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November 16, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that the Drug-Free School Zone Act does not apply when a defendant is convicted of facilitating the sale of drugs in a school zone.In 2008, police raided a house...
November 8, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court admitted new attorneys to the bar at a ceremony held Tuesday, November 8 in Nashville at War Memorial Auditorium.  For a list of the successful applicants to the...
November 8, 2016
The Lawyers' Association for Women gathered today at The Music Center in Nashville to welcome new admittees to the Tennessee Bar. Judge Sheila D. Calloway of Davidson County Juvenile Court gave the...
November 7, 2016
Based upon the current language of the applicable statute, the Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed and dismissed the convictions of a Knoxville-area man for especially aggravated sexual exploitation...
November 3, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has recognized a good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule, which means that evidence obtained in violation of a suspect’s constitutional right to be free from...
November 1, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases when it meets this week in Jackson.The details of the cases:State of Tennessee v. James Hawkins – This is a Supreme Court review of...
October 31, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted a set of plain-language forms and instructions for use in uncontested divorces between parties with minor children in an effort to simplify divorce proceedings...
October 29, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court will be traveling across the state over the next 10 days to swear in some of Tennessee’s newest attorneys.More than 450 people passed the July 2016 bar exam and hundreds...
October 29, 2016
On Tuesday, October 25, the Tennessee Supreme Court hosted an event at the Belmont College of Law to recognize attorneys in front of their families and colleagues who performed over 50 hours of pro...
October 24, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that a car rented from a national self-insured car rental agency qualifies as an “uninsured motor vehicle” for purposes of an insurance claim filed by a...
October 21, 2016
Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court celebrates the resounding success of the Business Court Docket Pilot Project operated as a part of the Davidson County Chancery Court.  Since its inception...
October 20, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission’s recently released annual report shows Tennessee attorneys are donating more than 500,000 hours of their time annually worth more than $100...
October 14, 2016
In two unanimous opinions released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that an indictment that includes a charge for employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony...
October 12, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that the state legislature did not remove an existing practice in Tennessee courts established by prior Tennessee case law when it enacted a statute that...
October 6, 2016
Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivins was sworn in by Gov. Bill Haslam at a ceremonial investiture in the historic Supreme Court chambers Thursday afternoon.More than 80 people were in...
October 3, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear six cases October 5 and 6 in Nashville, including a case concerning the constitutionality of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol.Stephen West, et al. v....
September 30, 2016
Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivins will have a ceremonial swearing in with Gov. Bill Haslam at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2016 in the historic Supreme Court chambers within the...
September 29, 2016
In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has modified the state’s approach to collateral estoppel – a legal principle governing the relationships and issues between parties that are...
September 29, 2016
The Indigent Representation Task Force will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30 in Legislative Plaza.The Task Force will hear presentations from:Vince Dean, Hamilton County Criminal Court...
September 9, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently issued several orders soliciting comments to proposed rule changes:Proposed amendments of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 8, RPC 1.15 & Rule 43 – Comments due...
September 9, 2016
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page recently spoke at the Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies’ 33rd annual Attorney Day in Franklin,Justice Page spoke about his experience going through the...
September 9, 2016
All five Tennessee justices were honored at the annual Knoxville Bar Association Supreme Court Dinner.The Court recognized 54 attorneys from the Knoxville area on the Attorney for Justice Pro Bono...
September 7, 2016
Library and Archives Lecture Series: Unfolding Tennessee History in the Tennessee Supreme Court Case FilesTennessee is famous for many things, but some people may not realize the state once was a...
September 6, 2016
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases in Knoxville Thursday:·         Ewin B. Jenkins et al. v. Big City Remodeling et al. – This case is a...
September 2, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a business CEO who signed a lease on behalf of the company as well as in his personal capacity is liable for the obligations of the lease.At issue in the...