By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville We’re working remotely but still doing our best to provide top-notch customer service in line with the mission statement of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. Just yesterday, Governor Lee announced that state employees who are currently working from home should continue doing so through April 24. So … Continue reading Staying the Course
Tomorrow kicks off the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s 22nd Annual Educational Conference at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. This year’s event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law. For our part, the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims will once again offer two sessions on legal ethics. First, back by popular demand, … Continue reading See You In Murfreesboro
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga After reading Judge Brian Addington’s post about “The Lovable, Stubborn Mule,” I felt compelled to write about man’s best friend—dogs. I have to admit that I wasn’t always enamored with dogs. When I was a small child, I was bitten in an unprovoked attack by a bulldog. I thought I … Continue reading Who Let the Dogs Out?
By Judge Robert Durham, Cookeville In my early days as a lawyer, I would often take up quill and parchment and walk next door to the Legal Aid office where I could obtain my own personal legal charity—access to an honest-to-goodness law library. Ah, the good old days. Row upon row of casebooks, digests, and … Continue reading Look, Ma, I’m on the World Wide Web!
By Judge Marshall L. Davidson, Nashville Speak with Judge David F. Hensley for long, and he might just tell you that he is “from the coal fields of Kentucky and had a public education.” Do not be fooled. You also might notice his distinctive southern drawl. Do not be fooled by that, either. Judge … Continue reading Congratulations, Judge David Hensley!
How well do you know the Rules of Professional Conduct? Test your knowledge during the Ethics Bowl breakout session at the upcoming Bureau Educational Conference on Friday, June 8, at 8 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Yes, 8 a.m.! – a great time to sharpen your ethics skills before a relaxing weekend. Bring … Continue reading Dude, Let’s Go (Ethics) Bowling
By Judge Robert V. Durham, Cookeville As we crawl toward spring (I don’t care what the calendar says; February is never the shortest month) and leave the possibility of snow behind, I am reminded of the part of the Workers’ Compensation Act that has always intrigued me the most: the exemption for voluntary “ski patrolpersons” … Continue reading Skiing on Thin Ice
By Judge Robert V. Durham, Cookeville Please see the attached Order, and Merry Christmas to all you workers' comp nerds of a certain generation...
By Judge Dale Tipps, Murfreesboro Becoming a workers’ compensation judge included a few unexpected benefits. For instance, due to avoidance of ex parte communications, my phone rarely rings while I’m trying to draft that next order. Another pleasant surprise is how much I enjoy meeting folks during their settlement approval hearings. Most people don’t have … Continue reading Of Bears and Men
By Judge Dale Tipps, Murfreesboro I recently gave a presentation on practice tips at the Bureau’s annual Educational Conference. It was such a triumph that I’m going share some of it here. (“Triumph” means I finished on time and no one fell asleep.) Ask the Question. Specifically, ask the doctor. Many expedited hearings could be … Continue reading Ten Tips for Better Trial Practice
By Judge Brian Addington, Kingsport As Christmas music has taken over the radios this time of year, I’ve tried to think of my favorite songs. I wrote a blog post in October about the song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” but it is only one of many favorites. “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “It Came Upon a Midnight … Continue reading In re: ‘Tis the Season for Injuries