April, 2010

Cover Story

Your Clients Need to Know the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

In early colonial America, and as late as 1829 in Tennessee,[1] individuals were often branded on their hand after being convicted of a crime. While branding has long been outlawed, the extensive use of criminal background checks by employers, landlords, and others...

President's Perspective

We can all relate to the wonderful feeling we get when someone compliments us on a family member's accomplishment or thoughtfulness. I get that wonderful feeling all year long, thanks to the outstanding performance and fantastic attitude of our dedicated Tennessee Bar Association staff members. Their work on behalf of your bar association is critical to...

Letters of the Law

Judges should keep friends, on Facebook and in the real world

[This letter was written to columnist Bill Haltom.] I thoroughly enjoyed your column in the TBJ about the proposed Florida Ethics Opinion prohibiting lawyers and judges for being "friends" on Facebook (But Seriously, Folks, "If You Are a Judge, You Better Get a Dog...

Book Review

By Sam Davis Elliott | Louisiana State University Press | $48 | 352 pages | 2010

Criminal Law

Getting one's client out of jail on bond or obtaining a suspended sentence is certainly a good result. However, this does not end the lawyer's obligation to assist the client in staying out of further trouble. For many clients the shock of incarceration sometimes lasts only a few weeks. Clients may lapse back into the "bad behavior" that caused them to...


General Sessions Court Judge Dan Eisenstein, who presides over the Davidson County Mental Health Court, recently recognized and thanked representatives of Subway Development of Tennessee for the company's donation of Subway restaurant gift cards to the Mental Health Court's probation treatment program. The gift cards are used as rewards...


Association Elections

Nashville lawyer Jacqueline (Jackie) Dixon was elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will become its president in 2012-2013.

Dixon is a partner in the newly created firm of Weatherly McNally & Dixon, which focuses on criminal defense, complex personal injury and domestic relations cases. She...

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: Mark Anthony Carey, Buffalo, N.Y.; Nathan William Conrey, Old Hickory; Clay Spencer Nails, Corinth, Miss.


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

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Al Capone and Bugs Moran. The Hatfields and the McCoys. The Montagues and the Capulets: famous feuds that evoke specific images of warring enemies. We know them from history and fiction, but unless you pay close attention to the financial services industry, you may not know much about the blood feud between banks and...

Paine on Procedure

Carrie Allen left her family home in Bean Station and moved to Knoxville. In 1932 she was 24, working as cashier at the S & W Cafeteria, and living on the second floor of a boarding house at 614 West Church Ave. Louis Fain and his family moved from New Market to Knoxville when he was a young boy; his mother was dead. In 1932 he was about 26, selling...

But Seriously, Folks

We all have our prejudices, and let me admit mine. I don't like tattoos. Actually, it's worse than that. I hate tattoos. I hate tattoos on men, and I really hate tattoos on women.