New Alimony Bench Book Available

The 10th Edition of the Alimony Bench Book is now available from the TBA's Family Law Section. The new version, edited by the section's Alimony Committee, includes published and unpublished cases from August 2003 to December 2011. It is available for purchase in a loose-leaf format for $40 or in a three-ring binder for $50. You can  order the book from the TBA's online bookstore or by contacting the TBA at (615) 383-7421.  The TBA would like to thank Alimony Committee Chair Amy Amundsen and all members of the committee for their hard work and commitment to this publication, which is designed to provide consistent alimony awards across the state.

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Today's News

Frost Brown Todd Plans Nashville Expansion

Kentucky-based law firm Frost Brown Todd has plans to expand its Nashville office to 50 lawyers over the next two years and to nearly 75 attorneys in the next five years. That level of growth would make the firm the fifth largest in Nashville, up from 26th in 2012. The Nashville Business Journal has more

Shelby County Considers Jury Space Upgrade

At its meeting Monday, the Shelby County Commission will consider a $250,000 upgrade to the county's jury commission space in the County Office Building at 157 Poplar Ave. The improvements would wrap up a two-year effort to renovate the building. One topic under discussion will be the number of electrical outlets in the space given the rise in the use of digital devices by those waiting to be called for jury duty. Other issues include whether to replace the seating and how to deal with flooring with asbestos adhesive that is coming loose. Memphis Daily News reports

Panel Approves Changes to Old Courtroom

The Cumberland County Building and Grounds Committee has approved a plan to divide an old courtroom at the justice center to provide greater privacy for judicial commissioners, who meet with members of the public, and those who are using telephone video monitors to visit with jail inmates. The panel originally considered moving the monitors into the lobby, but found it would be less expensive to build a hallway down the middle of the courtroom to divide the room in half. Learn more in the Crossville Chronicle

Alabama's Immigration Law Could Change

The sponsor of Alabama's controversial immigration law has introduced legislation to remove two sections put on hold by the federal courts: one that prohibits illegal immigrants from attending college in the state and one that requires public schools to check the legal residency of new students. WDEF has more

DUI Plea Includes Pro Bono Requirement

Chattanooga lawyer Hank Hill has pleaded guilty to a recent DUI charge in exchange for doing three days of pro bono community legal service instead of picking up litter or attending DUI school. The well-known defense attorney was found behind the wheel of a truck stuck in a ditch on Signal Mountain almost a year ago. He was given several breathalyzer tests at the time, but none produced sufficient samples for testing. When he declined to have a blood test done at a local hospital, he was taken into custody. Read more on

Baylor Discloses Too Much on New Law Class

Incoming students at Baylor University School of Law may know more than they should about their classmates this fall after school administrators accidentally sent out a spreadsheet detailing LSAT scores, undergraduate grade-point averages and scholarship awards for 400 accepted by the school. The data also included students’ names, addresses, telephone numbers, undergraduate institutions and ethnicities. After realizing the mistake, the school sent a second message asking recipients to act professionally and delete the information. has the story from The National Law Journal.

'Mockingbird' Gets Special Showing Saturday

Alabama author Harper Lee doesn't speak publicly very often, but she says she's honored President Barack Obama is taping an introduction to a special showing of the movie based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," which will air Saturday on USA Network. The 50-year-old film – a favorite of lawyers – tells the story of a small-town southern lawyer fighting for justice for a black man wrongly accused of a crime. The Finch character is based on Lee's father. Law definitely runs in the family. Lee's sister, who at 100 years old is still practicing law, recently was featured in a PBS documentary that aired this week.

Alexander's Early Swearing-in Focus of Forum

One of the most turbulent eras in Tennessee politics will be revisited Monday when Vanderbilt University's Central Library and Special Collections hosts "The Governor's Early Swearing-In: Was It the Right Thing to Do?" The panel discussion with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Joining Alexander will be former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch, former U.S. Attorney Hal Hardin and Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center, will serve as moderator. For more information, contact Celia Walker at or 615-343-4701. Read more from the school


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