Tennessee Bar Journal

Jun 2016
Cover Story
Joel Henry
Michael Pasque

“The fact is, we’re looking for a very small number of very evil needles in a very large haystack, …”

— Charles Clarke, Member of British Parliament, and Home Secretary (2004 – 2006)

President's Perspective
William Harbison

The internet is wonderful for some things. In thinking about this last column, I could not help recalling great last lines of books. The internet is ready to provide thousands. On almost every list, as an example, is the last line of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”  ...

Book Review
Hon. Creed McGinley

By Bill Haltom | Nautilus Publishing | $24.95 | 208 pages | 2016

Senior Moments
Monica Franklin

Financial abuse of the elderly is rampant in our community and across our nation. Among the fastest growing forms of elder abuse, financial abuse costs our country $2.6 billion per year.[1] Sen. Gordon Smith, observed “… [N]o matter your age, finances or social status, none of us are beyond potential abuse or neglect, and any one of us, at any time,...

TBA News

More than 1,000 judges, lawmakers, lawyers, friends and family filled the Mifflin Community Mall April 25 to witness the ceremonial investiture of Roger A. Page to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Gov. Bill Haslam administered the oath with Chancellor Carol L. McCoy, Page’s wife, looking on. The state General Assembly confirmed Page to the...


With three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices and seven intermediate appellate judges facing retention elections, along with 15 trial judges and a number of local judges on the ballot in August, the Tennessee Bar Association is renewing its effort to assure fair and impartial...

TBA News

JEFF CARR, a senior leader at Vanderbilt University for more than 30 years, died April 10 at his home in Dickson County. He was 75. Carr first came to the school in 1963 to attend law school. He served as general counsel, university secretary, vice chancellor for university relations and trusted adviser to multiple chancellors.

Licensure & Discipline


The law licenses of the following Tennessee attorneys were transferred to disability inactive status. They may not practice law while on inactive status, but may petition the court for reinstatement by showing by clear and convicting evidence that the disability has been removed and they are fit to resume the practice of law:...

The Law at Work
Edward Phillips

“O, that mine enemy would write a book” is an oft paraphrased quote from the Bible’s book of Job.[1] Most biblical scholars believe that Job was asking, if not begging, for his accuser to write down on paper the allegations made against him so that they would be specific enough that he could formulate a response or defense.[2] So what does the book of...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

I’m addicted to Starbucks. I’m not exaggerating. I am literally addicted to Starbucks.

Every morning (and when I say every morning I mean every morning), I start the day by driving to my neighborhood Starbucks where I get my grande nonfat latte.

I don’t even have to order it. The baristas at my neighborhood Starbucks know that I’m going to...