TBA Press Releases

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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Oak Ridge Lawyer Named Public Service Attorney of the Year

Award presented to Neil McBride at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Feb. 9, 2011 -- Oak Ridge lawyer Neil McBride was honored as the state's top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association at its recent public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, 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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Knoxville Attorney Named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Award presented to Scott Griswold at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Feb. 9, 2011 — Knoxville attorney J. Scott Griswold with Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP was honored with the state's top award for pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's recent public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, 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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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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Sullivan County Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award given posthumously to Paul Hughes at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 27, 2011 — Paul Hughes, formerly of Fall Branch, has been named the 2011 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The award, given posthumously, recognizes Hughes' four years of service as a volunteer in the Bristol area.

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Rules for Dealing with Wrongful Convictions Updated

Tennessee Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Lawyer Ethics Rules

NASHVILLE, Oct. 1, 2010 — A new emphasis on the responsibility of prosecutors when they learn about wrongful convictions is just one of several changes in lawyer ethics rules adopted Wednesday by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Free Legal Help Offered Statewide in October

More than 30 events planned during the month for those in need

NASHVILLE, Sept. 20, 2010 — Tennessee attorneys will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. More than 30 events are planned across the state.

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TBA Announces First-Ever Video Contest for Students

YouTube contest to explore Tennessee's unique legal history

NASHVILLE, Sept. 15, 2010 — Tennessee Bar Association President and Chattanooga lawyer Sam D. Elliott has announced the association's first ever YouTube video contest to encourage middle and high school students to explore the state's rich legal history. Titled "Tennessee's Unique History of Law and Liberty," the contest challenges students to create a three-minute video that tells the story of an event, circumstance or person that illustrates a way in which the Tennessee constitution or legal system has played an important part in the state's history.

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