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Knoxville Bar Association to Host Veteran's Day Breakfast

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold a Veteran’s Day Breakfast on Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. The event will include a presentation of pins to KBA members who served in the military. RSVP by contacting Wendy William, 865-522-6522.

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MBA Elections on Tap for November

The Memphis Bar Association has released the list of candidates seeking office in 2016. Nominees for secretary/treasurer are Maureen Holland with Holland & Associates and Earle Schwarz with the Law Office of Earle J. Schwarz. The successful candidate will serve one year as secretary/treasurer, then automatically become vice president in 2017 and then president of the association in 2018. MBA members also will vote to fill six open positions on the board of directors. Twelve attorneys are vying for those spots. Any additional candidates must be nominated by Oct. 22. Online voting in the races begins Nov. 4.

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Events Set for Next Week Include 2 Legal Clinics

Events planned across the state for next week include two legal clinics. In Nashville, the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands partners with Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum to hold a legal advice clinic at Casa Azafran on Thursday. Also that day, the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division partners with the Shelby County public defender to train lawyers on how to handle expungement and restoration of citizenship rights cases. Finally, on Friday, Legal Aid of East Tennessee will hold a pro se clinic in Kingsport. Get details on these and other Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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Nominations Now Being Accepted for Memphis Bar Awards

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) is accepting nominations for its two highest honors to be presented at the MBA Annual Meeting, Dec. 3. The Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. The Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award is given annually to a lawyer who has been practicing for more than 15 years and has exemplified the aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct.  

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Hollabaugh to Lead BABC's Nashville Office

Lela Hollabaugh has been named managing partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office. She succeeds partner Robert S. Patterson, and she will continue to also lead the firm’s Business Litigation Team. “As a native of Nashville, daughter of a Nashville attorney, and a former president of the Nashville Bar Association, I am proud to carry on the legacy of leadership established by this firm,” Hollabaugh said. The University of Tennessee College of Law grad is also a former chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

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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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