November. Register online to receive updates, follow Tennessee mock trial on Twitter or find lots of mock trial resources on the TBA website.

The TBA YLD this week announced the application process and deadlines for the 2016 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI). The DLI is a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Student participants must be TBA members and commit to attend three in-person meetings. Details about the program and downloadable applications are available online and are due by Dec. 18. For more information contact YLD Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd, (901) 537-1054.

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

Representatives from all six Tennessee law schools gathered in Nashville over the weekend with leaders from the access to justice community for the fourth Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit, hosted by Nashville School of Law and sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. About 30 people took part in the program, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Nashville School of Law Dean (and former Supreme Court Justice) William Koch.

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. 



On December 1, 2015, significant amendments to the Federal Civil Rules will take effect. The amendments include changing the definition of discoverable information in Rule 26 by eliminating the phrase “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence” and incorporating an express requirement that the discovery sought be “proportional” to the needs of...

This advanced level program for state and local lawmakers, judges, candidates for executive, judicial or legislative positions, campaign chairs and campaign treasurers and their counsel will include all aspects of the law and ethics of election for office in 2016. The program will include the ethical issues involved in compliance with election law provisions required by the...

TBA President Bill Harbison and Nashville attorney Abby Rubenfeld have been named the 2015 Nashvillians of the Year by the...

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s business litigation pilot project granted review to 28 cases...

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