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Lawyers need to be familiar with technology-assisted review when dealing with documents in data-intensive cases. The June issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal explains what you need to know and how technology can be used to help your case. Also, are condominium smoking regulations legal? Columnists cover proposed federal laws and regulations for older adults and recording employees with smartphones. Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker is reviewed and our humor column examines a recent hot lawsuit involving too much ice in Starbucks coffee.

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. 



This full-day forum offers essential and practical material for practicing Elder Law attorneys and those interested in Elder Law. Respected subject matter experts will share new and timely information related to perennial topics of Medicaid planning, Conservatorships and Special Needs Trusts in Tennessee. A Vanderbilt geriatrician will address the unique needs of older...

If you still need your hours for 2015, the TBA is offering programs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20, 2016. The Summer CLE Blast will offer 7 hours of dual CLE credit. Take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration desk will be open all day.

Payment will be determined at checkout depending on the number of hours you attend.


This year's annual federal practice CLE will focus on federal pre-trial practice. The program will kick off with a discussion of pleadings, pre-answer motions and related strategies. A session on the amendments to the Federal Civil Rules that took effect on December 1, 2015, will follow. This session will explore the text of the Rules and amendments and the practical...

The Supreme Court today issued rulings on several pressing issues including affirmative action, discrimination and immigration. The court’s...

The U.S. Supreme Court issued five decisions Monday, including rulings (1) upholding a patent...

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