Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

Attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and medical technology company Medtronic were honored this past Saturday during the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) Gala in Nashville. Judge Bernice Donald from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit gave an inspiring keynote address at the program, which also featured comments from Chief Justice Sharon Lee, CCPBI Co-Chairs Andy Branham and Jim Barry and TBA President Jonathan Steen. Over the past nine years, CCPBI has raised nearly $500,000 to support pro bono activities across the state. See photos from the event, read more about the award recipients or learn more about the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative.

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. 

Journal Online

The March issue explores the “unnecessary rigor” provision of the Tennessee Constitution, legislative initiatives on privacy and criminal law, and also looks at the successes of a residential drug treatment program. President Jonathan Steen explains why the rate for court-appointed lawyers should be increased, especially since it has not been raised in 20 years. Our history column examines Andrew Jackson on the Tennessee Supreme Court. As we continue to celebrate the Journal’s 50th birthday all year long, this month read about some Tennessee lawyers who were born at the same time and what law-related changes have taken place in their lifetimes. Also, smile along with our humor columnist in his excitement over Harper Lee’s newly discovered sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The 13th Edition 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 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.  

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.

The stage is now set for the 2015 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. Sixteen teams that won just-completed regional competitions will convene at the Historic Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville on March 27-28. District winners are: Bearden High School, Chattanooga Sooutheast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA), Clinton High School, Columbia Academy, Dyersburg High School, Jefferson County High School, Memphis University School, Montgomery Bell Academy, Ravenwood High School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Signal Mountain High School, Springfield High School, Unicoi County High School, University School of Nashville, White County High School and White Station High School. Learn more about this year's competition.



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