Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

Attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and medical technology company Medtronic were honored this past Saturday during the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) Gala in Nashville. Judge Bernice Donald from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit gave an inspiring keynote address at the program, which also featured comments from Chief Justice Sharon Lee, CCPBI Co-Chairs Andy Branham and Jim Barry and TBA President Jonathan Steen. Over the past nine years, CCPBI has raised nearly $500,000 to support pro bono activities across the state. See photos from the event, read more about the award recipients or learn more about the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative.

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. 

Journal Online

This month the Journal takes an inside look at the Tennessee Supreme Court, by a former staff attorney of 20 years. It’s not an exposé, but a guide to help you know how to better interact with the state’s highest court. Read about the good work through restorative justice that Tennessee Youth Courts are doing, as well as who the CASA Volunteer of the Year is. In his column about how different generations communicate, President Jonathan Steen explains why sending a text late at night to a senior partner may not be the best mode of communication. As we continue to celebrate the Journal’s 50th Birthday all year long, take a look at this feature that's all about the cover photos used and how they were created. Columnists cover IRA beneficiaries and creditor protection, how banking works for legal marijuana sales, and even Justice Ginsburg’s recent “nap” before the president’s speech.

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The 13th Edition 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 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.  

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced the eighth annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2014 or 2015. The competition is held in memory of one of the section's most 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 May 1, 2015. The competition rules and announcement are available here in downloadable format.

The stage is now set for the 2015 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. Sixteen teams that won just-completed regional competitions will convene at the Historic Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville on March 27-28. District winners are: Bearden High School, Chattanooga Sooutheast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA), Clinton High School, Columbia Academy, Dyersburg High School, Jefferson County High School, Memphis University School, Montgomery Bell Academy, Ravenwood High School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Signal Mountain High School, Springfield High School, Unicoi County High School, University School of Nashville, White County High School and White Station High School. Learn more about this year's competition.



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