Committees and Sections
The mission of the Access to Justice Committee is to facilitate and encourage the KBA and its members in their efforts (1) to ensure access to the justice system by all persons without regard to income; and (2) to provide direct pro bono service to low-income persons in our community through participation in the Pro Bono Project, Barrister's initiatives, Pillar Law Firm Model, Non-Profit Pro Bono Program, CASA and other programs.
The ADR Section's goal is to promote the use of appropriate forms of dispute resolution in Knox County and to develop the KBA's ability to meet some of the public's need for mediators, arbitrators, and others who can help resolve disputes at less social cost than the judicial process. The Section also educates local practitioners on current uses and trends in dispute resolution throughout the country.
The Archives Committee's primary objective is to collect, store and preserve current materials of interest to the Knoxville Bar Association as a whole. As always, pictures, articles, or other documents bearing on the activities and personalities of the Knoxville Bar Association are welcomed by the Archives Committee.
The Bankruptcy Section promotes networking among members who practice in the Bankruptcy Courts and sponsors CLE programs quarterly. Activities planned include a newsletter and proposed revisions to the local rules.
The primary mission of the CLE Committee is to provide KBA members with affordable, high-quality continuing legal education seminars in numbers sufficient to help them satisfy annual CLE requirements. The CLE Committee is responsible for overseeing and approving all CLE programs sponsored by the KBA and for making recommendations to the Board regarding CLE policy. Each year, the KBA sponsors numerous live, online and video-taped replayed CLE seminars from which it derives a significant portion of its annual budget. The CLE Committee, along with various KBA committees, substantive law sections and KBA staff, develop and implement these programs utilizing volunteer speakers on local, state and national levels.
The Corporate Counsel Section is designed to create CLE, networking, social, newsletter and other "to be developed" opportunities that will enhance and improve the role of in-house attorneys and attorneys in private firms that handle corporate matters for their clients.
The Criminal Justice Section is open to all lawyers whose practice involves the criminal justice system. The Section's purpose includes educating Section members and the general public about the criminal justice system and its purpose; fostering productive communication among Section members, members of the judiciary, and criminal justice agencies; and seeking improvement in the operation of the criminal justice system.
Employment law is an ever-changing area of the law and members will benefit from CLE programming, recent case law developments and legislative updates. The Employment Law Section is intended for management and plaintiff's counsel, in addition to in-house and government attorneys.
The Environmental Law Section is open to any attorney whose practice includes environmental, transactional or land use issues. The section will offer the opportunity to meet on a regular basis to discuss areas of common concern and develop a network providing access to members and professionals with environmental expertise.
The Family Law Section is open to any attorney practicing family law. The monthly meetings focus on local and state-wide issues relevant to the family law practitioner and provide a forum for discussion. Several times a year the Section sponsors topical CLE programs for family law practitioners.
The Fee Dispute Resolution Committee ("The FDC") exists to provide assistance to both clients and lawyers when a dispute arises regarding attorney's fees and both parties agree to participate in the process in which the FDC issues a non-binding decision.
The Functions Committee plans and organizes social and networking events to encourage interaction and to engage members of the Knoxville Bar Association.
The Government and Public Service Lawyers Section, open to all lawyers employed by any governmental entity, state, federal or local, including judicial clerks and attorneys with legal service agencies, has been organized to address the needs and concerns of government and public service lawyers which are not otherwise met by the organized Bar.
Knoxville Bar Association members help shape the legal profession's future by serving on one of the Bar's committees or participating in one or more of the Sections. KBA committees create and manage various projects, including offering networking and volunteer opportunities for members. The KBA's vitality is a reflection of the efforts of our hard-working volunteers. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to learn how to volunteer to serve on a KBA Committee. There is no additional charge to participate in any Section, so feel free to attend any Section activity. To learn how to run an Effective Meeting, click here to see a video presented by TBA Vice President Danny Van Horn.
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The Interprofessional Relations Committee seeks to encourage mutually beneficial interaction among lawyers and other professionals in the community, such as physicians, accountants, financial planners, and the like. In addition, where existing relationships may be somewhat frayed at the edges, the Committee aims to find ways to promote a spirit of cooperation and better understanding.
This committee is dedicated to dealing with matters of interest to Bench and Bar and to improving relationships and communications between the judiciary and local attorneys.
The Juvenile Court & Child Justice Section (formerly the Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee) plans seminars and other events designed to increase awareness of the unmet legal needs of children involved in the Tennessee judicial system. The section partners with the Family Law Section to work toward resolving issues involving all aspects of the welfare of children. The section serves as a resource to help meet the needs of children involved in our legal system.
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The Law Office Technology & Management Committee's mission is to provide knowledge, information and skills to members of the Bar to use in implementing new (and existing) technologies and management practices and generally improving members' ability to deliver efficient, effective and quality services to their clients.
The Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee is responsible for oversight of the Lawyer Referral & Information Service, including development and recommendation of policy and programmatic changes for the LRIS, the Speakers Bureau and the LAWLINE system.
The Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee's mission is to assist judges, lawyers and law students with behavioral health related issues, whether it be alcohol or drug dependency, depression or other mental health issues, and confidentially assist these individuals in identifying, treating and recovering from these illnesses.
The Legislative Committee serves as the liaison between the Bar Association and the Knox County members of the Tennessee General Assembly. The Committee is responsible for making individual contacts with legislators during the year, and advising them of specific issues of interest to KBA during the annual Legislative Session.
The Membership Committee has primary responsibility for assisting the KBA staff in all membership-related functions, including designing the membership application and new member packets, publishing an annual Attorneys' Directory, sustaining and pursuing membership benefits and acting as liaison to the members and sections. The Committee also assists the Board of Governors in surveying the KBA members for assistance in improving the KBA or identifying areas of need or concern to the KBA or to the communities served by the KBA.
The purpose of the Memorials & Resolutions Committee is to provide a year-to-year record of the attorneys who pass into the Life Eternal. Each year the death of the individuals is noted and a notation is placed in the permanent records of the Knoxville Bar Association and with the Chancery Court of Knox County, Tennessee. The Committee sponsors a Memorial Service on the Friday before Thanksgiving to honor attorneys and judges who have passed away.
The Diversity in the Profession Committee shall foster in the Knoxville legal community an awareness of the needs and aspirations of diverse lawyers and shall implement programs designed to assure that every attorney (without regard to race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity) will have the opportunity to succeed professionally and to participate in the affairs of the legal community.
The Open Service Task Force is an initiative to involve members of the Knoxville Bar Association in a wider variety of community outreach and volunteerism opportunities. Read more about the task force from the January 2015 issue of DICTA. Check the events calendar for upcoming opportunities to get involved or contact one of the co-chairs listed below.
The Professionalism Committee reports to the KBA Board of Governors on ethics issues and is responsible for developing programs to maintain highest professional standards and practices.
The Publications Committee's primary responsibility is the preparation and publication of the Knoxville Bar Association's monthly magazine, DICTA. Through DICTA, the Publications Committee attempts to inform the membership of KBA sponsored events, recent activities of interest to the Knoxville Bar, and other information of general interest.
The Seniors Section is comprised of members over the age of 50. The Section meets three to four times per year. The section affords an opportunity for senior members to gather for fellowship and address interests unique to them, while staying abreast of KBA activities.
The purpose of the Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section is to create a network of members who either practice by themselves or in small firms to share information, pool resources and to identify specific management and marketing techniques designed for small firms and individual practices.
The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee investigates and handles complaints from the public, lawyers and judges about persons engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
View the Unauthorized Practice of Law Handbook.
The Work Life Balance Committee strives to highlight issues facing attorneys as they seek balance between busy careers, the demands of family, and personal health and well-being. The Committee works to provide educational seminars and articles to the wider bar, and also serves as a valuable network for the discussion of topics related to career satisfaction, productivity and time management.