Letter From the Section Chair

As the chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, I want to take this opportunity to share some of the improvements our Section has already made as well some of the goals Vice-Chair Christy Allen and I have for the year. For those of you who don't know us, I am the Director and Chief Administrative Judge of the Administrative Procedures Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Christy is the Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation, for the Tennessee Department of Health.

We held the first Administrative Law Section lunch meeting in October at the Tennessee Bar Center. It was well attended and a good discussion was had about what the members would like to see the Section accomplish this year.

I am very excited about the CLE program the Section held in December. I am sure you received information about it. We had over 60 people in attendance, which I believe is the record for an Administrative Law Section CLE program. The responses we received from the attendees were very positive.

Another Section lunch is being planned to discuss future CLE programs and other Section activities. Section members will be notified when a date is selected.

Christy and I have other initiatives we would like to pursue. One is to add more content to the Section website. Additional material has already been added to the website and I encourage you to take a look at the site if you haven't recently done so. <br>
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More content will be added in the future and we certainly encourage anyone who may have ideas for additions or modification to the site to please let us know. We would also like to have more cooperation with other Sections with interests that overlap with ours, such as the Environmental Law and Health Care Law Sections. I spoke to the chairs of those two sections at a recent TBA event and they were very receptive. Any ideas you may have as to how we might coordinate efforts with other sections would be appreciated.<br><br>

My overall goal for the year is to improve the Administrative Law Section and to make it a more useful resource for the membership. I have already been impressed with the positive feedback I have received from the members and offers to help. Christy and I cannot do this by ourselves and we look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.<br><br>

Thomas G. Stovall
Thomas Stovall

Thomas Stovall, Chair
Tennessee Department of State Administrative Procedures Division
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-0518
Fax: (615) 741-4472
Email: tom.stovall@tn.gov