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Bill Haltom Concludes Statewide Civility Tour

Thomason Hendrix attorney Bill Haltom served as the speaker and moderator for a series of civility programs co-sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.The civility tour began at the Univeristy of Memphis School of Law on the topic of civility in the public arena. The tour then moved to Nashville for a discussion of civility in our courts.  The final stop was in Knoxville, where the topic was “Balancing Civility and Free Expression for Effective Governance.”  Mr. Haltom led a panel discussion featuring Governor Bill Haslam and former Governors Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist.  The panel explored civility in political campaigns and debates, in the legislature, and in interactions with voters and interest groups.