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MBA Judicial Poll Supports Incumbents, Appellate Judges

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) today released the results of its Judicial Qualification Poll for candidates in Shelby County contested judicial races, General Sessions Court clerk’s race,  municipal judge race in Bartlett, and appellate court retention elections for judges in the western division and on the Supreme Court. The poll indicates strong support for retention of appellate judges. In individual races, the majority of Memphis lawyers supported incumbents Jim Newsome for Chancery Court (82 percent), Valerie L. Smith for Circuit Court (87 percent) and Ed Stanton Jr. for General Sessions Clerk (54 percent). See the breakdown of poll results.

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NBA Poll Results Show Strong Support for Justices, Candidates

Nashville Bar Association members strongly favor the retention of all three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices and also are supportive of all three applicants to fill an opening on the Davidson County Chancery Court, a just completed survey shows. More than 500 members took part in the online survey and all three justices received more than 94 percent support for retention among members offering an opinion. The three candidates for the Chancellor, Part II – Paul Ney, Matt Sweeney and Bill Young – all saw more than 80 percent of those with an opinion either recommending or highly recommending them.

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Nashville Bar Holds Spring Memorial Service

Almost 100 lawyers and family members attended the Nashville Bar Association’s memorial service today at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. The service, conducted for more than 110 years, is now split between spring and fall sessions. Attorneys memorialized today were: Mike Bennett, Barrett Sutton Sr., Mary Boyd, William Crawford Jr., John Hollins Sr., John Jay Hooker, J. Bradberry Reed, Alden Smith Jr., Arthur Crownover II and Vallie Brooks. 

YLD Invited Guest News for April 2016

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –AWA recently held a successful Incarcerated Civil Law Legal Clinic in Memphis.  The group will be having the Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament to carry on the philanthropic legacy of one of its strongest members, Mary Wolff, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after a battle with cancer. The Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at The Links at Galloway (lunch served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., four person scramble). The proceeds will benefit three charitable organizations: The First Tee of Memphis; The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund; and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  To register or for more information about this great event please contact Mary-Morgan Whitfield at 901.277.8120 or visit the website.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On Wednesday, April 20, ETLAW held its regular monthly meeting at the LMU Duncan School of Law.  Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury spoke on how female attorneys should present themselves in court to ensure maximum success for themselves and their clients.  Her presentation included specific advice about how to handle going to a new court that is out of one’s comfort zone and how to figure out who to talk to and what to do in each new court or county.
 
The next regular monthly meeting of ETLAW will be May 18, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10. Register at the website.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – ANNUAL BASKETBALL GAME FUNDRAISER - The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will be competing against the Bluff City Medical Society in the annual Lawyers vs. Doctors Basketball Game on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Porter Goodwill Club Gymnasium (620 South Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38126). Doors will open at 10 a.m. for pre-game and community activities as well as team warm-ups.  The game will begin at 12 p.m.  This event is being sponsored by the Ben F. Jones Chapter and proceeds from the game will support the Boys and Girls Club's summer educational programs.  For more information please contact: Freeman Foster or Andre Mathis
 
For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW recently held a yoga event and a successful monthly happy hour event. For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – TLAW is seeking to fill positions on its 2016-2017 Board.  For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
 
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Service Announced for Knoxville Attorney Brian Trammell

A celebration of life for Knoxville attorney Brian Trammell is planned for Saturday, 10 a.m., at Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St. in Knoxville. Trammell, past president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, died Sunday. He practiced with Trammell, Adkins and Ward PC. Memorial gifts in Trammell's honor may be sent to Church Street United Methodist Church towards the construction of a memorial garden at P.O. Box 1303, Knoxville, TN, 37901. Online condolences may be posted here.

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PD Group Seeks to Fill Retiring Executive Director Position

The Tennessee Public Defender’s Conference announces an upcoming vacancy for executive director. The position is currently held by Jeff Henry, who in February announced his retirement effective at the end of his current term in June. Interested parties should address resumes and any other documents to search committee chair Tom Marshall at 127 N. Main Street, Clinton, TN 37716, and to conference president Jeff Harmon at P.O. Box 220, Jasper, TN 37347. The deadline to apply is April 22.

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10th District Lawyers Honor Citizens for Contributions

Citizens from Bradley, Polk, Monroe and McMinn counties were honored this week by the Bradley County Bar Association for contributing their time and energy to the judicial system in the 10th Judicial District. “It is the citizens who participate in the judicial system that maintain the integrity of the system, that maintain the judicial system in America that is the greatest in all the world,” attorney James Logan told the Cleveland Daily Banner. BCBA President Jerry Hoffer also recognized Jill Barrett, for her efforts in coordinating the10th District Drug Court.

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Napier-Looby Bar Association Elects Officers

The Napier-Looby Bar Association, a Nashville affiliate of The National Bar Association, recently elected its new officers: Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs, president; Christopher Bellamy, president-elect; Mariah Cole, recording secretary; Angela Williams, corresponding secretary; Raquel Bellamy, treasurer; and Princess Page, historian.

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CBA Honors Attorneys, Elects New Board at Yearly Meeting

Following delays due to winter weather, the Chattanooga Bar Association last week presented awards and elected a new board at its annual meeting. Among awards presented, the late John Higgason, who died Jan. 21, received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award for his career of more than 60 years in Chattanooga. CBA YLD representative Jeffrey Maddux received the YLD Volunteer of the Year. The 2016 CBA Board includes: Judge Christie Mahn Sell, president; Lee Davis, president-elect; Bill Colvin, secretary; Steve Jacoway, treasurer. Barret Albritton, Marc Harwell, Linda Norwood, Jeffrey Billings, Curtis Bowe and John Harrison will serve as board members. Read more from the Hamilton County Herald.

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Marshall County Lawyers Recognized for Law Day Efforts

The Marshall County Bar Association was recognized for providing the Most Innovative Law Day Program during the American Bar Association’s Mid-year Meeting in San Diego. Working in partnership with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Marshall County lawyers launched a kiosk at the courthouse with an interactive Help Button that provided information on bankruptcy, housing, custody, debt and other legal services. MCBA members also partnered with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to honor the Charter of the Forest, a charter established in 1217 with the reissuance of Magna Carta, and it conducted a Symbol of Freedom discussion with high school students on Magna Carta.

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Comments Sought on Discipline of Attorneys Proposal

The state Supreme Court is seeking public comments from judges, lawyers and bar associations on the proposed addition of Tennessee Supreme Court rule 9, section 22.7, regarding the discipline of attorneys convicted or acknowledging guilt of crimes. The addition will clarify discipline measures when an attorney receives judicial diversion for a criminal offense. The deadline for submitting written comments is April 1.

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15th Judicial District Bar Association President Featured

Jonathan Tinsley, newly-appointed president of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association, talks about his involvement in the association with The Wilson Post. "The attorneys and judges in these organizations affect so many peoples' lives as well as the laws of our state,” said Tinsley, a general practitioner with Tressler & Associates. The association will hold its first meeting of 2016 today at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

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KBA Releases 2016 Calendar

The Knoxville Bar Association has announced its 2016 Calendar of events, including an upcoming KBA Bar Leaders Reception planned for Jan. 26.

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WCBA Seeking 2016 Board Members

The Washington County Bar Association is seeking attorneys to fill open positions on its 2016 Board. A vote is required within the next week. Contact the WCBA for more information.

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KBA Compiles Inclement Weather Policies for Area Courts

The Knoxville Bar Association compiled the inclement weather policies for federal courts, appellate courts and courts in Knox County and surrounding counties. View the the policies here.

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Williamson County Bar to Host Christmas Party on Thursday

The Williamson County Bar Association will host its Annual Christmas Party with an “Ugly Sweater” theme this Thursday at Puckett's Boathouse located at 94 E Main St. in Franklin. The party will begin at 5:45 p.m. Attorney Alison Prestwood will perform at the party with her band. Tickets are $30 and can purchased at the door.

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NBA Announces New President, President-Elect

Joycelyn A. Stevenson is now the president of the Nashville Bar Association, replacing former president Edward D. Lanquist. The announcement was made Thursday night at the NBA’s Annual Meeting and Banquet in Nashville. Nathan Ridley will serve as president-elect. Lew Conner was honored with the John C. Tune Public Service award for his work as a lawyer and in his community. The meeting also included YLD awards, CLE awards and the 2015 Emeritus Awards.

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Washington County Bar to Host Christmas Party

The Washington County Bar Association will host its Christmas Party on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Blackthorn Club at 1501 Ridges Club Dr. in Jonesborough. Contact the Washington Bar Association at 423-631-0326 to RSVP by Dec. 11.

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MBA Annual Meeting This Thursday

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) will hold its annual meeting this Thursday at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature remarks by Philip Langford, regional vice president of operations for Africa at the International Justice Mission (IJM). Prior to joining IJM, Langford practiced with Miller & Martin in Chattanooga. The MBA also will present the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award to Joe Duncan and the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award to Jennifer Hagerman. Get tickets online.

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13 Running for NBA Board of Directors

The Nashville Bar Association (NBA) will hold its Annual Meeting this Thursday at the Music City Center with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Among the evening’s activities include passing of the gavel from President Ed Lanquist to President-Elect Joycelyn Stevenson, presentation of the John C. Tune Public Service Award to Waller attorney Lew Conner and introduction of the NBA officers for 2016. Lawyers running for the Board of Directors include Keta Barnes, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Judge Rachel L. Bell, General Sessions Court; Mark Beveridge, Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge; James Bristol, Waller; Ken Bryant, Burr & Forman; Jacqueline B. Dixon, Weatherly McNally & Dixon; Kelly L. Frey Sr., Frost Brown Todd; Sam Funk, Sims|Funk; Ryan D. Levy, Patterson Intellectual Property Law; Wendy Longmire, Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford; Elizabeth Sitgreaves, Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella; Laura Smith Tidwell, Nashville Electric Service; and Stephen Young, Robinson, Reagan & Young.

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TBA Names 2016 Leadership Law Class

The Tennessee Bar Association announces that 33 attorneys from eight Tennessee cities -- Chattanooga, Cleveland, Gallatin, Jackson, Knoxville, Madisonville, Memphis and Nashville -- have been selected for its 2016 Leadership Law (TBALL) program. Now in its 13th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. View the 2016 Leadership Law class

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KBA Seeks Donations for Habitat for Humanity

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) is seeking donations to meet its goal of raising $20,000 for Habitat for Humanity. That amount is one-half of the cost needed to build a home for a local family. Interested individuals can contribute via the Habitat for Humanity website.

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UT Faculty Senate Votes to Condemn Privatization Plan

University of Tennessee’s Faculty Senate voted unanimously Monday to condemn Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed privatization plan based upon current information, The Daily Beacon reports. “There has been no evidence provided to support the benefits to campus life of any significant cost savings of further outsourcing the facility and management services,” read the resolution in part.

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Evening with the Tennessee Supreme Court in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) invites its members to “An Evening with the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society and the Tennessee Supreme Court” on Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. EST at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. CBA is hosting the event along with the Chattanooga Bar Foundation and the Brock/Cooper American Inn of Court. Please RSVP to CBA Executive Director Lynda Hood at 423-602-9429.  

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Washington Bar Leaders Say Criticism 'Inaccurate and Misleading'

The Washington State Bar Association’s Executive Committee today responded to comments from members of the state’s Practice of Law Board, who publicly resigned from the board and were critical of the bar in news reports. In its statementWSBA officials said that many of the “assertions about the relationship among the Washington Supreme Court, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of Governors and WSBA staff are inaccurate and misleading.”

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