August 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 8

FINTECH: Fad or Future

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has announced that it is moving forward with a proposal to charter and supervise a special purpose national bank for fintech companies. Loosely defined, a “fintech” company is a firm that uses new technology and innovation with available resources in order to compete in the marketplace of traditional financial institutions and intermediaries in the delivery of financial services.

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So Who’s Driving This Lawsuit?

It’s shaping up to be a huge legal battle. And there is no one in the driver’s seat.

It’s a heavyweight lawsuit between two Silicon Valley behemoths, Google and Uber. The case also involves the alphabet, although it’s not as simple as A-B-C.

At issue is laser sensor technology used in driverless cars. Uber wants to convert its world-wide taxi fleet to driverless cars, enabling it to layoff of tens of thousands of drivers and replace them with robocars.

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Perfect Fit

New TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson Brings Experience, Diversity, and a Love for Bar Associations

If Joycelyn Stevenson had written the job description herself, her new position as executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) could not be a better match.

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BOOK REVIEW: Reelfoot Killins’

Sometimes, no matter how certain we are in making decisions, things turn out to be different from what we thought they were. Sometimes, the facts turn out to be totally different from what we were convinced they were when we acted.

“Dateline: May 2016.”

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It's Not Lying if You Call it Fiction*

The Tennessee Bar Journal’s First Fiction Contest Draws Creative Stories, Tall Tales

Since we had never done this before and we didn’t want to mess it up, for the Tennessee Bar Journal’s first fiction contest we spent some time pondering, researching, pondering some more. That didn’t seem like enough so we consulted with other bar associations that have serious, long-term creative writing contests. We would not want to begin such an undertaking without the expertise of our friends at the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of Texas, and the State Bar of Georgia.

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What’s a Court?

It’s a simple question: Is a court a place — a physical location where people go — or a service?

Today we can visualize a time in Tennessee when “going to court” might not mean walking to the courthouse on court square. It might mean firing up your tablet and logging in to an online session with a judge, other lawyers, and even witnesses.

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Network To Serve Legal Needs of Homeless Youth

Lawyers play a critical role in improving outcomes for homeless youth by enforcing existing laws, advancing new policy, and removing legal barriers to benefits, education, employment, health care, housing, identification, treatment and services.

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Success!

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) has been awarded a 2017 Phase I Health Initiatives Grant from Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. The grant will fund planning to establish a Children’s Health Law Partnership (CHLP) in collaboration with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. The project will place a legal aid attorney in the hospital, which with the support of the staff of LAET, will provide civil legal representation to low-income children and their families who are referred by the hospital’s medical teams.

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Passages

FRANK S. KING JR. of Brentwood died on June 12 at 92. King served for three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and when he returned home earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a former magistrate of the Davidson County Quarterly Court, a former assistant city attorney for Nashville and former city attorney for Brentwood. He founded the firm of King and Ballow in 1969 and was in practice for 60 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brentwood United Methodist Church Foundation, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, 37027.

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