Jun 2019
Cover Story
Russell Fowler

Because of their indispensable duty to expound the law and resolve disputes, courts cannot avoid controversy. Therefore, throughout history Tennessee’s judiciary has had to overcome many challenges and unwarranted attacks. One of its greatest challenges was occasioned by the death of Edward Ward Carmack, a Tennessee political powerhouse of the early 20th...

Jun 2019
President's Perspective
Jason Pannu

Serving as the president of the Tennessee Bar Association has been the thrill of my career so far, but it has also been a tremendous responsibility. The TBA is truly a remarkable organization, for which I take none of the credit. We have excellent relationships with the Court, law schools, rural bar associations, metro bar associations, our legislature...


Leaders from Tennessee’s legal community gathered at the Equal Justice Conference in Louisville in May. Among those organizations represented at the event were the TBA Access to Justice Committee, Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Legal Aid Society of Middle...

Jun 2019
The Law at Work
Edward Phillips
Brandon Morrow

Over the last several years, the topic of “bullying” has become more prevalent in our society and has inevitably warranted increased attention in the workplace.  “Bullying” — or mental anguish or emotional distress as it is defined by the courts — has thus been a recent topic of discussion for employment law practitioners.

What steps can...

Jun 2019
Book Review
Mary Jo Middlebrooks

Jocie Wurzburg is a self-confessed Southern, Jewish American Princess, Civil Rights Activist.  However, those labels only scratch the surface.  This is the story of how a Jewish homemaker in Memphis, Tennessee, stepped forward at a pivotal point in the history of the Civil Rights Movement – making all the difference.

With great candor,...

Jun 2019
Journal News

Nashville lawyer Christine Lapps has been named deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue. She took office on April 22. Lapp has spent the last 12 years working on state and local taxation issues for corporate clients at Ernst & Young. She previously worked at the Department of Revenue in the Legal and Administrative...

Licensure & Discipline


The Tennessee Supreme Court transferred the law license of Shelby County lawyer J. Lester Crain to disability inactive status on April 18. Crain may not practice law while on inactive status. He may return to the practice of law after reinstatement, which requires a showing of clear and convincing evidence...