Lawyers have long been known as master storytellers, and those from Tennessee are certainly no exception. Veteran oral historian and folklorist William Lynwood Montell has collected tales from dozens of lawyers and judges from throughout the Volunteer State, ranging from stories of a custody battle over a family dog that garnered national media attention to the self-proclaimed ""smartest man in Clay County."" Recorded exactly as the lawyers tell them, these stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes raw and harrowing, but always remarkable. Far more than a collection of lawyer jokes, ""Tales from Tennessee Lawyers"" recounts the most insightful, entertaining, and occasionally heartbreaking stories ever told by and about Tennessee lawyers and their clients, covering the spectrum from arson to homicide, domestic disagreements to sexual abuse, and everything in between. ""Tales from Tennessee Lawyers"" is a valuable resource for folklorists as well as a vivid account of the often-surprising legal world.
William Lynwood Montell, emeritus professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including Tales from Kentucky Lawyers, Ghosts across Kentucky, and Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky. He lives in Oakland, Kentucky.