September 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 9

Letters of the Law

Wonderful Article About Ida Wells; Consider a Statue of Her

Wonderful article about Ida Wells (“Ida B. Well: Fearless Journalist from Memphis Who Changed the World,” by David L. Hudson Jr., August 2018). As a postscript, Ms. Wells was “run out” of Memphis and her newspaper office burned to the ground, fueled by the racial hatred of Edward Ward Carmack, editor of the, then, Memphis Commercial. His paper demanded retaliation against “the black wench” for her denunciation of the lynchings.

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News

Lawyer Advertising

Pera Helps Lead ABA Effort to Modernize Rules on Lawyer Advertising 
The ABA House of Delegates Aug. 6 voted in favor of amending Rule 7 of ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which addresses lawyer advertising, the ABA Journal reports.

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Passages

Knoxville lawyer PAUL EDWARD DUNN died on July 21. He was 87. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Dunn graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1961. Dunn practiced law in Knoxville for more than 40 years. He began practicing with renowned criminal defense lawyer Ray H. Jenkins and remained with the firm Jenkins and Jenkins until 1995, when he became a founding member of the firm Dunn, MacDonald and Coleman. He was named a Senior Counselor by the Tennessee Bar Association, and an honorary member of the Winfield Dunn cabinet.

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Licensure & Discipline

Disability Inactive

By order of the Tennessee Supreme Court entered July 11, the law license of Shelby County lawyer Robert C. Brooks was transferred to disability inactive status pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Brooks cannot practice law while on disability inactive status. He may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court upon showing of clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law.

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The Prohibition Era and Policing: A Legacy of Misregulation

By Wesley M. Oliver | Vanderbilt University Press | $27.95 | 280 pages | 2018

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The Tortfeasor Dies Before Suit Was Filed. Now What?

Your new client thought she could avoid hiring a lawyer and instead work out on her own a settlement with the insurance claims representative for the other driver. The dance lasted 10 months. “Wait until the end of medical treatment.” “Sign these forms.” “Send me your medical bills.” “I need your EOB forms.” “Your employer needs to confirm in writing your lost wages.” And so on.

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The Tennessee Lawyer Who Turned Down a Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court

Next to the presidency, it is the most powerful position in the United States government. And unlike the presidency, it is a position one can hold for more than eight years. In fact, once your appointment is confirmed by the United States Senate and you are sworn in, you can hold the job for the rest of your life.

The position is, of course, justice of the United States Supreme Court.

It is no doubt a dream job for many lawyers.

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The Importance of Effective Government Relations

One of the core objectives of the Tennessee Bar Association is advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice. The TBA Government Affairs Committee coordinates our advocacy efforts before the legislature, the executive branch and other governmental entities on issues of importance to our profession and on which the TBA has adopted policy.

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Don’t Make Her Choose

Why Parents Should Never Ask Children What Visitation They Want

In a divorce or separation, parents should never ask their children what visitation they want. The scheduling of parenting time in the parenting plan is for adults to work through, not children. Here’s why.

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