November, 2012

Cover Story


Under the 1796 Tennessee Constitution, the state’s highest court had no home. The legislature created the court and determined where it met. A commentator, known only as Madison, observed in the Nashville Whig that the judges were “run from Nashville to Jackson — from Jackson to Centerville — from Centerville to Jonesboro — from...

President's Perspective

As lawyers, we have much for which we can be thankful. We live in the greatest country in the world. We are well educated, employed or employable. Many of us operate in a world of privilege with career satisfaction, financial rewards and prestige that others only dream about. As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to reflect on a few of the things I am...

Book Review

By Robert A. Caro | Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | $35 | 712 pages | 2012


Kevin Balkwill, disciplinary counsel in the Litigation Division of the Board of Professional Responsibility, is the new president of the Tennessee CASA Association. He replaces Meagan Frazier Grosvenor, who served in the position for two years. She will continue to serve as immediate past president.


More than 300 Tennessee lawyers gave free legal services at more than 50 events to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of the national Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Activities included legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations and other events.

Licensure & Discipline


The October 2012 issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal listed Sally Jo Helm of Knoxville as being suspended for failure to comply with continuing legal education requirements. Helm died in November 2011 and was inadvertently included on the list by the CLE Commission.

Crime & Punishment

In a criminal case, can the opinion of one expert or technician come into evidence through the testimony of another expert?

Paine on Procedure

Two fishermen in Carter County at Elizabethton found a body beside the Watauga River on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004. It was Kristal Gale Dubuque, age 22, the single mother of a son. Recently she had made the mistake of working for bounty hunter Bob Miller. He brutally raped and murdered Kristal during the night of Feb. 15.

At trial during the first...

But Seriously, Folks

On the third Thursday of this month, I will be in beautiful Franklin, Tenn., attending the annual Swafford family Thanksgiving dinner.

I get to attend this wonderful dinner each November because thirty-one years ago I played a very small role in a wedding at the Holly Avenue Methodist Church in South Pittsburg, Tenn. I was the groom.