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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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Lawmaker Asks for AG Opinion on Residency Stipulation for School Vouchers

Memphis State Rep. G. A. Hardaway has asked the state attorney general to weigh in on whether Tennessee could legally block students who entered the country illegally from using a proposed education savings account program, the Tennessean reports. The Democratic lawmaker requested on April 8 that Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III issue an opinion on whether the ban on undocumented students in the bill is constitutional. The bill cites a section of law that applies to employment eligibility and would require parents or 18-year-old students to provide proof of legal residency.
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Memphis Law to Host Event About Executive Power and Immigration

The Federal Society will host an event with Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Professor Steve Mulroy to discuss executive powers and immigration. The discussion will take place tomorrow at noon in the Wade Auditorium on the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law. 
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Immigration Law Forum Set for April 25

Join your colleagues for a program packed with a variety of issues facing immigration, family, criminal, corporate counsel, employment and business law attorneys. The morning sessions at the Tennessee Bar Center will address family immigration and court issues while the afternoon sessions address labor and employment immigration issues. Finish the day with an ethics CLE dual representation employment immigration hour. 
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Bill Requiring Smaller Businesses to Use E-Verify for Employees Passes House

A bill that would require Tennessee companies with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify immigration and employment status check passed in the state House yesterday, the Nashville Scene reports. Currently, only businesses with 50 or more employees must use the program. The sponsor, Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, originally proposed reducing the employee ceiling for E-Verify to six, but pushback from business and other interests resulted in the 25-employee compromise. Griffey, a freshman representative, has introduced a number of immigration-related bills during his first term in office, but they faced opposition from members of his own party and failed to pass.
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Federal Judge Blocks Policy Requiring Asylum-Seekers to Stay in Mexico

A U.S. District judge in San Francisco today blocked the Trump administration's policy requiring Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are decided, USA Today reports. Judge Richard Seeborg ordered 11 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras be allowed to enter the U.S within two days and issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents any future asylum-seekers be forced back into Mexico. Previously, those seeking asylum were released into the U.S. and given a notice to appear in immigration court to pursue their case.

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1 Year Later: Many in Bean Station Immigration Raid Still Await Court Date

One year after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a Bean Station slaughterhouse, more than 70 men and women still are waiting to learn whether they'll face deportation as undocumented immigrants, Knox News reports. Slaughterhouse owner James Brantley pleaded guilty last year to federal charges of tax evasion, wire fraud and employing unauthorized immigrants. He remains free on bond, with sentencing delayed until this summer.

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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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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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Immigration Law Forum set for April 25

Join us on April 25 for a program packed with a variety of issues facing immigration, family, criminal, corporate counsel, employment and business law attorneys. The morning sessions will address family immigration and court issues, while the afternoon sessions will address labor and employment immigration issues. Finish the day with an ethics CLE dual representation employment immigration hour. In an effort to provide flexibility for attendees with specific learning interests, the TBA is offering the additional option for folks to attend either the morning or afternoon sessions. Check out the agenda, session descriptions, speakers and register to attend by clicking here. 
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Foreign Adoptions in U.S. Down 14 Percent

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. families fell 14 percent last year, The Washington Post reports. The U.S. State Department this month issued a report showing that there were only 4,059 foreign adoptions in 2018, compared to 4,714 the previous year. Although there was an increase in adoption of children from India and Columbia, a decline in adoptions from China and Ethiopia negated the increase. The U.S. is responsible for about half of all foreign adoptions.

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Anti-Birthright Citizenship Resolution Dies in House Panel

A resolution to commend President Donald Trump for wanting to end the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship has died in the Tennessee General Assembly, The Tennessean reports. A state House panel voted 4-3 Wednesday to reject Rep. Bruce Griffey's resolution. Three Republicans and a Democrat voted against the resolution. One the of Republicans who voted against it, Rep. Michael Curcio, said that the discussion should happen at a federal level.
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SCOTUS Backs Trump Move to Detain Immigrants with Criminal Histories

The U.S. Supreme Court has backed the Trump administration’s ability to detain immigrants with criminal records at any time and hold them indefinitely while they await deportation, even if they served time for their offense years ago, The Hill reports. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit’s finding that the mandatory detention requirement for certain immigrants with criminal records applies only if an immigrant is detained by officials as soon as he or she is released from jail.
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Sixth Circuit Hears Tennessee Refugee Case

Nearly three years after state lawmakers approved a resolution directing Tennessee to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on March 19, The Tennessean reports. The case in front of the court of appeals comes after Tennessee's attorney general declined to initiate the state's lawsuit and one year after a federal judge in a lower court dismissed the matter. The case dates back to 2016, when the Tennessee legislature overwhelmingly approved a resolution ordering the lawsuit. When it was filed in March 2017, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to sue the federal government regarding refugee resettlement on the grounds of violating the 10th Amendment. It is unclear when a decision on the case will be made.
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LAS Seeks Immigration Attorneys, Paralegals

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands (LAS) is seeking to hire two immigration attorneys and two immigration paralegals. One attorney and one paralegal would specifically be based in the Nashville location, while the other two positions are flexible to any LAS office. Resume and other application materials listed should be sent by mail to Hiring Manager, Legal Aid Society, 1321 Murfreesboro Rd, Suite 400, Nashville 37217 or by e-mail to HR@las.org.
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Make a Video, Make $1,000

Tennessee law students can earn a $1,000 prize for creating the best video that increases participation in pro bono work and raise awareness of pro bono efforts, programs and providers. Sponsored by the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission the contest this year is on the theme of Why Pro Bono Matters. The winner will be recognized at the TALS Equal Justice University. Entries will be accepted from April 6 to April 30. Last year’s winning video was produced by students from Belmont College of Law.
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Labor & Employment Forum – May 3

This program provides timely, specialized and practical information on a range of labor and employment law topics. Presented by esteemed leaders in the field, the CLE sessions will focus on mediation and employment cases, accommodations in the modern era, case law updates, and a unique, interactive ethics session focused on attorney well-being and the power of laughter. Finally, this program will include a judicial panel giving practitioners unique insight into the best presentation techniques for employment cases in federal court. This is the most in-depth employment-focused CLE in the state. Review the agenda, read the session descriptions and register to attend by clicking here.
 
When: Friday, May 3. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville
CLE Credits: 1 Dual, 5.5 Gen.
 
The program will feature presentations by Hon. Waverly Crenshaw Jr.Hon. Jon McCallaHon. Travis McDonoughJohn Bode of Miller & Martin PLLC, Celeste Bradley of Impark, Heather Collins of Collins & Hunter PLLC, Edmond Sims and Deborah Walker of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Stan Graham of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Dan Norwood of Working Boomer Advocate, Debra Norwood of LaughterLawyerUSA and Michael Russell of Russell Dispute Resolution, PLLC.
 
Produced by Donna Mikel of Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak.

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Workers Involved in Bean Station ICE Raid Sue for Discrimination, Excessive Force

Workers detained by ICE after an immigration enforcement raid on a Bean Station slaughterhouse are now suing the agency, Newsweek reports. In the lawsuit filed last Thursday, the workers contend that ICE agents — along with officials from Homeland Security Operations, Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Tennessee Highway Patrol — used excessive force, berated the workers with racial slurs, punched one worker in the face and shoved firearms in the faces of many others. In total, approximately 100 workers were detained and 11 were arrested during the raid, making it among the largest worksite-enforcement operations in recent years. Read the complaint using this link. Additionally, executive council member Bruce Buchanan wrote a recent blog post regarding the lawsuit.

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Workers Held in East Tennessee ICE Raid Sue Trump Administration

Seven former slaughterhouse workers have sued the Trump administration, claiming violation of their civil rights in last year's immigration raid on an East Tennessee meat-packing plant, Knoxnews reports. The lawsuit, filed today in U.S. District Court, names nine agents of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as defendants, saying they cursed, shoved and punched unarmed workers during one of the largest workplace raids in recent history. Agents of ICE and the IRS raided the Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant in Bean Station in April and rounded up 97 undocumented immigrants. No agent asked anyone about their immigration status until after handcuffing them, and at least one worker had legal immigration status but was handcuffed and held for more than two hours, even after he produced his papers, according to the lawsuit.
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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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Lawmakers and Advocates Push Back on Tennessee's Ban of Sanctuary Cities

Tennessee lawmakers and refugee rights proponents intend to advance legislation that will protect local governments over a state law prohibiting sanctuary cities, The Tennessean reports. Existing measures require local law enforcement officials conform to U.S. immigration policy or lose state economic development funds because of noncompliance. Bills introduced this year — SB507/HB558 and SB931/HB1110 — take aim at the law, requiring the state to reimburse localities for incurred expenses regarding compliance, and allow local police departments to take statements from victims and witnesses of crimes without asking their immigration status respectively.

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Tennessee Commission to End Domestic & Sexual Violence to Offer Free Legal Clinics in Cookeville

The Tennessee Commission to End Domestic & Sexual Violence will hold free legal clinics in Cookeville on Feb. 27 and 28. Volunteer lawyers will meet with attendees to offer legal advice on various issues, including immigration, housing, family problems, education and other civil legal needs. Walk-ins are welcome at these clinics. For more information, including how to volunteer, visit the agency's website or call 615-386-9406.
 
When: Feb. 27, 12 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m., EST; Feb. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., EST
Where: Family Justice Center, 269 South Willow Ave., Suite E, Cookeville
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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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Last Chance to Register for International Forum

 
Early bird registration for the TBA's International Law Forum ends on Feb. 16. Three international business panels make up this Feb. 22 Nashville program and include a stacked line-up of speakers. Register now before it's too late!
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Immigrant Rights Group Seeking Volunteers for Feb. 16 Nashville Clinic

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) will host a clinic offering family preparation plans to the immigrant community to help keep their children safe in the case of deportation or other unexpected event. TIRRC is asking for help at this Power of Attorney Legal Clinic on Feb. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 5112 Haywood Lane in Nashville. Register for the clinic at this link.
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