Journal Online

Nashville lawyer Ben Raybin researched recent clemency statistics in Tennessee and found some interesting trends. Read his article, “How executive clemency works (and how it doesn’t)” in the August Tennessee Bar Journal. Hendersonville lawyer Clint Kelly details medical battery and informed consent. TBA President Jason Long explains how meeting up with fellow lawyers helps with overall civil discourse and civility in the profession. Columnists this month are Eddy Smith (estates) and Katie Edge (banking law), followed by Bill Haltom, who writes about "Pat Summitt’s Full-Court Press."

Sections, Divisions

Writing Contest

The TBA Environmental Law Section announced Grant Ruhl, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, is the winner of the 2016 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The annual section-sponsored contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Ruhl's paper, "An Unpopular Victory: Exploring EPA's 2015 Ozone NAAQS Revisions," addresses the EPA's updated Clean Air Act standard for ozone.

The 14th Edition of the Alimony Bench Book is now available from the TBA Family Law Section. Produced by the members of the section’s Alimony Committee, the book is available for purchase in a loose-leaf format for $40 or a three-ring binder for $50. To order the book, visit the TBA’s online bookstore or contact the TBA at (615) 383-7421. Members of the Family Law Section can download the new edition at no charge by logging in to and going to the Resources link on the Family Law Section's webpage.  

Committees, Task Forces

Corporate Council Initiative

Representatives from all six Tennessee law schools gathered in Nashville over the weekend with leaders from the access to justice community for the fourth Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit, hosted by Nashville School of Law and sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. About 30 people took part in the program, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Nashville School of Law Dean (and former Supreme Court Justice) William Koch.

The TBA Public Education Committee has updated The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors for 2014. The updated Handbook contains practical information on a wide range of topics, including issues such as applying for Social Security benefits, long-term care considerations and estate planning, as well as completely new sections addressing online security and new health care legislation. 



Register and plan for 15 hours of CLE in one-day with this program. Attend 7 hours on August 26 and 8 online at your convenience.

The Tennessee Bar Association's annual program is a 15-hour CLE offering best practices and updates in various areas of law. This program will provide you with 7 hours of live credit and 8 prepaid credits to complete 8...

This year's annual tax program will provide you with the best practices and updates to protect your clients by focusing on significant developments in both federal and state tax laws. Sessions will include updates on the repeal of the Hall Income Tax, Section 1031 exchanges and an update on the Tennessee Tax Regulation Project. Presenters will also discuss estate planning...

This year's annual forum will discuss updates in legislation and case law affecting the LGBT community, as well as best practices in civil rights cases and religious freedom cases. Also included is a session on practice tips for representing transgender clients. In addition, we will have an ethics session on representing and communicating with clients in the LGBT...

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, in cooperation with the Knoxville Bar Association, will hold its annual cocktail reception and “...

The Tennessee Supreme Court this week decided to hear a case that could affect state employees in judicial offices across the state, the...

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