COVER STORY: This Month’s Top Story

Allan F. Ramsaur came into bar association work, not from a business or management angle, but as someone who saw a way for the bar to be a change agent, to help people. This began brewing as he grew up in rural North Carolina and West Tennessee; then while in law school at the University of Tennessee; and at a job at the Department of Mental Health, which led to the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services; a political campaign; and then to bar associations. Ramsaur, now executive director emeritus, retires from the Tennessee Bar Association at 66 this month after 20 years there.

Allan Ramsaur says he vividly remembers his first staff meeting as executive director of the TBA on March 18, 1998, when then-TBA Executive Director Emeritus Gil Campbell introduced him to the staff, then left the room. I remember it well, too. I had been at the TBA 11 years at that point. It was a fresh new day and everyone was very excited, considering the possibilities. And perhaps because Allan and I had known each other as parents to 2-year-olds at the same daycare, I was glad to see him.

FEATURED: This Month’s Articles

Advertising is a fast-paced and exciting industry. Lawyers who work for brands and advertising agencies get an early look at the creative and cutting-edge campaigns to sell a company’s products. Despite the fascinating and ever-changing work, the same basic legal issues often reappear, thanks in part to the large production of advertising collateral and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s regulatory focus on business education. Below are five questions every advertising lawyer gets — and the answers that their marketing colleagues need in order to execute their campaign.

We had so much fun last year hosting a Fiction Contest that we decided to do it again. Entries increased this year, which was a good indicator that more lawyers are writing fiction and interested. Again this year, the members of the Tennessee Bar Journal’s Editorial Board served as judges. They did not know the identities of the writers of each submission —  they just had access to the work itself.

I opened the door to the courthouse and cool conditioned air rushed out to greet me. The familiar smell of historical mustiness, mingled with a hint of citrus from last night’s cleaning, reminded me I was home. This was my local courthouse, the one I could see from my office window, my home field. I had spent most of the last month on the dockets of the courthouses of neighboring counties. While it is normal for a small-town lawyer to travel, and while I’ve been to all these places enough that I know their judges, clerks and court officers, it’s not like my local courthouse.

The man was slim and tall, but he had that slight pooch of a midsection no elderly person seemed immune from developing with age. His double-fisted grip on the .45 caliber revolver was tentatively pointed, but an accurate aim wasn’t necessary. He was close enough that he was more than certain he could pinpoint a shot, or even a few, just as precisely as he could if he were to place the barrel against his intended target’s flesh.

COLUMNS: Quick Reads on Timely Topics

President's Perspective

On my desk at home is a (relatively) neat pile of articles, notes and web clippings, all related to ideas for Tennessee Bar Association initiatives I never got a chance to foist on the TBA this year. Well, “my” year’s pretty much over now.*  More about that pile later.

But first, let me report to you on your association’s year.

The Law at Work

Our articles are normally rooted in recent developments in Tennessee law because, after all, this is the Tennessee Bar Journal.  But every now and then, an opinion from the federal courts warrants some literary real estate in this column. The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes Inc.[1]  represents just such an opinion. While the case arises outside the boundaries of our state, it no doubt will have implications on Tennessee employers and employees.

Senior Moments

In 1968 Robert Butler coined the term “ageism” in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Why Survive? Being Old in America. Ageism is defined as a systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people because they are old — categorized as senile, rigid in thought and manner, old-fashioned in morality and skill. Ageism allows the younger generations to see older people as different from themselves; thus, they subtly cease to identify with their elders as human beings.

But Seriously, Folks

During the course of one weekend in April, the Tennessee Bar Association lost two icons. On Saturday, April 14, John Waters passed away in Sevierville. On the following day, Frank Drowota passed away in Nashville.

John Waters was a colorful Tennessee lawyer and a true leader.

For many years he served as chair of the TVA Board of Directors and also as chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

YOU NEED TO KNOW: News, Success, Licensure & Discipline

Report: Tennessee Lawyers Rated High for Pro Bono Work

Attorneys in Tennessee reported performing an average of 53.1 hours of pro bono in 2016 — the second highest rate among all states taking part in a new American Bar Association survey.

Elizabeth Hickman has joined Pendleton Square Trust and Family Office as director of estate services/trust officer. In this role, she provides leadership for the estate team and serves families and their advisors in administering family trust relationships. She also works closely with the company’s chief fiduciary officer on legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining Pendleton Square, Hickman was in private practice as an estate and trust attorney with Goodman Callahan Blackstone PLLC in Nashville, where she led the firm’s probate and trust administration practice.

SAM DELK KENNEDY, publisher of The Columbia Daily Herald and former judge, died May 1. He was 91. A native of Maury County, Kennedy served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army before attending Cumberland School of Law in Lebanon. After graduation, he entered private practice in Columbia, and he later served as general sessions judge and district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. In 1965, he became the publisher of The Daily Herald, a role he held until 1983.

Disability Inactive

The law licenses of these attorneys were transferred to disability inactive status and they cannot practice law while on this status. Each may return to the practice of law after reinstatement by the Tennessee Supreme Court upon showing of clear and convincing evidence that the disability has been removed and he is fit to resume the practice of law:

TBA CLE: Upcoming Programs from the Tennessee Bar

The CLE Course Catalog tells you what programs are coming this month and beyond, as well as offering a full listing of online programs and the TBA’s convenient 1-Click packages.