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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 28, 2020

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will hold its annual Barristers’ Ball virtually this year on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. CST. This year’s theme is “A Night of Good Trouble: Honoring Our Freedom Fighters and Continuing the Pursuit for Justice.” The event will include an opportunity for attendees to connect, celebrate scholarship and award recipients, and reflect on the organization’s goals to be engaged, respected and relevant. Tickets are $75 for attendance only or $125 for attendance and dinner delivery from local Memphis restaurants. Proceeds support the group’s diversity scholarships for students at the University of Memphis School of Law. Buy tickets here. For questions contact event chair Quinton E. Thompson, 901-333-1851.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 28, 2020

Middle Tennessee State University recently hosted a panel discussion on the impact of racial justice protests across the country. Ryan Haas with Oregon Public Broadcasting, who has been in the middle of Portland protests, told attendees he sees “a lot more people opening up to this idea that America has not fulfilled what our founding documents say, and we should include more of those voices who have historically been marginalized.” Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center, said America is “in a place we’ve never been before” but emphasized the importance of protecting constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and redress of grievances. Read more from the Tennessee Tribune.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 28, 2020

Above the Law has released its Top 50 Law Schools for 2020 with Vanderbilt University Law School moving up two spots to 11th place and the University of Tennessee College of Law debuting on the list for the first time at 41st place. The rankings are based on employment success — both for those who sought jobs outside the region where their school is located and those who did not graduate at the top of their class — for the class of 2019. See the full list.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 28, 2020

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will hold the last phone clinic of the month on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. LAS is looking for attorneys to help members of the public with questions about housing and renters’ rights, bankruptcy, medical bills, debt collection, domestic violence, SNAP benefits and unemployment benefits. To volunteer, contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 25, 2020

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle today ruled that the state Registry of Election Finance violated Tennessee’s Open Meetings Act with a secret email vote in early April approving a civil penalty settlement with state Rep. Joe Towns, the Daily Memphian reports. Lyle denied the request from the Attorney General’s Office to dismiss the case, ruling that while the Registry “cured” its violation by voting on the matter in a public meeting held in July, that action did not make the lawsuit moot.  The lawsuit was filed in April by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which claimed that state law required the board to file notice in advance of the meeting and to hold the vote in public. The Attorney General’s Office argued that the email vote taken was “incidental” and not an official meeting by the Registry, thus did not violate the Open Meetings Act. Lyle disagreed, finding that the Registry made a “consequential decision” that qualified as a meeting. She opted against monitoring the Registry but said its action would be considered on a case-by-case basis. She ruled the reporters’ group would recover its costs.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 25, 2020

The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of the Department of Commerce & Insurance, today announced it has joined the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and 29 other states to file a complaint alleging Metals.com has been running a fraudulent precious metals scheme that has solicited more than $185 million from seniors and other investors across the United States.  According to the complaint, Metals.com is accused of targeting elderly investors through traditional and social media, providing unregistered investment advisory services designed to “instill fear in elderly and retirement-aged investors and build trust with investors based on representations of political or religious affinity.” Read the full complaint and statutory restraining order here.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 25, 2020

Attorney General Herbert Slatery has joined a coalition of 31 states in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to support states’ authority to enforce price gouging regulations that protect consumers during emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition is asking the appellate court to overturn the district court’s preliminary injunction that prevented Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron from enforcing price gouging regulations against retailers selling products on Amazon. In its filing, the coalition emphasizes how important state price gouging laws are in ensuring that essential items are fairly allocated among residents. Read the full release from the AG’s office.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 25, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee’s office is now accepting applications to fill the public defender post for the 26th Judicial District until the next biennial election takes place in August 2022. The vacancy is due to the retirement of George Googe, effective Jan. 1. The 26th Judicial District covers Madison, Henderson and Chester counties. Interested attorneys should mail a resume and cover letter to Lang Wiseman, Deputy & Chief Counsel of the Governor, State Capitol, First Floor, 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Nashville, 37243 or email to rebecca.kaunisto@tn.gov by 5 p.m. CDT on Oct. 9.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 25, 2020

The Raybin Tennessee Supreme Court Hot List analyzes cases that have recently been granted review by the state Supreme Court. Three new cases were posted to the hot list this week on the issues of res judicata, juvenile life sentences and parental right termination.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 25, 2020

Attorney John Brendan Russell of Brentwood died June 23 at 57. Russell had a successful career in commercial real estate until 2003 when he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of songwriting in Nashville, where he released several CDs, performing as “JR and the Roadkill Choir.” Russell went on to earn his law degree from Nashville School of Law in 2014 and afterward opened Russell Real Estate Law. Donations are being received in John’s honor by the Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.


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