Celebrate Pro Bono: 3 legal clinics set for Tuesday

Tennessee lawyers will be out in force this week, volunteering their time at Celebrate Pro Bono Month events across the state. After kickoff efforts in Nashville and Johnson City over the weekend, lawyers will be giving their time to help those in need of legal services tomorrow (Tuesday) at events and activities in Franklin and Nashville.

In Franklin, there will be a Williamson County Legal Clinic at the Franklin Public Library, while in Nashville lawyers will be participating in a Senior Adult Legal Clinic at S. Luke's Community House and a Debt Clinic at the Legal Aid Society offices. Also tomorrow, volunteers in Nashville will be assisting in a phonathon to raise money in support of the Campaign for Justice.

Learn more about these and other Celebrate Pro Bono events

TODAY'S OPINIONS
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SUPREME COURT DISCRETIONARY APPEALS Grants & Denials List

Court: TSC

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC/2010/certlist_100410.pdf


DAVID HEARING v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Troy L. Bowlin, II, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, David Hearing.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; C. Berkeley Bell, District Attorney General; and Connie Trobaugh, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The petitioner, David Hearing, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief wherein he challenged his 2005 guilty-pleaded convictions of felony murder. In this appeal, he contends that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel and that his guilty pleas were not knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered. Because the petitioner failed to establish his claims by clear and convincing evidence, we affirm the judgment of the post- conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/hearingd_100410.pdf


DCS Authority to Reverse Child Protection Team Determination of Sexual Abuse

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-10-04

Opinion Number: 10-101

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2010/ag_10_101.pdf

Hunting on Private Property

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-10-04

Opinion Number: 10-102

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2010/ag_10_102.pdf

TODAY'S NEWS

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Budget cuts could hit Nashville courts
Possible cuts in Metro Nashville court budgets have caused a split between criminal and civil court judges, Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr reports, with both sides defending their spending. An audit of how the $10 million budget is spent may lead to the next step.
Read more in the Tennessean
New pro bono emeritus rule springs from retired lawyer's experiences
After finding great satisfaction in doing pro bono work through Legal Aid of East Tennessee, retired attorney Dick Ruth came up with the idea to tap into the pool of other retired lawyers to help fill the need for pro bono services. Read how the Chattanooga attorney's efforts led to the establishment of the new Pro Bono Emeritus Rule.
Read more in the Hamilton County Herald
U.S. Supreme Court
Kagan dives in on first day
Justice Elena Kagan jumped into the fray on her first day on the U.S. Supreme Court asking her first questions in a bankruptcy case involving a man's efforts to shield vehicle costs from his monthly payment to creditors. Read more from the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog or get a complete roundup of court actions from the SCOTUS Blog.

Now, who is the fifth most senior?
Of course you know that Justice Elena Kagan is the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, but do you know the seniority order of the whole court? The Washington Post gives you a chance to test your knowledge.
Play the seniority game now
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Webinar offers insights in challenging economy
Get an expert's perspective on the economy from Chris Low, Chief Economist at FTN Financial, when he presents the complimentary webinar "Economic Outlook: Recovery or Relapse?" Thursday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. CT.
Learn more or register today
Open House sessions seek post-flood input
Give your input on Nashville's future following this spring's devastating floods at a series of Discovery Open House sessions scheduled across the city over the next two weeks. The events are sponsored by the office of Mayor Karl Dean.
Download a schedule of the open houses
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