With only 18,461 (2017) lawyers licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee, in a state with a verified population of 6,651,000 from the 2016 national census (up from 6,346,105 in 2010), we are in desperate need for new attorneys to be admitted to the Bar from both within and outside the State.
With six law schools (Vandy, Nashville, Belmont, Memphis, UTK and Lincoln Memorial) graduating classes on a yearly basis, we must not be able to satisfy the perceived need for more legal eagles becoming practicing attorneys.
The issue of allowing more out-of-state lawyers to do more than solicit cases on cable television or billboards with a small skeleton manual office is more complicated.
However, the goal to further allow more foreign lawyers to bless the Volunteer State with additional legal talent to offset the under burdened and overpaid current 18,461 attorneys is now before the Tennessee Supreme Court on a petition by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam that has also been recommended by the American Bar Association (ABA) and has been adopted in 28 states.
You have until January 5, 2018, in order to endorse the recommendation of the Uniform Bar Association (UBA) and to invite more Charles Pitmans, Wettermark and Keiths, and Morgan and Morgans into our community in order that they can contribute substantially to the economy of our state!
Be sure to voice your support of the petition by January 5th!
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!