Spark

The Right to Vote, the Responsibility to Lead

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was passed by both chambers of Congress 100 years ago on June 4, 1919. According to the National Archives, the House of Representatives first passed the amendment on May 21, 1919, and two weeks later, on June 4, the Senate followed with a vote of 56 to 25. The next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution. 

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A Different Kind of Legal Writing

If you got to the back of this magazine without noticing that we have a piece of fiction in this issue, flip back to page 16 in a minute and read our 3rd Annual Fiction Contest’s winning entry. As a nod to that and lawyers who read fiction or dabble in fiction writing, let’s look at some who have made that leap. 

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Your Colleagues Will Be There

One hundred thirty eight years ago this June some very determined and probably idealistic lawyers from across Tennessee gathered for the first time, organizing the Tennessee Bar Association. The place they chose, Bon Aqua, is a little south of Dickson. The following year TBA’s first annual convention was held there at the Bon Aqua Springs Resort. And why not? It offered the best in comfort of the day.
The resort, once the largest health spa and summer retreat in Middle Tennessee, was “known as the ‘Queen of the Southern Spas’ during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. On the western Highland Rim, the Hickman County resort’s temperate days, cool nights, and four mineral springs offered treatment for medical conditions ranging from iron-poor blood to gout, dyspepsia and yellow fever.”1

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‘Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying: You Have a Choice’

An Inteview With Catherine Henry

Ten years ago when Catherine Henry was 28, a “whitish blur” suddenly covered the center of both her eyes.

“I woke up one day and my vision was gone.” She tried to blink it away but nothing helped. “That was a dark and painful time for me,” she says of the six months and 17 doctors it took to finally get a diagnosis. “I’ll never forget it,” she says, remembering the neuro-ophthalmologist who told her her vision loss had “bottomed out” and she would likely not go totally blind, but the bad news, he said, was “that your optic nerve has atrophied and there is no cure.” That day she learned about Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a genetic condition, rare in females. She retained some peripheral vison, but is legally blind.

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What Do You Do for Fun?

You’re killing it in your job and loving (or hating) the high stakes you are faced with each day, but a lot of research says you will be better off if, when you leave the office, you do something straight-up enjoyable. “It may seem counterintuitive that if you want to get ahead at work, you should make time for a life outside of it,” according CNBC. “But career coaches and business leaders alike say that having a hobby is key to being able to handle work-life stress and thinking creatively.”1 Study after study says these nonwork, fun activities can aid work performance, improve physical and mental health, reduce stress, improve focus and increase happiness.

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Navigating Parental Leave


“As more companies offer their employees attractive leave benefits, law firms are following suit by offering their attorneys robust parental leave benefits,” Ogletree Deakins notes in a recent newsletter.1 Promoting a work-life balance, including flexible hours and leave, is key as a new generation ascends, requiring and expecting this culture of balance. Here is one person’s story:

Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux, 33, has been a lawyer since 2011 and a mother since 2014. Her son Jack was born during her third year of practice, and daughter Mary came along 15 months later in November 2016. Daughter Lucy was born last October.

Boudreaux works in Lewisburg at the Law Office of David McKenzie, a small firm with offices located in Lewisburg and Fayetteville, providing services to clients including personal injury, criminal defense and general civil litigation. She focuses primarily on family law matters. Her husband Ross is also an attorney.

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SPARK! The Advantages of Aging & Retirement

An Interview with Landis Turner

As Tennessee Bar Association president in 1988-89, Landis Turner of Hohenwald oversaw a legislative effort that resulted in public defenders' offices opening in every major city in the state. Now, at 78, he talks about that, but covers some surprising topics, too, admitting that “one of the advantages of aging and retirement is one’s ability and time to remember such things and write them down.”

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SPARK: Where Do You Find Inspiration?

This month we introduce a new feature, back here on the last page. After 25 years of reading Bill Haltom’s column on this page every month, there will be a big space to fill — we know you will need something fun to raise your spirits, to inspire you in your work. So we offer you “SPARK,” a rollicking page of random, light-hearted, law-related ideas and thoughts, with perhaps a spark of inspiration.

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