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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General Practice Summit and Fast Track CLE Programs

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 8:30am

Get timely updates on topics important to Tennessee lawyers who practice in solo or small firms.  Get information on technology for solo practitioners as well as updates on common practice areas, such as employment law, personal injury, probate, divorce, juvenile courts, general sessions criminal courts and more.

Tennessee Judicial Elections

Event Types: 
Activity
Date: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:00am

Tennessee judges and others will go before voters in contested and retention elections on Aug. 7. Early voting begins July 18. The TBA Judicial Election Information Center has more information.

9 of 10 Lawyers Recommend Retention of Justices

Nine out of 10 lawyers recommend that Tennesseans vote to “retain” the three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices on the Aug. 7 ballot. That’s the result of a Tennessee Bar Association Candidate Evaluation Poll conducted over two weeks in early June. "We want to help the voting public make an informed decision in these retention elections by compiling the views of Tennessee lawyers and presenting them broadly,” TBA President Jonathan Steen of Jackson said. “These results provide a much better measure than partisan labels as to the issue of a judge’s capabilities."

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Business Law Forum 2014: Issues in Drafting Contract Insurance Provisions

Event Types: 
CLE Programming
Date: 
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 9:00am

Many contracts that lawyers prepare and review for business clients include insurance provisions. However, those provisions can be complex and include quite specialized language. This program is intended to provide analysis of insurance requirements and suggested language for insurance provisions in several types of contracts that business lawyers frequently encounter. The contracts to be discussed include commercial real property leases, agreements pertaining to loan transactions, construction contracts, and agreements pertaining to mergers and acquisitions. The presenters will discuss typical insurance provisions in each of these types of contracts and pitfalls of some common provisions. The program is intended to be useful for transactional lawyers and others involved in advising clients regarding the various types of contracts covered.

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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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.