December, 2017

Cover Story

Shortly after receiving my commission as a United States District judge in August 1978, I inherited from Judge Frank Gray Jr. the 10-year-old Geier lawsuit challenging whether Tennessee had fully removed the vestiges of segregation from its public system of higher education. The case was among the most difficult and contentious of my 28-year...

Cover Story

The ‘Geier’ Case and the Desegregation of Tennessee Higher Education

During the 1960s on college campuses across the country and in Tennessee, African-Americans were demanding social justice and advocating for civil rights on the streets and in the courts. History is changed by persons willing to challenge injustice. In this instance, the...

President's Perspective

Last month in this space, I put to you the case that, today in Tennessee and almost everywhere else in our country, there’s a large and growing gap between the existing legal needs of ordinary Americans — not just the poor — and the ability of the legal profession to meet that need.

As I pointed out, there’s very little doubt that this gap is...

Book Review

By James H. Drescher | Deadeye Press | $17.99 | 367 pages | 2017

Where There's a Will

Many of our clients make their first wills in order to name guardians and trustees for their minor children. Traditionally, trusts for minors contained a scheduled termination date, providing that the entire trust would distribute when the beneficiary reached a certain age or in installments over time. However, the divorce and creditor protections...

Success!

Hunter Rost is a new board of directors member for  World Services Group (WSG). Rost, a partner at Waller, has served on WSG's North American Regional Council since 2015 and has been an active member of the network since 2007. WSG is a resource for professionals and their clients to receive quality value and service from legal,...

News

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) is seeking to amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 by adopting the Uniform Bar Examination as the standard for applicants for licensing and admission in the state.

“Lawyers are more mobile than they once were,” TBLE President Jeffrey Ward said in a news release in October. “No longer do lawyers settle in...

Passages

ORVILLE ALMON JR. of Nashville died on Oct. 29. He was 67. Almon served in the U.S. Army after college before attending the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he earned his law degree. He was a founding member of Zumwalt, Almon and Hayes in 1983, and later opened his own private practice, Almon Law, in 2010. He...

Licensure & Discipline

Administrative Suspensions  Online Notice of attorneys suspended for, and reinstated from, administrative violations — including failure to pay the Board of Professional Responsibility fee, file the IOLTA report, comply with continuing legal education requirements and pay the Tennessee professional privilege tax — is now available exclusively on the...

Bank on It

Bank lawyers understand that there are phases to our practices. In good economic times, investors start new banks; in recessionary periods, we get our clients out of the ditch; and in between, we frequently help preside over both voluntary and shotgun weddings.

We are on the cusp between “good economic times” and wedding season. Since 2015, we have...

But Seriously, Folks

On Sept. 18, Toys “R” Us, one of America’s leading toy retailers, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia.

I feel real guilty about it, because I believe it’s my fault. For many years I kept Toys “R” Gonna Cost You a Fortune in business. This was back in the era when I had three small children,...