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At 83, Chattanooga Legal Legend Refuses to Retire

The Hamilton County Herald this week profiled Chattanooga attorney Max Bahner, who at 83 years of age, refuses to retire after 57 years of law. Bahner’s wife framed a piece of paper his daughter made him sign, which stated that he would retire on Jan. 1, 2017 – a deadline which the Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel lawyer ignored. He describes how he felt called to the profession of law, his competitive spirit and his passion for supporting younger attorneys. “Why should I retire?” Bahner asked. “I’m only 83.”
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Government Lawyers Report Increased Pressures, Retirements

A recent survey shows that 67 percent of government lawyers say that scarce resources and tight budgets are adding pressure to their workloads. And 76 percent of the government lawyers surveyed in the Thomson Reuters study expect their workloads to increase in the next few years. The survey projects that nearly 50 percent of the full state and local government workforce will be eligible for retirement by 2019, and that about a third of all federal workers are eligible for retirement this year. The ABA Journal has more.

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Join us for lunch in Kingsport this June!

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m. at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, 1901 Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2017 TBA Convention.

TBASCANS have enjoyed several trips during the past few years — including visits to several Tennessee state parks, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the famous Jack Daniel's Distillery, Historic Sewanee and Keeneland.

Please join us at June's complimentary luncheon at the Meadows Restaurant at the MeadowView Resort in Kingsport so that we can discuss your suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please email Jenny Jones or call her at (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for this luncheon no later than Friday, June 2. We hope to see you in Kingsport!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Vote for Your Favorite Book, Enter Your Fiction

Three finalists have been chosen for the seventh annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, and you can weigh in on which book should win. The prize was authorized by the late Harper Lee, and established in 2011 by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. Vote for your favorite among Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Gone Again by James Grippando, or The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. While you are in book mode, send in your entry to the Tennessee Bar Journal's First Annual Fiction Competition. The deadline is May 31, so get to writing!

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Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for a Spring Trip to Lake Barkley, Kentucky

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce an exciting spring trip for TBASCANS, April 21-23, 2017, to the Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky. This weekend event will be held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

TBASCANS attending this event will enjoy the area’s always-beautiful spring while traveling to Lake Barkley State Resort Park. You may arrive at your leisure on Friday, April 21, and enjoy dinner on your own. The resort restaurant is open for dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.  After dinner you may join the board and your fellow travelers at TBA's hospitality suite that will open at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 22, attendees are free to enjoy breakfast, lunch and the park on your own. On Saturday afternoon, you will join your fellow travelers and TBA colleagues for a boat excursion on beautiful Lake Barkley and will gather afterwards for a cookout on the grounds.

Highlights

  • Saturday Boat Excursion on Lake Barkley
  • Saturday, Reception and Dinner - 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, Hospitality Suite - 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Depart on Your Own

Registration

$100 per person
$30 -- child’s ticket price (12 and under)

Registration includes the boat excursion on Lake Barkley, the Saturday night reception and dinner and cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights at the TBA hospitality suite. 

Lodging

We have reserved a block of rooms for TBASCANS to attend this event at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky.  Take advantage of the special room rate of $99.95 by contacting the Resort at 1-270-924-1131 or registering online today.  When making your accommodations, make sure you mention our special group code – 1123.

Register Now

TBASCUS offers programs and services to lawyers in the prime of their careers. All Tennessee Bar Association members age 50 and up are included as members of TBASCUS. To register for this event, or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones at 1-615-277-3212 or by email at jjones@tnbar.orgMonday, April 10 is the deadline to register for this event!

We hope to see you there!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Have You Heard About the TBA Mashup?

Interested in observing a legal hackathon or getting a hands-on demonstration of the new Fastcase 7 platform? Both will be part of the first TBA Mashup, a full-day of activities and free programming set for Feb. 17 at the Tennessee Bar Center in conjunction with the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program.

In addition to the hackathon and Fastcase 7 demo, the TBA Mashup will feature sessions on: 

  • Current State of Health Insurance for the Small Firms
  • Professional Liability Insurance - What to look for in YOUR Policy
  • A Demo of Fastcase TopForm, a powerful bankruptcy filing software
  • Retirement Planning Guidance from the ABA Retirement Funds
  • Pro Bono in Action: How to help with pro bono events and how to take part in online options

At the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program, you can take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration will be open all day. Payment will be determined at checkout based on the hours you need. Topics will include: 

  • Bill & Phil Tech Show
  • Ethical Considerations for Cyber Security in Law
  • Evolution of the Legal Marketplace
  • Making e-Discovery Affordable 
  • Drone Law
  • Encryption for Lawyers

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Reminder - You Are Invited to a January Luncheon in Nashville

December 2016

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at noon at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other exciting TBASCUS trips included a visit to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center, and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery so that we can discuss your suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please email Jenny Jones at jjones@tnbar.org or call her at (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Seersucker a Hot Topic at Southern Festival of Books Friday

The 28th annual Southern Festival of Books, sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, is this weekend in Nashville. The event, set for Legislative Plaza, will host hundreds of best-selling, award-winning authors. One session you won't want to miss is Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom speaking with author Shellie Tomlinson on the panel, "Seersucker and the Front Porch: Icons of Southern Culture." They will be in Room 30 of Legislative Plaza from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday. Haltom will discuss his book, Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker. Here is the rest of the lineup of authors at the festival, which runs through Sunday.

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Granny Pods, Employment Law … and Setting Up an Office at the Wal-Firm

Pick up your copy of the current Tennessee Bar Journal for some weekend reading and you'll find a variety of subjects by our crackerjack columnists. Edward Phillips and Brandon Morrow write about subjective beliefs in two recent age discrimination cases and Monica Franklin looks at the new “granny pods” that are now legal in Tennessee. Nick McCall reviews Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis and humor columnist Bill Haltom considers setting up his office at the Wal-Firm. Read the entire October issue here.

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Join your TBASCUS colleagues for a fall trip to Knoxville

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce an exciting fall trip for TBASCANS. We'll be staying at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville, Oct. 28-29, meeting in conjunction with the fall meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

TBASCANS attending this event will have the opportunity to travel through Tennessee during autumn's spectacular peak season, and upon arrival enjoy outstanding food and accommodations at the Crowne Plaza.

On Friday, Oct. 28, check in at your leisure, then join the TBA Board of Governors for dinner at Primo Italian Restaurant located in the famous Sunsphere. After dinner you'll will have the opportunity to visit with your fellow travelers at the TBA Hospitality Suite in the hotel.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, enjoy breakfast, the hotel and its varied amenities, or any of the local attractions on your own, before joining your fellow travelers and TBA colleagues for an evening of revelry donning Halloween costumes and viewing the UT v. South Carolina football game while enjoying a buffet dinner at the hotel.

Highlights

  • Friday, Reception and Dinner – 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Reception and Dinner - 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, Hospitality Suite - 9:30 p.m.

Registration

$150.00 per person includes the Friday night dinner at Primo Italian Restaurant and the Saturday night reception and dinner. Access to the TBA hospitality suite on both nights is also included.

Lodging

We have reserved a block of rooms for TBASCANS to attend this event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville. Take advantage of the special room rate of $110 by calling the Crowne Plaza at 865-522-2600. Our room block expires on October 5 so do not delay in calling to book your room now!

Register Now

TBASCUS offers programs and services to lawyers in the prime of their career. All Tennessee Bar Association members age 50 and up are included as members of TBASCUS. To register for this event, or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, 615-383-7421. Monday, Oct. 17, is the deadline to register for this event!

We hope to see you there!

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Save The Date - Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for a Fall Trip to Beautiful East Tennessee

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce an exciting fall trip for TBASCANS to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville. This exciting weekend event will be held Oct. 28-29 in conjunction with the fall meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

TBASCANS attending this event will have the opportunity to travel through Tennessee during autumn's spectacular peak season, and upon their arrival enjoy outstanding food, accommodations and conversations with TBASCAN colleagues. Event details are still coming together so watch for more information on planned activities.

Lodging

We have reserved a block of rooms for TBASCANS to attend this event at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville at a special rate of $110. Book your room now by contacting the Crowne Plaza Knoxville.  Our room block expires on Sept. 28 so don't delay in booking your room!

Stay tuned as further details are forthcoming!  We hope to see you there!

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Nashville Lawyer Dale Quillen Dies at 91

Well-known Nashville attorney Dale Quillen died Saturday (Aug. 13), the Tennessean reports. He was 91. Quillen served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in Guam and Iwo Jima, and later earned his law degree from the YMCA Night Law School. He was licensed to practice law in 1956 and practiced for more than 60 years. Davidson County General Sessions Judge William E. "Bill" Higgins worked for Quillen's firm after he graduated from law school and said, “Dale Quillen graciously welcomed me into his law office at 46th and Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville. I learned from him, a fine legal scholar, dedication to my clients and to the law. He will not only be fondly remembered by me, but also by the community for his wit, tenacity, and legal acumen." Service information is pending.

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Retirement Webinar on Tap for Wednesday

The ABA Retirement Funds Program is hosting a free webinar on the role of self-directed brokerage accounts (SDBA) within retirement plans. The session will be held this Wednesday at noon Central Daylight Time. Topics include: the basics of SDBAs, the benefits of SDBAs, SDBA product details, how SDBAs work within the regulatory environment of ERISA, and trends related to SDBAs in the marketplace.

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2016 Senior Tennessee Lawyers Honored for Service

New senior counselors named at TBA convention in Nashville

NASHVILLE, June 27, 2016 — More than 100 attorneys from across the state were honored as “senior counselors” for their service to the legal profession during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention in Nashville. Senior counselors are those Tennessee Bar Association members who, during the coming membership year will reach 75 years of age or complete 50 years of practice.

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Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for Lunch in Nashville this June

You are cordially invited to a complimentary TBASCUS luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Veranda Lounge at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, 777 McGavock Pike in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2016 TBA Convention.

TBASCANS have enjoyed several trips during the past few years — including visits to several Tennessee state parks, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the famous Jack Daniel's Distillery, Historic Sewanee and Keeneland.

Please join us in June at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville so that we can discuss your suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS.

To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for this luncheon no later than Friday, June 3. We hope to see you at the Sheraton Music City!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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REMINDER - Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for a Spring Trip to The Sewanee Inn

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce a spring trip for TBASCANS to The Sewanee Inn, located on the campus of the historic University of the South in Sewanee. This weekend event, scheduled for April 15-17, will be held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

TBASCANS attending this event will have the opportunity to enjoy Tennessee’s ever-beautiful spring while traveling to Sewanee. TBASCANS may arrive at the Sewanee Inn at their leisure on Friday, then enjoy dinner at the hotel or venture out and explore charming Sewanee. Joining the Board for the Friday night dinner at the hotel is also an option, for an additional fee.  The TBA hospitality suite will be open after dinner for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, attendees are free to enjoy breakfast, the resort and its varied amenities or any of the local attractions on their own before joining together for an afternoon tour of the campus at The University of the South.  After the tour, guests will enjoy a reception at the University Archives and dinner at the historic St. Luke’s Chapel.

Highlights

  • Friday and Saturday, Hospitality Suite - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Reception and Dinner – 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Additional Fee Applies)
  • Saturday, Reception and Dinner - 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (included)

Registration

$100 per person. Includes the Saturday night reception and dinner and cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights at the TBA hospitality suite.  Add on the Friday night Reception and Dinner for $75.

Lodging

We have reserved a block of rooms for TBASCANS to attend this event at the Sewanee Inn. Feel free to register online or call the Sewanee Inn at 855-494-4466 and be sure to mention the promo code TBA416 to secure the Tennessee Bar Association rate of $199.  Our room block expires on March 22 so do not delay in calling to book your room now!

Register Now

TBASCUS offers programs and services to lawyers in the prime of their career.  All Tennessee Bar Association members at age 50 and up are included as members of TBASCUS.  To register for this event, or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, 615-383-7421.  Monday, April 4, is the deadline to register for this event!

We hope to see you there!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Judge McMullen Featured at MTSU Event

Tennessee Appellate Judge Camille R. McMullen was the keynote speaker at Middle Tennessee State University's 20th Annual Unity Luncheon, held yesterday to honor community heroes age 60 or older who have made outstanding contributions to the area. McMullen, the first African-American woman to serve on an intermediate court in state history, encouraged the audience to view diversity as a positive. Read more from the Daily News Journal.

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In This Issue: Retaliatory Discharge, Advanced Care Planning and Dale Bumpers

This month the Tennessee Bar Journal's employment law column by Edward Phillips and Brandon Morrow covers retaliatory discharge in "Badges and Blown Whistles: Recent Retaliatory Discharge Actions in Tennessee." Monica Franklin collaborates with Dr. Gregory Phelps in her elder law column, "Advanced Care Planning: When Law and Medicine Intersect."  Humor columnist Bill Haltom writes about the late Dale Bumpers, the small-town lawyer who defended Bill Clinton before the Senate in the 1999 impeachment trial. Read these and the rest of the February issue.

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Marion Co. Attorney, Former Lawmaker Howard Swafford Dies

Marion County attorney and former state representative Howard G. Swafford died yesterday (Feb. 4). He was 96. Swafford attended law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law after serving in World War II.  A Republican, he was elected to the state legislature in 1972, practiced law and won his last jury trial at age 92. He is survived by fellow lawyers, his wife Claude Galbreath Swafford; a son, Howard Graham Swafford Jr. of Jasper; a daughter, retired Magistrate Claudia Swafford Haltom and son-in-law, former Tennessee Bar Association President William Haltom, of Memphis. Visitation is Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Jasper. The funeral will follow at 3 p.m. The family requests no flowers, but contributions may be made in Swafford’s honor to the First Baptist Church of Jasper, the Family Life Center Fund at McKendree Methodist Church of Jasper, and A Step Ahead Foundation of Memphis or Chattanooga. Read more about his life.

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Reminder - You Are Invited to a January TBASCUS Luncheon in Nashville

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon at noon on Jan. 22 at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2016 TBA Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other past TBASCUS trips include visits to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center, and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery for conversations with your TBASCAN colleagues and discussions of  future trips and events. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please email Jenny Jones or call her at (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Jan. 15. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace
TBASCUS Chair

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Join Your Colleagues for a January Luncheon in Nashville

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon on Friday, Jan 22, at 12:00 p.m. at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2016 TBA Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other exciting TBASCUS trips include a visit to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery to visit with friends and colleagues and discuss suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Friday, Jan. 15. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Age Discrimination in Job Market Bigger Issue for Women

Recent studies from the National Bureau of Economic Research show that older workers who are unemployed are often discriminated against in their job search, according to Five Thirty Eight Economics, and that it's worse for older women than men. One of the study's authors, David Neumark, speculates that anti-discrimination laws actually make it harder to prove the discrimination for older women. Sex is a protected class in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while age is covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, he said. "Because different laws cover different categories, those who fall into both may also have a harder time proving they’ve been discriminated against."

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TBJ Contains 50 Years of Wise Words

This month’s 50th Birthday feature, "Timeless Wisdom," reminds readers of the wise words the Tennessee Bar Journal has published over the years. For instance: "To be a competent lawyer, one must first be a competent human being" (Val Sanford, 1984); "The practice of law is not similar in any respect to professional wrestling" (Penny White, 1994); "We will be strong and forceful advocates, but in a manner which does not destroy our professionalism, our collegiality and our effectiveness" (Bob Ritchie, 1998); and "Retention of women in the private practice of law is attainable, but will require change" (Karen Neal and Cynthia Sellers, 2009). There's a lot more where that came from -- read this story and the full issue online.

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Lawyers Hindered Women Getting Vote 95 Years Ago

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of women earning the right to vote by learning more about the details of the struggle that took place in Tennessee. Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski looks at Suffragists’ fight and how the lawyers of the state did more to thwart than help the effort for much of the time. In his article, Nashville lawyer Timothy Warnock answers the question “is revenue from concerts recoverable in copyright-infringement cases?” President Bill Harbison analyzes some of the differences between new lawyers and those who have been practicing a long time. Read these and other articles in the August Tennessee Bar Journal.

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Senior Tennessee Lawyers Honored for Service

New senior counselors named at TBA convention in Memphis

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2015 — Eighty-six attorneys from around the state were honored as “senior counselors” for their service to the legal profession during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention June 19 in Memphis. Senior counselors are those Tennessee Bar Association members who, during the coming membership year will reach 75 years of age or complete 50 years of practice.

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