The judges for the Knox County Criminal Court have released the revised local rules now in effect.
View the revised local rules online.
For more than 60 years, the KBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service has been assisting the general public in finding an attorney. For many KBA members, it's a key tool for growing their practice. Some members have found LRIS so useful, they have continuously participated for years after their practice is well established. Panel members earned nearly $1.2 million in LRIS-referred cases in 2022 alone.
The LRIS new fiscal year will start on July 1, 2023 - join now to benefit from a full 12 months of quality client leads at one low price. Discounts are available for those practicing less than 5 years. For more details about the LRIS, visit www.knoxbar.org/joinLRIS.
The LRIS staff works hard to identify those clients who will benefit from referral and makes referrals to nonprofit agencies such as Legal Aid, government websites such as TN.gov and consumerfinance.gov, as well as local resources such as 311 and 211 for those whom we are unable to refer. The LRIS receives over 8,000 calls each year from potential clients and completes over 3,000 referrals annually. Potential clients who contact the LRIS are informed that participating attorneys provide a phone or office consultation at no charge, but that panel members independently set their own fees.
LRIS currently has 71 panel member attorneys in 26 practice areas. The average LRIS member has practiced for 20 years. We have attorneys in their first few years of practice all the way to 56 years in practice.
LRIS Panel Membership Application FY 2023-24
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The judges for the Knox County Criminal Court hereby submit for review and comment the proposed local rules for Knox County Criminal Courts. Comments should be directed to Judge Steven W. Sword by email at Jennifer.email@example.com or by phone at (855) 215-2508 by March 24, 2023.
View the proposed local rules online.
EAST TENNESSEE LAW FIRMS TO PARTICIPATE IN LAW PRACTICE TODAY EXPO
KNOXVILLE – February 2, 2023
The Knoxville Bar Association Law Practice Today Expo is anticipated to substantially increase participation from attorneys and law office staff across East Tennessee. 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 March 30 and 31.
Now in its seventeenth 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.
The focus of the Expo has evolved to encompass law office management and technology within the business of law. There will be twenty-three different educational sessions available on Thursday and Friday, including an optional Microsoft Word Bootcamp. The Expo will bring together more than three hundred fifty 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 best practices for the legal profession. The Expo features tracks that provide programming on emerging areas of law, sessions highlighting technology advancements, and perspectives on issues facing the legal profession. In addition, there will be panel discussions that will offer candid discussions about practice management, and seasoned pros will discuss technology and research options.
On Thursday, Expo attendees will enjoy a Moonshine Reception sponsored by The Trust Company of Tennessee which features specialty cocktails from Sugarlands Distilling Company. Friday will offer a Judicial Roundtable Luncheon sponsored by First Horizon Bank, with tables hosted by 25+ of our local judiciary.
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
To learn more about the Knoxville Bar Association Law Practice Expo, visit http://www.knoxbar.org/Expo2023 or call the KBA at 865-522-6522.
The Barrister’s Constitution & School Outreach Committee is accepting nominations for the annual Law & Liberty Award, which will be announced at the annual Law Day Luncheon on Friday, April 28. You can nominate someone by filling out a short form here. The deadline for nominations is April 10, 2023.
Nominees do not have to be attorneys. Please consider those individuals in your firm, local civic and religious organizations, or in the community who have worked to improve our legal system and protect our civil liberties. Questions may be directed to the Chairs of the Committee, Richard Graves (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christine Knott (email@example.com).
Court Extends Comment Deadline
On November 21, 2022, the Supreme Court issued an order for public comment on the proposed changes to the petition filed by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. The petition ask the Court to amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 6, governing admission of attorneys, and Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, governing licensing of attorneys. The Board states in its petition that the proposed amendments “reflect changes to processes adopted during the pandemic that positively impact the licensing and admissions process.” The Board further states that “[t]he requested amendments include recommendations regarding the changing nature of the practice of law, including recommendations regarding remote legal education and how ‘active practice of law’ is counted by the Board.” In addition, the Board states that as a result of administering the Uniform Bar Examination since February 2019, “the Board recommends changes to some of the processes and references to the bar examination in Tennessee.
The Court hereby publishes the Tennessee Board of Law Examiner’s petition for public comment and solicits written comments on the proposed amendment from judges, lawyers, bar associations, members of the public, and all interested parties. The original deadline for submitting written comments was January 20, 2023 but has been extended to February 20, 2023. Written comments should reference the docket number above and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
James Hivner, Clerk
RE: Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31(14)(g)
100 Supreme Court Building
401 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
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 $ 535,000 for local law-related projects and programs since its inception. This is a meaningful 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 twelve grant requests, totaling $25,000.
In May, 2023, 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 3, 2023. 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. Please go to https://www.knoxbar.org/?pg=KnoxvilleBarFoundation to learn more about the Knoxville Bar Foundation and to submit an online application.
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 year. The experiences garnered through high school mock trial programs have inspired many young competitors to pursue a legal career; unsurprisingly, several Barristers members are former mock trial competitors. High school budget cuts around the country continue to increase, diminishing available funding for civic engagement courses and extracurriculars. Mock Trial is an excellent way for high school students to develop a deeper understanding of the nation’s legal system and to experience the legal process firsthand.
The regional competition provides a venue for students to compete against one another. Each team's competitors will act as plaintiff and defense lawyers and witnesses as they make their cases to a panel of legal professionals and law students in front of a typically standing-room-only gallery. This year's case is a civil matter involving Kat McNable, who was thrown from his electric scooter when he encountered the sand spilling from Defendant’s beach-themed party wagon. The new problem, rules, and other information can be found online at https://www.tba.org/?pg=tennessee-high-school-mock-trial-0.
The 2023 regional competition is slated to occur at the Knoxville City County Building on Friday, February 24th (Round 1) and Saturday, February 25th (Rounds 2 - 4). The Regional Championship (Round 5) will be held February 26th in the Business Courtroom at LMU’s Duncan School of Law.
The specific times are as follows:
Friday, February 24 Round 1 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 Round 2 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Round 3 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Round 4 1:45 p.m. – 4 :00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 Round 5 1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dedicated volunteers, comprised of East Tennessee law school students, attorneys, and judges, serve as the bailiffs, scoring judges, and presiding judges over this wonderful annual competition. The winners of this regional competition will advance to the State-wide tournament in Nashville, held March 17-18, 2023. The regional competition is free for students to enter; their coaches need only fill out the rosters and coordinating forms and submit them to email@example.com.
Volunteer participation in this wonderful program is lower than it once was. As young lawyers, our goal is to do everything we can to spread the word about this unique, beneficial, and all-around fun opportunity for our East Tennessee high school students. If you are interested and volunteering, please sign up at https://memcentral.wufoo.com/forms/mdbyy3q1labt0z/.
To learn more about the Barristers Regional Mock Trial Competition, contact Isaac Westling and Bridget Pyman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Barristers, please get in touch with Barristers President Hon. Zack Walden at (423) 907-7503 or Marsha S. Watson, Executive Director of the Knoxville Bar Association, at (865) 522-6522.
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
KBA Annual Meeting & Elections
December 9, 2022
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The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) held its Annual Meeting on Friday, December 9, 2022. The President's gavel was passed from Jason H. Long, a member of Lewis Thomason, P.C., to Loretta G. Cravens of Cravens Legal.
President Long thanked his fellow board members for their support and recognized the KBA staff for their dedication to East Tennessee attorneys. Incoming President Loretta Cravens thanked Mr. Long for his service to the Association, which included conducting judicial candidate member surveys and releasing a DEI Strategic Inclusion Plan. The Association celebrated a return to in-person events with law students, attorneys, and judges gathering at the first-ever Bench-Bar Celebration, a Wellness Conference, and the award-winning Law Practice Today Expo.
In her remarks, Ms. Cravens thanked the members for their continued committed service to the KBA and the people of our community in need of legal services. She announced that during 2023, the KBA would place an emphasis on servant leadership, civility in public discourse, and equipping members with the tools, resources, and professional development needed to serve their clients. She emphasized the importance of attorney involvement in their local bar association’s activities and the need to mentor newly admitted attorneys and law students who are going to be the providers of legal services to our community in the future.
During the meeting, the following KBA members were elected as officers for 2023:
President-Elect - Carlos A. Yunsan, Tennessee Appellate Courts
Treasurer – Jonathan D. Cooper, Knox Defense
Secretary – Rachel Park Hurt, Arnett, Draper & Hagood
The membership elected the following KBA members to the four open positions on the Board of Governors:
T. Mitchell Panter, Lewis Thomason, P.C.
Samantha Parris, Law Office of Samantha Parris
Courtney Epps Read, Watson Roach Batson & Lauderback
Hon. E. Jerome Melson, Knox Co. Circuit Court, Division I
Elizabeth B. Ford was presented the KBA's highest award, the prestigious Governors' Award, which is given annually to a lawyer whose peers believe has brought distinction and honor to the legal profession. Ms. Ford has distinguished herself with a long and tremendous career of service to the bar and the community, including serving as the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Hon. Steven W. Sword was presented with the Judicial Excellence Award. The award was created in 2022 to recognize a judge felt by the Association to represent the very best in a judicial officer.
The President’s Award for 2022 was presented to Brooklyn Sawyers Belk for her work as Chair of the Strategic Inclusion Plan subcommittee of the KBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee. The award for outstanding writing was presented to John E. Eldridge for his series of articles “Lesson Learned: Reflections from a Retiring Lawyer,” which appeared in the January through October issues of the KBA monthly magazine DICTA.
It was announced that Hon. Zachary Walden, Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge, became President of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA, at the elections on December 7. The following were elected as Barristers Officers: Charles S.J. Sharett, Vice President; Jimmy Snodgrass, Secretary/Treasurer; and Matt Knable and Isaac Westling, Members-at-Large.
It was also announced that Grant Williamson and Mariel Bough, Co-Chairs of the Diversity Committee, were presented with the Barristers' Presidents' Award for 2022.
The Court hereby publishes the Tennessee Board of Law Examiner’s petition for public comment and solicits written comments on the proposed amendment from judges, lawyers, bar associations, members of the public, and all interested parties. The deadline for submitting written comments is January 20, 2023. Written comments should reference the docket number above and may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
James Hivner, Clerk
RE: Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31(14)(g)
100 Supreme Court Building
401 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219-1407.
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