Monday, December 21, 2020
If you're looking for some good movies to watch over the holidays, but are tired of all the standard Christmas fare, you will want to revisit some of these legal classics. Memphis lawyer Steve Barton gives you the "Top 5 Greatest Legal Dramas of All Time" to add to your favorites, if they are not already there. (We would caution you with a Spoiler Alert, but these movies are 38 to 60 years old, so if you're surprised by the endings, it's just not our fault.)
This year has been packed with crummy things, but there were definite bright spots. In August, the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Later in the year, citizens had the opportunity to exercise that right in a free and fair election leading toward the peaceful transfer of power, a hallmark of the United States. Thanks to Nashville lawyer John P. Williams for this June 2020 shot of the McMinn County Courthouse, as it celebrated the centennial of suffrage. The banner reads: "Thank you, Harry T. Burn."
The Tennessee Supreme Court has waived the in-person requirement for CLE hours in 2021. This allows lawyers to earn all or any portion of their required 2021 hours through approved distance learning courses. The TBA has more than 200 online courses available and provides TBA members with three free CLE hours with their membership. Check out these distance learning opportunities from the TBA.
"I have been a practicing attorney for nearly 40 years. I attempted suicide six years ago," the cover story of the upcoming Tennessee Bar Journal begins. The upcoming January/February 2021 issue digs into a crisis within the legal profession: lawyers face mental illness and substance use at much higher rates than the general population. Read this story and also about the phenomenal help that is available to lawyers through the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). The issue also includes a tribute to Civil Rights hero Sallie J. Robinson of Memphis; termination of parental rights; a move to modernize archaic court forms; and columns on family law (vaccinations!), employment law (pregnant workers!); torts (the "Common Law Exception!"); and estate planning (Purpose Trusts!).
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