July, 2014

Cover Story

Justice William C. Koch Jr. wants to be clear about the timing of his retirement from the Tennessee Supreme Court.  He leaves the court July 15 and the next day will become dean of the Nashville School of Law (NSL) — just weeks before a retention election that would’ve had him on the ballot.

President's Perspective

I lost a mentor recently. Someone who advised me early in my career, someone who made it possible for me to obtain valuable training while still in school, someone who opened the door to a great place to work when jobs for new lawyers were scarce, someone who modeled for me integrity, ingenuity and perseverance. And while I mourn the loss, I have also...

Letters of the Law

Reader Takes Issue with Justices Over Election, Commitment to Small-Town Practitioners

I wish to take this opportunity to state why I intend to vote “no” in the judicial retention election.

Book Review

Edited by Harrie Samaras | American Bar Association | $139.95 | 402 pages | 2013

The ABA’s ADR Advocacy, Strategies and Practice for Intellectual Property Cases is a valuable collection of articles edited (and some authored) by Harrie Samaras. Samaras assembled a prominent group of ADR professionals to write articles...


Lynn Pointer retired from the Tennessee Bar Association in June after nearly 15 years with the organization. She began in the continuing legal education department, then served most of her tenure as sections & committees coordinator. Before the TBA she was the office administrator for the Metro Public Defender's Office for 15 years...


TBA Earns National Public Service Award

The Tennessee Bar Association has been awarded the LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Award for production and distribution of the 2014 Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors. Written and edited by volunteers working with the TBA Public Education Committee, the handbook contains practical...

Licensure & Discipline


The law license of Knox County lawyer Arun Rattan was transferred to disability inactive status on May 20. He may not practice law while on disability inactive status, but may return to practice after showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed.

Crime & Punishment

Let’s say you are a sales representative marketing medical supplies for a well-known corporation. Now imagine that the government begins an investigation of whether some of the medical devices you’ve sold were stolen. The assistant United States attorney takes the case to a federal grand jury, which hears only the witnesses the prosecutor calls, and...

But Seriously, Folks

It is summertime and for us lawyers, the dressing is easy. It ’s time for summer lawsuits, specifically seersucker! Seersucker is the greatest fashion invention of all time. Created in British Colonial India, its name is derived from the Hindi word ”shirosheker,” which means ”milk and sugar.” It describes the dual-textured nature of seersucker which is...