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Swearing In Ceremony Wednesday for Lauderback

Newly appointed Judge J. Eddie Lauderback will be sworn into office at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Courtroom 7 of the Justice Center in Jonesborough. Gov. Bill Haslam will conduct a more formal swearing in ceremony at a date and time to be determined, the Washington County Bar Associated announced today.

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Washington County Reorganizes Legal Team

Washington County is reshaping its legal team to have a two-person lineup with a full-time staff attorney and private attorney on retainer to handle more complex cases, the Johnson City Press reports. Thomas Seeley III with Jonesborough’s Wheeler & Seeley has been serving as the county’s interim attorney and will fill the private lawyer role. The county will hire the new staff attorney in the next few weeks, the mayor told the paper.

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Jackson-Madison Bar Recognizes Law Day Art

In conjunction with this year’s Law Day celebration, the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association sponsored an art contest at Malesus Elementary School, and displayed the winning artwork at its Law Day Luncheon. TBA President Jonathan Steen joined Chancellor James F. Butler and local bar president Matthew West for the presentation of the student awards. Read more in the Jackson Sun.

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Foundation Graduates First Leadership Class

Twenty-five attorneys completed the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum inaugural program. The nine-month professional development program is intended for lawyers with three to eight years of experience. It encourages diversity in the practice of law and aids in building relationships among attorneys with diverse backgrounds and practices. 

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Competition and Collegiality Merge in Chattanooga Legal Community

The number of lawyers in Hamilton County has more than doubled since 1979 and the market for legal work has become more competitive, the Chattanooga Time Free Press reports. But even so, the legal community has remained respectful and supportive of one another, area lawyers say. "It's a relationship business built on serving the client, and I think that client focus is what has helped us to grow," said Dana Perry, a former managing partner at the Chambliss law firm, one of the city's oldest. "We've recognized that as the business of our clients has changed, we have had to change as well."

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CBA Presents Liberty Bell Award to Local Educator

The Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) presented its 2015 Liberty Bell Award to Dr. Patricia Skates at its Law Day celebration last week, the Chattanoogan reports. Skates, who was nominated by Judge Clarence Shattuck and attorney Sam Elliott, is a career transition specialist at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She was recognized for being a pro-active voice for quality education in the Tennessee Valley for more than 25 years.

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YLD Invited Guest News for April 2015

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.

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Apply for 30th Judicial District Chancellor Opening by May 26

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the Chancery Court judge vacancy in the 30th Judicial District, Shelby County, which was created by the death of the Hon. Oscar Carr III. Applications are due by noon CDT May 26. All qualified applicants will be interviewed in Memphis June 17.

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Chattanooga Bar to Host Law Day Events

To mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Chattanooga Bar Association has invited former White House head of the Special Investigations Unit Egil “Bud” Krogh to be the guest speaker at two Law Day events on May 1: the annual Law Day luncheon at noon and a morning session for high school seniors. Krogh will tell his story about his rise from young presidential counsel to his indictment and prison sentence for authorizing the burglary of Dr. Lewis Fielding’s office in an attempt to discredit Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers without authorization. To attend the luncheon, contact the CBA at (423) 756-3222. Hamilton County Herald has more.

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Legal Aid Kicks Off 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice

Legal Aid Kicks off 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice

Current and former attorneys from the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands gather following the 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice Luncheon in Nashville. 

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Napier-Looby Presents Fellows, Awards

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation celebrated its 11th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Awards Program in Nashville last night. Foundation President William Stover presented Judge Allegra Walker and Nashville lawyer Luther Wright the Justice A. A. Birch Outstanding Service Award. Newly elected Judge Kelvin Jones received the J.C. Napier Trailblazer Award and Susan Short Jones was the recipient of the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award. New Fellows introduced at the event included General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell, Charles Bone, Gordon Bonnyman, Dewey Branstetter, Ed Kindall and George Thompson III. The Foundation funds scholarships for promising students at several Tennessee law schools. To learn more  visit the NLB Foundation website.

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ABA to Fund Programs that Employ New, Underutilized Lawyers

Organizations with initiatives to employ new and underutilized lawyers in innovative ways while meeting the legal needs of poor and moderate-income individuals can apply for start-up funding from the American Bar Association. Now in the second year, the Catalyst Grants are designed for programs proposed by bar associations, courts, law schools and other groups. View the press release

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Apply By March 13 for Knoxville Bar Foundation Grants

The Knoxville Bar Foundation is accepting applications through March 13 for its 2015 grant program. Organizations should apply if they are engaged in activities that advance the administration of justice, enhance the public’s understanding of the legal system or serve the legal profession. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than 5 p.m. March 13. For more information contact foundation chair J. Michael Haynes, (865) 292-2307.

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Chattanooga Bar Honors Lawyers for Achievements

The Chattanooga Bar Association presented six awards at its Annual Meeting. Joseph C. Simpson with Husch Blackwell received the Ralph K. Kelley Humanitarian Award; Marcia J. Eason with Miller & Martin received the President’s Award; Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Clarence Shattuck received the Jac Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award; Charles W. “Buzz” Dooley with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan received the Albert L. Hodge Volunteer of the Year Award; Richard A. Schulman with Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award; and Brittany Thomas with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison received the Young Lawyer Division Volunteer of the Year Award.

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CBA President Calls on Members to Recruit More

During remarks at the Chattanooga Bar Association’s 117th Annual Meeting last week, newly installed president Paul Hatcher called on members to help swell its ranks from fewer than 65 percent of the city’s attorneys to something closer to the 85 percent it once served. “As great a job as we’re doing, and as great an organization as this is, we still have a drop in membership we need to repair,” Hatcher said. The Hamilton County Herald has more.

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Robertson County Bar Elects New Leadership

Jonathan A. Garner will serve as the new president of the Robertson County Bar Association. Garner is with Walker & Garner, formerly Goodman & Walker, located in Springfield.

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KBA President Outlines Service Program

Recently installed Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) President Tasha Blakney has outlined her service program for the year, including a new “Open Service” initiative, which will be co-chaired by Jamie Ballinger-Holder and Troy Weston. The first project will be providing dinner to 50 residents of the downtown YWCA facility on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. Judge Deborah Stevens, president of the YWCA Board, will host volunteers and provide a tour of the facility for those who are interested. To provide food, help serve or decorate contact Ballinger-Holden or (865) 549-7216.

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KBA Elects New Leaders, Honors Member Achievements

Tasha Blakney of Eldridge & Blakney became president of the Knoxville Bar Association at the group's annual meeting on Friday. KBA members also elected Wayne R. Kramer as president-elect, Keith Burroughs as secretary and Amanda M. Busby as treasurer. Four board members also were chosen. They are: Lisa Hall, Dana C. Holloway, Judge Deborah C. Stevens (Government/Public Sector Position) and John E. Winters. The KBA presented the Governor’s Award to Sarah Y. Sheppeard for her work to improve the legal profession as a teacher, bar leader and writer, and presented the 2014 Judicial Excellence Award to U.S. District Court Judge Leon Jordan. Finally, Taylor Williams with Paine | Bickers was introduced as president of the Knoxville Barristers and Troy Weston with Eldridge & Blakney was presented the Barristers’ Presidents’ Award. Read more on the KBA website.

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Chattanooga Bar Association Receives Facelift

The offices of the Chattanooga Bar Association are sporting a fresh new look this holiday season, the Hamilton County Herald reports. Renovations of the bar’s space on the fourth floor of the Pioneer Building downtown were completed Nov. 14, and Executive Director Lynda Hood and Executive Assistant Wanda Paschal have settled in and resumed normal operations.

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Lanquist to Lead Nashville Bar

New Nashville Bar Association president Ed Lanquist took the gavel from Charles Grant last night at the Nashville Bar Association Banquet. Joycelyn Stevenson was announced as President-Elect and George Barrett was posthumously awarded the John C. Tune Award. With the bar continuing to grow and membership growth flat, Lanquist told the group the NBA is at a critical turning point but that with an eye on history, and a focus on relevance, the NBA could resume its role of leadership in the community.

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Bar Groups Hold Annual Meetings Next Week

The Memphis Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting next Wednesday at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. President Kirk Caraway will pass the gavel to Tommy Parker, new board members will be announced and awards will be given. Former lawyer and columnist at the Commercial Appeal Geoff Calkins will give the keynote address. Then next Thursday, the Nashville Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Wildhorse Saloon. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. The passing of the gavel from President Charles Grant to President-Elect Ed Lanquist, introduction of new officers and presentation of awards will cap off the evening. Among those being honored is George Barrett, who will receive the Tune Award posthumously. RSVP at the links above.

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Judge Portrait Unveiling Dec. 12

Retired Judge Arden Hill’s portrait unveiling is set for Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse. The Washington County Bar Association newsletter has more information. 

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Bar Associations Honor Deceased Attorneys, Judges

The Nashville Bar Association will conduct its 108th Memorial Service honoring deceased Nashville attorneys and judges on Nov. 20 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the church's Fellowship Hall. The Knoxville Bar Association will sponsor a memorial service on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Tennessee Supreme Court Courthouse, 505 Main St. in Knoxville. The service will be led by Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade and Rev. Charles W.B. Fels. A reception will follow.

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Jackson Bar Hosts Amendment 2 Forum

The Jackson Madison County Bar Association (JMCBA) is hosting a public forum on Oct. 23 on proposed constitutional Amendment 2. The event will be held at Union University’s Carl Grant Events Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Speakers from “Yes on 2” and “Vote No” campaigns will be present. For more information contact JMCBA President Matt West, (731) 660-7777.

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Chief Endorses Amendment 2 at KBA Event

Newly installed Chief Justice Sharon Lee last night endorsed Amendment 2 on judicial selection and thanked the bench and bar for the “civics lesson” on the importance of fair and impartial courts delivered to the citizens this summer as part of the judicial retention campaign. Her remarks came during the Knoxville Bar Association's Supreme Court Dinner last night. More than 500 judges and lawyers attended the gathering and celebrated the retention of Justices Lee, Clark and Wade. Justices Jeff Bivins and Holly Kirby, both recently appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam, also were on hand as the court opened its new term in East Tennessee today. KBA President Wade Davies presented a special token of appreciation to Justice Janice Holder upon her retirement.

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