July, 2009

Cover Story

2009 Act improves on '08

The New New Medical Malpractice Notice and Certificate of Good Faith Statutes

President's Perspective

The Tennessee Bar Association counts more than 11,000 members and is the largest professional organization in the state of Tennessee. One of the key missions of the TBA is to serve as the voice of the profession in Tennessee. I am proud to report to you that the exercise of that voice has achieved an important accomplishment affecting all Tennesseans by...

Letters of the Law

I read with a sense of unfairness Donald Paine's May book review, so filled with criticism of Judge Robert L. Taylor (May 2009 Tenn. Bar Journal). I have not read the book Remembering United States District Judge Robert L. Taylor, nor judging by the tone of the book review am I inclined to purchase it. Let me just say that my memory of...

Book Review

Professor Paine's review:

As many Journal readers know, I teach a Civil Procedure class to 1L's at UT each spring semester. So I was curious to read University of Memphis professor Andrew McClurg's book.

Membership Maven
Kelly Stosik

Dear Maven,

What is going on with the Affordable Care Act and the upcoming 2015 open enrollment period?!

I have a family and a small firm and I need to know all of my options. I know the ACA has changed the way we consume health insurance but where do I find...

People

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) has awarded its annual pro bono firm and attorney of the year awards. The Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings was named "Pro Bono Firm of the Year" for its work representing needy families in TennCare appeals. Throughout 2008, 15 attorneys at the firm provided approximately 500 hours of pro bono legal...

News

Fourth woman to lead the association

Gail Vaughn Ashworth was to be sworn in as the new Tennessee Bar Association's president on June 19. Other members of the executive committee are Sam Elliott, president-elect; Danny Van Horn, vice-president; Buck Lewis, immediate past president; Jason Pannu, secretary; and Richard Johnson, treasurer.

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Licensure & Discipline

Reinstated

The following attorneys have been reinstated to the practice of law after complying with Supreme Court Rule 21, which requires mandatory continuing legal education:
William Noble Hulsey III, Austin, Texas
Tacey Clark Locke, Corinth, Miss.
James Douglas Mory, Louisville,...

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.

Bank on It

Banker's hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Wednesdays when the weather is nice.
CD rates: Whatever the competitors are paying.
FDIC insurance: A legally required line item expense that we don't really need.

Paine on Procedure

For several decades I have read every opinion filed by our appellate courts. The most horrific is State v. Evangeline Combs and Joseph D. Combs (Tenn. Ct. Crim. App., Woodall, Sept. 25, 2002), perm. app. denied Jan. 27, 2003.

But Seriously, Folks

In August 2001, University of Tennessee Law professor Glenn Reynolds launched "Instapundit," a Web site that provides frequently updated political and cultural news and commentary. It was one of the first "blogs," and it literally changed the landscape of American politics, journalism and communications. By 2004, Instapundit was getting more than 100,000...