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Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

The Tennessee House of Representatives has decided to allow the public into its hearing rooms as it resumes business this week, but restrictions will be in place to safeguard against the COVID-19 virus, WPLN reports. House GOP spokesperson Doug Kufner said House committee rooms will only sit about 20 visitors and are available on a first come, first served basis. Visitors are required to have their temperatures checked and wear masks and only three people are allowed on the elevators at one time. Lawmakers’ desks and the dais and podium area in the House chamber have been separated by plastic Lexan barriers. The Senate has decided not to allow public into its committee rooms or chamber and is limiting the number of staff on the Senate floor.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

Chattanooga attorney Ariel Anthony has been chosen by the National Black Lawyers (NBL) for inclusions into its Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers in Tennessee. Anthony is an attorney at Husch Blackwell where she practices in the firm’s Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution and Private Wealth groups. Top 40 Under 40 candidates must be nominated by current NBL members and are evaluated on factors that include an outstanding reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public, notable achievements, settlements and verdicts as a lawyer, leadership and membership in other lawyer organizations and more. Anthony is a board member of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, serving as co-chair of the Diversity Committee.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee today appointed Murfreesboro attorney Bonita Jo Atwood to the 16th Judicial District Circuit Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Royce Taylor. Atwood has been a managing partner at Atwood and Moore since 1995, practicing in a wide range of civil litigation. She earned her law degree from the Nashville School of Law and previously practiced with the Law Offices of Henry, Kious & Hall. Atwood is also a charter member of the Middle Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women. The 16th Judicial District covers Rutherford and Cannon counties. Read more from the Tennessee State Courts website.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear five cases on Thursday. A livestream video conference will allow the justices to hear three of those cases and the last two will be submitted on briefs. Cases will begin at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CDT and will be livestreamed to the TNCourts YouTube page. Read the details of all five cases on the Tennessee State Courts website.  

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

Two bills that would have paved the way for student-athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses failed to pass the General Assembly today, the Daily Memphian reports. Legislation from Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis, that would have prevented universities from being penalized if student-athletes received gifts or benefits from boosters, failed on a voice vote after an hour-long debate. A similar bill from Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, which would have allowed those athletes to be paid for their names, images and likenesses, failed after a 4-4 vote. One opponent of the legislation, Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville, said he supports pay for student-athletes, but worries state universities could be punished for paying their athletes since the NCAA has not put new rules into effect. Neither bill is scheduled to be considered by the Senate.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

Judge David Wilson Norton of Hixson died May 21 at 73. Norton earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before serving as assistant Hamilton County attorney from 1983- 2012, city judge of Soddy Daisy from 1984-2012 and later as a Hamilton County General Sessions court judge. He also served as one of three commissioners for the Hixson Utility District and as chairman of the Utility Management Review Board for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. His family requests memorial donations to the Adult & Teen Challenge Midsouth. Services will be announced at a later date, but condolences and memories can be shared online.

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

The TBA’s International Law Forum is now available online in a 1-Click package! This virtual three-hour forum will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the global market by visiting three areas: business, finance and medicine. Presenters will discuss experience in their industry and what is needed to rebound from the epidemic. Not an International Law Section member? Join the section now.

 

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will continue its weekly Facebook Live Q&A Wednesday at noon CDT. LAS attorney Patricia Jones will host this week’s show, which will cover mortgage payments. LAS launched the show earlier this month to answer frequently asked questions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin & Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will hold two legal clinics by phone this week. On Wednesday, LAS will hold a clinic specifically for veterans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then on Thursday, a general legal clinic will be held from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Those needing assistance can call 800-238-1443 during any of these times. Lawyers interested in volunteering for the clinics should email Kendra Cheek

Posted by: Kate Prince on May 26, 2020

The country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution this year, and the TBA’s virtual convention, being held entirely online the week of June 15, will include a special program marking this milestone and celebrating the role Tennessee played in the ratification process. Join us Thursday, June 17, for a conversation with noted book author and speaker Elaine Weiss. Then in the afternoon, attend the virtual Lawyers Lunch and watch as TBA President Sarah Sheppeard passes the gavel to Michelle Greenway Sellers and Sellers talks about her upcoming year. That event will be available on Zoom and live streamed on TBA’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Make sure to register to take advantage of all these great free programs.


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