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  • October 14, 2014 12:07 PM | Heather Ferguson

    Congratulations to all of the successful candidates who passed the July 2014 Tennessee Bar Exam! You have conquered a taxing, intimidating, and nerve-racking barrier to the practice of law. Enjoy your success and breathe easier now.

    So you passed the bar exam and hopefully you have a job or will become employed soon, but now what? Passing the bar exam does not make you competent in any area of the law. It does not sound an alarm for clients to come knocking on your office door. It does not instantly help you win friends and influence people. It does not guarantee you a mentor in the area of law in which you think you may want to practice. 

    Passing the bar commences your career-long journey in learning what it means to "practice law." Passing the bar is your green light. Now it is up to you to associate with other attorneys and join meaningful organizations, which will help you along this journey and to which you can contribute your talents and skills. I challenge you to join organizations such as TLAW so that you can meet fellow members of the bar, associate with people who share similar interests, learn from attorneys who have been in your shoes (for some of us, that was not so long ago), and contribute to the bar to make it a stronger league of professionals.  TLAW, the only statewide women's bar association, joins attorneys across Tennessee from Dyersburg to Chattanooga and from Kingsport to Memphis. TLAW is your opportunity to network with fellow attorneys and develop the career that you envisioned when you applied to go to law school.

    Congratulations again! Go into the world and make a difference (legally now).

  • October 02, 2014 4:12 PM | Heather Ferguson

    Governor Bill Haslam will conduct Judge Brandon Gibson's investiture ceremony next Thursday, October 9th.  A TLAW member, Judge Gibson will replace Judge David R. Farmer on the Court of Appeals, Western Section.  Governor Haslam appointed Judge Gibson to the Court of Appeals in December 2013.

    Judge Gibson's investiture ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Chancery Courtroom in the Madison County Courthouse, 100 East Main Street, Jackson, Tennessee. A reception will follow.

    Make plans to attend next Thursday and show support for fellow TLAW member, Judge Brandon Gibson.

  • September 19, 2014 3:44 PM | Heather Ferguson

    At Chief Justice Lee's investiture ceremony on September 17, 2014, she emphasized the importance of independent courts stating, "[Tennessee] courts play a fundamental role in protecting individual rights, providing predictability to business and in guaranteeing the fair functioning of our government."  Chief Justice Lee pledged her support of Amendment 2, stating that Amendment 2 "will eliminate any doubt about the constitutionality of the method of selection of our appellate judges."

    Join TLAW and Chief Justice Lee and support Amendment 2. 


    sharon lee

    http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/news/2014/09/17/chief-justice-sharon-lee-lays-out-road-map-judiciary-investiture-ceremony


  • September 19, 2014 3:24 PM | Heather Ferguson
    Today Governor Bill Haslam conducted Justice Holly Kirby's investiture ceremony at the University of Memphis School of Law, Justice Kirby's alma mater.  A TLAW member, Justice Kirby was the first female to serve on the Tennessee Court of Appeals when she was appointed in 1995.  Governor Haslam appointed Justice Kirby to the Tennessee Supreme Court in December 2013.

    Join us in congratulating Justice Kirby on her investiture

  • September 14, 2014 7:32 PM | Heather Ferguson

    Governor Bill Haslam will conduct Chief Justice Sharon Lee's investiture this Wednesday, September 17th.  Chief Justice Lee, a TLAW member, is the third woman to hold the position of Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, following behind Justices Janice Holder and Connie Clark. 

    Chief Justice Lee's investiture ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Historic Post Office Building, Tennessee Supreme Court, 505 Main Street, Knoxville.  A reception will follow.

    Make plans to attend this Wednesday and show support to fellow TLAW member, Chief Justice Lee.

  • September 04, 2014 1:29 PM | Heather Ferguson

    TLAW is pleased to endorse the passage of Amendment 2, an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that will strengthen the voice of Tennesseans in selecting our appellate court judges.

     We hope you will Vote YES on 2 to help ensure we get fair and impartial judges held accountable to the people of Tennessee.

     Amendment 2 keeps the best parts of our current system and adds new checks and balances by:

    • ·         Continuing to trust the Governor we elect to appoint the most qualified persons as appellate judges,
    • ·         Adding a new layer of accountability by having our elected State Senators and Representatives confirm or reject the Governor’s appointees, and
    • ·         Most importantly, protecting the right of Tennesseans to vote to keep or fire the judges at the end of their respective terms.

                           

    Amendment 2 is strongly supported by voters and leaders in both political parties from every corner our state, including: Governor Bill Haslam, former Governor Phil Bredesen, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, former Governor Winfield Dunn, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker Beth Harwell, House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton, Jr., Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Hamilton Country Mayor Jim Coppinger, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, large majorities in the State House and Senate who voted to place Amendment 2 on the ballot, and many more.                  

    Top organizations from across the political spectrum have joined us in endorsing Amendment 2, including the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Tennessee Sheriffs Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Bankers Association, League of Women Voters, Fraternal Order of Police, Women’s Political Collaborative, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Tennessee Hospital Association, Beacon Center of Tennessee, TLAW and many others.

    Help us spread the word by talking to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and telling them to Vote YES on 2! Election Day is November 4, 2014, and early voting begins October 15, 2014.

     

    Visit www.VoteYES2.org today for more information or to join the campaign.

  • August 08, 2014 12:36 PM | Karol Lahrman (Administrator)

    To read about our latest happenings and sharing, 

    click on our newsletter link below. 

    TLAW Summer Newsletter.pdf

  • August 03, 2014 8:04 PM | Heather Ferguson

    Tennessee voters set a record this year for the most ballots cast in early voting in Tennessee history. Across the state, the polls for early voting closed on Saturday, August 2, and, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State's website, over 562,000 voters went to the polls early.

    The polls for state primaries and local general elections will be open this Thursday, August 7. If you haven't already cast your vote, please take the time out of your schedule on Thursday to do so. 

    For the early voter breakdown, visit the Secretary of State's website:  http://tnsos.org/elections/ElectionData/20140807EarlyVotersDisplay.php?All


  • June 24, 2014 5:16 PM | Karol Lahrman (Administrator)
    What a great event at the 2014 Convention and annual meeting.
    Many of you stopped by TLAW table to get information, renew your annual dues, sign up for the bountiful breakfast and support our organization, we are grateful to all of you and look forward to a successful year and growth for all. 


    From Left to Right: TBA President-elect Bill Harbison, TLAW President Cheryl Rice, Treasurer Linda Knight, Justice Cornelia Clark, Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman and Imm. Past Pres. Wendy Longmire


    Jackie Dixon and Gail Ashworth

    TLAW Joint Reception with TBA 

    TLAW reception and information table


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