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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Mar 12, 2018


• Gubernatorial Forum (Bench/Bar CLE Program)

8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 3 General Hours CLE

The 2018 race for governor of Tennessee is wide open. With party primaries set for Aug. 2, this event at the TBA Convention promises to be an important time for the candidates to make their cases before the Tennessee legal community.
All of the candidates have also been invited to appear in the exhibit hall before and after the forums to give those attending the convention an opportunity for face-to-face conversations. 

• Bench/Bar Luncheon

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

• Legislative Update

TBA CLE, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1 General Hours CLE

Find out what’s new and what’s not for the upcoming legislative session. The TBA’s government affairs team will provide insight on the TBA’s policy agenda, recent appointments and upcoming elections. You will hear from Representative Mike Carter, Senator John Stevens and Senator Sara Kyle.

• Better Right Now

TBA CLE program, 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., 2 Dual Hours CLE

Find out what Tennessee is planning for today’s lawyers and the well-being of our bar. Rotating sessions will feature interviews with Chief Justice Bivins, Tracy Kepler of ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Ted Rice of Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program and members of TBA’s Attorney Well-Being Committee. 


• Changing Courts: Court Reform 2.0

• Improving the Effectiveness of Civil Courts for Pros Se Litigants: Can Judges and Clerks Do Better

• Improving the Effectiveness of Civil Court for Pro Se Litigants: Can Technology Bring Them Better, Faster Cheaper Dispute Resolution?

TBA/TLAW CLE programs, 8:30 - 11:15 a.m., 2.5 Dual Hours CLE

University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Ben Barton, Nashville lawyer Gail Ashworth, former Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart

Changing times are here for Tennessee courts. 
A rising number of pro se civil litigants in a court system designed for litigants with lawyers means less access to justice and poor service for some citizens who own and use the court system. Can the effectiveness of the civil court system be  improved for pro se litigants by improving how judges and clerks interact with them? 
How is technology impacting our courts? Can courts learn from the experience of other service sectors and make dispute resolution in civil courts better, faster, and cheaper for pro se litigants using technology??
Tennessee leaders and participation from those in attendance will help us answer these questions and discuss the future of our courts. 

• Clio Report

  — The Data-Driven Lawyer: How Data Can Help Lawyers Be More Productive

  — Age of Data Driven Law A Close Read of Clio’s 2017 Legal Trends Report

  — Data in Managing a Law Practice   

TBA CLE program, 2:00 - 3:45 p.m., 1.75 General Hours CLE

University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Ben Barton, Jack Newton of Clio, Mary E. Juetten of Evolve Law and Traklight and Patrick Palace of Palace Law

Data has the power to transform industries. Only recently has the legal profession used real-world data to capture industry insights. Revolutionary insights from Clio’s 2017 Legal Trends Report changed all of that. 

Join this session to understand how lawyers have the opportunity to leverage data and technology to become an order of magnitude more productive and to service their clients in a more efficient, effortless fashion. Learn how can individual Tennessee lawyers can use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to drive firm growth and improve firm productivity. 

• Measures that Matter: Key Performances Indicator Workshop to Improve your Firm Performance

TBA CLE program, 4 - 5 p.m., 1 Dual Hour CLE

Mary E. Juetten of Evolve Law and Traklight

Clios’ 2017 Legal Trends Report identified a missing six billable hours per day for attorneys. The 2016 State of Small Law Firms survey by Thomson Reuters indicated that the majority of small law firms value client satisfaction, firm profitability, and individual matter profit.  Do you measure and track those items? Do you have the right data? Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are critical to measure client satisfaction, team performance, firm culture - more than billable hours and profits per partner.

However, knowing how to get started with KPIs, where to find data and how to follow-up can be overwhelming. In this interactive workshop, we will review a KPI framework and focus on five starter KPIs. As we discuss these measurements, audience participation will be welcome. All attendees will receive a complimentary KPI starter worksheet with the 5 KPIs plus a KPI white paper in advance and are encouraged to bring their questions. Law performance expert author and consultant, Mary Juetten will lead this workshop.