A message from the CBA Executive Director
The CBA takes the health and safety of our staff and members seriously; it is our first priority.
The CBA continues to monitor a variety of sources, including authoritative public health and media threads, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. state and local health authorities, and, when appropriate, public health authorities in other nations, for the latest updates and recommendations affecting our operations and programming.
We intend to continue the highest level of service to our members and the public while also cooperating to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the weeks to come. We will keep monitoring the situation closely and reassessing day by day - week by week. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this extraordinary time.
The CBA is closely following the CDC guidelines to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in the days and weeks ahead. CBA meetings can be accomplished whenever possible using teleconferencing capabilities instead of holding in-person meetings. By taking these actions, we can continue operating, but in a way that makes it less likely to transmit the virus.
We continue making referrals daily to those who are in our Lawyer Referral Service.
Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!! See you all soon!
A MEAASGE FROM JOHN C. HARRISON, 2020 Board Chair
As I watch the protesters gathering in Miller Park tonight, just outside my office window, I find myself thinking back to the spring of 1991 when Los Angeles police officers were caught on camera savagely beating Rodney King. The images from that video were horrific indeed, leaving one to wonder just how such an event could occur.
But at least, we thought, it will never happen again. Not after this.
Fast forward to the spring of 2020 and we are confronted with a video of a Minneapolis police officer calmly kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he expired. And unlike the Rodney King incident, the George Floyd incident took place in broad daylight, right in front of onlookers whose comments essentially narrate the video.
But at least it will never happen again. Not after this. Right?
John Adams is often credited with the phrase “a government of laws, not of men.” But laws, and the justice they are intended to effect, are administered by men (and women). And the power to administer that justice is just as surely the power to fail to do so.
I would be remiss in my duties as your president if I were to fail to remind every member of this Bar that we too are instruments by which the laws, and the justice they are intended to effect, are administered, and to condemn racism, abuse of power, and injustice in all of its forms.
John C. Harrison
Evans Harrison Hackett, PLLC
The Chattanooga Bar Association Law Day Luncheon is scheduled for August 26, 2020
at the READ HOUSE.
(We will continue to receive nominations for the Liberty Bell Award.)
Legislative Reception will be in the early Fall.
All CLE seminars have been moved to the Fall.
COVID-19 Community Resources
Supreme Court of Tennessee