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Posted by: Letters of the Law on May 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: May 2018

Journal Name: May 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 5

Thank You for the Letters

My congratulations to the TBJ for publishing the letters from Sam Elliott, Francis Santore and Graham Swafford. Hearing from mainstream, practicing attorneys is always a refreshing change in pace. As an attorney who has had the privilege of a leadership role in a local bar association, I especially commend Mr. Elliott’s cautioning against politicizing a professional association. The unfortunate recent history of the ABA reminds all of the wisdom of his comments.  

— Gareth S. Aden, Nashville

Reader Likes Our History Column

This letter was written to columnist Russell Fowler:
I have just finished your most recent article in the Tennessee Bar Journal [“The Great William B. Turley,” March 2018] and felt compelled to send a note thanking you for your many contributions to the culture of the law and the enlightenment of the bar through your research and writing. I look forward to your contributions in the Journal each time an edition arrives in my office and reap my share of the harvest of your labor in each article.

The article on Judge Turley I found to be very special, and I thank you for bringing this person to the fore. I hope that the effective way in which you highlighted Judge Turley’s liberal education, his reliance on literature in delivering his opinions and his personal courage attracts the attention of our current judiciary and women and men at the bar as an example we can all follow.

In closing I say thank you again for your contribution to my own ongoing education and the expansion of my thinking.

— Tony Farmer, Knoxville

Special Tech Issue Appreciated

Thank you for the excellent March issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal [“Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology: The Future of Law Practice”]. I think it clearly met President Pera’s goal of practical information on the future of law practice. While I agree and appreciate Benjamin H. Barton’s analysis, I think he overlooks one of the metrics that solo practitioners have, which is “How much money am I making this month?” I believe that is the most useful and practical metric for evaluating law practice management.

I do however have to disagree with Haseeb Qureshi who says, “All good lawyers are naturally risk averse” [“Three Pioneers: New Ideas for Private Law Practice,” by Benjamin H. Barton]. My experience is that lawyers show up at the office daily and take a huge risk that they will successfully practice law that day and not get sued or go broke. I know several great lawyers that could only be described as “inadequately risk averse.”

All in all it was an excellent series of articles that will be a practical help to all lawyers.

— Larry Rice, Memphis

Forrest Wasn’t Born in Pulaski

These letters were written to columnist Bill Haltom.?The correction has been made in the online Journal:
I always enjoy your columns in the Tennessee Bar Journal. In your April column [“Where in the World Is Nathan Bedford Forrest?”] you suggested that Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in my hometown, Pulaski. I believe NBF started the KKK in Pulaski, but according to Wikipedia he was born in Marshall County, specifically Chapel Hill.

— Robert Gowan, Nashville

As a lover of history and a great-great grandson of a Confederate soldier, I took a great interest in your recent article on the removal of the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis. I agree wholeheartedly with your suggestion of moving them to Shiloh. However, I have one correction to note: Forrest was born near Chapel Hill in Bedford County, not Pulaski.

— Buddy Speer, Beechgrove