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 is the KBA's newest section, being formed for the 2015 year. At the moment, Mr. Dickenson is serving as interim chair for the group.
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 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. Download a list of the 2014 Committee & Section Chairs.
NOTE: If you are interested in seeing which KBA members are currently serving on each Committee, you must be logged in to the site as a member.
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 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 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.
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 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 Committee partners with the Family Law Section to work toward resolving issues involving all aspects of the welfare of children. The Committee serves as a resource to help meet the needs of children involved in our legal system.
Local Agency Resources (Available Online):
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) 522-8767
Fax: (865) 522-0130
Phone: (865) 766-0056
Fax: (865) 766-0570
Wynne du Mariau Caffey
Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC
5616 Kingston Pike, Suite 301
Knoxville, TN 37919
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) 599-0148
Fax: (865) 381-0407
Phone: (865) 594-5279
Fax: (865) 594-2825
Phone: (865) 545-4260
Fax: (865) 545-4086
Phone: (865) 971-4600
Fax: (865) 544-0700
Phone: (865) 523-3022
Fax: (865) 637-0137
Phone: (865) 522-4191
Fax: (865) 522-0910
Phone: (865) 215-2327
Fax: (865) 215-2936
Daniel A. Sanders
Knox County Law Department
400 Main Avenue, Suite 612, City County Building
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 215-2515
Fax: (865) 215-4253
Joan Stallard Stewart
Knox County District Attorney General’s Office
P.O. Box 1468
Knoxville, TN 37901
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: (931) 252-9123
Fax: (931) 520-9123
Phone: (865) 215-2561
Fax: (865) 215-2575
Phone: (865) 712-0963
Phone: (865) 637-0484
Fax: (865) 525-1162
Charity Miles Williams
Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Inc.
502 S. Gay Street, Suite 404
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 522-2717
Fax: (865) 522-7929
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Offers Clergy Training
The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance offers a Clergy Training for Faith-Based Initiative Program on September 16.
First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Trentham Hall
510 West Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Date: September 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $6.00 for sandwich lunch buffet
Parking: Trentham Hall Parking lot between Hill, Walnut and Locust streets
RSVP: Vanessa Moore, email@example.com
Deadline to RSVP is September 9, 2014
About the Training Event
The Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance ("TFJA"), in conjunction with volunteer lawyers from the Knoxville Bar
Association and Legal Aid of East Tennessee, will provide training to identify the need for legal assistance,
including learning how to spot legal problems that affect the lives of their congregants and information on
existing legal and social services resources in East Tennessee. This event is open to clergy and interested laity
of all religious groups in the Knoxville area. The training will be the first TFJA event held in Knoxville.
About the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance
TFJA is a project of the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission. It is an alliance of faithbased groups in Tennessee who commit to providing legal resources to their congregations and communities.
TFJA was created to align needs seen at the local house of worship level with possible legal resources that are
nearby, perhaps even within the same congregation. The notion is to connect with people in need in a place
they already go to seek help with a problem. That place is quite often their place of worship. Projects range
from traditional free legal clinics, to community education projects, to networks of attorneys volunteering to
meet the legal needs of local congregations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
LONDON | AMBURN
607 MARKET STREET, STE 900
KNOXVILLE, TN 37902
TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT
ACCESS TO JUSTICE COORDINATOR
511 UNION STREET, STE 600
NASHVILLE, TN 37219
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.
Join the ADR Section for the following CLE programs:
Monday, February 3, 2014
The ADR Section CLE program will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the law office of Butler, Vines & Babb, 2701 Kingston Pike. The program features Mary D. Miller, Miller Anderson Law Group, PLLC. The economic downturn continues to spawn a number of bankruptcy filings, both big and small. To fully understand the impact bankruptcy will have on a dispute, the mediator should have a grasp of the legal and economic realities of the bankruptcy process. Often one or more of the lawyers handling a dispute confront the prospect of bankruptcy without a grasp of what will happen once a petition is filed, or even of what is required before a proceeding can be filed. Learn the basics of bankruptcy practice and get ideas on how to handle the "BK" problem in mediation.
Approved for 1 Hour of General & 1 Hour of CME Credit
Monday, March 3, 2014
The ADR Section CLE program will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the law office of Butler, Vines & Babb, 2701 Kingston Pike. The program features R. Louis Crossley, Jr., Long, Ragsdale & Waters, P.C. Mediation continues to gain popularity as the preferred alternative dispute resolution platform. The flexibility of the process is one of its greatest strengths - but this flexibility can also be the source of confusion and set-backs. Increasing awareness of the nuances and opportunities of the mediation process can help counsel to better serve the client. This program will focus on practical skill development by breaking down the mediation process into its critical phases and engage participants in analysis of the strategic decision-making points to bear in mind within each phase.
Approved for 1 Hour of General & 1 Hour of CME Credit
Monday, April 7, 2014
The ADR Section CLE program will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the law office of Butler, Vines & Babb, 2701 Kingston Pike. The program features Esther R. Bell, Global Intellectual Property Asset Management, PLLC. In today's world of information capital, intellectual property is a key asset for many businesses. Resolving conflicts that involve IP can be challenging and costly. The focus of this 1-hr talk will be to provide useful ideas and tools for successfully resolving IP-related issues between parties via mediation. From name disputes between small shops to patent infringement actions between international corporations, copyrights to licensing, this seminar will help you be well informed and ready whenever IP matters arise.
Approved for 1 Hour of General & 1 Hour of CME Credit
Archives Committee Activities
For more information aboutt the Archives Committee please contact co-chairs 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.
Join us for the 1st meeting of the new Bankruptcy Law Section
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4 p.m., KBA members who are interested in participating in the new Bankruptcy Law Section are encouraged to attend a planning meeting at the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building. Bankruptcy law is an ever-changing area of the law and members would benefit from CLE programming and mentoring opportunities. The Section is intended for attorneys for whom a significant portion of their work is related to bankruptcy practice. There is no fee for KBA members to participate in the Bankruptcy Law Section. The Section will be sponsoring a Lunch & Learn seminar in February featuring new Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne Bauknight. If you are interested in joining the new Bankruptcy Law Section, please join us on December 2nd. If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, please contact KBA member Tom Dickenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 292-2307.
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 2009-2014
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, 2014 (or date of purchase if later than January 1st). Under no circumstances will the term on any Season Pass be extended beyond December 31, 2014.
Corporate Counsel Activities
If you have specific questions about upcoming meetings, feel free to contact Membership/Social Chair, Brittany Brent Smith at (865) 546-7311.
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 has 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 will go 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 email@example.com 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.
Meet Your Circuit Court Div. IV Judicial Candidates
The Family Law Section's next scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18th from 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the East Tennessee Historical Center at 601 S. Gay Street. Please join your fellow section members for an informal meet & greet with the four Circuit Court Division IV Judicial Candidates – Daniel Kidd, Patti Jane Lay, Greg McMillian and David Valone. Each candidate will be given a few minutes to discuss why they have chosen to run for the judicial seat and will be available during the hour to answer any questions. We encourage everyone to brown bag your lunch and take this informal opportunity to meet your judicial candidates.
Join the Family Law Section for the following CLE program:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Family Section CLE program will be held from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. in Chancery Court, Part I, City County Building. The program features Sarah Y. Sheppeard, Sheppeard & Mynatt, P.L.C. This program will bring you up to date on the latest case law and statutory developments that have an impact on your family law practice. Sarah Sheppeard will analyze how recent decisions and new laws will impact your clients.
Approved for 1 Hour of General CLE Credit
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.
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.
Candidate Forum: Circuit Court, Div. I, Circuit Court, Div. II and Chancery Court, Part II
The KBA Government Lawyers Section has scheduled a Judicial Candidate forum on Monday, March 10th from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the Small Assembly Room. The Section would like to encourage members of the bar to take this opportunity to learn more about the judicial candidates and their plans if elected. Each candidate will be given a few minutes to discuss why they have chosen to run for the judicial seat and answer questions from attendees. KBA members are encouraged to bring a lunch and take this opportunity to learn more about our judicial candidates.
Chancellor, Part II
Hon. Daryl R. Fansler
Clarence E. Pridemore
Circuit Court, Division I
Billy J. Stokes
Circuit Court, Division II
William (Bill) Ailor
Hon. Harold Wimberly, Jr.
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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
View photos from the Professional Mixer with KBA members and Knoxville Chapter of the TSCPAs which was held on November 7, 2013 and photos from the Professional Mixer with the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers held on November 14, 2013.
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 Chair Nick Chase.
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
Technology for Lawyers
Fitness Tracking Devices
By Kristina M. Chuck-Smith, Cohen & Chuck-Smith, PLLC
Document Editing Apps for Tablets and Smart Phones
By Kristina M. Chuck-Smith, Cohen & Chuck-Smith, PLLC
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.
Minority Opportunities Activities
The Knoxville Bar Association, the University of Tennessee College of Law and Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law, sponsored a Minority Law Student Reception on September 30, 2014, at The Southern Depot in downtown Knoxville. The event was a success as approximately 30 law students attended the reception and met local attorneys from firms, solo practices, and government employers, as well as local judges. Dozens of students participated in a "Buddy Match Program" that paired law students with practicing attorneys.
Participating Law Firms
Anderson Busby PLLC
Arnett Draper & Hagood
Bill Hotz & Associates, P.C.
Butler, Vines & Babb, PLLC
Knox Co. Circuit Court, Division IV
Cohen & Chuck-Smith
Dunn, MacDonald & Reynolds, P.C.
Eldridge & Blakney, P.C.
Elmore Stone & Caffey
Gilreath & Associates
Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC
Jolley and Eldridge
Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C.
Knox Co. District Atty. General's Office
Knox County Circuit Court, Div III
Knox County Law Director's Office
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Leibowitz Law Firm, PLLC
Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, PC
LMU Duncan School of Law
Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC
Pitts & Lake, P.C.
Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson
Stone & Hinds PC
Tennessee Supreme Court
US Attorney's Office
U.T. College of Law
View photos from the Minority Law Student Reception held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Attracting and Retaining Talent - Material for consideration
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 on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
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. The upcoming Senior Section Luncheons will be held on March 5, June 11, September 10, and December 10, 2014.
Join us for the Senior Section Luncheon:
"How I Wrote My Book and Then Two More"?
Featuring KBA members Bob Godwin and Mike Mollenhour
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chesapeake's Restaurant - 500 Henley Street
Previous Senior Section luncheons have sold out. Space is limited.
An audio recording from the March 13, 2013 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
Solo Practitioners & Small Firm Section
Please join other members of the Section on the first Wednesday of each month at the LunchBox at noon.
In addition to a networking opportunity, join us for a short fifteen minute discussion on Immigration Law by KBA member Susan Schultz Davis on Wednesday, March 5. Plan to attend and bring any questions you may have. For more information about the section, please contact Chairs Greg Hall (546-0080) or Tripp White (712-0963).
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
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.
Questions about Committees
Contact the KBA at 865-522-6522 if you have any questions.