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Baker Donelson Adds New CIO, Will Be Based Out of Nashville Office

Baker Donelson has recruited a veteran tech executive from New York-based Epstein Becker Green to be its new CIO, the Nashville Post reports. Lance Rea comes to Baker Donelson — home to more than 700 attorneys in 21 offices from Texas to Washington, D.C. — after spending five years at Epstein. Based in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson, Rea will lead an IT group of more than 50 people. He has taken over from longtime CIO John Green, who was based in the firm’s Memphis office.
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7 New Job Postings on TBA’s Joblink

See who is hiring in Tennessee. Recent job postings this month offer opportunities in litigation, real estate, health law and more. See full listings or post positions in your firm on TBA’s Joblink.
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Register Now to Get Early Bird Rate for TBA Convention in Nashville

The Tennessee Bar Association returns to Downtown Nashville's Renaissance Hotel for its Annual Convention June 12-15, with even better programming, exhibits and fun! Register NOW and receive:

  • Free Access to ALL 9 Hours of CLE, including the Bench Bar Program, co-sponsored by the Tennessee Judicial Conference
  • Opening welcome reception
  • Bench Bar Luncheon (featuring keynote speaker, Ken Starr)
  • Law School and General Breakfasts
  • Lawyers Luncheon (featuring special honor for Sen. Lamar Alexander)
  • Thursday night joint reception sponsored with TLAW and TABL
  • Thursday night Dinner/Dance Party featuring My So-Called Band
  • Friday night TBALL/YLD Party
  • Access to activities and programming designed for well-being including massages, contemplative space and more.
  • Access to TBA's sponsorship hall to meet with exhibitors, participate in our special TBA Wellness Corner and win prizes.
• QUESTIONS: Just email convention@tnbar.org to get help.
 

Early Bird Registration ends April 30, so register now to save $$$

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Help4TNDay Kicks Off Saturday

Tennessee lawyers are invited to participate in Help4TNDay activities throughout the month of April. Events will bring attention to the ongoing need for free and low-cost legal services and highlight the groups that provide these services to disadvantaged Tennesseans. Opportunities include volunteering to help clients in need through Tennessee Free Legal Answers (TFLA) or at a local legal clinic. The events kick-off this Saturday with a statewide virtual legal clinic, where attorneys across the state will answer questions on TFLA from noon to 2 p.m. Simultaneously, the TBA will host an on-site TFLA Clinic and Luncheon in Nashville. To participate in the TBA event, contact Liz Todaro. Help4TNDay is a joint effort by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, the Administrative Office of the Courts, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association. 
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Tennessee Supreme Court Adopts Rule 46A

After opening the issue up to public comment earlier this year, the Tennessee Supreme Court has officially adopted Rule 46A, which would govern the electronic service (e-service) of papers that are electronically filed (e-filed) pursuant to local rules of court. The rule goes into effect immediately. The court received favorable comments from the Knoxville Bar Association, the Shelby County Criminal and Civil Court Clerks as well as several individual members of the legal community.
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Law Tech Programming Available Online

Missed out on attending Law Tech last month? You're in luck – new online videos from the program are now available to purchase on the TBA website. Topics include: 

Online videos give you additional flexibility to fulfill your yearly CLE requirement. Check out TBA's vast catalog of online videos and upcoming live programming on our CLE webpage

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Registration Now Open for TBA Convention in Nashville, June 12-15

 
The TBA's annual Convention returns to downtown Nashville this summer! Mark your calendars for June 12-15 and prepare for four days of CLE, networking, entertainment and more at the Renaissance Hotel, 611 Commerce Street. Registration is officially open, with early bird rates available until April 30.
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EU’s Copyright Directive Passes Final Vote

The controversial legislative package known as the Copyright Directive received final approval on Tuesday in a 348-274 vote by the European Union, The Verge reports. The overhaul contained two controversial articles that remained intact in the final version, Article 11 and 13. Article 11, sometimes called the link tax, will allow publishers to charge platforms, like Google, that display snippets and links to its news stories. Article 13, renamed Article 17 and also known as the upload filter, holds companies, like YouTube, responsible when its users upload copyrighted content. Critics argue Article 13 will stifle free speech and restrict people’s ability to share content online. Upload filters, which scan all user uploaded content for possible copyrighted content, may be implemented by companies in order to avoid penalties. EU member states must incorporate the new laws into their respective national laws within 24 months.

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General-Solo FastTrack 2019

The TBA General-Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Section has selected the dates for its annual favorite FastTrack series held in all three grand divisions. The FastTrack program allows for a 15-hour CLE opportunity, featuring diverse topics designed to be relevant to a wide range of practice areas. Attendees can receive seven hours of live credit at each forum, then enjoy eight prepaid CLE credits to use for any online programming. Stay tuned for more details!
 
When: Aug. 2, Memphis; Aug. 9-10 and Nov. 8, Nashville;  Aug. 23, Knoxville
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Tennessee AG Urges U.S. Senate to Approve Anti-Robocall Legislation

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III urged the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing. A coalition of 54 attorneys general sent a letter to the U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation supporting the TRACED Act, which is sponsored by Sens. John Thune and Ed Markey. The legislation will require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls and creates an interagency working group to take additional actions to reduce robocalls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.
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Facial Recognition Scanning on the Rise Amid Concerns for Privacy, Accuracy

A new piece in the ABA Journal examines the rise of facial recognition software and addresses the reality that it’s likely here to stay. Prominent examples include the use of facial recognition at Taylor Swift concerts to spot known stalkers of the pop star, plans to add such capabilities to customs inspection areas at Tokyo Narita Airport, as well as numerous uses in retail. Despite advances in the technology, privacy and civil rights groups are concerned that it remains prone to error. A 2018 study, for example, showed a 34 percent error rate in identifying darker-skinned women.
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Court Seeking Comments on Proposed Rule 46A

The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering the adoption of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 46A, which would govern the electronic service of papers that are e-filed, and it is seeking comments from the legal community and the public on the proposed rule. The deadline for submitting written comments is March 22. Comments should be e-mailed to appellatecourtclerk@tncourts.gov or mailed to: James M. Hivner, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
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Gov. Lee Provides Avenue for Public Feedback on Legislation

Gov. Bill Lee has taken an additional step in his commitment to “an open and transparent government,” creating a webpage for the public to view and provide feedback on legislation that has been submitted to him for consideration. Lee maintains that involving Tennesseans into the process more directly will increase accountability in how laws are made. The site will be updated regularly, as bills pass the Legislature and land on his desk.

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TBA to Introduce Legal Document Generation

The TBA will soon launch a new subscription-based product for Tennessee lawyers — automated legal forms. The initiative will use HotDocs, a custom documentation generator that creates form templates and speeds up the preparation process based on client and case data. In order to provide this valuable resource to our members, we hope to obtain your comments and ideas on forms you deem beneficial for replication. With across-the-board participation, we can comprise a substantive, comprehensive database where subscribers will have access to forms submitted by all TBA sections. Please send suggestions and comments to TBA Membership Director Mindy Fulks.

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Law Firms Report Strong Financial Results for 2018

Law firms saw higher demand, better billing rates and improved productivity in 2018, according to studies released this week by Thomson Reuters and Citi Private Bank’s law firm group. The ABA Journal reports that this strong performance also resulted in growth in net income and profits per equity partner at the highest level in a decade.

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Is Your Firm Protected From Cyber Losses?

If your firm relies on the internet, wireless connections, mobile devices, laptop computers and other technology, it is increasingly vulnerable to potentially costly cyber exposures. This growing risk can be mitigated with a cyber liability insurance policy. TBA Member Insurance Solutions is pleased to offer you this valuable benefit in order to help protect you, your firm, and your clients from this ever-growing threat. Should your firm experience a cyber-attack, this policy may be the difference between staying in business or shutting your doors.
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Intellectual Property CLE Blast – May 10

Do not miss this blast style CLE! This program provides you with the flexibility to create your own schedule based on your individual interests, learning needs and time constraints. Come for one session or choose to stay the entire day - you only pay for the sessions you attend. The registration desk is open all day, so you can take the sessions you want and leave when you want.
 
It all takes place on Friday, May 10 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville.
 
2019 Sessions:
Patent Litigation Update: SCOTUS and the Federal Circuit
Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain
Adding a few prongs to your step: Substance and Preliminary Effects of the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
What's in a Name: Surnames as TrademarksEthics & Professionalism in Intellectual Property Law
Explaining the MMA & A General Advocacy Update
Updates Regarding Copyright-Infringement Litigation
Ethics & Professionalism in Intellectual Property Law
Flying Safely in the Cloud: What Lawyers Must Consider When Moving to Cloud Computing
 
Click here to check out the agenda, read the session descriptions and plan your day! Don't forget to sign-up to let us know you plan on attending.

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Cicayda’s Reprise Platform Boasts Advanced e-Discovery Production Speeds

Nashville-based Cicayda announced last week new production capabilities for its cloud-based eDiscovery platform, Reprise. Production time is often one the most stressful events in the eDiscovery process, but Cicayda says that Reprise is now able to deliver production speeds in excess of 2.4 million documents in less than 24 hours. This feature has no additional costs.  Read more about Reprise's specs in this Law Firm Newswire press release.

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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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Meditation Apps Help Incorporate Mindfulness Each Day

Consider a meditation app for your phone to help incorporate mindfulness into your day. The accessibility and variety of meditation apps can make them beneficial and easy to try. Some, such as Mindbody, Stop, Breathe & Think, 10% Happier, Breethe, Omvana, Insight Timer, Sattva Meditations & Mantras, and Smiling Mind (which can be tailored to different age groups) are free. Others, such as Calm, Headspace, and the Mindfulness App, have free trials and can be upgraded to a paid subscription. Comparisons of various apps are available on www.healthline.com or www.bestproducts.com.
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Will AI Technology be the Next Disrupter in the Legal World?

There is a growing prevalence of AI (artificial intelligence) technology being utilized in the legal sector, Crain’s Cleveland Business reports. Some fear that this technology will replace attorneys with computers. However, the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler experienced an increase in lawyers a couple of years following the partnership of its bankruptcy practice and IBM’s ROSS intelligence. This technology was able to divert mundane and tedious tasks from the attorneys, such as legal research and case law analysis. Baker’s bankruptcy practice is using the AI technology to track case law and make predictions on the outcome of current cases. While Baker is open to partnering with various legal tech companies, the American Bar Association’s 2018 legal tech survey only found that 10 percent of attorneys polled utilized AI technology in some way. In addition to firms incorporating new technology, Cleveland-based law school Case Western University is also exploring ways to slowly incorporate programming, AI and blockchain technology into its curriculum in order to stay ahead of the disruptive curve.

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Legal Tech Sets Investment Record for 2018

This Forbes article analyzes the investment record that the legal tech industry set in 2018. In 2017, $233 million was invested while 2018 saw a 713 percent increase, carrying a total price tag of $1,663 million. The article partially credits the increase to the electronic service eDiscovery since it has become more relevant for U.S. attorneys. Legal research is another leading branch of legal tech that numerous companies utilize. The legal tech companies that received the largest investments in 2018 were DocuSign, LegalZoom, Exterro, Atrium and Kira Systems.  

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More than 50 Percent of Law Firms Offer Flexible Work Arrangements

A new report shows that more than half of law firms in 2018 offered flexible work arrangements, The ABA Journal reports. Legal services provider Special Counsel produced the report, called the 2019 Salary Guide for Legal Professionals. Respondents also reported that 49.6 percent of firms offered paid maternity and paternity leave, 19.6 offered paid volunteer time and 13 percent provided on-site emergency child care.
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Law Technology Blast 2019

Discover the newest technology for your law practice and law office at this year's Law Tech Blast on Feb. 15 in Nashville! This is a free program available to all practicing lawyers. 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.
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Tennessee AG Joins Settlement with Neiman Marcus Over Data Breach

Following a 2013 database breach, Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to pay a $1.5 million settlement to resolve an investigation with 43 states and the District of Columbia, including Tennessee. According to a release from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, of the 370,000 payment cards that were compromised in the breach, 1,896 were determined to be associated with Tennessee consumers. Tennessee’s share of the settlement funds is $28,659.04.
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