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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

The Davidson County Election Commission on Thursday voted along party lines to ask the courts to review a proposed charter amendment from the Metro Nashville Council and rule on whether it should be added to the same July 27 ballot that will contain the anti-tax amendment from the 4GoodGovernment group. The city’s amendment is designed to blunt the anti-tax amendment, which would roll back a 34% property tax increase and curb the city's ability to raise future rates, according to the Tennessean. Commissioners and legal counsel argued that adding the city’s amendment to the same ballot would only confuse voters.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

Two law firms with offices in Tennessee have joined the Am Law 100 list this year. Long regarded as the definitive ranking of America’s top revenue-grossing law firms, the list gauges the financial performance of firms and their ongoing market positioning and future prospects. Loeb & Loeb, with a media and entertainment office in Nashville, debuted on the list at number 99. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, with offices in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, debuted at number 100. See the full list at Law.com.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission on Friday selected three candidates for Gov. Bill Lee to consider in filling a 14th Judicial District Circuit Court vacancy. Going before the governor will be Robert T. Carter, William Lockhart and Edward H. North. The Administrative Office of the Court has more on each candidate. The 14th judicial district covers Coffee County. The vacancy was created by the May 12 retirement of Judge L. Craig Johnson.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

Lauren B. Jacques has been named the new managing partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ Nashville office. She replaces Lela M. Hollabaugh, who has served in the role since 2015 and who will remain with the firm as a litigation partner. Jacques is a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Corporate Practice groups where she focuses her practice on health care transactions. A 2011 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, she also has been involved with the Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys and the American Health Law Association. Read more from the firm.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

President Joe Biden's latest judicial nominees aren't just helping diversify the federal bench, they are also winning fans among those who have long lamented the lack of public defenders in the judiciary, Reuters reports. The White House last week announced six new nominations including two attorneys currently working at federal public defender offices. A third nominee has worked as a public defender in the past. Learn more about the picks.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

Chattanooga attorney and recent mayoral candidate Wade Hinton has been named a Top 100 Diversity Officer by DiversityFirst, a group that honors individuals who create and utilize best practices in business, lead organizational change and contribute to diversity and inclusion. The award was presented at the National Diversity Conference’s 17th Annual Conference, Chattanoogan.com reports. Hinton previously served as Chattanooga’s city attorney and as Unum Group’s first chief inclusion and diversity officer. He was a member of the 2006 TBA Leadership Law class.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 17, 2021

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance has said it will not reopen an investigation of Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron’s campaign finance problems, but it will accept new information about the former state senator’s campaign and PAC accounts, Tennessee Lookout reports. A request to reopen the case came from Murfreesboro attorney Brad Hornsby. Registry officials said that third parties to cases already heard do not have standing to request reconsideration. In April, the registry levied a $135,000 civil penalty against Ketron for 474 findings affecting some $300,000 from separate audits of his Senate, Quest PAC and mayoral campaign accounts. Hornsby wanted Ketron to explain $5,000 in alleged illegal contributions and $90,000 in alleged undocumented contributions, or have the registry prevent him from seeking re-election. The registry said Hornsby was welcome to file new sworn complaints.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 14, 2021

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has joined 19 other state AGs in supporting an Arkansas law that would prohibit abortions on the basis of a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis. The coalition filed an amicus brief yesterday, arguing that the law advances at least eight compelling state interests, including that it protects the “entire class of persons with Down Syndrome from being targeted for elimination solely because of disability,” and eradicates bias against them. Read more on the Attorney General’s website.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 14, 2021

The Tennessee Supreme Court today issued an order to further loosen COVID-19 restrictions on in-person proceedings. Masks are now optional for those coming in-person to court, the order to stay six feet apart has been reduced to three feet and courtroom capacity requirements have been lifted, effective immediately. Judicial districts and judges still have discretion to limit the number of people in a courtroom and compliance with current CDC guidelines is still encouraged. The order also states that courts not already doing so, should begin utilizing technology to avoid in-person proceedings. Read more from the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 14, 2021

The TBA’s BarBuzz podcast is new this month with Knoxville attorney and incoming chair of the TBA Disability Law Section, Emma Drozdowski Webb. Drozdowski, the managing attorney at social security disability firm Drozdowski & Rabin PLLC, helps give listeners an overview of top legal news stories from the last month and upcoming events at the bar association. BarBuzz is part of the TBA Podcast Network and can be found online or anywhere you listen to podcasts.


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