Bench/Bar events highlight convention

Utah Assistant Attorney General Steve Mikita inspired lawyers attending the Bench/Bar Luncheon Thursday during the 125th Annual TBA Convention in Memphis. See photos from that event, the Civil Rights Museum CLE and more.

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Application of Nepotism Act

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Date: 2006-06-14

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A wakeup call from lawyers
Citizens need to become more informed and engaged in evaluating what their government is doing, rather than allowing apathy, fear or naked political partisanship to dictate their positions, the Memphis Commercial Appeal says in an editorial after its editors met this week with ABA President Mike Greco.
Read the full piece
Knox charter issues spills into courtroom
Confusion over the validity of Knox County's charter entered into a courtroom Wednesday, when one lawyer alleged an appointed General Sessions Court judge shouldn't be allowed to preside over cases.
Read the Knoxville News Sentinel story
Former judge honored in Juneteenth event
Former judge H.T. Lockard is among those being honored in Memphis this week during the Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival. Lockard, 85, helped pave the way for black politicians to come when he was elected to the old Shelby County Court (now the Shelby County Commission) in 1964. He also was a Shelby County Criminal Court judge from 1975 until his retirement in 1994. As a lawyer during the 1950s and 1960s, he was involved in cases that ended segregation in education, recreation and transportation.
Read the Commercial Appeal's story
State seeking director for new Ethics Commission
The State of Tennessee is seeking an executive director to lead the newly established Tennessee Ethics Commission. The agency was established this year to "sustain the public's confidence in government by increasing the integrity and transparency of state and local government through regulation of lobbying activities, financial disclosure requirements, and ethical conduct."
Find out more by downloading the job announcement.

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