TBA Announces Civility Initiative Events

The TBA will hold civility initiative events in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville over the next several months, beginning with a Memphis program on Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The program, sponsored by the TBA and the law school, will focus on civility in the public square, where policy debates -- especially those with cross-cultural implications -- can quickly become contentious. It will use the current effort to consolidate city and county schools in Memphis as a case study in how to bring civility into a divisive debate. The second forum, set for Nashville on Oct. 16, will focus on civility in interacting with the courts, as well as issues affecting the access to and delivery of justice. The final forum will be held in Knoxville on Feb. 21. It will focus on civility and effective governance, using the model emulated by former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to Japan Howard H. Baker Jr. The TBA's Balancing Civility and Free Expression Initiative is designed to encourage a public conversation about the tensions between civility and free speech, the state of our public square and the challenges of maintaining civil discourse in a democracy.