December 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 12

A Long Journey to Justice

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

Shortly after receiving my commission as a United States District judge in August 1978, I inherited from Judge Frank Gray Jr. the 10-year-old Geier lawsuit challenging whether Tennessee had fully removed the vestiges of segregation from its public system of higher education. The case was among the most difficult and contentious of my 28-year judicial career and would consume much of my time before finally ending on Sept. 21, 2006. In this article, Carlos González tells the history of this groundbreaking lawsuit in a way that only one intimately familiar with it can.

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Success!

Hunter Rost is a new board of directors member for  World Services Group (WSG). Rost, a partner at Waller, has served on WSG's North American Regional Council since 2015 and has been an active member of the network since 2007. WSG is a resource for professionals and their clients to receive quality value and service from legal, investment banking and accounting services.

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The 1865 Constitutional Amendments and the Return of Civil Government in Tennessee

You cannot get back … without some irregularity

On March 12, 1862, former Tennessee governor and United States Senator Andrew Johnson arrived in Nashville with the historically unprecedented task of facilitating the return of a seceded state back into the Union.

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Shifting the Paradigm

Should Most Tennessee Trusts Last Indefinitely?

Many of our clients make their first wills in order to name guardians and trustees for their minor children. Traditionally, trusts for minors contained a scheduled termination date, providing that the entire trust would distribute when the beneficiary reached a certain age or in installments over time. However, the divorce and creditor protections afforded by Tennessee trust law raise the question, should any trust include an automatic termination date?

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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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