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Out of the Ashes 1958 - 1982
Author Jerry (Gerald) H. Summers
ISBN 978-1-935186-91-5
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 6"x9" hard cover; 288 pages on archival paper; 152 photographs; $34.99
Availability November 2017
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Summers, Rufalo and Rogers
Suite 800, James Building
735 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Second volume on the life of Criminal Judge Raulston Schoolfield after his impeachment by Tennessee General Assembly, July, 1958. Covers his subsequent disbarment from the practice of law; his multi-faceted political career up to 1974; and his election and re-election as a non-lawyer judge, ending with his death in October, 1982. 152 photographs

Library of Congress Control Number: 2017914129

BIO020000-Biography & Autobiography-lawyers & judges;
HIS036060-History-United States-20th century;
LAW06000-Law-legal history

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Schoolfield Out of the Ashes provides a wealth of intriguing details on his disbarment and traces its impact through Schoolfield's next 24 years, giving both credit and criticism to this colorful and complex political and legal force in the Chattanooga community. While focus is on the "controversial and extraordinary individual," the backdrop of myriad personalities provides depth and delightful anecdotes for this must-read book.
~ William Muecke Barker, retired Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court

Some lawyers are viewed as being a lawyer's lawyer. Some judges are viewed as being a judge's judge. Jerry H. Summers, Esquire, in his deeply researched work, Schoolfield Out of the Ashes 1958-1982 reveals that Honorable Raulston Schoolfield was indeed a people's lawyer and a people's judge. Thank you, Jerry, for the opportunity to enjoy your work.
~ Lance Bracy, Retired Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Tennessee

Jerry Summers has completed the tale of Raulston Schoolfield by walking the reader through Schoolfield's disbarment, his efforts to regain his law license, and his post-impeachment political career. As he did in Rush to Justice? Tennessee's Forgotten Trial of the Century, and in true trial lawyer fashion, Jerry Summers presents the facts, witness by witness, detail by detail, all corroborated by documentary evidence. In Schoolfield: Out of the Ashes, Jerry relinquishes his closing argument and allows readers to reach their own judgments about the enigmatic Schoolfield. Students of Tennessee justice and history can now rest easy that the full story of Raulston Schoolfield is archived for future generations who also will reach their own verdicts about Schoolfield, the lawyer, the judge, the politician, and the man.
~ Penny White, University of Tennessee law professor and former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice.

Jerry Summers has written a lively exploration of one of the most colorful members of the bar of our time. Raulston Schoolfield was always controversial, and Summers' second book on him, Shoolfield Out of the Ashes, continues to capture the many nuances of this fascinating character in the latter part of his life.
Mickey Robbins, Investment Advisor, Patten and Patten, Chattanooga, Tennessee

To successfully write books on legal history, authors need to identify great stories involving fascinating characters involved in conflicts and disputes that teach lessons that resonate even today. In Schoolfield: Out of the Ashes, Jerry Summers has done just that. One of the
great trial lawyers in Tennessee history, Summers meticulously documents the life and battles of Judge Schoolfield. Equally important, he has turned those details into an amazing story.
Mark Curriden, Dallas Morning News legal writer and co-author of award winning book, Contempt of Court


About the Author:
. . Jerry H. Summers is a practicing attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has served as an assistant district attorney and municipal judge since he began the practice of law in 1966. His entire life has been lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee except for seven years in St. Petersburg, Florida between the ages of seven and fourteen.
. . During his professional career, he has been president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and Chairman of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation. He has been state president of both the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Lawyers and as a member of the national board of directors of both groups.
. . He has argued cases before the United States and Tennessee Supreme courts and has been involved in numerous landmark decisions in both civil and criminal law.
. . His peers in the legal profession have elected him to membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and he has been selected every year since 1983 as one of the Best Lawyers in America, in both personal injury and criminal law. By an unsolicited vote of the lawyers of Tennessee, he has consistently been selected as one of the "Best 100 Lawyers in Tennessee" and "Mid-South Super Lawyers."
. . In his personal life, he has served as president of the Central High School Alumni/Supporters Association, legal pro bono counsel to Orange Grove Center and Area IV Special Olympics in Chattanooga. At his alma mater, the University of the South at Sewanee Tennessee, he has been a class agent and member of the Order of the Purple and Charlotte Manigault societies. A member of the Development Council and Dean's Circle at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law, he was co-chairperson of the law school's portion of the One Billion Dollar Capital Campaign successfully concluded.
. . Orange Grove Center and the Chattanooga Bar Association have both honored him as Philanthropist of the Year for his community work.In 2014 the University of the South at Sewanee selected him as the Distinguished Alumnus for that year, and in 2016 the University of Tennessee at Knoxville picked him as one of four Distinguished Alumni from that institution.

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