Tennessee Bar Journal

Jan 2017
Cover Story
Elizabeth Todaro

There may be a perception that the primary opportunities for pro bono legal service are only for lawyers with an expertise in family law, housing, debt or other issues that are most common for underserved or low-income clients. While there are many opportunities in those areas, there are also countless other ways to provide pro bono service that utilize...

Jan 2017
Cover Story
Marcia Eason
Anne Wirthlin

This past year, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission released its fourth strategic plan. The 2016 Plan outlines the path the commission will take over the next two years to position itself as an integral and coordinating part of the access to justice culture in Tennessee.

Cover Sidebar
Journal News

The American Bar Association (ABA) is in the midst of rolling out ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org, the nation’s first interactive pro bono site that will help low income citizens obtain free legal advice. The purpose of the website is to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters to those who cannot afford it. There is no fee for...

Cover Sidebar
Journal News

The Tennessee Supreme Court is sponsoring a public service day on Saturday, April 1. The concept is to have a day of public service to advance access to justice (ATJ). The ATJ Commission is planning and carrying out the project, with the goal of having as many events as possible taking place across the state on or near that date.

Cover Sidebar
Journal News

The ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service has extensive experience conducting nationwide empirical research on attorneys about their pro bono experience and attitudes. The committee is sharing its survey model, offering its pro bono survey instrument free of charge, and Tennessee is one of the states that will be participating in this...

Jan 2017
President's Perspective
Jason Long

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, a “slow-moving” fire was reported on the Chimney Tops Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By the following Monday morning, the three-acre fire, fed by 20-mph winds, had grown to approximately 500 acres and park officials closed Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee Orchard Road and Elkmont
Road. There were weather reports...

Jan 2017
Day on Torts
John Day

One in five girls and one in 20 boys are sexually assaulted. Sexual abuse of children is not only a crime, but also a tort that gives rise to compensatory and punitive damages.
Until recently, the general rule was that minors who were victims of sexual abuse had to sue their abusers before the victim’s 19th birthday.

Jan 2017
Family Matters
Marlene Moses
Manuel Russ

In the area of family law, an infrequently used provision, but an important one nonetheless, is the doctrine of inconvenient forum, which permits a court in Tennessee to decline jurisdiction in a custody case if the court determines that, though it is a permissible forum to hear the matter, Tennessee is not the best court to exercise its jurisdiction.

Jan 2017
Success!
TBA News

A group of Tennessee attorneys were sworn in to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in November as part of the 33rd Annual TBA Academy. Along with the admissions ceremony, the attorneys took part in other networking and educational activities at the Supreme Court and on Capitol Hill. One highlight of this year's event was when TBA President ...

News

Attorneys stepped up to help in response to the wildfires and the subsequent destruction in Gatlinburg and Sevier County in November. The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) partnered with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission to help those affected with their...

Jan 2017
Passages
Journal News

Nashville lawyer DAVIS H. CARR died Dec. 11. He was 76. The former Bradley Arant Boult Cummings partner and managing partner of its predecessor firm, Carr is being remembered as an astute business lawyer and mentor to countless young lawyers. His practice included business law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and venture...

Licensure & Discipline

REINSTATED

Davidson County lawyer William Ashby Smith has been reinstated to the practice of law after taking inactive status in March 2007. The Tennessee Supreme Court reports that Smith filed a petition seeking reinstatement in November and demonstrated that he has met the requirements for reinstatement.

Nashville lawyer...

Jan 2017
But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Absence of Malice,” a 1981 film, which over the years has been viewed by many law students studying libel law. In the film, Paul Newman plays Michael Gallagher, a Miami liquor importer who becomes the subject of a newspaper story implying that he might have been involved in the disappearance and possible murder of a...