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Article Details Alexander Hamilton and Pro Bono

To commemorate "Celebrate Pro Bono Month" in the October Tennessee Bar Journal, Russell Fowler details Alexander Hamilton's upbringing and career. Hamilton is the first known American lawyer who performed pro bono on a wide and systematic scale -- he was a pro bono rock star! Also in this issue, Nashville lawyer James G. Thomas reviews Joel Cohen's book Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide.

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Journal Article Explains New Ruling on Summary Judgment Orders

A recent Tennessee Supreme Court opinion holds that an order granting or denying a motion for summary judgment must contain a statement of the legal grounds on which the decision is based and that the statement contained in the order must be the product of the trial court’s own, independent analysis and judgment. The case, Mary C. Smith v. UHS of Lakeside Inc., also provides some significant standards for compliance with this Rule 56.04 “statement-of-legal-grounds” requirement. In the new October Tennessee Bar Journal, Andrée Sophia Blumstein explains.

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