Links for July 2016

AOC Seeks Contract Attorneys for Indigent Representation

June 9, 2016

The Administrative Office of the Courts is seeking attorneys who are interested in contracting with the AOC for judicial hospitalization services in the General Sessions Courts in Blount, Davidson, Hamilton, Hardeman and Wilson Counties. Attorneys will represent indigent respondents facing involuntary emergency judicial hospitalization. The contract arrangement establishes compensation based on dockets. Applications by county and more information are available here

New Patent Applicants Program Seeks Legal Volunteers

June 13, 2016

The TBA is starting the Legal Assistance Volunteers for Patent Applicants (LAVPA), a pro bono program that will match individual inventors and small businesses with patent attorneys to assist inventors in obtaining a patent for their inventions. There are several ways attorneys and law firms can assist with the program. Those interested in supporting the program may contact LAVPA Coordinator J. Scott “Skip” Rudsenske at (615) 277-3207. Read more about LAVPA on the TBA website

Belmont Law Receives Full ABA Accreditation

June 8, 2016

Belmont University College of Law was granted full American Bar Association accreditation on June 4. The College of Law, which enrolled its first class in Fall 2011, achieved full accreditation in the earliest possible timeframe and represents the first fully accredited law school in Tennessee in more than 50 years. “We have built a first-class law school with a focus on practical skills and the ethics and professionalism expected of all lawyers,” said Belmont Law Dean Alberto Gonzales.

2016 Legislation Summaries Available Online

June 2, 2016

The Tennessee Department of Revenue has posted brief summaries of 2016 legislation on its website. Legislation is summarized by categories.

Judicial Candidates Sign Campaign Code for August Election

June 3, 2016

Nearly one-third of all Tennessee judicial candidates facing voters in August have already signed the Tennessee Fair Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct. Candidates can still sign the code, a copy of which is available through the Tennessee Judicial Election Information Center.The code was first enacted by the Tennessee Bar Association in 2006 as a means to help preserve public faith in the integrity of the justice system. It has been signed by several hundred judicial candidates in elections since then.

Report: 10% of Federal Judgeships Are Vacant

June 6, 2016

Nearly 10 percent of federal judgeships are vacant, according to the Washington Post. The number of unfilled judgeships is nearly twice as high as the number of vacancies at this point of President George W. Bush’s presidency. But the report notes that while some judges and lawmakers believe the situation is a “judicial emergency,” a spokeswoman for the Judiciary Committee chairman called it a “made-up crisis.”  

Man Granted Clemency With Help of UT Law Students

June 14, 2016

University of Tennessee College of Law students and faculty successfully gained clemency for Emlera Quince, a man sentenced to 25 years in prison for cocaine charges. The 55-year-old was represented through the college’s Federal Clemency Clinic, which ultimately submitted a 147-page clemency petition on Quince’s behalf. President Obama made the decision to commute Quince’s sentence on June 3.  

Firms Still Struggle to Promote Women, Research Finds

June 13, 2016

Women lawyers work longer hours but bill fewer hours than male lawyers and earn less money than men, according to a white paper by four Stanford Law School students. The paper also shows little improvement to women attaining leadership roles at firms, reporting that only 5 percent of managing partners at large law firms are women. The research will be discussed at the upcoming “Women in Law Hackathon,” the ABA Journal reports


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