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Posted by: Therese Byrne on Mar 12, 2014

(Tentative Schedule - Current as of 6/5/2014)


Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal

Bench/Bar CLE Program at Gatlinburg Convention Center, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

When investigators learned of a scheme of selling pardons cash — setting free some of the state's worst criminals — it set in motion a bold move by a small bipartisan group of Tennessee officials to swear in Governor-elect Lamar Alexander three days ahead of schedule. Author and political observer Keel Hunt takes readers behind the scenes in this dramatic political transition in his well-received book, Coup. Joining him at this presentation are two of the key participants in the events of that day in 1979 — former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Hal Hardin and former Tennessean publisher John Seigenthaler.

Oliver Diaz: Justice Under Fire

Bench/Bar CLE Program at Gatlinburg Convention Center, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Oliver E Diaz Jr. spent much of his time on the bench fighting attacks from special interest groups. Though defeated in his 2008 reelection bid, Diaz saw his experience inspire John Grisham to write “The Appeal," a story of political and legal intrigue in a state where judges are elected in partisan elections. Diaz's case also is one of four discussed in the documentary film “Hot Coffee."

Don't miss hearing Diaz recount his story, and how he believes that the popular election of appellate court judges negatively impacts our system of justice.

• Iowa Justice to Speak on Election Challenges

Bench/Bar Luncheon at Gatlinburg Convention Center, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Iowa Supreme Court justice who authored the opinion permitting same-sex marriage in the state – and later watched three of his colleagues on the bench fall in retention elections – will be the featured speaker at this year’s Bench/Bar Luncheon during the TBA Annual Convention. Chief Justice Mark Cady will talk about the Varnum v. Brien decision and the attacks that followed from out-of-state groups that targeted the justices for deciding that the state’s statue limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violated the Iowa Constitution.

• Better Next Year

Joint TBA/TLAW CLE programs at Park Vista Hotel, 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

This session offers a cornucopia of ideas, resources, projects and people to help you thrive.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Build Better Relationships and Manage Through Resistance, presented by mental health professional and addictions counselor Jennifer Angier
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Aging Choices, presented by Sara Beth Warne of Aging in Place Services, and Elizabeth Moss of Caregivers by WholeCare
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Caregiving & The Type A Personalities, presented by Cindy Laverty of The Care Company
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 - 4:35 p.m. Networking: 7 Effective Steps in Asking for a Referral, presented by Damon L. Rawls of Damon Rawls Coaching LLC
4:35 - 4:55 p.m. Alternative Practice Models:  Part-Time Practice in a Full-Time World, presented by Lorna Kennedy of Clio

4:55 - 5:15 p.m. Mentoring, presented by Jackie Dixon of Weatherly McNally & Dixon PLC 

• Made Ole Jed a Millionaire: Eminent Domain & the Acquisition Land for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

TBA CLE program at Park Vista Hotel, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., presented by Brad Free, of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Learn about the acquisition of land for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the issues involved.

• Why We Need Fair Courts: The Benefits of a Fair and Impartial Judiciary

TBA CLE program at Park Vista Hotel, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., presented by Alistair Newbern, Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School

Professor Newbern will share why retention elections are important to a fair and impartial judiciary in Tennessee..


Texts From Last Night ... And Ethics

Joint TBA/TABL CLE at Park Vista Hotel, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., presented by Brian Faughnan

Texts from last night can be a cold splash of reality the next morning. So are those hasty emails and un-planned responses to clients when you are in a hurry.  This session will test your quick thinking as well as your quick draw as participants will reach for their cell phones in a texting race to the right answer. Join Brian S. Faughnan with Lewis Thomason for this highly interactive program. Be prepared to participate, learn, keep your phone on, text, and laugh at some not so funny text examples.

Common Ethics Knowledge

Joint TBA/TABL CLE at Park Vista Hotel, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., presented by Brian Faughnan

Are you smarter than a law student? Are you smarter than a high school student? Are you smarter than a 7th grader? These are not qualities that will necessarily help you do well in this particular game show. Whether you know the ethics rules or not, agreeing upon the right answers to ethics questions presented may be a struggle especially in moonshine country. Watch as our special guests make their best guesses as they learn about how we are going to use interactive technology to have a lively competition and a little bit of fun.

• Shine and Wine

TBA CLE at Park Vista Hotel, 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., presented by Dan Haskell and Matt Scanlan of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC, Rob Pinson of Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, and Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville

Hear the latest on wine-in-grocery-store and craft distilling of moonshine legislation from the insiders. Following that, lawmakers will provide an overview of legislation from the 2014 session important to lawyers.