By Judge Brian Addington, Gray When I was a little boy, we had a friend who owned a farm. We visited often because the farm was on our way to church. One day, the farmer asked my brother if he wanted to ride his mule. My brother agreed, so the farmer brought out the mule. … Continue reading The Loveable, Stubborn Mule
As promised, here's an update about commemorations of the centennial of the Workers' Compensation Law. The Knoxville office of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is celebrating the 100-year anniversary on April 15 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. The Cookeville office will celebrate on April 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Kingsport/Gray … Continue reading Mark your Calendars
By Judge Allen Phillips, Jackson In 1919, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the “Workmen’s Compensation Act.” Thus began the first century of what has been called the “Grand Bargain” in our state: employers providing benefits to injured workers without regard to fault, and in exchange the worker recovering only those benefits set forth in the … Continue reading Celebrating 100 years of Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee
By Judge Brian Addington, Gray In November 1982, the United States completed construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. My Dad is a Vietnam veteran, and he was very interested in the construction of the memorial, as he had friends die in the war. Although quite controversial at first, the site has become … Continue reading More Than a Name on a Wall
The Clerk of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, Penny Shrum, is holding training on TNComp at three locations in December. There may be a surprise guest. The goal is to train lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants on how to upload documents to TNComp. We will also discuss filings with the Court. Please mark … Continue reading You’re Invited!
The public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Mediation and Hearing Procedures for the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims is Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the Bureau of Workers' Compensation in the Tennessee Room, 220 French Landing Drive in Nashville. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion. Members of … Continue reading See you next week
By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville When the Court began operating in July 2014, we already had a set of “rules” called the Mediation and Hearing Procedures. These rules were prepared before any judges were appointed and any “new law” injuries occurred. They were based on the statute and anticipated how the process would … Continue reading Rules Reorganization is Under Way
By Judge Lisa Lowe, Knoxville On September 17, 2018, we celebrated Constitution Day. The Knoxville Barristers, which is the young lawyers division of the Knoxville Bar Association, always has a school community outreach program during Law Week. For years and years (yes, for so long that they were doing it, even when I was president … Continue reading Honoring the Constitution
How well do you know the Rules of Professional Conduct? Test your knowledge during the Ethics Bowl breakout session at the upcoming Bureau Educational Conference on Friday, June 8, at 8 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Yes, 8 a.m.! – a great time to sharpen your ethics skills before a relaxing weekend. Bring … Continue reading Dude, Let’s Go (Ethics) Bowling
By Judge Thomas Wyatt, Chattanooga If you were a child of the 1950s and ‘60s, you probably grew up watching Larry, Moe and Curly (or Shemp), otherwise known as the Three Stooges. Younger lawyers may not have enjoyed this enrichment during their formative years since, as I understand it, more modern and enlightened parents banned Three … Continue reading Educational Conference to Spotlight Critically Acclaimed Ethics Film
Find out at the upcoming Bureau Educational Conference in Murfreesboro. Staff Attorneys Jane Salem, Court of Workers' Compensation Claims, and Elizabeth Vines, Appeals Board -- huge "outlaw country" fans -- will host "Outlaws and Angels: Tips for Success in Your Workers' Compensation Case." They'll offer their views from beside the bench... when the recording is … Continue reading Are you an Outlaw or an Angel?
The Tennessee Court of Workers' Compensation Claims is hosting "Coffee with the Court" at three locations in April. Yes, we really will serve coffee! The goal is to answer your questions and to listen to your constructive criticism and suggestions. We hope to listen more than we speak. Please mark your calendars now and plan … Continue reading You’re invited!
The Court of Workers' Compensation Claims is continually looking for ways to better serve our clientele. To that end, parties and counsel in the mid-state may seek approval of their settlements in the Maury County Courthouse, rather than the Murfreesboro office, on Wednesday, November 29, starting at 9:00 a.m. If you wish to do so, … Continue reading Trial Settlement Day Set in Maury County
The Tennessee Workers' Compensation Educational Conference kicks off next Tuesday at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Attention all Tennessee workers' compensation practitioners: the "Trial Court Update" breakout session scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, has changed timeslots. It will now commence at 3:30 p.m. rather than 1:30. The most recent schedule of all programming is available here. The … Continue reading Trial Court Update is Re-scheduled