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DONNIE D. McNEELY v. UCAR CARBON CO., INC., ET AL.

Court: TWCA

Attorneys:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Joshua Davis Baker, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellant, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Second Injury Fund.

Richard T. Matthews, Columbia, Tennessee for the appellee, Donnie D. McNeely.

Judge: ANDERSON

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. section 50-6-225(e)(3) for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. Employee had several compensable work injuries, the last of which was carpal tunnel syndrome. The trial court awarded benefits for permanent total disability ("PTD"). Liability was apportioned 90% to the Second Injury Fund ("The Fund") and 10% to the employer. The Fund has appealed, contending, inter alia, that Employee's claims as to it are barred by the applicable statute of limitations. We agree, and modify the judgment accordingly.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC_WCP/2009/mcneelyd_120909.pdf


CAROLYN HUDDLESTON, ET AL. v. JAMES CLYDE NORTON, III, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

James Clyde Norton, III, pro se Appellant.

Henry D. Fincher, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the Appellees, Carolyn and Robert Huddleston.

Judge: SWINEY

This is a personal injury action brought by Carolyn Huddleston against two defendants who attempted to murder her, one of whom was her step-son. Both of the defendants currently are incarcerated for this crime. Prior to trial, defendant James Clyde Norton, III ("Defendant"), filed a motion seeking to participate in the trial by telephone. This motion was not ruled on by the Trial Court until the day of trial, at which time it was denied. The trial proceeded without the participation of Defendant, and a judgment was entered against him for $1,885,775.62. Defendant appeals, claiming the Trial Court erred when it refused to allow him to participate in the trial by telephone. We agree. We vacate the judgment of the Trial Court and remand this case for a new trial with instructions to grant Defendant's motion seeking to participate at trial by telephone.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/huddlestonc_120909.pdf


METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY by and through THE OFFICE OF THE ASSESSOR OF PROPERTY v. LAMAR TENNESSEE, LLC d/b/a LAMAR ADVERTISING OF NASHVILLE

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Lawrence P. Leibowitz, Jennifer L. Knapp, Knoxville, TN, for Appellant

Sue B. Cain, Director of Law; Lora Barkenbus Fox, Jeff Campbell, Assistant Metropolitan Attorneys, Nashville, TN, for Appellee

Judge: HIGHERS

This case involves a subpoena issued by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, on behalf of the Davidson County Assessor of Property, which required the appellant to provide information regarding its business operations. When the appellant did not comply with the subpoena, Metro filed a complaint seeking to enforce it. The trial court ruled that the appellant must provide the requested information. We reverse and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/lamar_120909.pdf


SEAN LANIER, Individually and as Mother and Next of Kin of JANE DOE, A Minor v. CITY OF DYERSBURG, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Archie Sanders, III, Memphis, TN, for Appellant

Michael R. Hill, Pamela G. Vawter, Milan, TN, for Appellee

Judge: HIGHERS

This is a negligence case filed by a student's mother against the city, as operator of the city school system, due to an alleged assault on the student by another student. The trial court granted summary judgment to the city, finding the assault unforeseeable as a matter of law. The mother appeals. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/laniers_120909.pdf


IN THE MATTER OF: THE ESTATE OF MAYNIE BESS MORRIS, DECEASED, ET AL. v. ANITA MORRIS, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Charles M. Agee, Jr., Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellants, Lee Angela Agee and Page Morris Mathis.

Charles S. Kelly, Sr., Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Anita Morris.

Judge: FARMER

The trial court awarded summary judgment to Defendant based on the statute of limitations in this will contest action. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/morrism_120909.pdf


CASSANDRA LYNN RUDD v. HOWARD THOMAS RUDD

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Curtis F. Hopper, Savannah, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Howard Thomas Rudd.

Terry L. Wood, Corinth, Mississippi, for the Appellee, Cassandra Lynn Rudd.

Judge: STAFFORD

This is an appeal from a parenting plan entered by the trial court in a divorce case. Appellant/ Father and Appellee/Mother entered into a Marital Dissolution Agreement, settling all issues except for the parenting plan. Following a hearing in which daughter, age 13, testified, the trial court entered a permanent parenting plan granting primary residential status to the Mother, allowing Mother to relocate, and granting the Father no parenting time with either of the parties' two minor children. Father appeals from this decision and objects to the daughter's testimony. Upon review of the record, we find that the Father waived his right to object to daughter's testimony and that the trial court did not err in granting primary residential status to Mother nor in allowing her to relocate. However, we find that the trial court erred by failing to make specific findings of harm caused by visitation and failing to determine the least restrictive visitation plan available. Accordingly, we vacate the trial court's decision on visitation and remand for further hearing and entry of a visitation plan. Affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/ruddc_120909.pdf

KIRBY concurring
http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/ruddc_CON_120909.pdf


GEORGE SANDERS, Individually and d/b/a SMS CONTRACTORS, INC., ET AL. v. DR. SAMMY HOLLOWAY, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Stacy Alane Clinton and Addie Burks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Breath of Life Christian Church.

George D. McCrary, Bartlett, Tennessee, for the Appellee, George Sanders, Individually and d/b/a SMS Contractors, Inc.

Elizabeth B. Stengel and Joseph T. Getz, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Bricks, Inc.

Judge: FARMER

This lawsuit was commenced by Plaintiff/Appellee George Sanders, individually and d/b/a SMS Contractors, Inc., ("SMS"; collectively, Mr. Sanders) as an action to enforce a mechanics and materialmen's lien filed in the Chancery Court for Shelby County in March 2005. In his complaint, Mr. Sanders named as Defendants Dr. Sammy Holloway (Dr. Holloway); Breath of Life Christian Church ("the Church"); National Bank of Commerce ("NBC"); and Bricks, Inc. ("Bricks"). In April 2005, the Church answered and filed a counter-claim against Mr. Sanders and a cross-claim against Bricks. Mr. Sanders answered the Church's counter-claim in June 2005. Bricks answered Mr. Sanders' complaint and the Church's cross-claim in June 2005. In June 2005, Bricks also counter- claimed against Mr. Sanders, and filed a cross-claim against the Church. Mr. Sanders answered Brick's counter-complaint on June 30, 2005; the Church answered Brick's cross-claim on July 15, 2005.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/sandersg_120909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DAVID ANDREW CAMPBELL

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Michael J. Collins (at trial and on appeal), Shelbyville, Tennessee, and William Harold (at trial), Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, David Andrew Campbell.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Melissa Roberge, Assistant Attorney General; Charles Crawford, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Defendant, David Andrew Campbell, pled guilty in eight cases, which were consolidated for this appeal, to one count of aggravated burglary, a Class C felony; five counts of theft under $1000, a Class D felony; ten counts of automobile burglary, a Class E felony; and fourteen counts of theft under $500, a Class A misdemeanor. The trial court ordered the Defendant to serve an effective sentence of eighteen years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. The Defendant appeals, contending the trial court erred in setting the length and alignment of his sentences. After a thorough review of the record and relevant authorities, we conclude the trial court properly sentenced the Defendant. As such, we affirm the sentences imposed by the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/campbelld_120909.pdf


ERNEST CUNNINGHAM JR. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

J. Chase Gober (on appeal) and Graham Pritchard (at post-conviction hearing), Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Ernest Cunningham, Jr.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Melissa Roberge, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Kathy Morante, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Petitioner, Ernest Cunningham, Jr., was convicted of facilitation of the sale of under 0.5 grams of a controlled substance and of possession of more than 0.5 grams of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver, and the trial court sentenced him to a thirty-year effective sentence. This Court affirmed the Petitioner's convictions on direct appeal. State v. Ernest Cunningham, Jr., No. M2005-01718-CCA-R3-CD, 2006 WL 1626655, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Nashville, June 2, 2006), Tenn. R. App. P. 11 application denied (Tenn. Oct. 2, 2006). The Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, amended by appointed counsel, that alleged that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel. Following a hearing, the post-conviction court dismissed the petition, and, after a thorough review of the record and applicable authorities, we affirm the post-conviction court's judgment.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/cunninghame_120909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CORTEZ GRIFFIN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Lance R. Chism (at trial and on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cortez Griffin.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Reginald Henderson and Dean DeCandia, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Cortez Griffin, and two co-defendants, Marquette Milan and Preston Deener, broke into a rooming house to rob the victim, Lannie McMillan, who was fatally shot. A grand jury indicted the defendant on charges of first degree murder, felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery. A Shelby County jury found the defendant guilty as charged and the trial court merged the murder convictions. The trial court sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment and a concurrent sentence of twenty years for his conviction of especially aggravated robbery. The defendant has appealed raising issues which we summarize as follows: (1) whether the trial court erred in denying the defendant's motion to suppress his statements which he asserts were not voluntary, were not made subsequent to a intelligent, knowing, and voluntary waiver of rights, were not recorded and were obtained subsequent to unlawful arrests; (2) whether the trial court erred in not granting a mistrial after a police officer testified regarding the content of a co-defendant's statement; (3) whether the trial court erred in denying the defendant's motion to dismiss the felony murder charge; and (4) whether the trial court erred in allowing the testimony of a police officer that it was common for a defendant to minimize his or her role in a crime. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/griffinc_120909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CHARLES HALL

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert Brooks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles Hall.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Williams L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Stacy McEndree, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

On November 8, 2007, a Shelby County jury convicted the defendant, Charles Hall, of two counts of aggravated robbery. The trial court sentenced him to life without parole as a repeat violent offender. On appeal, the defendant submits that the trial court erred in (1) admitting prior convictions for aggravated robbery for impeachment purposes and (2) denying the defendant's motion for mistrial. Upon our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/hallc_120909.pdf


DANNY JOHNSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Phillip A. Condra, District Public Defender; Mechelle Story and Jeffery Harmon, Assistant Public Defenders, attorneys for appellant, Danny Johnson.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and Stephen Strain, Assistant District Attorney General, attorneys for appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: THOMAS

The Petitioner, Danny Johnson, appeals as of right from the Sequatchie County Circuit Court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief challenging his convictions for two counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery. The Petitioner alleges that he was denied his Sixth Amendment right to the effective assistance of counsel, specifically by trial counsel's failure to question a juror about his relationship with the prosecuting officer, failure to investigate the victim's receipt of funds through the victim's compensation fund, failure to object to jury instructions, failure to investigate whether the victim made similar allegations in Ohio, and failure to request a jury instruction on child abuse. Following an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court found that the Petitioner had failed to prove his allegations by clear and convincing evidence. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/johnsond_120909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOHN CHARLES JOHNSON

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Wendy S. Tucker, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, John Charles Johnson.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Bret Gunn, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WOODALL

Defendant, John Charles Johnson, appeals the trial court's entry of an amended judgment of conviction for facilitation of aggravated kidnapping stating that his sentence for this offense would be served consecutively to his sentence for especially aggravated robbery. After a thorough review, we conclude the trial court erred. This case has a long procedural history. The sentences for facilitation of aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery were originally ordered to be served concurrently, and these judgments have now long been final judgments not subject to being amended. Accordingly, we reverse and remand to the trial court for entry of an appropriate amended judgment reflecting that the sentence for facilitation of aggravated kidnapping is to be served concurrently with the sentence for especially aggravated robbery.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/johnsonj_120909.pdf


MICHAEL LEWIS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Fikisha Swader, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Michael Lewis.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Dan Hamm, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A Davidson County jury convicted the Petitioner, Michael Lewis, of attempted first degree murder, and the trial court sentenced him to sixty years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. This Court affirmed the Petitioner's conviction on direct appeal. State v. Michael Anthony Lewis, No. M2005-02279-CCA-R3-CD, 2006 WL 2738160, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Nashville, Sept. 26, 2006), perm. app. denied (Tenn. Jan. 29, 2007). The Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief in which he alleged that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel and that the trial court improperly induced him to choose between his right to a speedy trial and his right to the effective assistance of counsel. Following a hearing, the post- conviction court dismissed the petition, and, after a thorough review of the record and applicable authorities, we affirm the post-conviction court's judgment.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/lewism_120909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ANGELO LOVINS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Kevin R. Askren, Tullahoma, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Angelo Lovins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; C. Michael Layne, District Attorney General; Emily O. Roberts, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A Coffee County jury convicted the Defendant, Angelo Lovins, of harassment and criminal trespass. The Defendant appeals, arguing that the evidence is insufficient to support his convictions. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the trial court's judgments.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/lovinsa_120909.pdf


JAMES CECIL RICHARDS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Gerald T. Eidson, Rogersville, Tennessee, attorney for appellant, James Cecil Richards.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; C. Berkeley Bell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Douglas Godbee, Assistant District Attorney General, attorneys for appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: THOMAS

The Petitioner, James Cecil Richards, appeals as of right from the Hawkins County Criminal Court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief challenging his guilty plea convictions for aggravated burglary, theft of property valued at over five hundred dollars, and driving on a revoked license for which he received an effective sentence of three years as a Range I, standard offender. The Petitioner challenged the voluntariness of his guilty plea, the performance of trial counsel, and the constitutionality of the search of the vehicle he was driving at the time of the offenses. Following an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/richardsj_120909.pdf


Legislature's Authority to Appoint Judges

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-12-09

Opinion Number: 09-183

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2009/ag_09_183.pdf

Constitutionality of Mandatory Workers' Compensation Insurance Coverage

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-12-09

Opinion Number: 09-184

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2009/ag_09_184.pdf

Tamper-Resistant Prescription Paper

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-12-09

Opinion Number: 09-185

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2009/ag_09_185.pdf

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Business taxes now to be filed with Department of Revenue
This past legislative session the state General Assembly shifted the collection and administration of business taxes from local governments to the state Department of Revenue in an attempt to bring greater efficiency to the process and increase revenues. Beginning with the first class of business taxpayers who must file by Feb. 28, 2010, all business tax returns should be filed with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. For more information visit the Department of Revenue's web site.
Read more in the Crossville Chronicle
Court clerk to get back pay
Dickson County General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Spann will receive more than $97,000 in back pay from the county after a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling mandated that court officers be paid based on county populations. The county attorney said the back pay was necessary after a Gibson County juvenile court clerk successfully argued this summer that court clerks are entitled to the pay levels set by the legislature, although they are appointed by general session judges pursuant to private acts.
Read more in the Tennessean
New officers at helm of Nashville bar
The Nashville Bar Association installed new officers and board members at its annual meeting on Dec. 3. Officers are President Jonathan Cole, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; President-elect Robert J. Mendes, MGLAW PLLC; Treasurer Patricia Eastwood, Caterpillar Financial; Secretary Yanika Smith-Bartley, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; First Vice President Martha Boyd, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings; and Second Vice President Anne Arney, Traugher & Tuke. New board members are Rebecca Blair, Day & Blair; Barbara Holmes, Harwell, Howard, Hyde, Gabbert & Manner PC; 20th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge (David) Randy Kennedy; Thomas Sherrard, Sherrard & Roe PLC; Marietta Shipley, The Mediation Group of Tennessee LLC; and Amanda Haynes Young with Miller & Martin PLLC.

Moving a law library is hard work
It's been 18 months in the mapping, measuring, color-coding and planning stages, but moving day for the University of Memphis Law Library has finally arrived. Over the course of several days, library staff and students will relocate 200,000 books. The move is expected to take two weeks and be finished by Dec. 12.
Read about the undertaking on the school's web site
Thompson, Ford to publish memoirs in 2010
Former Tennessee senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has completed his memoir, "Notes from a Country Lawyer," which will be available in May 2010. The walk down memory lane is said to reflect on Thompson's early days as a prosecutor in small-town Tennessee. In addition to Thompson's book, Harold Ford Jr., the former U.S. representative for the 9th Congressional District, is releasing "More Davids Than Goliaths: A Political Education" next fall. Ford's book reportedly will reflect on what he has learned on the campaign trail and in life.
The Memphis Daily News reports
Politics
Naifeh rules out run for U.S. Congress
State Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, said Tuesday he will not become a candidate for the U.S. 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. John Tanner next year, but instead will seek re-election to the state House of Representatives. Naifeh said his decision was based on his belief that he could be more effective in the state House than in Washington, D.C.
The Commercial Appeal reports
Labor lawyer named party treasurer
Nashville labor lawyer Dave Garrison was named treasurer of the Tennessee Democratic Party yesterday according to In Session -- the political blog of the Tennesssean. Garrison, who is an associate at Barrett Johnston and Parsley, is a former adviser to the 2000 Gore-Lieberman campaign and an alternate delegate for Barack Obama in 2008. He also advised the Tennessee Democratic Party in the 2006 and 2008 elections. The treasurer's position had been vacant since Nashville real estate executive Bill Freeman resigned last March.

Upcoming
Memphis law announces ticket process for grand opening
The grand opening of new facilities for the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is set for Jan. 16, 2010, and tickets for the day's events are now available for purchase online. The evening will include a VIP reception, the grand opening celebrating and an after-party. VIP tickets, which include the pre-gala reception and a guaranteed ticketed seat or the grand opening are priced at $350. General tickets are available for $250. All proceeds will benefit the law school. Orders may be placed by phone at (901) 678-1562 or online. Details of the event are available by contacting Law Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at (901) 678-1562 or by visiting the gala's homepage.

Disciplinary Actions
Martin lawyer suspended then moved to disability status
On Nov. 24, the Tennessee Supreme Court temporarily suspended Martin lawyer Kyle Eric Crowe for misappropriating client funds for his own use. The next day, on Nov. 25, the court stayed the suspension and transferred Crowe to disability inactive status. Crowe cannot practice law while on disability inactive status, and can return to practice only after reinstatement by the court. At such time, his suspension again will take effect.
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Jackson lawyer suspended
The Supreme Court of Tennessee on Nov. 25 temporarily suspended Charles Mark Pullen from the practice of law based on his failure to comply with his Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program contract.
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Covington lawyer suspended
On Dec. 3, the Tennessee Supreme Court temporarily suspended Covington lawyer Richard D. Cartwright from the practice of law after finding that he failed to substantially comply with a contact entered into with the Tennessee Lawyer's Assistance Program. Cartwright is also serving a suspension related to a prior disciplinary matter.
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North Carolina lawyer reinstated
Sanford, N.C., lawyer Norman Gregory Durham was reinstated to the practice of law in Tennessee after complying with requirements for continuing legal education. He was suspended on Sept. 4 for failing to meet CLE requirements in 2008.
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