CLE For The 2013 TBA Convention

(Tentative Schedule - Current as of 3/15/2013)


THURSDAY, JUNE 13



The Vanishing Lawyer: What Might Have Been 

Bench/Bar CLE program at Sheraton Downtown, 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

We hear experts discuss the way new technologies, the automation of assorted legal transactions, and the demand for affordable routine legal services are revolutionizing the legal profession. What might have been…isn’t any longer. Professor Thomas D. Morgan of George Washington University Law School will talk about the future of the legal profession and provide insight to some of these questions:

• What does the future hold for lawyers?
• What will new lawyers find in the future job market?
• Will there be more lawyers that become experts in non-legal issues?
• Will there be more specialization?

So before you take a different road, hear from Professor Morgan and a panel of Tennessee lawyers and judges talk about how these new trends are affecting our state.

(Want to learn more about Professor Morgan's book? Here are reviews from the Oxford University Press and The Federalist Society.

Keep on the Sunny Side: Better Next Year:

TBA CLE program at Sheraton Downtown, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Have you met the better you? Want to meet the better you? The you that is energetic, engaged, creative, funny, smarter, rested… the sunny side of you? Come to Better Next Year! This program offers a range of opportunities to explore a healthier life, build better relationships, manage stress, and use relaxation techniques to find the balance we need at home and at the office.

This program will include short rotating presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations, all designed to help lawyers increase their energy and engagement. This hands-on learning experience will allow you to listen to and talk personally with a variety of professionals in this field. Learn how to develop a new and healthier environment within your firm, law department, or legal agency, and, of course, yourself!

After The Fire Is Gone: New Approaches in Law Practice Succession

TBA CLE program at Sheraton Downtown, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., presented by Hugh Kendall and Marisa Combs

As the population ages, Tennessee lawyers will be more frequently asked to assist in winding down the practice of sole practitioners who have made no plans for the continuation, transition, or retiring of their practices after the occurrence of a catastrophic event such as death, disability, disbarment, or disappearance. This session will provide an understanding of the ethical and legal issues and challenges. Lawyers looking to plan ahead for their own transition will receive advice concerning best practices. Topics included:

• Protecting the Clients' Interests: preserving the confidentiality of client files, delivery of client files and property, and disbursement of trust account funds
• Protecting the Public's Interest: the court's involvement and liability of the caretaker lawyer
• Protecting the Lawyer's Interests: collecting receivables and unbilled time, and sale of the practice

The speakers are the co-chairs of the TBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Subcommittee on Law Practice Succession, and were the principal drafters of the TBA proposal for new Rule 9, Section 29 submitted to the Tennessee Supreme Court in February 2013.


FRIDAY, JUNE 14


Man! I Feel Like a Woman: Glass Ceiling Report Out

Joint TBA/TLAW CLE at Sheraton Downtown, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes is a phrase we hear all the time but rarely get the opportunity to do. This session will help you do just that, as speakers talk about the advancement and retention of female lawyers. The discussion will offer insights on best practices for firms in hiring, developing and retaining diverse legal talent, address issues of balanced hours, mentoring, and leadership.

• Songs About Me: Building Your Practice and Managing Your Time

Joint TBA/TLAW CLE at Sheraton Downtown, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., presented by Angelia Nystrom and Cheryl Rice

Cowboy lyrics still remind us of what is important, according to the Trace Adkins tune Song About Me to remind us who we are. We practice law for many reasons and along the trail we face the continual challenge of developing and growing our practices.

This session is designed for lawyers who face the challenges of growing their client base, keeping their careers on track, and making time for it all to happen. This program will cover topics on client development, practice management, and time management skills.

 • Live Like You Were Dying: Basic Steps On How To Thrive as a Lawyer

TBA CLE at Sheraton Downtown, 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., presented by Dave Shearon

Of course we all know something about thriving, but just like the best musicians still practice the basics, lawyers in a challenging, demanding, and rewarding profession need to practice and master the basics of thriving. This session will focus on key components of thriving - including:

• How we think - "thinking like a lawyer" is good some times, but not all of the time!
• How we feel - believe it or not, there are some parts of emotional intelligence that lawyers are often good at!
• How we act - pulling from our strengths - the best of who we are

The program will also provide a bonus 6-minute daily activity that helps build resilience, improve sleep, fights depression, and can even improve your relationship with your children or spouse!

• The Dance: New Laws for Your Practice

TBA CLE at Sheraton Downtown, 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., presented by Allan Ramsaur and other legislative insiders

Keeping up with legislation is like learnin’ a new dance – it’s hard to keep track of all the maneuvering, predict the next movement, and stay ahead for the benefit of your practice. What passed and what is important to Tennessee lawyers is what this session is about. Experts and key legislative representatives will guide you through the new laws that will affect your practice this coming year. Topics likely to be covered are:

• Continuing statutory changes in tort law
• The workers compensation system overhaul
• TBA-driven changes in conservatorship practice procedure
• Issues that may see future action

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