June, 2017

Cover Story

A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (2001)

President's Perspective

I do not have space in this column for a long, poetic introduction, reflecting upon the heights to which the Association has risen in the past bar year. I will do that at the convention. I have other work to do in this limited space. Namely, I need to thank some people who all too often do not get the praise they deserve.

Book Review

By Robert Brandt | Wandering in the Words Press | $13.97 paperback, $7.99 Kindle | 238 pages | 2016 | Reviewed by Phylinda Ramsey

Book Review

By James M. Dedman III and George R. Dekle Sr | The Lawbook Exchange Press | $75 hardcover | 414 pages | 2016 | Reviewed by William J. Landers

Senior Moments

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult and lengthy journey. It generally takes three to five months to obtain an initial decision on an application. If the application is denied, the appeals process may take one to three years before the applicant exhausts his appeals.


The Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2017 members took part in media training during the group’s “Leadership in Action” session in Franklin in May. From left, Patricia Jones, Tony Orlandi, Lesley Tate-Farmer and Kay Caudle....



Lawyers and legal groups across the country are speaking out against the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). These efforts include:


DIRK ALLEN DANIEL of Rutledge died April 27 at his home. He was 41. He graduated from the George C. Taylor College of Law. With his office in Rutledge, Daniel practiced law in Grainger and surrounding counties for the past 17 years. He also held the position of county attorney for Grainger County. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests...

Licensure & Discipline

Disability Inactive

The license of Shelby County lawyer Ronald Kent Brooks was transferred to disability inactive status by the Board of Professional Responsibility on April 18, pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9. Brooks cannot practice law until he proves to the Tennessee Supreme Court that the disability...

The Law at Work

In Hardy v. TPC Southwind,[1] Justice Kirby, writing for a unanimous court, held that the Tennessee Tip Statute[2] does not create an implied private right of action against employers. In reaching this conclusion, the court examined the legislative history of the statute, expressly overruled a 1998 Court of Appeals decision on the same issue,...

But Seriously, Folks

Can we talk? Seriously. I am asking you a question. Can we talk?

I don’t mean whether you and I can exchange texts or emails or (for God’s sakes) tweets. I don’t even mean whether I can write this column you are now reading.

No, I really want to know if we can talk. Can we sit across from each other over coffee or lunch and swap stories or...