Amy Morris Hess—the UTK Distinguished Service Professor of Law, the Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis Distinguished Professor of Law, and the Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law—has, since 1994, annually updated Bogert, Trusts and Trustees, the leading treatise in the trust and estates area. The treatise consists of 21 volumes. She also published replacements for three volumes of the treatise in 2000, 2005, and 2007; a fourth replacement volume is due out later this year.
For the last three years, Hess has been researching attitudes toward estate planning among the baby boomer generation. She has presented the results of her research at seminars in Destin, Florida (October 2007); Knoxville, Tennessee (January 2008); and Colorado Springs, Colorado (March 2009) under the title “Estate Planning for the Baby Boomers: Will They Have Estates to Plan?”
In September 2008, she presented some of this research as a panelist in a presentation entitled “What a Difference a Generation Makes: Estate Planning for Generations X, Y, and Beyond” at the Joint Fall Continuing Legal Education Symposium of the American Bar Association Sections of Taxation and Real Property, Trust & Estate Law in San Francisco, CA. A portion of that presentation was published as the lead article in the ABA Tax Section Quarterly (Winter 2009).
She was associate editor of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal from 1990 until 1997 and editor from 1997 to 2001. Hess received the 2005 Treat Award for Excellence from the National College of Probate Judges for her many contributions to the development of probate and trust law.
Hess’s articles on federal taxation have appeared in the Tennessee Law Review, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, and the Tax Lawyer. She is the co-author of a major textbook on the law of trusts and estates: Valerie J. Vollmar, Amy Morris Hess, & Robert Whitman, An Introduction to Trusts and Estates (West, 2003); a second edition of the textbook is in progress.