Tennessee Bar Journal

Jan 2015
Cover Story
Emily Lay

and Charles McDaniel, Daniel Schaffzin, Dr. Lauren Mutrie, Audrey Dorrough Seamon, Linda Warren Seely and Elizabeth Slagle Todaro.

Jan 2015
Cover Story
Journal News

Medical-Legal Partnerships include a variety of collaborative models that incorporate both health care and legal organizations to address a patient’s health care needs that cannot be remedied by medical intervention alone.

Feb 2015
Cover Story
Robert Morgan

What could a children’s book have to say about mentoring, you may be thinking, much less mentoring in the legal profession? Well, to that question I defer to one of the primary antagonists in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,[1] the Duchess, and her simple, reassuring words:

President's Perspective
Jonathan Steen

Happy New Year! 2015 is starting out with a lot of exciting events and opportunities ahead. The Tennessee Bar Journal – the award-winning flagship publication of the TBA – turns 50 this year. Our annual Leadership Conference will be held this month, bringing together bar leaders and celebrating the outstanding work of members of our access to...

President's Perspective
Jonathan Steen

The state legislature is back in session with the opening of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly. Seven lawyers have joined the General Assembly this year, raising the number to 21 members of the 132-member body who are lawyers. This reverses a general downward trend of the number of lawyers in the Tennessee legislature over time, and increases the...

Book Review
Gary Shockley

By William H. Haltom Jr. | Keith Publications LLC | $29 | 203 pages | 2014

Senior Moments
Monica Franklin

On Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama signed the“Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014” or more succinctly “The ABLE Act of 2014.” This act amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include Section 529A. An ABLE account resembles a “first party” special needs trust in that it is a mechanism for the individual

Family Matters
Marlene Moses

How can a party or attorney in a family law case effectively use criminal contempt as a means of getting a positive result from the other party? When a person is determined to be in willful violation of an order of the court, that person may be held in either criminal or civil contempt. A contempt action in a family law matter is most often seen in the...

Membership Maven
Kelly Stosik

2015 … MMXV … it’s not just about wearable technology … green wooden sheep … cheap gas.

2015 is about good deeds … paying it forward … and justice for all!

Just look at the public service award recipients in this Journal! They are GORGEOUS!!! Inside and out! I love them! Last year a gazillion TBA volunteers showed up at umpteen events across...

Success!
TBA People

Memphis Area Legal Services’ (MALS) recently announced that retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder will serve as chair of its 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice. MALS Executive Director/ CEO Harrison D. McIver III said Holder was selected to lead the group’s annual fundraising effort given her longtime...

Success!
TBA People

The Oak Ridge law firm of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen celebrated its 40th anniversary recently with clients and colleagues. The firm, founded by Ann Mostoller and Dorothy Stulberg, was one of the first all-female practices in the state. Since that time, it has expanded its practice to handle family law, special education, probate, criminal...

News

CLE Exemption Age Rises to 70 in RULE 21 Overhaul

Lawyers turning 65 in 2015 will continue to have to meet the CLE requirements under a set of more than 20 CLE rule changes adopted Dec. 16, 2014, by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The changes, driven by the CLE Commission, chaired by Columbia lawyer Ed Lancaster, came after more than a year of...

News

11 Named to judicial appointments council

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Jan. 12 the 11 members of the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, which will recommend candidates to fill vacancies for Tennessee trial and appellate courts. The council was established by executive order following passage of a constitutional amendment...

Passages
TBA People

Retired Bradley County General Sessions Court Judge ANDREW FRANKLIN BENNETT JR. died Nov. 27 after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 77. A native and longtime resident of Cleveland, Bennett served nine years in the U.S. Army before earning his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1973. After law school, he worked...

Licensure & Discipline

REINSTATED

The Supreme Court of Tennessee on Nov. 13 reinstated the license of Memphis lawyer R. Sadler Bailey. He had been suspended on Aug. 18 for 60 days.

DISABILITY INACTIVE

The law license of Hamilton County lawyer Ronald W. Durby was transferred to disability inactive status on Dec. 5. He may...

Licensure & Discipline

DISABILITY INACTIVE

The law license of Shelby County lawyer William C. Gosnell was transferred to disability inactive status on Dec. 23, 2014, after Gosnell notified the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) that he suffers from a disability that prevents him from practicing law or defending himself against a disciplinary...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

Will Rogers once said that every election day, the voters of Oklahoma stagger to the polls and vote “dry.” Well, a few weeks ago we sober Tennessee voters staggered to the polls and voted for our right to buy a bottle of wine at the Piggly Wiggly. (“I’ll have a fine Piglet-Fuisse, s’il vous plait!”)

We also voted to amend our state Constitution to...

But Seriously, Folks
William Haltom

Unless you’re a divorce lawyer, Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year. If, like me, you’re lucky enough to have a sweetheart, you can let them know how much you love and appreciate them by sending them flowers or a heart-shaped box of candy. And if you don’t currently have a sweetheart but have someone in mind for the position, you can take...