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Posted by: Kate Prince on Feb 21, 2020

The Brennan Center has released an update to its July 2019 “State Supreme Court Diversity” report that highlights the vast racial, ethnic and gender disparities that exist on state Supreme Courts across the country. The new analysis reports on the current composition of state high courts as of Feb. 4, noting 19 new state supreme court openings since May 2019. Fourteen of those openings have been filled, with seven seats going to white men, including in four states where people of color make up over 30% of the population. Four openings were filled by white women, one by a black woman and two by a male and female Native American justice. The report says 23 states have an all-white supreme court bench. The percentage of women who hold a supreme court seat is up one point to 37 percent. Read more from the Brennan Center.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Feb 21, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee has reappointed Juvenile Court Clerk Gary Behler to serve a new term on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, the Hamilton County Herald reports. Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw last week gave Behler the oath of office for the commission, which bases appointments on the individual’s service within their community. Behler has spearheaded efforts to digitize the courts and just last week opened a legal services kiosk at the juvenile court to help self-represented litigants access legal information and resources.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Feb 21, 2020

The state of Tennessee executed Nicholas Todd Sutton last night, the Tennessean reports. Sutton chose to die by electric chair, marking the fifth time the state has used this method since 2018. He is the seventh inmate to be executed since the state resumed capital punishment in August 2018 and the 139th person to be put to death in Tennessee since 1916. Sutton was jailed for the murder of his grandmother and two other men when he was 18, but did not receive a death sentence until he fatally stabbed another inmate six years later in 1985.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 20, 2020

Belmont Law students earned the school a top 10 ranking for bar passage performance on the most recent exam, according to figures released by the American Bar Association. The school’s 96.25% passage rate for first time takers left it number six on the list headed by Harvard University, with a 98.93% rate. (The University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School appear at the top of the ABA’s first-time bar pass rate list, but graduates of those schools do not have to sit for the bar exam in Wisconsin due to the state’s unique diploma privilege system, Law.com reports.) Vanderbilt University scored a number 12 rating, while the University of Tennessee College of Law was rated number 64 and Memphis Law was rated 104.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Feb 20, 2020

The Attorney General’s Office today announced it is joining Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota in a motion to intervene in litigation over whether the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) can be placed into the Constitution. Illinois, Nevada and Virginia recently sued the Archivist of the United States — the federal officer who oversees the ratification process for constitutional amendments — seeking to require him to add the ERA to the Constitution. Tennessee and the other states intervening in this case argue that the deadline to ratify the ERA has long expired. Read the copy of the motion to intervene online.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 19, 2020

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed a lawsuit against Walker Stalkers and James Frazier, alleging that the defendants engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices while producing a number of events that left consumers without refunds for cancellations. Since 2013, Walker Stalkers has put on dozens of events in the United States and London, including the Walker Stalker Con and Fan Fest, which allowed fans to meet famous actors and artists from popular television program such as “The Walking Dead.” Read the complaint here.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 19, 2020

Tennessee lawmakers and their staffers came together with members of the Tennessee Bar Association during the annual Big Shrimp legislative reception Tuesday night at the Tennessee Bar Center. The event gave attorneys the opportunity to meet with senators and representatives in a relaxed atmosphere. The TBA's Leadership Law class also attended the event after spending a day learning about Issues in Policy and Politics. The class heard from a panel of lawyer legislators, lawyers who represent the state, and policy analysts before attending a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 19, 2020

The Tennessee Bar Association, its Communication Law Section and the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, with additional support from the Tennessee Press Association Foundation, have opened the application process for the Second Annual Reporters Workshop in Nashville May 1-2. There is space for 15 print, online, television and/or radio journalists to be selected to participate in the training. The sessions will focus on access to government information, defamation, privacy concerns in reporting and other timely topics. Applications are due March 16. For additional information, contact TBA program coordinator Maresa Whaley.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 19, 2020

General jurisdiction judges in Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois and South Carolina receive the highest annual salaries for their positions when adjusted for cost of living, according to a new survey from the National Center for State Courts. The center's updated Judicial Salary Tracker shows the average salaries for general jurisdiction court judges, appellate court judges and associate supreme court justices as of January 2020. The center found that the average salary for general jurisdiction judges is $161,750, ranging from a low of $89,600 in Puerto Rico to a high of $216,400 in Washington, D.C. The average salary for appellate court judges is $173,132, ranging from a low of $105,000 in Puerto Rico to a high of $244,700 in California. And the average salary for associate supreme court justices is $179,785, ranging from a low of $120,000 in Puerto Rico to a high of $261,013 in California.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 19, 2020

The search committee for the next dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law invites members of the legal community to hear from four candidates under consideration. Open forums with each candidate will take place over the next two weeks at the College of Law:

  • Friday: Meet Professor Joan Heminway of the University of Tennessee College of Law, 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 237.
  • Feb. 25: Meet Amelia Rinehart of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 132.
  • Feb. 26: Meet Susan Kuo of the University of South Carolina School of Law, 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 237.
  • Feb. 27: Meet Stephen Mazza of the University of Kansas College of Law, 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 132.

Each candidate also will be available in a more informal setting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the faculty lounge (Room 262) on the following dates: Feb. 20, Heminway; Feb. 24, Rinehart; Feb. 25, Kuo; and Feb. 26, Mazza. Learn more online or contact Beth Ford at 865-637-7979.


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