A History of the Federal Court in Jackson

By Ed Bryant | Main Street Publishing Inc. | $23 | 188 pages | 2011

We need to preserve Tennessee legal history. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ed Bryant of Jackson helped that effort in this book. Presiding on the cover are District Court judges James D. Todd and J. Daniel Breen (Tennessee Bar Association president 1996-1997). In the background with a dog is District Judge “Will” Ross, who died in a car wreck one day after his indictment for forgery and fraud. Finally, there’s Sixth Circuit Judge (and later Supreme Court Justice) Howell Jackson advertising a cigar.

The volume begins with statewide federal judge John McNairy, appointed in 1797, and ends with Hon. S. Thomas Anderson, who became district judge in 2008. Obviously there are lots of judges in between, with paintings or photographs of most.

To order a copy call toll free 1-866-457-7379. There is also a website: www.mainstreetpublishing.com. For those of us who prefer snail mail, this is the address: P.O. Box 696, Jackson, TN 38301.


Don Paine Donald F. Paine is a past president of the Tennessee Bar Association and is of counsel to the Knoxville firm of Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers LLP. He lectures for the Tennessee Law Institute, BAR/BRI Bar Review, and the Tennessee Judicial Conference.