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The January issue explores Medical-Legal Partnerships, a concept where doctors and lawyers work together to help the overall well-being of people in need. As part of this issue's emphasis on Access to Justice, you can also read about a recent legal needs study and those honored with public service awards for outstanding service by people who have dedicated their time to help others.

The Journal herself turns 50 this year so help kick off the year with the first of many strolls down memory lane — this one takes a look at how the bar's view of pro bono has changed over the years. Columnist Marlene Eskind Moses looks at criminal contempt in family law and Gary Shockley reviews The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker, a book by Bill Haltom. In his column, Haltom suggests that there is only one man who can bring the two-party system back to Tennessee. Find out who it is in this issue.

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

The TBA Access to Justice Committee, in partnership with the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, will host the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala March 7, 2015, at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Law firms, corporations and individuals are invited to support the event by becoming sponsors or purchasing tickets. Presentation of the 2015 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) awards – which recognize the Tennessee law firm and corporate legal department that best exemplify a commitment to access to justice – also will take place at the event. CCPBI engages corporate counsel and in-house lawyers in pro bono work. Since the inception of the program, more than $425,000 has been raised and distributed to organizations across the state that connect corporate lawyers to local pro bono projects.

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. 

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee has released the problem and rules for the 2015 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition. The list of district coordinators also is now available. This year’s problem involves charges of vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment against the driver of a car, who may have been texting when a motorcycle rider is hit and killed. The case comes down to discrepancies in eyewitness reports, physical evidence at the scene and the vehicle’s event data recorder. This year for the first time, TBA is using Twitter to communicate case and competition news. Feel free to follow along at @tnmocktrial or sign up to receive updates by email.

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 12th 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 TBA.org and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.  

Events

Calendar

You know the law but don't let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. This three-hour ethics seminar will focus on practical aspects of lawyering such as managing yourself and your support staff, using case managements systems, engaging clients, ending the client relationship ethically, and using social media to advertise.

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You know the law but don't let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. This three-hour ethics seminar will focus on practical aspects of lawyering such as managing yourself and your support staff,  engaging clients, ending the client relationship ethically, and using social media to advertise.

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You know the law but don't let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. This three-hour ethics seminar will focus on practical aspects of lawyering such as managing yourself and your support staff, using case managements systems, engaging clients, ending the client relationship ethically, and using social media to advertise.

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Tennessee may expand its Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act and discontinue later, according to a new...

It only took jurors a few hours to find two former Vanderbilt University football players charged with raping an unconscious woman...

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