TBA Press Releases

Monroe County Child Advocate Named 2017 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award given to John Porter at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 30, 2017 — John Porter of Vonore has been named the 2017 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes Porter’s six years of service as a volunteer for CASA Monroe. 
 
Nashville lawyer Cherrelle Hooper, chair of the YLD Children’s Issues Committee, presented the award to Porter at a recent dinner in Nashville. Alisa Hobbs, executive director of CASA Monroe, also was on hand.
 
Porter was recognized for his unrelenting advocacy on behalf of clients and his dedication to doing the “actual work” of volunteering. Porter is a retired software developer and business owner who experienced “incredible success” in his professional life, according to Hobbs. But Porter made a decision to commit himself to a retirement of service, and made it clear that rather than serving on boards of directors, he wanted to work directly with the people who need it most.
 
Porter was said to go “above and beyond” on many occasions, such as when he provided a client family with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. He handled many juvenile justice cases and would travel great distances to visit those young people, even when they were in detention centers or therapeutic homes. He speaks fondly of one case, in which a juvenile delinquent with an uncertain future grew to become a decorated Marine. The two still keep in touch, Hobbs says.
 
When Porter is not advocating for his CASA clients, he is volunteering for Meals on Wheels, where he takes on all tasks, even washing dishes.
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TBA Executive Director Ramsaur to Step Back from Day-to-Day Management

Will stay on as Emeritus Director to handle legislative, strategic initiatives

NASHVILLE, Dec. 16, 2016 — Effective the first of the year, Allan Ramsaur, longtime executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), will begin stepping back from day-to-day responsibilities for administration of the association. He will assist in the search for and retention of a new executive director for the association and will transition into the role of emeritus director. 
 
In that new role, he will continue to answer to the TBA Board of Governors and represent the association in governmental affairs and court administration issues, work on issues in ethics and professional responsibility, develop policy, oversee financial administration and focus on important strategic initiatives in continuing legal education, technology and evolving legal markets for the TBA and the foundation, until his full retirement in June of 2018. 

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Tennessee Lawyers and Law Student to be Recognized for Commitment to Public Service

Honorees to be recognized at awards luncheon in January

NASHVILLE, Dec. 12, 2016 — Two distinguished Tennessee attorneys and a recent University of Tennessee College of Law graduate will be honored with the state’s top public service awards at a ceremony in January.
 
The awards will be presented by the Tennessee Bar Association at its 2017 Public Service Luncheon on Jan. 14 at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel in Nashville.
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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2017 Leadership Law Class

36 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Dec. 6, 2016 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 36 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2017 Leadership Law program. 
 
Now in its 14th 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. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service. 
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Tennessee Lawyers Offer Legal Assistance to Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims

NASHVILLE – December 1, 2016 – In response to the devastating wildfires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, the Tennessee Bar Association is partnering with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission to help those affected with their legal needs.
 
For Wildfire Victims
Anyone in need of legal assistance can call the TALS legal helpline at 844-HELP4TN, or can go online to www.help4tn.org for resources and access to TN Free Legal Answers. Victims facing losses after the fire can have experienced attorneys answer their questions for free.
 
Legal clinics are being planned for those impacted by the fires and updated information will be available on www.help4tn.org as it becomes available. 
 
For Attorneys
Attorneys are needed across the state who can help these efforts. Lawyers in East Tennessee who can volunteer in-person at a legal clinic should contact Kathryn Ellis with LAET at kellis@laet.org or 865-637-0484.
 
For those who want to help all across the state, there are additional options. Attorneys are needed to volunteer to answer emailed questions on the TN Free Legal Answers website or respond to calls and messages received on the HELP4TN legal helpline. Lawyers interested in volunteering with TN Free Legal Answers can sign up directly on the website at https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/. Others willing to respond to calls from the HELP4TN legal helpline can sign up via the Disaster Legal Assistance Volunteer Form online at http://www.tba.org/volunteer-for-disaster-legal-assistance.
 
Training resources and other materials for attorney volunteers are available on the TBA’s Disaster Legal Assistance web page at http://www.tba.org/info/disaster-relief-assistance. The TBA’s Young Lawyers Division Disaster Relief Committee has also been activated, and will be assisting with volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts. To volunteer, complete the Disaster Legal Assistance Volunteer Form online at http://www.tba.org/volunteer-for-disaster-legal-assistance.
 
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Lawyers Complete 2016 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 31 graduates, selects Gallatin lawyer for service award

NASHVILLE, June 27, 2016 -- Thirty-one attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Nashville last week. The group spent the last six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

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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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Lucian T. Pera to Take Office as TBA President-Elect This Week

Adams and Reese partner will lead association in 2017-2018

NASHVILLE, June 13, 2016 — Memphis lawyer Lucian T. Pera will take office as president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Nashville. He will serve in that position during the 2016-2017 bar year and move into the presidency in 2017.

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Jason Pannu to Take Office as TBA Vice President This Week

Lewis Thomason shareholder to serve as president in 2018-2019

NASHVILLE, June 13, 2016 — Nashville lawyer Jason Pannu will take office as vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Nashville. After serving a year as vice president, Pannu will ascend to president-elect in 2017 and then lead the association as president beginning in 2018.

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Jason Long to Take Office as TBA President This Week

Lowe, Yeager & Brown partner to serve in 2016-2017

NASHVILLE, June 13, 2016 — Knoxville lawyer Jason H. Long will take office as president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Nashville. Long previously served as president-elect during the 2015-2016 bar year.

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