TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Journal News on Apr 1, 2015

Journal Issue Date: Apr 2015

Journal Name: April 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 4

TBA Vice President-elect Opens Up about Life, Goals

The Memphis Daily News interviews Lucian T. Pera, the new Vice President-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association. Pera, who is a partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, will lead the TBA as president in 2017-2018. When asked about his goals in his new position, Pera said he wants to “help make the Tennessee Bar Association even more relevant to, and useful for, Tennessee lawyers in an era of tremendous change in the business of law.”

Pera to Lead TBA in 2017-2018

Memphis attorney Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese will be president of the Tennessee Bar Association in 2017-2018, according to election-qualifying results released today. No other candidate filed for the vice president position by the Feb. 15 deadline. After taking office as vice president this summer, Pera will become president-elect in 2016-2017 and take over the organization’s leadership in June 2017.

There will be one contested election this spring. John Holt with the Law Offices of Holt & Kroeger and Roger Nell, the public defender in Clarksville, are both vying for the District 19 seat in the House of Delegates. Several vacancies in the House will be filled through appointment, as will the West Grand Division Governor, Position 2, post that Pera now holds on the Board of Governors.

Candidates who filed for the following positions will take office at the June annual meeting as they did not draw opponents: David McDowell, 3rd District Governor; Mary Dohner Smith, 5th District Governor; Kim Helper, 6th District Governor; Brian Faughnan, 8th District Governor; Sarah Sheppeard, East Grand Division Governor, Position 1; Andy Roskind, East Grand Division Governor, Position 2; Gary Shockley, Middle Grand Division Governor, Position 1; David Veile, Middle Grand Division Governor, Position 2; and Carl Carter, West Grand Division Governor, Position 2. Also winning without opposition are two TBA delegates to the ABA House of Delegates: Jonathan Cole, Position 1, and young lawyer delegate Troy Weston, Position 3.

Pro Bono Gala Features Awards, Inspirational Remarks

Attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and medical technology company Medtronic were honored this past Saturday during the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) Gala in Nashville. Judge Bernice Donald from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit gave an inspiring keynote address at the program, which also featured comments from Chief Justice Sharon Lee, CCPBI Co-Chairs Andy Branham and Jim Barry and TBA President Jonathan Steen. Over the past nine years, CCPBI has raised nearly $500,000 to support pro bono activities across the state. See photos from the event, read more about the award recipients or learn more about the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative.

TBA Names 2015 Corporate Pro Bono Award Winners

The Memphis office of law firm Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and global medical technology giant Medtronic will be recognized for their commitment to providing free legal services to Tennesseans at the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala this Saturday in Nashville. This year’s event will feature remarks by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee, Corporate Counsel Bono Initiative Co-Chairs Andy Branham and Jim Barry, and TBA President Jonathan Steen. Judge Bernice Donald with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will give the keynote address. Individual tickets to the gala are still available. Contact TBA Access to Justice Coordinator Liz Todaro to reserve your spot.

Tennessee Has Highest Bankruptcy Filing Rate

Data from February shows that bankruptcy filings decreased 13 percent nationwide from last year, down to 65,000 from 72,000. But Tennessee is making news for the opposite reason, the Memphis Business Journal reports. With 5.17 bankruptcy filings per 1,000 people, the state rate is more than double the national rate and puts Tennessee above all other states.

Board of Law Examiners Launches New Website

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has launched a newly designed website. The site contains more streamlined access to information regarding admission to the bar, bar exam requirements and Supreme Court rules governing attorney licensing.

Poll: Public Trust in State Courts Grows

Public trust in the state courts has ticked upward in the last two years, according to a recent public opinion survey conducted for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). According to the survey, courts remain the most trusted branch of government and have seen an increase across a number of broad measures of public confidence since the last survey in 2012. The survey finds that 71 percent of respondents agree with the statement that courts in their state “treat people with dignity and respect.” Respondents also indicate that they would like to see more court services available online.

New Alimony Bench Book Available

The 13th Edition Alimony Bench Book is now available from the TBA Family Law Section. Produced by the members of the section’s Alimony Committee, the book is available for purchase in a loose-leaf format for $40 or a three-ring binder for $50. To order the book, visit the TBA’s online bookstore or contact TBA at (615) 383-7421. Members of the Family Law Section can download the new edition at no charge by logging in to TBA.org and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.