Links from October 2009

TBA Connect

TBA Launches New Web Site to Help Members Connect

The Tennessee Bar Association is launching a new Social Networking platform for members called TBA Connect. This service provides many of the same features of mainstream sites such as Linked In or Facebook, but access is limited to members of the Tennessee Bar Association and approved guests. Already members are using TBA Connect to create profiles, share photos, notify colleagues about upcoming events and blog on current issues. Email the TBA Connect team at tbaconnect@tnbar.org today with questions or comments.

Join the TBA Connect social networking site now at www.tbaconnect.org/main/authorization/signUp

Boost your LSAT score with a physics or math degree

Physics and math majors do the best on the Law School Admissions Test, according to a study by an economics professor at the University of North Texas. Physics and math majors have an average LSAT score of 160, well above prelaw and criminal justice majors, who have average LSATs of 148.3 and 146 respectively.
http://www.abajournal.com/news/physics_math_majors_get_top_lsat_scores_poli_sci_majors_are_average/

Memphis law school nears completion

The Commercial Appeal reports that renovations at the U.S. Customs House and Post Office on Front Street are nearing completion and that the University of Memphis Law School will open for classes on Jan. 11 in its new downtown home. The school has spent $42 million to renovate the 140,000-square-foot building that now will house a five-story library, 300-seat classroom and auditorium, three high-tech courtrooms, legal clinic, student lounge and study areas. Faculty will begin moving their offices in December. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/aug/12/campus-03/

Resume writing for older lawyers

For older attorneys in the job market, writing a resume has some slightly different rules.

The National Law Journal provides several strategies http://www.law.com/jsp/law/careercenter/lawArticleCareerCenter.jsp?id=1202433072711

AOC releases revised transcript request form

The Administrative Office of the Courts in August released a revised form for requesting a transcript for an indigent defendant in criminal court proceedings. The form (AOC Form CR-4) now includes a section requiring the attorney to certify that the court reporter has been provided notice of the request and any notice to appeal. The change was made in response to (1) confusion about the process for requesting transcripts and notifying the court and (2) comments from court reporters that they often are not aware that notices to appeal have been filed.

Download the revised form at www.tba2.org/indigentform_081909.pdf

Supreme Court historical dinner planned

The 4th Annual Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society's Dinner will be Oct. 20 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. The event will honor members of the court who served from 1974 to 1980 as well as the current members. Tickets are $135 per person. RSVP by Oct. 8 to Joy Day at jday@sutter-law.com or call (615) 771-5008.

O'Connor launches court site for middle schoolers

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's "Our Courts" web site, aimed at middle school students, has gone live with two interactive animated games that will, she hopes, engage young people in learning about and appreciating the role of courts in their daily lives. In one game, Supreme Decision, a hypothetical female swing-vote justice -- hmm, who might that be? -- asks you, the player, to help her reach a decision in a First Amendment case. Check out ourcourts.org here.

The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times reports http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/08/supreme-court-middle-school-edition.html

Court seeks comments on proposed change to ADR rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court today issued an order soliciting comments regarding amendments for its Rule 31. Rule 31 established the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission and governs the alternative dispute resolution proceedings specified in the rule. The ADR Commission has asked the Court to amend various sections of the rule, specifically Section 9, Standards of Professional Conduct for Rule 31 Neutrals, and Section 11, Proceedings for Discipline of Rule 31 Mediators.

Send your comments before the Oct. 23 deadline to: Clerk Michael W. Catalano, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 Seventh Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.

Read the details of the proposal at www.tba2.org/rule31_amendment_082509.pdf


Speakers name 17 to Judicial Nominating Commission

Lt. Governor and Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House of Representatives Kent Williams announced Aug. 27 their appointees to the new Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission will review and recommend applicants for vacancies on appellate and state trial courts across Tennessee. Those appointed by Lt. Governor Ramsey are Miles Burdine of Sullivan County, Christopher Campbell of Shelby County, Christopher Clem of Hamilton County, William Jenkins Jr. of Dyer County, Thomas Lawless of Davidson County, Theresa Lee of Washington County, Jack Lowery of Wilson County and William Young of Hamilton County. Those appointed by Speaker Williams are David Bautista of Carter County, Mary Helen Beard of Shelby County, Ana L. Escobar of Davidson County, Russell Johnson of Loudon County, Edward L. Martindale Jr., of Madison County, William Scott Sims of Davidson County, Denise Terry Stapleton of Hamblen County and C. Barry Ward of Tipton County. Their joint appointment was Verna Wyatt of Davidson County. The commission includes 14 lawyers, nine who had been recommended to the speakers by the TBA Board of Governors.

Read more about the nominations and access other resources at http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/#JNC2