About the KBA:
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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, 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 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 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.
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.
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 is involved in the planning and directing of Knoxville Bar Association events during the year. The Committee assists in the planning and conducting of events including the Supreme Court Dinner and the Annual Law Day Luncheon.
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 by completing a sign up form. 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. In addition to special projects, the committee formulates and administers the polling of KBA members to obtain periodic evaluations of the judiciary and certain other political offices for dissemination to the general public.
To assist the members of the Bar by providing information and helping to implement technology and management practices which will improve the members ability to provide more efficient and better quality services to the Public.
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 purpose of the committee is to provide assistance to lawyers suffering from alcoholism, addiction or other mental or emotional problems that impair the lawyers’ ability to practice law.
The KBA 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 Executive Director 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 purpose of the Resolutions/Memorials committee is to provide a year to year record of the Knoxville 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 Minority Opportunities Committee will foster in the Knoxville legal community a climate of awareness of the particular needs of the minority lawyers and to implement programs designed to ensure that every attorney will have the opportunity to succeed professionally and participate in the affairs of the legal community without regard to race, color, creed, religion, or gender.
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 newsletter, DICTA. Through DICTA, the Publications Committee attempts to inform the KBA 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 this 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.
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 Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee plans CLEs and other events designed to increase awareness of the legal needs of children involved in the Tennessee judicial system. The Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee partners with the Knoxville Bar Association Family Law Section and the related TBA committee to work toward resolving issues involving all aspects of the welfare of children.
Local Agency Resources (Available Online):
The Work Life Balance Committee will serve as a source of education for bar members and administrators, as well as a valuable network.
Phone: (865) 225-1660
Fax: (865) 545-4176
Phone: (865) 243-2412
Phone: (865) 522-8767
Fax: (865) 522-0130
Phone: (865) 329-3334
Fax: (865) 329-9902
Phone: (865) 584-7720
Fax: (865) 584-6639
Garry W. Ferraris
Law Office of Garry Ferraris
127 West Jackson Avenue, Suite 306
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 594-5282
Fax: (865) 594-2825
Phone: (865) 546-0080
Fax: (865) 622-2216
Phone: (865) 599-0148
Fax: (865) 381-0407
Phone: (865) 679-3483
Phone: (865) 525-0505
Fax: (865) 525-6001
Phone: (865) 383-1053
Fax: (865) 383-1054
Phone: (865) 971-4600
Fax: (865) 544-0700
Carrie S. O’Rear
Norton Spangler & Cramer P.C.
1111 Northshore Drive, NW, Suite P-270
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (865) 545-4228
Fax: (865) 545-4246
Phone: (865) 523-3022
Fax: (865) 637-0137
Phone: (865) 215-2050
Fax: (865) 215-2643
Phone: (865) 687-0021
Fax: (865) 687-0177
Phone: (865) 690-7931
Phone: (865) 386-1630
Phone: (865) 215-2508
Fax: (865) 215-4291
Hon. Steven W. Sword
Criminal Court, Division I
400 Main Avenue, City County Bldg., Suite 162
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 215-2561
Fax: (865) 215-2575
Phone: (865) 712-0963
Phone: (865) 522-2717
Fax: (865) 522-7929
Shelly L. Wilson
Robertson, Overbey, Wilson & Beeler
703 Riverview Tower, 900 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Access to Justice Activities
The Knoxville Bar Association Access to Justice Committee is exploring a new member service to assist local attorneys in identifying pro bono opportunities that suit each individual’s needs. The Committee plans to develop a catalog of pro bono opportunities which will allow attorneys flexibility in serving the community by choosing the ways that best fit their individual skills and circumstances. Please tell us about any organizations you are aware of in our area that utilize pro bono volunteers.
May you Serve
The inaugural "May You Serve" project is set to kick off with four opportunities to serve our community during the month of May. The "May You Serve" project is a collaborative effort of the KBA Barristers, TBA-YLD District 3, and the KBA Access to Justice Committee. The project seeks to connect local attorneys with service opportunities in our area. Read More.
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). If you have program topic or speaker suggestions, please contact the 2013 ADR Section Co-Chairs R. Kim Burnette at 546-7000 or email@example.com or Dana C. Holloway at 523-0404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archives Committee Activities
The Knoxville Bar Association Archives Committee has recently initiated a legal video history project which will preserve the experiences of senior members of Knox County for both the public and future generations of Knoxville lawyers. The oral history interviews will include lawyers and judges and their war stories and insights on the practice of law, including some of Knoxville's most famous court cases.
The Archive Committee's plan is to preserve the history and culture and flavor of the local legal community and to put into place a system for regularly recording oral histories of retiring judges, bar leaders and other legal personalities. In addition to being made available on the KBA website, these video presentations will then be available for use in classrooms, CLE seminars and other venues to preserve, honor, and improve our system of justice.
Our first video has been added to the KBA website. Learn more about local attorney Jon Burnett and about practicing law in Knoxville since 1951.
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 2008-2013
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 2007. 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, 2013 (or date of purchase if later than January 1st). Under no circumstances will the term on any Season Pass be extended beyond December 31, 2013.
Corporate Counsel Activities
The Corporate Counsel Section provides attorneys employed by a corporation or who limit their practice to direct representation of corporations with an opportunity to meet regularly and exchange ideas on issues of common concerns. The quarterly meetings usually serve one of two purposes. Sometimes, the meetings are more formal with a speaker(s) addressing topics relevant to most corporate counsel. But, because the offices of corporate counsel are spread throughout the greater Knoxville area and beyond, at other times the quarterly meetings are simply social gatherings which bring together members and guests an informal setting.
If you have specific questions about upcoming meetings, feel free to contact Membership Chair Ned Morgan.
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.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
*Not change in date
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION CLE
The program will be held from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Small Assembly Room, City County Building,
400 Main Avenue. The program features Hon. Mary Beth Leibowitz, Knox County Criminal Court, Division I, Hon. Bob R. McGee, Knox County Criminal Court, Division II, and Hon. Steven W. Sword, Knox County Criminal Court, Division I. What hasn't changed since 1989? No, not the head coach at the University of Tennessee. It's the Local Rules of Knox County Criminal Court. Over the last 24 years, there have been many changes to the law and local practice. The criminal court judges have prepared revisions to the local rules and are seeking input from the local bar. You will be given an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes and suggest amendments, additions, and deletions. Come and listen and let your voice be heard. View the proposed rules.
Approved for 1 Hour of Dual Credit
Environmental Law Activities
The Environmental Law Section meets regularly and presents speakers on topics relevant to both practitioners of environmental law and lawyers with an interest in the area. The environmental section provides a forum for lawyers who come from a variety of backgrounds, including government, corporate in-house, and private firm counsel. 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 Trivia Fundraiser held on May 16, 2013, sponsored by the KBA Functions Committee and the Knoxville Barristers was a rousing success with close to $1,200 raised for the KBA's Habitat for Humanity Project.
View photos of the Trivia Night.
Government & Public Service Lawyers Activities
The Government & Public Service Section is open to all lawyers employed by any governmental entity, state, federal, or local, including judicial clerks and attorneys with legal service agencies. If you would like further information on the section, please contact Suzanne Bauknight at 545-4157 or Debbie Poplin at 545-4228.
Interprofessional Relations Activities
Law Office Tech. & Management Activities
View photos from the Law Practice Today Expo which was held on Friday, April 12, 2013. View Photos.
Lawyer Referral & Info. Service Activities
Beginning now, KBA members can join LRIS for a low fee of $50.00 (now - June 2013). 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.
We are in particular need of attorneys in the areas of Immigration, Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice, Torts, Consumer, and Civil Rights. We will be happy to meet with you personally to discuss LRIS administrative procedures and panel membership. Contact Tracy Chain, LRIS Intake Specialist, at 522-6522 to arrange an appointment or download a LRIS panel member application at www.knoxbar.org.
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.
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. The Committee held its annual a Memorial Service on November 16, 2012, to honor members of the bar who passed away in the last year.
Minority Opportunities Activities
The Knoxville Bar Association, The University of Tennessee College of Law and Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law held the annual Minority Opportunities Reception on September 27, 2012. The reception was held at Carleo's in the Old City and was attended by over 70 law students and KBA members, as well as the Knox County District Attorney's Office and the Knox County Public Defender's Office. The key note speaker was Mayor Madeline Rogero. The theme of her presentation was "Bloom Where you are Planted" and it resonated with the students and lawyers in attendance.
See event photos from the reception held on September 27, 2012.
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 on the 2nd Wednesday at Chesapeake's.
An audio recording from the March 13th Senior Section program is available. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the recording, please contact the KBA Office at 865-522-6522.
Selected Reflections upon 56 yrs. of Practice
Robert R. Campbell
Hodges, Doughty & Carson
Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Activities
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
Making A Living as a Lawyer: Reflections on the Past Provide Hope for the Future by Edward F. (Tripp) White III, Law Offices of Edward G. White III
Knoxville's Largest Law Firm by Wm. Gregory Hall, Jr., WG Hall Law PLLC
Unauthorized Practice of Law Activities
Unmet Legal Needs of Children Activities
The Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon at the Bistro at the Bijou downtown.
Local Resources Available Online:
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.