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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2017 International Law Annual Forum

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CLE Programming
Date: 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 11:30am

This program will address new changes in international law. Speakers will cover the evolving landscape of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the emerging realm of international data privacy. A special session will cover the technology-driven changes taking place in today’s legal landscape and the modern law practice.

Lunch included.

Can't make it in person? This course is also being offered as webcast. For more information or to register click here.

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Environmental Law Forum 2017

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CLE Programming
Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

Environmental law is a combination of treaties, statutes, regulations and common law that manages and controls the relationship between human activity and our natural environment. This year’s program will discuss environmental considerations in real estate, with a look at transactional liability and redevelopment issues. Also included will be an update in solar power and energy. The last session of the day will include a panel discussion on the evolving legal market and ethical considerations for environmental lawyers.

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Juvenile Law Annual Forum 2016

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CLE Programming
Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:00am

Get access to a variety of juvenile law topics to help you build a successful practice. This year's program will focus on key areas of advocacy, law, representation, and ethics for juvenile law practitioners. Topics will cover the following:

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Construction Law Forum 2017

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CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:30am

Disputes over construction projects can birth many different causes of action.  This seminar is for lawyers who are new to this field, but also those who are experienced, and will cover various causes of action, including basic elements, procedure, how courts rule, and the interplay between the differing causes of action. This informational, full-day program will provide 6 CLE hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit.

Breakfast & Lunch will also be provided.

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Modern Law Practice Series: Online Dispute Resolution’s Influence on the Practice of Law

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CLE Programming
Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:30pm

Online dispute resolution (ODR) allows users with civil disputes to forgo court proceedings and attorneys by using web-based technologies and the Internet to resolve their conflicts. Although early websites offering ODR services for more complex issues seemed to stall, ODR found its niche in e-commerce disputes. One of the most successful examples of this is eBay, whose Resolution Center now resolves over 60 million disputes each year, 90 percent of which are completed without the help of attorneys, using only the ODR software.

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Modern Law Practice Series: Legal Services Management Companies Changing Law Practice

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 8:30am

The practice of law is ever expanding and evolving with the creation of Legal Services Management Companies. Outsourcing legal work to those management firms, who work directly with law firms of all sizes and corporate legal departments, is now entrenched in the legal marketplace. Such companies promote their existence by focusing on the opportunity to expand a firm or corporation’s legal capabilities and capacity to provide or produce the finished legal product.

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