Elliott installed, lawyers honored for contributions

Chattanooga lawyer Sam Elliott was installed today as Tennessee Bar Association president during the Lawyers Luncheon at the TBA convention in Nashville. He took the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder. Elliott said he would continue initiatives by recent presidents, but this year will also focus on civics education. "To reach middle and high school students, the TBA will ride a wave of technology," he said, in announcing an upcoming statewide contest to celebrate Tennessee's unique history. The contest, which he hopes will "plant seeds of interest" will involve student-produced videos uploaded to YouTube.com.

Also at the luncheon, Tennessee lawyers were honored for their work in serving the legal profession and the public. Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Haynes was honored with the association's Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award; Nashville Mayor and lawyer Karl Dean was awarded the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award for his extraordinary service to the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in the wake of devastating flooding last month; and Chattanooga lawyer S. Spencer Elg received the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. President's Awards were given to Chattanooga attorney T. Maxfield (Max) Bahner, Nashville attorney Steve Cobb, Memphis attorney Brian S. Faughnan, and Knoxville lawyer Sarah Y. Sheppeard. Senior Counselors were also recognized. Watch for photos from the convention or post your own photos on the TBAConnect.

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New lawyers sworn in today
More than 200 people passed February's Tennessee bar exam, and this morning many were sworn in to the practice of law by the Tennessee Supreme Court at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Prior to the ceremony, the Tennessee Bar Association hosted a breakfast reception for the new attorneys and their families at the Tennessee Bar Center.
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Courthouse brawl: A step back for lawyer civility
An Illinois prosecutor was hospitalized today after an assistant public defender allegedly choked him in a court hallway in Chicago following a courtroom dispute over setting a hearing date in a post-conviction murder case.
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Legislative News
Impasse over as budget may head for vote
After a face-to-face meeting between Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Kent Williams and the chairs of the two chambers' finance committees, the impasse over the budget seems to have been broken and a vote is now possible this week. Notably, a $20 million tax credit for flood-damaged businesses added by House members this week to the budget proposal has been axed by Republican leadership in the Senate.
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Tennesseans may need to heed health care law after all
The House Budget subcommittee today voted down a bill that would allow Tennesseans to ignore the new federal health care law. The bill would have also directed the state's attorney general to join more than a dozen other states in suing the federal government. The panel was split along party lines, but the tie was broken by House Speaker Kent Williams.
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Memphis attorney Charles Cobb services set
Memphis attorney Charles Pittman Cobb, 87, died June 1 of complications following a stroke. He was a 1948 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He joined what is now the Evans & Petree law firm in 1949, becoming a senior partner, and retired from the firm in 1984. A memorial service will be held at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave., at noon on June 5, with visitation and a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lindenwood Christian Church, Rhodes College or Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
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Bell case may wrap up tonight
Disciplinary counsel Steve Daniel concluded his case against General Sessions Judge John Bell this afternoon with testimony from David Pleau. Pleau filed a complaint against Bell after the judge waited nine months to make a ruling in a lawsuit over a car crash in which Pleau was involved. Bell is also accused of having attorney Tom Testerson call Pleau about dropping his complaint and failing to tell others involved in Pleau's lawsuit that Pleau had a pending complaint against the judge. Bell testified today that he had done nothing wrong and was the victim of a political plot. The court could rule later this evening.
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