About the KBA:
Organization's Who’s Who
Leaders of the Knoxville Bar Association
Committees and Sections
KBA Committees and Sections
The mission of the Access to Justice Committee is to facilitate and encourage the KBA and its members in their efforts (1) to ensure access to the justice system by all persons without regard to income; and (2) to provide direct pro bono service to low-income persons in our community through participation in the Pro Bono Project, Barrister's initiatives, Pillar Law Firm Model, Non-Profit Pro Bono Program, CASA and other programs.
The ADR Section's goal is to promote the use of appropriate forms of dispute resolution in Knox County and to develop the KBA's ability to meet some of the public's need for mediators, arbitrators, and others who can help resolve disputes at less social cost than the judicial process. The Section also educates local practitioners on current uses and trends in dispute resolution throughout the country.
The Archives Committee's primary objective is to collect, store and preserve current materials of interest to the Knoxville Bar Association as a whole. As always, pictures, articles, or other documents bearing on the activities and personalities of the Knoxville Bar Association are welcomed by the Archives Committee.
The Bankruptcy Section promotes networking among members who practice in the Bankruptcy Courts and sponsors CLE programs quarterly. Activities planned include a newsletter and proposed revisions to the local rules.
The primary mission of the CLE Committee is to provide KBA members with affordable, high-quality continuing legal education seminars in numbers sufficient to help them satisfy annual CLE requirements. The CLE Committee is responsible for overseeing and approving all CLE programs sponsored by the KBA and for making recommendations to the Board regarding CLE policy. Each year, the KBA sponsors numerous live, online and video-taped replayed CLE seminars from which it derives a significant portion of its annual budget. The CLE Committee, along with various KBA committees, substantive law sections and KBA staff, develop and implement these programs utilizing volunteer speakers on local, state and national levels.
The Corporate Counsel Section is designed to create CLE, networking, social, newsletter and other "to be developed" opportunities that will enhance and improve the role of in-house attorneys and attorneys in private firms that handle corporate matters for their clients.
The Criminal Justice Section is open to all lawyers whose practice involves the criminal justice system. The Section's purpose includes educating Section members and the general public about the criminal justice system and its purpose; fostering productive communication among Section members, members of the judiciary, and criminal justice agencies; and seeking improvement in the operation of the criminal justice system.
Employment law is an ever-changing area of the law and members will benefit from CLE programming, recent case law developments and legislative updates. The Employment Law Section is intended for management and plaintiff's counsel, in addition to in-house and government attorneys.
The Environmental Law Section is open to any attorney whose practice includes environmental, transactional or land use issues. The section will offer the opportunity to meet on a regular basis to discuss areas of common concern and develop a network providing access to members and professionals with environmental expertise.
The Family Law Section is open to any attorney practicing family law. The monthly meetings focus on local and state-wide issues relevant to the family law practitioner and provide a forum for discussion. Several times a year the Section sponsors topical CLE programs for family law practitioners.
The Fee Dispute Resolution Committee ("The FDC") exists to provide assistance to both clients and lawyers when a dispute arises regarding attorney's fees and both parties agree to participate in the process in which the FDC issues a non-binding decision.
The Functions Committee plans and organizes social and networking events to encourage interaction and to engage members of the Knoxville Bar Association.
The Government and Public Service Lawyers Section, open to all lawyers employed by any governmental entity, state, federal or local, including judicial clerks and attorneys with legal service agencies, has been organized to address the needs and concerns of government and public service lawyers which are not otherwise met by the organized Bar.
Knoxville Bar Association members help shape the legal profession's future by serving on one of the Bar's committees or participating in one or more of the Sections. KBA committees create and manage various projects, including offering networking and volunteer opportunities for members. The KBA's vitality is a reflection of the efforts of our hard-working volunteers. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to learn how to volunteer to serve on a KBA Committee. There is no additional charge to participate in any Section, so feel free to attend any Section activity. To learn how to run an Effective Meeting, click here to see a video presented by TBA Vice President Danny Van Horn.
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Involvement in committees and sections gives you the opportunity to influence the direction of your bar association and to meet colleagues from throughout East Tennessee. Please volunteer to serve on one of the KBA Committees. If you would like to become active in the KBA, this is your opportunity. We need your help! The Committees will not function unless interested members take part.
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The Interprofessional Relations Committee seeks to encourage mutually beneficial interaction among lawyers and other professionals in the community, such as physicians, accountants, financial planners, and the like. In addition, where existing relationships may be somewhat frayed at the edges, the Committee aims to find ways to promote a spirit of cooperation and better understanding.
This committee is dedicated to dealing with matters of interest to Bench and Bar and to improving relationships and communications between the judiciary and local attorneys.
The Juvenile Court & Child Justice Section (formerly the Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee) plans seminars and other events designed to increase awareness of the unmet legal needs of children involved in the Tennessee judicial system. The section partners with the Family Law Section to work toward resolving issues involving all aspects of the welfare of children. The section serves as a resource to help meet the needs of children involved in our legal system.
Local Agency Resources (Available Online):
The Law Office Technology & Management Committee's mission is to provide knowledge, information and skills to members of the Bar to use in implementing new (and existing) technologies and management practices and generally improving members' ability to deliver efficient, effective and quality services to their clients.
The Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee is responsible for oversight of the Lawyer Referral & Information Service, including development and recommendation of policy and programmatic changes for the LRIS, the Speakers Bureau and the LAWLINE system.
The Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee's mission is to assist judges, lawyers and law students with behavioral health related issues, whether it be alcohol or drug dependency, depression or other mental health issues, and confidentially assist these individuals in identifying, treating and recovering from these illnesses.
The Legislative Committee serves as the liaison between the Bar Association and the Knox County members of the Tennessee General Assembly. The Committee is responsible for making individual contacts with legislators during the year, and advising them of specific issues of interest to KBA during the annual Legislative Session.
The Membership Committee has primary responsibility for assisting the KBA staff in all membership-related functions, including designing the membership application and new member packets, publishing an annual Attorneys' Directory, sustaining and pursuing membership benefits and acting as liaison to the members and sections. The Committee also assists the Board of Governors in surveying the KBA members for assistance in improving the KBA or identifying areas of need or concern to the KBA or to the communities served by the KBA.
The purpose of the Memorials & Resolutions Committee is to provide a year-to-year record of the attorneys who pass into the Life Eternal. Each year the death of the individuals is noted and a notation is placed in the permanent records of the Knoxville Bar Association and with the Chancery Court of Knox County, Tennessee. The Committee sponsors a Memorial Service on the Friday before Thanksgiving to honor attorneys and judges who have passed away.
The Diversity in the Profession Committee shall foster in the Knoxville legal community an awareness of the needs and aspirations of diverse lawyers and shall implement programs designed to assure that every attorney (without regard to race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity) will have the opportunity to succeed professionally and to participate in the affairs of the legal community.
The Open Service Task Force is an initiative for 2015 to involve members of the Knoxville Bar Association in a wider variety of community outreach and volunteerism opportunities. Read more about the task force from the January 2015 issue of DICTA. Check the events calendar for upcoming opportunities to get involved or contact one of the co-chairs listed below.
The Professionalism Committee reports to the KBA Board of Governors on ethics issues and is responsible for developing programs to maintain highest professional standards and practices.
The Publications Committee's primary responsibility is the preparation and publication of the Knoxville Bar Association's monthly magazine, DICTA. Through DICTA, the Publications Committee attempts to inform the membership of KBA sponsored events, recent activities of interest to the Knoxville Bar, and other information of general interest.
The Seniors Section is comprised of members over the age of 50. The Section meets three to four times per year. The section affords an opportunity for senior members to gather for fellowship and address interests unique to them, while staying abreast of KBA activities.
The purpose of the Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section is to create a network of members who either practice by themselves or in small firms to share information, pool resources and to identify specific management and marketing techniques designed for small firms and individual practices.
The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee investigates and handles complaints from the public, lawyers and judges about persons engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
View the Unauthorized Practice of Law Handbook.
The Work Life Balance Committee strives to highlight issues facing attorneys as they seek balance between busy careers, the demands of family, and personal health and well-being. The Committee works to provide educational seminars and articles to the wider bar, and also serves as a valuable network for the discussion of topics related to career satisfaction, productivity and time management.
Phone: (865) 584-7720
Fax: (865) 584-6639
Phone: (865) 594-5282
Fax: (865) 594-2825
Phone: (865) 599-0148
Phone: (865) 215-2515
Fax: (865) 215-4253
Sarah W. Keith
District Attorney General, 6th Judicial District
P.O. Box 1468
Knoxville, TN 37901-1468
Phone: (865) 545-4167
Fax: (865) 545-4176
Phone: (865) 637-0203
Fax: (865) 637-4850
Phone: (865) 971-4040
Fax: (865) 971-6929
Phone: (865) 215-2515
Fax: (865) 215-4253
Joan Stallard Stewart
District Attorney General, 6th Judicial District
P.O. Box 1468
Knoxville, TN 37901-1468
Phone: (865) 386-1630
Phone: (931) 252-9123
Fax: (931) 520-9123
Phone: (865) 215-2561
Fax: (865) 215-2575
Access to Justice Activities
Add your organization to the KBA's Volunteer HandbookTo include your nonprofit organization in the list of agencies, please complete the form and email to email@example.com.
To include your nonprofit organization in the list of agencies, please complete the fillable form. The KBA Access to Justice Committee has developed a Volunteer Handbook that is availabl to KBA members. The handbook provides helpful information about how you can volunteer with area community service agencies and is in an easy-to-read format. Search for volunteer opportunities using the "Volunteer" tab on the home page of the KBA website. The material from the KBA's Volunteer handbook has been added to a searchable database so you can seach by agency name or category. If you are interested in adding your nonprofit organization to the database, please download the form and e-mail to Marsha Wilson at www.knoxbar.org.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Activities
The ADR Section meets regularly for a CLE program typically on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the law office of Butler, Vines & Babb - 2701 Kingston Pike (unless otherwise noted).
Archives Committee Activities
For more information aboutt the Archives Committee please contact Bob Crawford at (865) 525-5134.
If your practice handles bankruptcy cases, contact the Bankruptcy Section to get involved and help shape the community and learning opportunities available to those who practice bankruptcy law. The Bankruptcy Law Section will develop CLE seminars, networking and social opportunities, and mentoring programs that enhance and improve the bankruptcy practice in East Tennessee.
Continuing Legal Education Activities
Special Offers for KBA members:
Buy 5, Get 1 Free!
The KBA is offering one FREE hour of online CLE when you register for five hours. Register for five hours of online CLE programs for the calendar year and get the sixth hour FREE!
Registration is easy! There are more than 40 KBA seminars available online for your convenience. Watch videos of KBA-sponsored CLE programs at discounted member rates. In addition to general and dual CLE credit, certified mediation credit (CME) is also available.
View Online Courses
CLE Season Pass
For KBA Members Licensed in 2010-2015
Another great way to save on CLE! Get your pass today! 15 hours of CLE for only $300!
Let the KBA help you fulfill your CLE hours! The CLE Season Pass offers KBA members licensed within the last 5 years the opportunity to get all of their required CLE hours for just $300. Any live or online CLE program sponsored by the KBA is included in the Season Pass. For only $300, the best value in town, you can pay for CLE credits in advance and earn quality CLE through the KBA!
* Only available for KBA Members who are licensed since 2009. The CLE Season Pass is non-transferable and can be used only by the individual to whom it is issued.
* No additional fee is required for any CLE program sponsored by the KBA, including lunch & learns, the Law Practice Today Expo or extended programs.
* A reservation is required at least 48 hours in advance of the seminar in order to use the season pass. If a reservation for a seminar is made, the CLE season pass holder must cancel 48 hours in advance of the program or forfeit the CLE hours. No transfers permitted.
* Valid only from January 1 - December 31, 2015 (or date of purchase if later than January 1st). Under no circumstances will the term on any Season Pass be extended beyond December 31, 2015.
Corporate Counsel Activities
For more information about The Consigliere Newsletter, please contact Newsletter Chair, Paul Wehmeier at (865) 546-7000.
Criminal Justice Activities
The Criminal Justice Section represents attorneys and judges who participate in the criminal justice system here in Knox County. To have you name added to the section list, please contact the KBA Office at 522-6522.
CHANGES TO THE CRIMINAL COURT LOCAL RULES
The Local Rules of Knox County Criminal Court had not changed since 1989. Over the last 24 years, there have been many changes to the law and local practice. The criminal court judges have completed their revisions to the local rules and they went into effect on June 1, 2014.
Employment Law Activities
The Employment Law Section plans a quarterly meeting and/or CLE program. For more information about the Employment Law Section, please contact Mark Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (931) 252-9123.
Environmental Law Activities
For more information about the section, please contact Section Chairs James C. Wright or LeAnn Mynatt.
Family Law Activities
The Family Law Section meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon at The LunchBox, 607 Market Street. The section has speakers on family law topics or provides the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to family law practice. To have your name added to the section list, please contact the KBA Office at 522-6522.
Fee Dispute Resolution Activities
The Fee Dispute Committee meets every month on the first Wednesday of the month at the KBA Office at 12 noon.
Questions about Committees
Contact the KBA at 865-522-6522 if you have any questions.
Check out the Photo Gallery for pictures of the Blind Wine event in April and the Trivia Night in November.
Government & Public Service Lawyers Activities
If you would like further information on the section, please contact the Section Chairs.
Government at Work . . . Who Knew?
Young Williams Child Support Services
By Kevin Teffeteller, Legal Director, Young Williams Child Support Services
Advising the United States Department of Interior - A Very Brief History of the Office of the Solicitor, Knoxville Field OfficeBy
By Courtney Shea, Field Solicitor
U.S. Department of Energy
By Colin Colverson, Office of Chief Counsel, US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Office
City of Knoxville Law Department
By Angela Rauber, City of Knoxville Law Department
The Knox County Law Director's Office
By Daniel Sanders, Knox County Law Director's Office
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
By Baily Perry Bowers, Office of Disability Adjudication & Review
The United States Trustee, Bankruptcy "Watchdog"
By Patricia C. Foster, Trial Attorney for the United States Trustee Region 8
Office of the General Counsel at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
By Kendra Mansur, Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Tennessee Valley Authority
Division of Appeals and Hearings Tennessee Department of Human Services
By Althea Hickman Creel, Administrative Hearing Official, Division of Appeals and Hearings, Tennessee Department of Human Services
The Agony and the Irony: Little Known Effects of Sequestration on the United States Attorney's Office
By William C. Killian, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Interprofessional Relations Activities
Interested in joining the Interprofessional Relations Committee? Do you have input on resources, events or activities that you'd like the Committee to offer? We want to hear from you! Contact the Committee Chairs.
The Judicial Committee meets at 4 p.m. every month on the second Thursday of the month at the Bistro by the Bijou (upstairs).
Juvenile Court & Child Justice Activities
Local Resources Available Online:
Law Office Tech. & Management Activities
Plan now to join us for the 10th Anniversary Expo on April 16 - 17, 2015.
Lawyer Referral & Info. Service Activities
Beginning now, KBA members can join LRIS for a low fee of $50.00 (now - June 2015). This fee will let you choose to be on one to four panels (areas of practice). By increasing the number of panels you choose, you will be increasing the number of referrals you will receive. Additional panels can be purchased for $25.00 per panel. Your LRIS membership allows you to benefit from our comprehensive marketing strategy which includes print ads, television and online promotions and access to business owners, civic clubs and organizations.
Contact Tracy Chain, LRIS Intake Specialist, at 522-6522 to arrange an appointment.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Activities
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee
members provide assistance to lawyers, law firms and families of lawyers
suffering from alcoholism, addiction or other mental or
emotional problems that impair the lawyers' ability to practice law.
Help when you need it. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is a free,
confidential membership service of the Knoxville Bar Association.
For more information, please contact Jim Cornelius at 292-2515 or John Butler at 244-3925.
Contact the Committee Chairs for updates on Legislative Committee activities.
2016 Legislative Session in Review From Senator Doug Overbey
Below you will find the seven installments highlighting the work of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session. Please feel free to contact Senator Doug Overbey with any questions or concerns about these or other matters considered by the General Assembly. You can also get information about the General Assembly, including the text of bills and floor and committee calendars, by accessing the legislative web site at www.capitol.tn.gov. Contact information:
Membership Service Activities
Memorials & Resolutions Activities
The Memorials & Resolutions Committee provides a record of Knoxville attorneys who have passed away during the preceding year by preparing fitting resolutions memorializing their lives. These resolutions are placed in the permanent records of the Knoxville Bar Association and in the Chancery Court of Knox County.
Diversity in the Profession Activities
The Knoxville Bar Association has partnered with the UT College of Law and the LMU - Duncan School of Law to host the Minority Law Student Reception on October 1, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Reception will be held at The Square Room at 4 Market Square. Prior to the reception, we will have a continuing legal education program entitled "Current Conflicts and Trends in the Advancement of Workplace Diversity" from 4 - 5:30 p.m. We are honored to have as our speaker Ron Harris, who is the Director of Workplace Diversity, BlueCross BlueShield. The program has been approved for 1.5 hours of dual CLE credit.
Participating members need to R.S.V.P. by September 28th.
View photos from the Minority Law Student Reception held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Attracting and Retaining Talent - Material for consideration
Open Service Task Force Activities
Check the events calendar for upcoming opportunities or click the links below to learn more about each event.
2016 - Second Quarter
On Saturday, June 18, the KBA Open Service Committee will be teaming up with the Muslim Community of Knoxville’s “Hungry Hearts” initiative to provide lunches and toiletries to some of Knoxville’s neediest individuals. Volunteers will gather at Annoor Mosque in the Fort Sanders neighborhood from 10:00 a.m. until noon to prepare brown bag lunches and toiletry packages. Interested volunteers may then drive as a group to hand out the lunches and packages under the bridge near the Salvation Army.
Hungry Hearts is a monthly event that is organized and executed by the Youth Program of the Muslim Community of Knoxville. For the second year, KBA is partnering with Hungry Hearts during Ramadan, when most of the Muslim volunteers will be fasting. Ramadan is a month in the Islamic lunar year, during which Muslims around the world fast from all food and drink during the day. Ramadan this year occurs between June 6 and July 6. Fasting helps remind people to focus on their spiritual selves, while also remembering the plights of serious hunger and thirst and realizing what a luxury and blessing it is to be able to break one’s fast at the end of the day.
Through the Open Service project, last year, several KBA members and their families visited Knoxville’s main mosque for the first time and met some of the young members of Knoxville’s Muslim community who were choosing to devote a Saturday morning in the summer to serving the needs of the homeless while they themselves were fasting. We also had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with some of Knoxville’s neediest individuals. Due to the success of last year’s partnership, we wanted to give our KBA members the opportunity to volunteer again this year!
Space for volunteers is limited. If you would like to participate, please contact Maha Ayesh at email@example.com.
- January: Provide & Serve Dinner at the YWCA
- February (Rescheduled to March): Open Service Task Force volunteer projectat The Love Kitchen
- March: Open Service Task Force volunteer project with the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.
- April: Open Service Task Force volunteer project at the Knoxville Area Urban League's Banquet for students in the National Achievers' Society
- May (Multiple Dates): Open Service Task Force volunteer project with Random Acts of Flowers. Volunteers deconstructed, arranged and delivered floral bouquets.
- June: Open Service Task Force volunteer project to perform clean up and maintenance on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trails.
- July: Open Service Task Force volunteer project with Muslim Community of Knoxville’s “Hungry Hearts” initiative.
- August: Open Service Task Force volunteer project with Positively Living's 6th annual "Summer Swing" event.
- September: Open Service Task Force volunteer project, "River Boardwalk Trail," with Ijams Nature Center. Volunteers assisted with extension of the River Boardwalk Trail.
- October: Open Service Task Force volunteer project with the East Tennessee Technology Access Center. The volunteers assisted with recycling, decorating for Halloween/Fall and for light cleaning and organizing.
- November: Open Service Task Force volunteer project with the Knoxville Zoo. Volunteers cleaned and organized the greenhouses, trimmed foliage, and re-potted plants. The volunteers also had the opportunity to learn about and meet the Aldabran Giant Tortoises.
- December: Open Service Task Force volunteer project with the Dream Connection. Volunteers participated in a radiothon for the Dream Connection.
The KBA Professionalism Committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday at noon in Chancellor Weaver's courtroom (Knox Co. Chancery Court, Part I).
View photos from the Professionalism Committee's Annual Fall Hike held in September 2014.
The KBA Publications Committee meets periodically to discuss articles of interest for DICTA. If you are interested in submitting an article for DICTA, please review our Publication Guidelines and Author Guidelines.
Senior Lawyers Activities
The Seniors Section is comprised of members over the age of 50. The Section meets three to four times per year. The section affords an opportunity for senior members to gather for fellowship and address interests unique to them, while staying abreast of KBA activities. The Senior Section meets quarterly at Chesapeake's.
Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Activities
Solo Practitioners & Small Firm Section
Please join other members of the Section on the first Wednesday of each month at the LunchBox at noon.
Beginning in 2002, the KBA Solo Practitioner & Small Firm has sponsored a continuing legal education program on how to set-up and maintain a law practice. Download the most recent version (2010).
Solo & Small Firms Not Goin' It Alone
DICTA often has at least one article related to solo and small firms located in the section titled Solo & Small Firms Not Goin' It Alone. We've gathered recent DICTA articles from that section so you don't have to dig through past issues!
Articles About Growing Your Practice
Ignorance is Bliss: Confessions of a Guy on a Ladder (August 2013)
By Jesse D. Nelson, Law Office of Jesse D. Nelson, PLLC
Musing on Marketing in a Small Firm Environment (December 2013)
By Anne M. McKinney, Anne M. McKinney, P.C.
Marketing 101: Curing Visiobibliophobia and Making Networking Work for You (September 2013)
By Sarah C. Easter, The McKellar Law Firm, PLLC
Marketing for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners (September 2014)
By Shelley S. Breeding and Stephanie Prager, Breeding & Lodato, LLC
Hot Tub Lawyer Time Machine (Without the Hot Tub) (April 2014)
By William E. Maddox, Jr. LLC
Making A Living as a Lawyer: Reflections on the Past Provide Hope for the Future (April 2013)
By Edward G. (Tripp) White III, Law Offices of Edward G. White III
Articles About Unique Issues, Challenges & Resources
Knoxville's Largest Law Firm (May 2013)
By Wm. Gregory Hall, Jr., WG Hall Law PLLC
Alphabet Soup for Solos & Small Firms: Or, a Solo IP Practitioner's Guide to Surviving & Thriving (June 2013)
By Esther R. Bell, Global Property Asset Management, PLLC
I Am My Own Paralegal: Tips for How to Survive Being A Solo Practitioner Without An Office Staff (October 2014)
By Kimberly R. Grace
Solo in A Box (August 2014)
By Cynthia Richardson Wyrick, Ogle, Gass & Richardson, P.C.
Articles About Client Relations
Dealing with the Difficult Client (October 2013)
By Lucinda M. Albiston and Donna H. Smith, Albiston and Smith, PLLC
Dealing With Foreign Clients (June 2014)
By Charles Torres and Solange McDaniel, Torres Law Firm, PLLC
Unauthorized Practice of Law Activities
Work Life Balance Activities
Do you have input on resources, events or activities that you'd like the Committee to offer? Contact the KBA at 522-6522.
Questions about Committees
Contact the KBA at 865-522-6522 if you have any questions.