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A recent study has shown more damning news for how lawyers are handling the pressures of the profession – more than a third of lawyers qualified as “problem drinkers” and about a quarter reported experiencing depression, anxiety or stress. These are higher rates than documented in earlier studies and more than in other professions. So in this issue we look at ways some lawyers have beat that trend through mindfulness and meditation – and how you can, too. Plus, our book review of The Anxious Lawyer gives insight into the topic.

The magazine also examines last wills and testaments, and our columns this month are Day on Torts and Family Matters. TBA President Jason Long writes about the necessary and important steps to embracing diversity, and humor columnist Bill Haltom writes about his dubious experiences with sports, particularly dodge ball, in junior high.

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The TBA Environmental Law Section announced Grant Ruhl, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, is the winner of the 2016 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The annual section-sponsored contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Ruhl's paper, "An Unpopular Victory: Exploring EPA's 2015 Ozone NAAQS Revisions," addresses the EPA's updated Clean Air Act standard for ozone.

The 14th Edition of the 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 the TBA at (615) 383-7421. Members of the Family Law Section can download the new edition at no charge by logging in to and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.  

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. 



The TBA's Creditors Practice Section offers current developments in this area of the law. The first portion of this program will focus on the current state of perfection and enforcement of liens for prime and remote contractors on residential and commercial property. The second portion of the program will give an overview of the current statutory procedures followed when...

Reading is an integral part in the practice of law and among the most used communication skills, but is often the most underdeveloped. Information from our colleagues, staff, and clients is being transmitted to us at the speed of light, and lawyers are expected to absorb it just as fast.This program is designed to teach you the skills of speed-reading. Practicing speed-...

The University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Melanie D. Wilson said today that no disciplinary action will be taken against law professor Glenn Reynolds for a tweet he sent urging Charlotte...

A federal review of the fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart has concluded there is insufficient evidence to support charges against former Memphis police officer Connor Schilling, U.S. Attorney...

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