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KBA Committees and Sections
The Access to Justice Committee strives to facilitate bringing together attorneys with members of our community who cannot otherwise afford legal service so they also have meaningful access to justice. In terms of the KBA's goals of serving its members and building a stronger bar association, the committee has provided mentoring opportunities to newer lawyers. The Committee undertook three significant projects this year, including the creation of the Volunteer Handbook, a resource listing of various legal, community, educational and faith-based organizations through which KBA members can volunteer their time. The KBA created the Legal Legacy Project, coordinating with the UT College of Law Legal Clinic to pair law students and newer attorneys with more experienced practitioners to handle pro bono cases. In addition to staffing pro bono cases, this effort provides rich mentoring and networking opportunities for the students and attorneys involved. In conjunction with the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission's Pro Bono Committee, our committee hosted an event at the UT College of Law to formally introduce the Pillar Law Firm Model for pairing classes of cases handled by LAET's Pro Bono Project with law firms. The meeting was a kick-off to a donation drive for firms, large and small, to commit time and talent to the Pro Bono Project.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the Knoxville Bar Association has continued to promote the use of appropriate forms of dispute resolution through its section meetings regularly scheduled on the first Monday of every month throughout the year. The Section provided a variety of CLE's on diverse ADR topics including domestic mediation strategy; mediation of business disputes; medical malpractice mediation; and the use of neuro-lingguistic programing in mediation. The Section again acknowledges the support of Butler, Vines & Babb and in particular, William D. Vines, III for their hospitality as hosts of the meetings.
It is the mission of the Archives Committee to collect, store and preserve materials of interest to the KBA membership. In 2012 the KBA asked the Archives Committee to undertake a local legal history video project. The Committee applied for and was awarded a grant from the Knoxville Bar Foundation to record video interviews with senior members of the Knoxville Bar to preserve the knowledge, stories and personalities of these attorneys. To date, we have conducted interviews with Jon Burnette and Ed Rayson. We are in the process of conducting at least one more interview. For 2013, we hope to apply for and receive another grant to continue the project. If additional funds were available in 2013, we would expand the project to include interviews with more senior members of the Bar.
The Continuing Legal Education Committee oversaw and approved all KBA CLE programs sponsored by the KBA this year, raised money for the KBA, and made several recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding CLE policy issues. The CLE Committee, along with various KBA committees, substantive law sections, staff, volunteer speakers, and several third-party organizations, developed and implemented a wide variety of affordable and timely CLE seminars. By the end of this year, the KBA (via the CLE Committee) will have sponsored more than 89 live CLE events, over 90 online programs, while offering members more than 120 hours of live CLE credit and utilizing over 168 mostly volunteer speakers. Successful CLE formats include the Lunch & Learns Series, Extended Seminars, KBA Section Co-Sponsored Programs, KBA Committee Co-Sponsored Programs, Online CLE Programs (video based), Moderated Videotaped Replays, and Seminars Co-Sponsored with Third-Party Organizations. Programs with the highest attendance included: Law Day: No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom (242) featuring a distinguished panel, Law Practice Today Expo (229) featuring a host of speakers; Evidence Update (88) featuring Doug Trant and Tom Johnson; and Tennessee Badwomen (97) featuring Don Paine. The KBA also sponsored an Ethics Bowl seminar in December featuring several speakers including professors from the UT School of Law. The committee created a new series called "In Chambers: Q & A with our Judges". This series is a great opportunity for the newly licensed, younger generation and even seasoned attorneys to gain a better understanding of our judiciary system by interacting (by informal Q & A) with each participating Judge. More CLE credit has been, and is, being offered online via the KBA website. Plans are already underway for CLE programs for 2013. The main goal is to continue to create timely, educational, practice specific and interactive programs for the members of the KBA.
The Corporate Counsel Section creates CLEs, networking and social opportunities, newsletters, and other programs that enhance and improve the role of in-house attorneys and attorneys in private firms that handle corporate matters for their clients. The Counsel Section hosted four quarterly meetings and one annual CLE. The Section's Annual CLE was a fast-paced, interactive format and was loaded with practical advice and ethical considerations essential for effective service to corporate clients. The Section also published four editions of The Consigliere, a quarterly publication containing a wealth of information submitted by a variety of local corporate counsel and edited by Chris Field (Lowe, Yeager & Brown). Ned Morgan (Voices Heard Media) assisted as chair of the Membership Committee.
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 goal of the Environmental Law Section is to meet to discuss areas of common concern and provide networking opportunities and continuing legal education for KBA members whose practice includes environmental law, transactional law, or land use issues. The Section sponsored a CLE program this spring entitled, "Environmental Enforcement: Tips for the General Practitioner."
The Family Law Section has been involved this year in presenting many well attended Continuing Legal Education seminars for its members and guests, including an extended seminar titled "In the Best Interests of the Child" which include discussion about the new legislative requirement that parents enjoy the maximum participation possible in their children's lives. The seminar featured Chancellor Mike Moyers, Mediator Nick Bunstine and Psychologist Robert Wahler. There were other brown bag lunch CLE seminars including "Child Support in Tough Financial Times" presented by Magistrates Brenda Lindsay-McDaniel and Robin Gresham; "Understanding Financial Information Sources" by Laura Owens and Matt Stuart of Pershing & Yoakley and Bill Mynatt presented "Child Support, the Worksheet and Beyond". Additionally, the Section has responded to the Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission's proposed changes to the standard Permanent Parenting Plans. The Section meets regularly to discuss changes in family law legislation, case law and rules and the practitioner's responses to these changes. Finally, the Section continues to explore possible solutions to assist the Judiciary with their ever expanded domestic dockets.
The mission of the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee is to assist lawyers and their clients in resolving disputes relating to fees if requested to do so by either the lawyer or the client, if both agree to have the dispute resolved by the Committee. In 2012, the Committee received eleven new disputes from either attorneys or their clients, through October 31. This year, in addition to our normal business, the Committee focused on prior changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct relating to non-refundable retainers, and how those changes impact the fee relationship between attorneys and their clients.
The Functions Committee seeks to identify and implement social functions that bring in an ever diverse membership together outside the confines of work so that they may make new friends and renew existing ones. The primary function in 2012 was the Cheers for Charity event held in May. This event raised over $3500 for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and was supported by scores of area businesses who donated auction items. In the fall, the Committee initiated monthly beer tastings at the Casual Pint, and a Night at the Roller Derby event was held in the summer.
The goal of the Government and Public Service Lawyers Section continues to be increasing communication among its members and fostering relationships with the bar as a whole. The Section strives to provide networking opportunities and meaningful programs to enhance the role of its diverse government and public service membership. The diversity of our membership is one of our greatest resources and one of our greatest challenges. Due to the nature of government and public service work, many of our members have few opportunities to be engaged with one another and with the bar as a whole. To foster our goal and to coordinate the "Exploring East Tennessee" CLE Series, attorneys from our section authored a series of short articles for DICTA throughout 2012 to introduce their favorite, lesser-known parts of East Tennessee such as the French Broad River, The Ocoee Ranger District, The Dragon, and Meades Quarry. In addition, the Section hosted a CLE in June entitled "Transforming Civility into Camaraderie: How to be a Better Lawyer" featuring Hon. C. Clifford Shirley, Jr., U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, which was well attended by both public and private sector attorneys. Our Section ended the year with a networking lunch meeting at which we discussed possible programming activities for 2013 that would be of interest to the section members and members of the Bar as a whole.
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 strained, the Committee aims to find ways to promote a spirit of cooperation and better understanding. The Committee welcomes member participation and any ideas for networking opportunities and/or for events or programs to be held in conjunction with other professionals in 2013. The Committee aims to hold events with other professional organizations that will draw non-KBA member participation. The Committee held a meeting with TSCPA (Tennessee Society for CPAs) Knoxville Chapter in January 2012 which was highly successful. A mixer with the TSPE (Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers) will be held in early 2013.
The Judicial Committee coordinates with and provides support to the members of the Judiciary and the various Courts with a goal to constantly enhance the interactions and relationships between the local Bar and Judiciary. As part of the committee's work, we seek areas of concern and interest to the Judiciary where we might be of service in exploring and seeking solutions to those areas of concern and to identify and support items of interest to the Judiciary. The Committee coordinated the Judicial Roundtable luncheon at the Law Practice Today Expo during the first half of the year. The Judicial Roundtable Luncheon was once again well-attended and has become one of the more popular events of the KBA year. During 2012, the Committee communicated with the local trial court judges to determine how the KBA can be of assistance to the local judiciary with potential projects, including a KBA forms library. The Committee coordinated with the KBA to publish online in a member access only portion of the KBA website an initial set of suggested pleadings and checklists.
The Law Office Technology & Management Committee provides information to bar members relevant to technology and advancements which aide in the practice of law. Committee members routinely provide articles in DICTA and make presentations at CLE programs. The Law Practice Today Expo each spring around tax time remains the committee's signature event. This past April 20th, 2012 the committee presented the sixth (6th) annual Expo at the UT Conference Center, offering multiple CLE tracks and vendor booths with exciting new products for KBA members and staff to peruse. Throughout the day, corporate sponsors and exhibitors delivered information and gifts to attendees. Technology, software and services specifically tailored to today's practice of law were exhibited to lawyers, administrators, paralegals and assistants. With the coordination and cooperation of the KBA Judicial Committee, the Expo featured a "judicial roundtable" luncheon once again attended by more than 20 local judges from the trial and appellate courts. Keynote speaker Dave Hart provided entertainment and inspiration to the luncheon crowd. The next Law Practice Expo is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014.
The KBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service provides a valuable public service to community while also serving as a referral source for members. The LRIS Committee implemented a marketing plan to raise the visibility of the LRIS in our community. Television advertising was continued which included brief 10-second spots to raise the visibility of LRIS and the KBA. Public service announcements about the LRIS were aired on radio station WUOT. The LRIS Committee continued discounted panel membership fee for newly licensed KBA members, and offered discounted rates to join LRIS in January, midway through the fiscal year. LRIS staff attended two veteran-oriented programs in 2012, assisted by LRIS members. Information about LRIS and Legal Resource Guides were distributed to attendees.
The work of the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee (the "LCL Committee") supports the KBA's Goals and Objectives because the LCL Committee works 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. The LCL Committee assists these individuals in identifying, treating and recovering from these illnesses, which in turn protects the interests of clients and the public from harm caused by impaired judges and lawyers. The LCL Committee also works to educate the bench and bar as to the causes and treatments for behavioral health related issues in order to facilitate the prevention of harm that can be caused to and by impaired members of the legal profession. All of this work by the Committee supports various components of the KBA's mission, including but not limited to (i) helping the KBA serve as a leader in advancing excellence, ethical conduct, professionalism and public responsibility in the legal profession, and (ii) helping the KBA to identify and support the needs of a diverse membership and foster an environment in which members experience a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in the practice of law. The LCL Committee worked quietly behind the scenes in 2012, on a confidential basis and in conjunction with TLAP, to assist judges, lawyers and law students with behavioral health related issues. Based upon the confidential nature of the Committee's business, we are not at liberty to disclose or publicize the results of our work with members of the bench and bar in 2012. The LCL Committee also worked in conjunction with TLAP in 2012 to educate the bench and bar as to the causes and treatments for behavioral health related illnesses, including presentations to the Tennessee Conference of District Attorneys General in Knoxville on October 16, 2012, and distributing educational literature at local law school orientations.
The Committee continues its mission to keep KBA members informed about proposed state legislation that may affect their clients and our Courts. Legislation concerning the continuation of the Judicial Selection Commission, the potential election of the Attorney General, and various reforms in the civil justice system continues to be monitored. The Committee thanks Senator Doug Overbey for again providing weekly reports on activity during the 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 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 sponsored a Memorial Service on November 16, 2012, to honor the 16 members of the bar who passed away in the last year.
The Minority Opportunities Committee continues to strive towards it goal of attracting and maintaining quality minority attorneys to the Knoxville area. On September 27, 2012, the Minority Opportunities Committee joined with the U.T. College of Law and LMU Duncan School of Law and hosted its annual reception. The reception was held at Carleo's in the Old City and was attended by over 70 law students and 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.
The mission of the Professionalism Committee is to advise the KBA Board of Governors on ethical issues and to develop programs that emphasize the importance of maintaining the highest professional standards and practices. During 2012 the Committee has met regularly to evaluate significant proposed rule changes and has offered recommendations to the Board of Governors. The Committee undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the proliferation of do-it-yourself legal forms and produced a white paper outlining cautions for laypersons utilizing such forms. To encourage collegiality within the bar, the Committee organized the KBA Fall Hike to Historic Rugby in honor of Judge Thomas Phillips. Finally, the Committee proposed a nominee to the Board of Governors to receive the Courage in the Face of Adversity Award.
The Publications Committee's objectives for 2012 included (1) continuing to provide interesting and informative articles to members of the KBA in our monthly publication, DICTA; (2) increasing member participation on the Committee; and (3) soliciting new content for DICTA. DICTA is now in its fifth year since being changed from a newsletter to a magazine format, and both its circulation and the scope of its content have continued to expand. The Committee itself consists of about a dozen members, who are all committed to continuing to improve the quality and content of the publication. Highlights over the course of the year included a series of articles in the "State of the Legal Profession" series that examined a number of important issues and recent developments impacting the local bar and the legal profession as a whole; timely pieces on a wide range of topics in DICTA's long-running "Practice Tips" column; informative reports on the pros, cons and effects of health care reform; a series detailing the KBA's Mentor for the Moment program; "Around the Bar" articles describing community service opportunities; a new "Exploring East Tennessee" series from members of the KBA's Government Lawyers Section; and a variety of articles paying tribute to veterans and military service members within the KBA and examining the historical impact of World War II on the Knoxville legal community.
The Senior Section held quarterly lunch meetings featuring outstanding presentations by Amy Morris Hess, Glen H. Reynolds, Timothy A. Priest, and Dr. Fred Bedelle. The quarterly meetings are a wonderful opportunity for members to gather together, and the luncheons have proven so popular, we are about to outgrow Chesapeake's private room. Several Senior Section members have worked with the Publications and Archives committees of the KBA in developing oral histories from certain distinguished bar members.
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. The Section strives to identify needs and concerns of solo and small firm attorneys and implemented the "Small Firm Toolkit" CLE series. The CLE series included topics, "Reinventing Your Practice with New Technology & Improved Ideas," "Practical Business Tips for Your Small Firm," "Building Your Practice: How to Get and Keep Clients Office" and "Organization Set-Up: Preparing for Rainy Days."
The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee continues to be a responsive rather than proactive committee. The Committee investigates and handles complaints from the public, lawyers and judges about persons engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. The Committee hopes to increase awareness about the committee so it can be utilized as a resource when there is suspicion that someone is engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
View the Unauthorized Practice of Law Handbook.
The Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee has worked to make suggestions to and create opportunities for members of the Bar who are interested in assisting in meeting the specific legal needs of children. This Committee is a support committee for the Family Law Section and looks for ways to work with that section to improve the experience of children in the legal system and to educate bar members about needs of children in the system, improving their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to the representation of children and their families. The Committee continued to solicit donations of funds, small items and books and used them to prepare activity bags delivered to 4th Circuit Court and Juvenile Court for distribution to small children who attend court with family members. The Committee donated two baskets to the Juvenile Court's Foster Care fund auction held on November 16, 2012 and co-sponsored a 3 hour CLE with the Family Law Section which addressed the new co-parenting time presumptions, mediation in divorce and custody cases which included a presentation from a child psychologist. The Committee also supported a 1 hour CLE on basics of Juvenile Court in May, 2012 and its members collaborated with Bill Routh to put together a 3 hour CLE on Juvenile Court and GAL issues held in August 2012. Finally, the Committee had an informational/outreach meeting at ChildHelp to learn more about the role of this statutory agency in our community and specific unmet legal needs of the children it serves. The Committee also explored the possibility of a teen court program in Knox County but elected not to pursue it after investigation and discussion with stakeholders.
Local Agency Resources (Available Online):
The Work Life Balance Committee has continued to promote education in the legal community regarding the issues of lawyers who wish to maintain a healthy balance between work and family (including not only those with spouses and/or children at home, but also those who are caring for aging parents), as well as outside interests (participation in community organizations, hobbies, fitness, etc.). The committee holds periodic lunch time meetings, in which various issues such as flexible work time arrangements, initiatives to commit to the retention of women in the profession and rights available to new parents are discussed.
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) 643-8720
Dana C. Holloway
Holloway Law & Mediation Center, PLLC
8351 E. Walker Springs Lane, Suite 401
Knoxville, TN 37923-
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) 687-0021
Fax: (865) 687-0177
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
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). If you have program topic or speaker suggestions, please contact the 2013 ADR Section Co-Chairs R. Kim Burnette at 546-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dana C. Holloway at 523-0404 or email@example.com.
Archives Committee Activities
For more information aboutt the Archives Committee please contact co-chairs Bob Crawford at (865) 525-5134.
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
KBA Corporate Counsel Section's Creates New Mentor for the Moment Program
Building on the success of the KBA's Mentor for the Moment Program which has been in place since 1996, the KBA's Corporate Counsel Section has recently decided to implement a separate mentor program open only to KBA members who are in an in-house position. The program will be limited to attorneys who practice law as employees of private sector organizations and who do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law.
Ask most anyone in the legal profession and they will likely agree that mentoring is one of the most critical components to a lawyer's success. A mentor can give a lawyer the tools needed to understand the professional and practice needs of in-house counsel. Corporate legal departments are typically much more complex than law firms, and have additional levels of reporting. What's more, when lawyers transition in-house, their day-to-day interactions involve more frequent contact with nonlawyers in the business lines of the organization, and their work demands more general business and political savvy. This can be a drastic change from their previous roles. The skills that were learned in mentoring relationships in law school or in firm life aren't necessarily congruent with what are needed to work effectively in-house.
We are asking in-house counsel to sign up so that we can share the list of mentors exclusively to those KBA members who serve as in-house counsel. We do not intend to release this list to other KBA members or post this information on the KBA website so we will ask members who receive the list to maintain the privacy of the in-house counsel listed.
If you are currently serving as in-house counsel, please use the registration form to sign up.
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.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CRIMINAL COURT LOCAL RULES
The Knox County Criminal Court is soliciting written comments regarding the proposed amendments to the Criminal Court Local Rules from judges, lawyers, bar associations, members of the public and any other interested parties. The deadline for submitting written comments has been extended to August 31, 2013.
View the proposed rules.
View the current local rules
Written comments should be addressed to:
Marsha S. Wilson, KBA Executive Director
Knoxville Bar Association
P.O. Box 2027
Knoxville, TN 37901-2027
FAX: (865) 523-5662
COMMENTS TO RULE CHANGES:
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.
Join us for Trivia Night!
Sponsored by the KBA Functions Committee & the Knoxville Barristers
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Bistro at the Bijou, 807 S. Gay Street
Social Hour and Registration beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Live Trivia from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$10 per person if paid on or before November 10. $15 per person if paid on or after November 11.
Proceeds raised from event registrations and mulligans will be used to support the Barristers charitable endeavors
(Mobile Meals holiday gift baskets and volunteer breakfast).
Teams may include up to 4 players with at least one lawyer per team. If you are interested in being paired with players the night of the event, please check the "free agent" box.
The winning team/individual will be awarded a prize, and the admiration and envy of all.
Register online at www.knoxbar.org.
View photos of the Trivia Night held on May 16, 2013.
Government & Public Service Lawyers Activities
If you would like further information on the section, please contact Suzanne Bauknight at 545-4157 or Debbie Poplin at 545-4228.
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
The Knoxville Bar Association Interprofessional Relations Committee invites you to:
Join us for 2 Professional Mixers
Members of the Knoxville Bar Association
& the Knoxville Chapter of the TSCPAs
Thursday, November 7, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Calhoun's in Bearden
6515 Kingston Pike
Join us for networking, some light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. There is no charge for members of the KBA, TSCPA or TSPE to attend either event but since space is limited, please RSVP.
*Please Note: You must be a member of the Knoxville Bar Association or Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants in order to participate.
Members of the Knoxville Bar Association
& the Knoxville Chapter of the TSPEs
Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Copper Cellar West
7316 Kingston Pike
Join us for networking, some light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. There is no charge for members of the KBA, TSCPA or TSPE to attend either event but since space is limited, please RSVP.
*Please Note: You must be a member of the Knoxville Bar Association or the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers in order to participate.
Let's make the holidays brighter!
We would like to encourage everyone to attend to help us assist Wesley House in making the holidays a little brighter for the elementary students who participate in their programming. Please bring a wrapped gift with a tag indicating if the gift is for a boy or girl and the approximate age range.
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 Interprofessional Relations Committee Co-Chairs Nick Chase or Jennifer Pearson Taylor.
The Judicial Committee meets at 4 p.m. every month on the second Thursday of the month at the Downtown Grill & Brewery (upstairs) - 424 Gay Street.
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.
Knoxville Bar Association Memorial Service
Friday, November 22, 2013
Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom
505 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Reception following the Memorial Service.
Join us as we remember our colleagues who have passed away. The Memorials and Resolutions Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association is sponsoring an opportunity to honor the members of the bar who have passed away in the last year.
Willard N. Albert
Remarks by Randell L. Tyree
Leonard J. Gajewski
Remarks by Robert L. Erwin
Ralph E. Harwell
Remarks by Herbert S. Moncier
Geoffrey D. Kressin
Remarks by Robert O. Fox
Robert H. Leonard
Remarks by Patrick J. Leonard
Edward C. Miller, Jr.
Remarks by Emma A. Drozdowski
A. Thomas Monceret
Remarks by Carl W. Eshbaugh
Don W. Ownby
Remarks by Dennis W. Huffer
Claude O. Ramer, II
Remarks by James H. Price
John B. Rayson
Remarks by Ronald A. Rayson
Harold B. Stone
Remarks by Anna F. Hinds
The service will be led by The Honorable Gary R. Wade and Rev. Charles W.B. Fels.
Minority Opportunities Activities
The Knoxville Bar Association, the University of Tennessee College of Law and Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law Minority Law Student Reception
View photos from the Minority Law Student Reception held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
The KBA Professionalism Committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday at noon in Chancellor Weaver's courtroom (Knox Co. Chancery Court, Part I).
The Professionalism Committee invites you to the annual fall hike on Saturday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. at House Mountain State Park which sits on over 500 acres about 15 miles from downtown Knoxville. The hike will be between 4 and 5 miles which should take about three hours. House Mountain is approximately 2100 feet above sea level and more than 1000 feet above Knoxville. Feel free to brings snacks and water for hiking as well as food and your favorite beverage for a post-hike picnic lunch.
Directions: Exit i-40 East at Exit 392. 10.4 miles on 11W (Rutledge Pike). Left of Idumea. Slight left on Hogskin. Park is at 9601 Hogskin Road.
People may confirm their participation by emailing Garry Ferraris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Saturday, November 16!
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
Musings on Marketing in a Small Firm Environment
By Anne M. McKinney, Anne M. McKinney, P.C.
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
Ignorance is Bliss: Confessions of a Guy on a Ladder
By Jesse D. Nelson, Law Office of Jesse D. Nelson, PLLC
Dealing with the Difficult Client
By Lucinda M. Albiston and Donna H. Smith, Albiston and Smith, 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 11:45 a.m. at the Bistro at the Bijou downtown, in the upstairs meeting room.
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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.