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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended 15 attorneys Wednesday for failure to pay the annual registration fee. Ten of them also failed to file proof that client funds are held in an IOLTA-compliant account. View the July 21 fee suspension order and IOLTA suspension order. See the list of all lawyers suspended for fee and IOLTA violations in 2021 or access all administrative suspensions dating back to 2005.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a ruling from U.S. District Judge Mark Norris in Memphis that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had no authority to impose a ban on landlords evicting tenants during the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The current ban is set to expire July 31, the Daily Memphian reports. The ruling is still relevant though, says Joshua Kahane of Glankler Brown, who represented landlords challenging the moratorium last fall. In imposing the ban 10 months ago, the CDC claimed its authority for the “unprecedented action” derived from the Public Health Service Act of 1944. But the appeals court found that while the law allows the agency to take emergency actions to prevent the spread of disease, the law does not include anything like an eviction ban, instead authorizing health and safety actions such as inspections, fumigations and destruction of animals.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee recently announced the winners of its annual essay contest for high school students, the Hamilton County Herald reports. K’Lee Bryant is the winner for the northern division of the court, with courthouses in Knoxville and Greeneville. Bryant is a 2021 graduate of Greeneville High School and will attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall. Lisa Lin is the winner for the southern division of the court, with courthouses in Chattanooga and Winchester. She is a rising 10th grader at Signal Mountain High School. Each year the court partners with the Federal Bar Association to educate students and engage them in topics regarding our country’s government. For this year’s contest, students addressed the topic, “What Does It Mean to Support and Defend the Constitution?” Essays were judged by the court's Outreach and Education Committee.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

Vanderbilt University announced it will honor one of its most revered alumni with the launch of the new James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, the Nashville Business Journal reports. Scheduled to launch this fall, the institute will use evidence-based research and education rooted in nonviolent strategies to develop a new generation of community organizers. Activities will include public workshops, seminars and learning opportunities. In 1958, Lawson became active in the “Nashville Student Movement” which included sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. He was later expelled from the Vanderbilt Divinity School for his role in the movement, but eventually reconciled with the school and returned to teach there.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

Law firm leaders and a prominent legal writer will join ABA President Patricia Lee Refo on July 29 at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the current debate among lawyers on whether and how to return to the office after the pandemic. The one-hour online webinar will coincide with the release of the “2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession,” an annual compilation of statistics and trends among lawyers, judges and law students. New to the report this year is a chapter on how the pandemic has affected lawyers. In addition to Refo, the panel will include: CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson, Above the Law founder David Lat, Chicago lawyer Patricia Brown Holmes and St. Louis lawyer J.Y. Miller, who manages Husch Blackwell’s virtual law team. Register here. For more information contact Marc Davis, 202-662-1773.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

Tennessee Attorney General Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has joined a coalition of 26 other state attorneys general to file an amicus brief in the first Second Amendment case to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in over a decade, Yahoo! News reports. The group, led by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, is supporting a challenge to concealed carry laws in New York state. Those opposing the law argue that law-abiding New York residents were denied firearm permits even after demonstrating a need for one. Read more about the case and track its progress on SCOTUSblog.com.

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jul 23, 2021

In his column in the July/August Tennessee Bar Journal, Wade Davies points out the discrepancies between what is on the books and what the practice is, when it comes to bail in Tennessee, and he lists practical issues to consider from existing statutes. This column, "Getting Clients Out of Jail: Bail Statutes Versus Reality," emphasizes that statutes are already in effect that, properly applied, should minimize unfair detention — but for various reasons, often don't. 

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will hold a portrait unveiling and Memorial Garden dedication for former Chief Judge Pamela L. Reeves on Aug. 27. The portrait unveiling will take place at 1:30 p.m. EDT at the Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley at Main, Knoxville 37902. The garden dedication will be held afterward at the Howard M. Baker Jr. United States Courthouse, 800 Market St., Knoxville 37902. Reeves, a former TBA president, died Sept. 10, 2020, following a battle with cancer.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 23, 2021

Shelby County lawyer Melanie Renee Yelder died July 19. Yelder maintained a solo practice in Tennessee for over 17 years, and was also licensed and practiced in Arkansas and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Yelder’s practice included family law, tort and collections matters. She was also a strong supporter of pro bono work. Most recently, she dedicated her time and energy to housing stabilization efforts through the Eviction Settlement and Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, helping to prevent the eviction of Shelby County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was awarded the Memphis Bar Association’s W. J. Michael Cody Access to Justice Award in 2020. The Memphis Bar Association announced her passing today.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin & Chelsea Bennett on Jul 23, 2021

Make plans now to join the TBA Bankruptcy Section for the 17th Annual Bankruptcy Law Forum Sept. 24-26 in Gatlinburg. Ten hours of CLE credit are available for this program, including three hours of ethics credit. Registration is limited for this in-person program, so don't delay in reserving your spot for this unique program in a wonderful and relaxing setting.

 


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