Family Law Section

One of the goals of the Family Law Section is to bring practitioners together who share a common interest in family law. The section newsletter keeps practitioners abreast of changes in the law, as does the section’s annual CLE program.

Marks, Shell & Maness
233A Dunbar Cave Rd
Clarksville, TN 37043
Immediate Past Chair
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
607 W. Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902

New Alimony Bench Book Available

The 15th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available. TBA Family Law Section members can download the book free from the section's resource page after logging in. Others can purchase a loose-leaf printed version of this publication for $40 per book ($50 in a 3-ring binder) from the online TBA Bookstore or by contacting the TBA at (615) 383-7421. The book, which includes published and unpublished cases from Aug. 8, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2016, is compiled by the section's Alimony Committee under direction of its chair, Amy Amundsen.

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Tenn. Supreme Court Holds Attorney's Public Reprimand

The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed a 2014 disciplinary action by the Board of Professional Responsibility that found a Knoxville attorney guilty of professional misconduct. A petition for discipline filed against Danny C. Garland II alleged that while handling an adoption case, he failed to communicate appropriately with clients, failed to exercise reasonable diligence in his representation and committed professional misconduct. A hearing panel found that he should be publicly reprimanded, a ruling affirmed after Garland’s appeal to the Knox County Chancery Court. The Supreme Court's ruling agreed as well, although a dissenting opinion was authored by Justice Holly Kirby.
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