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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Moses, Mancl to Lead YLD After Winkler Steps Down

Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. She will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the YLD Board appointed current Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. Read more about the transition.

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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 - 5:55pm

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.

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.

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.

New Alimony Bench Book Available

The 12th Edition Alimony Bench Book has just been released by the TBA Family Law Section. Produced by the members of the section’s Alimony Committee, the book is available for purchase in a loose-leaf format for $40 or a three-ring binder for $50. To order the book, visit the TBA’s online bookstore or contact TBA at (615) 383-7421. Members of the Family Law Section can download the new edition at no charge by logging in to TBA.org and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.  The goal of the publication is to assist judges in the consistent awarding of alimony across the state and help lawyers present their cases in court.

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