TBA Press Releases

TBA Votes to Support Constitutional Amendment on Judicial Selection; Merit Selection to Be Made Part of the Process by Executive Order

NASHVILLE, Oct. 24, 2013 -- Following a complete review of its policy on judicial selection, the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Board of Governors on Oct. 12 reaffirmed its commitment to merit selection to fill judicial vacancies, and voted to support a constitutional amendment that provides for gubernatorial appointment, legislative confirmation and retention elections for judges. The board did so because of assurances that Governor Bill Haslam would include merit in the process via an Executive Order, if the amendment is adopted. The amendment will be on the ballot in the state's November 2014 general election.

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Student Swearing-in Thursday at Cane Ridge Youth Court

Ground-breaking program lets students hear real cases

NASHVILLE, Oct. 23, 2013 -- After a successful pilot program in the spring, the Academy of Law at Cane Ridge High School will install the newest members of its youth court program. Davidson County Juvenile Judge Sophia Crawford, whose support has been central to the development of this innovative collaboration, will officiate at the installation and swearing-in ceremonies at Cane Ridge High School on October 24, 2013.

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Young Lawyers Train Librarians on Free Legal Resources

Sessions to help librarians serve members of the public seeking legal information

NASHVILLE, Oct. 17, 2013 - Young lawyers with the Tennessee Bar Association and the Chattanooga Bar Association will hold two training sessions on Oct. 25 to educate local librarians and court clerks about free services available to members of the public seeking legal assistance. The training will be offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Downtown Library Auditorium, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402.

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5th Annual ‘Celebrate Pro Bono Month’ Kicks off Today

Tennessee lawyers to offer free legal services across the state in October

NASHVILLE, Oct. 1, 2013 —Tennessee lawyers will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of the Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Activities kick off today with four legal clinics, the first of more than 60 events planned across the state.

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TBA Joins Campaign to Promote Access to Legal Assistance for Tennessee Servicemembers and Veterans

Effort will focus on recruiting volunteer lawyers to handles cases for free

NASHVILLE, Aug. 7, 2013 -- The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) has joined a nationwide effort to increase the number of lawyers committed to providing needed legal support to servicemembers, veterans and their families. Organized by Army OneSource, the Military Legal Assistance Campaign is focused on identifying and training volunteers who can assist families while a servicemember is deployed, and help servicemembers when they return from overseas duty. Through its Access to Justice Committee, the TBA is recruiting lawyers now through September to provide assistance to Tennessee servicemembers and veterans.

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Lawyers Complete 2013 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 32 graduates at TBA convention in Nashville

NASHVILLE, June 20, 2013 — Thirty-two attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Nashville last week.

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New Members Named to TBA Board of Governors, 9 Retiring Members Honored for Service

NASHVILLE, June 20, 2013 — Nine Tennessee lawyers took office as new members of the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governor's at the board’s meeting last weekend.

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Lawyers Honored for Service at 2013 TBA Convention

Award recipients recognized for service to the profession and public at annual event in Nashville

NASHVILLE, June 20, 2013 — A select group of Tennessee lawyers were honored for their work serving the legal profession and the public during the Tennessee Bar Association’s recent convention in Nashville.

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Sevierville Lawyer Cynthia Richardson Wyrick to Take Office as TBA President Next Friday in Nashville

Term will focus on serving senior citizens, new lawyers and solo practioners; protecting the public from fraudulent legal providers; and increasing grassroots advocacy by lawyers

NASHVILLE, June 7, 2013 — Sevierville lawyer Cynthia Richardson Wyrick will take office as the 134th president of the Tennessee Bar Association at the group’s annual convention in Nashville next Friday. She will be sworn into office by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary R. Wade at a luncheon ceremony. The event will begin at noon and take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown, 623 Union St., Nashville, TN 37219.

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Jonathan O. Steen to Take Office as TBA President-Elect Friday in Nashville

Jackson lawyer will lead the group in 2014-2015

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2013 — Jackson lawyer Jonathan O. Steen will take office as the Tennessee Bar Association’s president-elect at the group’s annual convention Friday in Nashville. The luncheon ceremony will begin at noon and take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown, 623 Union St., Nashville, TN 37219.

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