August, 2014

Cover Story

“Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

President's Perspective

I could see it in their eyes, and I began to wonder if this was worth my time. Or worth their teacher’s time, or even worth their time. I could hear their hushed whispers as I walked to the front of the classroom: “He’s a lawyer,” “Lawyers talk a lot,” “I hope he doesn’t talk a lot; it’s almost time to go outside.” My topic seemed hopelessly esoteric for...

Where There's a Will

Tennessee’s new marital asset protection trusts might be the perfect way for a married couple to spice up their estate planning and to renew their vows to plan well.


George T. “Buck” Lewis, receives the the Beacon of Justice Award on behalf  of his firm, Baker Donelson, from Jo-Ann Wallace, president and chief executive officer of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Lewis, a past Tennessee Bar Association president, recently was appointed by the American Bar Association to its...


Bar associations across the state have conducted membership polls regarding the retention election of Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade and justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee. as well as for candidates in contested judicial, court clerk and district attorney elections. Like the Tennessee Bar Association’s statewide poll (which showed 9 of...

Licensure & Discipline


The following lawyers were transferred to disability inactive status pursuant to Section 21 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. They may not practice law while on disability inactive status but may petition the Tennessee Supreme Court for reinstatement upon showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been...

Bank on It

Money is, by definition, something of value. From before written history when human beings bartered with one another for the exchange of goods and services to the current exchange of virtual currency in the form of bytes and bits, we humans have swapped something we have for something we want.

But Seriously, Folks

In the summer of 1925, just a few months before Howard Baker’s birth, hundreds of Tennesseans, as well newspaper reporters from around the country, descended upon the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee. They packed the galleries to watch the trial of John Thomas Scopes, a 24-year-old football coach who agreed to be indicted for violating a...