TBA Press Releases

TBA Launches 'Tacky for Teens' Campaign

Initiative asks legislators to show support for youth courts during special session

NASHVILLE, Jan. 12, 2010 — As the Tennessee General Assembly gathers this week for a special session on education reform, the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is offering legislators an opportunity to have a little fun and raise money for an important youth program in the state.

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TBA Programs Nominated for National Award

Two initiatives in 2009 provided needed legal services for Tennessee's poor

NASHVILLE, Dec. 10, 2009. Two Tennessee Bar Association community service programs have been nominated for the American Society of Association Executive's "Associations Advance America Awards." The programs - Justice 4 All and Tennessee Celebrates Pro Bono - were major initiatives undertaken during the year to enhance volunteer legal services by lawyers across the state.

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TBA Announces Statewide, Month-Long Pro Bono Push

Tennessee lawyers to offer free legal services at events throughout October

NASHVILLE, Sept. 30, 2009. Tennessee attorneys will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer at events throughout the month of October. The effort is part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. Activities will include legal clinics, training for attorneys who handle pro bono work, and events celebrating milestones in Tennessee’s legal aid history. More than 30 events will take place across the state.

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Nashville Lawyer Takes Office as TBA President

Will focus on access to justice, civics education, diversity, green initiatives

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2009 — Nashville lawyer Gail Vaughn Ashworth recently took office as the Tennessee Bar Association’s 127th president, pledging to continue helping those in need obtain access to justice and working to improve diversity in the profession. Ashworth, a Vanderbilt University Law School graduate and founding partner of Gideon & Wiseman PLLC in Nashville, received the oath of office from Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder on June 19 during the TBA’s annual convention in Memphis.

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Nashville Lawyers Honored at TBA Annual Meeting

Volunteers recognized for service to the public and the legal profession

NASHVILLE, June 26, 2009 — A number of Nashville lawyers recently were honored for their service to the legal profession and the community at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual meeting in Memphis.

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Memphis Lawyer Wins TBA Election for 2011, Other Area Lawyers Honored at Annual Meeting

NASHVILLE, June 26, 2009 — Memphis lawyer Danny Van Horn took office as the Tennessee Bar Association’s vice president last Friday at the association’s annual convention in Memphis. He will take office as president-elect next year and then as president in 2011. Van Horn is the youngest member of the TBA ever to become president, and he brings a great deal of enthusiasm and new ideas to his term in leadership.

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Chattanooga Lawyer Named TBA President-Elect, Other Area Lawyers Honored at Annual Meeting

Elliott to take office in June 2010, focus on civics education

NASHVILLE, June 26, 2009 — Chattanooga attorney Sam Elliott took office as president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association last Friday at the association’s annual convention in Memphis. The move puts him in line to assume the presidency in June 2010. Elliott is a member in the Chattanooga firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott, where he practices in the field of civil litigation. His experience includes handling cases involving products liability, personal injury, employment discrimination and eminent domain.

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Tennessee Students Win Annual Art and Essay Contests

2009 contest celebrates President Lincoln's 200th birth

NASHVILLE, May 8, 2009 — Knoxville fourth-grader Chihye Kim of Cedar Bluff Elementary has won first place in a Law Day art contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, while Nathan House, a senior at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet in Nashville, won first place the TBA’s essay contest.

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Statewide Pro Bono Public Service Day

Tennessee lawyers turn out in force to serve needy clients

NASHVILLE, April 4, 2009 — More than 1,300 Tennesseans received free legal advice on issues ranging from foreclosure and unemployment to custody and child support as part of “Pro Bono Public Service Day,” a statewide campaign sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association that featured more than 47 projects and involved close to 600 lawyers, who in one day provided nearly $600,000 worth of free legal service.

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TBA Announces Statewide Pro Bono Public Service Day

Free legal services to be offered across state on April 4

NASHVILLE, March 26, 2009 — On April 4, Tennessee attorneys across the state will participate in more than 45 events offering free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer. This public service day is an historic collaboration among bar associations and legal organizations, legal aid groups, Tennessee’s law schools and law students, and members of the judiciary. It is being organized by the Tennessee Bar Association as part of its 4 ALL campaign.

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