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Mentoring programs have benefits not only for those being mentored, but also for the ones doing the mentoring. In this issue, learn about the lessons these unique relationships can teach us. Also, you will not want to miss this article on the Standard of Clear and Convincing Evidence as it is explained using examples of concubines and dead partners. Columnists cover alternatives to special needs trusts, wage and hour issues, and a perfect Valentine's gift for the lawyer on your list. President Jonathan Steen stresses the importance of having a good working relationship with your legislator. And, as the Tennessee Bar Journal continues celebrating its 50th birthday, we look at some of the legal stories that made news in the late '60s.

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

The TBA Access to Justice Committee, in partnership with the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, will host the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala March 7, 2015, at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Law firms, corporations and individuals are invited to support the event by becoming sponsors or purchasing tickets. Presentation of the 2015 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) awards – which recognize the Tennessee law firm and corporate legal department that best exemplify a commitment to access to justice – also will take place at the event. CCPBI engages corporate counsel and in-house lawyers in pro bono work. Since the inception of the program, more than $425,000 has been raised and distributed to organizations across the state that connect corporate lawyers to local pro bono projects.

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

The 2015 State High School Mock Trial Competition will take place March 27-28 at the Metro Courthouse in Nashville. The annual competition brings students together from across the state to test their advocacy skills. The competition requires a lot of volunteers to run smoothly! Sitting judges in Tennessee may volunteer to serve as presiding judges of trial rounds, lawyers may serve as scorers, and law students and legal staff may serve as bailiffs. Those who want to volunteer should fill out the online response form.

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.

TBA members will soon have five new sections to serve them and their practices. Responding to member interest, the TBA Board of Governors this month approved new sections for Communication Law, International Law & Practice, Animal Law, LGBT and Local Government Practice. All TBA sections are self supporting and led by volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a founding member of any of these sections or have an interest in helping lead the development of any of the new sections, you can learn more on



This year's annual forum will focus on the best practices in premises liability, uninsured motorist, and product liability. Highlights and updates in workers compensation will be addressed. Other sessions include insurance coverage and bad faith, and implicit bias in jury selection. New lawyers in this area as well as seasoned lawyers will benefit from these updates.


Corporate lawyers are confronted with issues ranging across many practice areas, including e-discovery, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act. They also face unique issues on corporate compliance and ethics. Learn the latest news on these topics and more at the annual Corporate Counsel Forum.

Continental breakfast and lunch included.  Lunch sponsored...

Seven attorneys have applied for the Hamilton County Criminal Court judge position in the 11th Judicial District. Johnny D. Houston Jr., D. Marty Lasley, Mike A. Little, Leslie Anne Longshore,...

Tennessee trial judges’ terms of service would be set by the General Assembly rather than the state constitution under a new bill proposed by state Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis. The measure,...

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