Mahoney is New Information Officer for Courts

Casey Mahoney is the new public information officer (PIO) for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. The PIO is responsible for media relations, website management, social media as well as public record accessibility. Mahoney has nearly eight years of government communication experience under four different administrations in Florida and Tennessee. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Learn more about her from the AOC.

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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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Court Upholds Suspension for Nashville Attorney

The Tennessee Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed a six-month suspension of Nashville attorney Paul J. Walwyn’s law license for failure to act diligently in his representation of clients. The Board of Professional Responsibility suspended Walwyn in 2012 for six months, with 30 days active suspension and five months’ probation, for violating certain Rules of Professional Conduct. Walwyn appealed to the Chancery Court for Davidson County and later to the state Supreme Court, claiming there had been multiple constitutional errors. Read the opinion authored by Justice Cornelia A. Clark and read the BPR release

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2015 Amendments to the Federal Civil Rules (Effective December 1)

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

On December 1, 2015, significant amendments to the Federal Civil Rules will take effect. The amendments include changing the definition of discoverable information in Rule 26 by eliminating the phrase “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence” and incorporating an express requirement that the discovery sought be “proportional” to the needs of the case. The amendments also address sanctions for discovery abuses, handling of electronically stored information (ESI), and other issues that frequently arise in civil litigation.

Administrative Law Forum 2015

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 1:00pm

This year's program will address recent developments in Tennessee's "Sunshine Law" to include recent cases, public access, violations, and the laws requirements regarding meeting electronically. The ethics portion of the program will cover best practices when communicating with clients, counsel, and boards. Other topics include public records and summary suspensions.

Estate Planning & Probate Forum 2016

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:00am

Join the TBA's Estate Planning and Probate Section at its annual Estate Planning & Probate Forum, where you will learn from some of Tennessee's top attorneys about cutting-edge estate planning techniques and probate considerations, as well as gain insight into the new legislation and case law rulings affecting these areas.

This information-packed, full-day program will provide 6 CLE hours credit.

Topics include:
- Portability
- Decanting
- Same Sex Marriage Decision
- Legislative Update, and more...

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Council Taking Applications for Shelby Court Seat

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is accepting applications for the Circuit Court judge vacancy in the 30th Judicial District – Shelby County. The vacancy was created by the death earlier this year of the Hon. D’Army Bailey. Interested applicants must be licensed attorneys who are at least 30 years of age, a resident of the state for five years and a resident of the 30th Judicial District. Applications are due on Dec. 1 by noon CST.

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The Ethical Campaign

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 8:00am

This advanced level program for state and local lawmakers, judges, candidates for executive, judicial or legislative positions, campaign chairs and campaign treasurers and their counsel will include all aspects of the law and ethics of election for office in 2016.