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Marshall University (Political Science)
University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D.)
I hold a Bachelor's degree in political science from Marshall University. I minored in English and History. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of law in 1987. I taught business law at the former Lexington Community College to undergraduate students.
I am a former special assistant United States Attorney for the middle district of Tennessee and HUD field counsel for the Nashville and Memphis HUD offices. I have trained paralegals who worked for me in my law office who became very effective in performance of their duties.
In tutoring, I seek to engender interest in the subject matter by placing the subject in context so that the student develops a thorough understanding of the subject. A fundamental grounding in the subject matter admits of the greatest usefulness of the subject studied. Avoiding a disjointed, chaotic approach to the subject is imperative to successful completion of a course of study.
As an example of my tutoring methods in the law, I endeavor to demystify what may be seen as, on its face, incomprehensible legalese and endless Codes, rules, and case law.
As an example, Real Property law is quite stable and has as its origins historical developments during the Middle Ages. Trusts developed as a "cat and mouse game" between the King and the aristocracy regarding taxation of Realty. The reason that title to real estate must vest in someone at all times is because the King needed to know whom to assess for taxes. Personal property which at the time was of so little value can be abandoned. In fact, during this period land was considered the only true value. If someone rented a dwelling that burned, he was required to continue paying rent because it was the land that was considered useful and necessary for economic purposes.
In contrast, tort law, e.g. personal injury, has evolved fundamentally in the last half of the twentieth century whereby courts engaged in social policy making by seeking to spread the risk of loss across the public generally. Again, tax law can be very fluid depending on the composition of the Congress and state legislatures and their philosophy. Business law developed in a manner consistent with the practical needs of commerce. I hold a Bachelor's degree in political science from Marshall University. I minored in English and History. I graduated from the University of Tennessee
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