Appellate Practice Section

This is TBA’s newest section and was created by TBA leadership to provide members the opportunity to come together for the purposes of exchanging information and to provide CLE on appellate practice issues.

Hagan & Farrar, PLLC
106 North Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Immediate Past Chair
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell...
100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604

Sotomayor’s Opinion Her First on Race Issue

In a dissent this week to a U.S. Supreme Court opinion on affirmative action, Justice Sonia Sotomayor -- the first Hispanic justice on the court -- addressed race in American for the first time since going on the bench, Gavel Grab reports. While the six-member majority upheld a voter-approved Michigan ban on affirmative action in university admissions, Justice Sotomayor parted ways, writing: “The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat.” She added, “But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.” Attorney General Eric Holder today applauded Justice Sotomayor’s dissent and called it “courageous and very personal,” the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.

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State Supreme Court Added to Historic Register

Six Tennessee sites, including the state Supreme Court Building in Nashville, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The court was nominated for the recognition in January by the Tennessee Historical Commission. The other sites are the Grand Guitar in Bristol, Mead and Ross Marble Quarries in Knox County, the Martin-Dobyns House in Kingsport and the Blountville Historic District. WDEF News 12 has the news from the Associated Press.

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