Communication Law Forum 2018


The TBA Communication Law Section will host its annual forum at the Tennessee Bar Center on May 9. This insightful program will focus on timely topics beneficial to lawyers of all areas seeking to up their game by staying on top of trends involving both federal laws and regulations on a local level.

This year's pulled from the headlines presentations will focus on open government, lawsuits concerning speech, reporter's privilege and an award-winning investigative journalist discussing a 'fair and responsible press.' The program will also include recent updates in Tennessee public records cases, designed to keep you clued in on important developments affecting your practice. Here’s the key info:

  • When: Wednesday, May 9, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., CDT
  • Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
  • CLE Credits: 3 General


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Help Solve Court Reporter Shortage in Tennessee

Like many states, Tennessee has been experiencing a shortage of court reporters in our criminal courts. Adding to this problem is the closure of several specialized court reporter schools, which leaves us without in-state training for these good-paying jobs for qualified, trained reporters. 
New and innovative ways to address the shortage of reporters must be studied to fulfill the critical role these reporters play in our criminal justice system. Due process rights, including an official record in criminal trials, are insured by the Constitution and crucial to the right to a fair trial. 
To help solve this problem, the Tennessee Supreme Court recently created a task force of judges, clerks and court reporters, to assist the Administrative Office of the Courts in studying the issue and making recommendations regarding innovative ways to address this shortage.
With a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Court Reporter Task Force have begun developing a pilot educational program with the goal of increasing the number of well-trained court reporters for our courts and our citizens.
To assist in this effort, the TBA Criminal Justice Section is soliciting comments that you may have on this subject. Please take a moment to complete this very brief survey, which will be reviewed by the Criminal Justice Section Executive Council to determine if the section will take a position on the issues involved.
Please respond by Nov. 6. Thanks for your help with this important endeavor.
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