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In protecting children of divorce, two strong camps exist when it comes to including mental health records of a parent. In this issue we look at both sides of this conflict that has arisen from the Culbertson cases. Also, we look at Tennessee historical figure Montgomery Bell and the surprising impact he had on the law. Columns cover QDRO and state/local government pensions, surviving spouses and wrongful death claims, mentor relationships and special family connections.

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The TBA Environmental Law Section announced Grant Ruhl, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, is the winner of the 2016 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The annual section-sponsored contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Ruhl's paper, "An Unpopular Victory: Exploring EPA's 2015 Ozone NAAQS Revisions," addresses the EPA's updated Clean Air Act standard for ozone.

The 14th Edition of the 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 the 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.  

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

Representatives from all six Tennessee law schools gathered in Nashville over the weekend with leaders from the access to justice community for the fourth Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit, hosted by Nashville School of Law and sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. About 30 people took part in the program, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Nashville School of Law Dean (and former Supreme Court Justice) William Koch.

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. 



In 2015, the TBA created a Communication Law Section, which will provide attorneys a forum for discussion of media law and other communication law issues. This will be the Section's first annual seminar. Speakers will be Richard Hollow of Knoxville and Robb Harvey and David Hudson of Nashville. All three speakers are premier media law practitioners. Topics...

The TBA's Labor and Employment Forum provides specialized and practical information on a range of timely labor and employment law topics. The Labor and Employment Section is excited about this year's Forum, which features a very impressive panel of speakers. Topics include important new federal cases, recent developments in Tennessee, perspectives from the bench, a primer...

This program is for the animal lover in you and will guide you through legal issues dealing in animal law. Learn what’s trending in the estate planning for pets and stay on top of dog bite laws, dog parks and banned breed legislation. Speakers will also address the animal abuse registry law and broken window law. Join us for a special panel including lawyers and...