Legal History Project

The Foundation’s Legal History Project preserves the record of the legal profession in Tennessee by conducting individual, video interviews of senior attorneys and retired members of the Supreme Court about their lives and experiences in the law, as well as the social and political issues of their day. The Project has also created eleven, 30-minute, entertainment video collages that contain the “best of” moments from each interviewee on selected topics. The collages are professionally produced, complete with titles and music.

The interviews and collages may be viewed on the internet and through this site:

  • Video collages are available immediately below.
  • Individual interviewees are listed alphabetically, below the group of collages.

** The individual interviews and collages are also available on DVD for loan or purchase. Contact the Foundation for details. DVD copies of the entire collection are housed at the Regional History and Genealogy Center of the Germantown (TN) Community Library. Selected DVDs are available at the Massey Library at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville and the Tennessee State Library and Archives (also in Nashville).

*** Additional interviews of Tennessee lawyers and judges are available on the websites of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association.

Available Collages

Tennessee Legal Traditions:
Charter Fellows 

28 minutes
Includes: Arnett, Bahner, Bearman, Bogatin, Branstetter, Chambliss, Draper, Gilbert, Gilreath, Harvill, Keaton, Marston, McMurray, Reid, Rucker, Sims, Tate, Tomlin, Winchester

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2017

34 minutes
Includes: Acree, Jr., Beasley, Bracy, Fraley, Jr., Gilreath, Koch, Jr., Shine, Summers, Wade

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2015 Part II

31 minutes
Includes: Daniel, Emison, Jr., Gilliland, Goddard, Gray, Harvey, Hinds,   Jack, Kline, Lawwell

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2015

33 minutes
Includes: Daniel, Emison, Jr., Gilliland, Goddard, Gray, Harvey, Hinds,   Jack, Kline, Lawwell

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2013

33 minutes
Includes: Barker, Barry, Cody, Franks, Gilbert, Higgins, Jenkins, Merritt, Reingold, White

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2011

32 minutes
Includes: Bahner, Barrett, Bearman, Brown, Daughtrey, Duncan, Guinn, Ladd, McMurray, Wiseman

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2009

31 minutes
Includes: Anderson, Bell, Cain, Gilbert Campbell, Robert Campbell, Coleman, Cooper, Crump, Davis, Fisher, Reid, Winchester

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2007

32 minutes
Includes Allen, Baker, Bass, Birch, Crawford, Drowota, Gamble, Glankler, Horde, Jarvis, Paine, Stegall, Thomas

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2005

35 minutes
Includes: Bernstein, Colley, Flippin, Ingram, Inman, Kilcrease, Prewitt, Sims, Smartt, Warfield

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2003

31 minutes
Includes: Donelson, Emison, Horton, Neal, Paty, Peeler, Sanford, Swafford, Tomlin, West

Tennessee Legal Traditions 2001

26 minutes
Includes: Arnett, Branstetter, Brown, Campbell, Chandler, Keaton, Rainwater, Rucker, Summers, Trabue

Tennessee Legal Traditions 1999

27 minutes
Includes: Chambliss, Harvill, Hooks, Tate, Underwood

Available Videos

William B Acree, Jr.
Union City

Interviewed by:
Judges Joe G. Riley and J Steven Stafford

Newton P. Allen
Memphis

Interviewed by:
George T. Lewis III

Justice E. Riley Anderson
Oak Ridge

Interviewed by:
Dalton T. Townsend

Foster D. Arnett
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Howard H. Vogel

T. Maxfield Bahner
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Justice William M. Barker

Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Huntsville

Interviewed by:
Robert F. Worthington, Jr.

Justice William M. Barker
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
T. Maxfield Bahner

George E. Barrett
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Bone

William L. (Dick) Barry
Lexington

Interviewed by:
Barri E. Bernstein

James O. Bass, Sr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
H. Lee Barfield II

Leo Bearman, Jr.
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Jill M. Steinberg

Thomas W. Beasley
Burns

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Bone

Judge Henry Denmark Bell
Franklin

Interviewed by:
Judge Donald P. Harris

Bernard E. Bernstein
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Donald F. Paine

Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey

Lance B. Bracy
Joelton

Interviewed by:
Laura L. Chastain

Cecil D. Branstetter
Nashville

Interviewed by:
William R. Willis, Jr.

Judge Bailey Brown
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom

Judge George H. Brown, Jr.
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom

Judge Edward G. Bryant
Jackson

Interviewed by:
W. Lewis Jenkins

Judge William B. Cain
Columbia

Interviewed by:
Paul B. Plant

Robert R. Campbell
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Dalton L. Townsend

Gilbert R. Campbell, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Judge J. Daniel Breen

Paul Campbell, Jr.
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Howard H Vogel

Jac Chambliss
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Paul Campbell III

Judge Wyeth Chandler
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Albert C. Harvey

W. J. Michael Cody
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom, Jr.

Nathaniel R. (Nat) Coleman, Jr.
Greeneville

Interviewed by:
Jeffrey M. Ward

Jerry C. Colley
Columbia

Interviewed by:
Paul B. Plant

Justice Robert E. Cooper
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Justice William M. Barker

J. Polk Cooley
Rockwood

Interviewed by:
Justice Sharon G. Lee

Judge W. Frank Crawford
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Floyd S. Flippin

Charles M. Crump
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Thomas R. Buckner

Creed A. Daniel
Rutledge

Interviewed by:
Jacqueline B. Dixon

Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Justice Cornelia A. Clark

Maclin P. Davis, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Lew Corner

Lewis R. Donelson, III
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom

Justice Frank F. Drowota III
Nashville

Interviewed by:
George T. Lewis III

Judge Joe D. Duncan
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
W. Dale Amburn

T. James Emison, Jr.
Alamo

Interviewed by:
J. Houston Gordon

Theophilus J. Emison
Alamo

Interviewed by:
T. James Emison, Jr.

Douglas M. Fisher
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr.

W. Jerry Flippin
Milan

Interviewed by:
Judge James B. Webb

Raymond W. Fraley, Jr.
Fayetteville

Interviewed by:
John R. Bobo

Judge Herschel P. Franks
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Justice William M. Barker

William T. Gamble
Kingsport

Interviewed by:
D. Bruce Shine

Harris A. Gilbert
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Bone

James S. Gilliland
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom, Jr.

Sidney W. Gilreath
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Swanson

Frank J. Glankler, Jr.
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Lee J. Chase III

A. B. Goddard
Maryville

Interviewed by:
Carl P. McDonald

Chancellor Thomas E. Gray
Gallatin

Interviewed by:
Chancellor Carol L. McCoy

Judge Julian P. Guinn
Paris

Interviewed by:
Judge C. Creed McGinley

Albert C. Harvey
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom, Jr.

F. Evans Harvill
Clarksville

Interviewed by:
T. Edward Lawwell

Judge Thomas A. Higgins
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Thomas H. Peebles III

Anna F. Hinds
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Swanson

Judge Janice M. Holder
Memphis

Interviewed by:
William H. Haltom, Jr.

Benjamin L. Hooks
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Lucian T. Pera

G. Wilson Horde
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Robert M. Stivers, Jr.

Judge Odell Horton, Sr.
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Sheila Jordan Cunningham

Judge Lyman E. Ingram
Dyersburg

Interviewed by:
Judge Joe G. Riley, Jr.

Judge William H. Inman
Morristown

Interviewed by:
Kathryn Reed Edge

Claudia S. Jack
Columbia

Interviewed by:
Linda W. Knight

Judge Jame H. Jarvis II
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Howard H. Vogel

William L. Jenkins
Rogersville

Interviewed by:
W. Lewis Jenkins Jr.

William C. Keaton
Hohenwald

Interviewed by:
W. Landis Turner

Judge Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr.

Lowry F. Kline
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Roger W. Dickson

Justice William C. Koch, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr.

Chancellor Richard E. Ladd, Sr.
Bristol

Interviewed by:
Judge John S. McLellan

T. Edward Lawwell
Columbia

Interviewed by:
N. Houston Parks

Robert L. McMurray
Cleveland

Interviewed by:
Marcia M. McMurray

Judge Gilbert S. Merritt
Nashville

Interviewed by:
N. Sue Van Sant Palmer

James F. Neal
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Aubrey B. Harwell, Jr.

Millard Oakley
Livingston

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Bone

Donald F. Paine
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Howard H. Vogel

Selma Cash Paty
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Justice William M. Barker

William J. Peeler
Waverly

Interviewed by:
Stephan A. Cobb

Thomas R. Prewitt
Memphis

Interviewed by:
W. J. Michael Cody

Judge Chester S. Rainwater
Dandridge

Interviewed by:
Judge Gary R. Wade

Justice Lyle Reid
Brownsville

Interviewed by:
J. Houston Gordon

Arvin H. Reingold
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Jerry H. Summers

Judge Muriel J. Robinson
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Carol L. McCoy

Senator John R. Rucker
Murfreesboro

Interviewed by:
Jerry Scott

W. Valerius Sanford, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Jack W. Robinson, Sr.

D. Bruce Shine
Kingsport

Interviewed by:
Howard H. Vogel

Wilson Sims
Nashville

Interviewed by:
H. Lee Barfield II

John M. Smartt
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Donald F. Paine

Don C. Stansberry, Jr.
Huntsville

Interviewed by:
Thomas W. Phillips

Judge Whitney Stegall
Murfressboro

Interviewed by:
Judge Don R. Ash

Jerry H. Summers
Chattanooga

Interviewed by:
Justice William M. Barker

Judge Paul R. Summers
Somerville

Interviewed by:
Attorney General Paul G. Summers

Claude Galbreath Swafford
Jasper

Interviewed by:
Claudia Swafford Haltom

S. Shepherd Tate
Memphis

Interviewed by:
Attorney General Paul G. Summers

George C. Thomas
Dresden

Interviewed by:
Judge Thomas L. Moore, Jr.

Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin, Jr.
Jackson

Interviewed by:
Judge J. Daniel Breen

Charles Trabue, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Kathryn Reed Edge

Judge Shirley B. Underwood
Johnson City

Interviewed by:
Kathryn Reed Edge

Justice Gary R. Wade
Sevierville

Interviewed by:
Justice William M. Barker

Charles H. Warfield
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Ashley T. Wiltshire, Jr.

M. Lacy West
Kingsport

Interviewed by:
Dalton L. Townsend

Justice Penny J. White
Knoxville

Interviewed by:
Charles W. Swanson

R. Lee Winchester
Memphis

Interviewed by:
David R. Leake

Judge Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr.
Nashville

Interviewed by:
Thomas A Wiseman III