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Law Office Management Tips on Shipping

If your law office uses shipping services, your TBA membership team can help you compare those costs to TBA’s UPS member benefit. Your firm office manager can work directly with TBA staff and UPS services to enroll or transfer shipping accounts. Members can save up to 34 percent on UPS’s broad portfolio of shipping services, including next day air, international, ground and express.
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Man Shoots Coach at Youth Football Game

Nashville police are looking for a man who allegedly shot a youth football coach during a dispute at a game, the Tennessean reports. The coach was shot twice in his right leg on Saturday night at Antioch High School after breaking up a fight between players. The suspect, upset about the fight, asked the coach to meet him under the bleachers. Once there, the coach said the man pulled a pistol and began shooting. Police said Sunday that the coach was recovering.

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23 Children Dead from Vehicular Heatstroke This Year

It’s a scenario we hear about every summer, a child gets left in a hot car and dies. Last year 43 kids died from being left in a hot car, this year that number is down to 23. The Chattanooga Times Free Press takes a look at this issues and steps that can be taken to prevent it.

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Responses Sought for Proposed Changes to Child Support Guidelines

The Tennessee Child Support Guidelines are being updated in order to comply with federal law changes, and the state Department of Human Service Child Support Program is currently soliciting feedback from across the state. Those interested in providing feedback should review the redlined copy of the proposed changes and complete a survey by Aug. 17.
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Cabell Appointed to Magistrate Post for Williamson Juvenile Court

Franklin attorney Jacques Cabell has been appointed as a full-time magistrate judge for the Williamson County Juvenile Court. Cabell is a graduate of Tennessee State University and the Nashville School of Law. He previously served in the U.S. Marines and worked at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He also practiced family law and criminal law in the Franklin firm Kelli Haas and Associates PLLC.

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New Program Addresses Transportation Issues for Seniors

Portland, Tenn., is taking a novel approach to assisting seniors with a new adult transportation program, The Tennessean reports. The program, Portland Adult Transportation, will facilitate volunteers to take seniors ages 60 and older to their hair appointments, the grocery store, the doctor, the library and other regularly visited places. The program is tentatively scheduled to launch Aug. 6, but it needs volunteers who are interested in working with the elderly. To register as a rider or volunteer, contact Terri DeZwarte at 615-670-2806 or patseniors@juno.com.

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Tennessee Senior Law Alliance Expands Legal Help for Seniors

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, in cooperation with several legal aid providers, is taking a coordinated approach to assisting Tennessee seniors facing legal problems, according to a press release on its website. The Tennessee Senior Law Alliance will partner with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Memphis Area Legal Services and West Tennessee Legal Services in effort to reach all 95 Tennessee counties, helping seniors identify and resolve core legal issues such as wrongfully reduced or denied access to benefits and health care; illegal barriers to obtaining and maintaining safe and secure housing; physical, emotional and financial abuse and exploitation; and a lack of help with basic estate planning such as creating wills, advance directives and powers of attorney. You can learn more about the program using this link.

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Destination CLE Survey

Let's take a trip! The TBA CLE Committee would like your feedback on destination CLE events. Taking a moment to complete this brief survey will greatly assist us in developing the best CLE experience for you. Please complete this survey by Aug. 10. We greatly appreciate your help with this endeavor.
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Unique Special Needs Playground to Open

Hendersonville will soon be getting a special needs playground, the first of its kind in Tennessee, according to WKRN. The playground, named Mary's Magical Place, will serve children with disabilities and their families. The playground is named for Mary McAuley, a local teen who had cerebral palsy, epilepsy, used feeding tubes and was in a wheelchair. Mary’s mother said she can’t imagine how excited her daughter would’ve been to see the play area. The vision is to have a playground for people of all ages and all abilities because so much is learned on a playground.

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Nashville Domestic Violence Shelter Expands

YWCA Nashville’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center is expanding its facilities, adding 14 new beds and aiming to raise enough to expand to 100 beds, The Tennessean reports. The center serves as a shelter for domestic violence victims fleeing abusive homes, offering safety and resources to ensure their self-sufficiency. It’s the largest facility of its kind in the state, and consistently operates over capacity at its current size.
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New Law Seeks to Protect Domestic Violence Victims From Abusers' Frivolous Lawsuits

A Collierville lawyer, now imprisoned for thrice attempting to murder his wife, has inspired a new state law designed to protect domestic violence victims from “abusive civil action,” The Commercial Appeal reports. Three years after being sentenced to 30 years for his actions, Fred Auston Wortman III is representing himself and continues to force his ex-wife back to court with “frivolous” lawsuits. The new law would stop a victim from having to testify in a hearing “against a perpetrator with whom they may have a close relationship.” It also amends bond conditions to require the courts to impose a 12-hour holding period, notification to the victim and a no-contact order as a condition for making bail.
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New Adoption Law Featured in July TBJ

Discover the changes to the state’s adoption law, outlined in an article by Dawn Coppock and Mike Jennings in the new Tennessee Bar Journal. Newly installed TBA President Jason Pannu writes in his first column about his goals for the year -– and introduces a new feature on wine pairings! Also, did you know that there is a procedure to change the manner of death on a death certificate from “suicide?” Read this personal account by Nashville lawyer Yarnell Beatty, and learn how to assist your clients through this process. Check out the July issue.

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Moses Named President-elect of IAFL

The International Academy of Family Lawyers has chosen Marlene Eskind Moses as president-elect, the Nashville Post reports. Formed in 1986, the IAFL is a worldwide association of lawyers seeking to improve the practice of law and administration of justice in matters of divorce and family, according to a release. Moses is the founding manager of local firm MTR Family Law and previously served as president of IAFL’s U.S. chapter.
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Lawyers Grapple with Domestic Abusers Using Tech to Harass Victims

Lawyers who deal with domestic abuse cases are seeing an uptick in abusers using smart home devices to intimidate, harass and stalk their victims, and are struggling with ways to combat it, The New York Times reports. Advocates are suggesting that restraining orders should include requests of judges to include all smart home devices, even if they are unknown to victims, in the order.
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Scott County Family Justice Center Grand Opening Tomorrow

The Scott County Family Justice Center will hold a grand opening tomorrow at 2 p.m. at 641 Baker Highway in Huntsville. The Oneida Independent Herald reports that Scott County will become the smallest jurisdiction in the state to have its own family justice center. It will house a magistrate who can issue orders of protection, counselors, a prosecutor and other personnel.
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Federal Judge Orders Government to Reunite Migrant Parents with Children

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw issued a preliminary injunction yesterday ordering the federal government to reunite migrant children with their parents, Politico reports. The injunction requires nearly all children younger than 5 be returned to their parents within 14 days and older children within 30 days. “The government readily keeps track of personal property of detainees in criminal and immigration proceedings,” Sabraw wrote in his 24-page order. “Yet, the government has no system in place to keep track of, provide effective communication with, and promptly produce alien children. ... Certainly, that cannot satisfy the requirements of due process.”
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School District Approves Tier-Based Attendance

The Lebanon Democrat is reporting that the Lebanon Special School District revised its attendance policy to include tier-based attendance at its recent meeting. A recently passed state law require all schools in Tennessee to have a three-tier attendance policy by July 1. State legislators hope the three-tier system will allow parents to get control of their child’s attendance before they have to refer them to juvenile court. 

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'Sienna's Law' To Go into Effect July 1

A new law will make the punishment harsher for juveniles who are found guilty of first degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless homicide, News Channel 5 reports.  It would ensure juveniles would be committed to the Department of Children’s Services for at least a year, or until they turn 19.The law is named for Sienna Owens, 11, who was shot and killed by a 12-year-old classmate in 2015.

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Schedule Time to Read Email

A Tip from the TBA Attorney Well-Being Committee

Rather than checking on every e-mail as it arrives, schedule time in your calendar for reading and managing e-mail (and leave e-mail notifications silent during the other times of the day). This will enable you to have focused time for given tasks without constant interruption and distraction.

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Judges Have New Tools to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Two laws recently passed by the Tennessee General Assembly have given the state’s judges new tools to help protect victims of domestic violence. One law targets cell phones, allowing judges to order wireless telephone service providers to grant domestic violence victims control over their own cell phone numbers if those cell phone numbers are on an account held by an alleged abuser. The other law will change the way courts respond to the arrests of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence. If a court finds probable cause that an alleged perpetrator “caused serious bodily injury” or “used or displayed a weapon,” then a judge will issue a “no contact order” to keep the perpetrator away from the victim. That no contact order will be added as a mandatory condition of the perpetrator’s bond and will be in addition to a requested civil order of protection.
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A Wellness Tip from the Attorney Well-Being Committee

Making an effort to notice the positive aspects of your life can have specific and beneficial results. Positive psychologists asked volunteers to each night write down three good things that happened that day and reflect for a few minutes on each one.  Benefits resulting from this exercise included increased happiness, increased moments of gratitude and other positive emotion, enhanced capacity for hope and optimism, improved physical health, and decreased depression.  Why not give this simple exercise a try? Think of three instances of something that went right during the past 24 hours, write them down, and spend a few minutes reflecting on them (i.e., cause of the good thing, my contribution to the good thing, similar good things can happen in the future if I do X, what this good thing means).  Do this for two weeks and see whether you notice a difference!

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Trump Administration Unveils Medicaid Scorecard

The Trump Administration on Monday unveiled its initial version of a “scorecard” that compiles and publicizes data from states for both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), The Washington Post reports. The scorecard will make public government measures of performance such as how long both state and federal health officials take when states request “waivers” to deviate from Medicaid’s ordinary rules and detailed, state-by-state averages on specific demographics and procedures/benefits utilized. The scorecard’s initial information is based on states that voluntarily report a series of measures about the health of their Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. You can view more information on the scorecard here

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Tax Code Overhaul Causing Confusion for Matrimonial Lawyers, Couples

President Donald Trump’s tax code overhaul is throwing divorce calculations into turmoil as matrimonial lawyers, mediators and couples try to reach financial settlements in divorce proceedings, the ABA Journal reports. Previously, alimony payments were tax deductible, and recipients paid taxes on it, but that will change under the new law. The uncertainty has caused some couples to rush to split before the law takes effect on Dec. 31.
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Don't Miss: TBA General–Solo Section FastTrack Programming

TBA’s General–Solo Section will present its annual FastTrack programming, this Friday in Nashville. These CLE opportunities are designed to provide you with up-to-date information on a diverse range of topics, while allowing you to customize your learning to your schedule and fulfill all your Tennessee CLE requirements for the year. There will be a FastTrack program for east Tennessee in Knoxville on Aug. 24. General–Solo–Small Firm Section members receive a discount for these events. You can register for your FastTrack program using the links below:

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