TBA Press Releases

Roane County Child Advocate Named 2014 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award given to Jack McNew at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2014 -- Jack McNew of Harriman has been named the 2014 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes McNew's five years of service as a volunteer for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, which serves children in Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties.

read more »

Belmont Law Student Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Award to be presented to Katie Blankenship at luncheon Saturday

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 — Katie Blankenship, a third-year student at the Belmont University College of Law, will be honored with the state’s top award for law student pro bono work at a luncheon ceremony Saturday in Nashville.

read more »

Johnson City Legal Aid Lawyer Named 2014 Public Service Attorney of the Year

TBA to recognize Deborah Yeomans at luncheon ceremony Saturday

NASHVILLE, Jan. 16, 2014 — Johnson City lawyer Deborah Yeomans will be honored as the state’s top public service attorney at a luncheon ceremony Saturday in Nashville.

read more »

Chattanooga Lawyer to Receive Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Volunteer Work

TBA to recognize Buz Dooley at luncheon ceremony Saturday

NASHVILLE, Jan. 16, 2014 — Chattanooga lawyer Charles “Buz” Dooley will be honored with the state’s top pro bono award for his volunteer work with Legal Aid of East Tennessee at a luncheon ceremony Saturday in Nashville.

read more »

5 Tennessee Law Firms Commit to Greater Legal Service for the Poor

Offices and lawyers to be honored at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 16, 2014 -- The Tennessee Bar Association on Saturday will recognize five law firms in the state for adopting formal pro bono policies calling on employees to do more for Tennesseans who cannot afford legal representation.

read more »

New Resource Helps Voters Understand the Judicial System and Evaluate Judges Facing Election This Year

Tennessee one of eight states to participate in ‘Informed Voters’ Project

NASHVILLE, Jan. 13, 2014 -- A new campaign to educate voters about the judicial system, the importance of fair and impartial judicial elections and how to evaluate judicial candidates launches this week in Tennessee, one of eight states to participate in the “Informed Voters -- Fair Judges” project sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges and the League of Women Voters.

read more »

TBA Announces 2014 Video Contest for Students

YouTube contest explores how laws are made, amended and repealed

NASHVILLE, Jan. 6, 2014 — Tennessee Bar Association President and Sevierville lawyer Cindy Wyrick today announced the association’s Fourth Annual YouTube Video Contest to encourage middle and high school students to explore how laws are made, amended and repealed. Titled “There Ought to be a Law,” the contest challenges students to create a three-minute video that discusses an issue they would like to see addressed through the legislative process.

read more »

Free Legal Assistance Helped 1,800 Tennesseans in October

Lawyers served residents across the state at 80 Celebrate Pro Bono events

NASHVILLE, Nov. 21, 2013 —Tennessee lawyers helped 1,800 state residents by providing free legal information and advice throughout the month of October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association's Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

read more »

TBA Selects Attorneys for 2014 Leadership Law Class

31 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Nov. 14, 2013 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 31 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2014 Leadership Law program. Now in its 11th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

read more »

3 Events Explore Legal Concept of ‘Civil Right to Counsel’

Programs to be held in Knoxville, Johnson City, Chattanooga this month

NASHVILLE, Nov. 11, 2013 – The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) will hold a series of discussions this month to explore “civil right to counsel” – the idea that people who face certain civil cases and cannot afford representation should be provided with free legal counsel.

The concept builds on the U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainright, which found that criminal defendants cannot have a fair trial unless they have legal representation. For those who cannot afford a lawyer, the court directed that a free lawyer be appointed for them.

read more »