Tennessee Bar Journal

Dec 2015
Cover Story
Andrée Blumstein

It can now be said that, like good judgment, good summary judgment comes from experience. The Tennessee Supreme Court has just overruled the summary judgment standard set up seven years ago in Hannan v. Alltel Publishing Co.,[1] because experience has shown that standard to be “unworkable” and even antithetical to the purposes of summary...

President's Perspective
William Harbison

Last month, my wife and I attended our 35th law school reunion. One of our classmates, David Wilkins, is a distinguished professor at Harvard Law School, and he has been working for some time on changes within the legal profession. He spoke to a large crowd of alumni about the “disruptive changes” that are occurring in the delivery of legal services.

Letters of the Law
Letters of the Law

While On Court, Justice Reid Accomplished More Than Dancing

Suzanne: I note with interest in your feature story in the Journal (“Full Court Press,” October 2015 Tenn. Bar Journal) that notwithstanding several accomplishments of the Court while I was Chief — the Tennessee Plan, discretionary appeals, The Futures Commission et. al...

Where There's a Will
Eddy Smith

Gooooood morning, Tennessee! Renowned actor and comedian Robin Williams, for whom living was an awfully big adventure and who will be remembered longer than many dead poets, passed away in 2014. His talent made him wealthy, so in 2012 he rushed to august professional advisors, including a wizard of an estate planning lawyer who composed a...

Bank on It
Kathryn Edge

My law partner, Christy D. Jones, is a trustee of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society, founded by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. In recognition of her commitment to the preservation of the rich history of the court, I wrote my check and joined the Society. Each quarter, the Society sends its members the Journal of Supreme Court...

Membership Maven
Kathy Prescott

Wow, how can it be December already?  And, I know you know what that means … the deadline is fast approaching for your required CLE credits for 2015.

If you’re in a panic because you still need more credit hours, the TBA is here to help. There are a ton of upcoming courses this month because we want to make...

TBA News

The Tennessee legal community welcomed about 500 new attorneys to the practice of law in November, with admissions ceremonies in four cities. Elizabeth Goldstein and Ann Ralls Niewold were admitted in the Nashville ceremony and attended the open house and lunch hosted by the the Tennessee Bar Association for new lawyers...


The Tennessee Justice Center hosted a celebration on Nov. 12 to mark its 20 years of service and to induct the organization’s founders into the “TJC Hall of Fame.” The event was held at the , with nearly 400 in attendance. James Martin, whose son benefitted from representation by TJC, addresses the nearly 400 guests at the event at the Musicians Hall of...


During 2016, the following officers, governors and delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) will be elected as set forth in the association’s bylaws:

TBA Officers and Board of Governors

A vice president (from the Middle Tennessee Grand Division — elected by the association’s membership-at-large). The vice president automatically...

TBA News

Knoxville lawyer BRANDT WILSON DAVIS died on Oct. 17. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of arts in English, Davis enrolled in the University of Tennessee College of Law, completing his first two years of law school at Tennessee and finishing his law degree at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral...

Licensure & Discipline


The Supreme Court of Tennessee reinstated the law license of Davidson County lawyer William Caldwell Hancock on Oct. 16. Hancock had been suspended for one year on Aug. 13, 2015, but the court took this action based upon Hancock’s assertion that he did not receive a copy of a final judgment issued by the trial court in...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

On a hot summer day in 2011, I stood on the front porch of Senator Fred Thompson’s home in Alexandria, Virginia, and rang his doorbell. I had traveled to Alexandria from Memphis to interview Senator Thompson for a book I was writing about his mentor, Senator Howard Baker. I was accompanied by UT Law Professor Carl Pierce, who was then director of the...