Tennessee Bar Journal

Sep 2016
Cover Story
Suzanne Robertson

 “The practice of law is stressful,” writes Murfreesboro lawyer Pat Blankenship. “Lawyers get paid to enter into the fray of conflict, to expect and prepare for the worst case scenario. We are under great pressure to bill more hours, to work more, relax less. Technology keeps us constantly tuned in. There are myriad ways to mess it up, break a rule...

Sep 2016
Cover Story
Suzanne Robertson

“One of the many things cancer taught me was to commit to my health, to make that one of my primary concerns,” says Mary Griffin. After her breast cancer diagnosis she took an eight-week course on meditating “for people who have been through a health scare, because I didn’t have a way to relieve stress” and because she found it difficult to start a...

Sep 2016
Cover Story
Suzanne Robertson


Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabot-Zinn, Hyperion, 2005 (originally published in 1994).
Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabot-Zinn, Bantam Dell (1990).
The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali by Swami Satchidananda
The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary...

President's Perspective
Jason Long

I am a proud graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School. I feel fortunate to have attended that school: My teachers were inspired, my classmates were curious and the environment was welcoming. I would not trade the experience. However, given the demographics of my city and the fees required to attend my school, there was limited exposure to diverse...

Book Review
James Price

Reviewed by J. Terry Price

By Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford | Ankerwycke | $29.95 Hardback | $12.99 Kindle | 251 pages | 2016

Day on Torts
John Day

The statute of limitations applicable to personal injury claims filed on behalf of persons with mental impairments has changed twice in five years. The first change was a draconian measure that put persons with an unsound mind at a severe disadvantage. The new law, effective for claims arising as of April 27, 2016, fixes the prior error but then reverses...

Family Matters
Marlene Moses

If a court needs to determine the income available for support, herein after referred to as IAFS, of a parent with a fixed salary or hourly wage from an employer, the calculation is relatively simple and the subsequent formula straightforward. However, if a party is self-employed and/or the owner of a business, manipulation of IAFS through various...

TBA News

Linda Warren Seely is the new director of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. She served as director of pro bono projects for Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) from 2004 to 2015, when she became the director of MALS’ Campaign for Equal Justice. She served as president of the Memphis Bar Association in 2013. Most...


Indigent Rep Task Force Completes Tour The Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force conducted a statewide “listening tour” this summer designed to learn more and “look at indigency determinations, delivery of services, administration of the indigent representation fund and the current compensation rate.” The Task Force heard...

TBA News

Knoxville lawyer and TBA senior counselor FRANK BARNETT died July 15 at the age 82. A 1959 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Barnett began his career as a special agent for the FBI. He later joined East Tennessee Natural Gas as in-house counsel and was a founding partner of the Baker, Worthington, Barnett &...

Licensure & Discipline


Davidson County lawyer Joseph Paul Calandriello was reinstated to the practice of law on July 8. He had been suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court on April 1, 2015, for a period of three years — 11 months and 29 days to be served on active suspension with the remainder to be served on probation. Calandriello filed a...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

Nearly 50 years ago when I was in junior high school, I wasn’t much of an athlete. Like Rudy, I was five feet nothing and weighed 100 pounds soaking wet. I was so skinny I had to run around in the boys shower to get wet.

I could have been a pretty good soccer player. But at Frayser Junior High School in 1966, soccer was regarded as the sports...