Convention Continues with Inspirational Message from ‘Undefeated’ Coach

Tennessee Bar Association Convention activities continued today in Memphis with the annual Bench Bar program and lunch. Lawyers heard from a panel of speakers on two current hot topics: the handling of matters involving pro se litigants and the state's ever-growing sets of local court rules. Following the program, football coach and Memphis businessman Bill Courtney inspired the group with a recounting of his experience at Manassas High School, which was featured in the Academy Award winning documentary "Undefeated," and highlighted six key components of leadership: moving out of one's comfort zone, taking the time to really listen, developing a servant's heart, not worrying about who gets the credit, being willing to make "the ask" and building a personal legacy.

Tomorrow, lawyers will gather for the TBA's annual meeting and awards luncheon, and President Danny Van Horn will pass the gavel to incoming president Jackie Dixon of Nashville. Also, members of the 2012 TBA Leadership Law class will visit the National Civil Rights Museum for a program on the Memphis Sanitation Strike – the fateful event that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the city in 1968 -- and gather in the evening for a graduation and awards ceremony. Stay up-to-date on all convention activities