May, 2017

Cover Story

In the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, Captain Barbosa states that the pirates’ code “is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.”[1] This was not true. The codes were taken seriously and strictly enforced. Despite their lawlessness, pirates during “the Golden Age of Piracy” in the Caribbean (1650 –1730) found that each floating...

President's Perspective

The Tennessee Bar Association joins in the chorus of legal associations and organizations across the country calling for Congress to reject those provisions of the Administration’s FY2018 budget proposal that would eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The implications of defunding LSC would be devastating to the administration of...

Day on Torts

Does a minor have a right to seek recovery for medical expenses in a personal injury case?

Historically the answer was generally “no,” with several cases holding that the claim belongs solely to the parent(s) who paid the medical bills.[1] Several other decisions called the strict application of the rule into question,[2] leaving the door open to...

Success!

Albert C. Harvey, senior shareholder at the Memphis offices of Lewis Thomason, was honored by the Memphis Business Journal with the Best of the Bar Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. Harvey is a recently retired major general with the Marine Corps Reserve and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. The former...

News

INDIGENT REP TASK FORCE URGES PAY INCREASE

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force in April recommended seven changes, including one that would increase the rate for paid appointed private counsel to no less than $75 per hour. The recommendations were  based on findings from a statewide listening tour, research and...

Passages

Nashville lawyer MICHAEL ALVA GERACIOTI died on March 16. He was 57. Born in Ohio, Geracioti received his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law and later moved to Nashville. He practiced with Levine, Orr, and Geracioti, focusing on defending physicians in malpractice suits. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions...

Licensure & Discipline

REINSTATED

Arkansas attorney Dannell L. Patrick was reinstated to the practice of law by the Board of Professional Responsibility on March 14. Patrick filed a petition for reinstatement on March 13, demonstrating that all delinquent annual registration fees were paid on Sept. 30, 2016.

Family Matters

The ability of a parent to relocate his or her household, and more importantly his or her child, out of the jurisdiction of the court that entered the parenting plan is often a very contentious issue. The Tennessee Code devotes an entire section to the issue of relocation for this reason.

But Seriously, Folks

The State of Tennessee has produced three presidents: Andrew Jackson (President Trump’s favorite), Andrew Johnson (who followed President Lincoln into the White House and was unfortunately impeached) and James K. Polk.

Polk was our 11th president. He led our nation to victory in the Mexican-American War, annexed Texas and made it a state, and...