March, 2012

Cover Story

As more and more attorneys are starting solo/general practices, it is important to know some fundamentals of immigration law. This is especially true in Tennessee, where we have a large population of immigrants, some with legal status and others without any status.

President's Perspective

By the time you read this, we will have likely voted as a state in the Super Tuesday primaries. This election season seems to be more divisive and polarizing than any that I can recall. With all of the issues swirling around, it is important to remember that we play a unique role in our political process. Far too few people in our society have an

Letters of the Law

Long-term care insurance explained well in recent column

This letter was written to Monica J. Franklin, who writes the Journal’s column, “Senior Moments.”

I’m a non-practicing attorney that enjoys reading the TBJ, and I found your article in the recent issue (“Educate Your Clients about Long-Term Care Insurance,”...

Book Review

By David O. Stewart | Simon & Schuster | $30 | 432 pages | 2011

Book Review

By Joshua Kendall | G.P. Putnam’s Sons | $26.95 | 355 pages | 2010

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...


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.


Stephanie A. Elkins recently joined the Nashville law firm of Morgan & Akins PLLC, where she will focus on civil litigation, including workers’ compensation and insurance defense. Prior to joining the firm, Elkins was a law clerk to Justice Edward Thomas Brady of the North Carolina Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from the...


Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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: Joseph Mathew Grant, Houston, Texas; Steven Curtis Limbrick, Brentwood; William Lee Wheatley, Pigeon Forge....

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

Mary Pullins was a young mother (age 22) in July 1973 when she was admitted to Fentress County Hospital complaining of chest pain. During the evening of July 20 she was bitten on the left thigh by a brown recluse spider. These deadly pests infested the exterior of the hospital; some crept inside through crevices. The All-American Extermination Company...

But Seriously, Folks

Like many lawyers, I’m addicted to caffeine. Every morning when I’m on my way to my office, I stop at the Starbucks at the corner of Union and McLean in Midtown Memphis. I am to the Midtown Starbucks what Norm was to Cheers. At the Midtown Starbucks, everybody knows my name.

When I walk in the door at Starbucks early each morning, I don’t even...