Administrative Law Section

This section provides members with opportunities to exchange information with other practitioners regarding administrative law. The section produces annual CLE programming and news to the members.

Immediate Past Chair
Burr & Forman LLP
222 Second Ave So, Ste 2000
Nashville, TN 37201
State of Tennessee Department of...
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., TN Tower 22nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Registry of Election Finance Questions Ruling to Reduce Fines for Expelled Lawmaker Durham

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance (TREF) on Wednesday said it disagrees with an administrative law judge's recent ruling to reduce the fine levied against expelled former lawmaker Jeremy Durham regarding campaign finance law violations, The Tennessean reports. Durham was fined $465,000 in 2017 after investigations found that he misused donors’ money by making personal purchases of custom suits and sunglasses, among other allegations. Administrative Law Judge Steve Darnell said the initial fine was excessive and reduced it to $110,000. The registry agreed with the opinion of Executive Director of the Bureau of Ethics and Finance Bill Young, who recommended TREF hold another hearing to determine whether Darnell was correct in reducing the fines and to determine if TREF agreed with Darnell's decision to reconsider the case using a de novo judicial review. TREF member Hank Fincher said of the issue, “I think (Darnell) gave far too much benefit of the doubt to Mr. Durham … He didn't just do wrong, he did awful wrong.”

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CLE, Networking and Practice Area Updates at Friday's Administrative Law Forum

This year’s Administrative Law Annual Forum will include a panel discussion of the agency deference doctrine, a session delving into the implications of policymaking and rulemaking and will end with an ethics session that not only provides an update from the BPR, but also an ethical analysis of ex parte communications. Earn up to three hours of CLE (two general and one dual). Arrive early to the program and join us at the Meet Local breakfast networking event for government and public interest attorneys. Meet Local is a free event and will provide attendees with light breakfast options and a chance to network with others. Please complete the RSVP form here if you are planning to attend Friday's event. 

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