Public Education Committee

The focus of the Public Education Committee is to develop an array of educational outreach programs for students and adults designed to improve public awareness of the law and our legal system and enhance the public perception of the profession.

Co-Chair
University of Tennessee
600 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865)974-8634
Co-Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865)544-2010

2014 Law Day Events Set Across the State

Bar associations and legal organizations across the state are gearing up for this year’s Law Day with events that begin this week and run through May. Activities include programs for lawyers, public service opportunities, presentation of awards and recognition of students who participate in law-related education programs. The theme of this year’s celebration is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,” which asks Americans to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in our democracy. If your organization is hosting an event that is not listed, please send details to tbatoday@tnbar.org.

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Harwell Opposes TN For-Profit Charter Schools Bill

A bill that would have let for-profit companies operate charter schools in Tennessee was defeated today after House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, made a rare display of public opposition to the measure, the Tennessean reports. House Bill 1693 was quashed on a 10-7 vote at the urging of Harwell, who said turning charter schools over to private operators could sink the entire project. She also cited concerns about the bill raised by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a supporter of charter schools.

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