September, 2017

Cover Story

Federal law may not be the first place family practice attorneys think to look for changes that impact their state practice but if your client is a member of the U.S. military or the spouse of a military member, then you need to know about two recent developments.

President's Perspective

“If you see something, say something.”

I’ve always been uncomfortable with that post-9-11 anti-terrorism guidance. It reminds me more of life under the Stasi, the East German secret police, than anything remotely American. Even so, it condenses crucial, life- and career-saving advice for Tennessee lawyers.

Book Review

By Brian McGinty | Liveright Publishing Corporation | $26.95 | 208 pages | 2015

Most Americans believe that Abraham Lincoln was our greatest president. Lincoln was also one of America’s greatest lawyers. His folksy style made him a natural as a trial lawyer. He also handled more than 400 appellate cases, most of them in the...

Day on Torts

Tort lawyers come upon the issue of “forum not agreeing”[1] a couple times a year. A typical scenario: Innocence Jones, a resident of Bucksnort, Tennessee, is horrifically hurt while vacationing in Panama City, Florida. The harm was caused by a truck driven by an employee (Darren Ulysses Inkama) of CareLess LLC, a Delaware entity with significant...


AutoZone and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), hosted the ninth annual “Give a Little, Help a Lot” pro bono clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center on July 27. Throughout the morning, dozens of low-income seniors received free legal services from approximately 20 attorneys representing the three...



The TBA seeks nominations for five prestigious access-to-justice-related awards, to be presented at two events in 2018.


Longtime University of Tennessee General Counsel BEAUCHAMP “BEACH” E. BROGAN died on July 9. He was 87. Brogan earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky, and served as head litigator for the Tennessee Valley Authority before joining the university in 1975. He served as general counsel and secretary to the UT Board of Trustees...

Licensure & Discipline


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...

Family Matters

The Tennessee General Assembly has been very busy this past session in addressing the issue of child support arrearage through two major modifications of the existing law on child support, one affecting the interest rate on arrearages and the other affecting the time period of accumulation of retroactive support for a child or children. Both are...

But Seriously, Folks

I’m a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee where I received my Bachelor of Conservative Arts degree in Football Appreciation.

We are now about to enter either my favorite or most miserable time of the year, depending upon how my Vols perform on the gridiron. Yes, it’s September, and in the words of UT Law School graduate John Ward, the...