TBA Press Releases

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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Coffee County Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award given to Ray Wood at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 24, 2012 — Raymond M. Wood of Manchester has been named the 2012 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes Wood's 11 years of service as a volunteer for CASA Works Inc., which serves children in Bedford and Coffee counties.

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TBA Names Member Services Center for Former President and Springfield Lawyer Larry Wilks

Area honors memory of leader who made "serving lawyers every day" his theme

NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2012 — Nearly 100 lawyers, friends and family members gathered to dedicate the Larry Dean Wilks Member Services Center at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville last week.

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Court Adopts TBA’s Judicial Conduct Proposal

New rules update campaign and recusal policies for state’s judges

NASHVILLE, Jan. 4, 2012 — The Tennessee Supreme Court today adopted the first comprehensive rewrite of the rules governing judicial conduct in more than 20 years. The rules changes, effective July 1, come as a result of a two and a half-year process initiated by the Tennessee Bar Association including a public comment period and hearing.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2012 Leadership Class

35 lawyers from across the state join six-month training program

NASHVILLE, Dec. 19, 2011 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 35 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2012 Leadership Law program.

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Free Legal Assistance Helped More than 1,000

Collaboration among lawyers resulted in 40-plus events across the state

NASHVILLE, Nov. 4, 2011 — Tennessee lawyers helped 1,109 state residents by providing free legal advice throughout the month of October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association's Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

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Judges and Attorneys Offer New Legal Education Program

Parternership to bring civics education to schools, community groups

NASHVILLE, Oct. 3, 2011 — Tennessee judges and attorneys have partnered together to create a new program geared to educate students, community groups and business organizations about the legal system.

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TBA Announces Statewide, Month-Long Pro Bono Push

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

NASHVILLE, Sept. 29, 2011 — Tennessee attorneys will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of the national Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Activities will include legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations and other events. The initiative kicks off with legal clinics in Franklin and Johnson City on Oct. 1, with more than 35 events planned across the state during the month.

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