TBA Press Releases

TBA Announces 2013 YouTube Video Contest Winners

Annual contest challenged students to explore the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary

NASHVILLE, May 1, 2013 — Students challenged to produce videos on the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary are being honored today by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) as a part of the national Law Day celebration.

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Vanderbilt Law Student Takes 1st Place in TBA Writing Competition

Paper on Supreme Court wetlands case wins annual contest

NASHVILLE, April 23, 2013 — Wyatt Sassman, a third-year student at Vanderbilt University Law School, has been awarded first place in the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Law Section’s 2013 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition for his article “Administrative Compliance Orders and Due Process after Sackett.” He will collect a cash award of $1,200 and his article will be published in an upcoming issue of the section’s newsletter.

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Cane Ridge High School Launches Youth Court

Student Court Will Hear Peers’ Truancy and Disorderly Conduct Cases

NASHVILLE, April 15, 2013 -- The Academy of Law at Cane Ridge High School is launching a youth court program, the Cane Ridge Restorative Court, in collaboration with the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), Metropolitan Nashville Juvenile Court, Metro-Student Attendance Center (M-SAC), and the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Student Services department. The installation ceremony for student court members will be Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cane Ridge High School auditorium.

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Lawyers Overwhelmingly Support Tennessee Plan

Survey shows TBA members support current judicial selection system by 83 percent

NASHVILLE, March 26, 2013 — Eighty-three percent of Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) members support maintaining the present plan for merit selection, performance evaluation and retention election of appellate judges, known as The Tennessee Plan, according to the TBA 2013 Member Survey. Non-member lawyers also surveyed by the group favor the present plan, but by a slightly smaller margin of 72.3 percent.

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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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