January, 2008

Cover Story

New Legal Services Director Housepian Sees Pro Bono as a 'Great Gift'

"My work provides a great opportunity to live out my faith and purpose. It gives meaning to why I became a lawyer," Gary D. Housepian [house-SEP-ee-an] says of his relatively new job as executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands (...

President's Perspective

Traditionally, the January issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal focuses on access to justice.   It honors the nearly 2,000 Tennessee attorneys who provide pro bono services and voluntarily report their activities. Individuals are recognized for specific representation or work that advances the administration of justice by providing...

Letters of the Law

The following letter was written to Journal author Charles H. Anderson:

As a longtime member of the Tennessee Historical Commission, I found your article on Judge Anderson ("Joseph Inslee Anderson: Pioneer Federal Judge and Classic 'Roman' Senator," November 2007 Tennessee Bar Journal) to be very interesting and...

History's Verdict

The Tennessee Bar Journal welcomes a new column this month. Russell Fowler will look to the past to help inform the practice of today in “History’s Verdict.” His column will appear three times a year.

2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. It is time to pause and ponder its importance and plan how to commemorate this...

Day on Torts

Judges on the federal appellate courts have a tough job. They routinely face a wide range of legal issues where federal law is applicable. Those federal issues may have been addressed by any one of the other appellate courts or the hundreds of federal district judges and therefore the author of an opinion must wade through lots of law before reaching a...

Membership Maven
Kathy Prescott

Dear Maven,

What’s going on at TBA? You seem to be running around and out of breath a lot lately. Are you training for a marathon? Is there something I should know about?


Dear Mr. C.,

I am a little frantic this time of year!

Spring is in the air and...


The Tennessee Bar Association was recognized in October with three Luminary Awards from the National Association of Bar Executives. The Tennessee Bar Journal earned a Luminary Award for The Law Launch Project, which followed 15 law students through their last year of school.


Legal Aid Society wins excellence awards

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LASMTC) received two of the top awards presented in the Center for Nonprofit Management's 2007 Salute to Excellence program. The Chief Executive of the Year Award went to Ashley Wiltshire Jr., in recognition of his leadership...


Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Grants Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Grants. Sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, the grants will be funded by money raised from the First Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Reception and Dinner. The money will go to local...


Former Criminal Court Judge and TBA senior counselor FRED A. KELLY died Sept. 27 at the age of 93. Kelly graduated from the University of Tennessee and later served in World War II, earning the rank of captain. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1948 and began practicing law in Gallatin. A native of the city, he went...

Licensure & Discipline


The following attorneys have been reinstated to the practice of law after complying with Supreme Court Rule 21, which requires mandatory continuing legal education:
John Thompson Harding, Goodlettsville; Thomas Michael Leveille, Knoxville; James A. Meany III, Dalton, Ga.; ...
Crime & Punishment

Corporate crime is big news. Lawyers practicing in Tennessee face an increasing likelihood of being asked to assist business clients in responding to an allegation of criminal wrongdoing. To protect the business and to avoid inadvertent harm to others (and your license), counsel must both understand the attorney-client privilege of an organization.

Paine on Procedure

Dying Declarations

On Friday, July 13, 2001, Sabrina Lewis drove a killer to Always Antiques to rob and murder the proprietor, Gary Dean Finchum. She was convicted and sentenced to 21 years.

Sabrina had been casing the store for three weeks under the ruse of wanting to sell two vases. On the fatal morning she left...

But Seriously, Folks

I'm a lousy dancer. It's not my fault. I grew up in the Baptist church where I was taught that dancing was a mortal sin, like smoking or drinking or voting for a Democrat. For the eternal life of me, when I was a child, I could not understand the theological basis for prohibiting dancing as sinful. I could find absolutely nothing in the Bible about it....