Posted on: Feb 13, 2019
ADM2019‐00263 – The Court is considering amending Rule 21 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules. Rule 21 pertains to the rule for mandatory continuing legal education. The Court solicits written comments on the proposal from judges, lawyers, bar associations, members of the public, and any other interested parties. The deadline for submitting written comments is April 12, 2019.
Posted on: Jan 18, 2019
ADM2019000108 – The Court is considering amending Rule 7 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules. The Court solicits written comments on the proposal from judges, lawyers, bar associations, members of the public, and any other interested parties. The deadline for submitting written comments is March 15, 2019.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2019
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Contact: Amanda Tonkin at (561) 315-2029
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers announce High School Mock Trial Competition
KNOXVILLE, TN January 15, 2019 - The Barrister’s, the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Knoxville Bar Association, annually hosts the Regional High School Mock Trial Competition for Districts 2, 3, and 4* every February. With high school budget cuts around the country increasing, and available funding for civic engagement decreasing, Mock Trial is an excellent way for High School students in the aforementioned districts to develop a fuller understanding of our justice system and experience the legal process first hand. Many students have been known to choose a legal career based on their mock trial experiences; several Barrister’s members are formal mock trial competitors.
During the Regional High School Mock Trial competition, students will act as lawyers and witnesses, as both the prosecution and the defense, and act out a mock trial. This years’ case is a murder case, in which the victim’s former roommate and best friend stands trial for murder in the second degree.
This year’s Knoxville Regional competition will take place at the Knoxville City County Building on February 22nd and February 23rd. The final round will take place on February 24th at the Duncan School of Law at LMU.
The specific times are as follows:
ROUND ONE - Friday February 22nd, 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
ROUND TWO - Saturday February 23rd, 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
ROUND THREE – Saturday, February 23rd, 10:30 a.m. - 1p.m.
ROUND FOUR - Saturday, February 23rd , 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FINAL ROUND - Sunday February 24th [TBD]
The winners of the competition will advance to the State-wide tournament in Nashville March 22-23.
The dedicated volunteers, including East Tennessee law school students, attorneys, and judges, will serve as the bailiffs, scoring judges, and presiding judges over this annual competition. The competition is free to students to enter; coaches simply need to fill out the rosters and coordinating forms and submit them to email@example.com.
Participation in this wonderful program is not as high as it once was, and as young lawyers, we want to do everything we can to get the word out about this unique, beneficial, and all around fun opportunity for our East Tennessee high school students.
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier and Union
District 3: Knox
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane
For more information about the Barristers, please contact Barristers President Mikel Towe at (865) 546-4646 or Marsha S. Watson, Executive Director of the Knoxville Bar Association at (865) 522-6522.
Posted on: Jan 13, 2019
The Knoxville Bar Foundation was established in 1992 to improve the administration of justice, to enhance the public’s understanding of and confidence in the legal system, and to serve the legal profession. The Bar Foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $ 420,000 for local law related projects and programs since its inception. Per capita this is a real contribution to programs that promote and enable the essence of what we as lawyers seek – liberty and justice for all. Last year the Board of Directors approved ten grant requests, totaling $25,000.
In May, 2019, the Knoxville Bar Foundation will again award grants to deserving applicants. The individual grant awards usually are $5,000 or less and the deadline for submitting grant applications is March 1, 2019. Please note that grant funding may not be used for operating costs and endowments. We are excited about this year’s grant program and encourage interested parties and organizations to apply. Submit all grant applications before 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019 to Reggie Keaton, Chairman, Knoxville Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 39, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901 or deliver to 550 W. Main Street, Suite 500, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.
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Posted on: Jan 8, 2019
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The Knoxville Bar Association anticipates a substantial increase in participation from attorneys and law office staff in the Annual Law Practice Today Expo. This cutting edge Conference focuses on connecting law firms to the tools they need, and will be held at the U.T. Conference Center in Knoxville on April 11 and 12.
Now in its fourteenth year, this landmark event promises to be the largest, most interactive Expo to date, providing a rare opportunity to network with others and witness the latest and greatest products and services available to the legal community today. This perennial favorite has been referred to as "the one yearly event where the entire legal community congregates, shares ideas and gains the knowledge necessary to run a large firm or a small/solo practice".
“Registration is very strong,” said Marsha S. Watson, Executive Director of the Knoxville Bar Association. “Tracks have been specifically designed for litigators, transactional lawyers, and those who want to understand law firm marketing. Seasoned
practitioners and legal industry experts will offer practical tips on managing a law practice regardless of size or type of practice.Sessions have been designed to help lawyers improve their professional skills through quality continuing legal education and the opportunity to hear from high caliber speakers.”
The focus of the Expo has evolved to encompass law office management and technology within the business of law. There will be twenty-two different educational sessions available on Thursday afternoon and throughout the day on Friday. The Expo will bring together more than three hundred lawyers, law students, IT staff, legal administrators, paralegals and other support staff to learn about staying competitive and how to secure client data.
Industry experts and longtime ABA TECHSHOW faculty will be on hand to discuss what the future holds for the legal profession. There will be panel discussions that will offer candid discussions about the practice management and business development topics and seasoned pros will discuss technology and research options. The agenda is based on input and suggestions from past participants and the planning committee has ensured the presentations, panel discussions and idea exchanges will provide education and networking to lawyers and law firm staff from large, midsize and small firms.
The theme for the 2019 KBA Law Practice Today Expo is “Technology & Management Best Practices for a Modern Law Office”. Program content will be delivered in an energetic and engaging environment and educational sessions will be offered Thursday from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Judicial Roundtable luncheon is one of the many highlights of the Law Practice Today Expo, and more than twenty-five of our local, state, and federal court judges will participate. The keynote speaker is Knox County Mayor Glenn Reynolds who will share highlights of his personal and professional successes, and some of the lessons he’s learned.
A FREE pass to the Exhibit Hall is available to any member of a local law firm or anyone affiliated with the Knoxville legal community, but registration in advance is required for anyone interested in a box lunch compliments of The Trust Company. The Exhibit Hall will feature 35+ legal service providers who share in the goal of helping local law firms face the future with a renewed vision, a sharper, more focused strategy, and improved performance. Attendance for the Judicial Roundtable Luncheon is limited to 140 registrations, so anyone interested in participating should make a reservation online at www.knoxbar.org/expo or contact the KBA at (865) 522-6522.
To learn more about the Knoxville Bar Association Law Practice Expo, visit http://www.knoxbar.org/expo or call the KBA at 865-522-6522.
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