January, 2017

Cover Story

There may be a perception that the primary opportunities for pro bono legal service are only for lawyers with an expertise in family law, housing, debt or other issues that are most common for underserved or low-income clients. While there are many opportunities in those areas, there are also countless other ways to provide pro bono service that utilize...

Cover Story

This past year, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission released its fourth strategic plan. The 2016 Plan outlines the path the commission will take over the next two years to position itself as an integral and coordinating part of the access to justice culture in Tennessee.

President's Perspective

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, a “slow-moving” fire was reported on the Chimney Tops Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By the following Monday morning, the three-acre fire, fed by 20-mph winds, had grown to approximately 500 acres and park officials closed Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee Orchard Road and Elkmont Road. There were weather reports of...

Day on Torts

One in five girls and one in 20 boys are sexually assaulted. Sexual abuse of children is not only a crime, but also a tort that gives rise to compensatory and punitive damages.
Until recently, the general rule was that minors who were victims of sexual abuse had to sue their abusers before the victim’s 19th birthday.


A group of Tennessee attorneys were sworn in to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in November as part of the 33rd Annual TBA Academy. Along with the admissions ceremony, the attorneys took part in other networking and educational activities at the Supreme Court and on Capitol Hill. One highlight of this year's event was when TBA President ...


Attorneys stepped up to help in response to the wildfires and the subsequent destruction in Gatlinburg and Sevier County in November. The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) partnered with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission to help those affected with their...


Nashville lawyer DAVIS H. CARR died Dec. 11. He was 76. The former Bradley Arant Boult Cummings partner and managing partner of its predecessor firm, Carr is being remembered as an astute business lawyer and mentor to countless young lawyers. His practice included business law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and venture...

Licensure & Discipline


Davidson County lawyer William Ashby Smith has been reinstated to the practice of law after taking inactive status in March 2007. The Tennessee Supreme Court reports that Smith filed a petition seeking reinstatement in November and demonstrated that he has met the requirements for reinstatement.

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Family Matters

In the area of family law, an infrequently used provision, but an important one nonetheless, is the doctrine of inconvenient forum, which permits a court in Tennessee to decline jurisdiction in a custody case if the court determines that, though it is a permissible forum to hear the matter, Tennessee is not the best court to exercise its jurisdiction.

But Seriously, Folks

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Absence of Malice,” a 1981 film, which over the years has been viewed by many law students studying libel law. In the film, Paul Newman plays Michael Gallagher, a Miami liquor importer who becomes the subject of a newspaper story implying that he might have been involved in the disappearance and possible murder of a...