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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 4, 2020

The Citizen Tribune in Morristown features this month’s Tennessee Bar Journal cover story as a timely look at the legal issues of dealing with a pandemic. The piece, written by retired Newport attorney William O. Shults, examines the use of mandatory isolation and quarantines and how such measures affect personal liberty and constitutional rights. In case you missed it, read “Tennessee Law in the Time of Pandemic Disease” here.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Mar 2, 2020

Voting began today in the 2020 TBA election. Two candidates are competing for the vice presidential office — Knoxville attorneys Shelly Wilson and Tasha Blakney — with voting continuing through April 1. The vice president will serve in that role in the 2020-2021 bar year, then as president-elect the following year, and TBA president in 2022-2023. Access to the electronic ballot box was sent to all TBA members today from the email address vote@electionsonline.com.  Please check your spam filters if you did not receive a ballot notification. Please feel free to reach out to elections@tnbar.org if you have any questions or concerns. 

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 28, 2020

In preparation for the upcoming TBA Elections, the profiles of the two candidates in a contested race for the office of vice president (Shelly Wilson and Tasha Blakney) were emailed to the membership on Friday. Voting begins on March 2 and members should receive an email on Monday with voting instructions. All current members will be able to vote in the race for vice president. Ballots will come from the vote@electionsonline.com email address, so please check your spam filters if you do not receive a ballot notification. Please feel free to reach out to elections@tnbar.org if you have any questions or concerns. Voting ends April 1.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 11, 2019

The Tennessee Voting Revival Alliance is launching a petition campaign urging the General Assembly to adopt automatic voter registration when it reconvenes in January. The petition references legislation that was introduced by Rep. Carson W. “Bill” Beck (D-Nashville) and Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) last session at the urging of three Chattanooga high school students who won the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s statewide CATALYST contest. That project encouraged students to draft legislative proposals and seek sponsors in the General Assembly for their ideas. The bills won sponsors in both chambers last session but the issue was moved to summer study. “Tennessee AVR was formed to pick up the torch the students lit,” the group’s founder says. Read more in the Chattanoogan.

Posted by: Joycelyn Stevenson on Aug 12, 2019

Former TBA President George T. "Buck"; Lewis presided over the 2019 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Awards on Saturday as Chair of the ABA Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Lewis has chaired the committee the past three years. Prior to the start of the program, ABA President Bob Carlson surprised Lewis with a Presidential Citation honoring his years of service and dedication to the cause of access to justice. The Pro Bono Publico Awards Ceremony honored attorneys and law firms from across the country who have dedicated significant time and resources to pro bono work. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
 

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Aug 5, 2019

The TBA premiered its HealthyBar podcast on Monday. The bi-monthly program will focus on attorney well-being and offer best practices and tips to keep you healthy. The first episode features attorney Joanna L. McCracken, who is a founding partner of the Piper McCracken family law firm in Nashville as well as a meditation teacher and certified yoga instructor. She uses the skills learned in these disciplines to educate the legal community on how to better handle occupational stress and how to use such skills to help clients. The HealthyBar podcast joins the TBA’s Podcast network lineup that also includes the monthly SideBar and BarBuzz programs. The shows are now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search the show title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts.

Posted by: Joycelyn Stevenson on Jul 31, 2019

The TBA Board of Governors will vote on proposed revisions to the organization’s bylaws after a 21-day period for members to review the proposal. The vote is scheduled to take place in late August. One of the revisions creates a category of non-voting, law firm, employer-level membership. Any law firm in which 100% of its Tennessee-based attorneys are members of the TBA will be eligible to become a law firm member of the association under rules established by the Board of Governors. The bylaws change will accommodate future benefits including a new health insurance plan that the TBA would like to offer its members this fall. The future health plan will offer coverage to a variety of employer members including solo practitioners with at least one qualifying W-2 employee. Proposed revisions to the bylaws can be viewed here and include corrections to existing typographical errors in the current bylaws. If you are interested in receiving updates on health insurance coverage through the TBA, please sign up here

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 15, 2019

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Public Service Academy, the TBA's bipartisan training program for attorneys who wish to seek local public office in their communities. The TBA once again seeks to train 25-30 attorneys to run for city council, school board, county commission and other local offices over two weekends in the fall. Graduates from last year's class are already running this year, so what are you waiting for? Find out more and apply at TBAPSA.org.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 9, 2019

The TBA is now accepting applications for its second annual Public Service Academy, a bipartisan training fellowship to provide attorneys with the tools to run for local political office. It takes place over the course of two weekends in the fall, during which fellows will hear speakers discuss topics like strategy, campaign finance, work-life balance and more. The 2019 co-chairs of the program are Tasha Blakney, of Knoxville, and Joel Wallace, of Clarksville. In 2018, the TBA launched the program and trained its inaugural class. Applications are due August 7.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 1, 2019

Ready to run? The TBA's Public Service Academy (PSA) will begin accepting applications from potential political candidates on Monday. The PSA is a bipartisan training program that provides Tennessee attorneys with the tools to run for local public offices. It takes place over the course of two weekends in the fall, during which fellows will learn strategy, campaign finance, work-life balance and more. In 2018, the TBA launched the program and trained its inaugural class of 29 attorneys. Several are running for office now.

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