February, 2018

Cover Story

In December, Congress passed the most comprehensive tax bill since 1986, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The sweeping Act promises to impact individuals, businesses, trusts and estates, and financial institutions — and even the craft beer industry (seriously…). While there is certainly no shortage of opinion regarding the effects of the law, considerably less...

President's Perspective

Earlier this year, two unconnected thoughts collided.
For several months, I heard friends and colleagues, lawyers and others voice a fresh desire to get active in civic affairs. Apparently, the roller-coaster national political year of 2016 energized some to yearn for a more tangible role in their communities. They wanted  to “do something.”...

Letters of the Law

A ‘Priceless Possession in a Pile of Junk’

This letter was written to Journal columnist Russell Fowler:

Book Review

By Michael Waldman | Simon & Schuster |  $28 | 400 pages | 2017

Michael Waldman‘s book, The Fight to Vote, has been called “an important new book” by The Washington Post. Waldman delves into our country’s continuing struggle to define “the consent of the governed.” The Constitution’s framers declined to...

Senior Moments

Do you like people? Do you have a social worker’s soul and a nurse’s curiosity? Do you want to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in your work? Are you passionate about helping people? If so, then elder law may be the niche practice for you.


Baker Donelson has added 13 new associates nationwide, including two Tennessee Bar Association members. Shayna Giles has joined the Memphis office. The Nashville office adds corporate finance and securities attorney Hunter Threet.



The Tennessee Supreme Court in early January issued five orders amending rules that will become effective July 1, subject to approval by resolutions of the General Assembly. The court amended the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 3, appeal as of right: availability; method of initiation; and Rule 4, appeal as...


JAMES ADAMS BEAN of Crossville died Dec. 26, 2017. He was 86. Bean lived much of his life in Cumberland County, with the exception of his legal studies and his time in the U.S. Air Force. After four years in the military, including one in Korea, he pursued his education, and graduated from the YMCA Night Law School. He was licensed in...

Licensure & Discipline


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 Law at Work

Mario Batali. Sen. Al Franken. Matt Lauer. Roy Moore. Charlie Rose. Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, it’s apparent what these high-profile names have in common. These are just some of the individuals who have been accused — some on multiple occasions — of engaging in sexual...

But Seriously, Folks

He lived to be 100, and in his century-long life, he witnessed history and made history.

He was the quintessential Tennessean both in his family legacy and his personal volunteer spirit.

His family made its mark on Tennessee. Literally. His great-great grandfather, John Donelson, founded the City of Nashville. Another de-facto great-great...