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The Final Frontier: Ethics and the Malpractice Risks of Protecting Electronic Information – Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis

Just in time for the end-of-the-year CLE rush, the TBA has a variety of ethics CLE options across the state. As quickly as client information and case management technology evolves, so too does the legal profession’s duty to safeguard it. Join us in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis on Oct. 23, 24, and 25 for this annual event, with three hours of dual CLE, guiding attendees through malpractice risks and how to prevent them from happening in the ever-changing electronic age.

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Save the Date: TBA Criminal Law Forum

The TBA Criminal Justice Section will present its annual Criminal Law Forum on Dec. 7 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. This year's program will feature timely topics such as DNA forensics, the interplay between criminal and immigration law, attorney well-being and more. Following the program we will have a reception, providing networking opportunities for attendees and Criminal Justice Section members. Stay tuned for more details.

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Judge Tosses Kansas' Proof-of-Citizenship Voter Law, Rules that Attorney Must Take Extra CLE

A federal judge on Monday decided that Kansas cannot require people to prove their U.S. citizenship before they can vote, ruling the state's election law is unconstitutional, reports NPR. Chief District Judge Julie A. Robinson blasted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — who led President Trump's voter fraud commission — over disclosure violations, stating the violations “document a pattern and practice by [Kobach] of flaunting disclosure and discovery rules that are designed to prevent prejudice and surprise at trial.” Kobach was ordered by the judge to take continuing legal education classes on the rules of evidence or procedure in addition to any other CLE education required by his law license. Kobach is running for governor of Kansas, reportedly locked in a tight Republican primary race against the incumbent. You can read the full opinion here.

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Real Estate Essentials

The Ins and Outs of Titles

This Friday, the Tennessee Bar Center will host a program focused on the intangibles for dirt lawyers. The Real Estate Essentials CLE will cover the ins and outs of real estate titles and contracts, from basics like conducting a title search, to advanced topics such as drug seizure laws. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain necessary CLE credit, while networking with attorneys who share your focus. Section members receive a discount for the program. Here’s the key info:

When: Friday, May 11, registration begins at 12:30 p.m., CDT
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
CLE Credits: Three General
 
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Next Week: Criminal Law Basics

The Tennessee Bar Association will offer a Criminal Law Basics CLE program at the Bar Center in Nashville. This program will feature intangibles such as what to do when you get a new client (from opening a file to getting paid), the life cycle of the attorney-client relationship, obtaining the charging instruments and filing requests, notices, motions and more. Don’t miss this chance to learn from seasoned practitioners while networking with professionals who have a similar focus. Here is the key info:
 
When: Monday, May 21, 12 p.m., CDT
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37217
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2018 Local Government Forum a Huge Success!

The TBA Local Government Section recently presented its most successful annual forum to date, nearly doubling the attendance of the previous year! Attendees were treated to top-notch programming, with section members gathering afterward to attend a Nashville Predators game, with a pre-game reception at Bridgestone Arena.
 
Through the dedication of the section and strong leadership, this event has become a staple for local government practitioners throughout Tennessee. Thanks to the TBA Local Government Section Executive Council for their time and assistance with another remarkable forum. Stay tuned for more exciting events to come from this section.
 
OFFICERS
Shauna Billingsley, Chair, City of Franklin, Law Department
Charlotte Knight-Griffin, Vice-Chair, Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division
Shelly Wilson, Immediate Past Chair, Owings, Wilson & Coleman
 
EAST TENNESSEE DELEGATES
Daniel Street, County Attorney, Sullivan County
Joseph Jarrett, Attorney & Mediator, Knoxville
Rebecca Ketchie, Wilson Worley PC, Kingsport
 
MIDDLE TENNESSEE DELEGATES
Kristen Corn, City of Brentwood, Brentwood
Jennifer Noe, Balthrop Perry Noe & Newcomb, Ashland City
 
WEST TENNESSEE DELEGATE
Carter Gray, County Attorney, Shelby County
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This Friday: Intellectual Property 2018– CLE Bytes

This innovative program presented by the TBA Intellectual Property Section will feature timely analysis on cutting-edge topics designed to up your game by helping you stay on top of trends and advancements relevant to the world of IP. This event is a la carte, with registration open all day, allowing you to customize your schedule to the topics you are interested in. Take as many or as few hours as you need, paying only for the hours you attend. The forum will feature first-rate programming from speakers and producers such as:

  • Andre Bahou, Bahou Miller PLLC, Nashville
  • Scott Augenbaum, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nashville
  • Kevin Christopher, Christopher Intellectual Property Law PLLC, Cookeville
  • William Fortunato, Patterson + Sheridan, Greensboro
  • James Fox Jr., Adams & Reese LLP, Memphis
  • Mark Graham Esq., The Graham Law Firm PLLC, Knoxville
  • Ian McFarland, Merchant & Gould PC, Knoxville
Topics include:
  • viral trademarks
  • how to protect software using intellectual property
  • Supreme Court updates on trademarks and copyrights
  • blockchain technology
  • Supreme Court updates on patents, and patent-eligible subject matter
Section members receive a discount for the program. Here’s the key info:

When: Friday, April 27, registration begins at 8 a.m., CST; programming will continue until 3:45 p.m., CST

Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville

Click here to register

 

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Next Week: Tort and Appellate Forum 2018

A cross-collaborative CLE forum presented by the TBA’s Appellate Practice and Torts & Insurance Practice sections comes to the Tennessee Bar Center on March 29. This must-see, must-do event will feature timely topics and expert analysis from seasoned professionals, guaranteed to help you up your game and stay on top of trends and advancements relevant to your practice. The forum will feature first-rate programming from speakers and producers such as:

  • Hon. Kyle Hendrick, Hamilton Co. Circuit Court, Chattanooga
  • James Hivner, Supreme Court of Tennessee, Nashville
  • Justice Janice Holder, Private Legal Solutions, Memphis
  • Justice William Koch Jr., Nashville School of Law, Nashville
  • Robertson Leatherman Jr., Attorney, Memphis
  • Morris Ricketts, Consumers Insurance USA a Motorists Insurance Group Company, Murfreesboro
  • Nathan Shelby, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, Nashville
  • Hon. Neil Thomas, Hamilton Co. Circuit Court (ret.), Chattanooga

Topics include:

  • Updates on the appellate court’s new e-filing process
  • Updates in tort law
  • A review of the claims evaluation process
  • Practice pointers for insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Effective lawyering in front of juries
  • Ethical considerations and professionalism in appellate practice

Section members receive a discount for the program. Here’s the key info:

When: Thursday, March 29, registration begins at 8 a.m. CST

Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville

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Don't Sleep, Only a Few Tickets Left!

Local Government Section to Host Pre-Game Happy Hour With the Nashville Predators

The TBA Local Government Section will host a pre-game warm-up party with the Nashville Predators following its annual forum on March 22! This event will be held in a private reception hall within Bridgestone Arena, with complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres provided.
 
Following the reception, we will watch our reigning Western Conference champs battle the high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs in their only Nashville appearance of the season. The section has reserved seating for the game, so we can jeer the Leafs as a collective.
 
Don't miss what is guaranteed to be a fun night for all! Open to all section members; forum participation is not required to attend. Tickets are limited. Contact Jarod Word for more info and to reserve your spot.
 
When: March 22, 5:30 p.m., CST; game starts at 7 p.m. CST
 
Where: Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203    
 
 
                                                                                                                                                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
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15th Annual Bankruptcy Forum in Gatlinburg

The 15th Annual Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Forum will take place April 27-29, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in scenic Gatlinburg. This event offers 10 hours of CLE credit including 3 hours of ethics.
 
This high-quality program will begin on Friday with presentations on recent bankruptcy case developments in the Sixth Circuit and around the country. A faculty of prominent bankruptcy judges will be present, encouraging participants to analyze, discuss, and argue different approaches to relevant case studies.
 
Make plans to join us in this wonderful and relaxing setting for unique and informative presentations, while networking with attorneys of an associated practice. 
 
Speakers and producers include:
  • Joel Giddens, Wilson & Assoc PLLC, Memphis 
  • Lawrence Ahern III, Brown & Ahern, Nashville 
  • Paul Bonapfel, United States Bankruptcy Court - North District of GA, Atlanta 
  • James Croom, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Jackson
  • Laura Ketcham, Miller Martin PLLC, Chattanooga
  • Randal Mashburn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville
  • Michael McCormick, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Roswell
  • Shelley Rucker, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of TN, Chattanooga
  • Kara West, Chapter 13 Trustee, Chattanooga

For more information and to register for this event, click here.

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