TBA Press Releases

Late TBA President Honored with Public Service Award

Widow of former Springfield lawyer Larry Wilks accepts award

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 --  Former Springfield lawyer and TBA president Larry Dean Wilks, who died Aug. 30, 2011, was posthumously presented the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Young Lawyers Division Fellows at the TBA's annual meeting in Memphis on Friday. Wilks was recognized for his service to the practice of law, the bar and the profession. The award was accepted by his widow Jan Wilks and his son John Wilks.

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Jackson Lawyer Takes Office as TBA Vice President

Jonathan O. Steen to lead group in 2014

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Jackson lawyer Jonathan O. Steen took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's vice president at the association's annual convention in Memphis on Friday. The move puts him in line to assume the presidency in June 2014. 

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Sevierville Lawyer Takes Office as TBA President-Elect

Cynthia Richardson Wyrick to lead group in 2013

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Sevierville lawyer Cynthia Richardson Wyrick took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's president-elect at the association's annual convention in Memphis on Friday. The move puts her in line to assume the presidency in June 2013. During her time in office, Wyrick hopes to encourage more citizens to run for public service, increase professionalism in the practice of law, and provide greater support for lawyers who open solo practices.

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Nashville Lawyer Jackie Dixon Takes Office as TBA President

Will focus on civility, civics education, importance of impartial judiciary

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 - Nashville lawyer Jacqueline B. Dixon took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's 130th president at the association's annual convention in Memphis on Friday. After being sworn into office by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark, Dixon laid out her vision for the year, which will include a focus on civics education, civility in the profession, pro bono efforts and working to preserve an impartial judiciary. 

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TBA Wins Award for New Online Mentoring Program

Award, won for 2nd year in a row, recognizes program for new lawyers

NASHVILLE, May 22, 2012 -- The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) won a Rich Media Impact Award last week for using technology to help new law school graduates find work during the recession. The award, given by Sonic Foundry -- a video management platform for academic, enterprise and event webcasting -- recognizes outstanding achievement in using rich media to improve awareness, education and outreach.

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TBA Announces 2012 Law Day Contest Winners

Annual contest challenges students to explore importance of the courts

NASHVILLE, May 8, 2012 -- Knoxville eighth grader Liana Hu of Farragut Middle School has won first place in a Law Day art contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, while Gloria Yu, a junior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, took first place in the essay contest.

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TBA Announces 2012 YouTube Contest Winners

Tennessee students explore concept of freedom of communication

NASHVILLE, May 1, 2012 -- Students challenged to produce videos on the topic of freedom of communication are being honored today by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) as a part of the national Law Day celebration.

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Tennessee Celebrates Law Day 2012

TBA, Supreme Court & Governor encourage Tennesseans to get involved

NASHVILLE, April 30, 2012 -- Judges, lawyers and citizens across the state will be participating in various events tomorrow (May 1) to celebrate Law Day. The theme of this year's celebration is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom," which highlights the crucial role of courts and the need to foster a better understanding of the judiciary. 

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Nashville Law Student Wins TBA Writing Competition

Paper on climate change and tort law takes first place in annual contest

NASHVILLE, April 23, 2012 -- William Airhart, a third-year student at Vanderbilt University Law School, has been awarded first place in the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Law Section's 2012 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition for his article "After AEP: The Climate Change Tort and the Social Cost of Carbon."

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Free Legal Hotline Established for Storm Victims

Partnership between legal organizations, FEMA helps Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, March 29, 2012 -- A toll-free legal assistance line is now available for victims of recent storms and flooding in counties that have been designated as federal disaster areas.

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