December 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 12

The ‘Geier’ Timeline

The ‘Geier’ Case and the Desegregation of Tennessee Higher Education

During the 1960s on college campuses across the country and in Tennessee, African-Americans were demanding social justice and advocating for civil rights on the streets and in the courts. History is changed by persons willing to challenge injustice. In this instance, the challenge was brought by a young woman and her lawyer intent on securing educational opportunity for African-Americans in Tennessee’s public colleges and universities.

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2018 Election Notice

Deadline to Apply to Run for TBA Office is Feb. 15, 2018

During 2018, the following officers, governors and delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) will be elected as set forth in the association’s bylaws:

TBA Officers and Board of Governors

A vice president (from the West Tennessee Grand Division — elected by the association’s membership-at-large). The vice president automatically assumes the office of president-elect in 2019 and president in 2020.

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Toys ‘R’ Bankrupt

On Sept. 18, Toys “R” Us, one of America’s leading toy retailers, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia.

I feel real guilty about it, because I believe it’s my fault. For many years I kept Toys “R” Gonna Cost You a Fortune in business. This was back in the era when I had three small children, and on Christmas Eve, for me the three most dreaded words in the English language were “some assembly required.”

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Putting Lipstick on a Pig

Bank lawyers understand that there are phases to our practices. In good economic times, investors start new banks; in recessionary periods, we get our clients out of the ditch; and in between, we frequently help preside over both voluntary and shotgun weddings.

We are on the cusp between “good economic times” and wedding season. Since 2015, we have seen increased merger and acquisition

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Glasby’s Fortune, a Novel

By James H. Drescher | Deadeye Press | $17.99 | 367 pages | 2017

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Licensure & Discipline

Administrative Suspensions  Online Notice of attorneys suspended for, and reinstated from, administrative violations — including failure to pay the Board of Professional Responsibility fee, file the IOLTA report, comply with continuing legal education requirements and pay the Tennessee professional privilege tax — is now available exclusively on the TBA website.

Visit to see administrative suspensions imposed since 2006.

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ORVILLE ALMON JR. of Nashville died on Oct. 29. He was 67. Almon served in the U.S. Army after college before attending the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he earned his law degree. He was a founding member of Zumwalt, Almon and Hayes in 1983, and later opened his own private practice, Almon Law, in 2010. He practiced in the entertainment and music law industry.

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Comments Sought in Bar Exam Proposal

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) is seeking to amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 by adopting the Uniform Bar Examination as the standard for applicants for licensing and admission in the state.

“Lawyers are more mobile than they once were,” TBLE President Jeffrey Ward said in a news release in October. “No longer do lawyers settle in one state and practice in that state until retirement. Multi-jurisdictional, or cross-border, practice is more common, particularly in Tennessee, where we border more states than any other state in the union.”

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Encouraging Experiments

Last month in this space, I put to you the case that, today in Tennessee and almost everywhere else in our country, there’s a large and growing gap between the existing legal needs of ordinary Americans — not just the poor — and the ability of the legal profession to meet that need.

As I pointed out, there’s very little doubt that this gap is growing.

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