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TBA Convention Kicks Off Today

The 133rd Annual Convention of the Tennessee Bar Association begins today in Gatlinburg, with meetings of the House of Delegates, a Section Chairs Roundtable and a Welcome Reception. Tomorrow kicks off with Law School Alumni Breakfasts and many hours of CLE, including a panel with Keel Hunt, Hal Hardin and John Seigenthaler discussing Hunt's book, COUP: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Repubican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal. The annual Bench Bar Luncheon will feature Iowa Chief Justice Mark S. Cady. Follow and comment on happenings at the convention on Twitter using the hashtag #TBAannual.

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Fatal Heart Attack Leads to Life-Saving Gift

Maury County Public Defender Claudia Jack says she felt helpless as she watched a deputy’s frantic efforts to revive a man who had collapsed inside the county courthouse. And she was shocked to learn that the county does not own any automated external defibrillators (AED) used to restart the heart. With the memory of her own father’s tragic death, Jack decided to take action. A few days later she walked into Maury County Mayor Jim Bailey’s office and handed him a signed, blank check. A new AED station is now mounted on the first floor of the courthouse. “We’ll never know if an AED would have saved that man’s life or not,” Jack said. “But if an AED had been available we certainly would have been satisfied knowing we did everything we could do.” Read more in the Columbia Daily Herald.

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Legal Leaders Gather in Nashville for TBA Conference

More than 100 Tennessee attorneys and law students packed the Tennessee Bar Center during Saturday's educational programming at the 2014 TBA Leadership Conference. Those gathered heard a preview of the new Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors developed by the TBA's Public Education Committee, a glimpse at the growing Tennessee Youth Court program and an update on legislation likely to come before the Tennessee legislature this session.

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TBA Leaders Gather in Nashville for Annual Conference

Tennessee Bar Association leaders are meeting in Nashville this weekend as part of the annual TBA Leadership Conference. In addition to meetings of the House of Delegates, Board of Governors and several committees, there is also educational programming and the annual Public Service Luncheon, which on Saturday honors the public service committment of lawyers across the state. Watch for coverage from the events next week.

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President Cindy Wyrick's Address to TBA Members

Speech at Lawyer's Luncheon Sets Forth Theme for 2013-2014


Below are comments given to Tennessee Bar Association members by TBA President Cindy Wyrick following her installation as president of the organization during the 2013 TBA Convention, June 14 in Nashville.

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Buckelew Joins Johnson Firm in Paris

The Paris Post-Intelligencer has this story about Henry County native Jeremy Buckelew, who has joined the Paris law office of Shon Johnson as an associate attorney.

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General Sessions Candidates Give Views in Public Forum

Six of the seven candidates for Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge answered questions at a Wednesday public forum co-sponsored by the Times Free Press and Chattanooga Bar Association. The seat was left vacant after Judge Bob Moon's death. Joe DeGaetano, Valerie Epstein, Yolanda Mitchell, Ron Powers, Gary Starnes and Patricia Best Vital took part in the forum. Interim Sessions Judge David Norton, who is also a candidate, did not attend due to illness. With minor variations each of the candidates said they approved of recording proceedings and would closely scrutinize requests for a court-appointed attorney. All also said they would be accessible after hours to attorneys within the court rules for discussing cases. Read the details and see a picture

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'Section Cup' Winners Named at TBA Convention

News from the Appellate Practice, Criminal Justice and Health Care Law Sections
Recipients of the 2012 Section Cup were announced recently at the Section Chairs Roundtable, kicking off the TBA Convention in Memphis. TBA President Danny Van Horn created the Section Cup to encourage service to section members. Over the past year, sections accumulated points for holding meetings and CLEs or providing new services to members. Sections of like size competed against each other for the honor. 

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Trotter to Lead House in Coming Year

The House of Delegates reviewed a number of policy issues during its session today in Memphis as part of the TBA Annual Convention. In addition, House Speaker Claudia Jack passed the gavel to Charlie Trotter, who will lead the body in the coming year.

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Tennessee Attorneys Prepare for TBA Leadership

Tennessee attorneys who are taking on leadership positions in the Tennessee Bar Association this coming year took part in an orientation program this afternoon. TBA President-Elect Jackie Dixon outlined some of her goals for the coming year, and TBA staff members joined Real Estate Section Chair Brooks Smith and former Labor and Employment Law Section Chair Stan Graham in presentations about the TBA and the resources available to its members.

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TBA Passes Bylaws Change for Better Geographical Representation

At its January meeting, the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors approved a bylaws change that adds additional seats and rezones districts. Since the 1980s when the districts were drawn, there has been a tremendous growth of the number of lawyers and concentration of lawyers in certain areas, which resulted in some districts in the association containing as few as 150 members and other districts containing as many as 2,700 members.

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