Governmental Affairs Committee

The TBA Governmental Affairs Committee is involved in one of the core missions of the association – advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
P O Box 340025
Nashville, TN 37203
Immediate Past Chair
Smith Harris Carr
511 Union St Ste 710
Nashville, TN 37219
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

SCOTUS Passes on Partisan Gerrymandering Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has sent back two cases to lower courts that would have blocked states from drawing hyper-partisan electoral maps, USA Today reports. The justices found procedural faults in the two cases, one brought by Republicans in Maryland and the other brought by Democrats in Wisconsin. Chief Justice John Roberts said in one opinion that the case was flawed because it was about group political interests instead of individual legal rights. Justice Elena Kagan wrote that she anticipates the issue to come before the court again.
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State Rep. McCormick Drops Re-election Bid

State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, announced he will not seek re-election after 14 years of service, saying he will drop out of the race immediately, the Times Free Press reports. He will resign from his position in the House on Oct. 1 and return to full-time work. Republicans in House District 26 have a special seven-day opportunity to qualify for the Aug. 2 primary ballot. McCormick denied the sudden change had anything to do with recent reports of a home he and his wife purchased last year in Nashville, triggering questions about residency requirements.
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