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Leaders from Tennessee’s legal community gathered at the Equal Justice Conference in Louisville in May. Among those organizations represented at the event were the TBA Access to Justice Committee, Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Memphis Area Legal Services and West Tennessee Legal Services.

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TBA Delegation Visits Capitol Hill for Lobbying Event

A delegation of eight lawyers from Tennessee met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., in April for “ABA Day on the Hill.” U.S. Rep. David Kustoff met with TBA President Jason Pannu, President-elect Sarah Sheppeard and other members of the group. They also met with Reps. Scott DesJarlais, Steve Cohen and Tim Burchett, and Senators Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander. Main topics were increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation and maintaining the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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TBA OFFERS WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE UPDATES VIA LIVESTREAM, TBATODAY

The Tennessee Bar Association launched a series of weekly legislative video updates in February, which are livestreamed most Thursdays via Facebook while the Tennessee General Assembly is in session. Also available are weekly round-ups of bills from the previous week impacting the legal community each Friday in TBAToday.

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Henley Awarded TBA YLD CASA Volunteer of the Year

Gail Henley of Madisonville was awarded the 2018-2019 CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) Volunteer of the Year Award by the TBA Young Lawyers Division. Now in its 15th year, the award is designed to recognize the outstanding efforts of a CASA volunteer who goes the extra mile in his or her work with a CASA program in Tennessee.

Henley, who was nominated by CASA Monroe’s Executive Director Alisa Hobbs, has been a volunteer with the organization for 10 years.

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TBA Board Adopts Changes to Bylaws

Pursuant to the notice provided Dec. 19, 2018, the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors held a specially set meeting on Jan. 2 to vote on the proposed changes to the bylaws as published on Nov. 7, 2018. The Board rejected the proposed change to Section 38 related to the term of the TBA treasurer and voted to leave that section unchanged. All other changes published in the Nov. 7 notice were approved. Pursuant to the bylaw change, the individuals appointed to positions in Districts 7 and 8 shall serve the remainder of the terms to which they were appointed and will not run in 2019 to retain those seats. Thus, only Districts 1 and 4 will be subject to election this year and petitions for these positions are still due no later than Feb. 15, 2019. Learn more at www.tba.org/node/105100.

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Student's Murder is Subject of YLD's High School Mock Trial Case

This year’s problem for the 2019 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial competition is a criminal case, involving the murder of a college student and the arrest of the student's best friend, who was accused of the crime. The competition will be held in Nashville on March 22-23, following regional competitions across Tennessee. Chairing the YLD Mock Trial Committee this year is Rob Sands, with Vice Chair Kati Goodner.

Follow developments on Twitter using the hashtag #tnmock19.

Read everything about the hallowed competition, including the case itself, at www.tba.org/info/tennessee-high-school-mock-trial-0.

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Reminder of TBA Elections

(NOTE: This item has been updated) This is a reminder that petitions for the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) elections are due on February 15. During 2019, the following officers, governors and delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) will be elected as set forth in the association’s bylaws:

TBA Officers and Board of Governors

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NEWS: Lawyers Learn About Running for Office in Public Service Academy

The Tennessee Bar Association’s Public Service Academy met for the first time Oct.12-13, with a bipartisan coalition of 29 attorneys from across the state gathering to learn the basics of running for local elected office. Former state senator and current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee Doug Overbey spoke about his experiences campaigning and holding elected office. Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell also spoke to the group about his life as a mayor and former legislator, as well as the importance of attorneys choosing a life of public service. The class heard further presentations about fundraising, building a campaign team, crafting their campaign message and more. They will reconvene again Nov. 9-10 in Nashville for another weekend training. The attorneys chosen for the class come from a variety of backgrounds and represent a diverse spectrum of political thought.

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NEWS: ATJ Community Gathers to Learn and Honor Leaders for Service

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ATJ Community Gathers to Learn and Honor Leaders for Service

More than 200 lawyers, law students and advocates gathered in late August for the 2018 Equal Justice University (EJU) in Murfreesboro. The three-day conference is sponsored by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS); the Tennessee Bar Association is an event co-sponsor.

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Pera Helps Lead ABA Effort to Modernize Rules on Lawyer Advertising 
The ABA House of Delegates Aug. 6 voted in favor of amending Rule 7 of ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which addresses lawyer advertising, the ABA Journal reports.

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