TBA Press Releases

TBA Announces Fourth Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Month

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

NASHVILLE, Sept. 27, 2012 — Tennessee lawyers 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 four legal clinics on Oct. 2, with more than 40 events planned across the state during the month.

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TBA Announces Details for Nashville Civility Forum

Panelists named; time changed to include presidential debate watch party

NASHVILLE, Sept. 25, 2012 -- A public forum on the tensions between free speech and civility will take place in Nashville on Oct. 16. The event, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University, will take place in Lipscomb's Ezell Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and free parking is available in front of the Ezell Center as well as in the P2 garage (view parking map). Following the program, attendees are invited to stay and watch the second presidential debate scheduled for that night beginning at 8 p.m. Central. 

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TBA Announces Conservatorship Hearings

Public hearings across the state are designed to gather information about how current law is working or could be improved

NASHVILLE, Sept. 10, 2012 -- The practice and procedure for protecting adults with diminished capacity, including frail elders, persons with developmental disabilities, individuals with physical disabilities, and persons with mental health or addiction issues, will be the subject of public hearings across the state this fall. The series begins with an event in Nashville Sept. 20.

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TBA & University of Memphis Announce First Civility Forum

First of 3 programs across the state to focus on civility in public policy debates, especially those with cross-cultural implications

NASHVILLE, Aug. 31, 2012 -- The Tennessee Bar Association and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will hold a public forum on the issue of free speech and civility in public policy debates on Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the law school's Wade Auditorium. 

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TBA Announces Statewide Civility Initiative

Programs across Tennessee will explore balancing civility and free expression in three segments of society: the public square, the courts and government

NASHVILLE, Aug. 31, 2012 -- Can civility co-exist with free speech in today's world? That's just one topic that will be explored in a series of public conversations presented across the state this fall by the Tennessee Bar Association.

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2012 Leadership Law Class Completes Program

35 graduate, one honored with service award at TBA convention

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Thirty-five attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week.

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TBA Recognizes Two for Outstanding Legal Writing

Andree S. Blumstein, Scott Griswold awarded annual honor

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- The Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing was given to two Tennessee Bar Journal authors this year: Nashville lawyer Andree S. Blumstein and Knoxville lawyer Scott Griswold at the TBA's annual meeting in Memphis Friday.

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Memphis Judge Receives Judicial Service Award

Judge Robert Childers honored for work with lawyer assistance programs

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Memphis Circuit Court Judge Robert L. "Butch" Childers was honored with the Tennessee Bar Association's Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award at the group's annual meeting in Memphis on Friday.

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Late TBA President Honored with Public Service Award

Widow of former Springfield lawyer Larry Wilks accepts award

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 --  Former Springfield lawyer and TBA president Larry Dean Wilks, who died Aug. 30, 2011, was posthumously presented the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Young Lawyers Division Fellows at the TBA's annual meeting in Memphis on Friday. Wilks was recognized for his service to the practice of law, the bar and the profession. The award was accepted by his widow Jan Wilks and his son John Wilks.

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Jackson Lawyer Takes Office as TBA Vice President

Jonathan O. Steen to lead group in 2014

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Jackson lawyer Jonathan O. Steen took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's vice president at the association's annual convention in Memphis on Friday. The move puts him in line to assume the presidency in June 2014. 

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