February, 2010

Cover Story

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Begins New Life at Historic Downtown Campus

Like a church, a structure doesn't make a school. But adding state-of-the-art AV/IT equipment, live-client clinics, courtrooms, wireless, and 169,000 square feet of well-lit space doesn't hurt. The "countdown to downtown" for the University of...

President's Perspective

Diversity in the Profession

One of the most frequent and welcome comments I have heard during my term as president of the TBA from lawyers, judges, professors, journalists and others who are interested in the law is the fact that Tennessee currently has a female state bar association president (I am the fourth after Pam Reeves, Katie Edge 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.

Membership Maven
Kelly Stosik

Merry Christmahanakwanzika!

I just adore modern-day holidays! In fact, modern changes of all types make me so very happy, happy, happy!

The TBA has some modern change possibilities for members if you’re interested … you’re intrigued, I can tell!

Success!

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.

People

Nashville lawyer Christy Sawyer recently opened   Lindsey...

News

Tennessee Bar Association

The Tennessee Bar Association's annual Leadership Conference in Nashville, Jan. 15-17, included meetings of the TBA House of Delegates, which debates and makes recommendations on issues of importance to the law, lawyers and law practice; the Taskforce on Judicial Conduct Rules; the Committee on Racial and Ethnic...

Passages

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

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:
Daniel William Champney, Nashville
Norman Gregory Durham, Sanford, N.C.
Andre Philip Johnson, Nashville...
The Law at Work

In these times of economic woe, employers can add another thing to their list of worries — the unavailability of jobs and falling salaries may actually expose employers to what previously would have been considered unfair competition.

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

Almost three decades after he murdered three humans in cold blood, Cecil C. Johnson Jr. was executed on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:34 a.m. CST.

The Supreme Court opinion at 632 S.W.2d 542 reports what he did to deserve the death penalty. In 1980 on July 6 Johnson told Victor Davis that he was going to rob Bell's Market on Twelfth Avenue South in...

But Seriously, Folks

My best friend is a judge. In fact, we are more than friends. We are lovers. We've been sleeping together for 28 years. But we are not living in sin. We're living in Memphis, although I must admit that it is sometimes hard to tell the difference.