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.

Immediate Past Chair
Ford Harrison LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Ste 200
Memphis, TN 38120
U.S. Attorneys Office MDTN
110 9th Avenue South, Suite A-961
Nashville, TN 37205
Butler Snow LLP
6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38119
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Park Service Proposes New Rules for Protests

Public comments are being sought on a proposal from the National Park Service that would overhaul rules for protests in front of the White House and at other iconic locations in Washington, D.C. The Hill reports that the proposal would close much of the sidewalk north of the White House to protests, limit the ability for groups to have spontaneous protests without permits in that area and on the National Mall, and would open the door to potentially charging some demonstrating groups fees. The NPS cites its mandate to protect land, saying that it wants to “provide greater clarity to the public about how and where demonstrations and special events may be conducted." Opponents say it is an attempt to limit free speech and that those spaces need to remain welcoming for the First-Amendment-guaranteed right to protest.

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President Names 13 Nominees to Federal Bench, Including One in Tennessee

The White House announced 13 new judicial nominees, including one for a seat in Tennessee, Law.com reports. President Donald Trump nominated Judge Clifton Corker for a seat in the Eastern District of Tennessee. The nominees include five picks for appeals courts and eight for trial court seats.
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