Thursday, May 21, 2020
The May issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal has been out a while, but the information is still very relevant, as it brings you the latest law-related updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In it you'll find ways to "work through the pandemic," with links to the continually updated TBA's pandemic resources page and results from a recent member survey about lawyers' common concerns. You'll also find details on how to handle having documents witnessed and notarized right now. Knoxville lawyer Newman Bankston writes about what the solutions are. Edward R. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow detail how to navigate the new paid-leave mandates, plus read about the options for using force majeure. Kaleb Byars writes about what to do about child custody in this uncertain time.
It's not ALL about COVID-19 in our May issue, though. In his column this month, John Day writes about an unusual case decided by the Court of Appeals, "an interesting mix of the law of comparative fault and the law of summary judgment." Marlene Eskind Moses and Manuel Benjamin Russ explain what you need to know before setting up an international prenuptial agreement. And for much-needed inspiration, get legal writing advice from William Zinsser and check out this dad, Stuart Burkhalter, who collaborated on a book with his daughters.
The 2020 TBA Annual Convention, originally scheduled to take place in-person in Knoxville, is being converted to an all virtual, FREE event for members of the TBA. The conference will take place entirely online during the week of June 15. Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson recently released a message to members about the new event. Highlights of the conference include roundtable discussions on issues affecting law firm managing shareholders, in-house counsel and diversity and inclusion in the practice of law, as well as a legislative update from members of the Tennessee General Assembly, law school alumni mixers, and a program celebrating the ratification of the 19th Amendment featuring Elaine Weiss. Members can earn up to eight hours of CLE credit at no cost. The annual Lawyers Luncheon, featuring the passing of the gavel from President Sarah Sheppeard to Michelle Greenway Sellers, will be accessible to registrants and also live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Register now or learn more about what is to come.
The Tennessee Supreme Court's March 27 order waived the in-person requirement for CLE hours, so you can earn all or any portion of your required continuing legal education hours for 2019 or 2020 online. The TBA is the state's number one provider of online CLE, with the largest and the freshest catalog of online courses in Tennessee. See what is hot now!
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