TBA Press Releases

TBA Selects Attorneys for 2018 Leadership Law Class

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

NASHVILLE, Dec. 12, 2017 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 30 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2018 Leadership Law program. Now in its 15th 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 Bar Association Voices Support for Indigent Representation Reform

TBA President Lucian Pera Applauds Supreme Court for Leading the Effort

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Oct. 3 that it would support efforts to reform the state's indigent representation methods. Below is the full statement from Tennessee Bar Association President Lucian Pera in response to the announcement:
"The TBA applauds the Supreme Court’s strong leadership on indigent representation reform. We look forward to partnering with the court and others interested in making real improvement on the status quo.
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3 Honored With Tennessee Bar Journal Joe Henry Award

Raybin, Amundsen, Levy Honored for Excellence in Legal Writing

NASHVILLE, June 19, 2017 — Nashville lawyer Benjamin K. Raybin, Memphis Lawyer Amy J. Amundsen and former Nashville lawyer Jeffrey L. Levy were honored on Friday with Justice Joseph W. Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual Convention in Kingsport.
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Sarah Sheppeard to Take Office as TBA Vice President

Lewis Thomason Shareholder to Lead the Association in 2019-2020

NASHVILLE, June 14, 2017 — Knoxville attorney Sarah Y. Sheppeard will take office as vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Kingsport. Sheppeard was elected to the office by TBA members earlier this year and will assume the presidency in 2019.
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Jason Pannu to Take Office as TBA President-Elect

Lewis Thomason shareholder to serve as president in 2018-2019

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

Adams and Reese LLP Partner to Lead the Association for 2017-2018 Bar Year

NASHVILLE, June 14, 2017 — Memphis lawyer Lucian T. Pera will take office as president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Kingsport. Pera previously served as president-elect during the 2016-2017 bar year.
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Judge Susano to Receive TBA’s Drowota Award

Knoxville Judge Honored for Work Supporting Juveniles, Disabled Rights

NASHVILLE, June 13, 2017 — Knoxville Judge Charles D. Susano will be honored this week with the prestigious Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award. Susano was selected for his many years of service on the courts – he has served on the Court of Appeals since 1994, and until 2015 was Chief Judge – as well as for his advocacy. A paraplegic since 1992, Susano also has been a champion of rights for disabled individuals, and has been a major supporter of the youths in residence at Knox County Juvenile Court.
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McGaha Named 2017 Leadership Law Wilks Award Winner

Memphis Attorney Honored at the TBA Convention

Memphis lawyer Gabe McGaha was selected as the recipient of this year’s Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award. McGaha was chosen for the award by fellow members of the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2017 Leadership Law class and was honored during the group’s graduation ceremonies in Kingsport today. He is the sixth recipient of the award.
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Book Examines ‘Strategic Civility’ of Sen. Howard Baker

New Edition of Memphis Attorney Bill Haltom’s Book is Especially Timely Today

NASHVILLE, June 9, 2017 — A book examining the qualities that made the late U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. successful and beloved during his long career is now available in a second edition from the Tennessee Bar Association.
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Nashville Lawyer Named New TBA Executive Director

Joycelyn Stevenson Brings Experience as Bar Leader to Position

NASHVILLE, June 1, 2017 — The Tennessee Bar Association today named Nashville lawyer Joycelyn Stevenson as its new executive director. A shareholder with Littler Mendelson PC with a practice focused on labor and employment law, Stevenson has been a leader in the Tennessee legal community, serving as president of both the Nashville Bar Association and the Lawyers’ Association for Women ‐ Marion Griffin Chapter. She is the first African‐American woman to lead both organizations and will be the first African-American woman to direct the TBA.

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