Fastcase 7 New Features

A new Fastcase 7 update provides highlighting for your search terms when viewing the full text of a document. Each term is highlighted with a different color so that you can see the occurrence of each item separately. You can also turn off the highlighting function for both, and each term individually by choosing the highlight dropdown option, then selecting the ‘x’ across from the term. See this and all new features of TBA’s member benefit Fastcase 7 here.

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TBA House of Delegates Seeks to Fill 13 Open Positions

In accordance with Article 29 of the TBA Bylaws, the officers of the House of Delegates will fill 13 open positions in the House. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please submit a declaration of candidacy that includes your name, principal place of law practice, district of interest and contact information to TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson by July 15. Read a list of open positions here.
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Use Your Prepaid TBA CLE Credits Before Monday!

TBA members have until June 30 to use the 2018-2019 CLE credits that come with their memberships. Use the credits now to register for any TBA course taking place this summer or fall, or any online course, as long as you register by June 30. Don’t let these valuable credits go to waste! Find more information on how to use your credits, and if you haven’t done so already, remember to renew your TBA membership for the upcoming year to get more CLE credits.
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Full Upgrade to Fastcase 7 Coming July 22

The TBA will be upgrading to Fastcase 7 — the latest in legal research technology — on July 22. Start the transition by reviewing the helpful resource page to learn new and advanced research tools and view training videos and reference guides. Did you know that as a member benefit Fastcase also offers research assistance? Use the LiveChat feature located on the Fastcase website, email or call 866-773-2782, Option 2, to speak with a research attorney. 
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Your TBA Free CLE Credits Expire June 30

TBA members receive three hours of free CLE programming. Your credits expire June 30 for the current bar year. You may apply them to any available course here or donate them. Members can use this credit to cover all or part of the cost of live programs or on any online CLE program. (The course does not have to take place by June 30.)
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5 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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Article Profiles 97-Year-Old Attorney Still on the Job

An article published this weekend in the Tennessean follows a day in the life of James L. Bass Jr., a Carthage lawyer who at the age of 97, still heads to the office every day. Though Bass’s 60-year-old son, David, handles most of the legal heavy lifting, the elder Bass still handles property title searches, deeds and estates. Bass’s children believe that it has helped him retain a sense of purpose and has been good for his mental health. It’s been just one aspect of a remarkable career Bass has enjoyed over the years in Tennessee.
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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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Visitation, Services Set for Jackson Attorney Ed Wallis

Jackson attorney Edwin Earl Wallis Jr. died yesterday at the age of 70. Wallis practiced law for 46 years, 42 with the firm of Moss Benton and Wallis in Jackson. He was a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. After passing the bar exam and practicing in Nashville for a few years, Wallis moved to Jackson and made it his home until his death. Visitation will be this Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons, 2812 North Highland Ave in Jackson. The funeral will be Monday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jackson.
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Federal Court Rules Against Job-Seeking Lawyer in Age Discrimination Suit

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-4 this week that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers but not outside job applicants in suits for disparate-impact discrimination, the ABA Journal reports. The case stemmed from a 58-year-old lawyer who challenged an experience cap in a legal job ad, which asked for applicants with no more than seven years of relevant legal experience. The court's decision hedged on the interpretation of the word "individual" in context of the law, which the majority found “shows that Congress employed the term ‘any individual’ as a shorthand reference to someone with ‘status as an employee.’"
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Grey at Leadership Conference: 'Protect Those Who Seek Justice'

“We need to protect those individuals who seek justice,” Robert Grey Jr. said in his keynote speech at the TBA’s Public Service Luncheon Jan. 19 in Nashville. “It’s not just an idea – it is a reality that we need to make happen.” A former American Bar Association president, Grey is the president and executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a member of the board of the Legal Services Corporation. “Lawyers are the trustees of our legal system,” he told the packed room. “We didn’t ask for that role, but we assumed the responsibility when we take the oath.” The luncheon also celebrated the TBA’s Public Service Award honorees and capped off the TBA’s Leadership Conference, which included programming about Young Lawyers Division initiatives, legislative tools and resources, and more. Meeting at the two-day conference were the House of Delegates, TBASCUS, committee and section leaders, YLD, the Law Student Diversity Leadership Institute, and the Board of Governors. See photos from the 2019 TBA Leadership Conference.
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TBA Leadership Conference, Public Service Luncheon This Weekend

The TBA’s Winter Leadership Conference kicked off today in Nashville, and will include the annual Public Service Luncheon tomorrow at the DoubleTree Hotel. The luncheon will recognize the 2019 Pro Bono Award honorees, including Angie Bergman, who will receive the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award, Adrienne Kittos, who was named the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award, and Amber Vargas, who will be given the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award. The Leadership Conference will see attorneys involved in TBA leadership roles from across the state gathering to learn and collaborate. The association's Board of Governors and leaders from the Young Lawyers Division, Sections, Committees and other groups will also meet.
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January TBJ Includes 'War Stories,' Family Law, Pro Bono Heroes

Former TBA President Landis Turner is interviewed in this issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, in which he recounts helping pass the bill that would create Public Defender offices statewide, a bill that lead to the availability of liquor-by-the-drink, and a few other "war stories" from early practice. Let's face it, you just don't want to miss this issue -- which showcases Pro Bono Heroes, and also includes ethics in family law mediation, by Marlene Eskind Moses and Ben Russ, and a book review by Jason R. Smith.
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Sandra Day O'Connor Officially Retired from Public Life

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, has stepped back from public life, The Associated Press reports in this in-depth story. For more than a decade after leaving the court in 2006, O’Connor kept up an active schedule: serving as a visiting federal appeals court judge, speaking on issues she cared about and founding her own education organization. But the 88-year-old, for more than two decades often the deciding vote in important cases, is now fully retired. This summer, she turned her office over to recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Her son Jay O’Connor attributed the move to health concerns.

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Law School Scholarship Created to Honor Chief Justice Anderson

The Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation (TJCF) has created a legacy scholarship to honor the life of former Chief Justice Riley Anderson and his contributions to the legal profession. Anderson died earlier this month. Created by the Judicial Conference in 1996, the Foundation awards 22 need-based scholarships annually to students at Tennessee’s colleges of law. Gifts in memory of Justice Anderson can be made to the TJCF, Attn: Suzanne Keith, Treasurer, 629 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206. The TJCF earlier honored Chief Justice Frank Drowota, who died in April. The group had created a scholarship at Vanderbilt Law School in Drowota's name.

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Homer Ayers Dies at 82

Goodlettsville attorney Homer R. Ayers died June 5. He was 82. After serving in the Air Force, he received his law degree from the YMCA Night Law School, starting his own firm upon graduation in 1971. He served as city judge for many years. A life celebration service was held June 8. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Nashville Rescue Mission or Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Also because, the witty obituary reads, "flowers gave him a headache."

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Services Set for Chattanooga Lawyer Bob Frazier

Chattanooga lawyer Robert Anthony Frazier died June 10, at the age of 87. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School he joined the law firm of Spears, Moore, Rebman and Williams in 1959 as an associate attorney. Later he and Ray Seiner shared a law office from 1967 until 2000. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 21, followed by a celebration of life service at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1716 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain, 37377. Interment will follow the service at the St. Augustine Columbarium. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. Read his obituary in The Chattanoogan.

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Don't Forget: Winter CLE Blast Tomorrow!

Need CLE hours fast? We can help! The annual Winter CLE Blast is less than a day away. With this program, you can complete up to 11 hours of Dual CLE credit on your own time. Our registration desk will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 21, providing you the flexibility to create your own schedule and take as many or as few hours as you need. Payment will be determined at checkout depending on the number of hours you attend. 


  • Flexible to your schedule
  • Up to 11 Hours of CLE
  • Ethics Credits
  • Compliance CLE
  • Live Credit Hours

When: Feb. 21, registration begins at 7 a.m., CST

Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37219


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Reminder - You Are Invited to a January Luncheon in Nashville

December 2017

You are cordially invited to a TBASCUS luncheon on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at noon at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway in Nashville. This event is being held in conjunction with the 2018 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Conference.

TBASCANS have enjoyed a number of exciting trips in the past few years — including a memorable fall 2013 trip to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other exciting TBASCUS trips included a visit to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Shiloh Military Park, the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center, and the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Please join us at January's complimentary luncheon at the Rock Bottom Brewery so that we can discuss your suggestions for future trips and events for TBASCANS. To register for this luncheon or if you have questions, please email Karen Belcher at or call her at (615) 383-7421. Please be sure to register for lunch no later than Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. We hope to see you at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery!

Frank Grace Jr.

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At 83, Chattanooga Legal Legend Refuses to Retire

The Hamilton County Herald this week profiled Chattanooga attorney Max Bahner, who at 83 years of age, refuses to retire after 57 years of law. Bahner’s wife framed a piece of paper his daughter made him sign, which stated that he would retire on Jan. 1, 2017 – a deadline which the Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel lawyer ignored. He describes how he felt called to the profession of law, his competitive spirit and his passion for supporting younger attorneys. “Why should I retire?” Bahner asked. “I’m only 83.”
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Government Lawyers Report Increased Pressures, Retirements

A recent survey shows that 67 percent of government lawyers say that scarce resources and tight budgets are adding pressure to their workloads. And 76 percent of the government lawyers surveyed in the Thomson Reuters study expect their workloads to increase in the next few years. The survey projects that nearly 50 percent of the full state and local government workforce will be eligible for retirement by 2019, and that about a third of all federal workers are eligible for retirement this year. The ABA Journal has more.

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Vote for Your Favorite Book, Enter Your Fiction

Three finalists have been chosen for the seventh annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, and you can weigh in on which book should win. The prize was authorized by the late Harper Lee, and established in 2011 by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. Vote for your favorite among Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Gone Again by James Grippando, or The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. While you are in book mode, send in your entry to the Tennessee Bar Journal's First Annual Fiction Competition. The deadline is May 31, so get to writing!

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Join Your TBASCUS Colleagues for a Spring Trip to Lake Barkley, Kentucky

The Tennessee Bar Association is pleased to announce an exciting spring trip for TBASCANS, April 21-23, 2017, to the Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky. This weekend event will be held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the TBA Board of Governors.

TBASCANS attending this event will enjoy the area’s always-beautiful spring while traveling to Lake Barkley State Resort Park. You may arrive at your leisure on Friday, April 21, and enjoy dinner on your own. The resort restaurant is open for dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.  After dinner you may join the board and your fellow travelers at TBA's hospitality suite that will open at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 22, attendees are free to enjoy breakfast, lunch and the park on your own. On Saturday afternoon, you will join your fellow travelers and TBA colleagues for a boat excursion on beautiful Lake Barkley and will gather afterwards for a cookout on the grounds.


  • Saturday Boat Excursion on Lake Barkley
  • Saturday, Reception and Dinner - 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, Hospitality Suite - 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Depart on Your Own


$100 per person
$30 -- child’s ticket price (12 and under)

Registration includes the boat excursion on Lake Barkley, the Saturday night reception and dinner and cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights at the TBA hospitality suite. 


We have reserved a block of rooms for TBASCANS to attend this event at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky.  Take advantage of the special room rate of $99.95 by contacting the Resort at 1-270-924-1131 or registering online today.  When making your accommodations, make sure you mention our special group code – 1123.

Register Now

TBASCUS offers programs and services to lawyers in the prime of their careers. All Tennessee Bar Association members age 50 and up are included as members of TBASCUS. To register for this event, or if you have questions, please contact Jenny Jones at 1-615-277-3212 or by email at jjones@tnbar.orgMonday, April 10 is the deadline to register for this event!

We hope to see you there!

Frank Grace, Jr.

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Have You Heard About the TBA Mashup?

Interested in observing a legal hackathon or getting a hands-on demonstration of the new Fastcase 7 platform? Both will be part of the first TBA Mashup, a full-day of activities and free programming set for Feb. 17 at the Tennessee Bar Center in conjunction with the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program.

In addition to the hackathon and Fastcase 7 demo, the TBA Mashup will feature sessions on: 

  • Current State of Health Insurance for the Small Firms
  • Professional Liability Insurance - What to look for in YOUR Policy
  • A Demo of Fastcase TopForm, a powerful bankruptcy filing software
  • Retirement Planning Guidance from the ABA Retirement Funds
  • Pro Bono in Action: How to help with pro bono events and how to take part in online options

At the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program, you can take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration will be open all day. Payment will be determined at checkout based on the hours you need. Topics will include: 

  • Bill & Phil Tech Show
  • Ethical Considerations for Cyber Security in Law
  • Evolution of the Legal Marketplace
  • Making e-Discovery Affordable 
  • Drone Law
  • Encryption for Lawyers

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Seersucker a Hot Topic at Southern Festival of Books Friday

The 28th annual Southern Festival of Books, sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, is this weekend in Nashville. The event, set for Legislative Plaza, will host hundreds of best-selling, award-winning authors. One session you won't want to miss is Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom speaking with author Shellie Tomlinson on the panel, "Seersucker and the Front Porch: Icons of Southern Culture." They will be in Room 30 of Legislative Plaza from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday. Haltom will discuss his book, Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker. Here is the rest of the lineup of authors at the festival, which runs through Sunday.

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