TBA Press Releases

Tennessee Celebrates Law Day 2012

TBA, Supreme Court & Governor encourage Tennesseans to get involved

NASHVILLE, April 30, 2012 -- Judges, lawyers and citizens across the state will be participating in various events tomorrow (May 1) to celebrate Law Day. The theme of this year's celebration is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom," which highlights the crucial role of courts and the need to foster a better understanding of the judiciary. 

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Nashville Law Student Wins TBA Writing Competition

Paper on climate change and tort law takes first place in annual contest

NASHVILLE, April 23, 2012 -- William Airhart, a third-year student at Vanderbilt University Law School, has been awarded first place in the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Law Section's 2012 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition for his article "After AEP: The Climate Change Tort and the Social Cost of Carbon."

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Free Legal Hotline Established for Storm Victims

Partnership between legal organizations, FEMA helps Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, March 29, 2012 -- A toll-free legal assistance line is now available for victims of recent storms and flooding in counties that have been designated as federal disaster areas.

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TBA Recognizes Corporate Pro Bono Work

Baker, Donelson and Community Health Systems receive awards for commitment to free legal services for the poor

NASHVILLE, March 28, 2012 -- Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Community Health Systems were recognized for their commitment to providing free legal services to the poor at the 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala Saturday evening in Nashville. The event featured remarks by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark and Herbert Slatery, legal counsel to Governor Bill Haslam.

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McCallie Bests Chattanooga Rival for State Mock Trial Title

Team to represent Tennessee at national competition

NASHVILLE, March 19, 2012 -- McCallie School of Chattanooga claimed the state high school mock trial championship title this past Saturday, defeating rival school Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association, in the 32nd annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 3-6.

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Free Legal Assistance Website Helps More Than 1,200

Lawyers step up to offer online advice to those with civil legal problems

NASHVILLE, Feb. 17, 2012 — More than 100 low-income Tennesseans are receiving free legal assistance every month through the OnlineTNJustice.org website, but backers of the project want to serve more.

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Nashville Attorney Named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Award presented to Wendee Hilderbrand at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 24, 2012 — Nashville lawyer Wendee Hilderbrand was honored with the state's top award for pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's recent public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin S. Huffman.

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Nashville Public Defender Named Public Service Attorney of the Year

Award presented to Dawn Deaner at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 24, 2012 — Nashville Public Defender Dawn Deaner was honored as the state's top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association at its recent public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin S. Huffman.

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University of Tennessee Law Student Recognized for Pro Bono Work

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

NASHVILLE, Jan. 24, 2012 — Brittany Thomas, a third-year student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, was honored with the state's top award for law student pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's recent public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin S. Huffman.

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Knoxville Law Firm Commits to Greater Legal Service for the Poor

Law office honored by TBA at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 24, 2012 — The Knoxville law firm of Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP was recognized at the Tennessee Bar Association's annual public service luncheon Saturday for its commitment to pro bono legal service. It joins more than 40 firms across the state that have adopted formal pro bono policies calling on employees to do more for Tennesseans who cannot afford legal representation.

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