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This month the Journal takes an inside look at the Tennessee Supreme Court, by a former staff attorney of 20 years. It’s not an exposé, but a guide to help you know how to better interact with the state’s highest court. Read about the good work through restorative justice that Tennessee Youth Courts are doing, as well as who the CASA Volunteer of the Year is. In his column about how different generations communicate, President Jonathan Steen explains why sending a text late at night to a senior partner may not be the best mode of communication. As we continue to celebrate the Journal’s 50th Birthday all year long, take a look at this feature that's all about the cover photos used and how they were created. Columnists cover IRA beneficiaries and creditor protection, how banking works for legal marijuana sales, and even Justice Ginsburg’s recent “nap” before the president’s speech.

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

The TBA Board of Governors has adopted a resolution that "encourages lawyers, law firms, legal services agencies, law schools and bar associations to establish, develop and maintain medical-legal partnerships" in collaboration with medical and health care organizations. The resolution, which was recommended by the TBA Access to Justice Committee and the Medical-Legal Partnership Working Group, also won support from the TBA House of Delegates. The full resolution, accompanying report and materials are available on the TBA website.

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. 

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

This year’s signature YLD public service project is a series of legal clinics across the state. As envisioned by YLD President Rachel Moses, clinics will be held during the first annual Access to Justice Week – the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area. See a complete list of events online.

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.



This program covers the various legal issues Tennessee business lawyers face through the life cycle of a business combination transaction, whether accomplished through a merger, an acquisition, a share exchange, or a combination of any of them. Panelists will provide a practical, nuts-and-bolts treatment of each phase of a business combination, covering determining whether...

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could decide whether gay and lesbian couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry, Tennessee will be a big part...

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) is seeking volunteers to serve as proctors for the July 2015 bar examination, July 28 and 29 in Knoxville at the Knoxville Marriott and in Memphis at...

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