Board of Governors

The TBA Board of Governors governs the activities of, administer the business of and acts for the Association in all matters, subject to the direction of membership and provisions of the Charter and Bylaws.

TBA President
Ogle, Gass & Richardson PC
PO Box 5365
Sevierville, TN 378645365
TBA President Elect
Redding, Steen & Staton, PC
464 North Pkwy Suite A
Jackson, TN 38305
TBA Vice President
Sherrard & Roe PLC
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011
TBA Immediate Past President
Weatherly McNally & Dixon PLC
424 Church St Suite 2260
Nashville, TN 37219

Elliott: Lewis Shepherd's Colorful Career

Chattanooga lawyer and former TBA president Sam D. Elliott writes in the Times Free Press about "the best known lawyer in Chattanooga" around the turn of the century, Lewis Shepherd. His colorful career included being district attorney general and serving in the Tennessee General Assembly (resigning because he didn't enjoy "serving with men with less intelligence than his wife's mule"). He left a Circuit Court judgeship because he was "born to be an advocate, not a referee." He died in 1917 in the midst of trying a lawsuit. The Chattanooga Times observed that Shepherd's last wish was satisfied: "to go to his reward straight from the courtroom."

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Blaze, Eason Now Lead Access to Justice Commission

University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Douglas Blaze is the new chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, while Miller & Martin lawyer and former TBA President Marcy Eason is the new vice chair. Blaze replaces Memphis lawyer and former TBA President George T. “Buck” Lewis, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. During his time as chair, Lewis implemented a number of initiatives, including programs that utilize technology to help bridge the geographic and logistic barriers that prevent Tennesseans in need from accessing pro bono services. The statewide toll-free line 888-aLEGALz and web-based service Online Tennessee Justice now provide legal information and advice to a greater extent than available in any other state. The court also named Ann Jarvis Pruitt, executive director of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), as a new commission member. She fills the seat of Nashville business leader and human rights activist Francis Guess, who is rotating off the commission. See an updated roster of commission members.

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Board of Governors Events

2014 TBA Annual Convention

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Featured Event
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:00am

Register now for the 133rd Annual TBA Convention, June 11-14 in Gatlinburg. Family friendly and packed with compelling programming, the largest annual gathering of the Tennessee legal community is where you want to be this summer.