Tuesday, July 7, 2020
The new Tennessee Bar Journal ushers in a new era for the TBA’s flagship publication, as it moves to a bi-monthly schedule, with more content each month. Read how that's going to work, as the TBA's electronic publications integrate and expand total coverage. In this issue, the TBA's new president, Michelle Greenway Sellers, writes in her first column about this extraordinary time, as well as her plans for this year. Among many important initiatives, Sellers has created a new position -- the TBA’s first chief diversity officer. Mary Beard from HCA Healthcare will join the Board of Governors as an assistant general counsel, taking on the new role.
The July-August issue features the second part of Cody Brandon's article, "A Short History of the Right to Vote in Tennessee's Constitutions and Court," which picks up the trail of the franchise after the Civil War, following it to present day. Among the fascinating turns of events during that period, of course, is the fight for woman's suffrage, celebrating its 100th anniversary in August. Start at the beginning in the June issue to follow the entire story.
The Tennessee Bar Association’s 139th Annual Convention was like no other — instead of shaking hands with old friends and meeting new colleagues, it was a virtual experience in the midst of efforts to reopen our country and our state after months in isolation because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The event, though different was like most other gatherings of 2020, and it attracted a record crowd of more than 850 registrants, many of them first-time attendees. Read about the unique meetings, CLEs, Lawyers Luncheon and awards. Take a look at this year's class of Senior Counselors and TBA Sections & Committees chairs for the year.
"She is ready to run," the story begins. "I see it there in her clenched hands, the way she glances up furtively when I enter the interview room, her whole body twitching towards the door with a sudden force that startles me. I am immediately uneasy." You can read the rest of this work of fiction from Freya Cartwright, in the recent Tennessee Bar Journal. This story, "I Know She Tried," was the winner of Belmont University College of Law's inaugural Legal Fiction Workshop this year, a project designed by Professor Kristi Arth.
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