Serving All Members of Our Profession

Having heard rumblings over the years about certain positions taken by the Tennessee Bar Association, it is important to keep in mind the purposes of the Association. Our Bylaws state:

The purposes of the Association shall be to foster legal education, maintain the honor, dignity and well-being of the members of the legal profession, enhance the performance of the legal profession, cultivate professional ethics and fellowship among its members and promote responsible relationships between the legal profession and the public.

And by members, this means all members: rural, urban, suburban, big firm, small firm, solo practitioners, in-house counsels, as well as diversity of race, gender and political persuasion.

As I stated during the Lawyer’s Luncheon at our convention in June, we are a nonpartisan organization. Having a diverse perspective from all walks of our membership will help us function at our best. Many of our policy positions and comments on legislation start at the Section and Committee level before going to the House of Delegates and Board. If you want to participate in this process, then we want to hear from you. Get involved in a Section or Committee in a practice area that interests you, or run for a position on our House of Delegates or Board. We want to promote the thoughtful exchange of ideas and perspectives throughout our organization so that we are representing the interests of all of our members.

There is a danger to politicizing bar associations. That is why it is critical for members of varying perspectives to get involved in the work of our association. Any perceptions about the direction of our association, whether misguided or not, can be addressed with a diverse cast of engaged members. For those of you who have raised concerns, this is your call to action. Join a Section or Committee so you can provide your input into the issues we face as a profession.

Updates to Our Sections and Committees

With the modernization of the profession, it is crucial that we help our Tennessee lawyers stay connected. To do this, we have started working with our Sections and Committees to provide them with the leadership and resources they need to lead our practice groups. We have reorganized how we operate as an association so that we can ensure each practice group is getting the communication, professional development and legislative representation they need.

We hope you have noticed an increase in valuable content from these practice groups in the form of “Connects.” Connects are the electronic newsletters published periodically by our Sections. We expect these changes to result in the production of even more high-level CLE. We have also streamlined the process by which our Sections respond to proposed legislation with the involvement of our director of public policy and government affairs.


Jason M. Pannu JASON M. PANNU is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Lewis Thomason. You can reach him at JPannu@LewisThomason.com.

 

Pannu’s Pairings

I mentioned last month that my first wine love is Burgundy. I am going to divide my Burgundy columns into two sections. Beaune, France, is the epicenter of wine production in the Burgundy region. Generally speaking, north of Beaune is known as the Côte de Nuits while south of Beaune is known as the Côte de Beaune. This column will focus on the Côte de Nuits.

Most of the production in the Côte de Nuits focuses on red wine, and more specifically, Pinot Noir. Wines in the Côte de Nuits are classified in descending quality as Grand Cru (less than 1 percent of production), Premier Cru (less than 20 percent of production), Village wines (less than 35 percent of production), and then regional wines. The main wine villages in this region from Beaune and heading north are Nuits-St-Georges, Flagéy-Échézeaux, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-St-Denis, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot and Nuits-St-Georges produce more robust wines with long aging potential. Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée produce wines with more elegance and finesse. My favorite wine villages in this region are Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée.

Unfortunately, the Côte de Nuits has seen soaring prices that have become out of control lately. However, there are some hidden gems to be discovered throughout the region that are still affordable. Some of my favorite producers in this region are Domaine Charlopin, Domaine Marc Roy and Domaine Benjamin Leroux.

Food pairings: To bring out the intense flavor of Gevrey-Chambertin try pairing it with grilled steak, lamb, rabbit, roast pork and soft cow’s milk such as Brie. For Vosne-Romanée trying pairing it with duck, roast chicken, mushrooms, risotto, and intensely flavored cheese such as Époisses or Muenster.

Jason Pannu with Benjamin Leroux tasting his range of 2015 Gevrey-Chambertins at Domaine Benjamin Leroux in Beaune, France

Jason Pannu with Benjamin Leroux tasting his range of 2015 Gevrey-Chambertins at Domaine Benjamin Leroux in Beaune, France.

 

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