Elder Law Section

The section provides education to its members, makes recommendations for improving the law, and undertakes projects to increase the understanding of senior citizens, their families and the public concerning legal issues affecting the elderly.

Elder Law of East Tennessee
903 N Hall of Fame Drive
Knoxville, TN 37917-6748
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P...
605 Chestnut St., Ste. 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450
Immediate Past Chair
J Barry Law Office
115 N Castle Heights Ave, Suite 101
Lebanon, TN 37087
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Tennessee Veterans' Homes Receive Poor Ratings from State Comptroller

Three of the four state-operated veterans’ homes in Tennessee received subpar scores for quality of care in a recent three-year audit by the state comptroller, The Tennessean reports. The homes — located in Humboldt, Knoxville, Clarksville and Murfreesboro — were cited for violations regarding unreported deaths, failure to communicate at least three instances of possible unlawful conduct regarding administrative matters and not conducting proper background checks on employees. The home in Clarksville was an outlier, consistently receiving five-star ratings in the study.

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Supreme Court Rules on the Application of Federal Age Discrimination Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 does apply to state and local governments of any size, the ABA Journal reports. The case is Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido.  It involved the layoff of the district’s two oldest full-time firefighters. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the 8-0 opinion which was the first of the term. She said that only private employers with less than 20 employees are exempt from the law. Ginsburg has written the first opinion of the term for three years in a row.

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