The Tennessee Bar Associated or TBA was established by 39 lawyers in 1881. It is a voluntary law association and does not require lawyers practicing law in the state to join. It is headquartered in Nashville and is governed by a Board of Governors. The leadership for the Board of Governors consists of an president, president-elect, vice-president, and immediate past president.
While membership to the TBA is voluntary, it does require that attorneys who wish to join to adhere to stringent ethical and moral guidelines. Specifically, they must be licensed attorneys in good standing with the court. They also must have passed the state’s bar exam, which the TBA does not administer. The exam is administered by the board of examiners, which operates under the authority of the judiciary.
The membership dues range in price, and members can choose from one of five membership package. Membership is not only open to attorneys but also law students and paralegals. The lowest cost membership is $125 per year. The most expensive package option is $420 per year.
In exchange for their membership dues, lawyers and law students have access to benefits like Fastcase, which is a program that offers fast and accurate legal research. Users can find case law and law documents at no charge. They save time and money when using the information they find with Fastcase to handle their own clients’ cases.
Further, members of the TBA also save money on services like shipping and couriering. They do not have to pay full price for sending out packages or mail to clients. They also get discounted courier rates for their practices.
Finally, members have access to discounted insurance policies for themselves, their practices, and their families. The insurance is available via an approved TBA broker. Policies include life, health, and business insurance.
The public likewise are encouraged to use the TBA website for their own legal research. For example, if they need an attorney to represent them, they are allowed to conduct a free attorney search using the TBA’s online directory.
They also can find out information like filing a complaint against a lawyer, having their fees disputed, or seeing if they qualify for pro bono services. Members and the public can contact the Tennessee Bar Association at its physical address at 221 4th Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville 37219.