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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Corporate Counsel Forum 2014

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:30am

Description: It’s that time again! Need to know about the hottest issues affecting companies and their employees? What about the Affordable Healthcare Act? What is happening in employment law today? Find out this and more at the annual Corporate Counsel Forum.

Topics to be discussed:
• Affordable Care Act
• Non-compete, Non-Solicitation & Non-Disclosure Agreement
• Employment Law Update
• Cyber Security
• Buying/Selling businesses
• Attorney well-being

Modern Family: Handling Divorce Cases From Multiple Angles

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:30am

Description: How to handle divorce cases isn't a one-size fits all process. Family structure is now more complex than ever before. This program will walk you through handling divorce cases. Sessions are designed to help you represent your clients based on their own unique set of circumstances. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Memphis Law Student Wins 2014 Hastings Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section today announced that William McDonald "Mac" Plosser, a third-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is the winner of the 2014 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The writing competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section in memory of Jon Hastings, one of the founding members of the section. Plosser's paper "Into The Fracking Fray: Advocating For A Balanced Approach To Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation In Tennessee" addresses the recent expansion of hydrofracturing to extract natural gas nationwide and how that issue has been addressed in Tennessee. In response to conflicts between local and state control in other states, the author proposes a balanced role that preserves both local zoning power and state regulatory authority.

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More Candidates Agree to Campaign Code

Close to 180 judges and judicial candidates have now agreed to a higher standard of campaign conduct by signing the Tennessee Fair Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct. In doing so, they agree not to comment during the campaign on legal issues that might come before them as a judge, and if elected, to conduct themselves in a fair and impartial manner and recuse themselves from issues on which they already have announced how they would rule. To see who has signed the pledge, visit the 2014 Tennessee Judicial Selection Information Center. Candidates who have not signed but would like to, can also find a copy of the pledge there.

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2014 TBA Annual Convention

Event Types: 
Featured Event
Date: 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:00am

Register now for the 133rd Annual TBA Convention, June 11-14 in Gatlinburg. Family friendly and packed with compelling programming, the largest annual gathering of the Tennessee legal community is where you want to be this summer.

Tipoff Pre-Game CLE: Tips on Caring for Aging Clients and Family

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 1:00am

Tip drill isn’t just good practice for basketball players. This pre-game CLE event will offer practice tips that will help lawyers in the practice of law. The sessions will provide you with legal tips for advising aging clients and family. Take a time-out, network with lawyers in your area, and score new tips in this growing practice area. Court side attire is appropriate for this pre-game event. Come with your prediction for the NCAA games and enter for a chance to win a game-day prize.

Litigation Forum 2014

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 8:30am

Litigators know that only about 2 percent of cases ever go to trial. This program will provide advice for the other 98 percent of your work.

Experience from the bench and bar will provide litigation tips from the moment a case comes in the door, through the pleadings and discovery stages, right up to trial. Particular attention in this seven-hour CLE (6.0 General/1.0 Ethics) will be paid to:

-- Legislative Update
-- Pre-Trial Motions and Trial Preparation
-- Effective Oral Advocacy
-- Tips from In-House Counsel

Tort and Insurance Forum 2014

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 8:30am

This year’s annual forum will focus on the latest updates in tort and insurance practice. This year’s program will offer a session on technology as well as workers compensation. Senator Doug Overbey will provide a legislative update. Also included is a review of the past year’s hot cases and session on ethics for tort lawyers.

Anatomy of a Construction Dispute from A to Z

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:30am

This full day seminar will track both a commercial construction project and residential construction project through the key areas which if not handled correctly can lead to disputes. The emphasis will be on role play between speakers and panel discussions.