Ashworth to lead TBA in 2009-2010

With no competing candidates filing to challenge her, Nashville attorney Gail Ashworth will become the next vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association, putting her on track to lead the organization in the 2009-2010 bar year. Ashworth, a member of the Gideon & Wiseman firm, currently serves as the TBA's general counsel. Her election will become official following certification by the Board of Governors.

There will be contested elections for two Board of Governors seats -- those representing the Middle Tennessee Grand Division and the First District. In the Middle Tennessee district, Nashville attorneys Barbara Holmes and Timothy Warnock will compete for the seat, while in the First District, Kingsport attorney Frank Johnstone will face Sevierville attorney Cynthia Richardson Wyrick. See a complete listing:

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STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES v. F.R.G.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

C. Brad Sproles, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, F.R.G.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Douglas Earl Dimond, Senior Counsel, General Civil Division, for the appellee, State of Tennessee Department of Childrenís Services

Judge: SUSANO

The trial court terminated the parental rights of F.R.G. ("Mother") and R.K.B. ("Father") with respect to their minor child, C.G.B. ("the child") (DOB: December 31, 2003), upon finding, by clear and convincing evidence, that grounds for terminating their parental rights existed and that termination was in the best interest of the child. Mother appeals, arguing procedural defects in the trial court's termination of her parental rights. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/frg_021607.pdf


KENNETH W. NEELEY v. PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO., INC., d/b/a NASHVILLE GAS

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

G. Christopher Holder, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kenneth W. Neeley

William B. Jakes, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Piedmont Natural Gas Company, d/b/a Nashville Gas

Judge: COTTRELL

Plaintiff appeals the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant in this negligence action. Because the plaintiff failed to present any evidence to establish duty of care or breach of a duty, we affirm the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/neelyk_021607.pdf


CARRIE SWINFORD v. JEREMY HUMBERT

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

David L. Leonard, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeremy Humbert

Regina L. Shepherd, Elizabethton, Tennessee, for the appellee, Carrie Swinford

Judge: SUSANO

The parties to this litigation formerly resided in Tennessee. The plaintiff, Carrie Swinford ("Mother"), gave birth to a daughter on February 15, 2005. Shortly thereafter, Mother filed a "paternity and legitimation" action against Jeremy Humbert ("Father"). Father admitted paternity after a DNA test revealed a 99.997% probability that he was the child's biological father. Both parents sought to be designated as the child's primary residential parent. Approximately six and a half months after the child was born, Mother moved to Ohio. Father is now a resident of North Carolina. Following a trial, the court below designated Mother as the child's primary residential parent and awarded Father co-parenting time of five hours every other Saturday, and five hours every other Sunday. The trial court ordered that Father's time with the child would be limited to visits in the state of Ohio. The trial court encouraged the parties to reach an agreement on increased visitation once the child became familiar with Father. The trial court also indicated to Father that a petition seeking increased co-parenting time could be filed in the event he and Mother were unable to reach an agreement. Father appeals. He claims that the best interest of the child dictates that he have more co-parenting time. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/swinfordc_021607.pdf


DUDLEY W. TAYLOR, d/b/a THE TAYLOR LAW FIRM v. JAMES DALLE, KATHERINE DALLE, MOSHE SHLOUSH, CLARENCE L. HENDRIX and ROBERT HICKMAN

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Craig J. Donaldson, Greenback, Tennessee, for appellants

Dudley W. Taylor, Knoxville, Tennessee, for appellee

Judge: FRANKS

In this action for a judgment for fees for legal services rendered, the Trial Court entered Judgment for plaintiff and defendants appealed. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/taylord_021607.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ANTHONY BONDS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Garland Erguden, Assistant Public Defender, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Anthony Bonds

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Amy Weirich, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Anthony Bonds, was convicted by a Shelby County jury of attempted especially aggravated robbery and sentenced to ten years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, Bonds raises the single issue of sufficiency of the evidence. Following review of the record, we conclude that the evidence is sufficient to support the verdict and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of conviction.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/bondsa_021607.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. BARRY BROWN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert L. Parris, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Barry Brown

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Alanda Dwyer, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: WILLIAMS

The defendant, Barry Brown, was convicted of three counts of aggravated robbery, Class B felonies. Two of the counts of aggravated robbery were merged, and the trial court imposed a thirty-year sentence on each conviction, to be served consecutively to each other for an effective sixty-year sentence in the Department of Correction as a persistent offender. The defendant appeals claiming that: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict; (2) the trial court erred in failing to suppress pretrial statements made by the defendant; and (3) the trial court erred by granting the State's motion to consolidate. We affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/brownb_021607.pdf


PIERRE ANDRE BROWN A/K/A ANTHONY ANDERSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Pierre Andre Brown, pro se

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee

Judge: WILLIAMS

The Petitioner, Pierre Andre Brown, appeals the trial court's denial of his petition for habeas corpus relief. The State has filed a motion requesting that this Court affirm the trial court's denial of relief pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Petitioner fails to assert a cognizable claim for which habeas corpus relief may be granted. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/brownp_021607.pdf


ERIC CARTER v. GLEN TURNER, WARDEN AND STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Eric Carter, pro se

Robert E. Cooper, Jr.,, Attorney General & Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee

Judge: MCLIN

The Petitioner, Eric Carter, appeals the trial court's order denying his petition for writ of habeas corpus. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court's judgment pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The petition fails to establish a cognizable claim for habeas corpus relief. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/cartereric_021607.pdf


ROSE MARIE HERNANDEZ v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Karla D. Ogle, Fayetteville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Rose Marie Hernandez

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney General; and Michael D. Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Rose Marie Hernandez, appeals the dismissal of her petition for post-conviction relief by the Bedford County Circuit Court. Hernandez pled guilty to seventy counts of forgery, which the trial court merged into thirty-five convictions of forgery, and received an effective sentence of thirty-three years and six months in the Department of Correction as a Range III persistent offender. On appeal, she asserts that her pleas were not knowingly and voluntarily entered due to the ineffective assistance of counsel. Hernandez argues that counsel was deficient in: (1) failing to adequately consult with her and failing to obtain and review discovery material; and (2) "misinform[ing] [her] about the sentencing and enhancing process." Following review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/hernandezr_021607.pdf


ANDRE NEELY v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Brett B. Stein, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee

Judge: HAYES

The Petitioner, Andre Neely, appeals the lower court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. The State has filed a motion requesting that this Court affirm the trial court pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. After a review of the pleadings, the lower court's order and the applicable law, this Court concludes that the lower court properly determined that the Petitioner's claims were waived and properly dismissed the petition. Accordingly, we affirm the courtís dismissal.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/neelya_021607.pdf


CHARLES WADE SMITH, III v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Lloyd R. Tatum, for the appellant, Charles Wade Smith, III

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; Ronald L. Davis, District Attorney General; Jeffrey L. Long, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: THOMAS

Petitioner, Charles Wade Smith, III, was convicted by a Perry County jury of second degree murder and received a sentence of seventeen years as a violent offender. His conviction was affirmed on appeal. State v. Charles Wade Smith, III, No. M2001-01740-CCA-R3-CD, 2003 WL 22116629 (Tenn. Crim. App. Sept. 11, 2003). On September 9, 2004, the petitioner, through counsel, filed a petition for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of counsel related to the petitioner's alleged impairment due to drugs or alcohol during the trial. After an evidentiary hearing, the trial court found that the petitioner had failed to prove any allegations by clear and convincing proof and denied the petition. Upon full consideration of the record, we agree and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/smithc_021607.pdf


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Cooper open, but cautious about new powers
Recently appointed Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper told lawmakers this week that he is open to adding more police powers for his office. He went on to warn them, though, that if the powers were added and efforts to make the office an elected position were successful, future attorney generals could use the powers to politicize the office.
Read more in the Knoxville News Sentinel
Judge Echols named civilian aide with Army
Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis Harvey today invested Judge Robert Echols of Nashville as a civilian aide during ceremonies at the Pentagon. Echols, a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, served for 35 years in the U.S. Army National Guard, reaching the rank of brigadier general.
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Midsize firms try new recruiting strategies
With big law firms now snapping up almost half of the graduates from the nation's top law schools, midsize firms have had to adjust their recruiting strategies, a National Law Journal story says.
Find out what they are doing on Law.com
LSC receives $22 million increase
The U.S. Senate recently approved a funding measure that provides a $22 million increase for the Legal Services Corporation. The same amount was approved by the House of Representatives last month, so the measure goes directly to the president for his signature. The resolution does not specify how the money will be divided among LSC's sub-accounts, but the corporation expects to spend $330 million on basic field programs.
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Ethics agency target of proposed legislation
A bill that would abolish the recently created Tennessee Ethics Commission has been introduced by Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro. The bill would transfer all investigative, enforcement and record-keeping functions of the commission to the 18-year-old Registry of Election Finance.
Read more in the Commercial Appeal
Bredesen submits 2007 legislative package
Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday presented a legislative package focusing on education, health, public safety, consumer protection and fraud prevention.
Chattanoogan.com provides a roundup
Rep. Strader back in General Assembly
State Rep. Parkey Strader returned to the legislature this week after nearly two months of treatment for liver cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Strader, who turned 62 Thursday, said he underwent 53 days of proton radiation and chemotherapy treatments before returning to Tennessee. "I go back April 2 to do the body scan, and if all goes well, I will be able to have surgery," he said.

Too many bills to consider?
State lawmakers proposed more than 4,600 new laws by this week's bill-filing deadline, prompting renewed questioning of whether House and Senate leaders should work to limit the number of measures introduced each session.
Read more in the Tennessean
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Lawyer advertising topic of Moot Court competition
The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University will host the 17th Annual First Amendment Moot Court competition on Feb. 22-23. This year's problem will focus on the First Amendment and other issues involved in lawyer advertising. Last year's competition was won by a team from the University of Georgia School of Law.
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Student loans at low rates through SunTrust
The TBA and SunTrust Bank now have a Partnership Program to help alleviate the burden of student loans. Members and their families can consolidate their federal student loans at a special low fixed rate - right now as low as 5.375%. In addition, those with consolidation loans greater than $10,000 are eligible to reduce their interest rate by another 1.5% for on-time payments and automatic debit payments.
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