Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

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What the Tennessee Supreme Court Taught Us in Past Epidemics

"This is not the first time that things in Tennessee have been brought to a halt by an epidemic. Nor is it the first time that the Tennessee Supreme Court has given life lessons on what to do," writes Donald Vowell in the recent Tennessee Bar Journal. "While today the court is dealing with COVID-19, in the late 1800s, it was dealing with epidemics of yellow fever, smallpox and cholera." The article, "Lessons from the Tennessee Supreme Court from Past Epidemics," details the situations in cities across the state and how the high court dealt with related matters.

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What Did the Practice of Law Look Like in 1970?

In our series, "50-ish Years Ago," we learn that the Hon. James Swiggart advocated for the adoption of the newly proposed Rules of Tennessee Civil Procedure. In the February 1970 issue he wrote: “I make many rulings on procedural points with little assurance of correctness because there is no written rule and no authority. … My purpose is selfish. I believe that with the proposed Rules I can be a better and more efficient Judge.” This feature also looks at fundraising efforts from the now-defunct TBA Auxiliary. BACK TO THE PRESENT, with American deaths from COVID-19 topping 220,000 and continuing to climb, the recent Tennessee Bar Journal remembers the health care workers who are on the front lines. Take a look at Spark!

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Upcoming TBJ: The Duty to Intervene, and a Tribute to Judge Pam

In the next Tennessee Bar Journal, we take a look at law enforcement and the duty to intervene. Drawing from recent events, the author looks at systemic racism, "bad apples," qualified immunity, and what it all means. We also pay tribute to the Tennessee Bar Association's first woman president, Judge Pamela L. Reeves, who died in September. Our columnists cover criminal law, elder law and the state's "first great murder trial," back in 1810. Look for this and more on Nov. 1.

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Now is the Time to Enroll in TBA Group Health Insurance Plan

Open enrollment for TBA’s exclusive group health insurance plan — which can provide rates as much as 30% less than what you are paying — is now underway. Members have access to convenient and easy online quoting, guaranteed issue coverage, no health questions, and no pre-existing condition exclusions. Plus, members now have the option to choose a plan that includes Vanderbilt CHC Network. Our FAQ page provides information about this year’s plan, Humana’s 2021 Welcome Kit, COVID-19 updates, and access to the online quoting tool. Open enrollment ends Dec. 1 for 2021 coverage.


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