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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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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. 

Highlights

  • 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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Post-Forum Reception at TDEC

Don't forget, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in cooperation with the Tennessee Bar Association's Environmental Law Section will host an open house immediately following the Environmental Law Forum on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CDT in Nashville.
 
Don't miss this opportunity to meet leadership of the organization while networking with attorneys and professionals with a similar focus. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. More details and address information are available on the TBA.org website. We hope to see you there!
 
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CLE Opportunities for Solo Practitioners

The Tennessee Bar Association will host upcoming CLE events geared towards assisting solo practitioners with the unique problems faced in starting their own practice and how to further advance their practice once established. 
 
The programs - Go SOLO: Tools for Starting Your Practice and I am SOLO: What's Next for The Solo Practice - will focus on topics such as:
 
  • Are you ready
  • People skills
  • Start-up costs
  • Business operations
  • Allocation of resources
  • Entering the market
  • How to promote yourself
  • Expanding your office
  • Considering additional partners
  • Combining services with another small firm
  • Opening another office or adding more support staff
Do not miss this opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals who have dealt with and overcome these challenges, while you fulfill your necessary CLE obligations. Section members receive a discounted rate for the programs. Both will be simulcast online, should you be unable to make it in person. Here's the key info:
 
 
When: Feb. 8, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., CDT
 
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37219
 
 
When: Feb. 8, registration begins at 11:45 a.m., CDT
 
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37219
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Save the Date: Local Government Forum 2018

The 2018 Local Government Forum is just around the corner! This annual favorite among Tennessee attorneys has become a statewide staple, offering top-notch programming and relative legislative updates, designed to help you stay on top of trends and advance your practice. This year's event will also feature a post-CLE reception, allowing you to socialize and network with other professionals who share your focus. Stay tuned for more info.
 
When: March 22, 2018; registration begins at 9 a.m., CDT
 
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37219
 
Topics include:
Open records
Open meetings
Tennessee's Clean Water Act
Legislative updates
Best practices 
Rules for parliamentary procedures
 
Speakers/Producers include:
Shauna Billingsley, City of Franklin, Law Department, Franklin 
Margaret Norris, Municipal Technical Advisory Service, Knoxville
John Owings, Owings, Wilson & Coleman, Knoxville
William Penny, Burr & Forman LLP, Nashville 
Allan Ramsaur, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville 
 
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Don't Forget– Estate Planning & Probate Forum 2018 This Friday!

The Tennessee Bar Association will host the 2018 Estate Planning & Probate Forum at the Embassy Suites in Franklin on Friday. This event provides six hours of CLE, including an hour of dual credit, and will be focused on timely, relevant topics to help you stay on top of trends affecting this area of law. Legislative updates and the ever-popular Probate Panel will ensure that you leave with the knowledge necessary to advance your practice.
 
Do not miss this opportunity to fulfill CLE requirements while networking with attorneys who share your focus and cultivating relationships with fellow practitioners. Section members receive a discounted rate for the program. Here's the key info: 
 
When: Feb. 23, 2018; registration begins at 8 a.m., CDT
 
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 820 Crescent Center Dr., Franklin, TN 37067
 
Topics include:
  • Family Law Issues
  • IRA Planning and Best Practices
  • Medicare Benefits
  • Legislative Updates
  • Probate Panel
 
Speakers/Producers include:
  • Jennifer Exum, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, Chattanooga 
  • Jeffrey Atherton, Chancery Court, Chattanooga
  • Newman Bankston, Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, Knoxville 
  • Frank Cardenas, FEDlogic LLC, Nashville 
  • Donald Farinato, Hodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC, Knoxville 
  • Sandra Garrett, The Board of Professional Responsibility, Brentwood 
  • Kathleen Gomes, Probate Court of Shelby County-Division One, Memphis
  • David Parsons, Attorney At Law, Nashville 
  • Joel Roettger, Gentry, Tipton & McLemore, Knoxville 
  • Stacy Roettger, The Trust Company of Knoxville
  • Albert Secor, Southeastern Trust Company, Chattanooga

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The Indemnity Agreement — A Benefit to the Surety and Contractor

Indemnity agreements are a standard document in the surety and insurance industry, but for those outside the industry, they can be relatively unknown. If you are outside the construction arena, they can be near impossible to understand and they can be difficult to navigate when your construction client is required to provide a bond to secure its bidding, payment and performance obligations under a construction contract.
 
Surety bonds are third-party contracts between the principal/contractor, the surety and the obligee. By providing the principal/contractor with the bond, the surety is guaranteeing to the obligee that money is available to cover the cost of damages as a result of the principal’s failure to adhere to the terms of the underlying contractual obligation and the bond provided. The surety issues a bond with the assumption that the surety will not lose money if a claim is made against the bond.
 
So, if the surety guarantees to the obligee that money is available to cover any losses or damages where the principal/contractor is at fault, how can the surety assume that it will not lose anything? The surety will look to the ever-important indemnity agreement. While this may sound overwhelming, the indemnity agreement is a necessary component of the construction industry, and understanding the indemnity agreement can assist you and your client, the contractor, in the operation of its business. 
 
An presentation during the upcoming Construction Law Forum will address this and other questions regarding the indemnity agreement. To register for this CLE opportunity, click here
 
Elizabeth "Beth" Stengel is a West Tennessee Delegate for the Tennessee Bar Association's Construction Law Section. Stengel is a shareholder in the Memphis office of Evans Petree. She holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis College of Law. Stengel can be contacted at 901-474-6138 or bstengel@evanspetree.com.
 
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Tennessee Retainage Law — BETTER WATCH OUT!

Most Tennessee commercial construction contracts allow for “retainage” to be withheld from monthly payments until the end of a project. However, Tennessee has some of the most restrictive retainage laws in the country, the violation of which can subject an owner or contractor to both criminal and civil penalties. These laws have in the last few years been amended to include these penalties. Many in the construction industry (and their lawyers) are unaware of these laws and recent cases. 

A presentation at the upcoming Construction Law Forum aims to address this and provide a comprehensive discussion of the retainage laws and how lawyers can best advise their clients. To register for this CLE opportunity, click here

David K. Taylor is a Middle Tennessee Delegate for the Tennessee Bar Association's Construction Law Section. Taylor is a partner in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. He holds degrees from Davidson College and the University of Alabama College of Law. Taylor can be contacted at 615-252-2396 or dtaylor@bradley.com.

 

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Construction Law Forum 2018 This Friday!

The Tennessee Bar Association will host the 2018 Construction Law Forum in Nashville on Jan. 26, 2018. This event provides six hours of CLE, including an hour of ethics, and will be focused on understanding insurance coverage and surety bond issues as related to construction projects. These matters can be perplexing— who is covered, what is covered, who is a necessary party to any dispute, and how to trigger coverage. This CLE will address these problems in a way that's informative for all attorneys, regardless of construction law experience. 
 
Do not miss this opportunity to fulfill CLE requirements while networking with attorneys who share your focus and cultivating relationships with fellow practitioners. Section members receive a discounted rate for the program. Here's the key info: 
 
When: Jan. 26, 2018; registration begins at 8 a.m., CDT
 
Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 4th Ave N., Nashville, TN 37219
 
Topics include:
Available insurance products and particular coverages involved in a construction project
Coverage for defective work
Drafting complaints to invoke coverage
Payment and performance bonds
Indemnity agreements necessary to obtain bonds
Conflicts of interest when representing insureds in construction litigation
 
Speakers/Producers include:
Jeremy Alpert, Glankler Brown PLLC, Memphis
Briton Collins, Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley PC, Knoxville
James (Tim) Crenshaw, Schulman LeRoy & Bennett PC, Nashville 
Michael Derrick, Shuttleworth PLLC, Memphis 
Timothy Gibbons, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, Chattanooga
Elizabeth Stengel, Evans Petree PC, Memphis 
William Tate, Howard Tate Sowell Wilson Leathers & Johnson PLLC, Nashville
David Taylor, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Nashville
 
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