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 Ave Ste 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402

TBJ: Summary Judgment Comes Full Circle

With the Rye v. Women’s Care Center of Memphis MPLLC decision, Tennessee now has its own “summary judgment trilogy”: Byrd, Hannan and Rye. Solicitor General Andrée Blumstein explains in the December Tennessee Bar Journal how Rye brings the state’s summary judgment jurisprudence full circle, rejecting as problematic the idiosyncratic Hannan standard and reinstating as tried-and-true the familiar federal summary judgment standard. Also in the issue, University of Tennessee law professor Michael J. Higdon shows you how to write succinctly, to better communicate with the impatient, skeptical legal reader.

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AOC Names Harmon New General Counsel

Tennessee Attorney General senior counsel Rachel Harmon will join the Administrative Office of the Courts next month as general counsel for the judiciary. Harmon comes to the AOC after nine years with the AG's office, where she served in the criminal appellate division and the civil litigation and state services division. As general counsel of the AOC, she will head the legal division, oversee administrative functions and support trial and appellate judges across the state.

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