Franklin-based Legal Tech Company Expands Nationally

Cicayda, a software company based in Franklin focused on legal tech, is expanding nationwide, the Nashville Business Journal reports. The company’s CEO Billy Hyatt said it has opened officers in New York City, Portland and the Bay Area within the past month. Cicayda has two platforms: Reprise, for electronic-evidence management, and Fermata, which focuses on legal holds.
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Crash Course CLE: WordPress for Lawyers

Do you want to start a legal blog? Do you need to create a simple website for your legal practice or give your existing site a fresh makeover? Attorney Tiffany Johnson (founder of QPLegal, a Memphis-based legal writing and legal research firm) will walk you through the basics of building pages, menus and blog posts using WordPress during an online CLE broadcast on May 1.
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Intellectual Property 2018: CLE Bytes

The 2018 Intellectual Property Forum will be held on April 27 at the Tennessee Bar Center, and will include presentations on patent, trademark and copyright issues. Practitioners may attend any or all of the presentations based on their learning needs. The morning sessions will address viral trademarks, how to protect software using intellectual property and Supreme Court updates on trademarks and copyrights. The afternoon sessions will address blockchain technology, Supreme Court updates on patents, and patent eligibility subject matter.
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Study Finds Lawyers Rank Highest on ‘Loneliness Scale’

In a new survey, lawyers outranked all other professional on a “loneliness scale” of more than 1,600 workers, the ABA Journal reports. Sixty-one percent of lawyers ranked above average on the scale, compared to 57 percent of engineers, 51 percent of workers in food service industry and 45 percent of workers in education services. The study was conducted partly by Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, a psychiatrist for the workplace consulting firm BetterUp.
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Dodson Parker Names New Managing Partner

Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella has named Tyler Chance Yarbro managing partner of the firm, the Nashville Post reports. Yarbro replaces founding member Margaret L. Behm, who will continue her full-time practice. Yarbro joined the firm in 2011 from the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office. She also teaches trial advocacy at Vanderbilt School of Law and has been named an “Attorney for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court every year since 2014. 
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10 Essential Documents for Your Practice

Instructions and rules for client file retention, list of current curse and copy of bank’s form for IOLTA access are three of the top 10 documents attorneys need for succession planning and practice management. Learn more in this 3-hour dual credit workshop with attorney Timothy Takacs.

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Law Office Technology Packages Available Now

Did you miss the Bill and Phil Roadshow this year? Want to learn more about encryption for attorneys? Need a few CLE hours? The Law Tech package offers sessions on technology tools for lawyers, cybersecurity, types of encryption, e-Discovery and a total of 4.75 CLE credit hours.

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Attorneys General to Congress: Preserve State's Authority Over Data Security Laws

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has joined other attorneys general from across the country in signing a letter urging Congress not to preempt state data breach and data security laws, including laws that require notice to consumers and state attorneys general of data breaches. In their letter to congressional leaders, the attorneys general maintain that any federal law must not diminish the role of states in addressing data breaches and identity theft.

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Technology Headaches and Ethics CLE

Available now is a three-hour CLE addressing technology disruptions and ethical issues. Attendees will learn how to avoid scams, deal with social media, avoid software hiccups and identify pitfalls with speech recognition software.

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Crime, History and Humor Also in Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology

The March Tennessee Bar Journal includes columns on criminal law, history and humor. Knoxville lawyer Wade Davies asks if a defendant should testify, looking into any research about it. Chattanooga lawyer Russell Fowler takes us back in time to the 1800s when William B. Turley, "the most brilliant judge we ever had," was on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom writes about an interaction that Sen. Howard Baker had with his father-in-law, Sen. Everett Dirksen. It is a lesson that is even more applicable today. This issue, the Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology, is also packed with information examining the present and future of technology and how it affects law practice. You're going to need to know about what's happening now and what's coming.

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Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets: The Future of Law Practice

“Should we have a rule banning lawyer discrimination and harassment?” President Lucian Pera asks and answers this in his column in the March Journal, urging lawyers to study the issue and comment to the court on proposed Supreme Court Rule 8.4(g) banning discrimination and harassment. This issue, the Special Issue on Evolving Legal Markets and Technology, is packed with information examining the present and future of technology and how it affects law practice. University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Ben Barton is the guest editor who collected these tales of new models of lawyering and business incorporating technologies, Blockchain, how to get more value from the same amount of time, artificial intelligence – and more.

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CLE: Succession Planning for Your Law Firm or Practice Workshop

Attorney Timothy Takacs will present a special CLE on succession planning for your law firm or law practice on March 27. Additional topics will include law practice management, best practices, client communication and life planning. Attendees will learn how to develop their own plan using a planning toolkit for lawyers. 
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TBA Gears Up for 2018 Mock Trial Tournament

The Tennessee Bar Association will host the upcoming Tennessee High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 23 and 24 in Nashville. The Mock Trial is a two-day, single-elimination bracket-style competition where 16 high schools face-off against each other in the Davidson County Courthouse. Each team is scored on their trial preparation and skills. 

We need TBA volunteers to help be bailiffs and jurors (scorers) for the event. After signing up, we will send you a Volunteer Memo with all the information you need for competition including; parking, hotel, downtown map, courthouse rules, and reimbursement information. Come be a part of the Young Lawyers Divisions’ March Madness! Feel free to contact YLD Director Stephanie Vonnahme with any questions.

To volunteer for this event, click here.

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Big Prizes at Law Tech CLE Blast

Attendees at the Law Tech Blast on Feb. 16 will get the chance to win an Echo Show or Google Home Max. Topics to be addressed include: blockchain technology, smart contracts and the Bill and Phil Tech Show, which previews and reviews the latest tech gadgets.
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Don't Forget: Winter CLE Blast Tomorrow!

Need CLE hours fast? We can help! The annual Winter CLE Blast is less than a day away. With this program, you can complete up to 11 hours of Dual CLE credit on your own time. Our registration desk will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 21, providing you the flexibility to create your own schedule and take as many or as few hours as you need. Payment will be determined at checkout depending on the number of hours you attend. 


  • Flexible to your schedule
  • Up to 11 Hours of CLE
  • Ethics Credits
  • Compliance CLE
  • Live Credit Hours

When: Feb. 21, registration begins at 7 a.m., CST

Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37219


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Make Plans to Join Us for the Law Technology Blast

Find out what's next in technology for your law practice and law office at this year's Law Tech Blast on Feb. 16

This years program will be produced by Mary Griffin from the Tennessee Department of Treasury. The program will also feature presentations from William (Bill) Ramsey of Neal & Harwell PLC, Phillip Hampton of LogicForce Consulting LLC, Andre Bahou of Bahou Law PLLC, Ben Vincent of The Vertical Group, Scott Saugenbaum of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Richardson of The Richardson Law Firm, Samar Ali of Bass Berry & Sims PLC and Larry Bridgesmith of Vanderbilt Law School. 

Sign up today!

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Music City Legal Hackers to Host Meet Up Thursday

The Music City Legal Hackers have a meet up planned for Thursday at Vanderbilt Law School from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Planning for Nashville’s second annual legal hackathon, scheduled for April 14, is one item on the agenda.
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Avvo Acquired by Internet Brands

Online legal referral and attorney rating service Avvo has been purchased by Internet Brands, the ABA Journal reports. Internet Brands already owns and Total Attorneys, which are lead generators for attorneys. While the details of the deal have not been released, Avvo was valued in 2015 at $650 million. The company was founded in 2006 and employs about 350 people.
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Baker, Kinsman, Hollis & Clelland Joins Rainey Kizer

Lawyers from the Chattanooga firm of Baker, Kinsman, Hollis & Clelland PC are joining with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell PLC to operate as a Chattanooga office for the regional firm. With the addition of Baker, Kinsman’s attorneys, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC will have more than 40 attorneys serving its clients from its five offices across Tennessee.
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Waller’s Nashville Office Hires Hospitality Team from Bone

The Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP has hired a whole team of retail and hospitality attorneys from another prominent firm, the Nashville Business Journal reports. William Cheek, Robert Pinson, Olatayo Atanda and Kimberly Faye all departed Bone McAllester Norton PLLC for Waller. Cheek is known for his work in alcoholic beverage law, and is a founding member of the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants.
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Tax Bill Includes Law Firms in Pass-Through Tax Relief, With Limits

Under the new tax bill signed into law last week, law firms will see tax relief for pass-through entities, the ABA Journal reports. The bill gives a tax deduction to owners of pass-through businesses, but caps will phase out the deduction for higher-income professional service providers. Owners of pass-through businesses will be able to take a 20 percent deduction for qualified business income they receive from the entity.
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Frost Brown Todd Names Nashville's Sartin as Chairman

The members of Louisville-based law firm Frost Brown Todd have elected Nashville member Robert V. Sartin as chairman, the Nashville Post reports. His three-year term as chairman begins in the new year. Sartin has served on FBT’s executive committee since 2012 and co-chairs its automotive industry group.
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Oregon Lawyer Named Legal Innovator for Using Analytics in Detainee Representation

The Financial Times has named Stephen Manning, legal director of the Innovation Law Lab, as the top legal innovator in North America, the ABA Journal reports. Manning was recognized for using data analytics and technology to help lawyers in immigration and refugee cases. The Innovation Law Lab has advocated for the release of over 30,000 women and children from detention centers with a 99 percent success rate. The online platform fosters links between lawyers and provides legal support and resources to detainees and volunteers.
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TBA Attorney’s App Makes Semi-Final in ABA Law Tech Competition

The American Bar Association is hosting its second-annual Startup Alley program, offering startups a shot at being one of 15 companies to face off in a pitch competition at the ABA TECHSHOW conference, and TBA lawyer Sean Martin’s app is the running as a top 25 semifinalist. Martin’s app, Time Miner, is designed to capture and recover billable time on an attorney’s phone. To read more about Time Miner, see the full list of semifinalists (and to cast a vote), visit Above the Law.

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