Courses

Continuing Legal Education Programs 2017

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 (4.0) 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).

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.

Dealing with Discovery Dilemmas “ Penny White, Joe Riley

While fewer civil lawyers try cases these days, they nonetheless must prepare and evaluate their cases based on what they learn during investigation and pretrial discovery.   Discovery poses its own dilemmas.  Who should I depose?  Should I object to the interrogatory?  Must I seek a protective order or may I just adjourn the deposition?   To help lawyers deal with discovery dilemmas that arise regularly, participants in this interactive session, by use of our responder system, will work through a series of hypothetical cases involving a variety of discovery issues.

Thoughts about Comparative Fault and Tenn.Code Ann. § 20-1-119 - John Day

John first takes you through the goals and strategies of both counsel in litigation involving comparative fault.  He then discusses the implications of a defendant alleging fault against a non-party.  This is a “must-see” for lawyers involved in tort litigation.

Playing Defense:  Defending a Case - Investigation, Discovery, Trial and Verdict - Special Presenter - Bill Haltom

Joining our team this year is well-known TBA Journal contributor and humorist Bill Haltom.  What you may not know is that he is a very successful defense lawyer.  He’ll give you the real skinny on successful defense tactics from A to Z.

Roundtable Discussion - 2017 Legal/Ethical Issues - John Day, Penny White, Joe Riley, Bill Haltom

You will have the opportunity to ask the questions here in a “no holds barred” setting.  Don’t be surprised to hear Day and Haltom not only offer opposing views, but also offer similar views about the ethical practice of law.

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 2016-17 term. His review is from a practical perspective and provides information that every Tennessee lawyer should know. He also examines the impact of the appointment of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch and the possible future trends of the Court.

Top Ten Evidences Errors to Avoid Before and During Trial - Penny White

Evidence mistakes matter not only during trial but before trial.  Not only do evidentiary errors impact a trial verdict, they can influence a court’s ruling on pretrial motions, hamper discovery efforts, and complicate negotiations.   And because lawyers are trying fewer cases, they often feel less prepared to make and meet objections.  During this presentation, Penny will discuss ten of the most common evidentiary errors and provide sure-fire ways to correct them.

Standing in the Breach:  Ethical Behavior in the Face of Power - Special Presenter:  J. Houston Gordon, Joe Riley

Houston, one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the state, will discuss real life situations involving ethical decisions like those we are called upon to make when doing the right thing has the potential for devastating personal consequences for the attorney.  

An Ethical Framework for Your Electronic Footprint - Penny White

Whether you blog, text, tweet, or surf -- or struggle to reply to an email-- you have an electronic footprint, which must remain within the boundaries set by the Rules of Professional Conduct.  This session will review recent ethics opinions, judicial decisions, and new and proposed ethics rules that impact every lawyer’s professional obligations in today’s electronic world.   

 

 

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.

Dealing with Discovery Dilemmas

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

Lunch (on your own)

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

Thoughts about Comparative Fault and Tenn.Code Ann. §20-1-119

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

Break

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

Playing Defense:  Defending a Case - Investigation, Discovery, Trial and Verdict

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

Break

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

Roundtable Discussion - 2017 Legal/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.

Top Ten Evidence Errors to Avoid Before and During Trial

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

Break

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

Standing in the Breach:  Ethical Behavior in the Face of Power

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

Break

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

An Ethical Framework for Your Electronic Footprint