Tennessee Bar Journal

Sep 2015
Cover Story
Sharon Lee
Justin Seamon

The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced that Tennessee is “open for business” by creating a Business Court docket through a pilot program that will better meet the litigation needs of existing and future businesses across our state. The pilot program does not actually create a new court, but instead shifts the focus of Davidson County Chancery Court,...

President's Perspective
William Harbison

I have just finished reading Summer for the Gods by Edward J. Larson. The 1997 book is about the Scopes trial that occurred in Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925. Of course, we are all familiar with the story, changed and fictionalized but made even more famous by the 1960 film Inherit the Wind. In contrast to the film, Larson provides a much...

Day on Torts
John Day

Tennessee law permits the spouse of an injured person to seek an award of damages for loss of consortium from the tortfeasor.

Family Matters
Marlene Moses

As virtually everyone in the country as well as in Tennessee will have noted, at the end of June the United States Supreme Court ruled, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that same-sex couples have the constitutionally protected right to marry. The issue of gay rights has become the preeminent civil rights issue of this generation and the impact of the...

Membership Maven
Kathy Prescott

Dear Maven,

I’ve been so busy lately that I just can’t remember all the different benefits I get as a TBA member. Where should I buy my office supplies? Who has shipping discounts? What if I need car insurance? And, I think my liability insurance is expiring soon. I’m a train wreck waiting to happen! Can you help?


TBA People

Tennessee Bar Association President Bill Harbison joined attorneys from across Tennessee and other states in honoring Memphis attorney Randy Noel during a reception in his honor during the annual American Bar Association Convention in Chicago in August. Noel, with Butler Snow, is a former TBA president and a former Tennessee delegate to...


Young Lawyers Earn 3 National Awards

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) was honored at the American Bar Association YLD meeting in Chicago in August with three Awards of Achievement.
The group took second place in the diversity category for a program it held last March to help diverse law students refine their...

TBA People

Former Chattanooga Bar Association President JAMES CALDWELL LEE died July 19 at the age of 90. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater and was among the first troops to occupy Japan. Post service, Lee completed his undergraduate education at Rhode Island State University and obtained a law degree from Washington and Lee...

Licensure & Discipline


The Supreme Court of Tennessee reinstated the law license of Wilson County lawyer Patricia Lynne Stolinsky on July 8. Stolinsky had been temporarily suspended on April 17 for failing to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility regarding a complaint of misconduct.

The Supreme Court of Tennessee...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

When I was 10 years old, I met a lawyer. He was a country lawyer from a small town in Alabama. I was introduced to him by his daughter. I even got to watch him try a jury case. He lost the trial, but in the process, he won my heart and inspired me to be a lawyer.

His name was Atticus Finch.

I met him at the “picture show,” as we called movies...