Programming For The 2016 TBA Convention


• Law, Justice and the Holocaust

Bench/Bar CLE Program at Sheraton Music City, 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Nazi period in Germany presented individual judges — as it did so many others — with intense personal and ethical dilemmas. And while it is all too easy to condemn them in retrospect, oversimplifying their circumstances and declaring moral absolutes from a safe historical distance, it is more difficult and, ultimately, more useful to examine critically and objectively the pressures they faced. Moreover, it is neither the outright heroes nor the obvious villains whose stories are the most deeply challenging. Rather, it is through studying the actions of the ambivalent, conflicted, and ordinary individuals that the realities of ethical struggle become accessible.

Moderators from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will lead this highly interactive session, where participants will look at key decrees, legislative acts and case law to see the gradual process by which the Nazi leadership, with support or acquiescence from the majority of German people, including judges, moved the nation from a democracy to a dictatorship, and the series of legal steps that left millions vulnerable to the racist and antisemitic ideology of the Nazi state. These legal instruments reveal the positions that judges took and the questions that they faced during the Nazi regime; in so doing, they provide a framework for thoughtful and meaningful debate on the role of the judiciary in society and its responsibilities today.

Speakers: William Frederick Meinecke Jr., Marcus A. Appelbaum and Ann M. Webber

• Bench/Bar Luncheon

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. 

• Better Next Year

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

Fun Technology for Better, Healthier Living (1 hour)
Speakers: William “Bill” Ramsey, Neal & Harwell PLC, and Philip Hampton, LogicForce Consulting LLC

This presentation will focus on adaptive and wearable technology that will challenge attendees to improve their health and wellness. 

Get hAPPy (1 hour)
Speakers:  Mary Griffin, Chair Attorney Well Being Committee, Judge Brandon Gibson and Candice Reed

Discover apps that will help you increase your knowledge of health and wellness and get more active.

Exercise and Health With Game Play (1 hour)
Speaker: Corey Zadik, Solution-Focused Coach and Trainer

This highly interactive session will look at the games you enjoy and discover what role they have played in your lives — both as a child and as an adult — and how playing them has helped your health.

Zadik will also take you on a journey of discovery, guiding your through a wide assortment of game types and highlighting the variety and breadth of benefits. He'll also help you find the games that fit you best — each of us has different strengths, interests, and needs, so it is important to choose right game.

• Seersucker and Civility: How to Dress and Behave Like a Lawyer 

TBA CLE Program, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Speaker: William Haltom, author of Milk & Sugar: The Complete Story of Seersucker

This presentation from Memphis attorney and Tennessee Bar Journal humor columnist Bill Haltom will discuss how such seersucker-clad icons as Atticus Finch and Howard Baker taught us how to dress and how to conduct ourselves both in and out of the courtroom. Learn why seersucker is beloved by Tennessee lawyers and judges as "the perfect law suit" that brings together tradition, fashion, comfort, and yes, civility!


• Grammar v. Gavel: Let the Games Begin!

TBA/TABL Joint CLE program, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Speakers: Tiffany G. Johnson, QP Legal and Barbara L. Deans

Do you know the difference between a restrictive clause and a non-restrictive clause? This and other grammatical tidbits could mean the difference between a viable prayer for relief and a legal brick wall. In this lively session, interactive games will challenge attendees to see who most astutely wields the lawyer’s primary weapon: words. The games will test participants’ effective use of writing mechanics, conventions, and style to fortify pleadings and motions against the legal pitfalls that often ensnare those who overlook the important technicalities of good legal writing.

• Swimming With Sharks

TBA/TLAW Joint CLE, 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

How to Swim With Sharks And Not Look Like a Tuna (30 minutes)
Speaker: Nancy Krider Corley and Rachel Clark

Tips on effective speaking skills.

Swim in a School - Not a Bait Ball (30 minutes)

Speakers: Jacqueline Dixon, Weatherly, McNally & Dixon PLLC
Kay Caudle, STR General Counsel

A report on the opportunities and progress of mentoring programs in Tennessee.

Avoiding Poison Bait (30 minutes)
Speaker: Laura McClendon, Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program

Latest research data on lawyer suicide, depression, alcohol and drug abuse.

Escaping the BPR Net (30 minutes)
Speaker: Laura Chastain, Board of Professional Responsibility 

Best and worst things to do when dealing with the BPR.

• Legislative Update

TBA CLE, 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Find out how new laws passed by the Tennessee General Assembly will affect your practice and your clients.
Speaker: Senator Doug Overbey, Senator Jeff Yarbro, and Representative Mike Stewart

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