Journal Online

In the Roaring Twenties, a man of few words sat in the White House, who was respected by friends and enemies alike. The February Tennessee Bar Journal examines the legacy of this man, President Calvin Coolidge. TBA President Jason Long looks at the “old school values,” relationships and trust on which the practice of law is built. Monica Franklin writes about The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2016, Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow’s column discusses time when protected activities provide a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for termination, while Bill Haltom enumerates the reasons why your valentine should be a lawyer.

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced the 10th annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2016 or 2017. The competition is held in memory of one of the section's outstanding founding members and has a cash prize pool of $1,200. It is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law. Entries are due by April 1. The competition rules and announcement are available here in downloadable format.

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

The TBA Public Education Committee has updated The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors. The 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. 



Join estate planning and probate practitioners from across the state at TBA's annual forum. Speakers will address asset protection issues to include Tennessee Investment Services Trusts (TIST), international issues in estate planning, ethics and legislative updates. A panel will feature the Clerk and Master for Knox County, the Clerk and Master for Willimson County, and two...

Obtain the most up-to-date information at this year's Corporate Counsel forum with topics ranging from technology's influence on the modern law practice to recent developments in employment law. Speakers will address cyber security and privacy, as well as productivity tools for the present-day corporate counsel. Another session covers the EEOC's new rules on what incentive...

In town for basketball? Need an hour or more of CLE? The Tennessee Bar Association offers convenient and flexible CLE March 8-10, 2017. Morning programs will run from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and afternoon programs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Take as many or as few hours as you need.

Online materials will be made available for this program.

Payment will be determined at...

Join your colleagues from across the state at the annual Estate Planning & Probate Forum on Friday. Speakers will address asset...

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a death-row inmate whose expert witness testified he is more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is black,...
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