January, 2016

Cover Story

Tennessee is recognized as a strong leader in access to justice efforts, including dedicated support for traditional pro bono projects as well as developing and sustaining successful models of innovation that are being replicated across the state and in other jurisdictions. This strength is also represented by the partnerships and outreach that expand...

Cover Story

Twenty years ago, Tennessee bar leaders’ defense of access to justice set an example that inspired colleagues across the country, and established a legacy that still touches thousands of Tennesseans today...

Cover Story

A crisis exists in our state because of the inability of so many to gain meaningful access to the civil justice system. Some seem to think that we have an adequate framework of free legal resources in our state. While there are many innovative legal service programs in Tennessee and legions of dedicated legal aid and pro bono attorneys giving their time...

President's Perspective

This issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal is dedicated to Access to Justice. This is a broad topic, and one that has been singled out by our Tennessee Supreme Court as one of the most important objectives of our legal system. As I have attended bar functions around the country, it is clear to me that our state is a true leader in finding new and...

Letters of the Law

Stair: Practicing 50 Years Has Gone By Very Fast

I just finished reading the cover story in the December online edition of the TBJ (“Telling It Like It Was: These Lawyers with 50 Years’ Experience Talk About the Journey”). It was most enjoyable and brought back many memories. I am acquainted with most of the lawyers and judges who...

Day on Torts

To the three readers of this column who have not watched Breaking Bad, consider this your partial spoiler alert.

Success!

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands presented J. Stanley Rogers, Christina Henley Duncan and Edward H. North, individually and collectively as the Manchester law firm of Rogers, Duncan and North, with the Pro Bono Leadership Award. The award was given on behalf of the attorneys’ commitment to...

News

SUPREME COURT AMENDS CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

Responding to suggestions from the Tennessee Bar Assocition and a committee of judges, the Tennessee Supreme Court on Dec. 2, 2015, amended the provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct regarding judges and judicial candidates’ election campaign conduct.

Among other changes, the rules now:

Licensure & Discipline

DISABILITY INACTIVE

The law licenses of the following Tennessee attorneys were transferred to disability inactive status. They may not practice law while on disability inactive status, but may petition the court for reinstatement by showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and they are fit to resume the...

Family Matters

In the last legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly modified the existing statute regarding the definition of marital property, specifically as it relates to various types of retirement accounts and stock options. The legislature adopted a position that altered how the distribution of such assets would be conducted, primarily focusing on...

But Seriously, Folks

I’m a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I obtained my Bachelor of Conservative Arts Degree from that outstanding institution of higher education in 1975 and my Doctor of Lawyer-ology from the Big Orange College of Law in 1978.

I am not impartial about the University of Tennessee. My blood runs orange. Not Texas orange or...