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January TBA BarBuzz Podcast Now Streaming

This month's episode of the TBA BarBuzz podcast is now available. BarBuzz is a monthly show from the TBA Podcast Network that recaps legal happenings from across Tennessee, upcoming events at the bar, attorney shout outs and more. Other shows in the network include Sidebar, a podcast featuring human interest stories from Tennessee attorneys, HealthyBar, which focuses on attorney well being, and TBA YLD Presents: War Stories. All shows are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search the show's title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Estate Planning & Probate Forum 2020

The TBA’s highly regarded Estate Planning & Probate Forum will return to the Embassy Suites Cool Springs on Friday, Feb. 21. This annual staple for planning professionals will feature best practices and tips regarding timely topics such as:
 
  • Practical will and trust drafting, including basic forms
  • A panel discussion regarding administration of trusts
  • Testimonials regarding probate litigation and will contests
  • What Tennessee has done to to become a top trust jurisdiction
  • A probate panel with representatives from the three grand divisions
  • Legislative updates
  • Ethics for planners
  • And more
Attendees of the forum who wish to stay at the hotel will receive a discounted TBA rate. You can reserve your room at the TBA rate by using this link, or by calling 1-800-EMBASSY and referencing the group code EPF. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from seasoned practitioners and top players in the field while being a beneficiary of necessary CLE credits. Missing out is irrevocable.
 
When: Friday, Feb. 21, registration begins at 8 a.m., CST
Where: Embassy Suites Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin
 
 
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Register to Attend: 17th Annual Bankruptcy Law Forum

Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Bankruptcy Law Forum, which will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Gatlinburg from May 15-17, 2020. This unique weekend retreat provides attendees with the ability to earn up to 10 hours of CLE credit, including three hours of ethics credit. Friday's sessions include a comprehensive case law update and a look at the newly passed Small Business Reorganization Act.

Included in the cost of the program is a Friday evening networking reception and dinner at The Park Grill. Saturday's sessions give attendees the opportunity to work in small groups led by prominent bankruptcy judges from across the state. The groups will discuss case problems that bring to light recent developments in the law and real world problems that bankruptcy practitioners face.

Sunday will focus on various ethical issues that arise in the practice area. The program webpage contains additional details, including the link to reserve a hotel room through the room block. 

We hope to see you there! Reserve your spot by signing-up today!

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Tomorrow: Environmental Law Forum 2020

The TBA Environmental Law Forum will take place at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville tomorrow, Jan. 17. This annual event for environmental lawyers will present timely updates on legal issues involving the TVA Gallatin Fossil Plant lawsuit, the recent VW settlement, ethics in environmental law and more. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from seasoned practitioners while networking with top players in the field. Here are the key details:
 
When: Friday, Jan. 17, Registration at 10 a.m., CST
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville
 
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Applications Sought for 16th District Circuit Court Judge

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a circuit court judge in the 16th Judicial District, which covers Rutherford and Cannon Counties. The vacancy will be created with the retirement of Judge Royce Taylor on March 3, 2020. Applications should be submitted by noon CST on Jan. 7. The commission will hold a public hearing on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. CST at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro to consider the applicants. A vote to forward three names to the governor is expected to occur immediately following the hearing. Learn more online or download the notice.

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Supreme Court Seeks New Comments on Rules Changes

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday issued orders soliciting comments on three proposed amendments to its rules. In each case, the court had previously requested comments but made additional changes to the proposed amendments. The amendment to Rule 9 Section 10 addresses annual registration and payment requirements. The amendment to Rule 9 Section 26 addresses payment of the professional privilege tax. And the amendment to Rule 43 deals with interest on lawyers’ trust accounts. All comments are due by Jan. 30, 2020.

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Hearing Set for 15th District Circuit Court Applicants

The Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider six applicants for a vacancy on the 15th Judicial District circuit court on Jan. 8, the Administrative Office of the Courts announced today. The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse, 228 E. Main St., Lebanon 37087. The commission is expected to vote immediately after the interviews and forward three names to Gov. Bill Lee for consideration. The court vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge John D. Wootten Jr. The court serves Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties.

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Have Student Loans? TBA’s Credible Can Help

Do you know if you’re overpaying on your student loans? The TBA has partnered with Credible to help you find out. With Credible, you can check competitive loan options from their vetted lenders so you can pay off your student loans faster, lower your monthly payment — or both. It’s fast, it’s real and it’s private. Do it all online here or call Jackie at 866-540-6005 and let her know you are a TBA Member.

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CFPB Updates Fall 2019 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week published its Fall 2019 rulemaking agenda which included two new items to its long-term regulatory agenda. One new item is possible changes to the Loan Originator Compensation rule to address feedback the bureau received that the rules were too restrictive. The second item added to the agenda relates to feedback received regarding the intersection of some Regulation Z requirements and E-SIGN being too restrictive for consumers applying for credit cards electronically. Read this JD Supra article which covers the bureau’s full agenda in greater detail. 

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Upcoming Sports Law Webcast - Dec. 13

On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal prohibition on sports gambling and opened the door for states to legalize sports betting on their own terms. A year-and-a-half later, the United States is the fastest growing sports betting market in the world. Nineteen states have legalized sports betting, and at least 10 more states are expected to pass legislation in 2020. Among the states to legalize sports betting is Tennessee, which will be the first state to offer an online only wagering platform.
 
Held at 10 a.m. CST on Dec. 13, the "Sports Betting: Tennessee and Beyond" webcast will examine sports betting legislation at the state level and prospects of a federal framework, including a closer look at the Tennessee Sports Gaming Act. We will discuss the emergence of sports betting in mainstream media and culture and take a look at legal issues related to the ownership and monetization of sports betting data. Register today!
 
Sponsored by the TBA Entertainment & Sports Law Section. Section members enjoy a reduced price for this webcast.

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New HealthyBar Podcast Available

The TBA recently released the second installment of its HealthyBar podcast. The new episode focuses on the origins and practice of yoga and is, as usual, hosted by Nashville attorney Joanna McCracken of Piper McCracken. The HealthyBar podcast is a bi-monthly program focused on attorney well-being, offering best practices and tips to keep you healthy. It is one feature of the TBA’s Podcast network lineup, which also includes the monthly SideBar and BarBuzz programs, and coming soon, a new show from the TBA Young Lawyers Division. All shows are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search for the show title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Ballad Health Filed More Than 6,700 Lawsuits Regarding Medical Debt Last Year

Tennessee-based hospital conglomerate Ballad Health filed more than 6,700 lawsuits against patients last year highlighting concerns over skyrocketing medical debt, The New York Times reports. The company, which oversees more than 20 hospitals in Virginia and Tennessee, has filed over 44,000 lawsuits since 2009, with the number of suits typically increasing on an annual basis. Executive Vice President for System Innovation and Chief Population Health Officer Anthony Keck said the company is only pursuing patients who have the means to pay but choose not to; however, detractors contend healthcare companies are targeting people who appear they can pay, but cannot afford the higher deductibles stipulated by insurance companies.

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Ethics Roadshow Coming to a City Near You

The TBA is bringing its Ethics Roadshow to a city near you on multiple days in December. The program will be in Knoxville on Dec. 4, Chattanooga on Dec. 5, Memphis on Dec. 9, Nashville on Dec. 10, Jackson on Dec. 16, and Johnson City on Dec. 18. Sign up today to reserve your spot for this annual event, guaranteed to meet your ethics requirements for the year and enhance your knowledge of crucial changes in the legal profession. The course also is always full of surprises and humor. Earn up to three hours of dual CLE credit. See the list of all courses.

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U.S. House Hears Testimony Regarding Unfair Housing Practices for Same-sex Couples

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday considered evidence regarding claims of discrimination involving same-sex couples who encounter more denials and higher interest rates when applying for mortgages, the Washington Blade reports. The committee heard testimony that LGBT adults are twice as likely as their non-LGBT counterparts to report having been denied housing, and that same-sex couples experience about three to eight percent lower approval rates in acquiring loans than same-sex couples. This hearing is part of a push for passage of the Equality Act, which passed the House in May. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has refused to advance the legislation for a vote in that chamber.

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DOJ Office of the U.S. Trustee Seeks Trustees for Case-by-Case Appointment

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, is seeking resumes from persons interested in joining a pool of trustees who may be appointed on a case-by-case basis to administer cases filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. Trustees may be primarily appointed to cases filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, all divisions. Fiduciary and bankruptcy experience is desirable but not mandatory. All resumes must be received on or before Nov. 15. You can find out more information regarding this opportunity and apply using this link.

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Court to Hear Challenge to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Supreme Court will take up a case this term that could significantly weaken the structure and independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government watchdog agency launched in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, News 4 reports from CNN. The law that established the CFPB says the president may not remove the director except for "inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office." But critics — including the Trump administration, current director Kathleen Kraninger, as well as a law firm fighting a CFPB-led investigation — argue in court briefs that a restriction on the president's authority to remove the director at will, including over policy disagreements, "violates the Constitution's separation of powers."

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October Edition of TBA BarBuzz Podcast Out Now

Tune in to the October episode of the TBA BarBuzz podcast to hear a recap of legal happenings from across Tennessee, upcoming events at the bar, attorney shout outs and more. BarBuzz is one of three podcasts from the Tennessee Bar Association Podcast Network. Other shows include Sidebar, a podcast featuring human interest stories from Tennessee attorneys, and HealthyBar, which focuses on attorney well being. All three shows are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search the show's title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts.

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New TBA Sidebar Podcast Episode Shares Benefits of Improv Comedy For Lawyers

A new installment of the Tennessee Bar Association Podcast Network show, Sidebar, is now available. The episode focuses on improv skills for attorneys and features interviews with the co-owner of the Third Coast Comedy Club in Nashville and Kirsten Jacobson, staff attorney at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and improv student. Sidebar is available on the TBA's website or anywhere you listen to podcasts, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn. Simply search the show title of "Tennessee Bar Association." Do you have a story lead you'd like to hear on a future episode? Submit your ideas here.

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Deputy Commissioner of TennCare Roberts to Speak at TBA Health Law Forum

As Tennessee deals with the rising medical needs of its rural citizens and seeks to realize its Medicaid block grant proposal, there are many developments on the horizon for TennCare. TBA Health Law Section member and Deputy Commissioner of TennCare Gabe Roberts will address some of these plans on Oct. 17 at the 31st Annual TBA Health Law Forum. Roberts’ address — along with presentations by Johns Hopkins health policy expert and New York Times bestselling author Marty Makary and health care policy advisor to the White House Larry Van Horn — will make this year’s forum the must-see, must-do event in health law. You can learn more and see the rest of the program’s stellar line-up using this link.
 
When: Oct. 17-18; registration begins at 7 a.m., CDT on Oct. 17
Where: Embassy Suites Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin
 
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Practice Some Self-Care This Month

September is Self–Care Awareness Month and a great time to remember that we need to take care of ourselves. Self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives as we all tend to put others’ needs before our own. It is also easy to think of self-care as being self-centered or selfish but that is not the case. Self-care is really about paying attention to how we feel in each moment, communicating clearly and speaking up for ourselves. Not sure how to get started? Psychology Today offers 12 tips for self-care. Check out the ideas here.

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Legal Aid Society to Celebrate 50-Year Anniversary

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will hold its 50th Anniversary Celebration “An Evening at the Frist” on Nov. 9 at the Frist Museum in downtown Nashville. The event will feature cocktails, live music and a gallery exhibition, and provide a unique opportunity to honor the group’s distinguished 50-year legacy of providing “justice for all.” Tickets are available online.

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September Episode Of TBA BarBuzz Podcast Now Available

Get a monthly recap of bar association news and upcoming events on this month’s episode of BarBuzz, part of the Tennessee Bar Association Podcast Network. Also included in the network are Sidebar, a show covering human interest stories from attorneys in Tennessee and HealthyBar, a podcast centered on attorney wellbeing. The shows are now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA’s website. Simply search the show title or “Tennessee Bar Association” wherever you listen to podcasts.

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President Trump Signs Into Law 4 Bankruptcy Bills

President Trump recently signed four bankruptcy bills into law, JD Supra reports. The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2336) increases the debt limit used to establish whether a family farmer is eligible under Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code from around $4.4 million to $10 million. The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2019 (H.R. 3304) extends the current exemption from Chapter 7 “presumption of abuse” means testing for eligible reservists of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard for an additional 4-year period, through Dec. 18, 2023. The Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019 (H.R. 2938), also known as the HAVEN Act, excludes some VA and DoD disability payments from being included in the definition of “current monthly income” for bankruptcy means testing. The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) adds a new subchapter V to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Read a more extensive overview of H.R. 3311, H.R. 2938 and H.R. 2336 in this article by Burr and Forman and read more about H.R. 2938 in this article by the National Law Review.

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Volunteers Needed for New Nashville Legal Clinic

Legal Aid Society will host its Downtown Free Legal Clinic at the Nashville Public Library on Sept. 4 from 4 – 6 p.m., CDT. This is a new monthly service where lawyers can provide counsel and advice to those who otherwise could not afford it. The legal clinic will be held the first Wednesday of each month at this same time and location. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kendra Cheek, 615-780-7131.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 4 – 6 p.m., CDT

Where: Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville

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Simplify Practice Management with Clio

Clio is the leading cloud-based legal practice management platform for law firms of all sizes, letting you manage matters, contacts and documents from anywhere. With advanced features like time-tracking, calendaring and billing, Clio helps lawyers spend less time on administrative work and more time on what really matters: practicing law. TBA members get a 10% lifetime discount. See how Clio helps manage calendaring, tasks and communication in this tutorial video.

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