December, 2013

Cover Story

In today’s society, email communications are a common occurrence. Likewise, email communications to and from an attorney are routine. Recently, a Tennessee trial court ruled on the admissibility of email communications between an attorney and his client when those communications took place through a client’s email or computer system belonging to the...

President's Perspective

You know that the holiday season has officially arrived at the Wyrick house when we have had our annual viewing of the greatest Christmas movie of all time. In case you had any doubt, of course I am referring to "It's a Wonderful Life"!

Book Review

By Steven N. Peskind | American Bar Association Section of Family Law | $149.95 | 408 pages | 2013

Steven Peskind has been practicing law for about 30 years and is principal of the Peskind Law Firm in St. Charles, Illinois. Nationally recognized as an author and speaker on family law topics, he is a Fellow of the American Academy...

Where There's a Will

Same-sex marriage is a phenomenon of our time, currently available in 14 states and the District of Columbia,[1] as well as in 20 countries.[2] Traditionally, in the U.S. each state has been free to create its own definition of “marriage,” within the bounds of federal Constitutional limitations. Both Tennessee’s Constitution, as amended in 2006,[3] and...

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 recently named new board members, including TBA member and Memphis lawyer Andrew Branham. Rebecca K. McKelvey is the new board chair. Branham directs and oversees the Memphis office of Counsel On Call. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1981. McKelvey is...

News

Gov. Bill Haslam named members to the Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments, which will consider applications from those seeking to fill court vacancies. The new 17-member commission will send a panel of three nominees to the governor to make an appointment when a vacancy occurs or is impending.

In October, the Tennessee Attorney General...

Licensure & Discipline

DISABILITY INACTIVE

The following lawyers were transferred to disability inactive status pursuant to Section 21 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. They may not practice law while on disability inactive status but may petition the Tennessee Supreme Court for reinstatement upon showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been...

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

In 2005 Congressman Tom DeLay, R-Texas, was convicted, along with two associates, of funneling $190,000 in corporate contributions through the Republican National Committee to Republicans running for the Texas State Legislature in 2002. Congressman DeLay was forced to step down, his political career in shambles.

Paine on Procedure

In a Nashville mansion on the night of Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, lawyer Perry Avram March murdered artist Janet Gail Levine March while their son, 5, and daughter, 2, were in beds upstairs. The killer stuffed his wife’s body in a leaf bag and drove it to a remote area. He later enlisted his father Arthur to dump the bag of skeletal remains in a brush pile...

But Seriously, Folks

I have never had any artistic ability. I can’t draw. I can’t paint. I can hardly doodle.

Nevertheless, for many years I was an accomplished artist. My masterpieces were highly praised by two significant art critics and were prominently displayed in exhibits. The art critics were my mother and father, and the exhibit displays were found on the...