TBA Report: More Lawyers Running for Legislature

A report compiled by the Tennessee Bar Association shows that while the number of lawyers serving in the legislature has declined over the last several years, more lawyers are candidates for the General Assembly this year than in the last two election cycles. The report shows that 23 lawyers are running for 18 seats. In two districts, lawyers are pitted against each other in the primary or will likely face off in the general election. It remains to be seen whether, with the retirement of several lawyer lawmakers, the actual number of lawyers in the General Assembly will increase. See a full list of candidates with links to learn more about their campaigns.

Today's Opinions

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TN Court of Appeals


Court: TN Court of Appeals


Theodore Iver Jones, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Daniel P. Goodwin.

Adam Noah Cohen, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dawn Ann Davis.


Because the order appealed is not a final judgment, we dismiss this appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

Today's News

Nashville Attorney to Lead Lipscomb Institute

Nashville attorney Randy Spivey will expand curriculum and develop new programs as he takes over as academic director for Lipscomb University’s Institute for Law, Justice and Society, the Nashville Post reports. Spivey previously practiced with the Nashville firm Williams & Prochaska and most recently served as disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility.

Tennessee Legal History Interviews Now Available to Public

The Tennessee Bar Foundation’s collection of videotaped interviews with prominent Tennessee lawyers and judges is now available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Chattanoogan reports. The collection consists of 76 interviews -- a virtual “Who’s Who” of the 20th Century legal profession in Tennessee, including Howard Baker, Adolpho Birch, Wyeth Chandler, Martha Craig Daughtrey, Lewis Donelson, Joe Duncan, Benjamin Hooks, Irvin Kilcrease, Gilbert Merritt, James Neal, Paul Summers, Thomas Wiseman and many others.

Vanderbilt Adds Prof to Law Faculty

Vanderbilt Law School has added Morgan Ricks to its faculty as an assistant professor. A former investment banker and senior policy advisor in the Obama administration, Ricks most recently was visiting assistant professor at Harvard Law School. Read more from Vanderbilt

Veterans Court Opens in Clarksville

A court aimed at helping veterans who come to the criminal justice system as a result of drug addictions, homelessness and other situations brought on by the ravages of untreated wartime stress held its first session this week in Clarksville. General Sessions Judge Ken Goble brought the court to order on Tuesday, telling one early participant, “This is for those who have sacrificed and are now in a bad place. This is a chance to get you off the road you’re on.” Learn more about the court from the AOC.

Sullivan County DA adds 2 to Staff

The Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office has added two new attorneys to its staff. R. Benjamin Rowe will serve as the second judicial district DUI prosecutor and serve on the district’s Fatal Incident Response Team, according to District Attorney General Barry Staubus. Also joining the staff is Wesley Mink, who will work in the General Sessions Court division. Read more from Tri-Cities.com.

Services Today for Betty Lightfoot

Ripley native and former Memphis attorney Betty Lightfoot died Tuesday (July 17). She was 95. A graduate of Southwestern College and the Atlanta Law School, Mrs. Lightfoot served in World War II before returning to Memphis, where she held various jobs including serving as a secretary for Mayor Boss Crump, performing public relations for the Peabody Hotel and serving in legal roles for the University of Tennessee and Tall Trees. A graveside service was held today at Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar Avenue. The Commercial Appeal has more.


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