TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Journal News on May 15, 2008

Journal Issue Date: Jun 2008

Journal Name: June 2008 - Vol. 44, No. 6

'The Rule of Law'

The 2008 Law Day Art and Essay Contest, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division each year, allows students across the state to creatively express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law.

This year's theme, "The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity," focused on the law's effect on daily life, helping young people understand that the rule of law is essential for personal safety, access to education and employment, and economic opportunity.

Students in elementary and middle school were invited to capture the theme through artwork, while high school students submitted essays on the topic.

Art Contest Winners

First Place - Justin Carrasco, Cedar Bluff Intermediate School, Knoxville
Second Place - Ryan Elmerick, Julia Green Elementary, Nashville
Third Place - Jessie Robertson, Grahamwood Elementary, Memphis

Essay Contest Winners

First Place - Monte Cole Flowers, Memphis Catholic High School, Memphis
Second Place - Makeshia Welch, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School, Nashville
Third Place - Shelton Campbell, Hendersonville Christian Academy, Hendersonville.

Special thanks to Knoxville lawyer and YLD board member Kelli Guinn, who coordinated the competition.

To see work from all the winners visit https://www.tba.org/YLD/artessay_2008.html or stop by the Law Day Display at the TBA Convention in Gatlinburg, June 11-14.


Blaze named dean at UT College of Law: Douglas A. Blaze, a 15-year faculty member and administrator, has been named dean of the University of Tennessee's College of Law. Blaze replaces professor John Sobieski, who has been acting dean since August 2006. Sobieski will go back to being a full-time faculty member in the college. Read more from the UT law school at www.tba.org/journal_links

Ramsaur celebrates 10 years: The Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors surprised Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur in May with a program and presentations to honor his decade of service to the association and the Tennessee legal community. Several presidents who served during Ramsaur's tenure were present during the celebration, which took place during the Board of Governors' spring meeting in Chattanooga. Along with current President Marcy Eason and President-elect Buck Lewis, TBA past presidents in attendance were Larry Wilks, Charles Swanson, Pam Reeves and Charlie Gearhiser.

Texting tests Freedom of Information Act in new ways: The story of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's affair with his chief of staff " documented in text messages " has brought to light a freedom-of-information issue courts have not had to address in the past. While government officials communicate electronically more frequently and through more media than ever before, e-mails, text messages, chat rooms, instant messages and video conferences all remain virtually unmentioned in FOI laws. The First Amendment Center explores the issue at www.tba.org/journal_links

Stress and how to deal with it: Fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, poor memory and indecisiveness are all symptoms of stress that afflict many lawyers. A new survey by The Complete Lawyer finds that nearly 75 percent of its readers are at risk for burnout and 45 percent suffer from high levels of acute stress. Learn more about the survey and find out proven antidotes to stress " some traditional, others less mainstream " in the latest issue of The Complete Lawyer. Available online now at www.tba.org/journal_links

Law firms digging into credit: The American Lawyer reports that firms are borrowing more from their credit lines. "On average, firms are digging 25 percent deeper into their lines of credit than they did last year," says Dan DiPietro, head of the law firm group at Citi Private Bank. The American Lawyer has more at www.tba.org/journal_links

New minority scholarships available: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's new Diversity Scholarship Program will award three scholarships annually to minority law school students who have completed their first year of law school. Baker Donelson will award each recipient a salaried second year summer associate position in one of the firm's offices, and, after the completion of the summer associate position, a $10,000 scholarship during the students' third year of law school. Applications are being accepted through the extended deadline of June 23. Contact Rebecca Simon at rsimon@bakerdonelson.com or learn more about the program at www.tba.org/journal_links