Cover Story: This Month's Top Story

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Thurgood Marshall in Tennessee: His Defense of Accused Rioters, His Near-Miss with a Lynch Mob

He was known as “Mr. Civil Rights” for his consistent advocacy on behalf of racial justice and the dismantling of segregation. He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education (1954),1 arguably the most important Supreme Court decision in history. 

 

Featured: This Month's Articles

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Federal Removal: Mechanics and Recent Developments

While a plaintiff decides where to initially file its case, the defendant is not always subject to those whims — or strategic choices — of a plaintiff. One such opportunity for defendants to weigh in on the forum choice is the federal doctrine of removal.

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Lessons from the Tennessee Supreme Court from Past Epidemics

This is not the first time that things in Tennessee have been brought to a halt by an epidemic. Nor is it the first time that the Tennessee Supreme Court has given life lessons on what to do during an epidemic, the need to get things in writing, the benefits of making clients pay up front, 

 

Columns: Quick Reads on Timely Topics

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President's Perspective

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

It might seem strange to quote the title of a Dr. Seuss book to begin my second column, but given the times we are living through — including the start of the school year for so many of us with children — it seemed appropriate.

 
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The Law at Work

Bostock v. Clayton County: An Expansion of Title VII

When Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Act prohibited employment discrimination “because of … sex.” That language has not changed. Its meaning has. 

 
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Day on Torts

Statutory Construction Comes to Tort Law

The law of interpreting statutes? No self-respecting tort lawyer needs to spend much time thinking about that sort of thing; understanding the “thou shall stop at a stop sign” statute does not require an injury lawyer to spend $3,332 for the privilege of having Sutherland Statutes and Statutory Construction1 in her library. No — knowledge and application of the law of statutory construction has historically been an arrow in the quiver of lawyers who go to Chancery Court.

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Family Matters

2020 Child Support Calculation Amendments

A committee tasked with reviewing and making recommendations to the Tennessee Child Support guidelines recently completed an approximately two-year review and revision of those guidelines, a process that led to numerous revisions and amendments. 

 
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Where There's a Will

To Halve or Halve Not: The Federal Estate Tax Exemption Drops in Half in 2026 (and Maybe in 2021)

Few Americans are subject to the federal estate tax, a tax on the right to transfer assets. Out of an estimated 2.7 million American deaths in 2020, only 1,900 will have estates large enough to require paying estate tax. That is because the current exemption1 is so large — $10 million per transferor,2 indexed for inflation since 2011.3 

 
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Spark

Spark!

Quick Inspiration for Your Busy Day

The Legal Life: Passages, Licensure & Discipline, 50 Years Ago, Sections

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Letter: In Praise of 'History's Verdict'

Note: This letter was written to TBJ columnist Russell Fowler.

I always enjoy reading your articles in the Tennessee Bar Journal. "History's Verdict" did not disappoint. Thanks for taking ht time to share your deep knowledge of history and your fabulous storytelling skills!

— Ann Pruitt, Executive Director, Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services

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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 honor the work to increase the meaningful access to justice and commitment to pro bono work. 

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Leaders: House of Delegates

The Tennessee Bar Association has two overseeing bodies: The Board of Governors and the House of Delegates. The Board governs, but what does the House do?

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Health Law Forum Forges into 32nd Year

For 32 years, the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Forum has remained a must-do event for attorneys in Tennessee who maintain this focus, ultimately becoming the premier event for health law practitioners across the southern United States.  “This year has been particularly challenging,” Section Chair J. D. Thomas says. With COVID-19 cases rising through the summer and regular forum attendees expressing a strong preference for an online experience, the TBA Health Law Executive Council made the decision in July to go virtual.

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1970 TBJ Reflects the Times + New Rules, Changing Roles of Women

The contents page from the February 1970  Tennessee Bar Journal is a good snapshot of the practice of law at the time. For starters, look at the lions of the bar who were on the TBA Board of Governors! The officers were James D. Senter, Joe W. Henry, Frank N. Bratton, John W. Nolan III, Don G. Owens, Harlan Dodson, Foster D. Arnett. The other members of the board were Walter P. Armstrong Jr., F. Graham Bartlett, Leo Bearman Jr. … and (What is this? A woman??) Anne H. Schneider.

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Passages

Read about the passing of Tennessee lawyers John "Jack" Scott Ballman, Murray J. Card, Susan "Sue" Reeves Gregory, Lewis Berkeley Hollabaugh, William Wayne LeRoy, Matthew B. Long and Robert William "Bob" Ratton Jr. 

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Licensure & Discipline

Read about the lawyers who have recently been reinstated, disbarred, suspended, censured, or transferred their licenses to disability inactive status.