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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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Evening with the Tennessee Supreme Court in Chattanooga

“An Evening with the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society and the Tennessee Supreme Court” is planned for Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. EST at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. The event is hosted by the Chattanooga Bar Association, Chattanooga Bar Foundation and the Brock/Cooper American Inn of Court.  Please RSVP to CBA Executive Director Lynda Hood by e-mail or at 423-602-9429.  

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KBA Annual Meeting Planned for Dec. 11

The Knoxville Bar Association will host its Annual Membership Meeting on Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m.

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Knoxville Bar's Annual Memorial Service

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its Annual Memorial Service on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom, 505 Main St., with Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee and the Rev. Charles W. B. Fels leading the service.

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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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