June 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 6



Lawyers and legal groups across the country are speaking out against the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). These efforts include:

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DIRK ALLEN DANIEL of Rutledge died April 27 at his home. He was 41. He graduated from the George C. Taylor College of Law. With his office in Rutledge, Daniel practiced law in Grainger and surrounding counties for the past 17 years. He also held the position of county attorney for Grainger County. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Sunrise Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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Compassionate Allowances: One Tool to Fast-Track a Social Security Disability Claim

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult and lengthy journey. It generally takes three to five months to obtain an initial decision on an application. If the application is denied, the appeals process may take one to three years before the applicant exhausts his appeals.

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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case: A Critical Analysis of the Trial of Bruno Richard Hauptman

By James M. Dedman III and George R. Dekle Sr | The Lawbook Exchange Press | $75 hardcover | 414 pages | 2016 | Reviewed by William J. Landers

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Can We Talk?

Can we talk? Seriously. I am asking you a question. Can we talk?

I don’t mean whether you and I can exchange texts or emails or (for God’s sakes) tweets. I don’t even mean whether I can write this column you are now reading.

No, I really want to know if we can talk. Can we sit across from each other over coffee or lunch and swap stories or ask questions of one another and actually listen to one another?

We lawyers probably talk more than any other group of folks in America. We actually talk for a living.

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Painted Trillium: A Novel of the Civil War

By Robert Brandt | Wandering in the Words Press | $13.97 paperback, $7.99 Kindle | 238 pages | 2016 | Reviewed by Phylinda Ramsey

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Licensure & Discipline

Disability Inactive

The license of Shelby County lawyer Ronald Kent Brooks was transferred to disability inactive status by the Board of Professional Responsibility on April 18, pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Brooks cannot practice law until he proves to the Tennessee Supreme Court that the disability has been removed.

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The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

Keeping Secrets a Secret

A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (2001)

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The Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2017 members took part in media training during the group’s “Leadership in Action” session in Franklin in May. From left, Patricia Jones, Tony Orlandi, Lesley Tate-Farmer and Kay Caudle.

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