Nov 2019
Cover Story
Scott Pilkinton

The probate statutes are tucked under the hood of Titles 30-32 and, for the most part, are simple and short. A lawyer inexperienced in probate because of just beginning practice or being asked to help a friend or associate can quickly grasp the wheel of the code and adequately navigate his or her client through the administration of a simple estate....

Nov 2019
President's Perspective
Sarah Sheppeard

“If you’re going through Hell, just keep going ….
There’s angels everywhere to pull you back on your feet.”
As implausible as it sounds, a source of comfort to lawyers struggling with the pressures of the practice of law was inspired by an Irish toast combined with a quote from Winston Churchill.


13th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Wesley Bray was sworn into office by Gov. Bill Lee in September at the Putnam County Courthouse. He replaces longtime judge David Patterson, who retired this summer. The 13th Judicial District covers Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties.

Nov 2019
History's Verdict
Russell Fowler

The streets were red with blood. The night sky was red with the flames of burning businesses and homes. The air was filled with smoke and screams. Horror and death had descended on Atlanta’s usually peaceful and prosperous Fourth Ward, the neighborhood where the city’s African American middle class resided and had their businesses.

Nov 2019
Book Review
John Williams

A vigorous debate over U. S. immigration policy has been raging for the last decade during the Obama and Trump Administrations. During that period, Congress has considered but not passed any changes to our immigration laws. President Trump made immigration a major issue during his 2016 run for the White House and has kept the issue in the limelight with...

Nov 2019
Journal News

Former TBA president and Sevierville attorney Cynthia Richardson Wyrick was sworn in as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee on Sept. 30. She was appointed to the post by Chief Judge Pamela L. Reeves, who is also a former TBA president, to replace former Magistrate Judge Clifton L. Corker, who was appointed a federal district...

Licensure & Discipline


The law license of Shelby County lawyer Deidre Lynn Smith was transferred to disability inactive status on Sept. 6. Smith may not practice law while on inactive status. She may return to the practice of law after reinstatement, which requires a showing of clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and...