Feature Story

A Woman of Many Firsts

Tennessee’s Lutie Lytle

October is “Celebrate Pro Bono Month.” It is fitting that we remember a pro bono lawyer — Lutie Lytle — who was the first in many things. She was one of America’s first black female journalists.[1] She was the first black woman to earn a law degree in the South and be admitted to the bar in the South.[2] She was the first woman (of any color) admitted to the Tennessee bar.[3] She was the first black woman admitted to the Kansas bar. She was the first female law professor (of any color) in the nation.

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Celebrate Pro Bono Month Is Here!

It’s Easy to Be a Part

October is “Celebrate Pro Bono Month,” and Tennessee lawyers are joining their colleagues across the country to provide free legal services to those in need and honor the good work performed by lawyers every day as part of the annual National Pro Bono Celebration. Tennessee is among a small group of states that celebrates Pro Bono Month, not just a single day or week. Now in its 10th year, the TBA’s statewide Celebrate Pro Bono initiative brings together legal services providers with local bar associations, law schools, law firms and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer.

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Supported Decision Making

The Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Planning for Clients with Diminished Capacity

Advising clients to plan ahead for who will make decisions on their behalf should they become incapacitated constitutes a significant component of elder law and estate planning. However, the customary legal path of appointing a substitute decision maker, while obviously required for many clients with diminished capacity, is certainly not a necessity for all such clients.

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New Tax Act Brings Major Changes to U.S. International Taxation System

A Brief Look at the New Participation Exemption

The Surprisingly International Tennessee

Tennessee has many international ties that often surprise practitioners. Some of the largest multinational companies in the world are headquartered here, and more than 147,000 Tennesseans are employed by foreign-based companies. In fact, Tennessee is the number one state for jobs created through foreign direct investment. Tennessee has frequently earned top marks for its business-friendly environment, and it is likely to be the beneficiary of increased investment by U.S.

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Perfecting ‘De Novo’ Appeals

Amended Statute Now Allows Any Party to Bring Up Issues for Review, Regardless of Who Perfects a General Sessions Court Appeal

Imagine you represent a man who is sued in general sessions court by an ex-girlfriend, alleging he owes her money for various expenditures she incurred while dating him a year ago. When the parties broke up, she had prosecuted a domestic assault criminal warrant against him that was found to be groundless and dismissed, but not before he had lost his job and been unable to obtain employment for a period of time. He files a cross-action against her for damages for malicious prosecution.

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Public Service Award Honorees

Each year the Tennessee Bar Association recognizes outstanding service by attorneys and law students who have dedicated their time to helping others. The awards given are the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year, the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year and the Law Student Volunteer of the Year. Read the stories of those recognized here. This year, a special Access to Justice Champion Award is presented to Allan F.

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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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Oral Argument

Where the Wheels Can Fall Off an Appeal

“There is no place to hide when one stands at the lectern before the judges; it truly is a lonely spot.”[1]

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Injury Damages Under Tennessee Law

Lessons from a Recent Federal Trial

A products liability case against Hankook Tire concluded recently with a defense verdict for Hankook.[1] The plaintiff was paralyzed from the neck down. Workers’ compensation had paid more than $1.75 million in past medical expenses, and the plaintiff also sought millions in future life care expenses. Had the case not concluded with a defense verdict, the plaintiff’s non-economic damages would have tested the Civil Justice Act (CJA) damage caps. And the plaintiff also sought punitive damages.

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Celebrate Pro Bono Month!

October is “Celebrate Pro Bono Month,” and Tennessee lawyers are joining their colleagues across the country to provide free legal services to those in need and honor the good work performed by lawyers every day as part of the annual National Pro Bono Celebration.

Now in its ninth year, the TBA’s statewide Celebrate Pro Bono initiative brings together legal services providers with local bar associations, law schools, law firms and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer.

read more »