July, 2014

Cover Story

Justice William C. Koch Jr. wants to be clear about the timing of his retirement from the Tennessee Supreme Court.  He leaves the court July 15 and the next day will become dean of the Nashville School of Law (NSL) — just weeks before a retention election that would’ve had him on the ballot.

President's Perspective

I lost a mentor recently. Someone who advised me early in my career, someone who made it possible for me to obtain valuable training while still in school, someone who opened the door to a great place to work when jobs for new lawyers were scarce, someone who modeled for me integrity, ingenuity and perseverance. And while I mourn the loss, I have also...

Letters of the Law

Reader Takes Issue with Justices Over Election, Commitment to Small-Town Practitioners

I wish to take this opportunity to state why I intend to vote “no” in the judicial retention election.

Book Review

Edited by Harrie Samaras | American Bar Association | $139.95 | 402 pages | 2013

The ABA’s ADR Advocacy, Strategies and Practice for Intellectual Property Cases is a valuable collection of articles edited (and some authored) by Harrie Samaras. Samaras assembled a prominent group of ADR professionals to write articles...

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.


Lynn Pointer retired from the Tennessee Bar Association in June after nearly 15 years with the organization. She began in the continuing legal education department, then served most of her tenure as sections & committees coordinator. Before the TBA she was the office administrator for the Metro Public Defender's Office for 15 years...


TBA Earns National Public Service Award

The Tennessee Bar Association has been awarded the LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Award for production and distribution of the 2014 Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors. Written and edited by volunteers working with the TBA Public Education Committee, the handbook contains practical...


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 law license of Knox County lawyer Arun Rattan was transferred to disability inactive status on May 20. He may not practice law while on disability inactive status, but may return to practice after showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed.

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.

But Seriously, Folks

It is summertime and for us lawyers, the dressing is easy. It ’s time for summer lawsuits, specifically seersucker! Seersucker is the greatest fashion invention of all time. Created in British Colonial India, its name is derived from the Hindi word ”shirosheker,” which means ”milk and sugar.” It describes the dual-textured nature of seersucker which is...