Haslam, Harwell, Ramsey Unite on Judicial Selection Plan

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today proposed a constitutional amendment that would set in stone the state's merit selection system for appointing appellate judges. Haslam said the amendment is needed to settle once and for all the long dispute over how judges are named and elected. "The uncertainty surrounding the process, the differences on what the constitution means and the effect that these have on the judicial branch are all results that no one wants," Haslam said. "This is the best way to handle it." TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur has argued that such a constitutional amendment is unnecessary but said that if the General Assembly decides it is, the association will support it.

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GOP plan keeps Nashville district, makes big changes in Shelby, Middle Tennessee

The Memphis metro area will be sliced up into different congressional districts under a redistricting plan released today, while Davidson County will remain the hub of the 5th Congressional District. The map drawn by Republican lawmakers doesn't break Nashville into several congressional seats, as some Democrats had feared, but does make other changes in Middle Tennessee, altering the 4th District significantly to extend it from Rutherford County near Nashville to Bradley County near Chattanooga.

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New Judicial Ethics Rules Praised as Model for Nation

The Tennessee Supreme Court's decision to strengthen the state's judicial recusal rules is being praised in editorials close to home and nationally. In a statement issued today, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said, "The Tennessee Supreme Court should be applauded for taking this important step forward.

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2014 Celebrate Pro Bono Month Now Underway

Celebrate Pro Bono Month 2014 is in full swing. Now in its sixth year, the initiative brings together bar associations, law schools, law firms, legal services providers and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer. This year's celebration is expected to involve more than 300 volunteers – including lawyers, law students, paralegals and language interpreters – in dozens of events and activities across the state. Information about events will be updated and promoted throughout the month. Find an event near you.

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YLD to Hold Clinics Statewide During 'Access to Justice Week'

YLD President Rachel Moses has announced her public service initiative for the year. During the first annual Access to Justice Week, young lawyers will be asked to plan and participate in legal clinics across the state. This “Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative” will take place in the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, has made pro bono service a key component of her platform for the year. Those interested in helping organize a clinic in their area should contact their local district representative, who will be taking the lead in producing these events. A directory of representatives is available online.

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TBA Seeks Input from Court-Appointed Attorneys

The Tennessee Bar Association is seeking to learn more about court-appointed work and the filing of related fee claims with the Administrative Office of the Courts. Your feedback is crucial. Please take two to three minutes to fill out the questionnaire about your experience with court-appointed work. All responses will be kept anonymous. If you would like to be a part of the TBA's effort to change the rate of compensation for court-appointed attorneys by speaking to your legislator, email TBA Public Policy Coordinator Josie Beets.

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Fundamentals of Federal Appellate Practice

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:05pm

This program will focus on the process and skills for successful appellate practice in federal courts. Federal appellate judges, the Sixth Circuit Clerk, experienced practitioners, and former federal appellate clerks will explain the key steps in the federal appellate process, providing unique and valuable insight. This six-hour program will address best practices for federal appellate practice, including compliance with rules of appellate procedure, brief-writing, and other important topics.

Creditors Practice 2014

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:02pm

The TBA's Creditor's Practice Section offers current developments in this area of the law. The first portion of the program will be a discussion of recent Tennessee case law and the effect on legal collection practices. The second portion of the program will be a discussion of the new Tennessee Collection Service Act amendment dealing with banking regulations. The third portion of the program will focus on the current state of rules and regulations promulgated by the CFPB, and the fallout for law firms and clients.

Big Changes for Tennessee Nonprofit Corporations (Effective January 1)

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm

Tennessee lawyers will see big changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporations Act on Jan. 1. These changes will impact existing non-profit organizations and new formations. Sessions in this program have been designed to help you identify these changes, understand some of the new requirements and learn how these changes will make it easier for today’s modern lawyers. Programs in Nashville on Oct. 23, Memphis on Oct.

YLD Transactional Practice 2014: Nashville

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:00am

This six-hour seminar will provide lawyers with the information, tools, and tips needed to successfully handle transactional and traditional business. Specifically, the course will offer practical approaches to handling:

* Wills and Trusts
* Probate Matters
* Employment Agreements
* Confidentiality Agreements
* Corporate and LLC Formations

The program will also discuss issues specific to health care transactions. The day will wrap up with a presentation about ethics in the practice of law.