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Posted by: Journal News on Nov 16, 2010

Journal Issue Date: Dec 2010

Journal Name: December 2010 - Vol. 46, No. 12

Deadline to Qualify is Feb. 15, 2011

During 2011, the following officers, governors and delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) will be elected as set forth in the association's bylaws:

TBA Officers and Board of Governors' Officers
A vice president (from the East Tennessee Grand Division " elected by the association's membership-at-large). The vice president automatically assumes the office of president-elect in 2012 and president in 2013.

District Governors
District governors in the 2nd, 5th and 8th districts will be elected to three-year terms. They are elected by the members in their respective districts.

Those who currently hold those positions are: Nick McCall (2nd), David Changas (5th) and Jason Creasy (8th). They are each eligible for re-election.

Grand Division Governors
TBA Grand Division Governors are elected for one-year terms by the membership in each grand division.

  • An East Tennessee governor from the 1st, 2nd or 3rd district.
  • A Middle Tennessee governor from the 4th, 5th or 6th district.
  • A West Tennessee governor from the 7th, 8th or 9th district.

Those who currently hold those positions are: Cindy Wyrick (E), James Crumlin (M) and Brian Faughnan (W). James Crumlin and Brian Faughnan are eligible for re-election. Cindy Wyrick is ineligible for re-election due to term limits.

TBA Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates
Two members to represent the TBA in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates will be elected for two-year terms by the TBA membership in 2011. The positions are designated positions 1 and 3.
Those who currently hold those positions are Jonathan Cole (1) and Tasha Blakney (3 - Young Lawyer position). Jonathan Cole is eligible for re-election. Tasha Blakney is not eligible for re-election.

The officers, governors and delegates to the ABA are elected by the membership as provided by election procedures with petitions due Feb. 15, 2011.
To qualify for any of these offices, a candidate must file a nominating petition with the executive director of the TBA. The petition must contain the names of 25 members of the association in good standing. The petition must be received at the TBA office on or before Feb. 15, 2011.

TBA House of Delegates
Members of the TBA House of Delegates are elected to four-year terms in odd-numbered years. One member of the TBA House of Delegates from each Judicial District, one additional delegate from the 6th (Knox County), 11th (Hamilton County), 20th (Davidson County) and 30th (Shelby County) districts, and one young lawyer delegate from each grand division, are to be elected in 2011. The following is a list of the current members of the House from each district whose terms expire this year. All are eligible for re-election:
1st District - Rick Bearfield
2nd District - VACANT
3rd District - Doug Collins
4th District - Judge Ben Strand
5th District - Norman Newton
6th District - Wilson Horde and Tim Housholder
7th District - Bob Wilkinson
8th District - Philip Kazee
9th District - Wayne Henry
10th District - Bridget Willhite
11th District - Mitchell Byrd and Pat Vital
12th District - Mark Raines
13th District - Howie Acuff
14th District - Ed North
15th District - Lisa Cothron
16th District - Ewing Sellers
17th District - VACANT
18th District - VACANT
19th District - James Balthrop
20th District - James Cartiglia and Charlie High
21st District - Jon Perry
22nd District - Claudia Jack
23rd District - Jerry Smith
24th District - Ed Townsend
25th District - Weber McCraw
26th District - John Talbott
27th District - Steve Conley
28th District - Terri Crider
29th District - Matt Willis
30th District - Charlotte Knight Griffin and Harrison McIver
31st District - VACANT
YLD-East - Chris McCarty
YLD-Middle - Kristal Boone
YLD-West - Stacie Winkler

TBA House of Delegates' Qualifying
To qualify as a candidate for the TBA House of Delegates a TBA member must file a declaration of candidacy with the executive director of the TBA at the TBA office on or before Feb. 15, 2011.

This notice is in accordance with bylaws of the TBA  §15 and 40 through 46.
For more information on running for any of these offices, visit the TBA's web site at or call 615-383-7421 for an election handbook.  


1,159 people helped during 'Celebrate Pro Bono' month
A record number of people received free legal assistance during recent Celebrate Pro Bono Month events across Tennessee. More than 450 volunteers " including 291 lawyers and 161 non-lawyers (such as paralegals, law students, social workers and interpreters) " gave their time to help meet the legal needs of 1,159 Tennesseans during October. Last year, 217 lawyers and 66 nonlawyers provided assistance to 416 people in the statewide campaign coordinated by the Tennessee Bar Association. In addition, three free CLE programs provided training to 115 lawyers who have agreed to provide pro bono service either through a clinic or by taking on pro bono cases.

Circuit Courts turn 200
2010 is the 200th anniversary of the creation of Tennessee's Circuit Courts, according to Circuit Court Judge Dale Workman of the 16th Judicial District (Knox County). "The General Assembly of the state of Tennessee, in Chapter 48 the Acts of 1809, established the Circuit Courts and a Supreme Court of Errors and Appeals," he writes in a history of the courts. "There were five circuit courts for the state, with one judge in each circuit. The act required that court be held twice annually in each county." Access Workman's article at

Student 'access to justice' contest announced
After 40 years, the Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest has changed to the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest. The new competition will focus on whether and how the courts can be used to obtain justice. The contest awards a $5,000 cash prize. The 2011 topic is "The Gulf Oil Spill: Who Are the Victims & How Do They Get Compensated?" Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may submit an entry. A declaration of intent to enter the contest is due by Jan. 31, while the contest deadline is March 31, 2011.

High placement number may be misleading
Though the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) reports that employment for the class of 2009 was 88.3 percent, according to an article on, "about a quarter of those jobs were temporary gigs, without the salaries needed by most new lawyers to pay off crushing debts. Another 10 percent were part-time. And thousands of jobs were actually fellowships or grants provided by the new lawyers' law schools." Some law students and recent grads blame the number of new law schools for over-filling the market. And of those who chose law school as a strategy to wait out the recession, some are now arguing that they should get their money back. In fact, one recent grad named his law school in his bankruptcy filing. He asks the school to "[a]dmit that your business knew or should have known that plaintiff would be in no position to repay those loans."

Clerkship study shows changing demographics
NALP, the association for legal career professionals, recently released data on judicial clerkships, finding that over the past 10 years the number of positions has decreased significantly and there has been a shift in the demographics of those securing slots. Most notably, female law graduates now hold more clerkships overall (51 percent), while men continue to dominate at the federal level (54.3 percent). The other major finding is the disproportionality of minorities holding clerkships. While minorities made up 22 percent of the 2009 graduating class, they obtained only 16 percent of clerkships overall and only 13 percent at the federal level.

Follow us!
More than 600 people and businesses are now getting regular updates on news from the Tennessee legal community by following the Tennessee Bar Association on Twitter. Join the crowd by following @tennesseebar or watch for the tag #tnlaw. If you are a regular Twitter user, let us know your Twitter account name, so we can follow your posts as well. You can also watch for regular updates on the TBA's Facebook page.

Firm sets up loan repayment help for public service work
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has committed $208,000 to a new program aimed at helping legal graduates pursuing public service careers. The firm has established a loan repayment assistance program at the University of Tennessee College of Law for law students or alumni pursuing legal careers in the public service sector. The fund for the program was established through individual contributions from Baker Donelson attorneys that were then matched by the firm. Loans will be paid for one or two such students or alumni who are "about to be employed or are already employed in an area of public interest law, such as public defender, district attorney, legal aid organizations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations."

New Leadership Law class announced
The Tennessee Bar Association today announced the members of the 2011 Leadership Law class. The class of 34, selected from attorneys across the state, will meet for its first session in early January. Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. See the list of class members at

Tennessee joins coalition supporting immigration law
A coalition of 13 states, including Tennessee, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an Arizona law penalizing employers of illegal immigrants. The court is scheduled to hear arguments in December on the 2007 law that allows business licenses to be suspended or revoked when employers knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The Missouri attorney general's office is leading the coalition, which argues that states long have had the authority to license and regulate businesses. The Tennessean reports.

New resource available for pro bono immigration cases
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced that it has expanded its Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to allow individual pro bono attorneys representing low-income immigrants to access resources, information and forums previously available only to IAN members. The newly created Pro Bono Resource Center also provides a new venue for AILA experts to share their insights and advice with less experienced practitioners who want to get involved in pro bono immigration work. Visit the
online pro bono center at

Professional liability, retirement fund plans added to benefits
Two new benefits were added for Tennessee Bar Association members by the Board of Governors in November.

The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company and the American Bar Association Retirement Funds were made endorsed providers. TBA members have access to both of these benefits.

The Bar Plan, the endorsed provider of professional liability insurance, provides a risk management hotline, offers continuing legal education seminars and supports practice management services.

Established more than 40 years ago by the ABA, its Retirement Funds Program was created to help law firms of all sizes develop retirement plans that incorporate the specialized features they need while providing high quality products and services. The program's full service solutions include plan design, plan administration, investment flexibility, independent on-line investment advice and services for participants.

To learn more about these and other TBA member benefits, go to or contact TBA Membership Director Colleen O'Connell at