June, 2015

Cover Story

It seems as though the old saying made popular by Maury Povich, “You are not the father” is heading to the courtroom. Paternity fraud is becoming more prevalent in the legal community.

President's Perspective

“You need to join the bar association and get involved in the community.” That was the very first piece of advice I received from John Hendricks, the senior lawyer in the office where I began practicing law more than 20 years ago. I followed that good advice over the years and during that time I have observed the practice of law changing, as business...

Letters of the Law

Well Thank You Very Much

I have been reading the Tennessee Bar Journal for about 90 percent of its life and rate it a very very good professional magazine with the right balance of newsy items, practical and understandable legal articles, humo and announcements.

Thanks so much to all of you for continuing to put out such a useful...

Senior Moments

Why should we be concerned about the look-back period or a Medicaid penalty? Given the staggering cost of long-term care in the nursing home, clients will often seek help from the family attorney to preserve the family home and other assets for children and grandchildren. Perhaps your client is a father who generously gave his children and grandchildren...


Joycelyn Stevenson, president-elect of the Nashville Bar Association, recently joined more than 300 emerging leaders at the American Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) in Chicago. The institute is designed to prepare incoming bar leaders for their time in office.

Tennessee Bar Association Vice President Jason...


National pro bono tool to be based on tennessee model

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is implementing a national interactive pro bono website based on Tennessee’s OnlineTNJustice. The decision came at a May meeting in Austin, Texas.


Former Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association President MICHAEL J. PHILBIN died April 24 at the age of 69. Philbin, a 1971 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, practiced law in Nashville with Taylor, Philbin, Pigue, Marchetti & Bennett and its predecessor firms from 1971 to 1998. From 1998 until his death, he was a solo...

Licensure & Discipline


Madison County lawyer Angela Jenkins-Hines was reinstated to the practice of law on April 13. She had been suspended on Jan. 23 for one year, with 60 days to be served on active suspension and the remainder to be served on probation.

The Law at Work

Telecommuting, more commonly known as working from home, is now, no doubt, more prevalent than it was decades ago. This trend is due, in part, to advances in technology — email, video conferencing, teleconferencing — that allow employees to work and collaborate without being in the same room or even at the office at all. In EEOC v.

But Seriously, Folks

My friend Randy Kinnard and I recently did a CLE program for the Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Section on the intriguing topic, “Tort Reform: The Verdict.”

Since Randy is a kind, gracious, liberal lawyer who represents injured people, he spoke on behalf of plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Since I am a mean, greedy, conservative, hard-hearted...