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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KIM'S BEST PRANKS

It was one year ago this week that I lost my dear friend and law partner, Kim Johnson.  Kim was an outstanding lawyer and a mentor to me and so many Memphis lawyers. He was also a loving and caring grandfather, father, husband, and man of faith. 

But this week, I find myself fondly remembering something else about Kim. He was an incredible prankster.

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DEATH OF A RETAIL ICON

It began on a winter day in 1886, when a retail jeweler in Redwood Falls, Minnesota received a package of watches that had been shipped to him by a Chicago company.  The jeweler refused the package.  He did not order the watches, and he had no interest in them.

The package ended up in the hands of a 23 year old railway agent named Richard Warren Sears.  Sears managed the offices of Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad in North Redwood, Minnesota, where he operated the telegraph and handled the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad’s business.  There wasn’t much of it, and young Sears had a lot of time on his hands.

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CIVILITY IS A MATTER OF DEBATE

We live in contentious and uncivil times. It seems like almost everyone these days is spring-loaded in the angry position.

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Bill's Books

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Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker
Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

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
The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker

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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