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.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1600 Division Street, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37203
Immediate Past Chair
Miller & Martin PLLC
832 Georgia Avenue Suite 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Nashville This Week

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Nashville at the end of this week in several criminal cases and one civil case. The court will consider whether a conviction for facilitation of possession with intent to deliver warrants the application of the sentence enhancements under the Drug Free School Zone Act, whether aggravated sexual battery is a lesser-included offense of rape of a child, and more. Oral arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Nashville Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Ave N. This is the first time Justice Roger A. Page will hear oral arguments as a member of the Supreme Court.  

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Op-ed: 'No Sane Judge' Would Pass Sanders' Test

Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders last week said he would demand a public commitment that any U.S. Supreme Court nominee would vote to overturn a precedent Sanders did not like. An opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times criticizes Sanders’ approach: "(It) is not just politically stupid; it undermines the independence of the judiciary.” The author adds, “No lawyer in his or her right mind would make such a commitment to a president or to the Senate.”

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