Run for TBA Office

Deadline to qualify is Feb. 15

During 2009, the following officers, governors and delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) will be elected as set forth in the association's bylaws:

TBA Officers and Board of Governors' Officers

A vice president (from the West Tennessee Grand Division " elected by the association's membership-at-large). The vice president automatically assumes the office of president-elect in 2010 and president in 2011.

District Governors

District governors in the 3rd, 6th and 9th districts will be elected to three-year terms. They are elected by the members in their respective districts.

Those who currently hold those positions are: Chris Varner (3rd), Patrick Carter (6th) and Danny Van Horn (9th). They are each eligible for re-election.

Grand Division Governors

TBA Grand Division Governors are elected for one-year terms by the membership in each grand division.
- An East Tennessee governor from the 1st, 2nd or 3rd district.
- A Middle Tennessee governor from the 4th, 5th or 6th district.
- A West Tennessee governor from the 7th, 8th or 9th district.

Those who currently hold those positions are: Cindy Wyrick (E), Barbara Holmes (M) and Carl Carter (W). They are each eligible for e-election.

TBA Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates

Two members to represent the TBA in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates will be elected for two-year terms by the TBA membership in 2009. The positions are designated positions 1 and 3.

Those who currently hold those positions are Randy Noel (Position 1) and Tasha Blakney (Position 3 - Young Lawyer Position). Randy has been selected as State Delegate by the ABA members in Tennessee and is not seeking re-election to position (1). Tasha is eligible for re-election.

Qualifying, Balloting and Elections

The officers, governors and delegates to the ABA are elected by the membership as provided by election procedures with petitions due Feb. 15, 2009. Ballots will be distributed by April 1, 2009, and ballots are due back May 1, 2009.

To qualify for any of these offices, a candidate must file a nominating petition with the executive director of the TBA. The petition must contain the names of 25 members of the association in good standing. The petition must be received at the TBA office on or before Feb. 15, 2009.

A ballot containing the names of all duly qualified candidates will be distributed to members on or before April 1, 2009. To be counted, all ballots must be received at the office of the TBA auditors by the close of business, May 1, 2009. Votes will be tallied by the accounting firm selected by the Board of Governors in accordance with Section 44 of the bylaws. If there is only one duly-qualified candidate for an office by Feb. 15, 2009, that candidate will automatically be declared elected.

TBA House of Delegates

Members of the TBA House of Delegates are elected in odd-numbered years. One member of the TBA House of Delegates from each Judicial District and one additional delegate from the 6th (Knox County), 11th (Hamilton County), 20th (Davidson County) and 30th (Shelby County) are to be elected in 2009. The following is a list of the current members of the House from each district (and one young lawyer delegate from each grand division) whose terms expire this year:

1st District - Suzanne Cook
2nd District - Jimmie Miller
3rd District - Dwaine Evans
4th District - Al Schmutzer
5th District - Michael Hickman
6th District - Ginny Schwamm and Shelly Wilson
7th District - Neil McBride
8th District - James Romer
9th District - Loren Plemmons
10th District - Marcia McMurray
11th District - Bill Crutchfield and Arnold Stulce
12th District - Bill Killian
13th District - Jane Powers
14th District - John LaBar
15th District - Jody Aulds
16th District - Jack Heffington
17th District - Ginger Shofner
18th District - VACANT
19th District - Judge Larry McMillan
20th District - Neal McBrayer and Bryan Williams
21st District - David Peluso
22nd District - Tony Edwards
23rd District - John Lee Williams
24th District - Charlie Trotter
25th District - Drew Johnston
26th District - Jonathan Steen
27th District - Paul Hutcherson
28th District - Jerry Flippin
29th District - Karen Burns
30th District - Randy Womack and Brian Faughnan
31st District - Keith Smartt
YLD-East - Tasha Blakney
YLD-Middle - Dave Johnson
YLD-West - Chad Dickson

TBA House of Delegates Qualifying, Balloting and Elections

To qualify as a candidate for the TBA House of Delegates a TBA member must file a declaration of candidacy with the executive director of the TBA at the TBA office on or before Feb. 15, 2009.

A ballot containing the names of all duly qualified candidates will be distributed to members on or before April 1, 2009. To be counted, all ballots must be received at the office of the TBA auditors by the close of business, May 1, 2009. Votes will be tallied by the accounting firm selected by the Board of Governors in accordance with Section 44 of the bylaws. If there is only one duly-qualified candidate for an office by Feb. 15, 2009, that candidate will automatically be declared elected.

Questions?

This notice is in accordance with bylaws of the TBA  §15 and 40 through 46.

For more information on running for any of these offices, visit the TBA's Web site at http://www.tba.org/BOG/elexhandbook.html or call 615-383-7421 for an election handbook.

BRIEFS

Law grads' debts loom large in this ecomomy: Nearly 44,000 law students nationwide will graduate next year with an average of about $73,000 in loan debt, according to numbers from the American Bar Association. "I've got students coming in asking if they should go for an LL.M.," said Carole Montgomery, director of career development at George Washington University Law School in Washington. "I tell them, 'you need to make a good-faith effort to get yourself a job,'" she said. "They've got to have a backup plan, and a backup, backup plan."

Law.com reported this National Law Journal story.

Study: lawyer moms earn up to 35 percent less than lawyer dads: A study of University of Michigan law graduates has found that lawyer moms earn up to 35 percent less than lawyer dads and that male law grads who became fathers enjoyed a "daddy bonus" in salaries that were 15 percent to 20 percent higher than childless men. Mothers, on the other hand, earned 10 percent to 15 percent less than childless women, and 25 percent to 35 percent less than fathers.
ABAJournal.com reported the story.

Diversity initiative expanded: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced new developments to promote diversity in the legal profession, including the selection of its first diversity scholarship recipients " Shazi Jiang of Vanderbilt School of Law and Staci Pierce of Cumberland School of Law " and the launch of a college diversity outreach program. The college program will offer mentoring opportunities, Q&A sessions on the basics of practicing law, and orientation trips to law firms, courtrooms, and local and state legislatures.

'4ALL' campaign takes on access to justice problem: The TBA's 4ALL campaign is taking on the critical problem of access to justice on four fronts: education, collaboration, participation and legislation.
You can learn more about this effort by watching the 4ALL video at http://www.tba.org/4ALL/index.html, and help attack the problem by downloading it to share with others.

Law firms with pro bono policies to be honored: As part of the Justice 4ALL initiative, TBA President Buck Lewis has written the leaders of Tennessee's law firms to encourage greater participation in that effort. At the Access to Justice conference at Manchester in October and again at the recent new lawyer admission ceremony in Memphis, Chief Justice Janice Holder also urged law firms to adopt a formal pro bono plan. Firms that have adopted programs by the end of the year will be honored by the chief justice at the TBA's Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon set for Jan. 17. The luncheon will be held in the Tennessee State Capitol during the annual TBA Leadership Conference. If your firm has a written pro bono policy, please e-mail TBAToday@tnbar.org. Model policies can be seen at http://www.tba.org/committees/accesstoJustice/probono.html

Wharton calls for greater practice diversity: In October, Memphis attorney Ruby Wharton received the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for service to the legal profession from the Association for Women Attorneys. In an interview with the Memphis Daily News, Wharton said she would like to see more diversity in the practice areas of female attorneys. She particularly cited criminal work as an area underrepresented by women. Wharton also called on legal organizations around the state to do more to recruit African-American women lawyers. Connect to the Daily News story at http://www.tba.org/journal_links

Rehnquist papers donated: The family of late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist has donated his papers to the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, the jurist's alma mater. The collection includes in-chamber correspondence, case-related materials, speeches, personal correspondence, drafts and notes on a number of his books.

Essay contest announced: The ABA Journal is accepting submissions for its annual Ross Essay Contest through Dec. 15. This year's challenge is to write an open letter to the new president and Congress describing the most important priority for improving the American justice system. Learn more at http://www.tba.org/journal_links

O'Connor addresses Historical Society: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor entertained, informed and inspired a packed house Oct 27 at the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society 3rd Annual Dinner. She recounted tales from the history of the Supreme Court, including many firsts. Perhaps some of the most moving comments were O'Connor's description of her colleague on the Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she described as an intellectual giant "with the eye of a lawyer who saw the deepest wounds of society and said we should do something about it." The historical society was led this year by retired Justice Frank Drowota who at the dinner handed off responsibilities to the new president, former Appeals Court Judge Ben Cantrell.

The Complete Lawyer " A global practice: The globalization of the legal industry is changing the skills lawyers need to succeed in practice. Thanks to technology, travel and global business expansion, lawyers in all size firms regularly work with clients and agencies in other countries, deal with vendors around the world, and have co-workers or employees from different countries. The latest edition of The Complete Lawyer " the online magazine brought to you by the Tennessee Bar Association " offers insights from American and foreign lawyers on the legal and cultural issues lawyers face working with clients in other countries.
Read about this and more in The Complete Lawyer at http://www.tba.org/journal_links