Nashville School of Law is proud to offer a series of continuing legal education sessions designed to assist attorneys in sharpening the tools in their legal toolbox. These classes are led by experts in their area of law that practice in the communities and courts that many of you practice in.



Evening classes, usually Tuesday or Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

1.5 hours of CLE credit

$50 for NSL alums/$65 for all other when paid in advance

Location: Nashville School of Law; 4013 Armory Oaks Drive, Nashville 37204


Scoring Points on Cross-Examination with Rich McGee and Kevin McGee

The Two Sides of Post-Conviction Petitions with Paul Bruno

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct with Mary-Kathryn Harcombe

Even minor criminal charges can have disastrous consequences for non-citizens. Criminal defense attorneys have an obligation to inform their clients about potential immigration ramifications of a case, but this is no easy task. This CLE will give you the basic vocabulary necessary to understand the basic immigration issues and the resources to help you resolve the case to reduce immigration consequences.

How to Accept or Fire a Client with Patrick Frogge & Kathryn Barnett (dual CLE )

The course will explore the ethical and practical considerations involved in the attorney-client relationship, particularly focusing on accepting and terminating employment in both criminal and civil contexts.

Filing and Defending Legal Malpractice Claims with David Smith & Winston Evans (dual CLE) 

What do you need to know when you are involved in a legal malpractice case? This course will delve into details such as standing, statute of limitations, standard of care, causation, experts, comparative fault, and damages when prosecuting and defending legal malpractice cases. The course also will cover ethical issues, including releases and waivers.

The Art of Brevity: What Lawyers Can Learn From Songwriters with Ryder Lee

Too. Many. Words. Even in the age of acronymic sentences and emoji, legal writing continues to suffer from logorrhea. We are all guilty. While clarity often demands verbosity, brevity is every reader’s preference and should be used whenever possible. In this engaging program, we will look to another Music City profession, songwriting, to see what lawyers can learn from the masters of succinctness.

View from the Bench: Top 10 Rules of Evidence with Judge Steve Dozier

This CLE covering rules of Evidence will discuss and deal with the practical application of TREs and FREs in a courtroom setting. Case law updates will be discussed on rules dealing with hearsay, relevancy, character and impeachment – refresh your memory (TRE 613) in the top 10 areas of Evidence rules to make you a better trial attorney for the judge and jury.

Ethical Duty to Protect Confidential Information in the Digital Age with Matt Sweeney, Bill Ramsey, and Jordan McQuown (dual CLE)

This CLE will cover attorney competence and client confidentiality.  It will discuss the attorney’s duty, evolving threats, developing technology, and available safeguards.


  1. The attorney duty of technological competence under Tennessee RPC 1.1
  2. Your duty to safeguarding electronic communications (and whether encryption is required)
  3. Potential cybersecurity threats and responses – The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook
  4. Inadvertent disclosure and waiver in e-discovery – Will a clawback agreement protect your client and you.
  5. What’s reasonable protection of remotely  stored data and the consequences of  inadvertent disclosure, including waiver
  6. The risks of practice from a virtual law office (VLO)