Van Horn Elected Vice President

TBA President for 2011

Tennessee Bar Association members have chosen Memphis lawyer Danny Van Horn to be TBA's next vice president, a choice that will make him the organization's president-elect in 2010 and TBA president in 2011.

More than 25 percent of TBA members voted in the competitive contest between Van Horn and Jackson attorney Linda Warren Seely. Van Horn, a former president of the TBA's Young Lawyers Division, currently serves as the 9th District''s representative on the TBA Board of Governors and as chair of the TBA CLE Committee.

In announcing the results, TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur thanked the two candidates for having "a spirited and professional campaign which has helped to heighten interest in the TBA, its mission and its future."

Briefs

Tennessee team competes in national mock trial: Tennessee's state high school mock trial champion, White Station High School of Memphis, competed in the national high school mock trial competition in May in Atlanta and placed 23 out of 41. Team members distinguished themselves as Gordon Pera and Jennifer Vu won best witness certificates and Jennifer Edelson and Grace Kim won best attorney certificates. The team was coached by Memphis attorneys Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein and Michelle Bernstein.

With fewer legal jobs out there, 43,000 graduates hit the market: The nation's 200 accredited law schools were set to spit out about 43,000 graduates this month, with roughly half of those lawyer-hopefuls expecting to take jobs in private practice. But they will be entering an employment market that already is swarming with laid-off associates, resulting in a "massive pile-up of attorneys looking for work." Law.com has this National Law Journal report at www.tba.org/journal_links.

And yet ... law school enrollment numbers up for the fall: According to preliminary data from the Law School Admission Council, the number of students applying to law schools is up 3.8 percent for the fall 2009, and the number of applications filed by those individuals is up 6 percent. In an interview with the ABA Journal, the council's president suggests that the economic downturn has led to the increase.
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Annual law school rankings put Vanderbilt in top 20: U.S. News & World Report released in April its 2010 law school rankings with no major upheavals among top spots. Yale remains first on the list, followed by Harvard and Stanford, which tied for second place last year. Two Tennessee schools made the top 100 list: Vanderbilt University came in at 17, while the University of Tennessee College of Law ranked 59. For the first time this year, the magazine also added rankings for part-time law schools although no Tennessee schools made the grade in that category. See the list and read commentary on the rankings from the National Law Journal at www.tba.org/journal_links.

Plan your estate now: Despite these difficult economic times, there are many reasons that now is a good time for lawyers to set up plans for their estates. For those who may be subject to federal or state estate tax, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accomplish unique planning goals and objectives, according to reports in the current issue of The Complete Lawyer, the online magazine brought to you as a TBA member service. Here are a few of the stories you'll find: It's A "Perfect Storm" for Lawyers' Estate Planning; Women Need to Be Educated About Estate Planning; Asset Protection Considerations for Business Owners; Tax Aspects of Life Settlement Arrangements; The Irrevocable Income-Only Trust; and Succession Planning for Solos. Check out these and other stories in this month's Complete Lawyer at www.thecompletelawyer.com/bars/tennessee-bar-association/

FCC can ban fleeting expletives, high court says: At the end of April , the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the power of the Federal Communications Commission to ban so-called fleeting expletives in live broadcasts. At issue is an FCC policy adopted in March 2004 that bans "isolated or fleeting" use of four-letter words during daytime and evening broadcasts. In a 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court said the FCC policy switch was not arbitrary or capricious.

ABAJournal.com connects you to more information at www.tba.org/journal_links.

New law review aims for wider audience: A new legal publication launched recently by a group of influential law reviews is designed to reach out to a wide range of readers, not just those in the legal world. The Legal Workshop " a collaboration between New York University Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review and University of Chicago Law Review " was started and is operated by current and former student editors of the law reviews. Check it out at http://legalworkshop.org/

Jailhouse confessions OK: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 29 that prosecutors can use so-called jailhouse confessions at trial to impeach a defendant's court testimony. The 7-2 decision held that a confession to an informant was admissible for impeachment purposes, but not to prove the government's case in chief.

New law school picks up accreditation: Lincoln Memorial University's new law school in downtown Knoxville has been granted accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The action follows Tennessee Board of Law Examiner approval earlier this spring, which allows graduates to be eligible to sit for the Tennessee bar exam. LMU officials are also seeking accreditation from the American Bar Association for its John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law, which would allow graduates to sit for any state bar exam. �

Law Day Contest Winners Celebrate Lincoln's 200th Birthday

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has announced the winners of the 2009 Tennessee Law Day Art and Essay Competitions. The theme of this year's contest was "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial," which was chosen to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and spur debate on whether the goals of the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence have been met.
Knoxville lawyer Kelli Guinn with Howard & Howard served as this year's contest coordinator.

Essay Contest

First Place: Nathan House, 12th Grade, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School, Nashville
Second Place:Desiree Kamerman, 9th Grade, Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville
Third Place: Joshua Shepherd, 11th Grade, Tri-Cities Christian School, Jonesborough.

Art Contest

First Place: Chihye Kim, 4th Grade, Cedar Bluff Elementary, Knoxville
Second Place: Caroline Daniel, 4th Grade, Franklin Road Academy, Brentwood
Third Place: Miranda Williams, 7th Grade,   Smoky Mountain Elementary, Cosby.

View the winning art and essay entries at www.tba.org/YLD/artessay_2009.html