July, 2011

Cover Story

Note: Names have been changed of people in recovery who were interviewed for this story to protect their identities.

Lawyers argue, bargain and negotiate for a living, so it’s not a surprise that what makes lawyers good at their jobs makes them poor patients.

President's Perspective

Fifty years ago this year, John F. Kennedy announced that the torch had passed to a new generation. The change in generations in that case was from the “silent generation,” which suffered through and survived the Great Depression and the “greatest generation,” which fought and won the Second World War. In his speech, Kennedy tried to reassure the nation...

Book Review

By Michael J. Burke | American Bar Association | $29.95 | 132 pages | 2008

“The client goes to jail, the lawyer goes to lunch.”

Michael Burke was a third-generation lawyer in a small town in Michigan who married his high school sweetheart in 1968, became victim to a drinking problem early in his career, entered treatment in 1977 and became...


If you have called the Tennessee Bar Association in the last 12 or so years, you have likely talked with Sharon Ballinger. She has also been the person who checks on your membership if you send an item in for the “People” section.


The Tennessee Bar Association awarded the winners of the 2011 Tennessee Law Day Art and Essay Competitions. The theme of this year’s contest was “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo.” It was designed to educate students about Adams’ role in defending British soldiers arrested in what would come to be known as the Boston Massacre. Students...

Licensure & Discipline


The following attorneys have been reinstated to the practice of law after complying with Supreme Court Rule 21, which requires mandatory continuing legal education:
Nima Fiuzat, Atlanta, Ga.
John Irving Houseal III, Forrest City, Ark.
Madeleine Christie Savage-Townes...

Crime & Punishment

Most of us are familiar with the fact that a trial court can enter a judgment of acquittal in both state and federal court if the prosecution fails to introduce sufficient evidence from which a reasonable jury could find proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The rule is set out in Rule 29 of both the Tennessee and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.


Paine on Procedure

Effective July 1 several amendments to procedure rules became law.  Let’s take a gander at two.

Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 26.02(4)
You want to know information about your opponent’s trial experts, not only before trial, but before you take discovery depositions.  By simply serving interrogatories you have...

But Seriously, Folks

My good friend Paul Summers, former Tennessee Attorney General and appellate judge, once told me there are two types of lawyers in Tennessee: tall-building lawyers and courthouse square lawyers. The tall building lawyers are city lawyers who work in skyscrapers. The courthouse-square lawyers are generally country lawyers whose offices are conveniently...