Sharpen your appellate practice skills

Experienced attorneys hoping to sharpen their skills in appellate practice will want to attend this year's Advanced Appellate Practice CLE program Sept. 26 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder, Appellate Court Clerk Michael Catalano, and attorneys George T. "Buck" Lewis, Michael Moore and Jeff DeVasher will focus on how to structure and present your appeal, including: planning the appeal and trial court strategy, perfecting the appeal, preparing the appeal, presenting the appeal, appellate oral argument, and practice pointers -- assessing the oral argument.

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Court: TSC


Roger E. Jenne, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ronnie Dale Moore.

John T. Rice, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Nora Elizabeth Kilby Moore.


We granted permission to appeal to determine whether income from a nonrecurring capital gain may be considered in determining a parent's gross income for purposes of modifying child support. We hold that income from an isolated or "one-time" capital gain must be included in calculating gross income and that the trial court erred in dismissing the petition to modify child support. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remand this case for calculation of child support pursuant to the Child Support Guidelines.


Court: TCA


Jeffrey L. Levy, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James H. Donahue.

Sharon T. Massey, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Mary E. Brown.

Judge: KOCH

This appeal involves the parenting arrangements for a non-marital child. The biological father, whose military career had prevented him from living near the child, moved to the city where the child resided and requested the Montgomery County Juvenile Court to establish a joint parenting arrangement which gave each parent equal parenting time. The juvenile court declined to consider the father's petition based on its conclusion that the father's decision to move to the city where the child resided was not significant enough to warrant further modifications in the existing parenting arrangement. We have determined that the father has established that a material change in circumstances has occurred and that the trial court must consider whether further modifications in the existing parenting arrangement to enable the child to spend more time with her father would be in the child's best interests.


Court: TCCA


Mack Garner, District Public Defender, Maryville, Tennessee (at trial), J. Liddell Kirk, Knoxville, Tennessee (on appeal), for the Appellant, Margie Frances Hamby.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Mike Flynn, District Attorney General; Rocky Young, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Blount County jury convicted the Defendant, Margie Frances Hamby, of attempted theft of property valued under $500, and the trial court sentenced her to six months, with thirty days in jail and the balance to be served on supervised probation. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred in not granting her full probation. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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