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In the December Tennessee Bar Journal, President Jason Long discusses our divided country after the recent election, urging lawyers to be “united now more than ever in our commitment to the profession and its bedrock principles.” He writes that “we can provide that opportunity in a controlled and structured environment, operating within the framework of our democratic institutions. If there is an opportunity for consensus building and unity in today’s political climate, the legal profession can and should facilitate that.” Also in this issue, learn if you are protecting your clients’ electronic information enough, and read the nitty gritty to help you understand the law of construction in Tennessee. Columns cover banking law, estate planning and one man’s long-term business relationship with Santa.

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced the 10th annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2016 or 2017. The competition is held in memory of one of the section's 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 by April 1. The competition rules and announcement are available here in downloadable format.

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 TBA.org 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. The 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. 

Events

Calendar

Believe it or not, this year will be the 12th year that Brian S. Faughnan has presented the Ethics Roadshow for lawyers in Tennessee. In honor of this 12th anniversary, this year's show will focus on the "12 Most Important Developments of 2016 Impacting Ethics and Lawyering."

A few topics likely to make the list based on what’s already happened this year include: the...

Believe it or not, this year will be the 12th year that Brian S. Faughnan has presented the Ethics Roadshow for lawyers in Tennessee. In honor of this 12th anniversary, this year's show will focus on the "12 Most Important Developments of 2016 Impacting Ethics and Lawyering."

A few topics likely to make the list based on what’s already happened this year include: the...

Believe it or not, this year will be the 12th year that Brian S. Faughnan has presented the Ethics Roadshow for lawyers in Tennessee. In honor of this 12th anniversary, this year's show will focus on the "12 Most Important Developments of 2016 Impacting Ethics and Lawyering."

A few topics likely to make the list based on what’s already happened this year include: the...

The official portrait of former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade will be unveiled Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. in the courtroom of the Knoxville Supreme Court. Members of the bench and bar are...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today requested a presidential disaster declaration in the wake of the Gatlinburg wildfires, a blaze that left at least 14 people dead, hundreds of buildings destroyed...

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