How the School Voucher Program Highlights the Complicated Relationship Between the Public Education and the State of Tennessee

The relationship status between public education and the State of Tennessee is currently, well, complicated. Whether you’re looking at the relationship between local education agencies and local governments, the funding of school systems, or the relationship between Governor Bill Lee’s administration and various public-school systems, complicated is the best word to describe it. All of these issues and relationships came … Read More

Big Brother is Watching You

“7:47 a.m.: Maxine was wet and had a normal BM in her diaper.” : 11:47 a.m.: Maxine started a nap at 11:43.” “2:24 p.m.: Maxine ate all of her snack.” Each of these is a real-life notification that my 15-month old daughter’s daycare has sent to my cellphone through an app it uses to log her daily activities, called “SproutAbout.” … Read More

Why Do We Do This?

As of the writing of this article, it feels a little like 1996. The Vols play Alabama this weekend in a matchup of undefeated SEC teams with championship aspirations. Tennessee fans have elevated our talented quarterback, Hendon Hooker, to the status of rockstar. Gameday will be broadcasting from campus on Sunday, and it feels like we are the epicenter of … Read More

Flexibility: A Key Ingredient to Success

This month, I take to the bully pulpit of the bar to preach about an issue recently on my mind, due to three recent stories I heard and experienced. They have driven home, for me, the importance of flexibility in achieving success. Read the full article in the October 2022 issue of DICTA.

Celebrate Diversity

For those of you who know me, you know that I am not prone to making absolute statements. Very rarely do I see an issue as black or white. I always feel like there is another side to the story and that other side may be correct. At times, this approach to life can be a blessing, giving me the … Read More

Robyn Askew

Robyn Askew

Robyn Askew was a recent speaker as a part of the Youth Leadership Knoxville session on ethical leadership at Pellissippi State Community College.  Youth Leadership Knoxville is offered to rising juniors in Knox County schools and gives high school students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Knoxville and develop leadership skills.  Robyn Askew is a shareholder in the firm’s … Read More

Michael Goode Presents

Michael Goode, special counsel in the firm’s Nashville office, presented International Taxation Updates as part of the Tennessee Federal Tax Conference on November 16.  Co-sponsored by TSCPA and the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute, the Tennessee Federal Tax Conference brought together national and local tax leaders to provide information and analysis on the latest federal tax changes from Washington, D.C.  Michael … Read More

Lisa Ramsay Cole

Lisa Cole

Lisa Ramsay Cole was recently a panelist for the Harry Phillips Inn of Court program.  The program, “Post-COVID Legal Practice” explored changes in the practice of law due to COVID-19 such as flexibility in work schedules, new technologies in the legal field, and how these developments vary among large firms, small firms, in-house, and government practices.  Lisa Cole is president … Read More

Chris McCarty Presents

Chris McCarty recently presented legal updates and federal funding guidelines for the metropolitan area school systems (MASS) group.  Just a few days later he presented to the pre-law conference at the Tennessee School Boards Association annual convention on school resource officers and searches as well as a two “ask the attorney” panels during the conference.  Chris, a shareholder in our … Read More

Ray Babaoglu and Samantha Bennett

Ray Babaoglu and Samantha Bennett spoke at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys Law School’s Customs, Courthouses and Cecil C.: The Redesign of our Historic Home on November 11.  Attendees learned about the history and redesign of the Law School and its transformation into the Law School facility it is today.  Sam Bennett is a 2013 graduate of the … Read More