Nashville School of Law Has a New Dean

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch was invested as the Dean of the Nashville School of Law this past weekend. After years of service on the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court, Dean Koch was named the Dean of the Nashville School of Law in the spring of this year.

The Nashville School of Law (NSL) has a unique mission in providing legal education to it's students. It provides an avenue for students to obtain a law degree at night. Most students at the NSL work during the day then attend classes at night while often supporting their family. The school provides an opportunity to get a legal education they might not otherwise obtain. Classes are taught by practicing lawyers and judges who teach real life law with practical applications rather than a traditional law school that might be focused on the abstract.

Tony Gonzalez of WLPN reported on Dean Koch's appointment. After listening to to the piece while driving to court one morning, I knew Dean Koch was the right choice. Dean Koch embraced the history and tradition of the school in producing top notch lawyers and judges. One trait that Dean Koch praises is that most of the students have life experiences outside of law school which makes them better to jump into practicing law. NSL lawyers mix work experience and the law to make themselves a well rounded lawyer rather than study the law in a vacuum of academia.

One component of Dean Koch's agenda is to engage the alumni.  support him in that endeavor. I am proud to be a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. For my first two years of law school. I left work at six and sped to class. I worked everyday then off to classes that went to ten. My last two years of law school, I clerked for a local trial judge. I was able to see what happens in the courtroom and apply the real world with what I learned. My path is not dissimilar than most students. I applaud Dean Koch's appointment. I encourage all former graduates to get behind our new Dean.

Amendment 2 Where Do You stand ?

Early voting has started in Tennessee . One of the measures on the ballot is a change to Tennessee's constitution. Currently , Tennessee's constitution requires that all Supreme Court Justices shall be elected. When the amendment on judges was written in  1870 , big money from out of state was not around to influence elections . In 1971 , the state legislature passed the Tennessee plan which has withstood constitutional attacks. In an effort to clarify the issue , Amendment 2 is on the ballot this November.

The amendment reads as follows:

Shall Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the first and second sentences and by substituting instead the following:

Judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court shall be appointed for a full term or to fill a vacancy by and at the discretion of the governor; shall be confirmed by the Legislature; and thereafter, shall be elected in a retention election by the qualified voters of the state. Confirmation by default occurs if the Legislature fails to reject an appointee within sixty calendar days of either the date of appointment, if made during the annual legislative session, or the convening date of the next annual legislative session, if made out of session. The Legislature is authorized to prescribe such provisions as may be necessary to carry out Sections two and three of this article.

 In Sunday's Tennessean , Governor Haslam and Governor Bredesen issued a joint article urging the passage of Amendment 2 . Amendment 2 is endorsed by a wide range of groups from the Tennessee Bar Association to Farm Bureau Insurance. Tennessean writer Frank Daniels III takes the opposite approach in it is denying the voters right to elect the judges.

I don't like Amendment 2 but it is the lessor of two evils. A general election of the Supreme Court opens the floodgate of special interest groups spending obscene amounts of money to influence Tennessee judicial decisions. While Amendment 2 allows the executive branch and legislative branch to pick our appellate courts and Supreme Court.

Where do you stand ? Please post a comment here. All comments will be posted .





Review of Mad Donna's BAS Hamburger


Our burger review this week took us back to East Nashville to Mad Donna's. It was my first time there .It was a fun place with a open patio .I learned that it it is a popular brunch place on the weekends. I ordered a BAS burger which stands for bacon,avocado , and Swiss. 8 ounces of 100% Angus beef cooked to your liking.The typical sides to the burger were iceberg , a mealy tomato , and a red onion. I must admit that I like the red onion or a sweet onion. No grilled onions for me. I like the raw onion flavor. Toasted bun wrapped the burger. One interesting twist was the ranch dressing. Perfect foil to the avocado.Nothing special about the fries but they did offer sweet potato fries as well..

Vibe is great. I would have liked to have eaten outside but deferred. Price point was cool with a $24.00 tab for two burgers and drinks. Service was great with Reid .

Rating was three out of five stars.

By the way the photo was mine.

Continue Reading...

Review of The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden on Urbanspoon

Last year , I started reviewing the best hamburger joints in Nashville here at the Nashville Criminal Law Report . I had a ton of fun doing it , but I thought it might not be for a blog that was discussing serious criminal law issues. So, I discontinued the posts . Some people asked where were the posts . Where was I going to try next ? I missed it.  In the words of  The Terminator , "I'm back". I created a new category called outside the law which will give me an outlet to write about stuff I like .The first post is my burger review of The Pharmacy .

First time I tried to go it was slammed . Last Friday , I got in and grabbed a table. The vibe was vintage East Nashville . Hipster. Tres cool. The Pharmacy  wants to set itself up as a burger parlor , soda parlor , and a beer garden. It succeeds in all attempts .The backyard beer garden has my name on it for a future date nf a Friday afternoon of beer drinking .

I tried the Farm Burger . A eight ounce patty of Tennessee beef , country ham , egg ,and bacon with mustard . The condiments are extra . I asked the server what would be the best to go with the farm burger and he suggested just a simple slab of cheddar cheese . Confession. I like condiments. The crunch of an onion or pickle was needed. It was served on a bun from Provence . I thought the bun was squishy and took away from the burger .  Cooked medium . It was juicy and the meat was perfect. A hamburger is a mish mash of different ingredients that put together makes a great sandwich. The farm burger failed due to the bread and my choice of not ordering some condiments.

You had a choice of sides . I chose the tater tots. I did take a bite of my friend's German potato salad . There was a star of the show . It was the milkshake. Since I had to work a little on a late Friday afternoon , I gave up the beer for a malted chocolate milkshake . One word describes it ,delish. I also sampled the root beer float which was equally good.

I definitely plan to go back and try a burger with the fixings. I give the farm burger as tried 3 out of 5 stars .