Spring Forward

As we transition to spring and enter the home stretch of my year as president, I am delighted to highlight two exciting new programs that we will be launching at the Tennessee Bar Association.

Reporters Workshop

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and the Tennessee Bar Association along with its Communications Law Section are hosting what we hope to be the first of many Reporters Workshops on May 17 and 18 in Nashville. The workshop is inspired in part by a similar program The Florida Bar has been hosting for more than 25 years. Paul McAdoo, who is producing our Reporters Workshop, co-chaired the Florida program in 2009 and approached me with the idea last spring.

Journalists, regardless of medium, are invited to apply for the workshop. Twelve journalists will be selected for the program.

The participants will spend two days learning about a variety of topics to help them in their crucial work for our democracy. Three keynote panels are planned for the workshop: Access to Public Records and Meetings, An Inside Look at Investigative Journalism, and Covering the Courts: a View from the Bench. Other topics that will be discussed are: Defamation and Privacy Law, The Reporter’s Privilege, Access to Courts, Political Broadcasting Law, and Lawyers and the Media. Confirmed speakers for the workshop include Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel; Jeremy Finley, WSMV in Nashville; Judge Stephen W. Sword, Knoxville Criminal Court; Marc Perrusquia, director of the University of Memphis’s Institute for Public Service Reporting; Deborah Fisher, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, and Lee Pope, Tennessee Office of Open Records counsel, in addition to the members of the TBA Communications Law Section’s Executive Council.

Practice Management Tools for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

Research performed by our Evolving Legal Markets (ELM) Committee revealed that lawyers across our state are not prepared for the modernization of law practice and not learning skills related to technology for project and practice management. This still unnamed program is in its preliminary stages, but we are planning a training course similar in format to our wildly successful TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) program that would be specifically geared toward our solo practitioners and small firm lawyers.
This type of educational training is being implemented across various other professional fields besides law practice. For example, Nashville-based Rainmaker Companies offers an in-depth training program for accountants that incorporates technology with coaching, work assignments, and trainings on business development. The Tennessee Bar Association has an opportunity to be a leader in this area for the legal profession.

Our program will teach the participants about practice and project management, business development and marketing, infused with new technology and legal innovations that could help their practices grow and run more efficiently. The goal of the program is for participants to benefit organizationally and financially from the use of modern technologies. The initial plan is to run the program for four months with one session being held each month. Stay tuned for more details as the program is further developed.

Jason M. Pannu in Épernay,  Champagne, France

Pannu’s Pairings – Champagne

While “champagne” is a term often used to describe all sparkling wine, to be true Champagne, the wine must come from the small region of Champagne, France. The Champagne region is located in the northeast of France and can be reached via high-speed train from Paris in approximately 40 minutes.

The most popular grape varietals for Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Generally speaking, these grapes are blended together in ratios that depend on the “house style” of the particular Champagne house.

The distinction between a Champagne house and Grower Champagne is an important concept in this region. Champagne houses tend to be large-scale operations focused on consistency by blending grapes, blending vintages, and blending vineyards in an effort to create the same taste or “house style” for every bottle produced, year after year. You may recognize popular Champagne houses such as Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Moët & Chandon and Ruinart. Grower Champagne producers, on the other hand, both grow grapes and produce wine from those grapes with a focus on more single-varietal, single-vintage and single-vineyard Champagne. Grower Champagne is rare and difficult to find. Two Grower Champagne producers that you might be able to find in the United States are Geoffroy and Egly-Ouriet.

Some terms to look for on Champagne labels are blanc de blancs and blanc de noirs. Blanc de blancs generally means the Champagne was made from Chardonnay grapes, a white grape varietal. Blanc de noirs generally means the Champagne was made from the red grapes Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. For blanc de noirs, the grape skins are removed from the juice after the grapes are pressed so that the red pigment from those grape skins do not impart color to the Champagne.

Another important concept in Champagne is vintage versus non-vintage (NV) Champagne. Champagne is unique in that it allows the producer to blend various vintages (years) together in an effort to achieve a “house style” that can be replicated year after year. You will not see the year or “vintage” listed on the bottle. Vintage Champagne, on the other hand, is exactly what you expect: the Champagne was produced entirely from the harvest of the same year or the same “vintage.” You will see the year listed on the bottle, such as Dom Perignon 2009, for example.
Wine Pairings: Champagne pairs very well with appetizers such as oysters, shrimp, fried calamari and smoked salmon. I also love pairing Champagne with potato chips and buttered popcorn. Try it! Champagne pairs well with creamy cheeses such as brie. I also think Champagne deserves a place at the dinner table with your main courses. Try pairing Champagne with smoked turkey or roast ham at your next holiday meal.

JASON M. PANNU is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Lewis Thomason. You can reach him at JPannu@LewisThomason.com. Follow Jason on Twitter @jasonpannu and Instagram @jason.drinks.wine.

 

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