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Service Announced for Knoxville Attorney Brian Trammell

A celebration of life for Knoxville attorney Brian Trammell is planned for Saturday, 10 a.m., at Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St. in Knoxville. Trammell, past president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, died Sunday. He practiced with Trammell, Adkins and Ward PC. Memorial gifts in Trammell's honor may be sent to Church Street United Methodist Church towards the construction of a memorial garden at P.O. Box 1303, Knoxville, TN, 37901. Online condolences may be posted here.

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PD Group Seeks to Fill Retiring Executive Director Position

The Tennessee Public Defender’s Conference announces an upcoming vacancy for executive director. The position is currently held by Jeff Henry, who in February announced his retirement effective at the end of his current term in June. Interested parties should address resumes and any other documents to search committee chair Tom Marshall at 127 N. Main Street, Clinton, TN 37716, and to conference president Jeff Harmon at P.O. Box 220, Jasper, TN 37347. The deadline to apply is April 22.

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10th District Lawyers Honor Citizens for Contributions

Citizens from Bradley, Polk, Monroe and McMinn counties were honored this week by the Bradley County Bar Association for contributing their time and energy to the judicial system in the 10th Judicial District. “It is the citizens who participate in the judicial system that maintain the integrity of the system, that maintain the judicial system in America that is the greatest in all the world,” attorney James Logan told the Cleveland Daily Banner. BCBA President Jerry Hoffer also recognized Jill Barrett, for her efforts in coordinating the10th District Drug Court.

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Napier-Looby Bar Association Elects Officers

The Napier-Looby Bar Association, a Nashville affiliate of The National Bar Association, recently elected its new officers: Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs, president; Christopher Bellamy, president-elect; Mariah Cole, recording secretary; Angela Williams, corresponding secretary; Raquel Bellamy, treasurer; and Princess Page, historian.

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CBA Honors Attorneys, Elects New Board at Yearly Meeting

Following delays due to winter weather, the Chattanooga Bar Association last week presented awards and elected a new board at its annual meeting. Among awards presented, the late John Higgason, who died Jan. 21, received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award for his career of more than 60 years in Chattanooga. CBA YLD representative Jeffrey Maddux received the YLD Volunteer of the Year. The 2016 CBA Board includes: Judge Christie Mahn Sell, president; Lee Davis, president-elect; Bill Colvin, secretary; Steve Jacoway, treasurer. Barret Albritton, Marc Harwell, Linda Norwood, Jeffrey Billings, Curtis Bowe and John Harrison will serve as board members. Read more from the Hamilton County Herald.

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Marshall County Lawyers Recognized for Law Day Efforts

The Marshall County Bar Association was recognized for providing the Most Innovative Law Day Program during the American Bar Association’s Mid-year Meeting in San Diego. Working in partnership with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Marshall County lawyers launched a kiosk at the courthouse with an interactive Help Button that provided information on bankruptcy, housing, custody, debt and other legal services. MCBA members also partnered with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to honor the Charter of the Forest, a charter established in 1217 with the reissuance of Magna Carta, and it conducted a Symbol of Freedom discussion with high school students on Magna Carta.

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Comments Sought on Discipline of Attorneys Proposal

The state Supreme Court is seeking public comments from judges, lawyers and bar associations on the proposed addition of Tennessee Supreme Court rule 9, section 22.7, regarding the discipline of attorneys convicted or acknowledging guilt of crimes. The addition will clarify discipline measures when an attorney receives judicial diversion for a criminal offense. The deadline for submitting written comments is April 1.

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15th Judicial District Bar Association President Featured

Jonathan Tinsley, newly-appointed president of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association, talks about his involvement in the association with The Wilson Post. "The attorneys and judges in these organizations affect so many peoples' lives as well as the laws of our state,” said Tinsley, a general practitioner with Tressler & Associates. The association will hold its first meeting of 2016 today at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

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KBA Releases 2016 Calendar

The Knoxville Bar Association has announced its 2016 Calendar of events, including an upcoming KBA Bar Leaders Reception planned for Jan. 26.

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WCBA Seeking 2016 Board Members

The Washington County Bar Association is seeking attorneys to fill open positions on its 2016 Board. A vote is required within the next week. Contact the WCBA for more information.

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KBA Compiles Inclement Weather Policies for Area Courts

The Knoxville Bar Association compiled the inclement weather policies for federal courts, appellate courts and courts in Knox County and surrounding counties. View the the policies here.

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Williamson County Bar to Host Christmas Party on Thursday

The Williamson County Bar Association will host its Annual Christmas Party with an “Ugly Sweater” theme this Thursday at Puckett's Boathouse located at 94 E Main St. in Franklin. The party will begin at 5:45 p.m. Attorney Alison Prestwood will perform at the party with her band. Tickets are $30 and can purchased at the door.

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NBA Announces New President, President-Elect

Joycelyn A. Stevenson is now the president of the Nashville Bar Association, replacing former president Edward D. Lanquist. The announcement was made Thursday night at the NBA’s Annual Meeting and Banquet in Nashville. Nathan Ridley will serve as president-elect. Lew Conner was honored with the John C. Tune Public Service award for his work as a lawyer and in his community. The meeting also included YLD awards, CLE awards and the 2015 Emeritus Awards.

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Washington County Bar to Host Christmas Party

The Washington County Bar Association will host its Christmas Party on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Blackthorn Club at 1501 Ridges Club Dr. in Jonesborough. Contact the Washington Bar Association at 423-631-0326 to RSVP by Dec. 11.

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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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