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Court Seeks Comments on Changes to CLE Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court filed an order yesterday soliciting comments on amendments to Supreme Court Rule 21, which have been proposed by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education. Comments should be filed by March 20, 2014. Download the order, petition and appendix.

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Meet CLE Deadline with Summer Blast Friday

Need a few CLE hours before the July 31 CLE requirement deadline? The TBA is offering programs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, July 26. The Summer CLE Blast will offer 7 hours of dual CLE credit. Take as many or as few hours as you need. Register online at TennBarU.

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Hopper Lee Joins TBA CLE Staff

Lauren Hopper Lee is the TBA's new CLE coordinator. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from Tennessee State University. Most recently she worked with volunteers in a staff role at St. Luke’s Community House, working with families in West Nashville. She has also interned at the Tennessee General Assembly. Hopper Lee replaces Lisa McNamara on the continuing legal education staff, joining Mindy Thomas-Fulks, Kaisha Bond and Steve King.

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Register Now for Growing Your Practice and Career CLE

Don't miss the TBA's “Growing Your Practice and Your Career: Law Practice Management and Business Development” CLE set for next Friday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. Register by the end of the day tomorrow to avoid late penalties. Learn more about the program here

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Rutgers CLE Website Hacked

The ABA Journal reports that more than 1,500 lawyers who took continuing legal education (CLE) courses from Rutgers University's two law schools had their personal information compromised by hackers who accessed names, address, encrypted passwords and other data from about 100 university websites. A group called Team GhostShell claims responsibility, stating they were protesting rising education costs and student loan debt. Personal information that was posted online has been removed, and Rutgers said they have increased website security.

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Boot Camp Gives Front-Row Seat to Supreme Court Action

The Tennessee Bar Associaiton's Supreme Court Boot Camp allows lawyers to learn by watching two oral arguments before the Tennessee Supreme Court, followed by a debriefing with the attorneys who argued them. The course offers 6.5 hours of CLE in Nashville this Thursday.

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Court Square CLE Series Returns to 10 Cities

The Tennessee Bar Association's award-winning Court Square CLE Series is returning to 10 Tennessee communities, starting this week and continuing through October. Programs will be held in Dyersburg on Wednesday, Cleveland on Thursday, Manchester and Murfreesboro on Sept. 19, Dickson on Sept. 20, Jackson on Sept. 27, Kingsport on Oct. 11, Johnson City on Oct. 12, and Cookeville on Oct. 25. Information on the Columbia program will be available soon.

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Survey: Would You Like the TBA to Offer CME Credits?

Providing continuing legal education (CLE) for lawyers by lawyers is a Tennessee Bar Association priority, and lately many of you have asked if continuing mediation credit (CME) could also be offered. What do you think? Please email TBA CLE Director Mindy Thomas-Fulks to  participate in a survey, which closes on May 7 at noon.

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Court Exempts Pro Bono Credit from Filing Fee

The Tennessee Supreme Court yesterday issued an order amending Supreme Court Rule 21, Section 4.07(c) to exempt all credit hours awarded for pro bono legal representation from the per-hour fee imposed by Section 8 and collected by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Under court rules, the commission may award one hour of ethics and professionalism credit for every five billable hours of pro bono legal representation. The court said that the per-hour fee that was being charged to cover administrative costs no longer would be collected. It noted in the order that lawyers who perform pro bono work provide an invaluable service not only to their clients but also to the state’s system of justice, and should be exempt from the fees. Download the order

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TBA National Finalist for Webcasting Award

The Tennessee Bar Association’s webcasting program has again been selected as a finalist in the national Rich Media Impact Awards competition. The TBA earned the top award for associations last year for providing timely educational programming following the 2010 flood that devastated much of Tennessee. This year, the TBA is being recognized for its new All Access Video Network, which provides free online mentoring for lawyers. The network now offers three channels of programming: Practice Points, Going Solo and Professional Development. The winner of this year’s competition will be announced in May at the Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Users Conference.

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Onsite CLE Available 7 to 7 on Wednesday

Need a few CLE hours fast? The Tennessee Bar Association is offering programs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Mid-Winter CLE Blast will offer 11 hours of dual CLE credit. Take as many or as few hours as you need. The registration desk will be open all day. Learn more from TennBarU.