34th Annual TBA Academy

U.S. Supreme Court Admittees

Those participating in the 2017 TBA Academy are: front row, from left: Floyd Senter Flippin, Michael Patrick Dolan, Allan Ramsaur, Joycelyn Stevenson, Jason Pannu. Back row: Deborah Murphy Dickson, Thomas H. Forrester, Zachary D. Jones, Scott David Weiss and Donna Simpson. Mark N. Foster, who was also on the trip, is not pictured. Photo by Guinda Flippin.

34th Annual TBA Academy: October 11, 2017

United States Supreme Court Admissions Ceremony

The Tennessee Bar Association Academy offers an exciting opportunity for Tennessee attorneys to be admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Attendees will network with some of the nation’s leading appellate practitioners.

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Hay Adams Hotel, across from the White House, and arrangements for a private United States Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony for Tennessee attorneys are available.

The Basics

October 10
Welcome reception at Hay Adams followed by celebration dinner
October 11
Breakfast at U.S. Supreme Court
Admissions ceremony with argument
Courtroom lecture
Lunch in Congressional dining room
Private tour of Capitol and Visitors office

Court Admissions: To participate in the Admissions Ceremonies at the Supreme Court, your registration form and materials must be received by the TBA on or before September 1 in order to meet U.S. Supreme Court filing deadlines. There is a detailed application process (see details below for a step-by-step guide on how to sign up).

If you have additional questions, contact Therese Byrne, (800) 899-6993 or in Nashville (615) 277-3208.


Hay Adams Hotel
800 16th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20006

Registration Costs

$695 for TBA Members
$895 for non-members (includes TBA membership)
$275 for each guest

Hotel room cut off is September 8, 2017

Supreme Court

Instructions for Participating in Admissions Ceremonies

In order to take part in the U.S. Supreme Court admission ceremonies, you must register for the program, and also compile the materials listed below and send them to the TBA. Do not contact the U.S. Supreme Court directly. The TBA will handle all processing with the U.S Supreme Court.

All of the materials must be received by the Tennessee Bar Association on or before September 1 in order to meet U.S. Supreme Court admissions deadlines.

Follow these steps to ensure that you are registered for the program and that your admissions information is submitted to the TBA in a timely fashion.

1. Register and pay below, for your participation in the TBA Academy.

2. Download and fill out the U.S. Supreme Court Application for admission to practice and Bar Admission Instructions.
NOTE: You will need two sponsors who are currently admitted to the US Supreme Court. TBA can provide the sponsors.

3. Obtain Certificate of Good Standing from the Appellate Court Clerk's Office
• To obtain this, use the form you can download from this page or call 615-253-1470.
• Obtaining a Certificate of Good Standing will cost $50
• Ask for a quick turnaround to meet the deadline

4. Mail these items to the TBA so that they arrive on or before September 1. If you do not meet this deadline you will not be part of the admissions ceremony.

Tennessee Bar Association
ATTN: TBA Academy
221 Fourth Avenue, North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219-2198


Price: $0.00

Select your registration type based on whether or not you are a TBA member, then add registration for guests (below) if needed.

You will be contacted by TBA staff for guest information once your registration has been processed.