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Nashville Lawyer Dale Quillen Dies at 91

Well-known Nashville attorney Dale Quillen died Saturday (Aug. 13), the Tennessean reports. He was 91. Quillen served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in Guam and Iwo Jima, and later earned his law degree from the YMCA Night Law School. Davidson County General Sessions Judge William E. "Bill" Higgins worked for Quillen's firm after he graduated from law school and said, “Dale Quillen graciously welcomed me into his law office at 46th and Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville. I learned from him, a fine legal scholar, dedication to my clients and to the law. He will not only be fondly remembered by me, but also by the community for his wit, tenacity, and legal acumen." Service information is pending.

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Retirement Webinar on Tap for Wednesday

The ABA Retirement Funds Program is hosting a free webinar on the role of self-directed brokerage accounts (SDBA) within retirement plans. The session will be held this Wednesday at noon Central Daylight Time. Topics include: the basics of SDBAs, the benefits of SDBAs, SDBA product details, how SDBAs work within the regulatory environment of ERISA, and trends related to SDBAs in the marketplace.

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2016 Senior Tennessee Lawyers Honored for Service

New senior counselors named at TBA convention in Nashville

NASHVILLE, June 27, 2016 — More than 100 attorneys from across the state were honored as “senior counselors” for their service to the legal profession during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention in Nashville. Senior counselors are those Tennessee Bar Association members who, during the coming membership year will reach 75 years of age or complete 50 years of practice.

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Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for Lunch in Nashville this June

You are cordially invited to a complimentary TBASCUS luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Veranda Lounge at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, 777 McGavock Pike in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2016 TBA Convention.

TBASCANS have enjoyed several trips during the past few years — including visits to several Tennessee state parks, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the famous Jack Daniel's Distillery, Historic Sewanee and Keeneland.

Please join us in June at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville so that we can discuss your suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS.

To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for this luncheon no later than Friday, June 3. We hope to see you at the Sheraton Music City!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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REMINDER - Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for a Spring Trip to The Sewanee Inn

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce a spring trip for TBASCANS to The Sewanee Inn, located on the campus of the historic University of the South in Sewanee. This weekend event, scheduled for April 15-17, will be held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

TBASCANS attending this event will have the opportunity to enjoy Tennessee’s ever-beautiful spring while traveling to Sewanee. TBASCANS may arrive at the Sewanee Inn at their leisure on Friday, then enjoy dinner at the hotel or venture out and explore charming Sewanee. Joining the Board for the Friday night dinner at the hotel is also an option, for an additional fee.  The TBA hospitality suite will be open after dinner for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, attendees are free to enjoy breakfast, the resort and its varied amenities or any of the local attractions on their own before joining together for an afternoon tour of the campus at The University of the South.  After the tour, guests will enjoy a reception at the University Archives and dinner at the historic St. Luke’s Chapel.

Highlights

  • Friday and Saturday, Hospitality Suite - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Reception and Dinner – 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Additional Fee Applies)
  • Saturday, Reception and Dinner - 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (included)

Registration

$100 per person. Includes the Saturday night reception and dinner and cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights at the TBA hospitality suite.  Add on the Friday night Reception and Dinner for $75.

Lodging

We have reserved a block of rooms for TBASCANS to attend this event at the Sewanee Inn. Feel free to register online or call the Sewanee Inn at 855-494-4466 and be sure to mention the promo code TBA416 to secure the Tennessee Bar Association rate of $199.  Our room block expires on March 22 so do not delay in calling to book your room now!

Register Now

TBASCUS offers programs and services to lawyers in the prime of their career.  All Tennessee Bar Association members at age 50 and up are included as members of TBASCUS.  To register for this event, or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, 615-383-7421.  Monday, April 4, is the deadline to register for this event!

We hope to see you there!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Judge McMullen Featured at MTSU Event

Tennessee Appellate Judge Camille R. McMullen was the keynote speaker at Middle Tennessee State University's 20th Annual Unity Luncheon, held yesterday to honor community heroes age 60 or older who have made outstanding contributions to the area. McMullen, the first African-American woman to serve on an intermediate court in state history, encouraged the audience to view diversity as a positive. Read more from the Daily News Journal.

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In This Issue: Retaliatory Discharge, Advanced Care Planning and Dale Bumpers

This month the Tennessee Bar Journal's employment law column by Edward Phillips and Brandon Morrow covers retaliatory discharge in "Badges and Blown Whistles: Recent Retaliatory Discharge Actions in Tennessee." Monica Franklin collaborates with Dr. Gregory Phelps in her elder law column, "Advanced Care Planning: When Law and Medicine Intersect."  Humor columnist Bill Haltom writes about the late Dale Bumpers, the small-town lawyer who defended Bill Clinton before the Senate in the 1999 impeachment trial. Read these and the rest of the February issue.

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Marion Co. Attorney, Former Lawmaker Howard Swafford Dies

Marion County attorney and former state representative Howard G. Swafford died yesterday (Feb. 4). He was 96. Swafford attended law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law after serving in World War II.  A Republican, he was elected to the state legislature in 1972, practiced law and won his last jury trial at age 92. He is survived by fellow lawyers, his wife Claude Galbreath Swafford; a son, Howard Graham Swafford Jr. of Jasper; a daughter, retired Magistrate Claudia Swafford Haltom and son-in-law, former Tennessee Bar Association President William Haltom, of Memphis. Visitation is Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Jasper. The funeral will follow at 3 p.m. The family requests no flowers, but contributions may be made in Swafford’s honor to the First Baptist Church of Jasper, the Family Life Center Fund at McKendree Methodist Church of Jasper, and A Step Ahead Foundation of Memphis or Chattanooga. Read more about his life.

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Reminder - You Are Invited to a January TBASCUS Luncheon in Nashville

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon at noon on Jan. 22 at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2016 TBA Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other past TBASCUS trips include visits to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center, and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery for conversations with your TBASCAN colleagues and discussions of  future trips and events. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please email Jenny Jones or call her at (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Jan. 15. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace
TBASCUS Chair

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Join Your Colleagues for a January Luncheon in Nashville

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon on Friday, Jan 22, at 12:00 p.m. at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2016 TBA Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other exciting TBASCUS trips include a visit to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery to visit with friends and colleagues and discuss suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones, (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Friday, Jan. 15. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace, Jr.
TBASCUS Chair

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Age Discrimination in Job Market Bigger Issue for Women

Recent studies from the National Bureau of Economic Research show that older workers who are unemployed are often discriminated against in their job search, according to Five Thirty Eight Economics, and that it's worse for older women than men. One of the study's authors, David Neumark, speculates that anti-discrimination laws actually make it harder to prove the discrimination for older women. Sex is a protected class in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while age is covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, he said. "Because different laws cover different categories, those who fall into both may also have a harder time proving they’ve been discriminated against."

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TBJ Contains 50 Years of Wise Words

This month’s 50th Birthday feature, "Timeless Wisdom," reminds readers of the wise words the Tennessee Bar Journal has published over the years. For instance: "To be a competent lawyer, one must first be a competent human being" (Val Sanford, 1984); "The practice of law is not similar in any respect to professional wrestling" (Penny White, 1994); "We will be strong and forceful advocates, but in a manner which does not destroy our professionalism, our collegiality and our effectiveness" (Bob Ritchie, 1998); and "Retention of women in the private practice of law is attainable, but will require change" (Karen Neal and Cynthia Sellers, 2009). There's a lot more where that came from -- read this story and the full issue online.

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Lawyers Hindered Women Getting Vote 95 Years Ago

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of women earning the right to vote by learning more about the details of the struggle that took place in Tennessee. Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski looks at Suffragists’ fight and how the lawyers of the state did more to thwart than help the effort for much of the time. In his article, Nashville lawyer Timothy Warnock answers the question “is revenue from concerts recoverable in copyright-infringement cases?” President Bill Harbison analyzes some of the differences between new lawyers and those who have been practicing a long time. Read these and other articles in the August Tennessee Bar Journal.

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Senior Tennessee Lawyers Honored for Service

New senior counselors named at TBA convention in Memphis

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2015 — Eighty-six attorneys from around the state were honored as “senior counselors” for their service to the legal profession during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention June 19 in Memphis. Senior counselors are those Tennessee Bar Association members who, during the coming membership year will reach 75 years of age or complete 50 years of practice.

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TBASCUS - Spring 2015

Join Your TBASCUS colleagues for a spring trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce an exciting spring trip for TBASCANS, April 17-18, 2015, to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  This exciting weekend event will be held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

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You Are Invited to a January Luncheon in Nashville

TBASCUS Luncheon During 2015 TBA Leadership Conference

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon on Friday, January 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2015 TBA Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Other exciting TBASCUS trips include visits to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, the Shiloh Military Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery so that we can discuss your suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please email Jenny Jones or call her at (615) 277-3212. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Friday, Jan. 2. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace

TBASCUS Chair

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Deadline for TBA Mentoring Program July 1

 

Applications are due tomorrow (July 1) for the next class of the TBA Mentoring Program. TBA members in their first three years of law practice may apply to be matched with a mentor. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year, beginning in August, with a requirement that mentors and mentees meet face-to-face at least once a month. Participants will choose from a variety of curriculum topics, materials for which will be available on the TBA website.

In addition to seeking mentees, the TBA is recruiting attorneys with at least eight years of legal practice experience to serve as mentors. Contact Christy Gibson at the TBA for more information.

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If You Did It, Flaunt It With a TBJ Announcement

The Tennessee Bar Journal has a new opportunity for lawyers and firms to promote outstanding achievements, new associates, new partners, mergers, awards and any changes within the firm. Now, Professional Announcements are available at special, lower-rate pricing. You can tell more than 12,000 of your peers about your accomplishments by placing an announcement in the Journal. For information or to place an announcement, contact Debbie Taylor at 503-445-2231 or Debbie@llm.com. To have an announcement placed in the April issue, please contact her before Feb. 18.

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TBA Launches Mentoring Program for New Lawyers

The TBA today launched a new mentoring program designed to respond to the growing trend of newly admitted lawyers opening solo practices. Beginning now, and running through Jan. 3, 2014, TBA members in their first three years of law practice may apply to be matched with a mentor. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year -- beginning in February -- with a requirement that mentors and mentees meet face-to-face at least once a month. Participants will be able to choose one of two tracks: a track that offers up to seven hours of CLE credit or one that will not include CLE. Participants will choose from a variety of curriculum topics, materials for which will be available on the TBA website. In addition to seeking mentees, the TBA is recruiting attorneys with at least eight years of legal practice experience to serve as mentors.

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Judge Ash Gears Up to Slow Down

Judge Don Ash talks with the Daily News Journal as he prepares to step away from the Circuit Court and into a new position as senior judge. Ash says he wants to travel the state and take on new responsibilities, especially with appellate opinions, while preparing for an opportunity to spend more time with his family.

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TBASCUS Luncheon at 2012 TBA Convention

TBASCUS members from across the state gathered for lunch today (June 6) at the Rendezvous restaurant in Memphis, helping to kick off the 2012 TBA Annual Convention. TBA President Elect Jackie Dixon addressed the group, outlining some of her objectives for the coming year and inviting them to take part in upcoming TBASCUS programs. TBASCUS (Tennessee Bar Association Seasoned Counselors Up To Somethin') is open to all TBA members who have reached the age of 50.

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Mergers Ahead? Harwell Talks on City's Legal Scene

In an interview with the Nashville Post, Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. talks about the city’s legal community, including salaries of entry-level attorneys, the Nashville School of Law's 100th anniversary and how he feels about local law firm mergers. He also predicts that in the next five years there will be more national and international firms establish a presence in Nashville.

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Judge Haynes Reception March 29, Contribute to Portrait Fund

A reception honoring retired Circuit Court Judge Barbara Haynes will be March 29, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Davidson County Courthouse. Contributions are also being accepted to procure a portrait of Judge Haynes, to be hung in the Third Circuit Courtroom. Download a reservation card.

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