Trial practice seminars offer practical tools

Whether your practice involves time in the courtroom, or preparing for cases that ultimately settle, the upcoming Trial Practice for Today's Litigator program from the TBA's YLD will provide practical tools to enhance your career. Hear from practitioners as they discuss how to optimize discovery without wasting time or clients' money. Topics will include taking effective depositions, using interrogatories to your benefit and gaining leverage in settlement negotiations. The course also will include a session on writing a winning summary judgment brief. Finally, a panel of judges and seasoned litigators will discuss how to protect your most valuable asset: your reputation. Learn how to establish and maintain respect as a formidable litigator while remaining civil and cordial with colleagues.

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Adrian R. Brown, Pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The petitioner, Adrian R. Brown, appeals the McMinn County Criminal Court's dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the post-conviction court's judgment pursuant to Rule 20, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we conclude that the post-conviction court properly dismissed the petition. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted, and the judgment of the postconviction court is affirmed.


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