August 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 8

Serving All Members of Our Profession

Having heard rumblings over the years about certain positions taken by the Tennessee Bar Association, it is important to keep in mind the purposes of the Association. Our Bylaws state:

The purposes of the Association shall be to foster legal education, maintain the honor, dignity and well-being of the members of the legal profession, enhance the performance of the legal profession, cultivate professional ethics and fellowship among its members and promote responsible relationships between the legal profession and the public.

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Fees for Appointed Counsel in Criminal Cases Should Be Raised

Our government was founded as a constitutional democracy; protecting human rights, which do not need to be created but which need to be respected, was a principal motivating factor of our founding fathers and mothers. They understood that creating a foundational document assuring these rights was only the first step and that the document would fail in its central purpose if there was no one to protect and enforce the rights contained therein.

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Lawrence “Larry” J. Laurenzi, a former U.S. attorney, has joined Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group. Laurenzi, who joins as of counsel, brings more than 35 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Justice for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee, including an appointment as U.S. attorney from 2008 to 2010. After beginning his career serving as a trial attorney, Laurenzi went on to serve as criminal chief, before becoming first assistant U.S. attorney.

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Licensure & Discipline


On June 20, the Supreme Court of Tennessee reinstated Campbell County lawyer Timothy Paul Webb to the practice of law, effective immediately. Webb had been suspended by the Supreme Court of Tennessee for five years on Sept. 26, 2016, with two years active suspension and the remainder on probation with conditions. Webb filed a petition for reinstatement to the practice of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 30.4.

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