Courses

Continuing Legal Education Programs 2019

Course Overview

Tennessee Justice Programs offers two-day programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis.

Each program provides the fifteen (15) hours required annual CLE and includes five (5) hours of ethics/professionalism/dual credit. You may register for both days (15 hours), one and a half days (11 hours), one day (7.5 hours), or one-half day (4 hours).

We strive to provide the highest quality education programs available for Tennessee lawyers in an engaging and interactive format.

Tort Law and Comparative Fault - John Day

John's review of the recent tort and comparative fault opinions will give you an up-to-the-minute picture of the current state of the law in this practice area. John will offer his analysis of how emerging trends will likely affect your practice in the future.

You Still Have to Prove It!  The Law of Damages - Penny White, Joe Riley (with commentary by John Day)

Joe and Penny continue their discussion of the law of damages, expanding to discuss the measure of damages in breach of contract cases and damages in statutory actions, including those arising under the Consumer Protection and Governmental Tort Liability Acts.  Through a series of hypotheticals, Joe and Penny will lead participants in a discussion about pleading and proving various types of damages.

25 Things to Know About Tennessee Wrongful Death Law - John Day

Who better than John Day to share the most significant aspects of Tennessee wrongful death law? Whether you are bringing or defending a wrongful death action, John’s discussion will help assure that you are aware of the intricacies of this type of high-stakes litigation.     

Role Models:  How Trial Lawyers Make a Difference - Special Presenter - Bill Haltom

And speaking of a perfect fit…  Bill Haltom, premier lawyer, author, and humorist will join us this year to discuss what we may be wondering – in this age of fewer and fewer trials, does being a trial lawyer still matter?  Bill’s discussion about how trial lawyers make a difference by serving as role models will both intrigue and inspire you.

What Should We Make of This?  Roundtable Discussion - John Day, Penny White, Joe Riley, Bill Haltom

Don’t be surprised to hear conflicting points of view and, perhaps, witness a few fireworks, as the Justice Programs’ team and Special Presenter Bruce McMullen answer your questions and give their opinions about current legal and ethical issues.

Significant Recent Cases and Legislation - Joe Riley, Penny White

In a lightning-round format, Penny reviews significant decisions from the United States Supreme Court, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Tennessee appellate courts in the areas of civil and appellate procedure, employment law, evidence, family law, and estates, while Joe summarizes recently enacted state legislation.

U.S. Supreme Court Review - Joe Riley

Joe reviews the opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2018-19 term from a practical perspective, providing information that every Tennessee lawyer should know. He also examines the impact of President Trump’s two appointees and the possible future trends of the Court.

Where Do the Rules of Evidence Say That? - Penny White

Even if you consider yourself an evidence genius, chances are that you will still be surprised by a few of the hidden gems in the Rules of Evidence and their statutory supplements.  In this discussion, Penny will reacquaint you with some helpful evidence subtleties so that you can add them to your evidence arsenal.

Ethics and Professionalism:  What's Up Now? - Joe Riley

Joe takes a look at some very important issues facing attorneys in the everyday practice of law.  Using a series of hypothetical ethical dilemmas, Joe will lead a discussion concerning some of the questions that attorneys most frequently ask the Board of Professional Responsibility and some of the answers.  Better buckle up for a bumpy ride!

Ethics in Reel Time - Penny White

Following Joe’s real-time examination of questions frequently asked of the BPR, Penny will turn participants’ attention to the big screen for a discussion of “Reel Time” ethical quandaries, viewed through the lens of Hollywood legal drama.  Although the ethics issues originate in legal drama, they will resonate with the ethics-conscious lawyer and provide a backdrop for resolving real-world ethics dilemmas. 

 

 

Course Schedule

DAY ONE - THURSDAY

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Tort Law and Comparative Fault

10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Break

10:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

You Still Have to Prove It!  The Law of Damages

12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

25 Things to Know About Tennessee Wrongful Death Law

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Break

3:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Rold Models:  How Trial Lawyers Make a Difference

4:35 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Break

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

What Should We Make of This?  Roundtable Discussion

 

 

DAY TWO - FRIDAY

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Significant Recent Cases and Legislation

10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Break

10:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court Review

12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Where do the Rules of Evidence Say That?

2:10 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Break

2:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Ethics and Professionalism:  What's Up Now?

3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Ethics in Reel Time