Tennessee Bar Journal

Apr 2015
Cover Story
Marshall Davidson

During the years I was privileged to work as a staff attorney for Tennessee’s highest court, I made unexpected discoveries about the justices, lawyers who appear before them, and pitfalls to avoid in navigating our state’s appellate judiciary. Here are some of those discoveries.

President's Perspective
Jonathan Steen

Good communication skills are essential for lawyers, whether communicating with clients, courts or colleagues. Good communication does not just mean the ability to speak or write well, but also to be responsive and to choose an effective method of communication. Good communication skills are something that we as lawyers must continually seek to improve,...

Letters of the Law
Letters of the Law

After Experience with Judicial Selection, Emison Says He  Would Now Vote ‘Aye’

Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “They Grew Up with the Journal” where I described the courteous scene when the TBA Board of Governors debated and voted on whether or not to support the “Tennessee Plan” in 1988, and specifically, Mr....

Where There's a Will
Eddy Smith

At the end of the third quarter of 2014, an estimated $7.3 trillion was held in Americans’ individual retirement accounts (IRAs), almost 11 percent of all household financial assets in the United States.[1] A recent United States Supreme Court ruling means that, without good estate planning, a significant portion of that wealth might not be protected...

TBA People

Attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and medical technology company Medtronic were honored in March during the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) Gala in Nashville. Those participating included Andy Pulliam, ATJ Committee Chair Jim Barry, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice...


Lucian Pera to be TBA President

Memphis attorney Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese will be president of the Tennessee Bar Association in 2017–2018, according to election-qualifying results. No other candidate filed for the vice president position by the Feb. 15 deadline. After taking office as vice president this summer, Pera will become president-...

TBA People

Former Chattanooga Bar Association president JOSIAH “JODY” CARR EGGLESTON BAKER, 85, died Feb. 10. Baker, who grew up in Chattanooga, graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and the U.S Naval Intelligence School. He worked in Washington, D.C., for four years but returned to Tennessee in 1955 to serve as deputy clerk and master of...

Licensure & Discipline


The Tennessee Supreme Court reinstated the law license of Putnam County lawyer Gary N. Lovellette on Feb. 2. Lovellette had been temporarily suspended on Nov. 26, 2014, for failing to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility regarding a complaint of misconduct.

The Tennessee Supreme Court reinstated...

Bank on It
Kathryn Edge

Fact 1: The production and sale of marijuana is legal in approximately 20 states and the District of Columbia for medical use and in Alaska, Colorado and Washington for recreational use.
Fact 2: The production and sale of marijuana is illegal under federal law.
Fact 3: Banks are required to...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

I believe in the power of naps, and consequently, I take a power nap nearly every day.

I have a nice couch in my office, and almost every day, after lunch, I close my door, kick off my shoes, curl up on that sofa and close my eyes. Within seconds I’m off to dreamland. I wake up without an alarm clock, ten or fifteen minutes later, and I feel...