Board of Law Examiners change grading of bar exam

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (BLE) announced today that beginning with the February 2011 Tennessee Bar Examination all essay scores will be scaled to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). A combined total of 270 points will be needed to pass it. The BLE statement says it will no longer regrade and send copies of applicants' unsuccessful essays to them as has been the practice, and that for unsuccessful examinees only, the board will report three scores: the overall total Tennessee Bar exam score, the MBE-scaled score and the total scaled essay score. The overall total score will be the sum of the MBE scaled score and the total scaled essay score.

Beginning with the February 2012 exam, the BLE says the test will be made up of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and nine state essay questions. The exam will be given on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July each year, with the MPT and state essays given on Tuesday and the MBE on Wednesday. The dates of the February 2012 exam will be Feb. 28-29, and the July 2012 exam will be July 24- 25. Because of the change in the testing schedule applicants will no longer be able to take two state bar exams concurrently, the BLE statement says.
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Court: TCA


Kevin A. Snider, Germantown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Citizens Choice Home Care Services, Inc.

Jeffrey C. Smith and Tricia T. Olson, Memphis, Tennessee, and Guilford F. Thornton, Jr. and Paul D. Krivacka, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, United American Health Care Corporation.


This is an appeal from the grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant/Appellee. Plaintiff/Appellant filed suit on the basis of Defendant/Appellee's alleged underpayment of fees earned pursuant to a contract between the parties. The trial court found that the contract was not ambiguous as to the applicable fee schedule and that Plaintiff/Appellant's interpretation was incorrect as a matter of law. Discerning no error, we affirm.


Court: TCA


H. Franklin Chancey, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Jeremy Phillip Lawson.

Lindsi Allison Connors, pro se Appellee.


Lindsi Allison Connors ("Mother") and Jeremy Phillip Lawson ("Father") are the parents of a daughter (the "Child") who currently is eight years old. Several parenting plans have been entered over the years. Mother eventually moved with the Child to Florida, and thereafter, Father filed a petition claiming there had been a material change in circumstances such that it was in the Child's best interest for him to be designated the primary residential parent. Father also sought to have Mother held in contempt of court. Following a hearing, the Trial Court found Mother in contempt but refused to mete out any punishment for the contemptuous conduct. The Trial Court made no mention in its final judgment as to the petition for a change in custody. The Trial Court then abdicated jurisdiction and instructed the parties to take up any future matters with the Florida courts. We vacate the Trial Court's judgment and remand for further proceedings consistent with this Opinion.


Court: TCCA


Robert W. White, Maryville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brandon Stacy Lambert.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Matthew Bryant Haskell, Assistant Attorney General; Michael L. Flynn, District Attorney General; and Clinton Frazier, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant, Brandon Stacy Lambert, was convicted of numerous drug related offenses, aggravated burglary, theft, and burglary. The trial court imposed a total effective sentence of seventeen years. The appellant was granted probation and was ordered to complete the drug court program. After the appellant was dismissed from the drug court program, the trial court revoked his probation and ordered him to serve his original sentence in confinement. On appeal, the appellant concedes a "technical violation" of the conditions of probation but requests that he once again be granted probation. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


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