Tennessee continues to come to my attention. Just last week, I blogged about the changes in the TN CLE provisions. A number of people I know have moved to that state recently and are both charmed and happy. A whole host of TN lawyers are involved in efforts focused on the well-being of counsel and their clients; here are a few of the Tennessee people listed in the brochure [pdf] at my post Conference later this month: Lawyers As Peacemakers, Lawyers as Problemsolvers:
- Maureen T. Holland "is a pioneer in the private practice of holistic law in Memphis."
- Constance Ross, at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, "introduces
"law students to the concept of law as a healing profession and to practices that will
facilitate finding personal satisfaction in their work."
- Julie Sandine, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Vanderbilt Law School, "developed a research project at Vanderbilt regarding the effects of meditation on law student well-being."
- David Shearon, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, "is an attorney and holds a master's degree in Applied Positive Psychology. David has lectured extensively in Tennessee on 'Lawyering and the Good Life'."
- Jocelyn Wurzburg "began Memphis' first mediation practice in 1984 and founded the Mediation Association of Tennessee."
I don't believe the number of lawyers in Tennessee is large. A colleague told me that it's about 6,500. I couldn't
verify that online. Do you know? For a small bar, much going on in the area of the health of the profession, don't you think? (Note: Dave Shearon tells me there are 15,000 active lawyers in Tennessee.)
I decided to do a little research on the state so ordered a book. In a quick Google, I learned that, in 2007, Fast Company listed Nashville a "city on the verge" in the category of "Culture Center," and that Memphis is the "capital of the real [as opposed to virtual] world." For more about Nashville, read what Randy Elrod has to say at his blog ethos. (Randy, by the way, is a friend of our friend Ken Davis who also lives in TN.) You know I am a strong proponent of storytelling as a communication tool; well, I see that TN is home to the annual National Storytelling Festival. Tennessee is sounding like my kind of place.
Note (added later on August 27, 2009): Take a look at Kim Wright's comment below. She too has noticed something is happening in the TN legal world.
Note (added November 17, 2009): More about contemplative practices at Vanderbilt University Law School.