TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Journal News on Feb 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2018

Journal Name: February 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 2

"Party With A Purpose" a success for UT Legal Clinic

Weather Forces Cancellation of TBA Leadership Conference
January 12, 2018
Due to worsening weather conditions, the TBA Leadership Conference and Public Service Luncheon scheduled for this weekend in Nashville have been cancelled. The House of Delegates will still hold its meeting at 2 p.m. this afternoon by conference call. The Board of Governors will convene committee meetings this afternoon and hold its quarterly meeting by conference call on Saturday at 2 p.m. Also cancelled this weekend is the annual Tennessee Bar Foundation dinner that had been scheduled for tonight. Watch for information on the rescheduling of these events.

New Batch of Uniform Laws to Get Consideration
January 10, 2018
Tennessee's Uniform Law Commissioners are asking the TBA to undertake, review and consider five new uniform laws for possible enactment during the 2018 legislative session. The five commissioners are appointed by the Governor to join with commissioners from other states recommending uniform laws for enactment. Commissioner Tim Amos has indicated that the Uniform Protected Series Act is of most importance. Also under consideration are the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act, the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, the Uniform Unsworn Domestic Declarations Act and the Uniform Directed Trusts Act. Members of several TBA sections will undertake formal reviews and possibly recommend them for consideration. TBA members who would like to comment can direct their comments to the relevant TBA sections.

Tenn. Supreme Court Issues 5 Orders Amending Rules
January 8, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued five orders amending rules that will become effective July 1, subject to approval by resolutions of the General Assembly. The court amended the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 3, appeal as of right: availability; method of initiation; and Rule 4, appeal as of right: time for filing notice of appeal. The court amended the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 5, initial appearance before magistrate; Rule 16, discovery and inspection; Rule 41, search and seizure; and Rule 49.2, electronic filing, signing or verification. The court amended the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Rule 107, subpoenas; Rule 117, entry of order; Rule 301, initiation of cases; Rule 309, agreed orders; and Rule 310, modification or or relief from judgments or orders. The court amended the Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 24, intervention; Rule 47, jurors; Rule 54, judgment and costs. The court amended the Rules of Evidence, Rule 502, limitations on waiver of privileged information or work product.

Ashworth Named Chair of Access to Justice Commission; 3 Appointed to Group
January 9, 2018
Three lawyers have been named the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, and Gail Ashworth has been appointed the new chair. Michael L. Forrester of Kingsport, John L. Farringer of Nashville, and Alexander McVeagh of Chattanooga were appointed to three-year terms to replace the outgoing Marcia M. Eason, David R. Esquivel and Anthony Alan Seaton. Ashworth's term as chair will last two years, beginning on April 1. Farringer also currently serves as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice committee.

TBALL Class Kicks Off 15th Year with Opening Retreat
January 5, 2018
The TBA Leadership Law class of 2018 kicked off Thursday at Montgomery Bell State Park near Nashville. Now in its 15th year, the six-month program is designed to equip participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and in the community as a whole. The select group of 28 lawyers come from across the state, representing diverse practice areas and backgrounds.

LAS, Nashville Bar Launch New Program for Veterans
December 21, 2017
The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LAS) has launched a new program with the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) to support veterans with legal issues. Called The Veterans Project, it is a partnership among the NBA, Veterans Court, Office of the Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville, Metro Homelessness Commission, Operation Stand Down TN (OSDTN) and Legal Aid Society's Volunteer Lawyers Program. While the program is primarily focused on helping veterans who are homeless or facing homelessness, help with civil legal problems is available to all veterans. The scope of civil legal issues for which veterans can seek help includes child support, debt, bankruptcy, car purchase/repair, family law, expungement and reinstatement of driver's licenses.

1L Enrollment Slightly Higher at Law Schools
December 15, 2017
While there was a 0.7 percent overall decrease in law students at ABA-accredited law schools between 2016 and 2017, there was a slight increase in the number of new enrollees, the ABA Journal reports. The number of 1L students went up from 37,107 in 2016 to 37,398 in 2017, according to an overview from the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. For the first time, bar passage rates for the year by school will be included in a separate report.

Report: Less Than Half of Recent Law Grads Had Good Jobs Waiting for Them
January 16, 2018
According to an AccessLex Institute report released today, only 44 percent of recent law school graduates said that they had a good job waiting for them when they graduated, the ABA Journal reports. Twenty-six percent of the graduates who matriculated between 2009 and 2017 said that it took them more than one year to find a job. The survey also noted that among that cohort, 60 percent borrowed more than $100,000 to pursue their law degrees.

AWA to Honor Claudia Haltom with Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award
December 13, 2017
The Association for Women Attorneys is honoring A Step Ahead Foundation CEO Claudia Haltom with its 2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession. The award will be presented at the group's 38th Annual Banquet on Jan. 16 in Memphis. For tickets or more information, contact banquet co-chair Megan Warden, 901-821-0044