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101-Year-Old Lawyer Still Goes to Work at Bass Berry

Posted Jul 21, 2011 8:37 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Lawyer James Bass is 101 years old and still practicing law at Bass Berry & Sims, the firm his father helped found.

A friend who sits near Bass in church wrote about the lawyer for the Tennessean. Bass attended Harvard Law School, was elected to the state legislature, and served in World War II. He first went to work at Bass Berry in 1934, according to his law firm profile.

Bass gave up driving last year, and as a result he now arrives at work at 8 a.m. in a car driven by his son. Before, his arrival time was 6 a.m.

According to the story, Bass has impeccable manners, never complains or criticizes, still uses No. 2 pencils at the office, and mowed his yard last Saturday. He turned 101 on July 12.

Bass told the Nashville Post in a story last year that he chaired a committee promoting racial integration in the city in the 1960s. Bass recalls his committee helped prod a few holdout drugstores to integrate, but news reports at the time suggest the group was more influential in spurring businesses to end segregation.

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