UT law dean named president of Colby-Sawyer College

Thomas Galligan, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law, has been named president of Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. He will assume his new post on Aug. 1. Colby-Sawyer is a private college with 1,000 undergraduate students. It opened in 1837 as a private academy and became a college in 1928. Galligan announced his decision in The Informant, the law school's weekly electronic newsletter. Read his message here:


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Court: TCA


Carthel L. Smith, Jr., Lexington, Tennessee, for appellants Jerome Hancock and Sandra Hancock.

John W. Whitworth, Camden, Tennessee, for appellee John Allen Construction, LLC.

Judge: KIRBY

This is a construction case. The defendant homeowners entered into an oral contract with the plaintiff contractor to construct a house for the defendants. After the contractor had substantially completed construction of the house, the homeowners discharged the contractor. The contractor then filed suit for unpaid costs and fees. The defendant homeowners counter-sued, alleging breach of the original contract. After a trial, the trial court entered a final order granting a monetary award to the contractor for his unpaid fees, minus several credits awarded to the defendant homeowners. The record does not include any factual findings or legal conclusions detailing the basis for the award. The defendant homeowners appeal, asserting that the trial court erred in admitting the testimony of an expert witness and in its calculation of the award to the contractor. We affirm the trial court's admission of the expert testimony, but vacate the judgment and remand to the trial court for factual findings and legal conclusions in order to resolve the remaining issues on appeal.



Court: TCA


Barbara G. Medley, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Clyde B. Lamb, Jr.

Roger E. Brandon, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellee, Sharon M. Lamb.


The trial court granted a divorce to both parties and divided the marital property equally. The husband argues on appeal that the trial court erred by classifying as the wife's separate property a life estate in a house and a farm which she had inherited from her grandmother. In the alternative, he argues that the trial court should at least have classified the increase in the value of the farm as marital property, and awarded half of that increase to him. We affirm the trial court.



Court: TCA


Robert C. Payne, Nashville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Jerry O. Potter and Stephen G. Smith, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, Correctional Medical Services, Janet Pelmore, M.D., Don Webb and Joy Fowler.

George A. Dean, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Robert Coble, M.D.

James I. Pentecost and Brandon O. Gibson, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, John Crunk.

Judge: CAIN

Inmate filed a medical malpractice, negligence, and deliberate indifference claim against health care providers and administrative personnel at the Middle Tennessee Correctional Complex, the South Central Correctional Facility, and the Tennessee Department of Correction regarding the treatment of his Hepatitis C condition. The trial court granted Defendants' motions for summary judgment, dismissing all of inmate's claims. Inmate appealed the decision of trial court. The Court affirms the judgment of the trial court in all respects.



Court: TCCA


Jerry L. Cowan, Henning, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; and Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The petitioner, Jerry L. Cowan, pled guilty in the Blount County Circuit Court to second degree murder, and he received a sentence of thirty-five years as a Range II offender. Subsequently, he filed in the Lauderdale County Circuit Court a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging that his sentence was void. The habeas corpus court dismissed the petition without the appointment of counsel or an evidentiary hearing. The petitioner appeals that dismissal. Upon our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the habeas corpus court.



Court: TCCA


James E. Thomas, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Roderick Harris.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Patience Branham, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, Roderick Harris, appeals the Shelby County Criminal Court's dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. In 2004, he pled guilty to aggravated robbery and received a sentence of ten years. On appeal, the Petitioner argues that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to seek a pretrial mental evaluation. After a review of the record, we affirm the post-conviction court's dismissal of the petition.



Court: TCCA


Robert L. Moore, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General, and Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The petitioner, Robert L. Moore, filed in the Hardeman County Circuit Court a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging that his 1994 conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to sell, his three 1991 convictions for sale of cocaine, and his three 1991 convictions for concealing stolen property are void. The habeas corpus court dismissed the petition without the appointment of counsel or an evidentiary hearing, and the petitioner appeals that dismissal. Upon our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the habeas corpus court.


Constitutionality of House Bill 1282

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2006-02-24

Opinion Number: 06-040


Meetings of Joint Legislative Committees

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2006-02-27

Opinion Number: 06-041


Municipal Ordinance Prohibiting Political Campaign Signs in Public Right-of-Way

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2006-02-27

Opinion Number: 06-042



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