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Inaugural Veterans Legal Clinic Set for Knoxville

Legal organizations in Knoxville have teamed up to hold a monthly legal advice clinic for veterans, service members and military families. The inaugural two-hour clinic will be held Sept. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty St. The clinic then will be held each month on the Wednesday preceding the Pro Bono Project’s Saturday Bar. Partners include the Knoxville Bar Association and its Barristers’ Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the Knox County Public Defender’s Office, University of Tennessee College of Law and the local Veterans’ Affairs office. Contact Spencer Fair for more information or to volunteer.

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KBA Raising Funds for Judicial Portraits

The Knoxville Bar Foundation is soliciting tax deductible contributions to fund portraits of six retired judges: former Knox County Chancellor Daryl Fansler, Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz and Circuit Court judges Wheeler A. Rosenbalm, Bill Swann, Harold Wimberly and Dale Workman. Those wishing to contribute can send checks payable to the Knoxville Bar Foundation, Treasurer Harry P. Ogden, 265 Brookview Centre Way, Suite 600, Knoxville, TN 37919. Please note on the check that the donation is for judicial portraits.

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Justice Birch Building, Statue to be Celebrated Aug. 27

The Nashville Bar Foundation will hold an event Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Justice A. A. Birch Building and dedicate a new 8-foot bronze statue of Birch, who was the first African American to serve as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Following the ceremony, the foundation will hold an awards dinner inside the Justice A.A. Birch Building. For more information, contact Judge Rachel Bell, 615-862-8341.

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Dinner to Honor Justices, Feature Birmingham Bombing Prosecutor

The Knoxville Bar Association's annual dinner honoring the justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court will take place Sept. 7 at the Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, and tables of 10 may be reserved in advance. G. Douglas Jones with Jones & Hawley Law will give the keynote address. As a U.S. attorney, Jones lead a team that re-opened the historic “cold case” of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and achieved the conviction of two former KKK members for the murder of four young girls. Learn more or buy tickets here.

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Celebration Thursday for Retired Municipal Judge

Ronald W. Jenkins of Johnson City died July 7 at the age of 65. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Jenkins served as assistant municipal judge for the town of Jonesborough and as staff attorney for the Washington County-Johnson City Emergency Medical Services. He was a Rule 31 mediator and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, American Judges Association and Tennessee Municipal Judges Association. No visitation or funeral services will be held, but the Washington County Bar Association will hold a celebration of his career on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at its offices: West & Rose, 537 East Center St. in Kingsport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Memory Garden Fund, P.O. Box 246, Limestone, 37681. The Johnson City Press has more on his life.

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Lawyers Rank Rutherford Judicial Candidates

The Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association released the results of its judicial election survey with attorney Lisa Eischeid scoring best among nine candidates for the county’s new general sessions court. The court, the county’s fourth general sessions court, will be located at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in hopes of moving cases faster and relieving overcrowding at the jail. See the rankings of all nine candidates or read more from the Daily News Journal.

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Knox Chancery Court to Amend Local Rules

The Knoxville Bar Association reports that Knox County Chancery Court has made some changes to proposed amendments to Local Rules 19 and 24. The newly revised amendments are scheduled to become effective Aug. 1. For questions or comments about the amendments, contact the clerk and master’s office at 865-215-2555. See a sample of the proppsed notice of pending dismissal.

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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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