November 2017 - Vol. 53, No. 11

A Failed Market?

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 those needs.

As a profession that sees self-regulation as a core value, what responsibility do we have to address this fundamental problem? More importantly, what can be done?

I put those pressing questions to an audience at the amazing Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ 40th Annual Equal Justice University, the annual gathering of Tennessee’s access-to-justice community.

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Guilty Minds

Is it possible to be convicted of a criminal offense without meaning to do something wrong? It is.

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Time for Lawyers to Face the Truth about Our Phones

We are all addicted to them. They don’t work for us; we work for them.

This month, Apple is releasing its newest phone, the iPhone X, which you can now purchase for a mere $1,000. (Well, okay, $999). The iPhone X hosts numerous features including “facial recognition” that will unlock the phone for its user.

That’s right, if you drop a grand on an iPhone X, your phone will actually recognize your face every time you stare at it, and if someone steals your phone or just borrows it and tries to use it, your iPhone X will scream, “Put me down, you thief!” and will then quickly call the police.

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Thomas E. Dewey: America’s Greatest Prosecutor

Although best remembered for his two unsuccessful runs for the presidency, Thomas E. Dewey is arguably the greatest prosecutor in American history. His cases against organized crime figures are legend, and so is his courage.

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You’ve Been Hacked

Tennessee Law Updates Your Obligations After a Data Breach

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the protagonist Bilbo Baggins pens a memoir recounting harrowing adventures with a team of unlikely allies. His journey culminates in the improbable defeat of the mighty dragon Smaug and the return to the comforts of his beloved home. More recently, the Tennessee General Assembly has undertaken to combat the dangers of cybercrime, traversing through a meandering array of amendments that could aptly share the title of Mr. Baggins’s memoir, There and Back Again.

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Letters of the Law

50-Year TBJ Reader Likes October Issue Best

I have been reading our magazine for over 50 years. The October issue is the best written and informative one ever.

I have been a lawyer and TBA member all these years but never knew all the history of some of our law schools. Mr. Laska has written so many articles, but this was his best. The articles about Justice Brandeis and damages were good too.

Thanks for putting together all this information.

Landis Turner,
Hohenwald, Tennessee
TBA President, 1988-1989

News

COURT SUPPORTS CHANGES TO INDIGENT REPRESENTATION

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced in October it will support reform of the state’s method for providing legal assistance to individuals unable to afford an attorney.

Responding to a report from its Indigent Representation Task Force, the court said it will seek funding to increase the rate attorneys are paid to work on such cases to $65 per hour, and will also request an appropriation in next year’s budget to raise compensation caps by $500 on all felonies and by $250 on juvenile matters.

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Success!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Donelson!

Memphis lawyer Lewis "Lewie" Donelson III turned 100 Oct. 9 and was celebrated by many. He is a co-founder and senior counselor at Baker Donelson, which honored him for “the influence and lifelong commitment he has had upon the firm, the city of Memphis, the state of Tennessee, and the legal profession.”

He earned his law degree in 1941 from Georgetown University Law Center. In 1954, he founded the Memphis law firm of Donelson & Adams.

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