May, 2015

Cover Story

It hit her quickly, the way an earthquake hits. Mary’s[1] stomach was queasy, her face flushed, her heart raced. But it wasn’t the flu, it was love, enveloping her like a Bay Area fog and blinding her to everything but him as she thought this man two years older than her freshly-kissed eighteen years had keys to the entire world.

President's Perspective

“Did you know that there are actually less than 24 hours in a day?” asked my son William. “What?” I replied. “Yeah, there are really only 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds in a day,” he answered. “That doesn’t sound right — I’m not sure that’s really true. Is that one of those weird facts you found on the Internet?” I challenged skeptically.


Day on Torts

To paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan: You are entitled to your own opinion about why the number of tort filings and trials are decreasing in Tennessee. You are not entitled to your own facts.

And here are some of the facts. Tort filings in Tennessee continue to decline, despite an increase in the population that, other things being equal, would...


While in Washington, D.C. in April for ABA Day, TBA President Jonathan Steen and President-elect Bill Harbison met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. TBA YLD President Rachel Moses and Executive Director Allan Ramsaur were also with the delegation, meeting...


Springfield lawyer John Holt with the Law Offices of Holt & Kroeger has been declared the winner of a contested race for the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates (HOD) District 19. Vacancies in five other districts will be filled by appointment: District 7 (Anderson County), District 9 (Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Roane counties), District 11 (...


ROBERT MARTIN “MARK” ADDISON, 46, died unexpectedly Jan. 9. A 1998 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, Addison was first vice president and trust advisor with SunTrust Bank. He previously served as a partner at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel where he handled elder law, estate planning, probate and real estate.

Licensure & Discipline


John Edward Herbison Jr. was reinstated to the practice of law on Feb. 24. Herbison had been suspended on Nov. 20, 2014, for 18 months, with 60 days to be served on active suspension and the remaining 16 months to be served on probation. Herbison filed for reinstatement on Feb. 2. His probationary period began on the...

Family Matters

In Tennessee, a party may take protective action from another person short of filing a criminal warrant by requesting an Order of Protection from the appropriate jurisdictional authority. Despite the fact that an Order of Protection does not carry the immediate danger of incarceration or a criminal record, an Order of Protection is a powerful measure...

But Seriously, Folks

There are three things I truly love in life: my family, my friends and food. And the older I get, the more I realize that whenever possible the three should be enjoyed together.
I’m the proud product of a typical middle class American family.

I grew up in a part of Memphis called Frayser. In the 1950s and ’60s, it was your prototypical blue-...