TBA Press Releases

TBA Asks Court to Make Free Legal Help More Accessible

President Lewis says shortfalls in legal representation even more severe given today’s tough economic times

NASHVILLE, Nov. 20, 2008 — Even before today’s tough economic news, Tennessee lawyers have been preparing to step up their pro bono activity to help folks unable to pay a lawyer. Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court put out for comment the Tennessee Bar Association’s recommendation that the rules on pro bono volunteer legal services be enhanced.

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Memphis Lawyer Buck Lewis to Take Office as TBA President

Will call on Tennessee lawyers to do more for the state’s poor

NASHVILLE, June 4, 2008 — George T. “Buck” Lewis, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, will assume the presidency of Tennessee Bar Association at the association’s annual convention next week in Gatlinburg. The transfer of the gavel will take place at a luncheon on Friday, June 13, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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TBA Announces 2008 Law Day Contest Winners

Annual contest challenges students to explore concept of 'rule of law'

NASHVILLE, May 29, 2008 -- Justin Carrasco, a fifth-grade student at Cedar Bluff Elementary of Knoxville, has won first place in a Law Day Art Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. It was his second year to take the top award. In the TBA's essay contest, Monte Cole Flowers, a senior at Memphis Catholic High School, won first place.

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St. Mary's Repeats as State High School Mock Trial Champion

Will represent state at National Mock Trial Competition


NASHVILLE, March 15, 2008 — St. Mary's Episcopal School from Memphis scored a final round victory over Brentwood High School to win a second-straight title in the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition in Nashville. The team will now represent Tennessee in national competition, May 8-10 in Wilmington, Del.
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Schools From Across the State to Compete at State Mock Trial Competition

Two-day event to be held in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 12, 2008 -- High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's annual competition in Nashville this weekend, March 14-15. This year's competition is being held at the newly renovated, historic Davidson County Civil Courthouse downtown. To reach the state competition, the 16 teams had to win district competitions by playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case developed by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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Free Legal Assistance Available for Tornado Victims

Partnership between Tennessee legal organizations and FEMA helps residents

NASHVILLE, Feb. 26, 2008 — A toll-free legal aid line is now available for victims of recent tornadoes in Tennessee. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, three local legal aid organizations (the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Memphis Area Legal Services and West Tennessee Legal Services Inc.), the Tennessee Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Greene Co. Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

Don Merzlak honored for work on behalf of Tennessee children

NASHVILLE, Feb. 5, 2008 -- Don Merzlak of Mosheim has been named the 2008 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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

Award presented to Russ Overby at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 19, 2008 — Nashville lawyer Russell Overby has been honored as the state's top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association for three decades of work on behalf the indigent.

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Nashville School of Law Student Named Law Student Volunteer of the Year

Award presented to Peggy Smith at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, January 19, 2008 — Recent Nashville School of Law graduate Peggy Smith of Bon Aqua received the 2008 Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award from the Tennessee Bar Association at its annual public service luncheon. Held as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon took place at the state capitol. It featured award winners in several categories as well as a keynote address by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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Nashville Lawyer Named Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Award presented to Ross Booher at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 19, 2008 — Nashville attorney Ross Booher, a partner with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, was honored with the state's top award for pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's annual public service luncheon. Held at the state capitol as part of the association's leadership conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories as well as a keynote address by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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