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The Power of Video in Legal Branding

Learn about the new ways lawyers are using video to reach clients during this two-hour ethics CLE webcast available now on the TBA website.

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Court Square CLE Programs Coming to a City Near You

The annual Court Square CLE will be held in Columbia on Aug. 27. This year’s topics include an annual legislative update, best practices in labor law, and banking issues in probate law. Take advantage of this 3-hour CLE in Columbia or see details on our other Court Square CLE locations.

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Get Last Minute CLE At Summer Blast 2015

Need a few CLE hours fast? Join us for the Summer CLE Blast July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for live programming with dual credit. No registration is needed.

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Get 15 Hours in 3 Cities during Annual TBA CLE

Knock out all your CLE requirements for the year at one time during the TBA’s Annual CLE program. Attend the full program in Nashville on August 13-15. The fast track programs will be held in Memphis on August 21 and Knoxville on August 28 for a live and online combo CLE with custom-learning options.

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Cell Phone Forensics for Lawyers and Parents

Tech Science: Cell Phone Forensics for Lawyers” is available now online at TBA CLE. Learn about the realities of cell phone forensics, the basics of how cell phones record and store data and what and when you can recover information from cell phones. This is a hot topic for lawyers and parents.

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Online Resources for IP Lawyers

If you missed the TBA's annual Intellectual Property Forum, sessions are now available online for replay. Programs cover music licensing, transformative fair use and ethics and culture issues from the General Motors case.

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You're Invited to the CLE Open Meeting

TBA’s CLE Committee is hosting an open meeting in Memphis for attorneys to share CLE proposals and ideas or to ask questions. The meeting will be in the Kentshire room of the Peabody from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday during the TBA Annual Convention.

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Learn New Approach to Parenting Plans

Presented by the TBA Family Law section, an upcoming TBA webcast will help you learn how to use research on parenting plan schedules to create the best possible options for the children of divorce. Janice Walden from “A Better Way Mediation” explores new ways to tackle this challenge during the webcast on June 24. Visit TBA CLE for more information.

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Preview Upcoming Webcasts on TBA YouTube Channel

Do you need a few fast practice tips? Looking for just the right online CLE course? Then check out the TBA CLE YouTube channel. Updated weekly, the home page offers previews of upcoming webcasts and online videos, and a quick link to register for programs.

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Learn More About Medical-Legal Partnerships

Learn more about medical-legal partnerships at a live CLE program scheduled for March 30 in Nashville or by watching a one-hour archived webcast on the topic. Both programs are sponsored by TBA’s Access to Justice Committee and are being offered at no charge to Tennessee lawyers. The live program runs from noon to 4 p.m. and offers 3.5 hours of general credit. The video course offers one hour of general credit and can be taken at any time. The January issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal also explored how these partnerships work.

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Catch Up With TennCare Rule Changes

Learn about TennCare rule changes that go into effect Jan. 1 related to the Safety Determination process and PAE Functional Assessment. This one-credit CLE course will review the changes to select functional assessment questions and criteria.  Visit TBA CLE to register.

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Predators Event Combines Hockey, CLE

Combine your passions for learning and sports at the upcoming Predators CLE on Feb. 24. Nashville Predators attorney Sean Marshall will discuss legal issues facing players and give an update on other compelling sports law issues during this two-hour CLE event at Bridgestone Arena. The program includes a pregame social hour and tickets to the Predators matchup with the Colorado Avalanche. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for friends or family. Visit TBA CLE to register or for more information.

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Muse to Lead CLE Commission

Knoxville lawyer Leslie Muse will lead the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization through 2015. The Commision has also added Columbia attorney Houston Parks to replace Edward Lancaster on the board. See the full list of Commission members.

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TBA Closed for Christmas Holiday

The Tennessee Bar Association will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen Monday, Dec. 29, at 8 a.m. Central time.

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CLE Blast Kicks Off Last-Minute Offerings on Monday

Still need CLE hours to satisfy your 2014 requirements? The TBA has plenty of options for you during the final week of the year. Along with several hundred online programs, there will be a full day of programming available at the Tennessee Bar Center on Dec., 29, Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Each of those sessions kick off at 7 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m., and are all certified for live credit. No advance registration is required and you can take as few or as many hours of programming as you need.

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Court Changes Mandatory CLE Exemption Age to 70

Lawyers turning 65 in 2015 will continue to have to meet CLE requirements under a set of more than 20 CLE rule changes adopted today by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The changes, driven by the CLE Commission chaired by Columbia lawyer Ed Lancaster, came after more than a year of consideration and hundreds of comments.

Among other changes the new rules:

  • Require five “live classroom hours” among the 15 hours annually required
  • Remove the requirement for high-quality, thorough and readable written materials to accompany CLE activities
  • Exempt full time law professors from CLE requirements
  • Permit credit for teaching law-related courses in community colleges
  • Limit CLE credit for writing published articles
  • Gradually raise, beginning in 2015, the CLE age exemption to age 70
  • Shorten the compliance periods for late compliance with the CLE rule beginning in 2016

In addition, in a move widely criticized by every provider who commented on the proposal, the court requires the commission to begin publishing proprietary data regarding the number of people attending each individual CLE program.

In a related development, the rule puts an end to a Tennessee program for certification of specialization administration by the commission – leaving accreditation of certifying organizations and lawyers claiming specialization to the American Bar Association.

Among other issues, the TBA comments on the proposal opposed the change in the exemption age, argued against the live classroom hours provision and urged the court to retain the quality written materials requirement.

Download the court's order

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Free CLE Previews

See previews of recent webcasts on our new YouTube channel. Previews are free and include links to the full programs for more information. Watch for weekly postings.

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TBA CLE Leads Bar World in Gamification

The Tennessee Bar Association is "the most vivid example in the bar world" of effective use of the game format for online CLE programs, Dan Kittay writes in the latest issue of the ABA’s Bar Leader magazine. The TBA has spent five years researching different approaches to gamification, and also which software is best for creating interactive games, TBA CLE director Mindy Thomas Fulks told the magazine. Advocates of gamification say that it offers an alternate approach that is proving successful. Fulks credits TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur with striving to keep the bar “trendsetting.”

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Don't Miss TBA 7-City Ethics Tour

The annual TBA Ethics Roadshow will make stops in seven cities this year. Join hundreds of your colleagues from across the state at the annual event in Jackson on Dec. 3, Memphis on Dec. 3, Nashville on Dec. 4, Cookeville on Dec. 10, Johnson City on Dec. 11, Knoxville on Dec. 11 and Chattanooga on Dec. 12. Visit TBA CLE for more information.

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New CLE Website Offers New Tools, Powers, Formats

The TBA has launched a refreshed website for CLE programming that gives members new tools, new powers and new formats for learning. The new platform provides a seamless interface with the TBA.org website so you can more easily manage your courses and CLE compliance. In addition, a more sophisticated search engine will help you find the courses you want in less time and with less hassle, and new formats for interactive and online game CLE programs will offer more learning options. Explore it now.

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CLE Website to Get Update; New Features Coming

The TBA is improving its website for CLE programming to give you new powers, new tools and new formats for learning. Transition to the refreshed website will take place Sunday evening, so there may be some time when the site is unavailable over the weekend. It is expected to be fully operational by Monday morning.

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Get CLE Fast with Summer Blast

Need a few CLE hours fast? The TBA is offering programs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 24. The Summer CLE Blast will offer 7 hours of dual CLE credit. Take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration desk will be open all day. Payment will be determined at checkout depending on the number of hours you attend. Learn more at TennBarU.

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TBA Convention Kicks Off Today

The 133rd Annual Convention of the Tennessee Bar Association begins today in Gatlinburg, with meetings of the House of Delegates, a Section Chairs Roundtable and a Welcome Reception. Tomorrow kicks off with Law School Alumni Breakfasts and many hours of CLE, including a panel with Keel Hunt, Hal Hardin and John Seigenthaler discussing Hunt's book, COUP: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Repubican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal. The annual Bench Bar Luncheon will feature Iowa Chief Justice Mark S. Cady. Follow and comment on happenings at the convention on Twitter using the hashtag #TBAannual.

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'Bacon King' Added to Line-up for Restaurant CLE

If you are hungry for news about the business and law of restaurants, be at the TBA June 27 for this continuing legal education seminar covering business development for restaurants, charitable food donations, tax law and auditing procedures. A new addition to the line-up is "The Bacon King" Allan Benton of Benton’s Country Hams. He will discuss how he started his business, what he does and how he sources his pork supply. The program, "Restaurant CLE: Serving up Success at the Corner of Law and Food," will also feature real estate professionals discussing leasing versus buying space, and others will cover licensing, liquor laws and labor and employment issues. An expert panel of former practicing lawyers who have traded in their law books for the life of restaurant owners will share their experience with you and answer questions. Sessions are packed with farm fresh ideas and food for attendees throughout the day.

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New CLE Added to TBA Annual Convention

A new CLE program on why we need fair courts has been added to the lineup of the TBA Annual Convnetion next week in Gatlinburg. Alistair Newbern, assistant professor at Vanderbilt Law School, will share why retention elections are important to a fair and impartial judiciary in Tennessee. The program will take place Thursday, June 12, at 3 p.m. You can learn more or register for the convention online.

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