Press Releases

November 20, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions and sentences of death for Sedrick Clayton for the murders of Arithio, Patricia, and Pashea Fisher and the conviction for attempted murder of...
November 17, 2017
In a case closely watched by Tennessee lawyers, the Tennessee Supreme Court has declined to change the law on what evidence can be used to prove medical expenses in cases involving personal injury....
November 9, 2017
In a case involving questions about jury deliberations that continued into the early morning hours, the Tennessee Supreme Court determined that the defense did not adequately object to the late-night...
November 9, 2017
The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Tennessee to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), which would be a major change in the portability of bar exam...
November 8, 2017
Lawyers across the Volunteer State donated more than $118 million worth of free pro bono legal services to Tennesseans in 2015, according to an annual report issued by the Tennessee Supreme Court’s...
November 7, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear three cases on November 8, 2017, in Jackson, TN.  The details of the cases are as follows: Wednesday, November 8, 2017Drayton Beecher Smith II v. Board...
November 6, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met November 6, 2017 in Memphis to consider four applicants for the Criminal Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District – Shelby County. The vacancy was created by...
November 3, 2017
The Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed and remanded for a new sentencing hearing a fatal driving under the influence case from Claiborne County involving the defendant’s overuse of prescription pain...
October 25, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently recognized attorneys and law students who performed over 50 hours of pro bono service in the previous calendar year as 2017 Attorneys for Justice. The ceremony...
October 20, 2017
In a Hamblen County case involving a trust for a severely disabled child, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that Tennessee law authorized the trustee to sign an agreement requiring the trust to “...
October 20, 2017
In a case where a tractor-trailer, rear-end collision in Memphis resulted in a multi-million dollar jury verdict, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld most of the trial court’s legal rulings, but it...
October 18, 2017
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Access to Justice (ATJ) program recently joined forces with Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) to honor attorneys who earned the Court’s prestigious “Attorney for...
October 16, 2017
The Supreme Court of Tennessee issued guidance on the steps courts should follow when a creditor sells collateral used to obtain a loan, but does not provide the required notice of the sale. The case...
October 16, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider four applicants when it meets on Monday, November 6, 2017 in Memphis to select nominees for the Criminal Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District...
October 12, 2017
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has extended its deadline for court security grant applications to Friday, November 17, 2017. Grant applications received on or before the original due...
October 9, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear five cases on October 11, 2017, in Nashville, TN.  The details of the cases are as follows:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017Athlon Sports Communications,...
October 5, 2017
In an opinion filed today, the Supreme Court of Tennessee clarified when a serious bodily injury must occur during a robbery to elevate the crime to especially aggravated robbery.  This...
October 3, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court, acting on recommendations from its Indigent Representation Task Force, is taking action to reform the state’s method for providing legal assistance to individuals who are...
September 29, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that courts must consider all nine statutory factors, as well as any other relevant facts, when deciding whether terminating parental rights is in a child’s...
September 29, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today Friday, September 29, 2017 to consider five candidates for Circuit Court vacancy in the 17th Judicial District – Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore...
September 25, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for the 30th judicial district criminal court vacancy. The vacancy was created when the Honorable James C. Beasley, Jr. announced he will...
September 21, 2017
In 2011, a disagreement arose among members of the Moscow, Fayette County, Temple Church of God in Christ about the person assigned to be its pastor by the parent denomination, the Church of God in...
September 20, 2017
In a case involving a 2014 election for circuit court judge in East Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court has rejected the unsuccessful candidate’s claim that the Roane County Election Commission (“...
September 20, 2017
Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Director Deborah Taylor Tate and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush were appointed co-chairs of the newly created Conference of Chief Justices (...
September 15, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today Friday, September 15, 2017, to consider seven applicants for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 16th Judicial District – Rutherford and Cannon Counties. The...