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Fastcase 7 New Features

A new Fastcase 7 update provides highlighting for your search terms when viewing the full text of a document. Each term is highlighted with a different color so that you can see the occurrence of each item separately. You can also turn off the highlighting function for both, and each term individually by choosing the highlight dropdown option, then selecting the ‘x’ across from the term. See this and all new features of TBA’s member benefit Fastcase 7 here.

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Tomorrow: Elder Law Forum 2019

You can still register for tomorrow's Elder Law Forum at the AT&T Building in Nashville. This all-day forum offers essential and practical material for elder law attorneys and those interested in the focus. This years program will feature timely topics such as updates in TennCare, uniform powers of attorney, recent changes to VA benefits, annuities, ethics and more. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the state and catch up on the latest developments in the practice area.
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Memphis Hospital Temporarily Ceases Legal Actions Against Patients Who Owe Medical Bills

Methodist LeBonheur, the largest hospital system in Shelby County, is suspending legal actions against former patients who still owe medical bills after recent investigations showed that many of those patients were the hospital's own employees, the Commercial Appeal reports. Public pressure accumulated after the report revealed how the hospital system uses the courts to garnish wages from people who make too little to consistently pay off thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, in hospital bills. The hospital system also said the next 30 days would serve as a review period of their policies and procedures.
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TBA House of Delegates Seeks to Fill 13 Open Positions

In accordance with Article 29 of the TBA Bylaws, the officers of the House of Delegates will fill 13 open positions in the House. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please submit a declaration of candidacy that includes your name, principal place of law practice, district of interest and contact information to TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson by July 15. Read a list of open positions here.
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Student Loan Management — Start Saving Now!

Credible makes it quick and easy for TBA members to save on their student loans. Credible is a multi-lender marketplace, members can receive competitive loan offers from vetted lenders. Simply fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose the one that best serves their individual needs. Visit TBA’s Credible and receive a $50 member bonus after refinancing!

Deadline Extended: Elder Law Section Lunch at Annual Forum

The TBA Elder Law Section will host its annual lunch business meeting at the Elder Law Forum in Nashville on July 12. In this meeting we will discuss current and future initiatives, while allowing section members to meet and plan with section leadership. Lunch will only be provided for TBA Elder Law Section members who respond that they will attend this event.

Please RSVP with Section Coordinator Jarod Word by July 9, 5 p.m., CDT  if you would like to attend this annual lunch business meeting.

When: Friday, July 12, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., CDT
Where: AT&T Building, 333 Commerce Street, Nashville
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TBA Debuts New Podcast Network

The Tennessee Bar Association Podcast Network launched today with the premiere of two shows-- Sidebar and BarBuzz. Sidebar is a magazine podcast featuring compelling stories from attorneys across the state. BarBuzz is a monthly rundown of TBA news and upcoming events at the local and state bar levels. Both shows are now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search the show title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts. Do you have a story lead you'd like to submit for a future episode? Submit your ideas here!

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Columns Address Workplace Bullying, Health Care Directives for Seniors, Author-Lawyers

If you haven't finished reading the June Tennessee Bar Journal, finish up with these pieces: Edward Phillips and Brandon Morrow cover a new statute that creates immunity for workplace emotional distress claims in the column, "The Law at Work." Health care directives for seniors is the topic of Matt and Kelly Frere's regular column, "Older & Wiser," and Mary Jo Middlebrooks reviews Jocie Wurzburg's new book. In this month's Spark! we take a look at authors who are also lawyers in "A Different Kind of Legal Writing."
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Use Your Prepaid TBA CLE Credits Before Monday!

TBA members have until June 30 to use the 2018-2019 CLE credits that come with their memberships. Use the credits now to register for any TBA course taking place this summer or fall, or any online course, as long as you register by June 30. Don’t let these valuable credits go to waste! Find more information on how to use your credits, and if you haven’t done so already, remember to renew your TBA membership for the upcoming year to get more CLE credits.
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LGBT Seniors Face Unique Aging Challenges

As cities across America celebrate diversity, AARP brings to attention unique problems faced by seniors of the “Stonewall generation.” In addition to practical problems such as lack of social and familial support and being three to four times less likely to have kids, these older adults may also face abuse, harassment and isolation in long-term care settings. There are an estimated three million LGBTQ Americans age 50 and older, with that number expected to reach seven million by 2030.

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DOJ Launches Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) this month introduced a new initiative that will incorporate law enforcement efforts with other federal agencies to address fraud schemes that target the elderly. The Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will feature an amalgamation between the DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for six federal districts, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and several other organizations. In addition to this partnership, each U.S. Attorney’s Office will have an Elder Justice Coordinator to assist with operations. FBI Director Christopher Wray said of the strike force: “We’re committed to keeping our elderly citizens safe, whether they’re being targeted door-to-door, over the phone, or online … Our new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will give us additional resources and tools to identify and stop those who are targeting our senior communities.”

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Public Television Station to Stream Screening of Legal Help Doc Tomorrow

Nashville Public Television will host a Facebook live screening of the Aging Matters: Legal Help documentary tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. CDT. Joining NPT in the comments section will be Sonya Bellafant, who is featured in the program and is the director of the Tennessee Senior Law Alliance. Click here to receive a reminder when the event goes live.
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Full Upgrade to Fastcase 7 Coming July 22

The TBA will be upgrading to Fastcase 7 — the latest in legal research technology — on July 22. Start the transition by reviewing the helpful resource page to learn new and advanced research tools and view training videos and reference guides. Did you know that as a member benefit Fastcase also offers research assistance? Use the LiveChat feature located on the Fastcase website, email support@fastcase.com or call 866-773-2782, Option 2, to speak with a research attorney. 
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Ageism and Multinational Corporations

Lawsuits against major corporations like Ikea and Volkswagen (VW) alleging discrimination against older adults are putting the ostensible practice of ageism under the microscope, according to a recent piece in Forbes. Multinational companies are becoming a lightning rod for such lawsuits, likely because of more stringent legal protections for American workers. IKEA is currently facing at least five age discrimination lawsuits, with four VW employees at its Chattanooga plant recently filing a lawsuit maintaining the company’s “Pact for the Future” program — touted as making VW “slimmer, leaner and younger” — is, in fact, a labor campaign designed to eliminate 30,000 jobs of employees mostly born between 1955 and 1960. Ageism can have more dire consequences in the U.S. compared to other nations, particularly European, where retirees enjoy subsidized pensions and universal health care.

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Tomorrow: Elder Law Forum 2019

The 2019 TBA Elder Law Forum will return to the illustrious ‘batman’ building in downtown Nashville on July 12. This forum offers top-notch programming, with essential information for both seasoned practitioners and attorneys interested in adding elder law to their practice. The program will feature timely topics such as updates on TennCare, uniform powers of attorney, recent changes to VA benefits, annuities, ethics and more. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the state and catch up on the latest developments in this practice area. Section members receive a discount to attend the program. Here are the key details:
 
When: Friday, July 12, registration begins at 8 a.m., CDT
Where: AT&T Building – Auditorium, 333 Commerce St., Nashville 
CLE Credit: 5 General, 1 Dual
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Hamilton County to Consider Tax Relief Program for Seniors

Facing a tax hike for Hamilton County residents, Commissioner David Sharpe plans to propose an initiative to soften the blow to seniors on a fixed income, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The program will supplement the state’s existing Property Tax Relief Program of 2018 that aids elderly homeowners, disabled homeowners, disabled veteran homeowners and widows of disabled veteran homeowners. Early estimates show that the program will cost the county about $360,000 annually.

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Volunteers Needed for Pro Bono Clinic for Creatives

Volunteers are needed for a pro bono legal clinic for artists, musicians and creatives in Nashville. The clinic is hosted by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and will be held on June 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, 150 3rd Ave S, Suite 1100. Find out more by emailing vlpa@abcnashville.org.
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Join Judge Easter at the Bench/Bar Program for Special Guest Ken Starr

Each year, the TBA Convention is held alongside the Tennessee Judicial Conference, and this year's joint Bench/Bar program will be an exciting one, featuring Judge Ken Starr as a special guest. But don't just take our word for it — hear all about the program in a video message from Judge Timothy Easter, president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. Register for the TBA Convention here.
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3 Common Estate Plan Problems

The interplay between estates and taxes is a nuanced and complex one, creating a minefield of supposable missteps. A recent article in Forbes looks at three common issues for planners to be aware of when assisting clients, along with tips to incorporate into your practice.

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Register Now for Elder Law Forum, July 12

The 2019 Elder Law Forum offers essential and practical material for elder law attorneys and those interested in the focus. This year's program will feature timely topics such as updates in TennCare, uniform powers of attorney, recent changes to VA benefits, annuities, ethics and more. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the state and catch up on the latest developments in the practice area.
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2019 Elder Law Forum, July 12

The 2019 Elder Law Forum on July 12 offers essential and practical material for elder law attorneys and those interested in the focus. This years program will feature timely topics such as updates in TennCare, uniform powers of attorney, recent changes to VA benefits, annuities, ethics and more. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the state and catch up on the latest developments in the practice area.
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Free Screening of 'Aging Matters' Documentary, Legal Talk Scheduled for Tomorrow in Nashville

Nashville Public Television tomorrow will host a free screening and discussion of NPT’s Aging Matters: Legal Help documentary. The event takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Belmont University College of Law’s Randall and Sadie Baskin Center and is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability and Belmont University College of Law. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion withTennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark, Ashley Holliday of West Tennessee Legal Services and Tim Takacs of Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law. The event is free, but RSVPs are required to attend.
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Heritage Law Group to Host Elder Care Expo on May 23

The Heritage Law Group will host the third annual Elder Care Expo on May 23 at Gallatin First United Methodist Church. The program provides older adults with information on healthy aging, dementia, general primary care for seniors and understanding the continuum of care. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet local exhibitors specializing in senior concerns and enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch. There is no charge for this event. Here is the key info:

When: Thursday, May 23, Registration at 8 a.m., CDT
Where: Gallatin First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main St., Gallatin
 

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TBA Legislative Update - Until Next Time

The Tennessee General Assembly on Thursday completed the 2019 legislative session and one of its final acts was approval of a $38.5 billion budget that removed several professions from having to pay the professional privilege tax. Attorneys, lobbyists, stockbrokers, some doctors and other professions were not included on that list. The TBA will continue to educate lawmakers on the wide disparities in lawyers’ salaries across the state and help advocate on behalf of the profession on this issue. The budget did include $2.2 million in extra funding for indigent representation, on top of the $10 million already marked for this year. The additional $2.2 million will be recurring, meaning we'll see that money again in the coming years. To get the full lowdown on everything that went on in the 2019 session, make sure to register for the TBA Convention in Nashville, where the legislative affairs team will lead a detailed CLE update.
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Your TBA Free CLE Credits Expire June 30

TBA members receive three hours of free CLE programming. Your credits expire June 30 for the current bar year. You may apply them to any available course here or donate them. Members can use this credit to cover all or part of the cost of live programs or on any online CLE program. (The course does not have to take place by June 30.)
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