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Posted by: Journal News on Sep 24, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Oct 2009

Journal Name: October 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 10


It's like Facebook but without your high school friends popping up " and no ads for botox or wrinkle cream!
The Tennessee Bar Association has launched a new social networking platform for members " called TBAConnect. This service provides many of the same features of mainstream sites such as Linked In or Facebook, but access is limited to members of the Tennessee Bar Association and approved guests. Already members are using TBAConnect to create profiles, share photos, notify colleagues about upcoming events and blog on current issues.

E-mail the TBAConnect team at today with questions or comments.

Join the TBAConnect social networking site now at

Boost your LSAT score with a physics or math degree

Physics and math majors do the best on the Law School Admissions Test, according to a study by an economics professor at the University of North Texas. Physics and math majors have an average LSAT score of 160, well above prelaw and criminal justice majors, who have average LSATs of 148.3 and 146 respectively.

Memphis law school nears completion

The Commercial Appeal reported that renovations at Memphis's U.S. Customs House and Post Office on Front Street are nearing completion and that the University of Memphis Law School will open for classes on Jan. 11 in its new downtown home. The school has spent $42 million to renovate the 140,000-square-foot building that now will house a five-story library, 300-seat classroom and auditorium, three high-tech courtrooms, legal clinic, student lounge and study areas. Faculty will begin moving their offices in December.

2009 Bar exam results delayed

The Board of Law Examiners has announced it will delay for one week the release of results from the July bar exam. Originally scheduled to be released on Oct. 9, the board now will announce the list of successful candidates on Oct. 16 around lunch time. Results will be available on the TBA Web site,, as soon as the list is released.

Supreme Court historical dinner planned for Oct. 20

The 4th Annual Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society's dinner will be Oct. 20 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. The event will honor members of the court who served from 1974 to 1980 as well as the current members. Tickets are $135 per person. RSVP by Oct. 8 to Joy Day at (615) 771-5008.

Court seeks comments on proposed change to ADR rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court in August issued an order soliciting comments regarding amendments for its Rule 31. Rule 31 established the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission and governs the alternative dispute resolution proceedings specified in the rule. The ADR Commission has asked the Court to amend various sections of the rule, specifically Section 9, Standards of Professional Conduct for Rule 31 Neutrals, and Section 11, Proceedings for Discipline of Rule 31 Mediators.

Send your comments before the Oct. 23 deadline to: Clerk Michael W. Catalano, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 Seventh Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.

Download the details of the proposal at

O'Connor launches court site for middle schoolers

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's "Our Courts" Web site, aimed at middle school students, has gone live with two interactive animated games that will, she hopes, engage young people in learning about and appreciating the role of courts in their daily lives. In one game, "Supreme Decision," a hypothetical female swing-vote justice " hmm, who might that be? " asks you, the player, to help her reach a decision in a First Amendment case. Check out The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times reported.

Speakers name 17 to Judicial Nominating Commission: Lt. Gov. and Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House of Representatives Kent Williams announced their appointees to the new Judicial Nominating Commission recently. The commission will review and recommend applicants for vacancies on appellate and state trial courts across Tennessee. Those appointed by Ramsey are Miles Burdine of Sullivan County, Christopher Campbell of Shelby County, Christopher Clem of Hamilton County, William Jenkins Jr. of Dyer County, Thomas Lawless of Davidson County, Theresa Lee of Washington County, Jack Lowery of Wilson County and William Young of Hamilton County. Those appointed by Williams are David Bautista of Carter County, Mary Helen Beard of Shelby County, Ana L. Escobar of Davidson County, Russell Johnson of Loudon County, Edward L. Martindale Jr., of Madison County, William Scott Sims of Davidson County, Denise Terry Stapleton of Hamblen County and C. Barry Ward of Tipton County. Their joint appointment was Verna Wyatt of Davidson County. The commission includes 14 lawyers, nine of whom had been recommended to the speakers by the TBA Board of Governors.

Appointees to the newly created Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission were also announced by the Tennessee Judicial Council, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Kent Williams. The Judicial Council appointed E. Riley Anderson of Knoxville, Jeffrey S. Bivins of Franklin, John T. Fowlkes of Memphis, Amy Reedy of Athens and Renata Soto of Nashville. Ramsey appointed John Chase Rambo of Jonesborough and Michael E. Tant of Franklin. Williams appointed John Day of Brentwood and Henrietta Grant of Knoxville.

The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, which replaces the Judicial Evaluation Commission, will evaluate the performance of the appellate level judges who are up for re-election. The commission's first job will be to begin their review of Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee and Court of Appeals Judge John McClarty, who are up for re-election in August 2010. Upon completion of their review, the recommendation of the commission will be made public in March 2010.