Holbrook runs '60 at 60'

Raising more than $30,000 for charities

Knoxville lawyer and Tennessee Bar Journal columnist Dan Holbrook celebrated his 60th birthday, Feb. 10, by inviting people from all over to help him run 60 miles at the University of Tennessee's Tom Black Track. Instead of gifts, he asked people to donate to one of three charities: Hope Resource Center, Alzheimers Association or Knox Heritage.

"We haven't completed the tally, as checks are still coming in, but it will be well over $30,000," Holbrook says. "So we consider it a great success."

Starting at 5 a.m. in the cold and dark, it took 13 hours and 12 minutes to run the 60 miles, an average of 13:12 per mile " 217 laps in lane 7 of the track.

"Of course that includes pit stops, eating time, two TV station interviews and filming, and lots of time hugging and talking with visiting friends," Holbrook says. "I was almost always accompanied by at least two, and sometimes up to six or eight, people running with me, even as there were many more partying on the sideline."

For the final lap, his wife Mary and two sons, who had come in from Boston and Seattle for the event, ran together with a crowd behind them, holding hands and crossing that 60th mile finish line. For details on how to give to these charities, go to www.60at60.net. Holbrook writes the Journal's "Where There's a Will" estate planning column.

— Suzanne Craig Robertson

Briefs

TBA launches pro bono volunteer drive to help tornado victims: With news that February's tornadoes killed 31, injured more than 150, and caused widespread property damage in Tennessee, the TBA began recruiting lawyers to handle cases from storm victims. Volunteer attorneys are paired with local pro bono programs, which will coordinate the assignment of clients. To register as a volunteer, visit www.tba.org/tornadoes/volunteer.html

For those providing legal services, the TBA offers a disaster resources manual. A publication of the Young Lawyers Division, the manual provides a Tennessee-specific guide to legal and social services available to victims of natural disasters. Download a copy at www.tba.org/YLD/disaster_manual.pdf

Another law school in K-town: Knoxville's old City Hall building will soon house Lincoln Memorial University's planned law school. Rather than compete directly with the University of Tennessee's law school nearby, LMU Chairman O.V. "Pete" DeBusk   said the school's focus would be on night and weekend classes, much like the Nashville School of Law, with a curriculum weighted toward business law. Now in the process of seeking accreditation for the new school, DeBusk said he hopes to have the first class of 100-150 students enrolled by the fall of 2009.

Mediators gain reciprocity with Arkansas: The Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission recently adopted a mediator's reciprocity policy that will make Tennessee mediators eligible for reciprocity if they are in good standing with the Tennessee ADR Commission. The new Arkansas policy follows a similar rule in Tennessee, where the ADR Commission may waive training requirements if the candidate is in good standing in another state that allows reciprocity with Tennessee mediators.

Track legislation of interest to the Tennessee legal community by following the TBA's Watch List and Action List. The TBA Action List tracks bills in the General Assembly that the TBA has a direct interest in. This means it has either initiated the legislation, taken a position on the bill or has a policy on the issue. The TBA Watch List is a broader list of bills of interest to the Tennessee legal community.

Track the status of key legislation at www.tba.org/tba_legismain.html

DA, PD increases were not enough, advocates say: Advocates for Tennessee's district attorneys and public defenders contend that the 32 prosecutors and 19 public defenders added in 2007 were only a fraction of what are needed. The most recent study of court caseloads by the Tennessee Comptroller last year concluded that there was a statewide shortage of 123 public defenders before the added staff positions. In Davidson County, the Public Defender's Office recently reported that it provided legal assistance in 31,557 cases during 2007.

Read the Times Free Press's assessment at www.tba.org/journal_links

Environmental Law writing competition underway: The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced its 2nd annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law student members of the TBA Environmental Law Section. This competition is in memory of one of the section's most outstanding founding members and has a cash prize pool of $1,200. This is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law. Entries are due March 28.
Find out more about the competition at www.tba.org/journal_links

Corporate pro bono grants now available: Apply now for a 2008 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Grant, offered through the Tennessee Bar Association. The grants are funded by money raised from last year's Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Reception and Dinner and will go to local access to justice organizations and partnerships with corporate legal departments and law firms. The funds are to be used to develop pro bono opportunities and projects specifically designed for corporate counsel. Find out more from Tennessee's Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative at www.tba.org/journal_links

New NBA leadership: Gigi Woodruff is the Nashville Bar Association's new executive director. She most recently worked for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Akron, Ohio, and was in a private law practice before that. She graduated from the Akron School of Law in 1983 and obtained her LLM in taxation from New York University in 1984.

Survey on women lawyers has surprising responses: Would women lawyers prefer to work with men or other women? The answer may depend on the age of the female lawyer you're asking, an ABA Journal survey has found. Link to the survey at www.tba.org/journal_links

Is a computer password covered by the 5th Amendment? A child pornography case alleging that the defendant stored illicit images on his laptop computer has raised what experts say is a novel 5th Amendment question. Federal agents want to use the images as evidence, but need a password to access the encryption-protected pictures. The question is whether the defendant can use the constitutional protection against self-incrimination to keep his password secret. Learn more in this AP story carried by the Houston Chronicle at www.tba.org/journal_links �