With the news surrounding coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — seemingly changing daily, the Tennessee Bar Association is monitoring developments and taking any necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and members. We are moving forward responsibly with our meetings and programs in accordance with direction from global, federal, and local health officials, like the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Tennessee Department of Health.

TBA Convention Moving to Virtual Event

TBA President Sarah Sheppeard announced on April 28 that the TBA's Annual Convention, originally scheduled for June 17-20 in Knoxville, will be held as a virtual event the week of June 15. Programming will be offered free each day that week to TBA members. Sessions will include eight hours of CLE programs, awards presentations and the swearing in of new TBA President Michelle Greenway Sellers. Register for the event here and check out the schedule and other details here.

TBA Offices Remain Closed

TBA President Sarah Sheppeard announced on March 31 that the TBA offices would remain closed until further notice. That follows an announcement on March 16 that the office would be closed through March 31.

New Dates for Rescheduled Programming

Virtual Programs

In Person Programs

  • The Animal Law Forum has been rescheduled for Sept. 18 (also will have a virtual component)
  • The Adoption Law Forum has been reschedule for Sept. 22 (also will have a virtual component)
  • The Health Law Forum & Primer has been reschedule for Oct. 7-9 (also will have a virtual component)
  • Hot Topics in Real Estate has been reschedule for Nov. 6 (also will have a virtual component)
  • The 17th Annual Bankruptcy Law Forum has been rescheduled for Nov. 13-15 in Gatlinburg

Postponed Programming: Watch for New Dates

  • Business Law Forum
  • Corporate Counsel Spring Forum
  • Dispute Resolution Forum
  • Entertainment & Sports Law Forum
  • Family Law Forum
  • Federal Appellate Forum
  • International Law Spring Forum
  • Intellectual Property Law Forum
  • 24th Annual Labor & Employment Law Forum
  • Litigation Law Spring Forum
  • TBA Reporters Workshop

Canceled Events

Pandemic Needs Survey

On April 7, the TBA sent Tennessee attorneys a survey to learn about their needs during the current COVID-19 pandemic. "We are working with the courts and other institutions to ensure lawyers are able to continue their work and serve their clients during this difficult time," TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson said. Attorneys can respond anonymously at https://www.tba.org/Pandemic_Survey.