Free seminar will help improve online research skills

Boost your online legal research skills and earn one hour of CLE credit -- all at no cost. The Tennessee Bar Association and its online legal research partner, Fastcase, are presenting an online seminar on Sept. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. central time. This webinar will give you an overview of how Fastcase works and how you can use it more effectively in your practice. All TBA members have free access to Fastcase and can use it to research court opinions from all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court and all Federal Courts of Appeal, as well as statutes, regulations, constitutions, and court rules from all 50 states and from federal sources. Register online today.

There were no opinions released today by Tennessee appellate courts or the Attorney General's office. You can search previously reported opinions in the TBALink database through our OpinionSearch page. If you have forgotten your password or need to obtain a password, you can look it up on TBALink at the TBA's Membership Central.

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McGannon, Massey appointed to commission
Murfreesboro lawyer Susan McGannon and Memphis lawyer William D. Massey were appointed yesterday to serve six-year terms on the Tennessee Evaluation Commission. McGannon was chosen from a list of three submitted by the Tennessee Bar Association. Massey was chosen from a list of three submitted by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Fourth judicial commissioner approved in Hamilton
The Hamilton County Commission voted yesterday to approve four judicial commissioners, up from three, with pay raises to $63,000 for the chief judicial commissioner and $58,000 for the other three. Commissioner John Brooks said he will draw up an application form and set up a process for commissioners to review applicants.
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Free Saturday clinic will offer legal assistance in Memphis
Memphis attorneys are stepping up to help local residents who need, but cannot afford, legal services with a continuing monthly series of Saturday morning legal clinics sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association. Beginning Oct. 6 at First Baptist Church, 2849 Broad Ave., a group of attorneys will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon to offer legal assistance at the first such clinic. To join in the project, an initiative of the MBA and Memphis Area Legal Services, please contact the MBA offices at (901) 527-3573 or MALS at (901) 523-8822, ext. 417.

Editorial: Extra judge will help in child support cases
The Daily News Journal supports the appointment of an extra child-support referee in the 16th Judicial District in an editorial today. Until Diana Burns was appointed, "child-support cases were divvied up between judges and court days were slipped into the system once or twice a month with up to 80 cases handled on those days. That's assembly-line justice if we've ever seen it but at a slow pace." The judicial district has 3,325 cases waiting to be heard, the paper says, and is hopeful that this new judge will move the child-support court away from being the "inefficient boondoggle" that it had become.
Read the editorial
Spring Hill judge resigns, cites perception of conflict
Spring Hill City Court Judge Huntly Gordon resigned this week, saying he was concerned about a perceived conflict of interest with his serving as city court judge and also as an attorney representing developers to the Spring Hill Planning Commission and Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Read more in the Tennessean
Weiss indicted for role in alleged kickback scheme
A federal grand jury has indicted Mel Weiss for his involvement in an alleged class-action kickback scheme that has led to the indictment of the firm he co-founded in 1972.
Read more from the Wall Street Journal
Murfreesboro lawyer
Dick LaRoche dies
Richard LaRoche Sr. of Murfreesboro died Wednesday afternoon at Middle Tennessee Medical Center after a fall at his home earlier in the day. He was 85. He was a former Circuit Court judge of Rutherford/Cannon Counties and a 1950 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. He practiced law in Murfreesboro with his son, Ted LaRoche. Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Woodfin Chapel in Murfreesboro. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Memorials may be sent for the Richard F. LaRoche Sr. Scholarship Fund at Vanderbilt Law School.
Read more about Mr. LaRoche in the Daily News Journal
Appeals Court Justice
Widener dies
H. Emory Widener Jr., who until recently was the nation's longest-serving federal appeals judge with 35 years on the bench, has died. He was 83. Widener served on the 4th Circuit, which has handled some of the country's biggest terrorism cases, including that of Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.
The Tennessean has this AP story
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Alimony Bench Book now available
The 5th Edition of the Alimony Bench Book is now available from the TBA Family Law Section. This newest edition is available for purchase at the TBA's online bookstore or by calling 800-899-6993 or in Nashville at 383-7421.
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