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TBA's 4ALL Program Named Best in State, High Marks from ABA YLD
Recognition for Good Work
The Tennessee Bar Association was honored with two awards July 31 from the Tennessee Society of Association Executives. The awards recognize excellence in all areas of association management, representing the best in the state. TBA received the "Associations Advance Tennessee" award, in recognition of the association's 4ALL campaign, and "Best Membership Recruitment or Retention Program," for the TBA's Trial Membership campaign. The 4ALL campaign took on the critical problem of access to justice on four fronts: education, collaboration, participation and legislation. One of its components included a statewide Pro Bono Public Service Day where attorneys across Tennessee donated their time and talents to bring access to justice to those in need. To recruit new members, the Trial Membership campaign offered free TBA membership to nonmembers for three months, with a result so far of 512 of them joining.
YLD National Win
At the Assembly of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in Chicago on Saturday, the Tennessee Bar Association YLD received three Awards of Achievement for Outstanding Activities and Accomplishments during the 2008-2009 Bar Year. The YLD won first place in the "Service to the Bar" category for its mentoring program, first place in the "Service to the Public" for its participation in the 4ALL Public Service Day, and first place in the Comprehensive category.
TBA submits names for Judicial Nominating Commission, Performance Evaluation Commission
The TBA has recommended 36 lawyers to serve on the newly created Judicial Nominating Commission. After a grueling 4 1/2 hour meeting Aug. 13, during which there were some 19 rounds of balloting, the TBA Board of Governors recommended 12 lawyers in each grand division to Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker Kent Williams for appointment to the judicial selection body. The recommendations are widely diverse as to practice type, gender, race and urban/rural residency. TBA President Gail Ashworth called the group "superbly qualified."
At the same meeting, the TBA Board of Governors voted to recommend six lawyers to serve on the newly created Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.
To see the complete list of both groups, go to www.tba.org/journal_links
ATJ Commission recommends pro bono reporting rule
The Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission is recommending the court adopt the TBA proposal that would require lawyers to estimate their pro bono hours on an annual report filed with the Board of Professional Responsibility. The proposal would require lawyers to report the categories of pro bono service they undertake during the year or to indicate they do not wish to report. The categories match the new Rules of Professional Conduct 6.1, which includes free legal services through organized programs, legal services service to nonprofits that assist the poor and reduced or capped fee appointments in criminal and other matters. The commission was given the task of reviewing the proposal " filed last June by the Tennessee Bar Association " when it was created by the court in April. The proposal now returns to the Supreme Court for consideration.
LSC celebrates 35 years of service
On July 25, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) celebrated 35 years of providing funding for the delivery of civil legal assistance to America's low-income individuals and families. LSC board members were in Topeka, Kansas, for a quarterly meeting and attended a reception honoring the anniversary at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Learn more about the LSC at http://www.lsc.gov/
ABA launches 'Legal Rebels' project
Believing that times of great economic chaos also create great opportunities, the ABA has launched a project to profile lawyers who are using the recession to their advantage as innovators. "Rebels" will be featured in stories in the ABA Journal, on LegalRebels.com and through a variety of social media channels. The first profile will be unveiled on Aug. 25. To kick off the project, the ABA invites readers to nominate a "rebel" to profile or help draft the Legal Rebels Manifesto.
Loans now available for treatment, named for Judge Cain
Tennessee attorneys, judges and law students who lack resources to pay directly for treatment services may now receive loan assistance through a new program, the William B. Cain Foundation. The revolving loan program was created through a grant from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, according to Laura Gatrell, executive director of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). Both TLAP and the commission are funded by Tennessee licensed attorneys. The foundation was named in memory of Judge Cain, who served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1998 until his death in 2007. Find out more about the William B. Cain Foundation at www.tba.org/journal_links
UT Law launches dispute resolution program
The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the University of Tennessee has entered into an agreement with the Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University to provide graduate level instruction in conflict management and dispute resolution at the UT College of Law. Beginning this fall, law students, graduates and other executives and professionals will be able to receive instruction in the growing discipline of conflict management and dispute resolution through courses in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, system design, facilitation and public policy formation. Interested students also will be able to simultaneously pursue a law degree and masters degree in conflict management.
Learn more about the program at www.tba.org/journal_links
Judicial foundation awards law school scholarships
The Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation has awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to students attending each of Tennessee's four law schools. The foundation was established in 1995 by the membership of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, which consists of all state trial and appellate judges. Its mission is to award need-based scholarships to students attending law school in the state. It is funded through gifts and pledges from members of the Tennessee judiciary. View the list of recipients at www.tba.org/journal_links
Insurance Service Now Available
A new insurance service from the TBA Member Insurance Solutions Program (TBAMIS) is now offered to Tennessee Bar Association members. Insurance, including health, life, disability and long-term care is available through the newly activated plan. With the help of the TBA's benefits manager, Affinity Management, and TBA agent Graham Swafford III of Capital Financial Group, your insurance needs can be met.
Originally from Jasper, Tenn., Swafford has been in the insurance and financial services industry since graduating from The University of Tennessee in 2002. At CFG, he has worked with individuals and firms to identify and achieve their financial goals in a number of different areas
Swafford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 812-9107.