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Putnam Bar Elects New Officers

The Putnam County Bar Association has elected officers for the upcoming year. Taking over as president in 2017 will be Cookeville lawyer Tessa Lawson. She will be joined in leadership by Vice President Gordon Byars with Byars Law, Secretary Ashley Waters with the Law Office of Joy Buck Gothard, and Treasurer Richard “Dale” Bohannon.

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MALS to Hold Courthouse Clinic Thursday

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) will hold a Thursday afternoon Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic this week starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams St., Room 134. Volunteer lawyers are needed to help clients navigating the court system. For more information or to sign up call 901-523-8822 or visit www.malsi.org/volunteer.

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KBA Sections Holding Pro Bono Night

The Knoxville Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section and Family Law Section are joining forces for a Pro Bono Night next Tuesday. Members of the sections will gather to answer civil legal questions posted to TN Free Legal Answers. Representatives from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will be available during the event to answer questions and assist with technology issues. Other volunteers are invited to join the group from 5 to 7 p.m. EST at the Adams Law Firm, 8517 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919. Register online to participate.

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KBA Golf Tournament Set for Next Week

The Knoxville Bar Association will host its annual charity golf tournament Monday at Holston Hills Country Club. Individual and team registrations have closed but corporate sponsors are still needed. Funds raised at the tournament will be used for the various charitable endeavors of the Barristers, including programs from its Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee.

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Boot Camp to Train Lawyers for Clinic Work

On Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the Memphis Bar Association will hold a Legal Clinic Boot Camp for those who want to learn the basics of how to advise clients in legal clinic settings. The program, which will be held at the MBA office at 145 Court Ave. #301, will highlight the four most common issues that arise with pro bono clients. It also will provide three hours of free CLE credit if attendees agree to take a pro bono case. Learn more or register online. E-mail knewsom@memphisbar.org with any questions.

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Reminder: Supreme Court Society Event Thursday

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, in cooperation with the Knoxville Bar Association, will hold its annual cocktail reception and “Night with the Chiefs” on Thursday. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a program following at 6:30 p.m. The event, held each year to honor the members of state Supreme Court, will take place at the East Tennessee Historical Center in Knoxville. RSVP to Amanda Messer.

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‘Super’ Saturday Bar Planned for this Weekend

The Knoxville Barristers Access to Justice Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Super Saturday Bar in Blount County this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be held at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick St. in Maryville. Those interested in volunteering should contact Kathryn Ellis or Daniel Ellis. See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono events taking place this month.

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Deadline Extended for Comments on Rule 19 Changes

The state Supreme Court today extended the deadline for submitting comments on proposed amendments to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 19. Comments are now due Nov. 10. The court first announced the proposed amendments on Sept. 7. The changes are designed to eliminate a potential conflict between Rule 7, section 5.01(g)(8) and Rule 19, which deals with pro hac vice appearances before Tennessee courts and agencies. The Knoxville Bar Association requested the extension according to the court.

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Blaze to Be Honored by LAET

Douglas A. Blaze will be inducted into Legal Aid of East Tennessee's (LAET) Donald F. Paine Memorial Pro Bono Hall of Fame at the upcoming Forging Justice Celebration. Blaze serves as the director of the Institute for Professional Leadership at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The LAET event will be Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville. Tickets are $35.

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KBA Hosts Member Appreciation Event

The Knoxville Bar Association is hosting its “first-ever, family-friendly, dog-friendly, free” member appreciation event on Oct. 6 at Ijams Nature Center. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. and feature live music and a variety of food trucks. There is no charge for members and their guests, but advance reservations are required. There is a $20 fee for nonmember attorneys to attend. RSVP here.

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Reminder: 2 Events Taking Place Next Week

The Nashville Bar Association will host its annual member picnic Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walk of Fame Park. The family-friendly event, co-sponsored by the Metro Law Department, will include a catered dinner and open bar. Members can attend for free. Nonmembers can buy tickets for $20 per person. CASA Monroe will benefit from the fourth annual Muscadine Balloon Fiesta next weekend at the Tsali Notch Vineyard, 140 Harrison Rd. in Madisonville. The event will feature balloon rides, live music, food, games and a Balloon Glow at dusk. 

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KBA Honors Supreme Court, Pro Bono Leaders

All five Tennessee Supreme Court justices were honored at the annual Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) Supreme Court Dinner last week. During the event, the court recognized 54 attorneys and 70 law students from the Knoxville area who provided at least 50 hours of pro bono service this past year. Guests also heard from G. Douglas Jones, a former U.S. attorney who led a team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened historic “cold case” of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Read more in a release from the AOC or see photos from the event.

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Washington County Bar to Hold Annual Picnic

The Washington County Bar Association is holding its annual picnic Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the lake house of Tom McKee, 159 Will Lane Rd., Johnson City 37615. The evening will feature live music by the Benny Wilson Band, free food and drinks from the Noli Truck and an open bar. Please RSVP to elizabethjoneslaw@gmail.com.

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Cole to Head National Conference of Bar Presidents

Jonathan Cole, a shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Nashville office, has been elected president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP). He is the first Nashville lawyer to be elected to the position, his firm reports. In this role, he will oversee programs providing leadership training, networking and information sharing for bar leaders across the country and abroad. Cole previously served as president of the Nashville Bar Association and chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division. He currently serves as director of the American Bar Endowment and is a fellow of the American, Tennessee and Nashville bar foundations.

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Supreme Court Society Event Set for October

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, in cooperation with the Knoxville Bar Association, will hold its annual cocktail reception and “Night with the Chiefs” on Oct. 13. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a program following at 6:30 p.m. The event, held each year to honor the members of state Supreme Court, will be held at the East Tennessee Historical Center in Knoxville. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Amanda Messer.

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SETLAW Names Judge Williams ‘Lioness of the Bar’

During its third annual Lioness of the Bar event, the Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW) named Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Marie Williams its 2016 Lioness of the Bar. Judge Williams’ dedicated service on the bench and extensive philanthropy were cited as factors in her selection, the Hamilton County Herald reports. The group also recognized her early support for requiring parenting classes and parenting plans for divorcing couples and her work on jury reform. Williams has served on the bench since 1995.

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Knoxville to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 4th Circuit Court

The Knoxville Bar Association, attorneys and current and former Knox County judges will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Knox County Fourth Circuit Court on Sept. 20 at Calhoun’s on the River. The event, beginning at 11:30 a.m., will include a special recognition of Judge William Swann, who has served as the court’s presiding judge for 32 years. Tickets are $15 and are available at the court. Contact Kasey Stone, 865-215-2110 with any questions.

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Seersucker Flash Set for Aug. 31 in Memphis

Make plans now to don your best puckered suit, dress or casual wear and join Memphis-area lawyers for the 2016 Seersucker Flash Mob. The event, announced by the Memphis Bar Association, will take place Aug. 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. It will also raise funds for Memphis Area Legal Services and A Step Ahead Foundation.

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CBA Seeks Receiver to Handle Arrested Lawyer’s Cases

The Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) has asked the local Circuit Court to appoint a receiver to close out the pending cases of Matthew Jack Fitzharris, a Chattanooga attorney who was shot and arrested in Catoosa County, Georgia, on July 12. The CBA says that Fitzharris is disabled and unable to practice law and has been unable to make arrangements for another attorney to handle his cases. Police reports say that Fitzharris was shot in the arm after breaking into a home, threatening a couple and refusing to leave. He was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, entering an automobile or other motor vehicle with intent to commit theft or felony, burglary, simple assault and criminal damage to property. Chattanoogan.com has more.

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New Treasurer Named for Washington County Bar

The Washington County Bar Association reports that it has a new treasurer following John Jolley’s move to Chattanooga to work with Legal Aid of East Tennessee. The association’s executive board has appointed Brian Puster, an attorney in the Johnson City office of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, to take over the post. Puster relocated to the area from Knoxville.

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NBA to Host Annual Member Picnic Sept. 22

The Nashville Bar Association will host its annual member picnic on Sept. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walk of Fame Park. The family-friendly event, co-sponsored by the Metro Law Department, will include a catered dinner and open bar. Members can attend for free. Nonmembers can buy tickets for $20 per person. Get details or RSVP online.

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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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