Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

Immediate Past Chair
Ford Harrison LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Ste 200
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)291-1529
Chair
U.S. Attorneys Office MDTN
110 9th Avenue South, Suite A-961
Nashville, TN 37205
(615)736-2143
Vice-Chair
Tennessee Attorney General's...
P. O. Box 20207
Nashville, TN 37202
(615)741-6474

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Auer Deference

The legal drive to rein in the power of federal regulators hit an unexpected stumbling block today as the Supreme Court narrowly rejected an opportunity to overturn Auer deference, a precedent in which courts let federal agencies interpret their own regulations, Politico reports. The case involved a challenge to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ partial denial of retroactive benefits to a Vietnam War veteran. An appeals court deferred to the VA’s decision, but after the high court ruling, Kisor’s claim will be sent back down for another review. Chief Justice John Roberts split with his Republican-appointed colleagues by refusing to strike down the longstanding legal rule. In his criticism of the decision, Justice Neil Gorsuch said that Auer deference remained an affront to the role of judges and to the public’s right to know — in advance — what legal standard it is bound by.
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Federal Practice Forum - July 18

Submit questions or topics that you would like a judge from one of Tennessee’s federal district courts to address at the upcoming Federal Practice Forum. Submit your ideas for consideration here.  
 
Haven't registered to attend the forum yet? Here are the key details:
  • What: Federal Practice Forum 
  • When: Thursday, July 18
  • Where: Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville
  • Register here!

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