Journal Online

Violence in the workplace is a growing threat. Read in the April Journal about its many forms -- including bullying, intimidation, and of course, physical harm -- and what to do about them. Also read about the “jailhouse lawyer” case that significantly changed the legal landscape in the state regarding prisoner rights and access to the courts. Columns this month include a look at what the Trump Administration will mean for bankers; why Tennessee is an attractive jurisdiction for establishing and maintaining trusts; and the introduction of a fictional character sure to steal the hearts of law-loving kids everywhere. TBA President Jason Long thanks the Young Lawyers Division on its many accomplishments.

Committees, Task Forces

The Tennessee Bar Journal usually keeps just to the facts, but this summer the publication will publish some outright lies — or what some call fiction. The winning entry of the First Annual Tennessee Bar Journal Fiction Contest will appear in the August issue. The magazine's Editorial Board announces the competition with the purpose of celebrating and encouraging lawyers' creative sides and to provide an outlet for lawyer-writers as they seek to illuminate the law and the lives of lawyers through fiction. The original work should touch on something law-related, no matter how slight. The deadline is May 31, so get to work!

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. 

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The 15th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available. TBA Family Law Section members can download the book free from the section's resource page after logging in. Others can purchase a loose-leaf printed version of this publication for $40 per book ($50 in a 3-ring binder) from the online TBA Bookstore or by contacting the TBA at (615) 383-7421. The book, which includes published and unpublished cases from Aug. 8, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2016, is compiled by the section's Alimony Committee under direction of its chair, Amy Amundsen.



Take a break from the ordinary and join your colleagues from across Tennessee at the 2017 TBA Annual Convention in Kingsport. Enjoy family fun activities, compelling programs that tie together local history and the law, and sessions designed to help both you and your practice thrive. It all takes place at the beautiful Meadowview...

Attend this program and learn about the latest in Tennessee DUI law and best practices for handling criminal cases. This program will touch on the technical and legal aspects of criminal defense and provide tips on how to best advise clients. Topics will cover client communication, general guidelines for handling criminal cases, and field sobriety testing.


This annual program focuses on media law and other communication law issues. Topics will address open courts, protective orders in civil cases, and right of publicity. Speakers will also cover legislative updates, reviewing broadband legislation and pending issues before the court challenging One Touch/Make Ready ordinance passed by in Nashville last fall.


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Friday at 5 p.m., the TBA will livestream a drawing for a free pass to the 2017 TBA Convention in Kingsport. The entrants are...
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