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But Seriously, Folks: After 25 Years of TBJ Columns, Haltom Retires

"Twenty-five years ago I began writing this column for the Tennessee Bar Journal," Bill Haltom writes in the December issue, which is out today. "This is my 261st column. It is also my last." With that, an era ends, and you won't want to miss reading it. In his column's place, a new feature, "Spark," will hold down the back of the book. Our cover story this month is about lessons drawn from 2018 Entertainment Law cases -- yes, there was that monkey selfie -- but the principles addressed by the underlying lawsuits apply to any civil-litigation practice. TBA President Jason Pannu writes about fostering a culture of civility: "As lawyers, we have the opportunity to address the incivility plague that divides our communities. We also must do better to be respectful when dealing with one another as lawyers."

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TBJ: Social Media in Criminal Cases, the Constitution and Valparaiso

"Social media provides a fertile source for evidence in criminal cases," Wade Davies writes in his column this month in the Tennessee Bar Journal. "Suspects give prosecutors unbelievable gifts with incriminating, threatening and otherwise unbelievably stupid admissions posted online. On the other hand, defense counsel find impeachment gems on witnesses’ social media accounts — even the portions anyone can view." Russell Fowler covers an older topic, World War I and the Constitution, in his column. As you will learn, the subject is timeless. In his column, Bill Haltom writes about the debate leading to that decision against letting Valparaiso merge its law school with MTSU. Read all of the November issue.

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Damages, Failing Insurance and Lawyer Well-Being Headline New Issue

When there is a right, there should be a remedy, but as authors Robert Dalton and David Hudson point out, Tennessee’s Constitution doesn’t include compensation to a citizen injured by a governmental actor who has violated its provisions. Read the details in the November Tennessee Bar Journal. Also, David Broemel explains what happens if an insurer fails. In his column, TBA President Jason Pannu delves into how lawyers can watch for unhealthy habits and focus on well-being -- and what the options are for help, such as the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, when needed. Check out these stories and more in the new TBJ.

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This Issue: Deficiency Statute, THRA and Seersucker

In this month's Tennessee Bar Journal, Chattanooga lawyer Richard Gossett examines the state of the law both before and after the enactment of the Deficiency Statute. In "The Law at Work" column, Knoxville lawyers Ward Phillips and Brandon Morrow write about a recent decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals, reminding employment litigators of a key distinction in state law: there is no right to a jury trial on Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA) claims in circuit court. And Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom helps us recall those lazy days of summer, just a month or so ago, when lawyers across Tennessee suited and participated in the first statewide Seersucker Flash Mob. You don't want to miss the pictures of this nostalgic end-of-summer fashion statement. Read the October issue!

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October TBJ Highlights Online Sales Tax, Celebrate Pro Bono Month

What does a South Dakota case have to do with us here in Tennessee? After Wayfair, our cover story points out, there will be significant impact on commerce and tax collection in our state, too. Also, it is the 10th anniversary of Celebrate Pro Bono Month! Read about its impact and how you can get involved; a word from TBA President Jason Pannu on the legal needs of low-income Tennesseans; and the remembrance of pro bono lawyer and historical hero, Lutie Lytle. Read the whole October issue here.

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TBJ This Month: Insurance, Dead Tortfeasors, Prohibition and a High Court Turndown

Family law practitioners should take note of the recent Tennessee Supreme Court opinion, Coleman v. Olson, as the court dealt with the issue of an alteration of the beneficiary of a life insurance policy during the pendency of a divorce. Marlene Eskind Moses and Ben Russ write that "the case provides the clearest guidance available when dealing with a similar issue going well beyond the mere statutory language in its analysis of such situations." Columnist John Day writes about what to do when a tortfeasor dies before the suit is filed. Keith Stewart reviews a book from Vanderbilt University Press, "The Prohibition Era and Policing: A Legacy of Misregulation," by Wesley M. Oliver. And find out the name of the Tennessee lawyer who was asked but turned down the chance to be on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Spoiler alert: That's right, Howard Baker!). It's all in the September issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal

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Robertson Elected to NABE Leadership Post

Tennessee Bar Journal editor Suzanne Craig Robertson has recently been elected to serve on the governing council for the National Association of Bar Executives’ Communications Section. Robertson has been active in the organization for a number of years, presenting on best practices and trends at annual conferences, serving as a mentor for communicators at other bars and collecting a number of top awards for the Journal and other TBA publications. She will serve a two-year term in the position.

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Your New TBJ: Child Visitation and Lots More

Miles Mason Sr. explains in the new Tennessee Bar Journal why separating or divorcing parents should not ask children what visitation they want, and Donna Harkness writes about why the concept of Supported Decision Making is becoming more a part of planning for clients with diminished capacity. TBA President Jason M. Pannu talks about the importance of effective government relations and how the association approaches it. Read these and more in the September issue.

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TBJ Has it: Banking, Estate Planning ... and John Ward

Laced with SARs, PEPS and OBITs, this month's Tennessee Bar Journal is full of acronyms you need to know (or are now curious about). To help with that, Nashville lawyer Kathryn Reed Edge writes about international intrigue and the importance of financial institutions’ willingness to report suspicious activity. That "OBIT" is not a death notice, but an "Optimal Basis Increase Trust" with which estate planners must be familiar. Knoxville lawyer Dan Holbrook covers it. Tennessee's Solicitor General Andrée Blumstein reviews the book Borrowed Judges: Visitors in the U.S. Court of Appeals, and Jackson lawyer Daniel Taylor reviews former TBA President Sam Elliott's book about John C. Brown. But perhaps the juiciest piece of information in this issue is about a law school graduate who walked out of the bar exam -- that's right, your Voice of the Vols, John Ward, didn't even finish the test -- he hadn't even studied! As you know, he went on to do OK in another career; Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom writes about that. Read the entire issue online.

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California Lawyer Wins Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction has been awarded to California attorney Cynthia E. Tobisman, who earned the title for her second published novel, Proof. “The spirit of To Kill A Mockingbird is the spirit of one person’s ability to make the world a little more fair. That the selection committee saw that spirit in my book is something that I will treasure forever,” Tobisman said. The award is given by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law each year to a novel-length work of fiction that best that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Earlier this year, Nashville lawyer Chris Kelly earned the top prize in the Tennessee Bar Journal's fiction contest.

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Witnesses, Circuits and Procrastination: TBJ Has It All

In this month's Tennessee Bar Journal, Knoxville lawyer Wade Davies writes about rules for non-sequestered witnesses. "I usually try to write this column about something to which I think I know the answer. I’m not sure about this one," he writes. "Is it still the law that if the prosecuting witness is not sequestered he or she has to testify first?" Read it and see. Chattanooga lawyer Russell Fowler looks at the history of the Circuit Court, starting with judges who rode their horses to make the rounds through the circuits. And we almost didn't get to this one ... bringing back the lost art of procrastination. Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom reminds us that the best counsel is not always the fastest answer. The July TBJ is here.

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New Adoption Law Featured in July TBJ

Discover the changes to the state’s adoption law, outlined in an article by Dawn Coppock and Mike Jennings in the new Tennessee Bar Journal. Newly installed TBA President Jason Pannu writes in his first column about his goals for the year -– and introduces a new feature on wine pairings! Also, did you know that there is a procedure to change the manner of death on a death certificate from “suicide?” Read this personal account by Nashville lawyer Yarnell Beatty, and learn how to assist your clients through this process. Check out the July issue.

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Jason Pannu Sworn-in as President at TBA Convention

Nashville lawyer Jason M. Pannu was sworn in as president of the Tennessee Bar Association today during the TBA’s annual convention in Memphis, with Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins administering the oath of office. Pannu said his top priorities this year will be Access to Justice, launching the TBA Public Service Academy, and establishing the Uniform Statewide Filing Incubator, which will work to implement electronic court filing statewide. The luncheon also featured recognition of Senior Counselors and the outstanding work of several members throughout the past year: Bob E. Lype was honored with the Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing for the best article published in the Tennessee Bar Journal in 2017. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark was presented with the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award. Memphis attorney Charles F. Newman was honored with this year's prestigious William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award, presented by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division Fellows. The Leech Award is presented each year to a Tennessee lawyer who has given outstanding service to the legal profession, the legal system and the local community. The TBA’s Fourth Estate Award was given for the first time and was awarded to the News 4 I-Team of WSMV in Nashville. President’s Awards were given to Bill Haltom, Gov. Bill Haslam, Amber Shaw, Gail Vaughn Ashworth, Julie Sandine and Bill Koch. See photos from the event

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June Issue: Title VII, Ageism and the Loss of 2 Legal Icons

In case you missed it, the June Tennessee Bar Journal covers a lot of territory in its columns. Edward Phillips and Brandon Morrow explain "Title VII in Transition," and Monica Franklin and Susie Stiles write "Ageism: It's Time for an Attitude Adjustment." Bill Haltom writes about his dear friends and Tennessee legal icons Frank Drowota and John Waters, who each died in April. Waters was president of the Tennessee Bar Association in 1983-1984, and Drowota served on the Tennessee Supreme Court for 25 years. Haltom shares personal stories about them both, which you will not want to miss.

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Chattanooga Lawyer to Receive Joe Henry Award for Legal Writing

Chattanooga attorney Bob E. Lype will be honored with the Justice Joseph W. Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Annual Convention, held at The Peabody in Memphis this week. The Joe W. Henry Award is given each year to a member of the Tennessee Bar Association who contributes the most outstanding article to the Tennessee Bar Journal. Lype was chosen this year by a panel of judges for “How to Deal with Bullying, Threats and Physical Violence in the Workplace,” which was published in the April 2017 edition. This is Lype’s second time to receive the award – a rare feat in Bar Journal history.
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June Issue Features Ramsaur, Advertising and Fiction Contest Winners

In the June issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, tribute is paid to the long career of the Tennessee Bar Association's Executive Director Emeritus Allan F. Ramsaur. He steps down after 20 years with the TBA, leaving an impressive legacy, especially with his work in the legislature. Also, read the top two entries in our 2nd Annual Fiction Contest, and get the answers to every question advertising lawyers are asked. TBA President Lucian Pera writes the last installment of his column, reflecting on successes as well as efforts the TBA will continue. Read the Journal online.

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New Rules Regarding Sealing Records, Fighting Fake News and More

In the May Tennessee Bar Journal Paul McAdoo writes about recent decisions by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding sealing records -- and what that likely means for the future. Charles L. Baum II explains how to calculate commercial compensatory damages in Tennessee. President Lucian Pera writes about the importance of the “fourth estate,” and a new TBA award honoring courageous reporting on justice and the law. It’s a way to fight fake news, he writes. Nominate someone by May 10. Read the May issue
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This Issue: Estate Planning, Banking and Nathan Bedford Forrest

This month, the Tennessee Bar Journal welcomes the return of columnist Dan Holbrook, who wrote "Where There's a Will" from 2001 to 2012. Holbrook writes with Bradley C. Sagraves about the effects of tax reform on estate planning. Eddy Smith, who has taken a job in another industry, wrote the column for six years, keeping readers informed about updates in estate planning law. Thank you, Eddy and Dan! Also in this issue, banking columnist Kathryn Reed Edge details how to make banking accessible, and our humor columnist Bill Haltom asks: “Where in the world is Nathan Bedford Forrest?" Enjoy the April issue.

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April TBJ: Hospital Lien Law, Hope for the Practice of Law

Hospital liens have become a focus of significant litigation in recent years, with the West case muddying the waters, but Stuart Burkhalter explains in this month's Tennessee Bar Journal how Dedmon clarifies the confusion about use of medical bills and upholding the collateral source rule. President Lucian Pera is hopeful about the practice of law among all the change and uncertainty that is happening. He writes in his column that no single result is inevitable, and "that should give us hope.” Rachel Roberson writes about recent evidence regarding nonparent visitation when it comes to the child’s best interests in divorce cases. Read the April issue.

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ICYMI: Video Snapshots TBJ Issue on Evolving Legal Markets

In case you missed it, this month's Tennessee Bar Journal is all about evolving legal markets and how technology plays a role in the practice of law. University of Tennessee Law Professor Ben Barton, who served as the issue's guest editor, talks with Tennessee Bar Association President Lucian Pera in this short video about what you can expect from the issue. There is some fun involved here, so check it out.

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Last Weekend Before TBJ's Fiction Contest Deadline

The deadline for the Tennessee Bar Journal's Fiction Contest is Monday, following a weekend with one less hour in it because of Daylight Savings Time. With the loss of that probably-critical hour, the deadline is extended by one hour to 1 a.m. Central time on Tuesday. Does that help? Send it in!

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Crime, History and Humor Also in Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology

The March Tennessee Bar Journal includes columns on criminal law, history and humor. Knoxville lawyer Wade Davies asks if a defendant should testify, looking into any research about it. Chattanooga lawyer Russell Fowler takes us back in time to the 1800s when William B. Turley, "the most brilliant judge we ever had," was on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom writes about an interaction that Sen. Howard Baker had with his father-in-law, Sen. Everett Dirksen. It is a lesson that is even more applicable today. This issue, the Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology, is also packed with information examining the present and future of technology and how it affects law practice. You're going to need to know about what's happening now and what's coming.

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Deadline for TBJ's Fiction Contest March 12

There's still time to enter the Tennessee Bar Journal's Second Annual Fiction Contest. We know that in your real job you don't get to make stuff up, so now is your chance to be loose with the facts and write wildly creatively. The winning entry will be published in the June 2018 issue of the Journal, and the author will receive a $100 gift card from a favorite independent bookstore. The deadline for entries is March 12, so get to typing!

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Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets: The Future of Law Practice

“Should we have a rule banning lawyer discrimination and harassment?” President Lucian Pera asks and answers this in his column in the March Journal, urging lawyers to study the issue and comment to the court on proposed Supreme Court Rule 8.4(g) banning discrimination and harassment. This issue, the Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology, is packed with information examining the present and future of technology and how it affects law practice. University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Ben Barton is the guest editor who collected these tales of new models of lawyering and business incorporating technologies, Blockchain, how to get more value from the same amount of time, artificial intelligence – and more.

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Just 1 Month Left to Enter TBJ's 2nd Annual Fiction Contest

There's still time to enter the Tennessee Bar Journal'Second Annual Fiction Contest! We know that in your real job you don't get to make stuff up, so now is your chance to be loose with the facts and write wildly creatively. The winning entry will be published in the June 2018 issue of the Journal, and the author will receive a $100 gift card from a favorite independent bookstore. The deadline for entries is March 12, so get to typing!

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