Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

Chair
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell...
100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423)975-7655
Immediate Past Chair
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
P O Box 3038
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423)928-0181
Vice-Chair
Leitner Williams Dooley &...
414 Union Street, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)255-7722

New Study Finds Court Leaning Left

The U.S. Supreme Court may finish this term with a greater percentage of liberal decisions than any since 1969, according to an article in The New York Times. Using data from The Supreme Court Database, which codes decisions on “widely-accepted” standards, the authors found that the court issued liberal decisions in 56 percent of the cases this term. “If that trend holds, the final percentage could rival the highest since the era of the notably liberal court of the 1950s and 1960s led by Chief Justice Earl Warren,” the authors write.

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Justices’ Finances Not Public Yet

Supreme Court justices' annual reports on investments, paid travel and other financial matters remain shielded from public view more than five weeks after they were filed, the Associated Press reports. The Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, the central repository for federal judges' disclosure forms, said Wednesday that the reports should be released before July 4. For the first time since John Roberts became chief justice in 2005, the justices probably will leave town for their summer break before the reports are released. ABC News has more.

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