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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 9, 2020

TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson and Littler Managing Shareholder Jen Robinson recently wrote in the Nashville Business Journal that, “The need to put a spotlight on diversity, equality and inclusion efforts in our workplaces has never been more clear.” The pair share steps employers can take to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. First among their recommendations is understanding that diversity and inclusion are different, and that diversity does not always guarantee inclusion. Once diverse employees are hired, it is important to provide them with the tools, opportunities and professional connections to succeed, they write. They also call on leaders to strive to normalize conversations around race, ensure workplace policies against racism are implemented, and provide regular training for workers on how to foster an antiracist culture, minimize microaggressions and recognize and reduce unconscious biases.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 2, 2020

The Tennessee Courts website gave a positive review to a TBA program designed to help lawyers improve their appellate briefs and oral arguments. The “Best Practices in Appellate Courts” session was offered as part of the 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Forum. Several judges participated and outlined key elements in the appellate process. Justice Holly Kirby praised the effort to improve appellate work saying, “It’s just a joy to have an appeal with really good lawyers. It just makes my heart sing. When we receive a well-crafted brief, when we have a well-prepared lawyer at oral argument, we come away just smiling.” 

Posted by: Barry Kolar on May 18, 2020

Don't forget to submit a nomination for the TBA's third annual Fourth Estate Award, which honors courageous reporting on justice and the law. Prior winners include the WSMV Channel 4 I-Team in Nashville for its reporting on Judge Casey Moreland, and Steven Hale of the Nashville Scene for his coverage of the executions of Billy Ray Irick, David Earl Miller and Edmund Zagorski, and capital punishment more generally in Tennessee. Learn more about the award or make a nomination now. The deadline for entries is May 29.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Apr 30, 2020

The Tennessee Bar Association has opened the nomination period for the third annual Fourth Estate Award: Honoring Courageous Reporting on Justice and the Law. Prior winners were the WSMV Channel 4 I-Team in Nashville for its reporting on Judge Casey Moreland and Steven Hale of the Nashville Scene for his coverage of the executions of Billy Ray Irick, David Earl Miller and Edmund Zagorski, and capital punishment more generally in Tennessee. Learn more about the award or make a nomination now.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 4, 2020

The Citizen Tribune in Morristown features this month’s Tennessee Bar Journal cover story as a timely look at the legal issues of dealing with a pandemic. The piece, written by retired Newport attorney William O. Shults, examines the use of mandatory isolation and quarantines and how such measures affect personal liberty and constitutional rights. In case you missed it, read “Tennessee Law in the Time of Pandemic Disease” here.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Mar 2, 2020

Voting began today in the 2020 TBA election. Two candidates are competing for the vice presidential office — Knoxville attorneys Shelly Wilson and Tasha Blakney — with voting continuing through April 1. The vice president will serve in that role in the 2020-2021 bar year, then as president-elect the following year, and TBA president in 2022-2023. Access to the electronic ballot box was sent to all TBA members today from the email address vote@electionsonline.com.  Please check your spam filters if you did not receive a ballot notification. Please feel free to reach out to elections@tnbar.org if you have any questions or concerns. 

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 28, 2020

In preparation for the upcoming TBA Elections, the profiles of the two candidates in a contested race for the office of vice president (Shelly Wilson and Tasha Blakney) were emailed to the membership on Friday. Voting begins on March 2 and members should receive an email on Monday with voting instructions. All current members will be able to vote in the race for vice president. Ballots will come from the vote@electionsonline.com email address, so please check your spam filters if you do not receive a ballot notification. Please feel free to reach out to elections@tnbar.org if you have any questions or concerns. Voting ends April 1.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 11, 2019

The Tennessee Voting Revival Alliance is launching a petition campaign urging the General Assembly to adopt automatic voter registration when it reconvenes in January. The petition references legislation that was introduced by Rep. Carson W. “Bill” Beck (D-Nashville) and Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) last session at the urging of three Chattanooga high school students who won the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s statewide CATALYST contest. That project encouraged students to draft legislative proposals and seek sponsors in the General Assembly for their ideas. The bills won sponsors in both chambers last session but the issue was moved to summer study. “Tennessee AVR was formed to pick up the torch the students lit,” the group’s founder says. Read more in the Chattanoogan.

Posted by: Joycelyn Stevenson on Aug 12, 2019

Former TBA President George T. "Buck"; Lewis presided over the 2019 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Awards on Saturday as Chair of the ABA Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Lewis has chaired the committee the past three years. Prior to the start of the program, ABA President Bob Carlson surprised Lewis with a Presidential Citation honoring his years of service and dedication to the cause of access to justice. The Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony honored attorneys and law firms from across the country who have dedicated significant time and resources to pro bono work. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
 

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Aug 5, 2019

The TBA premiered its HealthyBar podcast on Monday. The bi-monthly program will focus on attorney well-being and offer best practices and tips to keep you healthy. The first episode features attorney Joanna L. McCracken, who is a founding partner of the Piper McCracken family law firm in Nashville as well as a meditation teacher and certified yoga instructor. She uses the skills learned in these disciplines to educate the legal community on how to better handle occupational stress and how to use such skills to help clients. The HealthyBar podcast joins the TBA’s Podcast network lineup that also includes the monthly SideBar and BarBuzz programs. The shows are now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search the show title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts.


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