March, 2017

Cover Story

On June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court decided that a court, in considering whether to award a reasonable attorney’s fee pursuant to the Copyright Act, “should give substantial weight to the objective reasonableness of the losing party’s position.”[1] The court further clarified its decision, holding that “the court must also give due consideration to all...

President's Perspective

On Feb. 5, 1937, lawyer and congressman Hatton Sumners, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, was summoned to the White House for a breakfast meeting with President Roosevelt and other Congressional leadership. The purpose of the meeting was intentionally kept secret from those invited. The president was, at that time, at the height of his immense...

Letters of the Law

Why Does Rule 51 Limit Pro Bono Representation?

Rule 51 allows inactive members of the bar to do pro bono work. However, the Supreme Court limits such work to helping organizations such as “legal services.” Paying $400 to the State would activate my license. With an active license I could limit my practice to providing pro bono representation to...

History's Verdict

Tennessee’s Chancery Court is one of the attributes of our legal system that makes us special. 2017 is the 190th anniversary of Tennessee Chancery. Let us look back to its founding and three remarkable Tennesseans who brought it into being.


The Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2017 members John Manson, Bill Maudlin and Taylor Eskridge participate in a mock Senate committee activity during TBALL’s February session, “Issues in Pollicy & Politics,” at Adams and Reese LLP in Nashville.


Defending Judicial Independence

Lawyers Rush to Help

When President Donald Trump’s Executive Order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States went into effect on the first weekend of February, it took many by surprise. There were many swift reactions as people began dealing with...


Memphis lawyer EDWARD TRUMP HAMLET died on Jan. 30 at the age of 86. A graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Hamlet served in the United States Air Force prior to his career as an attorney. Hamlet was also a certified public accountant, was an elder in multiple Presbyterian churches and served on the...

Licensure & Discipline


The law license of Tipton County lawyer Thomas Dale Forrester was transferred to disability inactive status on Jan. 17. While on inactive status, Forrester may not practice law. He may petition the court for reinstatement by showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he...

Crime & Punishment

As far back as 1918 Tennessee Courts admitted “summary” evidence.[1] Those courts had no idea what was to come with the information revolution. With massive quantities of data available now, the need for the admission of summaries is critical. We tend to think of Tennessee Rule of Evidence 1006, allowing summaries, as applying in

But Seriously, Folks

President Harry Truman once tweeted, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

Well, actually, he didn’t tweet it, he posted it on his Facebook.

Well, OK, he didn’t tweet it, blog it or post it. He just said it.

President Truman did not have the modern social media communication devises of our current president, Donald Tweet....