Full Court Press: How Pat Summitt, a High School Basketball Player, and a Legal Team Changed the Game

In his latest book, Bill has teamed up with a brilliant young writer—Amanda Swanson—to tell the story of a game-changing lawsuit, Victoria Cape v. the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Filed and tried in the 1970s, this landmark case under Title IX challenged the archaic rules that once confined female basketball players to a half-court game. The star witness at the trial was a young Pat Summitt who would go on to be the greatest women’s basketball coach in the history of the game. Bill and Amanda tell the story of how Pat, a brave young high school player, and their lawyers scored an historic victory for female athletes, not on a basketball court, but in a courtroom!

Click here to listen to Bill and Amanda discuss Full Court Press on WUOT's All Things Considered.

Available November 20, 2018.

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THE NEVER-ENDING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

It is one of the oldest adages in politics: The American people do not turn their attention to a Presidential election until the completion of the World Series. But there are two World Series ( and two Halloweens) to be played before the 2020 Presidential election, and the campaigns are going full blast 24/7.

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I am a lawyer who does not play one on TV. But I became a lawyer because when I was a boy I was inspired by TV lawyers.

The first lawyer I ever met was Perry Mason. He came into my home when I was six years old, appearing in black and white on the TV screen in my family’s living room. Perry was a phenomenal criminal defense lawyer who had two remarkable qualities. First, he always represented innocent clients. Second, he always won. And Perry didn’t just win. He won big.

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Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker
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Bill Haltom’s definitive guide to the quintessential Southern fabric covers all things seersucker. From the origins and history of the seersucker suit to the many different ways, places, and reasons people wear it, Milk & Sugar has it all. 

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The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker
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A tribute to the late Senator Howard Baker, a great leader whose civility brought adversaries together to find solutions to our nation's problems. In the current political environment, civility is going the way of the dinosaur, as many of our leaders argue for the sake of argument and accuse for the sake of advantage. Consequently, public governance has become dysfunctional. Senator Baker's civil life remains a model of what our leaders could accomplish by always reminding themselves that the other fellow may be right!

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