April, 2018

Cover Story

One of the few scholarly articles written about hospital liens in the last 25 years referred to the topic as a “yawn,”[1] but, perhaps surprisingly, hospital liens have become a focus of significant litigation in recent years. One of the reasons for the growth in these lawsuits against hospitals related to their filing of hospital liens, at least in...

President's Perspective

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
— L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between (1953)

On April 4, 2018, Memphians and others all over the world will observe, with marches and vigils and speeches, the 50th anniversary of a very dark day — the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated...

Letters of the Law

Former President Warns Against TBA Adopting ‘Political or Cultural Views’

For each of several years now, the American Bar Association has lost members. According to the ABA Journal, the ABA’s operating budget has decreased over the past five years from $116 million in 2014 to $96.1 million for this fiscal year, which has resulted in a...

Where There's a Will

The Tax Reform Act,[1] signed three days before Christmas 2017, gave a big present to clients concerned about estate taxes. The estate and gift exemption[2] (adjusted annually for inflation) increases from $5.49 million per person in 2017 to  $11.18 million in 2018,[3] and from $10.98 million per married couple in 2017 to $22.36 million in 2018.[4...

Success!

DarKenya Waller, was named in March as executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands. She replaces Gary Housepian, who served in that role for more than a decade. Waller joined Legal Aid Society in 2008 and has been the managing attorney of the Nashville office since 2010.

News

E-FILING AVAILABLE FOR WORKERS’ COMP CASES

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has moved workers' compensation cases online, in a new system that allows attorneys and self-represented litigants to file documents without printing copies or traveling to BWC offices across the state.

The new “TNComp” electronic filing system...

Passages

R. DAVID ALLEN of Lebanon died on Feb. 23. He was 89. Born in New York City, Allen was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran who graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1962. He started his career as the industrial relations manager for TRW’s Ross Gear Division plant, but soon moved on to become assistant district attorney general...

Licensure & Discipline

REINSTATED

The Supreme Court of Tennessee reinstated Hamilton County lawyer Lisa Zarzour Bowman to the practice of law, effective March 5. Bowman was suspended by the Supreme Court on Jan. 22, for one year with a minimum active suspension of 30 days and the remainder served on probation. Bowman filed a petition for reinstatement...

Bank on It

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Once that was generally understood to mean that businesses, including banks and credit unions, were required to install wheelchair-accessible ramps, make sure that all services provided to customers were on one level of the building or accessible by...

But Seriously, Folks

My children are all grown now, but when they were little, they enjoyed watching a PBS television program titled Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? I enjoyed the show, too, but not as much as I did watching Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street.

I’m now thinking about producing my own TV show titled Where in the World Is Nathan...