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Posted by: Barry Kolar on May 21, 2014

There are a number of resources available in video format. Below is a listing of several provided by the Tennessee Bar Association and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

TBA All Access Network

The TBA All Access Network provides members of the Tennessee Bar Association  with a rich source of video programming on topics as diverse as tips for starting your own practice, to an overview of practice areas, to suggestions for advancing your legal career. The service is provided free of charge!

• Going Solo

These videos cover the key elements of starting a solo practice. Topics include practical tips such as how to set up an office or how to market using social media, as well as practice-based topics

Wage & Hour Basics
If you open your own practice, it's likely you will also become an employer. Nashville labor and employment lawyer Stan Graham provides basic information on what your obligations are as a new employer, such as how to determine if an employee is exempt or non-exempt.

How to Develop a Practice Area
In this video, Memphis lawyer Sean Hunt talks about his work as a construction law attorney and the lessons he has learned about working with clients and how to develop a new practice area.

Setting Up an Office
What do you need to go out on your own? Nashville attorney Matt Potempa recently took the plunge and hung out his own shingle. In this webcast, Matt looks at the essential equipment you need to start a law practice.

Marketing and Social Media
Marketing director Courtenay Rogers brings to the table her experience working with the attorneys at Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, where a planned social media effort has brought in new clients and expanded the firm's business.

• Practice Points

These videos provide an overview of key concepts lawyers need to know in a particular field of law. Presentations are not meant to provide an exhaustive summary of the issue at hand, but rather an overview of the main points lawyers should keep in mind when handling such cases. Presentations also may include practical tips for handling a task or developing a new skill. Keep in mind that the law changes constantly, so always make sure to double check the current status of the law when taking on a new case.

Criminal Law Basics

In this video, Nashville-area lawyer David Veile provides an overview of how to approach the defense of a criminal case. He covers issues such as evaluating the court venue; the importance of understanding the client's perspective of what happened; doing due diligence with regard to reviewing the arrest warrant, cross-checking charges against the code and confirming the legality of any search warrants; and finally, documenting every element of representation in case there is an appeal or post-conviction suit.

Discrimination Basics

In this video, Knoxville lawyer Chris McCarty looks at harassment and discrimination cases from the employer's perspective. He covers such issues as determining whether the complaining party is a member of a legally protected class and whether the employer is subject to federal and/or state discrimination laws, which have different requirements. He provides guidance for interviewing the relevant parties and advising employers on how to treat complaining employees, saying strong retaliation cases often have their basis in weak discrimination cases.

Insurance Law Basics

In this video, Jackson lawyer Chad Naffziger discusses first party insurance claims -- those that are filed by an individual against his or her own insurance company. He advises lawyers to get to know the applicable insurance policy "inside and out" and identify what coverages or defenses are available. He also looks at the duties of the insured after a loss occurs and circumstances that can void the policy. Finally, he addresses the liability of the agent who sold the policy and the vicarious liability imputed to the company.

Using Public Record

In this video, Tennessee's Open Records Counsel Elisha Hodge provides tips for those requesting public records as well as those responsible for maintaining records. She advises lawyers seeking public records to be aware of statutory restrictions on access, any fees that might apply, and where and how to send requests. For record custodians, Hodge advises entities to create a records management system, understand retention and destruction schedules, know their rights and responsibilities under the law, and be able to justify any denials.

• Professional Development

Videos in this section will help lawyers who are seeking to advance to the next stage of their career. Whether you are a young lawyer starting out, a mid-level attorney seeking to take the next step, or a senior-level attorney interested in mentoring or taking on new initiatives, there is something here for you.

Beginning Client Relationships
What are the keys to beginning a successful relationship with a new client? Memphis attorney and ethics expert Brian Faughnan of Lewis Thomason offers six topics for you to consider for ensuring you can build a successful relationship with every new or potential client.

Marketing, Referrals, and More
Rebecca McKelvey Castaneda, an associate in the Nashville Office of Stites & Harbison, talks about developing yourself professionally as a practicing lawyer. A few of the topics include marketing, referrals, and developing a name for yourself in a niche practice area.

Interviewing Tips
Whether you are interviewing for your first professional position or looking to make a lateral move, an in-person interview can be a key to your success. Bass, Berry and Sims attorney Elizabeth Warren offers a roadmap for you to follow.

Administrative Office of the Courts Video Series

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission has developed a series of videos designed to help attorneys and those in need gain a better understanding of certain issues, procedures, and areas of the law, including:

Access to Justice

Basics of Domestic Violence

Providing Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities

Introduction to the Tennessee General Sessions Court (Segment 1)

Overview of a General Sessions Court Case (Segment 2)

Getting Ready for a General Sessions Civil Court Case (Segment 3)

Introduction Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Debt Collection

Foreclosure Assistance