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Bone Law Attorney Stephen Zralek files Amicus Brief in Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of Epidemiologists Advocating Expansion of Absentee Ballots during COVID-19

Stephen ZralekStephen J Zralek Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional index, a Member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, was honored to file an amicus brief with the Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of seven leading Tennessee doctors and professors specializing in infectious diseases and epidemiology who highlighted the health risks of in-person voting during the pandemic and advocated expanded absentee ballots. The brief was filed in support of the injunction issued by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, which ordered Secretary of State to provide all eligible Tennessee voters the option of casting an absentee ballot during the pandemic. The doctors include Dr. David Aronoff of Vanderbilt, Dr. Nina Fefferman of the University of Tennessee, President James Hildreth of Meharry Medical College, Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt, Dr. Thomas Talbot of Vanderbilt, Dr. Edwin Trevathan of Vanderbilt and Dr. William Wester of Vanderbilt. Doctors among this group have worked at the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health. Stephen served as co-counsel to Debo Adegbile, a partner at the international law firm WilmerHale.

Stephen has dedicated his career to helping clients resolve complex disputes involving class actions, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, non-compete violations, defamation, domain disputes, and disputes in the business and entertainment arenas. Stephen routinely appears in federal court, Chancery Court and the Tennessee Business Court, and argues at both the trial and appellate levels.

Bonelaw Client Lane College Hosts Tennessee Supreme Court

Bonelaw Client Lane College Hosts Tennessee Supreme CourtLeft to right - Peter C. Woolfolk, President & CEO of Communication Strategies Dr. Logan C. Hampton, President of Lane College James A. Crumlin, Jr., Bone McAllester NortonThe Tennessee Supreme Court met on November 30 at longtime Bone McAllester Norton client Lane College to hear oral arguments in two criminal cases.  The court presided at the Jackson, Tennessee college as part of the SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) project.  The project, which has been operational for over twenty years, has allowed hundreds of students to gain first-hand knowledge of the Tennessee legal system and the function of the appellate courts.  James A. Crumlin, Jr., who leads the Bonelaw team representing Lane College, attended the reception sponsored by Bone McAllester Norton that followed the day’s events.  More than 100 connected to the state-wide program appeared at the event, including Tennessee Supreme Court Justices and many state and local dignitaries.  Lane College is the first Historically Black College or University to host the event.

Additional information about the day as well as about the SCALES project can be found at these links:

Lane College hosts high court cases, The Jackson Sun

The SCALES Project

The two cases included:

  • Tommy Nunley v. State of Tennessee - This case reaches the Court after both the trial court and Court of Criminal Appeals denied the petitioner’s request to reopen his case based on alleged newly discovered evidence.  The Court will consider whether the trial court correctly treated the petition for writ of error coram nobis as a petition for DNA testing and whether the petitioner is entitled to coram nobis relief on the ground that the State withheld exculpatory evidence.  In addition to these two issues raised by petitioner, the Court requested the parties address whether the Court of Criminal Appeals should have affirmed the trial court’s summary dismissal of the petitioner’s coram nobis petition as barred by the statute of limitations.
  • Tiffinne Wendalyn Gail Runions, Individually and on behalf of her minor child, Laileean Wendalee Scott v. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District, et al. - This case comes to the Court by way of an interlocutory appeal. The Supreme Court granted review of this case in order to determine whether the trial court correctly granted the plaintiff’s motion to amend her complaint in order to substitute as a party defendant Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District in place of Bolivar General Hospital, Inc.

Statement Of Counsel for Jane Doe

NASHVILLE, TN – In response to today’s decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in The Tennessean, et al. v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, et al., counsel for Jane Doe, Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little, have released the following statement:

“We are pleased by today’s decision. It provides a commonsense solution to most of the problems posed by The Tennessean’s ill-conceived effort to publish evidence in a pending criminal case. We argued that courts should protect the confidentiality of crime victims, and this decision helps accomplish that goal. But the nature and scope of victims’ rights in Tennessee remain unclear, and our client was disappointed that the Court avoided these critical questions. Crime victims in Tennessee should be able to pursue justice without subjecting themselves to abuse, intimidation, and harassment. To the extent this decision helps victims do so, it is an important step forward.”

 

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Keep Tennessee Courts Fair & Impartial

Bone McAllester Norton's board of directors sent out a memo yesterday to friends, colleagues and clients, urging voters in Tennessee to retain the state’s current appellate judges. The question, on the current ballot, asks voters to retain or replace three members of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the retention of these judges.

To read the full memo, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.