Friday, June 27, 2008

Waller Lansden and the Belle Meade Country Club

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 12:20 PM

So there's an interesting debate going on from our post yesterday about Mike Stewart, who is angling to replace disgraced state lawmaker Rob Briley. The question is whether he should have to answer for the behavior of his peers at Waller, Lansden Dortch & Davis. A lot of Stewart's friends are rushing to his defense, and I recommend you go back and read their comments. Now let me add one last point (for the week) about Waller. Bob Boston, a partner who serves on the firm's Board of Directors, also serves on the board of the notoriously discriminatory Belle Meade Country Club, which still operates like it's 1963. The club has no black members from Nashville and doesn't allow women to vote. Stewart himself doesn't belong to the place. (My guess is he realizes he can enjoy a more modern facility at the East Nashville Y.) But Boston's leadership role at the club raises more questions about Waller. Why would one of the pillars of your law firm join the board of such a backward place? (And that's not to mention that the club looks more like a two-bit bed and breakfast than a supposedly luxurious social institution.) Update: Read Sean Braisted's alternate take here.

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