Memphis Law Celebrates Recent Achievements

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is celebrating a number of achievements within the past year, including the attraction of several high-profile guest speakers. Among the group is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who will be at the law school Dec. 6. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former Enron CEO Don Miller also have spoken at the school. The law school has also received several awards, rankings and individual recognitions. The National Jurist named the school as one of the best-value law schools in the nation. The school was listed as a "best bargain law school for black students" by Lawyers of Color magazine. Additionally, the school had the highest bar-passage rate among public schools in Tennessee on the most recent bar exam, with a pass rate of 91 percent. The Memphis Daily News has more.

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TN Court of Appeals


Court: TN Court of Appeals


Josh A. McCreary, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Peggy J. Lowe, et al

Amy J. Farrar, James A. Turner, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, Markum Douglas


Plaintiff purchased landlocked property and filed suit against adjoining landowners to establish an easement for a private road and for utilities pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 54-14-101, et seq. After the jury of view returned its verdict form selecting a certain route for the easement, the plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal, which the trial court granted. Defendants filed a motion to set aside the order of voluntary dismissal without prejudice, which the trial court denied. Defendants appeal. We affirm.


Court: TN Court of Appeals


Abby Rose Rubenfeld, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jennie L. G.

R. Michelle Blaylock-Howser, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jennifer Lynn J.

Julia Jean Tate, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the Amicus Curiae, National Association of Social Workers.


Former unmarried partner of the child’s adoptive mother seeks visitation with the child. Because the former partner has no biological or legal relationship with the child, we affirm the trial court’s finding that she does not have standing to seek visitation.

TN Court of Criminal Appeals


Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals


Joseph Nelson, Henning, Tennessee, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Alfred Lynn Earls, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, Joseph Nelson, appeals the post-conviction court’s summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief on the basis that it was untimely. On appeal, the Petitioner argues that due process concerns should toll the one-year statute of limitations to allow review of his underlying claims. Because the Petitioner has failed to prove any grounds upon which to toll the statute of limitations, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

TN Attorney General Opinions

County Commissioner Voting on County School System Budget

Court: TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 1913-11-12

Opinion Number: 89

Attorneys, Developers Discuss Rocky Top IP Issues

Intellectual property rights lawyers warned city officials and developers of Lake City that they could face legal action if they change the town’s name to Rocky Top. Knoxnews reports that Nashville firm Waddey Patterson is representing The House of Bryant LLC, which owns numerous trademarks and the copyright to the popular bluegrass ballad. The House of Bryant has agreed to enter into negotiations with the city regarding a licensing agreement but question whether the name change and planned tourist development project “would enhance the Rocky Top brand.”

GOP Senators Block Nominee for D.C. Appeals Court

GOP senators on Tuesday blocked another of President Obama’s picks to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On a vote to end procedural delays, the Democratic leadership fell four votes short of advancing the nomination of Cornelia Pillard, a Georgetown University law professor, the Associated Press reports on Republicans have blocked votes on two other Obama nominees to the same court this year, attorneys Patricia Millett and Caitlin Halligan.

Former GOP Leader Joins Nashville Lobby Firm

Former Tennessee House Republican Caucus chair Debra Maggart has been named senior vice president of CivicPoint, the public affairs and lobbying wing of Nashville-based Frost Brown Todd law firm, the Tennessean political blog reports. “I am excited for this new opportunity with Frost Brown Todd, and the opportunity to help clients achieve their goals,” Maggart said in a statement.

Things to Consider When Considering a Campaign

Thinking about running for office? Why not? There are a lot of opportunities out there and columnist Joe Lance goes over some of the things you should consider in making a decision. His column on is the second of a seven-part series about running for public office.

Weinrich to Seek Re-election

Shelby County District Attroney General Amy Weinrich opened her reelection campaign Sunday with a chilli cookoff judged by military veterans, the Memphis Daily News reports. Weinrich ran in a special election in 2012 after being appointed the county’s chief prosecutor to replace Bill Gibbons, who had been named state commissioner of safety and homeland security. This time she is running for a full eight-year term.

Assistant DA Gets Support in Judicial Race From Victim's Father

The father of Channon Christian, who was murdered with boyfriend Chris Newsom in 2007, announced his support  for Knox County assistant attorney general Leland Price for a Knox County Criminal Court judicial post. Price has not officially announced a bid for the position, which is being vacated by the retirement of Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz. WATE News 6 has more.

Juvenile Judge Seeking Reelection

Williamson County Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee yesterday announced her candidacy for reelection. Judge Guffee was appointed by the Williamson County Commission in 2012 to become the first judge for the court that was newly created by the General Assembly, the Tennessean reports.

Court Considers Whistle-Blower Protections

The U.S Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday involving the collapse of energy giant Enron to determine who is protected from retaliation after blowing the whistle on the company’s misdeeds. In an appeal brought by two former employees of the companies that run the Fidelity family of mutual funds, the workers claimed they faced retaliations after they reported allegations of fraud affecting Fidelity funds. They argued that a provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act protects their whistle-blower activity, WRCB News 3 reports.

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