TBA Press Releases

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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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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Sumner Co. Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of Year

Tony Janco honored for work on behalf of Tennessee children

NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2009 -- Tony Janco of Gallatin has been named the 2009 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Each year, the YLD selects a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer from nominations made by Tennessee's local CASA agencies. The award recognizes a court appointed special advocate who goes the extra mile in his or her work with a CASA program in the state.

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University of Tennessee Law Student Named Law Student Volunteer of the Year

Award presented to Daniel Ellis at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 17, 2009 — University of Tennessee College of Law Student Daniel Ellis of Knoxville today received the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award from the Tennessee Bar Association at its annual public service luncheon.  Held each year as part of the association’s Leadership Conference, the luncheon took place at the state capitol and featured award winners in several categories as well as a keynote address by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder.

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Nashville Lawyer Named Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Award presented to Charles Grant at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 17, 2009 — Nashville attorney Charles K. Grant, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, was honored today with the state’s top award for pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association’s Leadership Conference, the luncheon at the state capitol featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder.

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Nashville Lawyer Named Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year

Award presented to family of Ross Alderman at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 17, 2009 — Ross Alderman was honored as the state’s top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association at its annual public service luncheon today at the state capitol. Held each year as part of the association’s Leadership Conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories as well as a keynote address by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder.

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Tennesseans In Need To Get More Help

Supreme Court seeks comments on proposal to raise legal aid funds

NASHVILLE, Dec. 19, 2008 — Needy Tennessee clients who are unable to afford lawyers to address their civil legal problems could receive new assistance under a proposal made by the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Foundation, Tennessee Association for Justice and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. The state Supreme Court yesterday released the proposal for public comment.

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TBA Asks Court to Boost Legal Aid Funding

Proposal is part of association's “4 ALL” access to justice campaign

NASHVILLE, Nov. 25, 2008 — The lawyer’s program that provides funding for legal services for the poor by drawing interest on idle client trust funds would get a significant boost under a proposal filed Monday with the Tennessee Supreme Court. The proposal, made jointly by the Tennessee Bar Foundation, which administers the program; the Tennessee Bar Association, representing 10,000 Tennessee lawyers; the Tennessee Association for Justice; and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services asks the court to require lawyers to participate in the Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program by placing client funds that cannot earn interest, because they are either too small or expected to be held for a short duration, in accounts that pay interest to the foundation.

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