TBA Press Releases

Free Legal Assistance Available through New Website

Lawyers offer legal advice to storm victims, those in need of civil legal assistance

NASHVILLE, May 4, 2011 — A new website that allows Tennesseans to seek free legal advice from volunteer lawyers is now available at OnlineTNJustice.org. The service — a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association — will provide an immediate resource for victims of recent storms, flooding and tornadoes who need legal assistance. Beyond that, it will provide an on-going service for Tennesseans who need civil legal help but are unable to afford a lawyer.

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TBA Announces 2011 YouTube Video Contest Winners

Tennessee students explore state's unique legal history


NASHVILLE, May 2, 2011 — Students from across Tennessee who were challenged to produce videos on the state's unique history of law and liberty are being honored today by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) as a part of the national Law Day celebration.

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Legal Hotline Available for Storm Victims

Partnership among legal organizations helps residents in affected areas

NASHVILLE, May 2, 2011 (updated June 3) — A toll-free legal assistance hotline is now available for victims of recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Tennessee counties designated as federal disaster areas. The service, which allows callers to request free advice from a lawyer, is a partnership between the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Memphis Area Legal Services and West Tennessee Legal Services.

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Tennessee Lawyers Mobilize to Offer Free Legal Advice to Storm Victims

Volunteers to staff shelters and free legal clinics


NASHVILLE, April 28, 2011 — Tennessee lawyers are mobilizing to provide free legal assistance to victims in the wake of storms, tornadoes and flooding in the state this week. "Tennessee lawyers step up to help disaster victims just like they help people every day," said TBA President Sam Elliott. "The TBA offers a platform for lawyers to organize and deliver that help."

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TBA Recognizes Corporate Pro Bono Efforts

Bass, Berry & Sims and AutoZone receive awards for commitment to free legal services for the poor

NASHVILLE, March 28, 2011 — Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and AutoZone were recognized for their commitment to providing free legal services to the poor at the 5th Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala Saturday evening in Nashville. The event featured remarks by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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White Station High School of Memphis Wins 3rd Straight State Mock Trial Competition

16 teams from across the state competed in Nashville for the honor


NASHVILLE, March 24, 2011 — White Station High School of Memphis recently claimed its third straight state mock trial championship, defeating McCallie School of Chattanooga in the 31st annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Phoenix May 5-8.

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Judicial Conduct Rules Changes Proposed

New disqualification and recusal standards, procedure urged

NASHVILLE, Feb. 25, 2011 — New stricter standards and procedures for determining disqualification and recusal of judges, changes in restrictions on campaign activities by judges, and a new prohibition on judges presiding over cases in which they participate in judicial settlement conferences are among the changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct being recommended in a petition filed with the Tennessee Supreme Court today by the Tennessee Bar Association.

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TBA Names 34 Lawyers to 2011 Leadership Program

Attorneys from across the state begin six month training program

NASHVILLE, Feb. 22, 2011 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) has named 34 lawyers from across the state to its 2011 Leadership Law program. The class recently met for its first session and will spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in the executive and legislative branches of government, and leadership through community service.

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TBA Launches Law Student Leadership Program

Class of 15 meets for first session in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Feb. 9, 2011 — The Tennessee Bar Association's newest program for law students is the Diversity Leadership Institute, which got underway recently with a focus on issues of leadership and diversity in the legal profession.

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Vanderbilt Law Graduate Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Award presented to 'Student Volunteer of the Year' at luncheon

NASHVILLE, Feb. 9, 2011 — Jody Shaw, a 2010 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, was honored with the state's top award for law student pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's recent public service luncheon. Held each year in Nashville, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by American Bar Association President-elect William Robinson of Cincinnati.

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