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Posted by: Jenny Jones on Apr 29, 2014

Last Fall, the Tennessee Bar Association Appellate Practice Section produced an all-day CLE program on appellate practice in the Tennessee Courts of Appeals. 

The “Tennessee Court of Appeals Boot Camp” was modeled after the Section’s successful “Tennessee Supreme Court Boot Camp” CLE, which has been an annual event for several years.  In 2013, the Section determined that a Court of Appeals Boot Camp would have wider appeal and would serve to assist practitioners across the State in successfully litigating in Tennessee’s intermediate courts. 

There were 48 attorneys in attendance at the CLE, which was held in Nashville.  The attendees observed the Middle Section’s docket in the morning, and had the opportunity to ask questions of several of the lawyers appearing before the Court of Appeals that day in a debriefing session following oral argument. 

After lunch, the attendees were treated to an afternoon of informative CLE presentations, which included presentations by four current Tennessee Court of Appeals Judges. 

First, the Honorable John Westley McClarty, of the Eastern Section Court of Appeals, spoke on “Common Mistakes Made and How to Avoid Them.” 

Appellate Practitioner Amy Farrar of Hagan & Farrar, PLLC in Murfreesboro spoke next on “Brief Writing in the Tennessee Court of Appeals: Increasing the Appeal of Your Appeal,” followed by Donald Capparella of Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella, P.C. in Nashville, who spoke about “Tips for Becoming a Better Appellate Advocate in Oral Argument.”

The day ended with an illuminating panel discussion, “Appellate Practice: A View from the Bench,” touching on various topics relating to appellate practice in Tennessee.  The Honorable J. Steven Stafford, of the Western Section Court of Appeals, the Honorable Holly M. Kirby, of the Western Section Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Thomas R. Frierson, II, of the Eastern Section Court of Appeals joined forces for the lively discussion on all things appellate.