Disability Law Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in the area of disability rights or who have an interest in building a disability rights practice. The section offers continuing legal education and a forum for advancing disability rights.

Chair
George & George
PO Box 8130
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615)451-1550 x: x103
Immediate Past Chair
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
210 West Main Street
Jackson, TN 38302
(731)426-1313
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Plan to Attend: Disability Law Forum on April 12

The TBA Disability Law Section is offering a stacked program for its annual forum, with a diverse lineup of speakers and topics including Kim Joseph of the Tennessee Disability Determination Services. She is presenting a session focused on effective representation at DDS and will provide attendees with a much-needed Q&A period to ask those challenging questions. The section's chair-elect John Dreiser of Farmer & Dreiser will present a session on LTD/STD for SSD practitioners. Additionally, the section’s chair Chris George of George & George will cover an hour of ethics, including how to handle ethical dilemmas and more. The day will end with Administrative Law Judge Robert Martin from the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review who will share his unique perspective as a former private attorney and current judge. It all takes place April 12 at the Tennessee Bar Center. Reserve your spot by registering today.

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Hamilton County Considers New Program for Mentally Ill Offenders

A new program in Hamilton County intends to address the way courts deal with the mentally ill, offering treatment in lieu of incarceration for certain cases, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The initiative — Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) — is a collaboration between the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, mental health and medical providers, insurers and Chattanooga's housing agency to help defendants with mental health issues find treatment for their illness or addiction and stable housing, a move that proponents believe will reduce jail populations, ultimately saving the county money. FUSE has already raised $120,000 from outside donors, and county commissioners will vote next week on whether they will accept those donations.

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