By Judge Brian Addington, Kingsport I have written before about my interest and love of heroes, mentioning Alvin York and Tom Lee, both great Tennesseans. They exemplified courage in distinctly different ways and both were widely recognized for their accomplishments during their lifetimes. I am proud they called Tennessee home and are part of our … Continue reading Brave Tennesseean is ‘Righteous Among the Nations’
By Judge Brian Addington, Kingsport I have always liked a hero. When I was in the seventh grade, I met one of Alvin York’s sons. He brought the MGM movie “Sergeant York” to my school, showed it, and also gave a talk about his dad. I was one of the few kids who knew about … Continue reading In re The Greatest American Hero
By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Can undocumented injured workers collect increased permanent partial disability benefits in Tennessee under section 50-6-207(3)(B)? A Special Workers’ Compensation Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court considered that question at oral arguments on November 19. Employee Salvador Sandoval asked the Panel to strike as unconstitutional the provision within the statute … Continue reading Panel probes undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased benefits
Find out at the upcoming Bureau Educational Conference in Murfreesboro. Staff Attorneys Jane Salem, Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, and Elizabeth Vines, Appeals Board — huge “outlaw country” fans — will host “Outlaws and Angels: Tips for Success in Your Workers’ Compensation Case.” They’ll offer their views from beside the bench… when the recording is … Continue reading Are you an Outlaw or an Angel?
By Judge Brian Addington, Kingsport I’m from the country and can slice the English language better than a butcher. I’m really bad when I read aloud. At home, I often try to read something to my wife, only to be stared at and told, “I didn’t understand a single thing you read.” At work, in … Continue reading Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say
By Judge Joshua Davis Baker, Nashville As all legal practitioners know, discovery is as common as a cold. As we also know, it can be laborious, time-consuming, frustrating and, at times, downright non-productive. However, like the mail, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow can prevent it from happening. In the Court’s three-year history, the … Continue reading Discovery Dos and … please don’t do that!
Mark your calendars for an upcoming historical event! The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board announced last month that it will conduct its very first pair of oral arguments on August 31, 2016, in the courtroom at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, commencing at 9:30 a.m. Central. The Board will hear Lightfoot v. Xerox Business Services. … Continue reading History in the Making
By Judges Brian Addington and Josh Baker A large part of a judge’s duty is to read the pleadings, exhibits, and depositions submitted by the parties. At times though, the paperwork can be extremely voluminous. Justice Antonin Scalia once famously asked Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler, “You really want us to go through these 2,700 … Continue reading When the File Grows…
By Judge Robert V. Durham, Cookeville It happens to every attorney at some point in his or her career. Your eyes pop open in the middle of the night. You’re bathed in cold sweat with your stomach tied up in knots. One thought is racing through your head—“Did I just miss a deadline?” Deadlines are … Continue reading Dealing with Deadlines