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Front Page - Friday, September 28, 2018

Brainard High onboard for trial competition

Last month, Lynda Hood and I met with key faculty at Brainerd High School and secured their commitment to participate in the mock trial competition.

You might remember that in July, Lynda and I attended a meeting with Dr. Bryan Johnson, Blake Freeman and Gerald Harris to develop the involvement of Hamilton County’s schools in the mock trial competition. In that meeting, Tyner committed to participate.

Judge Alex McVeagh will be soliciting more participation from Hamilton County high schools within the near future.

Our goal is to have every Hamilton County high school involved in the competition. Students need to know that the lawyers in our community are accessible to them and that this profession continues to be crucial to the functioning of this wonderful democracy.

Please volunteer to assist as a coach or judge. We need your assistance. To do so, contact Alex at alexanderm@hamiltontn.gov and Lynda at lhood@chattanoogabar.org.

On Sept. 18, the CBA hosted a reception for our Tennessee Supreme Court at the Chattanooga Theatre. Our justices were all in attendance and were happy to meet all who were there – and attendance was excellent. Our CBA was well represented!

On Sept.  19 at Chattanooga State, the Tennessee Supreme Court brought its SCALES program to the city to educate high school students about the judicial branch of government.  Over 500 students attended. Judge J.B. Bennett gave opening remarks. Thanks J.B.!

The benefits

The Chattanooga Bar Association affords its members an incredible array of benefits such as referrals to clients, CLEs, responses to rule proposals, fee dispute resolution, the annual memorial service, leadership opportunities, discounts at a variety of businesses and more.

Look for an announcement from Lynda Hood about a free health care screening for CBA members before the end of this year – a benefit that alone makes CBA membership worthwhile!

The CBA has a website tool to assist attorneys who are in the Lawyer Referral Service. The service helps clients find an attorney. If you’re interested in the Lawyer Referral Service, call the CBA at 602-9430.

If you’re an attorney struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the CBA is here to help. We thank Art Grisham for the confidential and supportive counseling and guidance he’s given to our members who are working to overcome this issue. He will continue to chair our Lawyers Helping Lawyers committee.