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Even when income changes dramatically at retirement, alimony in futuro does not change without asking the court for a modification. This may be a shock to your clients, so read up on how to handle that in the October issue. October is “Celebrate Pro Bono Month” and the Journal looks at President James A. Garfield’s good example as a lawyer doing pro bono, and talks with civil rights icon Fred D. Gray upon the opening of an institute named in his honor. TBA President Jason Long examines the principles that define us as lawyers and the profession. Columnists cover subjective beliefs in two recent age discrimination cases, and we look at the new “granny pods” that are now legal in Tennessee. Beale Street Dynasty is reviewed and humor columnist Bill Haltom considers setting up his office at the Wal-Firm.

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 six-hour seminar will provide lawyers with the information, tools, and tips needed to successfully handle transactional and traditional business matters. Specifically, the course will offer practical approaches to handling:

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Probate Matters
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Corporate and LLC Formations

The program...

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission has adopted its...

The Tennessee Supreme Court is celebrating the success of its pilot Business Court, which has been operating as part of the Davidson County Chancery Court since last year. According to the...

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