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Pera to Lead TBA in 2017-2018

Memphis attorney Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese will be president of the Tennessee Bar Association in 2017-2018, according to election-qualifying results released today. No other candidate filed for the vice president position by the Feb. 15 deadline. After taking office as vice president this summer, Pera will become president-elect in 2016-2017 and take over the organization’s leadership in June 2017.

There will be one contested election this spring. John Holt with the Law Offices of Holt & Kroeger and Roger Nell, the public defender in Clarksville, are both vying for the District 19 seat in the House of Delegates. Several vacancies in the House will be filled through appointment, as will the West Grand Division Governor, Position 2, post that Pera now holds on the Board of Governors.

Candidates who filed for the following positions will take office at the June annual meeting as they did not draw opponents: David McDowell, 3rd District Governor; Mary Dohner Smith, 5th District Governor; Kim Helper, 6th District Governor; Brian Faughnan, 8th District Governor; Sarah Sheppeard, East Grand Division Governor, Position 1; Andy Roskind, East Grand Division Governor, Position 2; Gary Shockley, Middle Grand Division Governor, Position 1; David Veile, Middle Grand Division Governor, Position 2; and Carl Carter, West Grand Division Governor, Position 2. Also winning without opposition are two TBA delegates to the ABA House of Delegates: Jonathan Cole, Position 1, and young lawyer delegate Troy Weston, Position 3.

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ABA Midyear Meeting Opens in Houston

Immigration, access to justice for persons of modest means and money’s influence on elections are just some of the issues that will be tackled by attendees in hearings and panel programs during the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. The meeting runs through Monday when the 560-member House of Delegates, which sets policy for the ABA, convenes. The Tennessee Bar Association with support from Tennessee law schools will host a reception in Houston Saturday for former TBA president Danny Van Horn. View the invitiation here

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There’s Still Time to Run for TBA Office

With the approaching Feb. 15 deadline to file a petition or declaration of candidacy, there is still time for Tennessee Bar Association members to offer themselves for a service in the leadership of the TBA. A complete notice of the elections was published in the December 2014 Tennessee Bar Journal. In publishing that notice, there was one error. The notice indicated that Carl Carter, 8th District governor, was eligible for an additional term. In fact, Carter is term-limited by the bylaws for running for another term for the 8th District governor slot.

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Bar Leaders Convene in Nashville

The Tennessee Bar Association's annual Leadership Conference kicked off today in Nashville with meetings of the group's House of Delegates, TBASCUS (TBA Seasoned Lawyers Up to Something) and various committees. Events also included a rededication of the Tennessee Bar Center's flagship conference room, Nippert Hall, and the opening session of the Diversity Leadership Institute, a leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. On Saturday, leaders will participate in informational and group-building sessions, followed by the annual Public Service Luncheon where Rep. Chuck Fleischmann will address the group. Two lawyers and a law student will be honored for their work: Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda as the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year; Michele Johnson as the the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year; and Jennifer Mayham as the Law Student Volunteer of the Year. The rest of the weekend includes meetings of the Board of Governors, Section leaders and local bar leaders, the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation board and the board of directors of TBA Member Services Inc.

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States Offer Incentives for Rural Practice

Federal grant money has long been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to rural areas, but now a South Dakota program offers lawyers an annual subsidy of $12,000 to live and practice law in sparsely populated communities. Nebraska and Arkansas plan to launch similar programs soon, the Associated Press reports. Read more from News Channel 9.

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TBA Convention Kicks Off Today

The 133rd Annual Convention of the Tennessee Bar Association begins today in Gatlinburg, with meetings of the House of Delegates, a Section Chairs Roundtable and a Welcome Reception. Tomorrow kicks off with Law School Alumni Breakfasts and many hours of CLE, including a panel with Keel Hunt, Hal Hardin and John Seigenthaler discussing Hunt's book, COUP: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Repubican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal. The annual Bench Bar Luncheon will feature Iowa Chief Justice Mark S. Cady. Follow and comment on happenings at the convention on Twitter using the hashtag #TBAannual.

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Fatal Heart Attack Leads to Life-Saving Gift

Maury County Public Defender Claudia Jack says she felt helpless as she watched a deputy’s frantic efforts to revive a man who had collapsed inside the county courthouse. And she was shocked to learn that the county does not own any automated external defibrillators (AED) used to restart the heart. With the memory of her own father’s tragic death, Jack decided to take action. A few days later she walked into Maury County Mayor Jim Bailey’s office and handed him a signed, blank check. A new AED station is now mounted on the first floor of the courthouse. “We’ll never know if an AED would have saved that man’s life or not,” Jack said. “But if an AED had been available we certainly would have been satisfied knowing we did everything we could do.” Read more in the Columbia Daily Herald.

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Legal Leaders Gather in Nashville for TBA Conference

More than 100 Tennessee attorneys and law students packed the Tennessee Bar Center during Saturday's educational programming at the 2014 TBA Leadership Conference. Those gathered heard a preview of the new Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors developed by the TBA's Public Education Committee, a glimpse at the growing Tennessee Youth Court program and an update on legislation likely to come before the Tennessee legislature this session.

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TBA Leaders Gather in Nashville for Annual Conference

Tennessee Bar Association leaders are meeting in Nashville this weekend as part of the annual TBA Leadership Conference. In addition to meetings of the House of Delegates, Board of Governors and several committees, there is also educational programming and the annual Public Service Luncheon, which on Saturday honors the public service committment of lawyers across the state. Watch for coverage from the events next week.

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President Cindy Wyrick's Address to TBA Members

Speech at Lawyer's Luncheon Sets Forth Theme for 2013-2014


Below are comments given to Tennessee Bar Association members by TBA President Cindy Wyrick following her installation as president of the organization during the 2013 TBA Convention, June 14 in Nashville.

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Buckelew Joins Johnson Firm in Paris

The Paris Post-Intelligencer has this story about Henry County native Jeremy Buckelew, who has joined the Paris law office of Shon Johnson as an associate attorney.

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General Sessions Candidates Give Views in Public Forum

Six of the seven candidates for Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge answered questions at a Wednesday public forum co-sponsored by the Times Free Press and Chattanooga Bar Association. The seat was left vacant after Judge Bob Moon's death. Joe DeGaetano, Valerie Epstein, Yolanda Mitchell, Ron Powers, Gary Starnes and Patricia Best Vital took part in the forum. Interim Sessions Judge David Norton, who is also a candidate, did not attend due to illness. With minor variations each of the candidates said they approved of recording proceedings and would closely scrutinize requests for a court-appointed attorney. All also said they would be accessible after hours to attorneys within the court rules for discussing cases. Read the details and see a picture

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'Section Cup' Winners Named at TBA Convention

News from the Appellate Practice, Criminal Justice and Health Care Law Sections
Recipients of the 2012 Section Cup were announced recently at the Section Chairs Roundtable, kicking off the TBA Convention in Memphis. TBA President Danny Van Horn created the Section Cup to encourage service to section members. Over the past year, sections accumulated points for holding meetings and CLEs or providing new services to members. Sections of like size competed against each other for the honor. 

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Trotter to Lead House in Coming Year

The House of Delegates reviewed a number of policy issues during its session today in Memphis as part of the TBA Annual Convention. In addition, House Speaker Claudia Jack passed the gavel to Charlie Trotter, who will lead the body in the coming year.

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Tennessee Attorneys Prepare for TBA Leadership

Tennessee attorneys who are taking on leadership positions in the Tennessee Bar Association this coming year took part in an orientation program this afternoon. TBA President-Elect Jackie Dixon outlined some of her goals for the coming year, and TBA staff members joined Real Estate Section Chair Brooks Smith and former Labor and Employment Law Section Chair Stan Graham in presentations about the TBA and the resources available to its members.

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TBA Passes Bylaws Change for Better Geographical Representation

At its January meeting, the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors approved a bylaws change that adds additional seats and rezones districts. Since the 1980s when the districts were drawn, there has been a tremendous growth of the number of lawyers and concentration of lawyers in certain areas, which resulted in some districts in the association containing as few as 150 members and other districts containing as many as 2,700 members.

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