Dispute Resolution Section

This section provides members the opportunity to exchange information with other practitioners regarding alternate dispute resolution, including an annual CLE seminar and co-sponsored CLE programs with other sections that use mediation in their practice.

Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt
262 German Oak Dr
Memphis, TN 38018
Law Office of Cindy Cole Ettingoff
6380 Swan Nest Cr
Memphis, TN 38120-3212
Immediate Past Chair
Frantz McConnell & Seymour LLP
PO Box 39
Knoxville, TN 37901
LinkedIn: debrafulton/
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Rule 31

The Tennessee Supreme Court today amended Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 and Appendix A of Rule 31 and adopted Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31A. The changes will become effective Nov. 1, 2018. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission first proposed the changes in March, seeking to redefine and clarify the eligible civil actions encompassed by Rule 31; to establish grievance procedures; to clarify matters related to confidentiality, privilege and admissibility; to clarify the obligations of Rule 31 mediators; to modify and clarify the training and listing requirements for mediators; to propose additional duties for mediators; and to remove appendices B-E from Rule 31. The court reviewed comments from the Tennessee Bar Association, as well as the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville bar associations and several individuals and mediation centers before issuing the order today.

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West Tennessee Legal Services Seeking Volunteers for Obion County Clinic

The Pro Bono Project at West Tennessee Legal Services has scheduled a Free Legal Clinic on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Troy United Methodist Church. The clinic will be held in the church’s Activities Building located at 226 W. Westbrook St., Troy, Tennessee, 38260. All lawyers are invited to help at this counsel and advice-only clinic. To volunteer or for more information contact Ginny Brimm, 731-426-1308, or go online here.
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