NBA Committee Information
Practice Committees

Alternate Dispute Resolution
Appellate Practice
Attorney Health & Wellness

Bankruptcy Court

Chancery and Circuit Court
Corporate & Commercial Counsel
Criminal Law & Criminal Justice

Domestic Relations

Employment Law and Civil Rights
Entertainment, Sports & Media Law
Environmental Law
Estate Planning & Probate

Federal Court

General Sessions Court
Government Lawyers

Health Law

Immigration Law
Intellectual Property Law

Juvenile Court

Medico-Legal*
Member Benefits & Sponsorship

Real Estate Law

Tax

Service Committee

Attorney Health & Wellness

Candidate Evaluation
Community Relations
Continuing Legal Education

Ethics & Professionalism

Fee Dispute

Historical

Incumbent and Candidate Evaluation*

Lawyer Referral Service
Legislative & Governmental Relations

Minority Opportunities

Nashville Bar Journal
Nashville Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Sister Cities

Unauthorized Practice



ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Develops and explores methods for mediation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution. Works with community groups providing alternate dispute resolution.
Chair(s): Jonathan Stein; Steve Stinson
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APPELLATE PRACTICE

Monitors activity of the Tennessee Appeals Courts. Makes recommendations on rules, practices and procedure.
Chair: Amy Farrar
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ATTORNEY HEALTH & WELLNESS

Provides education on attorney health and wellness, including triage training for attorneys/law firm staff who encounter clients or colleagues at risk for suicide; collaborates with NBA Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee; assists Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP).
Chair: Kay Caudle
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BANKRUPTCY COURT

Monitors activity of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and studies recommendations for improvements of bankruptcy law and court procedures. Acts as liaison between the Bankruptcy Courts and local bar.
Chair: Robin White
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CHANCERY & CIRCUIT COURTS

Monitors activity of the Chancery and Circuit Courts of Davidson County and makes recommendations regarding improvements in these courts. Functions as liaison between the courts and the local trial bar.
Chair: Julie Burnstein; Steele Clayton
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COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Promotes a positive image of attorneys in the community by conducting programs in schools and civic organizations, focusing on law-related subjects of public interest. Directs activities of Law Day, Speakers Bureau and related projects.
Chair: J. Ross Pepper

SUBCOMMITTEES:
---Candidate Evaluation:
Lora Fox ; Melissa Roberge
---Legislative & Governmental Relations: Peter B. Halverstadt
---Lawyers Care:
Lynda Jones; Matt Potempa
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CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

Plans and conducts monthly and special continuing legal education on topics of practical interest to local lawyers.
Chair: Gino Bulso
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CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL PRACTICE (includes Corporate Counsel)

Provides a special focus group for those involved in corporate, lending, securities and commercial practice.
Chair:  Mark L. Miller; Trace Blankenship
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CRIMINAL LAW & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Recommends methods to improve the criminal justice system. Acts as liaison between the Police Department, Criminal Courts, District Attorney’s office and the local defense bar.
Chair: Patrick Frogge
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DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Monitors developments in domestic relations law. Acts as a liaison between the local bar and courts handling domestic relations issues.
Chair: Jay Drescher
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EMPLOYMENT LAW & CIVIL RIGHTS

Provides a forum for employment and civil rights law practitioners.
Co-Chairs: Sam Payne; Charles Grant
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ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS & MEDIA LAW

Provides a special focus group for entertainment law practitioners.
Chair: Tiffany Dunn
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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Provides a focus group for environmental law practitioners.
Chair: Hart Knight
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ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE

Provides a special focus group for estate planning practitioners.
Chair: Jay Cloud; Paul Gontarek
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ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM

Reports to the NBA Board on ethics issues and instances of unauthorized practice of law. Provides assistance to victims of unauthorized practice or unethical lawyers. Develops programs to maintain highest professional standards and conducts educational and preventive programs.
Chair: Tom Lawless
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FEDERAL COURT

Monitors the activities of the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee. Acts as liaison between the federal courts and Nashville attorneys.
Chair: Joe Kelly
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FEE DISPUTES

Arbitrates fee disputes between attorneys and clients.
Chair: Elaine M. Youngblood
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GENERAL SESSIONS COURT

Monitors the activity of the Metropolitan General Sessions Court and studies plans for improvement in those courts. Acts as liaison between the 11 General Sessions judges and the local bar.
Chair: Irwin Kuhn
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GOVERNMENT LAWYERS

Provides a special focus group for government lawyers with educational and collegial opportunities for this segment of the bar.
Chair: Lora Fox
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HEALTH LAW

Monitors developments in health law, including professional liability and hospital relations.
Chair: Stephanie Pierce; Mark Ison
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HISTORICAL

Collects materials relating to the history of the Nashville Bar. Acts a as resource group for historical study. Conducts annual memorial services for deceased members of the Nashville legal community.
Chair: John McLemore

SUBCOMMITTEES:
---Memorial Service:
Keith Turner
---Oral History:
Hal Hardin
---Acquisitions:
Paul White
---Preservation:
Frank Grace ; Paul DeWitt
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IMMIGRATION LAW

Provides a special focus group for immigration law practitioners. Assists in keeping its members abreast of developments and changes in the practice as well as assessing the impact of these developments on the immigrant community. Monitors current issues and problems in the immigrant community for the purpose of assessing the need for advocacy and/or action on behalf of the community.
Chair: Mabel Arroyo-Tirado; Sean Lewis
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

Provides a forum for lawyers practicing in trademarks, patents, copyrights, licensing and related litigation.
Chair: Mark Plotkin
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JUVENILE COURT

Monitors activity of the Juvenile Court of Davidson County and studies developments in the law relating to children. Acts as liaison between the Juvenile Court, its agencies and the local bar.
Chair: Sheila Colloway
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LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE

Provides policy guidance for the Lawyer Referral & Information Service.
Chair: Jim Todd
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LEGISLATIVE & GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

Reviews and evaluates legislative proposals affecting attorneys and makes recommendations to the NBA Board regarding bills of interest to Nashville lawyers.
Chair: Peter B. Halverstadt
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MEDICO-LEGAL

Meets with representatives of the Nashville Academy of Medicine to resolve issues relating to lawyers and doctors. Acts as liaison between the medical and legal communities.
Chair: Brian Cummings
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MEDICO-LEGAL

Meets with representatives of the Nashville Academy of Medicine to resolve issues relating to lawyers and doctors. Acts as liaison between the medical and legal communities.
Chair: Ron Harris
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MINORITY OPPORTUNITIES

The committee is committed to listening to our members so as to identify the benefits they will find useful, and then to ensure consistency, relevancy, and quality. In addition, the committee helps oversee, identify, and solicit sponsors for the NBA and its various events.
Chair: Luther Wright
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NASHVILLE BAR JOURNAL

Publishes the Nashville Bar Journal, a monthly members’ magazine containing articles of interest to the local bar. More Information
Chair: Bill Ramsey
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NASHVILLE LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS

Identifies and acts as advocate for lawyers experiencing problems in their practice related to the abuse of alcohol or drugs as well as mental health issues. Renders confidential assistance to lawyers.
Chair: Buddy Burnett
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REAL ESTATE LAW

Provides special focus group for real estate practitioners.
Chairs: John C. Rockford
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SISTER CITIES

Plans biennial visits for attorneys from our Sister Cities of Caen, France, and Magdeburg, Germany.
Chairs: Helen Rogers; Trey Harwell
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SOLO AND SMALL FIRM

A forum for solo and small firm attorneys from various practice areas and experience levels to network and collaborate on issues such as practice management, technology, marketing, staffing, etc.  

Co-Chairs: Matt Potempa; Amy Everhart
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TAX

Provides a special focus group for Nashville's tax bar, keeping members abreast of new developments in tax law.
Chair: Todd Ervin


 
 
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