TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 25, 2017
Former TBA President Landis Turner writes to The Tennessean about the hard work of extending public defender offices statewide. Prior to 1989, public defenders were only found in the four big cities, and young lawyers and solo practitioners in rural areas suffered because of it. Turner worked alongside TBA lobbyist John Lyell, Gov. Ned McWherter and then-Rep. Bill Purcell, a former public defender who would go on to serve as mayor of Nashville.