TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 5, 2021

A recent article in the Hamilton County Herald documents the historical treasurers that can be found in the office of Chattanooga lawyer Russell Fowler. As a student, teacher and lover of history, Fowler has created a personal museum at Legal Aid of East Tennessee, where he serves as director of litigation. His collection includes many signatures of justices and jurists, including that of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, who dissented in the Plessy v. Ferguson case. He also has a number of items related the chancery court in the United States and England, including the robe of late Shelby County Chancellor Neal Small. “During a time when people are digitizing everything from contracts to signatures, Russell Fowler is something of a modern-day Indiana Jones, a raider of the lost art of putting pen to paper,” the herald concludes. Fowler writes a regular column "History's Verdict" for the Tennessee Bar Journal.