Courses

Continuing Legal Education Programs 2016

Course Overview

Justice Programs offers two-day programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. Each program provides the fifteen (15) hours required CLE and includes four (4) hours of ethics/professionalism/dual credit on Friday afternoon. 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).

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.

Improving Your Practice and Procedure IQ “ Joe Riley, Penny White

During this interactive session, participants will strategize about procedural, evidentiary, and ethical issues arising in pretrial and post-trial matters, during negotiation, and at trial, all in the context of a hypothetical tort case. Through discussion and by use of responder technology, participants will be able to register and compare their opinions with the opinions of others.

Preparing to Take a Meaningful Deposition - John Day

Most lawyers take multiple depositions in civil cases.  John takes you through the practical aspects of preparing to take a deposition that will not only prove beneficial at trial, but also in negotiating a reasonable settlement.

Mediation Practice and Ethics 2016 - Special Presenter - Howard H. Vogel

Most civil cases are settled, and many are settled at mediation.  Howard Vogel, an experienced and highly regarded mediator, joins our team this year to discuss various issues arising in the mediation process as well as some of the ethical considerations that are often overlooked.

Roundtable Discussion on Current Legal and Ethical Issues - John Day, Joe Riley, Todd Presnell, Penny White

We give you the opportunity to seek answers to your legal, ethical, and professionalism questions from the presenters.  We will also explore previously submitted questions from inquisitive lawyers across the state.  During this interactive session, we will offer possible solutions from both the defense and plaintiff's perspectives.  

Significant Recent Cases and Legislation - Joe Riley, Penny White

In a lightning-round format, Penny reviews significant Tennessee decisions 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 2015-16 term. His review is from a practical perspective and provides information that every Tennessee lawyer should know.  He also examines the possible impact of the death of Justice Scalia while explaining current rulings and the possible future trends of the Court.

Emerging Evidentiary Issues - Penny White

From Snapchat messages to maps displaying cell tower pings, many courts are admitting all types of electronic evidence with little scrutiny, while others are expressing concern about the serious reliability issues that accompany electronic evidence. During this session, Penny will discuss what every able attorney needs to know about introducing or challenging the introduction of electronic evidence as well as other emerging evidence issues.

Ethics: Ethical Issues - A Judge's Perspective - Joe Riley/Guest Jurist

Not often do lawyers have the opportunity to hear a judge's perspective about ethical issues confronting lawyers.  This no-holds barred interactive discussion between Joe and our guest jurist (we're keeping you in suspense!) will address ethical issues observed in the judge's many years of experience.

Ethics: The Ethical Challenges of Self-Regulation - Penny White

Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct anticipates the self-regulation of the legal profession, requiring both lawyers and judges to report professional misconduct.  What is a lawyer's obligation when a lawyer observes bad behavior on the part of lawyers or judges?   While the comment to the rules asserts unequivocally that lawyers are obligated to report certain ethical missteps by judges and lawyers, is such self-regulation realistic and, more importantly, is it effective?  

 

 

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.

Improving Your Practice and Procedure IQ

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

Lunch (on your own)

1:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Preparing to Take a Meaningful Deposition

2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Break

2:50 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Mediation Practice and Mediation Ethics

4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Break

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

Roundtable Discussion on Current Legal and Ethical Issues

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.

Emerging Evidence Issues

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

Break

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

Ethical Issues - A Judge's Perspective

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

Break

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

Ethical Challenges of Self-Regulation