Cover Story: This Month's Top Story

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A Short History of the Right to Vote in Tennessee’s Constitutions & Court: Part 2

The first part of this article, published in the June issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, chronicled the right to vote in Tennessee from the State’s founding through the Civil War. … The second part of this article picks up the trail of the franchise after the Civil War, following it to present day.

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Learn More: The 19th Amendment

In August 1920, the nation’s attention was on Tennessee. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, had passed at the federal level a year earlier, and was making its way through state legislatures for ratification. Final approval required 36 states to approve the amendment.


Featured: This Month's Articles

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Cash on the Barrelhead

I got in a little trouble at the county seat
Lord, they put me in the jailhouse
Dolly Parton1

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Fiction: ‘I Know She Tried’

April 2018

She is ready to run. I see it there in her clenched hands, the way she glances up furtively when I enter the interview room, her whole body twitching towards the door with a sudden force that startles me. I am immediately uneasy.


Columns: Quick Reads on Timely Topics

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President's Perspective

What We’re Going Through, Where We’re Going

If you had told me six months ago that I would have addressed the TBA membership during a virtual convention, I would not have believed you. I’m sure that we can all agree that we will be forever changed by the events of the last few months. In fact, to say the last six months have been unprecedented would be an understatement. 

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From the Editor

More Tech Means More Options

This magazine has seen some changes in its 55 years, starting in 1965 as a quarterly print publication. And as you turn through the pages of this month’s Tennessee Bar Journal you’ll notice a few more changes, including our dateline, which now spans two months, July and August.

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Book Review

Why Can't Mother Vote? Joseph Hanover and the Unfinished Business of Democracy

Fresh off the press is a new work from veteran writer and former TBJ Editorial Board chair and TBA President, Bill Haltom. In his book, Why Can’t Mother Vote: Joseph Hanover and the Unfinished Business of Democracy, Haltom tells the tale of a little-known, unsung Tennessee and American hero named Joseph Hanover — a gentleman who can be fairly and fully credited as the person whose energy and effort actually enabled the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

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Book Review

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

Can a corporation have a racial identity?1 Do corporations have a right against self-incrimination?2 Do they have the rights of association and free speech?3 And if they have any of these rights — on what basis should we recognize them?

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Crime & Punishment

Michael Flynn and Motions to Dismiss in Tennessee

In Tennessee, is there ever a time when a prosecutor would not be allowed to dismiss a case after indictment? Politics aside, the controversy over the United States Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn presents important issues regarding the scope of authority between prosecutors and courts.

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History's Verdict

Defying Poverty and Fear: Elizabeth I and the Poor Law of 1601

Out of an age of division and blood, the glittering reign of Elizabeth I burst forth. During 44 triumphant years on the English throne, she deftly outmaneuvered assassination plots, internal rebellions and external threats, including the miraculous 1588 defeat of the 130-vessel Spanish Armada.

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Quick Inspiration for Your Busy Day


The Legal Life: Passages, Licensure & Discipline, 50 Years Ago, Sections

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Sellers Is New TBA President, Virtual Convention a Success

The Tennessee Bar Association’s 139th Annual Convention was like no other — instead of shaking hands with old friends and meeting new colleagues, it was a virtual experience in the midst of efforts to reopen our country and our state after several months in isolation because of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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Senior Counselors, Sections & Committees

Congratulations to this year's class of Senior Counselors and thank you to these members for leading the TBA Sections and Committees this year.

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50-ish Years Ago

In August 1970, the TBA’s president was Joe W. Henry, who would later sit on the Tennessee Supreme Court (and the Journal’s award for outstanding legal writing would be named for him, see page 7). Henry’s president’s column was about the urgent need for a unified, or mandatory, bar. He declared it the “number one priority objective of this administration.” 

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In this issue, we pay our respects to S. David Freeman, Samuel Tipton Jones II and Judge David Wilson Norton.

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Licensure & Discipline

Read the latest statuses -- disability inactive, disbarments and suspensions -- from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.