TBA Press Releases

TBA Announces Statewide Civility Initiative

Programs across Tennessee will explore balancing civility and free expression in three segments of society: the public square, the courts and government

NASHVILLE, Aug. 31, 2012 -- Can civility co-exist with free speech in today's world? That's just one topic that will be explored in a series of public conversations presented across the state this fall by the Tennessee Bar Association.

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2012 Leadership Law Class Completes Program

35 graduate, one honored with service award at TBA convention

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Thirty-five attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week.

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TBA Recognizes Two for Outstanding Legal Writing

Andree S. Blumstein, Scott Griswold awarded annual honor

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- The Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing was given to two Tennessee Bar Journal authors this year: Nashville lawyer Andree S. Blumstein and Knoxville lawyer Scott Griswold at the TBA's annual meeting in Memphis Friday.

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Memphis Judge Receives Judicial Service Award

Judge Robert Childers honored for work with lawyer assistance programs

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Memphis Circuit Court Judge Robert L. "Butch" Childers was honored with the Tennessee Bar Association's Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award at the group's annual meeting in Memphis on Friday.

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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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