Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The increasing importance of cloud-hosted services has come into sharp focus in 2020 as businesses, government entities and nonprofits switched to full implementation of a virtual workforce and 100% electronic workflow. The impact of COVID-19 has been visible not just as a public health emergency but also in the context of the law, the economy, and every other facet of life. This article by Hendersonville attorney Stroud Vaughn will help attorneys representing organizational clients step outside the comfort zone of clearly defined traditional roles to understand data, cloud-hosted services contracts and the related new frontier.
You'll feel like you were in that chilly Williamson County courthouse following the contentious 1810 trial of a Shelbyville murder when you read columnist Russell Fowler's account of it in the recent Tennessee Bar Journal. "Lawyered by the best, [the lawyers] set an example for the bench, bar and populace of how it should be done," Fowler writes. "And, except for some outrageous behavior by Andrew Jackson" — and you're going to want to read about that — "the lawyers demonstrated they could be fierce advocates in the courtroom yet remain good friends and colleagues."
What happens when a senior is discharged or evicted — against their will and with nowhere else to go — from a hospital, long-term care facility or in-home care services? Kelly and Matthew Frere write about this quandary in their current Tennessee Bar Journal column. "As the family’s lawyer, you need to know what resources are available — and be aware that there are not many." The Freres tell you where to look for resources to find solutions for your clients.
Need a few (or all) of your CLE hours before Dec. 31? Though we are not able to offer our traditional in-person Year End CLE Blast this year, the TBA is ready to serve up safe, convenient and last-minute CLE throughout the month of December. Register today to receive updates throughout the month about programs as they become available. Want to get a head start? Visit cle.tba.org for upcoming programming and a current list of packages available. Stay safe and remember, you can fulfill all of your CLE requirements for 2020 with approved distance learning from the TBA. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Clio for supporting quality continuing education for Tennessee lawyers.
Take a quick look back 50 years when Joe Henry was installed as TBA president, some years before he joined the Tennessee Supreme Court. Later that year, The Tennessee Lawyer reported that both gubernatorial candidates — Republican Winfield Dunn and Democrat John J. Hooker Jr. — endorsed a proposal from the TBA “offering services of the Association to investigate and make recommendation on all individuals who are under consideration for judicial appointment.” This established the Judicial Qualifications Committee. Read the backstory on judicial selection and salaries in this issue.
A crucial element of law firm accounting is conducting an end-of-year review of your finances. It’s a process that can be fraught with challenges, particularly due to outstanding invoices. In the free guide, Finish Strong: How to End the Year on Better Financial Footing, LawPay's Legal Content & Compliance Manager shares expert advice and practical tips you can use to help overcome some of these challenges by ensuring the money your firm has earned gets through the door before the New Year.
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