Programming For The 2017 TBA Convention


• The Hatfields and McCoys

Bench/Bar CLE Program, 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 3 General Hours CLE

More than 125 years after its conclusion, the Hatfield-McCoy feud remains an indelible part of American history. The saga of two families caught in a tragic vendetta in the rugged Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia continues to fascinate and intrigue.

While few may know the historic details of the conflict, the phrase “Hatfields & McCoys” has become part of our modern American lexicon. The family surnames have become synonymous with mortal conflict. Ironically, it is this mutually shared history that has led to a reconciliation between the Hatfield and McCoy families in the modern era. The past 20 years has seen a resurgence of interest in feud history, prompted by the actions of the families themselves.

In 2000, the Hatfields and McCoys held their first-ever national reunion in Pikeville, Kentucky. In 2003, the families gathered to sign a formal truce, an event broadcast live nationally on CBS. In 2014, they worked side by side in an archaeological dig to unearth feud-era artifacts from the former McCoy home site. New chapters are being added to feud history as the families work to redefine what it means to be “Hatfield & McCoy.”

Descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys will lead this engaging interactive series of discussions about the Feud. Topics covered will range from the influence of Feud history in modern society to conflict resolution to the role that the pursuit of “justice” had in perpetuating the Feud in its latter years. The subject of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud always makes for a lively and entertaining discussion, especially when it’s the families leading the conversation.

— Ron McCoy, Great-Great-Great Grandson of Randolph McCoy
— William “Billy” Hatfield, Great-grandson of “Devil Anse” Hatfield
— Bob Scott, Chairman, Pike County Tourism Commission
— Tony Tackett, Director, Pike County Tourism Commission (Moderator)

• Bench/Bar Luncheon

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Tennessee Commissioner of Tourism Kevin Triplett

• Better Right Now

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

This year’s program from the TBA’s Attorney Well Being Committee will focus on activities that will challenge you to improve your health and well being now, with a focus on mindfulness, nutrition and healthy eating. Don’t miss this year’s special feature on “Super Foods and Super Smoothies,” with special treats to taste and prize giveaways. You could win a high-performance blender to take home to make your own healthy drinks.

2:00-3:15 p.m. Battle of the Sugar and the Fight for Nutrition 
3:15-4:00 p.m. Mindful Eating 
4:00-4:15 p.m. Break 
4:15-4:45 p.m. Healthy Eating: An Integrative Approach 
4:45-5:15 p.m. Taste and Learn: Super Foods and Super Smoothies 

— Judge Robert L. Childers, Circuit Court Judge
— Sherie Edwards, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.
— Jacqueline Dixon, Weatherly McNally & Dixon PLC
— Monique Richard, Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN
— Dr. Doug Herr, Health Psychologist
— Mary Griffin, Tennessee Department of Treasury 


• Legislative Update

TBA CLE, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 3 General Hours CLE

Find out how new laws passed by the Tennessee General Assembly will affect your practice and your clients.

— Senator Doug Overbey
Representative Andrew Farmer
— Stephanie D. Coleman, Robertson Overbey

• The Neuroscience of Decision-Making

Joint TBA and TLAW CLE Program, 2 p.m. - 5:15 a.m., 3 General Hours CLE 

In this highly interactive course participants will explore emerging research in neuroscience and how it affects decision-making in leadership. Neurophysiologic studies will be used to explain how we lead in high-pressure and diverse environments. MRI studies will be used to show how we determine veracity, intelligence, threat, and competence in the courtroom, the practice of law and beyond. The session will include exercises, tools and specific strategies for increasing impartiality and integrity in decision-making. The course will identify ways to increase fairness guided by science.

— Kimberly Papillon, Judicial Professor and Lecturer on Neuroscience, Decision-Making and the Law

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