ABA: Law Grad Employment Ticks Up

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released data on law graduate employment outcomes for the class of 2012 nine months after graduation. According to ABA Now, law schools reported that 56.2 percent of graduates were employed in long-term, full-time positions where bar-passage was required and 9.5 percent were employed in long-term, full-time JD Advantage positions. The numbers boast a 1.3 and 1.4 percentage increase from 2011 data, respectively.

Today's Opinions

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TN Attorney General Opinions

Donations for Electronic Health Records Software by Clinical Laboratories

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-04

Opinion Number: 16

Correction of Recorded Subdivision Plat

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-05

Opinion Number: 17

Elected State or County Official Serving on a County Soil Conservation District

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-06

Opinion Number: 18

Valuation of Property that Generates Electricity Using Certain Energy Sources

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-11

Opinion Number: 19

Limitation on Authority of Higher Education Institutions to Exercise Police Powers

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-13

Opinion Number: 20

State Regulation of Insurers Offering Health Insurance in Federal Exchanges

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-18

Opinion Number: 21

Election of Utility District Commissioners

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-18

Opinion Number: 22

Public Access to Governmental Handgun Carry Permit Information

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-18

Opinion Number: 23

Use of State Personnel or Resources to Enforce Federal Firearms Laws

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-20

Opinion Number: 24

Prohibiting Observation of Elections by United Nations Representatives

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-20

Opinion Number: 25

Restrictions on Use of Photographic Devices in a Polling Place

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-26

Opinion Number: 26

Constitutionality of School Voucher Program

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-26

Opinion Number: 27

Valuation of Certified Green Energy Production Facility Property

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2013-03-26

Opinion Number: 28

Nashville Office of Butler Snow Moves into Pinnacle Building

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC continues its expansion in Nashville by moving into a new space at The Pinnacle Building at Symphony Place. The office is located on the 15th and 16th floors of the city’s newest skyscraper and boasts more than 46,000 square feet of space according to the Tennessean. The firm currently has 44 attorneys, but the new office features space for 70 offices and a capacity to expand to 110.

Report Raises Questions About Paid Trips for Federal Judges

The Center for Public Integrity released a report stating that 185 federal district and appeals court judges — 11 percent of all federal judges —  have attended at least one seminar during the last four and a half years at which foundation or corporations paid for air fare, hotel stays and meals. According to the National Law Journal, the report has restoked the decades-long debate within legal circles about federal judges who accept all-expenses-paid trips for educational seminars and draws connections between them and the corporate sponsors, including those who later appeared before them in court.

Court of Appeals Rules Church Properties Not Tax Exempt

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that properties of Christ Church Pentecostal in South Nashville were not eligible for full tax-exempt status. The Church owns a gym and activities center, café and bookstore, and a lower court had ruled they did not qualiffy for full tax-exempt status because they were not used purely and exclusively for religious purposes, the Nashville City Paper reports. The Court of Appeals ruled the bookstore/café was “nothing short of a retail establishment housed within the walls of the Community Life Center, complete with paid staff, inventory control, retail pricing, and a wide array of merchandise for sale to the general public.”

Trouble Ahead for Some Tennessee Hospitals

Some Tennessee hospitals may face closure as Gov. Bill Haslam delays a decision on whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health care overhaul, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell back Haslam’s decision to continue negotiating with the Obama administration, stating that such things happen in order to operate in a free market.

Opinion: Online Reviews Can Lead to Lawsuits

Libel cases over online comments are on the rise, as judges struggle with balancing freedom of speech with the devastating professional consequences of reckless or unsubstantiated reviews. In an opinion piece for TriCities, president and executive director of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University Ken Paulson says that courts have largely found that the First Amendment protects comments that are strictly opinion or hyperbole. Reckless or unsupported statements of fact, such as stating a lawyer is unlicensed or negligent, can lead to liability however.

Vandy Law Professor Elected into American Law Institute

Vanderbilt Law School professor Ingrid Wuerth has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an indepent non-profit organization made up of lawyers, judges and law professors. Wuerth directs Vanderbilt’s International Legal Studies Program and is a leading scholar of foreign relations and international law. She was recently named as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and a German Academic Exchange Council Fellow, permitting her to work extensively in Berlin, Germany. Wuerth also serves as a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law and has held a variety of leadership positions within the American Society of International Law.

No Joke: History Tells How Lawyers Got Bad Rap

DLA Piper, one of the world’s biggest law firms, is being sued for overbilling in a case the New York Times notes will not help the public’s opinion of the legal profession. According to a Slate.com article in the Crossville Chronicle, lawyers unfairly earned a bad reputation beginning in the Middle Ages. The perception that lawyers were greedy opportunists continued through the Renaissance and into the early modern age. By the 18th and 19th centuries, lawyers were commonly disparaged in joke books and compared to the devil in literature and drama. 

Lawmakers Seek to Replace Senate Primary Direct Election

A new bill poised for a state Senate vote on Monday would shift voting power for the U.S. Senate primaries from citizens to state lawmakers, Knoxnews reports. The measure’s main sponsor,  Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plans, said the bill is aimed at returning the state closer to the system used before 1913, when state lawmakers directly appointed U.S. senators. That system was replaced with direct election by the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


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