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December 5, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that the fair report privilege does not apply to a nonpublic, one-on-one conversation between a newspaper reporter and a detective of a county sheriff’s...
December 4, 2019
The Tennessee Court Talk podcast recently hosted several of the state’s leading experts on the intersection between human trafficking and domestic violence.  While many think of human...
December 3, 2019
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider six applicants for the circuit court judge vacancy in the 15th judicial district, which covers Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale, and Wilson counties....
December 2, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed J. William “Bill” Coley to serve as the next Chair of its Access to Justice Commission. Coley joined the Commission in 2016 and has led the Commission’s...
November 27, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that the 2016 amendments to the theft grading statute are applicable when sentencing a defendant even where the offense occurred before the effective date of the...
November 27, 2019
Fourth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Duane Slone was in a jubilant mood. He had just been presented with one of the nation’s highest judicial honors by Chief Justice of the United States John...
November 22, 2019
It was a packed house in the Division II courtroom of Nashville’s Justice A.A. Birch Building recently, as friends, family members, and former colleagues gathered for a portrait unveiling of retired...
November 22, 2019
Judge Kathryn Olita learned early on how adoption can change lives.When she was just a few months old, her father, Lt. Kendall McKinnis, was killed while serving in the United States Air Force in...
November 21, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a Court of Criminal Appeals decision suppressing evidence seized pursuant to a probation search.   The defendant, Angela Hamm, was sentenced to six...
November 20, 2019
Following more than two years of field hearings, cross-disciplinary partnerships and in-depth study of best practices, national judicial leaders have established a comprehensive approach for judges...
November 19, 2019
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a circuit court judge in the 15th judicial district, which covers Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson Counties. This vacancy...
November 19, 2019
The opioid epidemic is an unprecedented public health crisis that affects millions of families nationwide each year, costing our nation over $1 trillion to date. Tennessee Supreme Court...
November 15, 2019
Over 500 local high school students will get the chance to witness the state’s highest court at work when the Tennessee Supreme Court hears oral arguments for two cases on November 19, 2019, in...
November 14, 2019
Tennessee is proud to be home to a great number of military veterans whose past service will forever be an honor to both their state and country. These veterans hail from every corner of the state...
November 13, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the felony theft conviction of the defendant, Denton Jones. Over a period of 15 days, Mr. Jones stole several fitness trackers...
November 11, 2019
The Tennessee legal community is mourning the loss of Coffee County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy R. Brock, who passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 11, 2019 while...
November 8, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court is continuing its initiative to be more transparent and open.  Starting in November 2019, Supreme Court oral arguments taking place in Jackson will be videotaped and...
November 7, 2019
Court of Appeals Judge Richard H. Dinkins recently took to the pages of The Tennessean to advocate for public school teachers. Judge Dinkins argues that an essential step to creating equity in...
November 4, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on November 6, 2019.  The details of the cases are as follows:Paul Zachary Moss v. Shelby County Civil Service Merit Board – This case was...
November 1, 2019
Every working attorney knows that there is a difference between learning about the law in a classroom and practicing law in a courtroom or other professional setting. While classroom instruction is...
October 25, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has clarified that a defendant is entitled to a jury instruction on the defense of necessity when it is fairly raised by the evidence presented at trial.  Moreover,...
October 24, 2019
Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Ana L. Escobar will be celebrated as one of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s 2019 Academy for Women of Achievement honorees at an awards dinner in...
October 23, 2019
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission began accepting applications for a Criminal Court Judge in the 6th Judicial District, which covers Knox County, on October 8.  After the October 22 deadline,...
October 18, 2019
The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has named Judge Marshall L. Davidson III as its new disciplinary counsel.  Judge Davidson will begin serving as disciplinary counsel on January 1, 2020....
October 16, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that a trial court had authority to decide coverage issues in a declaratory judgment action between an insurance company and its insured when a claimant, who had...