Posted on: Sep 3, 2019
ADM2019-01537- The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering amending Rule 12, Sections 1 and 2 of the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court and the First-Degree Murder Report which is appended to Rule 12. The court is seeking written comments on the proposals from judges, lawyers, interested organizations and the public. Written comments are due by Oct. 2 and may be e-mailed email@example.com or mailed to James M. Hivner, Clerk, Re: Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 12, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 Seventh Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
Posted on: Aug 26, 2019
If you think you need a lawyer, chances are, you do. But what if you are really not sure? What if you don’t know what questions you should ask?
The Knoxville Bar Association developed LawLine Online to assist clients in determining if they have a legal matter or if another entity would be better suited to offer assistance. With the help of the local courts, governmental and community service organizations and more than thirty-five members of the Knoxville Bar Association, LawLine Online became a reality in June, 1999.
More than 70 topics, grouped in 16 major categories, aid in understanding common legal problems, recognizing potential legal problems and understanding how the justice system works. Additionally, there is information on where to go if further help is needed. The messages are written in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner using everyday language.
The LawLine material is reviewed for accuracy by attorney volunteers on a regular basis or as needed when changes occur to Tennessee law. While not intended to replace the advice of an attorney or provide specific legal advice, LawLine Online can nevertheless provide general information and assist those who aren’t sure where to go for help, or even what kind of help they may need.
The Knoxville Bar Association is a non-profit corporation organized to work for the improvement and increased effectiveness of the legal profession and the administration of justice. The Association, which has 1,854 members, offers continuing legal education and service to the community through programs such as the Lawyer Referral & Information Service, Legal Advice Clinics and LawLine OnLine. Additional public service information may be found at the Association's website at www.knoxbar.org.
Posted on: Aug 19, 2019
ADM2019-01434- The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering amending Rule 25, which concerns the manners in which the Tennessee Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection (TLFCP) board members are allowed to officially communicate. The court seeks public comment on the proposed changes, which should be submitted by Sept. 16. Comments may be submitted to James M. Hivner, Clerk, Re: Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 25, section 5.03, Tennessee Appellate Courts,100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on: Aug 15, 2019
Save the Date for the Annual Chili-Cookoff Luncheon & 2019 Basket Auction Live & Silent
Friday, November 15, 2019
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:00 AM Chili Entries must be at Court
11:00 AM Chili judging
11:30-12:30 Lunch and Silent Auction Begins- ($5.00 Lunch)
12:30 Welcome/Introductions/Lunch-Silent Auction Ends & Winners Announced
Presentation of the First Susan D. Kovac Award- (An annual award presented to Knox County’s Most Outstanding Child Welfare Attorney)
12:45 Live Auction Begins
Knox County Juvenile Court, 3323 Division Street
QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 215-6475.
Chili Registration Form
Basket Auction Donation Form
All proceeds to benefit the Volunteer Advisory Board and to assist with hosting the Annual Foster Care Appreciation Dinner for Foster Care parents and to help meet emergency needs of children in Foster Care. If you are interested in donating a basket, please use the Basket Donation Form or if you would like to participate in the Chili Contest, please use this form. There will be door prizes! You must be present to win! $5.00 for lunch! If you would like to donate a basket please let us know. We will be able to accept Cash, Checks and Debit/Credit Cards! Please make checks payable to Compassion Coalition.
The Supreme Court’s Attorneys for Justice program recognizes attorneys and law students who have done 50 or more hours of pro bono work in a calendar year. Attorneys can apply to be recognized when they renew their license with the BPR or they can apply using the attorney application. Law offices can also be recognized if the attorneys in the office do an average of 50 or more hours of pro bono work per attorney. The recognition recipients receive is a certificate signed by all of the Justices and an electronic version of the Attorneys for Justice seal which they can use on their websites, letterhead, and marketing materials.
Local attorneys will be recognized during the KBA Annual Supreme Court Dinner on September 4, 2019.
Posted on: Aug 14, 2019
ADM2019-01444 – The Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice & Procedure annually presents recommendations to the Court to amend the Tennessee Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Procedure, and the Tennessee Rules of Evidence. With its meeting on July 19, 2019, the Advisory Commission completed its 2018-2019 term, and the Commission thereafter transmitted its recommendations to the Court. The Court solicits written comments from the bench, the bar, and the public concerning the Advisory Commission’s recommended amendments set out in Appendix I (proposed amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure) to this order. The deadline for submitting written comments is December 13, 2019. Written comments may either be submitted by email to email@example.com or by mail addressed to: James Hivner, Clerk, Re: 2020 Rules Package, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
Posted on: Aug 6, 2019
The Knoxville Bar Association thanks all of our Veterans for their service and dedication to our country. Click here to view the current list of KBA Veterans. If your name is not on the flyer and you would like to be added, please contact Jonathan Guess, Membership Coordinator | Database Administrator, by October 7th. An insert is planned in the November DICTA.
Posted on: Aug 5, 2019
Have you ever wondered how your practice compares to other law firms in East Tennessee? The KBA Membership Service Committee has worked for almost two years adapting the Economics & Law Office Management Survey which has been offered by the Florida State Bar for more than fifteen years. The survey has two primary objectives: (1) To provide timely, relevant and accurate information to inform and guide practical management and planning decisions by local attorneys, including private and non-private practitioners including the judiciary and government workers, and (2) To monitor key trends within the legal profession. This is the first time the KBA has ever attempted to collect specifics on lawyer salaries, rates for billable hours and benefits information and to ensure confidentiality, the KBA has contracted with the ABA Division of Bar Services to conduct the survey in a manner that completely protects the privacy of each respondent, even from the KBA.
What to expect
On August 19th, every KBA member will receive an email from Joanne O’Reilly at the ABA Division of Bar Services (firstname.lastname@example.org that contains a link to the survey. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete but if you need to leave in the middle, you can return to it as needed until you are finished. The response deadline is September 13.
The KBA will offer a $500 AmEx gift card to one lucky participant. The winner will be selected by the staff of the ABA Division of Bar Services.
We need every member to participate in order for the survey results to be meaningful to the KBA and to guide practical planning and management decisions by local attorneys.
Posted on: Aug 1, 2019
One free copy of the 2019 Attorneys' Directory has been reserved for each KBA member and additional copies are available to members for $20 each.
No need to call ahead!
Just come by or send someone from the office.
If your office is in downtown Knoxville OR if you have 3 or more attorneys at your location, please make arrangements to pick up your copies. Attorneys located downtown OR who have 3 or more attorneys will not be included in the early-September bulk mailing.
KBA Office Hours through August 31
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - noon
The KBA office is located in the lower level of the Supreme Court Building and Post Office at 505 Main Street, Suite 50, Knoxville TN 37902. Opposite end of the building from the Post Office.
Members are encouraged to pick up their reserved copy of the Attorneys' Directory before August 23.
Need Your Directory Mailed?
The Attorneys' Directory will be sent by bulk mail to select members during at the end of August. This mailing will ONLY include KBA members whose law firm is located outside of downtown Knoxville, provided that the firm has only 1-2 attorneys. If your law firm is located in downtown Knoxville OR if your firm has 3 or more attorneys, the cost to ship an Attorneys' Directory is $5 per copy.
Why do you need the KBA Attorneys' Directory?
This time-saving resource includes:
And much MORE!
Law Firm Listings
Law firm listings are available on the KBA website. If you would like to include your law firm on the KBA website, please complete the 2019 listing form.
A Premium online listing will list the firm's contact information, areas of practice AND individual attorney's with a picture (if provided) and their individual areas of practice.The general public uses www.knoxbar.org to find a lawyer. The Public Resources & Find a Lawyer pages have been visited over 40,000 times and the law firm search has been visited by over 3,300+ people since last year..
Firm listings are a great way to promote your law firm and they provide a convenient way for the public to find an attorney.
Buy Extra Copies: Only $20 Each
Buy 9 Extra Copies and Get the 10th Free!
Download an order form to send a check or pay online with a credit card. We ask that you please make arrangements to pick up your extra copies at the KBA Office. If you prefer your extra copies to be mailed, please note there is a $5 shipping fee for each copy.
Do you and your staff need to find information quickly? Turn to the 2019 KBA Attorneys' Directory.
Have a dilemma and need questions answered? The Mentor for the Moment section lists mentors you can call. As the practice of law becomes more complex, your ability to find answers quickly and learn from the experiences of others in this profession is more critical than ever.
Need to quickly find an attorney who practices in a specific area? Turn to the Areas of Practice section!
Court appearance on a snow day? View the Knox and surrounding Courts Inclement weather policies at the back of the Court Listing section.
All this can be found in one convenient place - the KBA Attorneys' Directory - so make sure you and your staff get your extra copies today! Don't delay, copies are going to go fast!
Posted on: Jul 8, 2019
Tennessee Child Support Guidelines (Rule 1240-02-04) have been submitted to the Secretary of State and are now open for formal comment. There have been some changes since July of 2018.
How to comment: Formal comments can either be provided orally at the public hearings or in writing and must be received within the time permitted for submission of comments.
Timeframe for commenting: Formal comments must be submitted by close of business on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Rule Making Hearing Schedule: Notices of rulemaking hearing are posted to the Secretary of State web site to give official notice for the time, date, and location of a hearing. The text of proposed rules being considered at the hearing is included in the notice. As a result of the hearing, a rulemaking hearing rule may be promulgated. The text of the rulemaking hearing rule may reflect changes resulting from the hearing.
Download the official Notice of Hearing text. Access the text and all the information for the hearings on the Secretary of State’s website at: https://tnsos.org/rules/RulemakingHearings.php?resultpage=4&sort=HearingRuleChapter&direction=asc
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