Posted on: Oct 19, 2020
The Board of Directors of the Knoxville Bar Foundation has approved the use of the Foundation as the appropriate vehicle to undertake the task of receiving contributions for judicial portraits of our outstanding former judges who served Knox County with distinction for many years. In the past, members of our bar association have formed committees that organized and implemented the efforts to have judicial portraits painted for display in our various courtrooms. The advantage of utilizing the Knoxville Bar Foundation as the vehicle for this worthwhile effort is that your contributions are tax-deductible. The Knoxville Bar Foundation is tax-exempt under Code §501(c)(3) and is qualified as a publicly supported charity to which donations are tax-deductible under §170(c). An IRS ruling confirms that providing judicial portraits is an exempt purpose.
The two portraits which need to be prepared are those of Judge Bob McGee and Chancellor Mike Moyers. These portraits will not be oil paintings, but rather photographs that will be textured and mounted on canvas to mimic the appearance of an oil painting. Many judicial portraits currently hanging in our various courtrooms (Chancellor Fansler, Judge Leibowitz, Judge Rosenbalm, Judge Swann, and Judge Workman) have utilized this method at significantly reduced expense but with high-quality workmanship and appearance.
The Knoxville Bar Foundation Judicial Portraits Committee will arrange for these portraits to be prepared by Knoxville photographer Rachel Towers Brooks, and the estimated cost (including framing) for these two portraits is $3,500.00.
Checks should be made payable to the Knoxville Bar Foundation and sent to J. William Coley, KBF Treasurer, Hodges Doughty & Carson, P.O. Box 869, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901. Please note that your check is for “judicial portraits.” Contributions will ensure that these outstanding judges are appropriately remembered in the courtrooms where they presided for so many years.
Posted on: Oct 15, 2020
The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) is pleased to announce the release of PLANNING AHEAD: A GUIDE TO PROTECTING YOUR CLIENTS’ INTERESTS IN THE EVENT OF YOUR DISABILITY OR DEATH handbook to help members fulfill their ethical obligations to protect their clients' interests in the event of death, disability, impairment, or incapacity. Although it is hard to think about events that could render a lawyer unable to continue practicing law, freak accidents, unexpected illness, and untimely death do occur. Following the suggestions in this handbook will help to protect the clients' interests and will help to make the law practice a valuable asset to the attorney’s estate. In addition, it will simplify the closure of the law office - a step a lawyer’s family and colleagues will very much appreciate.
All of the forms contained in the publication are available on the KBA website and sample forms can be downloaded in Word for easy customization.
By planning ahead, you gain the peace of mind of knowing that should some unexpected emergency require the closure of your office — short- or long-term or even permanently — your clients will be protected. This peace of mind is then shared with your clients, your family and your colleagues.
Posted on: Sep 28, 2020
The Court is soliciting written comments on proposed amendments to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 21, section 3.01(a) of the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court requires each attorney admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee to obtain fifteen hours of continuing legal education (“CLE”) in each compliance year. On August 28, 2020, the Nashville Bar Association (“NBA”) filed a petition asking this Court to modify Rule 21, section 3.01(a) to require each attorney to complete two hours of the required fifteen in diversity, inclusion, equity, and elimination of bias. Comment deadline: December 30, 2020. Comments should reference the docket number and should be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to: James M. Hivner, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
Click here to view the Order.
Posted on: Sep 22, 2020
The Knoxville Bar Association sent a survey to KBA members on September 2 to get input on event planning in 2020-2021. Members were asked to complete the ten-question survey by 5 pm on September 21. 30% of the attorney members of the KBA completed the survey.
The complete survey results can be found here.
The KBA thanks everyone who completed the survey to assist with our planning in 2020-2021.
Posted on: Sep 17, 2020
Applications Being Accepted for Sixth Judicial District Chancery Court Vacancy
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Chancellor in the Sixth Judicial District, which covers Knox County. This vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge Michael W. Moyers, effective Jan. 23 of next year. Qualified applicants must be licensed attorneys who are at least 30 years of age, have been residents of the state for five years and are residents of the Sixth Judicial District. Those interested should submit the Trial Court Vacancy Commission Application to the Administrative Office of the Courts by noon CDT on Sept. 30. The commission will hold a hearing virtually via Zoom on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. EDT. It will be live streamed for the public on the AOC’s YouTube page. Those who wish to address the commission to express their objection or support concerning an applicant must email Ceesha Lofton or call 615-741-2687 by 4 p.m. CDT on Oct. 14. Read more about the vacancy on the AOC’s website.
Posted on: Sep 9, 2020
Applications Sought for Knox Circuit Court Vacancy
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a circuit court judge in the Sixth Judicial District in Knox County. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Judge Kristi Davis to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Qualified applicants must be licensed attorneys who are at least 30 years of age, residents of the state for five years, and residents of the judicial district. Applications are due by noon CDT on Sept. 23. The commission will hold a hearing with applicants via video conference on Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. EDT. For information about watching or speaking at the hearing contact Ceesha Lofton, 615-741-2687 by 4 p.m. CDT on Oct. 14.
Posted on: Sep 2, 2020
The Court is soliciting written comments on proposed amendments to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 27.4. The changes pertain to the status of an attorney seeking to transfer to disability inactive status during the course of disciplinary proceedings. Comment deadline: October 1, 2020. Comments should reference the docket number and should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: James M. Hivner, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
Posted on: Sep 1, 2020
The Court has requested comments concerning the Advisory Commission's recommended amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure and Civil Procedure. The proposed amendments are set out in Appendix I. The deadline for submitting written comments is November 30, 2020. Comments should reference the docket number and should be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to: James M. Hivner, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2020
The Helen Ross McNabb Center was one of several community mental health centers recently awarded FEMA/SAMHSA dollars through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to provide a virtual Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). This program was funded as part of the COVID-19 disaster response for the State of Tennessee. A Help Line (1-855-661-9191) has been created for residents in Blount, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, and Sevier Counties. The purpose of the program is to provide free emotional support, psychoeducation regarding common disaster reactions/coping skills, and assistance navigating community resources to anyone impacted by COVID-19.
If you and your family are seeking assistance, click here. / Si usted y su familia necesita ayuda con COVID-19, haga clic en este enlace.
If you are seeking assistance for yourself or someone else, click here. / Si usted necesita ayuda para ti o otros, haga clic en este enlace.
Posted on: Jul 16, 2020
Emerald Youth Foundation has identified a need of about 300 students within their system that need a laptop to learn and develop skills at home and they will distribute the laptops to students in need. RCN Technologies’ goal is to collect, sanitize, and recondition 300 laptops by August 31st to meet this need for our community. The KBA will serve as a collection center for members who wish to donate laptops to the Emerald Youth Foundation.
How To Donate
What To Donate
We are collecting any laptop that meets the minimum standards below, however, Emerald Youth Foundation has expressed that Chromebooks would be the best type of machine to fit within their existing IT infrastructure, which will generate less ongoing maintenance and IT expenses for their organization.
Types of Computers Accepted
Minimum Laptop Specifications
What Happens To The Laptops
RCN Technologies’ TechLab IT technician team will follow a cleaning and reconditioning protocol for each device that is donated and meets minimum specifications.
KBA Members may drop off laptops at the KBA Office at 505 Main Street, Suite 50, up until August 31st.
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