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A limited number of Tennessee attorneys this year will experience the honor of being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court as part of the 26th Annual TBA Academy. The Tennessee Bar Association has arranged a private Swearing-In Ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. In addition to the Swearing-In Ceremony, participants in the TBA Academy will be invited to a Welcome Reception and Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 13 -- hosted by TBA President Gail Vaughn Ashworth. On Monday, Dec. 14, there will be a breakfast, a tour of the Supreme Court, and a Celebration Luncheon at a Capitol Hill landmark after the Swearing-In Ceremony.

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TBA YLD plans outreach at Nashville School of Law
The TBA Young Lawyers Division will continue its 2009 fall law school outreach efforts next week with a visit to the Nashville School of Law on Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22. All TBA members are invited to stop by the law school between 5 and 7 p.m. to join the students for a pizza dinner. For more information or to RSVP contact the YLD

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'Guns in Restaurants' law to be scrutinized Nov. 4
A Davidson County judge will hear the so-called guns-in-restaurants law Nov. 4, according to lawyer Will Cheek, who is representing the plaintiffs. Several local restaurant owners and gun permit holders have filed an injunction. They want a court to decide whether the new law is constitutional.
WSMV-TV reports
Raises for law director draw questions
Some Knox County commissioners want to know what County Law Director Bill Lockett is doing to earn a salary that includes almost $9,840 in raises since 2008. They question the money because both the commission and the county school board have told Lockett they no longer want him to represent them. On May 26, Lockett disclosed that he had accepted money from clients intended for his law firm before taking office last year. "We asked him to no longer represent us in June. We censured him and asked him to resign. It begs the question, what is he doing?" one council member said. Lockett has refused to resign.
The News Sentinel has the story
'Media shield' bill hits snag in Senate
A bill to give journalists a limited right to protect confidential sources from disclosure was sidetracked Thursday, after senators from both parties said the current version could damage national security. The bill, supported by more than 70 journalism organizations, would only apply to federal courts and leave intact state protections for journalists and their sources.
WMC-TV carried this AP story
When forgiveness makes the news
Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee was set yesterday to decide how much of a 10-year sentence Matthew Philbrook should spend behind bars. Philbrook confessed to crimes including vehicular homicide in which 23-year-old Nicole Dotson was killed. At the point in the proceedings set aside for the victim's family to address Philbrook, Dotson's grandfather forgave him. "I want you to turn your life around," Joseph Johnson told him. "I want you to give your life to Jesus Christ. When you go to prison, I want to be on your visitation list, not to remind you of what you've done, but because I want to see you turn your life around."
The News Sentinel was there
Campaign finance rules struck down in D.C.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today struck down several campaign finance rules that restrict the ability of non-profits to fund election-related activities such as voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts and advertisements.
The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times reports
Former CIA directors ask Obama to overrule attorney general
Seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency ask President Barack Obama to overrule U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to appoint an independent counsel to investigate interrogation tactics the CIA used after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks gives you the story
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Avis benefits 'try harder'
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