August, 2015

Cover Story

They must have felt the whole world was against them. When they arrived in Knoxville in late 1917, they were met with the same hostility that they had met in Memphis, Nashville, and several smaller Tennessee towns.[1] The local lawyers and judges in each community had used their considerable influence to silence the former prisoners.[2] Even the weather...

Cover Story

Are you a descendant or do you know any descendants of people or others who were involved in Woman Suffrage issues? Check the list of names at

Cover Story

There will be three monuments in Tennessee honoring the Suffragists. All of them are by, or will be by, artist Alan LeQuire.

President's Perspective

This July, more than 700 law school graduates took the bar examination in Tennessee. That is down from an even larger number who took the exam in 2014. Followers of the profession have noted that law school admissions have declined, and at some schools the decline is dramatic. It is common knowledge that law school graduates are facing a tough market for...

Letters of the Law

Aw, Thank You, Judge!

I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I enjoyed the recent feature stories you wrote commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Tennessee Bar Journal.

Where There's a Will

“Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”
– Hall of Fame baseball player Frank Robinson[1]

When is a will not a will, even when the testator, witnesses and drafting lawyer intend it to be a will? When the statutory requirements for execution are not strictly...


When Melanie D. Wilson began this summer as the University of Tennessee College of Law’s new dean, she joined the ranks of the 59 women who run American Bar Association-accredited law schools, The National Law Journal reported. Women comprise 30 percent of all law deans, up from under 21 percent in 2008, according to a survey of...



The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 ruled that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. The 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges finds that the court has long recognized the right to marry as a fundamental right, and that all of the...


Judge D’ARMY BAILEY died July 12 at the age of 73, less than a year after being re-elected to the Shelby County Circuit Court. A native of Memphis, Bailey earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1974 and practiced civil rights law in New York before moving to California. He later returned to Memphis, where he practiced law until...

Licensure & Discipline


Davidson County lawyer William Caldwell Hancock was reinstated to the practice of law on June 15 by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He had been suspended on Sept. 30, 2014, for a period of 30 days. He petitioned for reinstatement on May 6.

Davidson County lawyer Jamie Ellen Machamer was...

Bank on It

Ask any commercial lawyer or banker about interest rates, and you are likely to get a mixture of inappropriate language, confusion and resignation. Interest rates are complicated. How they are figured sometimes belies all reason, and why you can’t find the various rates all in one place in the Tennessee Code is a mystery.

“Interest rate”...

But Seriously, Folks

As a busy lawyer, I spend a great deal of my life either up in the air or down on the road. At least a couple of times a month, I make sure my seatbelt is buckled and my seat back and tray table are in their full, locked, upright position as I fly off in pursuit of justice. Well, actually I’m just going to take a deposition, but that’s all a part of the...