With the news surrounding the new 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 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.
Rescheduled CLE Programming
Looking for your favorite TBA CLE program? Check out all our offerings here. The Tennessee Supreme Court has waived the in-person requirement for CLE hours for the rest of this year, allowing lawyers to earn all or any portion of their required 2020 hours through approved distance learning courses. The TBA has more than 100 online courses available and is adding new webcasts and virtual forums every day.
- The 2020 Leadership Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Nashville April 3-4
- The Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition, which was scheduled for March 20-21
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.