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Court: TCA


Richard L. Colbert and Courtney L. Wilbert, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Lisa Crabtree and Franklin County Education Association.

Robert G. Wheeler, Jr., Goodlettsville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Franklin County Board of Education.


This appeal arises from a declaratory judgment action. The trial court determined that Defendant teacher's grievance against the Franklin County Board of Education was not subject to arbitration under the collective bargaining agreement between the Board and the Franklin County Education Association. The trial court also dismissed Defendant teacher's counterclaim under Tennessee Code Annotated section 49-5-510. We affirm.


Court: TCCA


Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; and C. Lewis Walton, III, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

John M. Boucher, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Andrei Ciobanu.


The Defendant, Andrei Ciobanu, was charged with vandalism of property with a value of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000. See T.C.A. section 39-14-408. The trial court granted his motion to suppress eyewitness identification evidence and dismissed the case. In this appeal filed by the State, we reverse the order of the trial court suppressing the evidence and dismissing the case.


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Legal field dominates role model winners' list
The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee has announced its Academy for Women of Achievement winners, which is full of lawyers and judges. Since 1992, the Academy has selected 98 women, adding seven individuals and one business for 2010. Of those, two are judges, one is a lawyer, and the corporate honoree is law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Those from the legal profession to be honored are Justice Cornelia Clark, Tennessee Supreme Court; Judge Barbara Haynes, 3rd Circuit Court; and Susan Short Jones, senior corporate counsel, HCA. One of the Academy's criteria is to honor women who are role models for other women in their particular professions, which they will do at a celebration Oct. 5.
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TBA closed Monday
The Tennessee Bar Association offices will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen Tuesday morning, July 6.

Opinion: Taxes will pay -- and pay -- for inmate's defense
A columnist points out that when Howard Hawk Willis was sentenced to death last week in Washington County, Willis had already "cost the county more than $300,000 in terms of legal and incarceration costs." Willis is appealing his conviction, which puts him on a 13-step judicial trek that winds through both state and federal courts, Robert Houk writes. "[$300,000] sounds like a lot, and it is, but it's nothing compared to what's likely to come."
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State asks high court to consider Koulis conviction
Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court a decision by the state's Criminal Court of Appeals dismissing the criminally negligent homicide conviction of the late Dr. Christ Koulis, convicted in 2007 in the death of his girlfriend. Koulis was in the midst of an appeal of his conviction when he died of an apparent heart attack in April. Since Koulis's death, his attorney David Raybin has worked to have the appeal dismissed and his conviction abated.
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Hearings conclude: Kagan called 'brilliant' and 'hostile'
More people weighed in on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court before the Senate hearing wrapped up yesterday. Representatives of the American Bar Association told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that Kagan received its highest rating because of legal skills that reviewers found "brilliant, gifted, and of the highest level." The National Rifle Association, on the other hand, said she is hostile to gun rights, and warned senators that it will take their votes into account when considering endorsing their re-election. The committee hopes to approve Kagan's nomination and hold a floor vote in late July, according to C-SPAN, where you can listen to the testimony from all four days of the hearing.

Also, Thurgood Marshall Jr. wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post, noting the "harsh innuendo" about his father's jurisprudence and writing that "the Kagan hearing is not the proper forum to rehash my father's work."

Free ADR ethics help available
Free online alternative dispute resolution ethics resources are available from the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. Learn more about these helpful sources in an article by Nashville lawyer Marnie Huff, "Do the 5-Step: ABA ADR Ethics Resources," published in a recent issue of
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A story in TBA Today Wednesday reported the names of lawyers in the 2011 Leadership Nashville class, which included Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. Although Weinberg is part of the new class, she is not a lawyer.

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Video footage of the Lawyers Luncheon and the Governor's Luncheon held during the recent Tennessee Bar Association Annual Convention are available for viewing online. The Lawyers Luncheon video features award winners for the year, remarks by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and the swearing-in of new TBA President Sam Elliott. The Governor's Luncheon video features a keynote address by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who talked about the budget process, praised the state's judicial selection system and took questions from the audience.

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