March, 2009

Cover Story

Class Action Residual Funds Support Pro Bono Efforts

In addition to more traditional methods of supporting pro bono programs, you can support Tennessee pro bono programs by directing residual funds from class action settlements or class action judgments to the Tennessee Voluntary Fund for Indigent Civil Representation (the "Cy Pres Fund" or the...

President's Perspective

Lawyers, like kids, say the darndest things. During one of our TBA House of Delegates meetings, one of the House members explained to me that country lawyers call city lawyers like me, "tall building lawyers," meaning of course, that we practice law in tall buildings and implying, quite accurately, that we tall-building lawyers have gaps the size of...

People

Lauren Brittain Patten and Emily B. Warth have joined the Nashville law firm of Walker, Tipps...

Licensure & Discipline

Reinstated

Edward Victor Longinotti III of Nashville was reinstated to the practice of law on Jan. 6 after complying with Section 20 of Supreme Court Rule 9, which requires the payment of annual registration fees.

Wilson County lawyer Gary Wayne Vandever was reinstated to the practice of law on Jan. 7. He...
But Seriously, Folks

Long-time readers of this silly column (and you know who you are) know how I feel about how we lawyers should dress. I believe that every problem now faced by the American legal profession " tort reform, the decline in civility, Alberto Gonzales " has been caused by the advent of "casual day" at law firms throughout our once well-dressed nation.

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News

Nearly 40 law firms were honored for adopting pro bono polices during the 2009 TBA Public Service Luncheon Jan. 17. Three individual attorneys were also honored during the program, which featured a keynote address from Chief Justice Janice Holder. Holder urged attorneys across Tennessee to take part in the April 4 public service effort supported by the...

Letters of the Law

President's column and 'Byrd' article very helpful

The following letter was written to Andrée Blumstein about her article, "Bye, Bye Byrd? Summary Judgment After Hannan and Martin: Which Way to Go?" which appeared in the February Tennessee Bar Journal.

I really enjoyed your article on summary judgment in the recent ...

Paine on Procedure

When I was a baby law professor in the '60s, specificity reigned. But adoption of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure changed things effective Jan. 1, 1971. Following the federal model, our Rules allowed generalities. For example, a plaintiff only need plead a short and plain statement of the claim. The defendant can respond with a short and plain...

Criminal Law

The Illinois governor's alleged offer to sell President Obama's former Senate seat to the highest bidder has outraged citizens all over the country. We would hope such a scandal is a rare event.

Actually it is not. During the period of reconstruction following the Civil War the buying and selling of political offices was rampant in the South. One...

Book Review

By Harold Schechter | Ballantine Books | $27.95 | 494 pages | 2007

You and I know about the evidence principle that other crimes are inadmissible in an accused's trial for the indicted crime. It is ensconced in Rule 404(b).

A famous case applying that principle is People v. Molineux, 61 N.E. 286 (N.Y. 1901). You...