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Knoxville Bar Association Seeking Musical Acts

The Knoxville Bar Association Functions Committee is recruiting musical acts for an open mic night Sept. 24, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. The event will showcase the talents of local attorneys and law students. Participants are asked to bring a stuffed animal to donate to a child served by the Knox County Juvenile Court. Contact Rachel Hurt for details.

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'Homicide Hunter' to Speak at Knoxville Supreme Court Dinner

The Knoxville Bar Association will honor the Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court and other local judiciary at the upcoming annual Supreme Court Dinner. Guest speaker Lieutenant Joe Kenda will share his experiences from more than two decades of homicide investigations with the Colorado Springs Police Department. The dinner is planned for Sept. 9 at the Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

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Bar Foundation Names Leadership Class

The Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) has named 25 lawyers to its 2015-2016 Leadership Forum class. The nine-month professional development program will kick-off Sept. 24 and will meet monthly through May 2016. The NBF Leadership Forum is intended for lawyers with three to eight years of experience, encourages diversity in the practice of law and aims to build relationships among attorneys from different backgrounds and practices. Learn more and see the list of class members.

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Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Selects 2015-2016 Class

NASHVILLE, August 5, 2015 — The Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) announces 25 attorneys, who practice in Davidson County, have been selected for the 2015-2016 class of its Leadership Forum program. The nine-month professional development program will kick-off  Sept. 24, and will meet monthly through May 2016.

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Bar Foundation Grant Deadline is Aug. 31

A news item in yesterday’s issue of TBA Today had the wrong date for the Memphis Bar Foundation’s deadline for a law-related grant program. Applications are due by Aug. 31. The grant funds programs and projects that advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession, promote social justice, promote legal education, and recognize professionalism among members of the bar. Applications are available on the MBA's website or by contacting MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at (901) 527-3575.

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Apply Now for Memphis Bar Foundation Grants

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Memphis Bar Association, is now accepting grant applications for law-related programs and projects that fall within its mission, including those that advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education; and recognize professionalism among members of the bar. Applications are available on the MBA's website  or by contacting Anne Fritz  at (901) 527-3575. The deadline for submitting a grant application is 5 p.m. Central on Aug. 31.

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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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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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