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In the January Tennessee Bar Journal, indigent representation reform is in the spotlight. TBA President Lucian Pera asks lawyers to help achieve the recommendations for reform as mapped out by the Supreme Court. "We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put indigent representation on a path to real and lasting reform," Pera writes. "Reform matters especially to us as lawyers because of the special commitment we all made in the admission oath we each swore."

The magazine focuses on other access to justice areas, too, with updates on initiatives, innovations and features on this year's public service award honorees. Columnists cover dog bites, changes for alimony deductions, and a look at the possibilities for a new superhero: Super Spiderman Batman Lawyer.

Committees, Task Forces

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. 

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The 15th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available. TBA Family Law Section members can download the book free from the section's resource page after logging in. Others can purchase a loose-leaf printed version of this publication for $40 per book ($50 in a 3-ring binder) from the online TBA Bookstore or by contacting the TBA at (615) 383-7421. The book, which includes published and unpublished cases from Aug. 8, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2016, is compiled by the section's Alimony Committee under direction of its chair, Amy Amundsen.



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