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Posted by: Journal News on Aug 31, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Sep 2009

Journal Name: September 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 9


TBA submits names for Judicial Nominating Commission, Performance Evaluation Commission

The TBA has recommended 36 lawyers to serve on the newly created Judicial Nominating Commission. After a grueling 4 1/2 hour meeting Aug. 13, during which there were some 19 rounds of balloting, the TBA Board of Governors recommended 12 lawyers in each grand division to Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker Kent Williams for appointment to the judicial selection body. The recommendations are widely diverse as to practice type, gender, race and urban/rural residency. TBA President Gail Ashworth called the group "superbly qualified."

At the same meeting, the TBA Board of Governors voted to recommend six lawyers to serve on the newly created Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

To see the complete list of both groups, go to

LSC celebrates 35 years of service

On July 25, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) celebrated 35 years of providing funding for the delivery of civil legal assistance to America's low-income individuals and families. LSC board members were in Topeka, Kansas, for a quarterly meeting and attended a reception honoring the anniversary at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Learn more about the LSC at

MALS joins sheriff's office in foreclosure education effort

As a result of the rise in foreclosures and evictions in Memphis -- a 180 percent increase from 2000 to 2008 -- the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Memphis Area Legal Services have joined forces to educate citizens on the eviction process and their rights. As part of the partnership, sheriff's deputies and civil process servers are delivering pamphlets about the process to property owners and renters summoned to court.

The Memphis Business Journal reports

ABA launches 'Legal Rebels' project

Believing that times of great economic chaos also create great opportunities, the ABA has launched a project to profile lawyers who are using the recession to their advantage as innovators. "Rebels" will be featured in stories in the ABA Journal, on and through a variety of social media channels. The first profile will be unveiled on Aug. 25. To kick off the project, the ABA invites readers to nominate a "rebel" to profile or help draft the Legal Rebels Manifesto.

Loans now available for treatment, named for Judge Cain

Tennessee attorneys, judges and law students who lack resources to directly pay for treatment services may now receive loan assistance through a new program, the William B. Cain Foundation. The revolving loan program was created through a grant from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, according to Laura Gatrell, Executive Director of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). Both TLAP and the commission are funded by Tennessee licensed attorneys. The foundation was named in memory of Judge Cain, who served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1998 until his death in 2007.

Find out more about the William B. Cain Foundation at

UT Law launches dispute resolution program

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the University of Tennessee has entered into an agreement with the Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University to provide graduate level instruction in conflict management and dispute resolution at the UT College of Law. Beginning this fall, law students, graduates and other executives and professionals will be able to receive instruction in the growing discipline of conflict management and dispute resolution through courses in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, system design, facilitation and public policy formation. Interested students also will be able to simultaneously pursue a law degree and masters degree in conflict management.

Learn more about the program at

Judicial foundation awards law school scholarships

The Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation has awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to students attending each of Tennessee's four law schools. The foundation was established in 1995 by the membership of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, which consists of all state trial and appellate judges. Its mission is to award need-based scholarships to students attending law school in the state. It is funded through gifts and pledges from members of the Tennessee judiciary.

View the list of recipients at

Senate confirms first Hispanic Supreme Court justice

The U.S. Senate today confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31. She becomes the 111th justice and just the third woman to serve. Democrats praised the 55-year-old Sotomayor as a mainstream moderate, while most Republicans voted against her, saying she'd bring personal bias and a liberal agenda to the bench. Senators took the rare step of assembling at their desks on the Senate floor for the historic occasion, rising from their seats to cast their votes. Sotomayor replaces retiring Justice David Souter.

Read about the floor debate on