August, 2017

Cover Story

If Joycelyn Stevenson had written the job description herself, her new position as executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) could not be a better match.

President's Perspective

It’s a simple question: Is a court a place — a physical location where people go — or a service?

Today we can visualize a time in Tennessee when “going to court” might not mean walking to the courthouse on court square. It might mean firing up your tablet and logging in to an online session with a judge, other lawyers, and even witnesses.

Book Review

Sometimes, no matter how certain we are in making decisions, things turn out to be different from what we thought they were. Sometimes, the facts turn out to be totally different from what we were convinced they were when we acted.

“Dateline: May 2016.”

Where There's a Will

Ingrid, a 42-year-old, single mother of three, died unexpectedly last month, and her adult daughter Annette has hired you to help her with the intestate administration. You learn from Annette that Ingrid comfortably supported herself and her children from advertising revenue generated by her parenting and motherhood blog site, ...


Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) has been awarded a 2017 Phase I Health Initiatives Grant from Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. The grant will fund planning to establish a Children’s Health Law Partnership (CHLP) in collaboration with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. The project will place a legal aid attorney in the...


Lawyers play a critical role in improving outcomes for homeless youth by enforcing existing laws, advancing new policy, and removing legal barriers to benefits, education, employment, health care, housing, identification, treatment and services.


FRANK S. KING JR. of Brentwood died on June 12 at 92. King served for three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and when he returned home earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a former magistrate of the Davidson County Quarterly Court, a former assistant city attorney for Nashville and former city attorney for...

Licensure & Discipline

Administrative Suspensions Online Notice of attorneys suspended for, and reinstated from, administrative violations — including failure to pay the Board of Professional Responsibility fee, file the IOLTA report, comply with continuing legal education requirements and pay the Tennessee professional privilege tax — is now available exclusively on the TBA...

Bank on It

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has announced that it is moving forward with a proposal to charter and supervise a special purpose national bank for fintech companies. Loosely defined, a “fintech” company is a firm that uses new technology and innovation with available resources in order to compete in the marketplace of traditional...

But Seriously, Folks

It’s shaping up to be a huge legal battle. And there is no one in the driver’s seat.

It’s a heavyweight lawsuit between two Silicon Valley behemoths, Google and Uber. The case also involves the alphabet, although it’s not as simple as A-B-C.

At issue is laser sensor technology used in driverless cars. Uber wants to convert its world-wide taxi...