Apr 2019
Cover Story
Janice Holder

The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) is a free, confidential assistance program that provides consultation, referral, intervention and crisis stabilization for law students, bar applicants, lawyers and judges who are experiencing substance use disorders, stress or emotional health issues.

TLAP has been helping the Tennessee legal...

Apr 2019
President's Perspective
Jason Pannu

As we transition to spring and enter the home stretch of my year as president, I am delighted to highlight two exciting new programs that we will be launching at the Tennessee Bar Association.

Reporters Workshop

The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and the Tennessee Bar Association along with its Communications Law Section are hosting...



The Tennessee Bar Association launched a series of weekly legislative video updates in February, which are livestreamed most Thursdays via Facebook while the Tennessee General Assembly is in session. Also available are weekly round-ups of bills from the previous week impacting the...

Apr 2019
Bank on It
Kathryn Edge

Greg Gonzales is the 18th commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. He began serving in this role in 2005, appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen, and has enjoyed reappointment to the position by both Governors Bill Haslam and Bill Lee. He joined the Department as this writer’s assistant general counsel and has served in a number of...

Apr 2019
Where There's a Will
Dan Holbrook

A spendthrift trust can protect trust corpus from claims by beneficiaries’ creditors. It took until the late nineteenth century for all states to accept spendthrift trusts created by a third party. No state approved a spendthrift trust created by a settlor for his own benefit. In fact, one of the leading cases to that effect was from Tennessee.1...

Apr 2019
Book Review
Talmage Boston

Ron Chernow explores Alexander Hamilton’s many sides in his best-selling biography, Alexander Hamilton (Penguin Press, 2004), which inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway blockbuster: indigent adolescent immigrant orphan; Gen. George Washington’s most trusted aide during the American Revolution; post-war political leader in New York who participated in...

Apr 2019
TBA News

North Carolina Supreme Court's newly sworn-in Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (pictured below, center) celebrates with Senior Associate Justice Paul Newby and Associate Justice Robin Hudson. Beasley, a University of Tennessee College of Law graduate, is North Carolina’s first African-American woman to serve as chief justice. Photo courtesy North...

Licensure & Discipline


Williamson County lawyer Emily Pouzar Jenkins was reinstated to the practice of law effective Feb. 1. Jenkins sought reinstatement after being on inactive status since May 4, 2005. She filed a petition for reinstatement on Feb. 1. The Board of Professional Responsibility found that the petition was satisfactory and...