Larry Wilks sworn in as TBA president

Springfield lawyer Larry Wilks received the oath of office from Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Barker today during the TBA's 125th annual convention. The ceremony was part of the Lawyers Luncheon, during which a number of other Tennessee lawyers were honored for their contributions to the TBA and the legal community. See photos and read more.

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Lawyers quizzed on ethics, Jeopardy-style
Attorneys attending the Tennessee Bar Association's convention this week at The Peabody might wonder about this afternoon's session titled "Jeopardized Ethics!" The Commercial Appeal wondered enough to talk to Memphis lawyer Lucian Pera about it: Pera will play the role of Alex Trebek, host of the popular television game show "Jeopardy!" There also will be a PowerPoint-driven game board with categories such as "Misbehavin,'" "Heroes and Villains" and "Judicial Speech." Among the faux contestants will be outgoing TBA president Bill Haltom of Memphis, Nashville lawyer Tony Swafford and Anne Fritz, executive director of the Memphis Bar Association. The projected winner is Fritz, who last year was a contestant on the real-life "Jeopardy!" Said host Pera: "I figure she'll wipe the floor with the guys."

Vandals hit 30 cars at Peabody
Some 30 cars -- most of them belonging to judges -- were broken into and vandalized at the Peabody Place parking garage early Thursday. Around 2 a.m., vandals slashed tires, sprayed fire extinguishers, broke a window and cut convertible tops off cars, said Sue Allison, spokesman for the Tennessee Supreme Court. No one was hurt, but most of the cars vandalized belong to judges attending the Tennessee Judicial Conference meeting this week at The Peabody. Read more in the
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A conservative court win on searches
The Supreme Court's conservative shift has paid off for police. Justices made it easier Thursday for officers armed with search warrants to barge into homes without knocking or waiting, the Associated Press reports. Evidence collected in those searches doesn't have to be thrown out, the justices decided 5-4. The major government victory was secured with the votes of new Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, President Bush's picks for the court.
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The oldest courthouse in Tennessee is listed on the Tennessee Preservation Trust's list as being "endangered." According to the Tennessee Preservation Trust, the Hawkins County Courthouse in Rogersville is endangered because it is threatened by deferred maintenance. Read more at
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