TBA board recommends 4 for judicial commission

The Tennessee Bar Association's Board of Governors recently voted to recommend four lawyers who had applied to fill an open position on the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission. Recommended were Edward Brading of Johnson City, Richard Ladd of Bristol, David McDowell of Chattanooga and Shelly Wilson of Knoxville. The recommendations were given to House Speaker Kent Williams, who will appoint a replacement for David Bautista, a Williams appointee who has resigned from the Commission. The new Commission member will fill out the remainder of Bautista's term, which expires June 30, 2015.
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Court: TCA


Nick Perenich, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joseph K.

Dennis L. Nordhoff, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brandy B.-K.


Brandy B.-K., ("Mother") and Joseph K. ("Father") appeal the termination of their parental rights to their six minor children: Autumn K. (DOB: 2/19/97), River K. (DOB: 4/19/00), Micah K. (DOB: 10/17/01), Summer K. (DOB: 7/16/03), Christopher B.-K. (DOB: 12/24/06), and Kayden B.-K. (DOB: 12/24/06) (collectively, "the Children"). In separate appeals, Mother and Father challenge the juvenile court's finding that multiple grounds for termination were established by clear and convincing evidence and that termination was in the best interests of the Children. In addition, Father contends that DCS failed to make reasonable efforts toward reunification. We affirm the judgment as to both Mother and Father.



Court: TCA


Jerry H. Schwartz, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Naomi Schutte, as Administrator of the Estate of William Anthony Lucy.

Brian L. Kuhn, Shelby County Attorney, Thomas E. Williams, Assistant County Attorney and Dedrik Brittenum, Jr. Assistant County Attorney, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee(s), Cheyenne Johnson, Shelby County Assessor and Paul Matilla, Shelby County Trustee.


This appeal arises out of an action to refund tangible personal property taxes. The administrator of a decedent's estate filed suit against the Shelby County Assessor of Property and the Shelby County Trustee following the payment of delinquent taxes. The administrator alleged that prior forced assessments of the decedent's property were illegal, arbitrary, and unduly excessive. The chancery court determined it did not have subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case. We affirm.



Court: TCCA


George M. Googe, District Public Defender; Paul E. Meyers, Assistant Public Defender, for the Defendant-Appellant, Kevin Reid.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Matthew B. Haskell, Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Jim Thompson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant-Appellant, Kevin Reid, appeals the revocation of his intensive probation by the Circuit Court of Madison County, for which his original four-year term of probation was re-instated after the service of eleven months and twenty-nine days in the county jail. Reid originally pled guilty to attempted aggravated assault, a Class D felony, possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to employ in the commission of a felony, a Class E felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class E felony. For the attempted aggravated assault, Reid was sentenced to four years intensive probation, after thirty days confinement, and assessed a $150 fine. For the possession of a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment convictions, Reid was sentenced to concurrent two year terms of intensive probation, to be served concurrently with the attempted aggravated assault. On appeal, Reid claims the trial court erred by revoking his intensive probation and ordering that he serve 11 months and 29 days in jail. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Rules Implementing the Tamper-Resistant Prescription Act

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-02

Opinion Number: 10-22


Corporate Criminal Responsibility under Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-16-602(c)

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-02

Opinion Number: 10-23


Separation of Powers With Regards to the Regulation of the Practice of Law

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-02

Opinion Number: 10-24



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