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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Mar 25, 2014

Attorneys attending this year’s Litigation Forum got a day full of practical assistance from some of the top judges and practitioners in the state. Matt Curley of Bass Berry & Sims produced the program, which drew more than 60 registrants.

The day started with a keynote address from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jane Hon. Jane Branstetter Stranch and continued with segments on legislative developments from Sen. Doug Overby, R-Maryville and Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville. The rest of the day was filled with sessions on practical programming on everything from class action litigation and taking and defending effective depositions to effective oral advocacy and pre-trial motions. Ethics expert Lucian Pera rounded out the day with an update on the emerging area of ethics and social media.

Several of the sessions are now available online if you were unable to attend the live program. They include:

Legislative Update, presented by Sen. Doug Overby, R-Maryville and Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville
Trial Preparation, presented by John Farringer, of Sherrard & Roe PLC and Will Helou of WSMLEGAL PLLC
Ethics Update, presented by Lucian Pera of Adams & Reece LLP
Effective Oral Advocacy, presented by the Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle, Chancery Court of Davidson County (Part III), and the Hon. Joseph Binkley, Jr., Fifth Circuit Court for Davidson County
Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, presented by Todd Presnell of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Litigation Forum

The Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle (left), Chancery Court of Davidson County (Part III), and the Hon. Joseph Binkley, Jr., Fifth Circuit Court for Davidson County provide guidance on Pre-Trial Motions and Trial Preparation during the Litigation Forum. Below, Judge Lyle interacts with Nashville attorneys Matt Curley and Mike Abelow during a trial demonstration.