TBA Press Releases

Kingsport Home School Team Wins State Mock Trial Title

School will represent Tennessee at national competition in May

NASHVILLE, March 19, 2013 -- The Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) team claimed the state high school mock trial championship title this past weekend, defeating Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Indianapolis, Ind., May 9-11.

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High School Students Compete in State Mock Trial Championship This Weekend

Schools from across the state to gather March 15-16th in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 12, 2013— High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 33rd annual mock trial championship in Nashville this coming weekend, March 15-16. The event will be held at the historic Davidson County Courthouse.

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TBA Announces 2013 Law Day Contests

Students asked to depict the theme "equality for all" in artwork, essays

NASHVILLE, March 11, 2013 -- The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) has announced the 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contest, which gives students the opportunity to express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law and achieve statewide recognition for their work.

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TBA Names 2013 Corporate Pro Bono Award Winners

Burch, Porter & Johnson and BlueCross to receive awards at gala event in Nashville Saturday

NASHVILLE, Feb. 28, 2013 -- The Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson and Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be recognized for their commitment to providing free legal services at the 7th Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala Saturday in Nashville.

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Gov. Haslam, 2 Former Governors Headline Forum on Civility & Effective Governance

Knoxville event is part of series examining civility in today's society

NASHVILLE, Feb. 11, 2013 -- Gov. Bill Haslam will be joined by former governors Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist to headline a public forum on civility and effective governance Feb. 21 in Knoxville. The event, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, the University of Tennessee Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the First Amendment Center, will take place in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It is the final of three forums looking at issues of civility and free expression across the state.

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Nashville Legal Aid Lawyer Named 2013 Public Service Attorney of the Year

Award presented to Jean Crowe at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Nashville lawyer Jean Crowe was honored as the state's top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association at a luncheon on Saturday. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Deborah Taylor Tate, a Tennessee lawyer and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Nashville Lawyers Given Pro Bono Award for Civil Rights Case

Team of four recognized for work on Juana Villegas case

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Four Nashville lawyers were honored with the state's top pro bono award for their work protecting the civil rights of Juana Villegas, a jailed immigrant who was shackled to a bed while in labor. The team was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association at a luncheon Saturday that featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Deborah Taylor Tate, a Tennessee lawyer and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Memphis Law Student Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Award presented to 2013 'Student Volunteer of the Year' at luncheon

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Chris Martin, a third-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, was honored with the state's top award for law student pro bono work by the Tennessee Bar Association at a luncheon on Saturday. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the event featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Deborah Taylor Tate, a Tennessee lawyer and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

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TBA Recognizes Firms Adopting Policies to Serve the Poor

Offices and lawyers honored at luncheon ceremony in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- The Tennessee Bar Association on Saturday recognized 12 law firms in the state for adopting over the past year formal pro bono policies calling on employees to do more for Tennesseans who cannot afford legal representation. They join 50 other firms and corporate legal offices that have adopted such policies.

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TBA YLD Names 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award presented to Dale Hedges at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Dale Hedges of Clinton has been named the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes Hedges' 18 years of service as a volunteer for CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, which serves children in Anderson, Blount and Scott counties.

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