Angry Clients May Cause Toxic Work Environment

Angry and entitled clients can set the tone for a toxic work environment within law firms, business psychiatrist and consultant Mark Goulston writes in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network. Goulston says he sees an increasing amount of toxicity in law firms and offers advice on how to handle rude clients. The Careerist, however, takes issue with many of Goulston's suggestions. The blog notes some of the suggested comebacks to client outbursts could "inflame the guy further," and it is often better to say nothing. The ABA Journal has more.

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TN Court of Appeals


Court: TN Court of Appeals


Lloyd Rogers Tatum, Henderson, Tennessee, for the appellant Jessie Lee Short, Jr.

Chadwick G. Hunt, Savannah, Tennessee, for the appellee, Amanda Turner Short.


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

TN Court of Criminal Appeals


Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals


James E. Lanier, District Public Defender; and Timothy Boxx, Assistant Public Defender, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Andre L. McKinney.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michelle Consiglio-Young, Assistant Attorney General; C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General; and Karen Waddell Burns, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


Defendant, Andre L. McKinney, pled guilty to criminal simulation, a Class E felony, and received a negotiated sentence of two years. On the same day, he pled guilty to possession with intent to sell over 0.5 grams of cocaine and received a negotiated sentence of eight years, consecutive to the sentence of two years. Ultimately, the effective ten-year sentence was suspended, and he was placed on supervised probation. Following the filing of a probation violation warrant, the trial court conducted a hearing where Defendant and his probation officer testified. Defendant admitted that he had used marijuana multiple times while on probation, that he had been charged with and pled guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana while on probation, and that he knew he was supposed to report any new charges to his probation officer but failed to do so. The trial court revoked Defendant’s probation and ordered the ten-year sentence to be served by incarceration. Defendant asserts in his appeal that the trial court abused its discretion by revoking probation. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals


Clarence D. Schreane, Allenwood, Pennsylvania, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe and Deshea Dulany Faughn, Assistant Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


In this consolidated appeal, the pro se appellant, Clarence D. Schreane, appeals as of right from the Hamilton County Criminal Court’s orders denying relief from his 2004 convictions of first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Prior to this court’s consolidation of the case, the State filed motions to dismiss the appeals or, alternatively, to affirm the trial court’s denials of relief pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. In light of the complexities of the issues raised in this appeal, we conclude that the State’s motions should be treated as responsive briefs. Following our review, we affirm the orders of the Hamilton County Criminal Court.

LAET To Host Open Door Rural Clinics Oct. 3&4

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host four Open-Door Rural Intake and Advice Clinics in rural areas of the state this Thursday and Friday. The Oct. 3 clinics will be held in Dunlap at the Sequatchie County Justice Center at 9 a.m. Central and Pikeville at the Beldsoe County Courthouse at 12:30 p.m. On Oct. 4, the events will take place in Jasper at the Marion County Justice Center at 1 p.m. and in Cleveland at the Blythe Center at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Pro Bono Project Director Charlie McDaniel or visit the Celebrate Pro Bono website.

Law Prof: Affirmative Action Needs to Stay in Place

Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy tackles the complex issue of affirmative action in his book “For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law.” According to Kennedy, affirmative action needs to stay in place in order to rectify, at least partially, the continued injuries that put certain racial minorities at a competitive disadvantage with their white peers. “Despite wide-ranging attacks against affirmative action,” Kennedy writes, “it has, remarkably, continued to survive.” That may be, arguably, because it’s sometimes “justified as a means” of reparation, diversity and integration, and “countering ongoing racial prejudice.” The Nashville Ledger has more.

House District 91 Candidates Share Stage

The seven candidates in the Democratic primary for state House District 91 spoke during a forum at Magnolia First Baptist Church in South Memphis Monday night, the Memphis Daily News reports. The forum was the first time during the shortened campaign season that all the candidates shared the same stage. Early voting ends tomorrow.

Shelby County Attorney Suspended

Memphis lawyer Christopher Lee Brown was suspended by the state Supreme Court on Sept. 27 for failing to act diligently and failing to communicate adequately with five clients. The court also found that he accepted referrals from an unregistered intermediary organization, and failed to comply with an order from and made a false statement to a hearing panel of the Board of Professional Responsibility. The court directed Brown to make restitution to two clients and consult with the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. Download the BPR notice.

LMU Black Law Student Association Hosts Academic Retreat

The Black Law Student Association at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law will host “Pushing Progress through the Pipeline” an academic retreat Oct. 18-19 at the DSOL Campus in Knoxville. Pre-law students, current and graduating students, as well as recent graduates are encouraged to attend. For more information, download the retreat schedule or contact Aisha DeBerry.

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