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TBA’s JobLink is a job seeking and recruitment tool available at no charge. Whether you have a position to fill or are seeking employment, this site will guide you through a simple process to post your information. Get started!

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Former Vandy AD, Law Prof David Williams Has Died

Trailblazing Vanderbilt University law professor and former athletic director David Williams died today, school officials announced this afternoon. He was 71. “We are devastated by this loss,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “His impact on our community is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come.” The son of a Tuskegee Airmen and Detroit public school teacher, Williams was the first black athletics director hired by an SEC school and had served in that position 16 years before stepping down on Jan. 31. He was having breakfast this morning at Pancake Pantry near Vanderbilt when he collapsed, the Tennessean reports. In an interview with the Vanderbilt Hustler published in January, Williams talked about his career, his legacy at Vanderbilt and his excitement at returning to the classroom.
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Vanderbilt Names Shellaway as General Counsel

Vanderbilt University today named Ruby Z. Shellaway as its vice chancellor, general counsel and university secretary. Shellaway had served as the university’s interim general counsel since July 2018, and was selected for the permanent role following a national search. “Ruby is an outstanding attorney with a clear vision of how the general counsel strategically supports the university’s mission and values to ensure our long-term success,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “The legal landscape for higher education is complex and changing, and Ruby’s counsel has been essential to our ability to understand and successfully navigate these challenges.” Shellaway leads the 15-member team of the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management.
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Register Now! International Law Forum on Feb. 22

 
Stay on track earning your CLE credits by attending the International Law Forum on Feb. 22 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. Early bird registration ends tomorrow, Feb. 16!
 
This program is applicable to a wide variety of practice areas, including business law, corporate counsel, employment law, law tech and immigration. Three international business panels make up this afternoon program and include a stacked line-up of speakers. Topics to be discussed include Government & Private International Manufacturing Perspectives, International Sourcing, Importing & Exporting Perspectives and International Entertainment & Tourism Perspectives.
 
Join us for an evening reception immediately following the program for a chance to network with attendees and speakers. Read more about the panels and register for the program here.
 
Unable to attend the live course? Join us virtually for the live webcast!

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Ballad Health Provides New Details Regarding NICU Plans in East Tennessee

Ballad Health has issued a new response to the Tennessee Department of Health regarding questions about its proposed changes for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in two east Tennessee hospitals, the Johnson City Press reports. In its response, Ballad provided specific details and statistics requested by former Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner. Under the proposed plan, newborns requiring Level III NICU services will be transported to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City instead of current Level III hospital Holston Valley Medical Center, which will be downgraded to a Level I provider.

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Pilot Flying J Execs Sentenced to Probation

Four former Pilot Flying J sales executives who pleaded guilty to fraud charges will receive probation for their crimes, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Curtis L. Collier on Wednesday ordered that Kevin Clark, Michael Scott Fenwick, Chris Andrews and Katy Bibee serve probation in lieu of jail time because of their cooperation with law enforcement and the fact the defendants suffered from “the shame, the embarrassment, the loss of jobs” that come with their conviction. Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood so far has received the harshest punishment in the case, after Collier ordered him to serve more than 12 years in prison.

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Walgreens Assumes Operations of Fred's Pharmacies

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s has completed its multimillion-dollar deal with Walgreens, which will assume operations of pharmacies in 179 Fred’s stores, The Memphis Business Journal reports. Fred’s received $156.1 million in cash proceeds and an additional $20.6 million for its pharmacy inventory in the agreement, announced last September. According to a Jan. 24 filing with the SEC, “the company continues to use the proceeds received in the transaction to pay down the company’s existing indebtedness or for general corporate purposes.”

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Sears Closures Add Millions of Square Feet to Commercial Real Estate Market

Beleaguered retail behemoth Sears is considering liquidation, which would add an estimated millions more square feet of unused commercial space nationwide, Forbes reports. Since it announced bankruptcy last October, Sears has either closed or plans to close 260 of its 700 retail locations. In 2015, Sears Chairman and former CEO Eddie Lampert created the real estate investment trust Seritage Growth Properties, seeking to capitalize on the real estate value of Sears’ holdings; however, there is no indication if this was done in light of bankruptcy considerations. 

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Join Us Today: LAW TECH

Today's the day! Discover the newest technology for your law practice and law office at this year's Law Tech Blast at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville!

The flexible open house format allows you to create your own schedule. You can attend CLE sessions, enter to win prizes, network with attendees, visit with sponsors and interact with speakers. Take as many or as few CLE hours as you need. Only those seeking to be awarded CLE Credit will be charged. The registration desk will be open all day, so you can come and go for the hours you need when it is convenient for you. Attendees can earn up to 6.5 hours of Dual CLE credit.

CLE TOPICS:
  • GDPR, Cloud and Technological Competency
  • The Bill and Phil Tech Show 2019: BEAT THE CLOCK
  • Best Practices: Information Security for Firms
  • Judicial Panel: Technology in the Courtroom
  • Know When to Hold 'Em
  • Digital Evidence – A Technical Life Raft for the Legal Mind
  • Make it Rain: Ethics Guidelines and Practice Essentials

ATTEND TO WIN: Attendees will have a chance to win prizes, including an iPad Pro. The tech prize drawing will be held at the 10:30 a.m. break. Must be present to win.

TAKE A LYFT: TBA has partnered with Lyft to offer attendees a discounted ride.

  • New to Lyft?: Get $5 off 2 rides at http://lyft.com/i/lawtech5 or download the app and enter code LAWTECH5
  • Already Have Lyft?: Save 10% off 2 rides to or from Law Tech Blast with code LAWTECH

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS:


 

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Give the Gift of TBA Membership

Give yourself (or a friend) the gift that keeps giving — one-year of unlimited access to professional development opportunities and a number of programs and services designed to help you become a better practitioner. Founded in 1881, the Tennessee Bar Association is dedicated to enhancing fellowship among members of the state's legal community. Oh, and did we mention some of the benefits? Earn three pre-paid credits to use on any live or online course featured in the 12-days of CLE. Join now!

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Bright Health Raises $200 Million to Finance Ongoing Expansion

Bright Health announced Thursday that it has raised another $200 million to support ongoing expansion, which includes entering the Tennessee individual health insurance market. It will offer plans in three metro areas, The Star Tribune reports. The company sells insurance focused on one health care system in a community, with the goal of letting the network of doctors and hospitals coordinate services and cutting consumer costs. The Minneapolis-based insurer said it has raised more than $440 million in three rounds of equity financing since 2016.

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CVS to Scale Back Retail Operations After Aetna Acquisition

Pharmacy chain CVS Health on Wednesday announced that it plans to reduce the amount of store space devoted to retail and shift more to health care after its acquisition of Aetna, USA Today reports. With the $70 billion-dollar deal, CVS intends to position itself to control key health care components such as pharmacy, drug distribution and insurance. The acquisition has not been without controversy, with U.S. District Judge Richard Leon admonishing a U.S. Justice Department lawyer on Thursday for keeping him “in the dark” and treating his antitrust review as a “rubber stamp operation.” The Justice Department approved the deal in October on the condition that Aetna sells its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business.

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Amazon Announces Newly Developed Medical Record Mining Software

Amazon on Tuesday announced that it has launched a project to mine data from electronic medical records, allowing developers to “process unstructured medical text and identify information such as patient diagnosis, treatments, dosages, symptoms and signs, and more," CNBC reports. This is the latest move regarding Amazon’s foray into health care, after news in June that the company had been working on the ‘Hera’ project, developing software intended for insurance companies that can fill in gaps in data when doctors neglect to fully document an office visit. The company also confirmed another project in cooperation with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to use newly developed tools to analyze its data sets in efforts to prevent or cure cancer.

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Best Twitter Accounts for Legal Issues

Looking for some great social media follows? The American Bar Association is out with its list of best legal Twitter accounts of 2018. Included for the first time this year is @inspiredcat, the account of Vanderbilt Law School professor Cat Moon. Members can also always keep up locally with the TBA at our Twitter accounts, @TennesseeBar, @TennBarJournal or @TBAYLD.

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Tomorrow: Estate Planning & Probate Forum 2019

This year’s Estate Planning & Probate Forum to be held at the Embassy Suite Cool Springs on Friday! The annual staple allows you to learn from seasoned practitioners and top players in the field while being a beneficiary of necessary CLE credits. Topics for the forum will include:
  • Income tax planning for estates
  • Medicaid protection
  • Charitable planning
  • Legislative updates
  • Ethics in estate planning
  • A Clerk and Master’s panel
  • And more
A networking event will follow the program. Don’t sleep, missing out is irrevocable.
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December CLE in 6 Cities

TBA offers CLE in six locations during December. See offerings in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Johnson City and Jackson. Find last-minute by the hour through Dec. 31 or take any of the TBA's online CLE packages.
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Nissan Chairman Dismissed Following Tokyo Arrest

Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been dismissed from the company after an internal investigation found he under-reported his income by millions and engaged in other “significant misconduct,” The Associated Press reports. He voluntarily submitted to questioning last week by Tokyo prosecutors. Nissan calls Nashville home in North America, and its Smyrna-based plant is one of the largest employers in the greater Nashville area.
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Incentives For Amazon from Local and State Governments

The Tennessean takes at look at the incentives package provided to Amazon for their announced expansion to Nashville. Amazon is in store for $102 million in combined government incentives from the state of Tennessee and Nashville in exchange for the 5,000 high-paying jobs the company's new operations site in Nashville. The package is lucrative, but is considerably less than was awarded to Volkwagen, Nissan and Hemlock Semiconductor for other past economic development announcements in Tennessee.

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U.S. Mulls Doubling Tariffs on China

According to Business Standard, Recently at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence took a hard line Saturday when asked about China and tariffs stating, "The United States, will not change course until China changes its ways." The U.S. is asking China for improve market access and intellectual property protections for U.S. companies, cut industrial subsidies and slash a $375 billion trade gap. With no end in sight this warning will likely be unwelcome news to financial markets that had hoped for a thaw in relations and maybe even some sort of deal at a G20 meeting later this month in Argentina. For his part, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said, "History has shown that confrontation, whether in the form of a Cold War, hot war or trade war will produce no winners."

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Mark Your Calendars!

Ex-Pilot President Denied Christmas Break Before Starting Fraud Sentence

A request from convicted Pilot Flying J former President Mark Hazelwood that he have until after Christmas to begin serving his 12 ½ years in prison for fraud has been denied, Knoxnews reports. "If the court attempted to set (prison) dates that did not conflict with any religious holidays, it would be unable to set any dates at all," U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier said. "Easter, the most important Christian religious holiday, would come just a few short months after Christmas." Hazelwood was convicted in a scheme to rip off small trucking companies of more than $50 million.

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Brentwood Attorney Edwards Honored by Association of Corporate Counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel has named Brentwood attorney Sherie Edwards as the Jonathan S. Silber Network Member of the Year. This award recognizes participation in committee leadership, contributions to recruitment and participation, efforts in developing network programs and resources; contributions to ACC/in-house practice, and contributions to the community through volunteer work or pro bono activities. Edwards has been part of the ACC Small Law Department Network's leadership team since 2012, as well as an active member of the Network Leadership Council and ACC Tennessee board of directors. Edwards also serves on the TBA Board of Governors.
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Ex-Pilot President Asks for Christmas Break Before Starting Fraud Sentence

The convicted former president of Pilot Flying J has asked a federal judge if he can have until after Christmas to begin serving his 12 ½ years in prison for fraud, Knoxnews reports. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier already granted Mark Hazelwood’s request to postpone his reporting to prison until after Thanksgiving, and now his attorneys say in a motion filed last week that it’s only fair to grant him Christmas as well. Hazelwood was convicted in a scheme to rip off small trucking companies of more than $50 million.
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Basic Tech Checklist for Firms

Law firms attempting to stay competitive and state-of-the-art need to consistently evaluate their use of technology. In addition to staying competitive, technological competency is required. In 2017, the Tennessee Supreme Court amended Rule 8 of the Rules of Professional Responsibility to include this obligation. Above the Law presents a simple and straightforward tech checklist for law firms or lawyers seeking guidance in this area.   

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S.E.C. Sues Tesla CEO Elon Musk

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit in New York Federal Court accusing Tesla CEO Elon Musk of committing fraud by making false public statements on Twitter that had the potential to hurt investors, the New York Times reports. The suit aims to bar Musk from serving as an executive or director of publicly traded companies, such as Tesla; this type of punishment is one of the harshest that the S.E.C. can impose on corporate executives. In the Aug. 7 tweet, Musk said he was considering taking Tesla private and that the financing for this possible conversion was "secured." However, neither Tesla nor Musk had actually secured financing beyond initial conversations with investors. A 2013 S.E.C. policy permits companies to disclose market-moving information via Twitter, provided investors are given advance notice that the corporation may do so. Tesla had given investors notice that Musk’s Twitter account is one venue the company may deliver significant announcements.

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