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"150 Years of Amendment 15: The Continual Struggle for African American Voting” As Told By Bone Law Attorney William J. “Paz” Haynes III

William J Haynes Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexBone McAllester Norton attorney William J. “Paz” Haynes III wrote a piece for the Nashville Bar Journal (tag) called “150 Years of Amendment 15: The Continual Struggle for African American Voting.” In it, Paz explores the history of race-based voter suppression and highlights the lack of voting rights enforcement that is still evident today. 

He writes, “As we celebrate the 150th year of the 15th Amendment, the right to the ballot has been hard won by Americans of color. History, however, teaches us to be vigilant as it can only be sustained through exercising the right to vote and supporting legal and civic mobilization to protect it.”

To read the full feature on pages 21, 22 and 24: click here.

William J. “Paz” Haynes III concentrates his practice in business law. He has experience in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, healthcare law, and commercial and civil litigation.

Paz’s healthcare practice includes representing physicians and other healthcare providers in negotiating a variety of healthcare provider contracts and business arrangements. He assists physicians and other medical providers in resolving operation issues and disputes with hospitals, practice management companies, payors and other medical professionals. Paz represents clients before a variety of regulatory boards including the Board of Medical Examiners and other administrative agencies that govern health and medical professionals.

In 2017, Paz was appointed to the Board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. He served as Board chairman from 2019-2020.

B*law*ging

By Will Cheek

The original version of this article appeared in the February 2014 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal.

Why Should I Blog?

Lawyering involves a delicate balance of too much to do and too little time to do it in. Work on your desk competes for limited personal time.  Precious hours for downtime are quickly consumed. Sleep and relaxation suffer.

New wavers Devo covered a classic song that captures things well:

Workin in a coal mine

Goin down, down

Workin in a coal mine

Whew! About to slip down

Lord I am so tired

How long can this go on?

Why blog? Here are four basic reasons:

    • • New frontier
    • • Education for client and referral base
    • • Source of business
    • • Appearances and expert

New Frontier

Although blogging has been around for more than a decade, attorneys in general have done a poor job exploiting blogging as a new communication tool. Many attorney blogs regurgitate the newsletter format, featuring detailed legal articles that are posted months apart.  These posts often read like condensed law review articles.

In the internet age, the newsletter format does not work. Internet consumers are looking for quick, easy, entertaining and useful information.  Posting lengthy lawyerly articles is not blogging.

There is plenty of room in cyberspace for real attorney blogs.

Education for Client and Referral Base

Folks frequently turn to the internet for information. People are in search of answers to all kinds of queries from the internet, including legal questions. Sadly, much of the information on the internet concerning legal advice is wrong. In addition, legal information on the internet is usually not tailored to a particular legal field or location, such as Tennessee or Nashville.

The fact that blogging is a new frontier for lawyers creates an opportunity for innovative attorneys to fill the void. If you follow some simple recommendations for blogging, your blog can easily become a destination for clients and referral sources – who want to regularly read informative posts about useful information.

This is your primary objective. Your blog should become a go-to source for education concerning your blog topic.  Do not expect your readers to pick up every post; instead, you want readers to visit regularly enough for your blog to become a destination.

Source of Business

As a young associate, I did not understand the importance of being a rainmaker. I get it now. If you have a book of business, you get more respect from your law firm.

Although it takes time and patience, a good blog is an excellent source of business. My Last Call blog easily generates $50,000 to $100,000 in new business each year.

Perhaps more importantly, I often hear from repeat clients that have read a blog post. Blogging is a great way to remind existing clients that you are an expert and that you are around to help.  My blog leads to new business from existing clients; for example, when I break news about a new legal issues that impact clients.

Becoming a trusted adviser to a client is one of the best ways to cement a long-term relationship with a client. Providing helpful information for free in a blog can pave the way for new relationships and strengthen bonds with existing clients.

Appearances and Expert

People tend to seek out professionals that have a reputation for being the best. Traditional methods of becoming known as the best lawyer are largely passé in the internet era. I am not a fan of this, but in my experience, your appearance in internet searches is critical to becoming a rain maker.  An AV Martindale Hubbell rating is not as important as being on the first page of a Google search.

Blogging is an easy way to increase your visibility on the internet. If your name pops up in multiple searches on a legal topic, you can appear to be an expert on the topic.

Internet search engines like Google are basically a popularity contest. A good blog can help you place your name near the top of the list in Google searches.

There is only one word for being at the top of a Google search: Priceless.

Nashville Bar Journal Publishes Profile of Attorney James Mackler

The Nashville Bar Journal publishes profile of  Attorney James Mackler's journey from civilian law to the military and back again. You can read the profile on page 16 of the Nashville Bar Journal.

Nashville Bar Journal Publishes Profile of Attorney James Mackler

The Nashville Bar Journal publishes profile of  Attorney James Mackler's journey from civilian law to the military and back again. You can read the profile on page 16 of the Nashville Bar Journal.