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In this issue, get some pointers on how to "take charge of your own economy" that will help you AND your law practice. We also take a detailed look at the Tennesseans who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court, the history of money, and new trust options for married clients. TBA President Jonathan Steen stresses the importance of civics education for kids, and Bill Haltom remembers how the late Sen. Howard Baker advanced the conversation on civility.

Committees, Task Forces

Solo in a Box Toolkit

With each passing year, more and more Tennessee attorneys decide to "hang their own shingle" and begin a solo or small firm practice. To help these lawyers get a solid start, the TBA has launched the Solo in a Box Toolkit, a new resource offering advice on everything from how to choose an office space to managing client files.

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. An updated list of resources relevant for Tennessee Seniors is also included.

Copies are available now for download. For more information about the project, to request a presentation in your area or to volunteer to help promote the Handbook,  contact TBA Access to Justice / Public Education Coordinator Liz Todaro

The TBA's roundup of election results and news coverage on races in each judicial district is now updated. For a number of counties, the roundup also includes details about elections for juvenile court and general sessions judges. Additional results and links to news stories will continue to be added as information becomes available.

Sections, Divisions

Alimony Book

The TBA YLD took first place in three award categories at the ABA Meeting in Boston this weekend. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments during the previous bar year. The TBA YLD won first place in the Service to Public category for its Library Education Project, which under the leadership of Immediate Past YLD President David McDowell, focused on educating librarians across the state about the free legal resources available for those who need legal information and advice. The project focused on three free resources: OnlineTNJustice, LIFT and aLEGALz and was made possible by a generous grant from the Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser Peters Elliott & Cannon.

The group also took first place in the Minority Project category for its Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students.

Finally, the group won first place in the Comprehensive category, which evaluates all activities and programs undertaken during the year.

The 12th Edition Alimony Bench Book has just been released by 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 TBA at (615) 383-7421. Members of the Family Law Section can download the new edition at no charge by logging in to TBA.org and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.  The goal of the publication is to assist judges in the consistent awarding of alimony across the state and help lawyers present their cases in court.

The TBA Environmental Law Section today announced that William McDonald "Mac" Plosser, a third-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is the winner of the 2014 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The writing competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section in memory of Jon Hastings, one of the founding members of the section. Plosser's paper "Into The Fracking Fray: Advocating For A Balanced Approach To Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation In Tennessee" addresses the recent expansion of hydrofracturing to extract natural gas nationwide and how that issue has been addressed in Tennessee. In response to conflicts between local and state control in other states, the author proposes a balanced role that preserves both local zoning power and state regulatory authority.

Events

Calendar

The TBA's Creditor's Practice Section offers current developments in this area of the law. The first portion of the program will be a discussion of recent Tennessee case law and the effect on legal collection practices. The second portion of the program will be a discussion of the new Tennessee Collection Service Act amendment dealing with...

Tennessee lawyers will see big changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporations Act on Jan. 1. These changes will impact existing non-profit organizations and new formations. Sessions in this program have been designed to help you identify these changes, understand some of the new requirements and learn how these changes will make it easier for today’s modern lawyers....

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the state Constitution, like the U.S. Constitution, requires the government to compensate private property owners when governmental decisions,...

Local Democratic leaders began taking applications Monday for the state Senate seat that will become vacant when Jim Kyle begins an eight-year term as chancellor on Sept. 1. Those interested in...

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