Our 2019 CLE@NSL Program is open for registration. Check out the choices below and click here to register

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 who practice in the communities and courts that many of you practice in. These classes are open to all attorneys and their staff members, with a discount offered to NSL alums. Current students also may attend as space permits. 

NEW FOR 2019 – CLE COMPLETE

Pay one price and take any CLE class offered by NSL for $399 ($449 if you are not an alumnus). You can earn all your CLE credits for 2019 and even bank some for future years. Fee must be paid in full in advance of any classes attended. Choose any CLE classes NSL offers – or attend them all.

DETAILS

Evening classes start at 6:00 p.m.       
1.5 – 3 hours of CLE credit,
depending on session

LOCATION
Nashville School of Law
4013 Armory Oaks Drive
Nashville 37204

PRICE
$50/$100 – NSL alumnus
$65/$130 – all others when paid in advance        
$399/$449 for CLE Complete        

OTHER
Plenty of free parking, light meal served
REGISTER

Click here to register and pay online
Already Registered? Click here to pay online
While advance registration is preferred, walk-ins are welcome.

2019 CLE@NSL Offerings

February 19, 2019 • All About Ethics : Malpractice & the Cloud  (3 dual credits)

  • Habits That Help Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims  (1.5 dual credits) – Insurers providing professional liability insurance report that while overall claim frequency has remained stable for the past several years, claim severity has been on the rise.  Good practice habits will reduce your exposure.  This program will highlight best practices with regard to conflicts checking, retainer agreements, declination letters, calendaring, client communication, staff supervision, and other related practice activities.
  • Integrating Cloud Computing Into Your Practice (1.5 dual credits) – Like any other business, lawyers must find new ways to provide their services better, faster, and cheaper.  To meet this challenge, many lawyers are moving their practice to the Cloud.  This program will (1) provide an introduction to the Cloud, (2) discuss the advantages and challenges associated with Cloud computing services and applications, (3) discuss the steps required to move your practice to the Cloud, and (4) address the ethical issues associated with the use of Cloud computing services and applications in the practice of law.   

March 19, 2019 • Orders of Protection – A Shield and a Sword (1.5 credits pending)

Domestic violence, as well as other types of unwanted contact between intimate partners such as harassment and stalking, is all too common today.  In response, the legislature created orders of protection to provide a swift and efficient civil process that enable judges to address domestic violence in all its forms.  While the ex parte nature of these orders provides the speedy relief required, it can also provide opportunities for misuse.  Orders of protection can be obtained without legal representation, and at the initial hearing, they lack procedural safeguards against strategic conduct and inflated or false accusations.  The purpose of this program is to enable practitioners to become well versed in the proper and improper uses of orders of protections and to familiarize themselves with the standard forms used to obtain orders of protection. 


April 16, 2019 • Your Family Law Toolbox (3 credits pending)

  • Playing the Contempt Card (1 credit) – Family law litigation can become emotionally charged.  When tempers are running high or patience is wearing thin, threatening to pursue or pursing a proceeding for contempt may become an attractive option.  It can also backfire.  This program will (a) address the substantive and procedural differences between civil and criminal contempt, (b) review the circumstances when it is appropriate or inappropriate to pursue contempt sanctions, and (c) discuss the most effective ways to seek contempt sanctions.
  • Parental Relocation (1 credit) – In every family law proceeding involving children, the shared goal of the parents and the court is to work out a parenting plan that will be in the child’s best interests.  The decision is based on the parents’ circumstances at the time of the hearing.  However, in today’s fast-moving and mobile world, the circumstances of the parents frequently change, and these changes often require revisiting and revising a settled parenting arrangement.  For the past 20 years, the legislature has attempted to provide a statutory framework for parents and the courts to address parental relocation – the most frequent basis for seeking modifications in a parenting plan.  The 2018 amendments to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-108 alter how these decisions is made.  This program will focus on the operation of the parental relocation statute and the effect that the 2018 amendments will have on proceedings to amend a parenting plan based on the relocation of one or both parents.
  • Obtaining the Judge’s Approval of Marital Dissolution Agreements and Agreed Permanent Parenting Plans (1 credit) – In family law proceedings, trial judges act as parens patriae to do what is in the best interests of the children.  Accordingly, the judges are not required to accept the divorcing parties’ marital dissolution agreements or agreed upon parenting plans.  Likewise, they are not required to accept the result of a mediation between the parties.  This program will focus on the essential matters that trial court will consider when asked to approve an MDA or an agreed upon PPP.  It will also review the items that will raise “red flags” for the judges, as well as the common mistakes made by parties and their lawyers. 

May 21, 2019 • E-filing Expertise  1.5 credits (pending)

Access to the benefits of electronic filing (e-filing) is expanding in Tennessee.  The federal judiciary’s current CM/ECT system and its predecessor system have long enabled the bankruptcy, and appellate courts to accept filings and to provide access to documents online.  Tennessee’s appellate courts began offering their TrueFiling system to subscribing lawyers in July 2018.  In addition, the chancery courts in Davidson, Rutherford, and Shelby Counties and the circuit court in Shelby County now offer the convenience of efiling.  This program will provide an introduction to each of these systems that will including the enrollment process and training in the use of each system.           


June 18, 2019 • Adoption Basics 1.5 credits (pending)

An adoption can bring a positive end to problematic circumstances.  For persons seeking to adopt, an adoption fulfills their dream or desire to raise a child.  Because the adoption process is complicated and constrained by many legal requirements, adoptive parents must rely on lawyers to assist them in navigating the process to achieve the hoped-for outcome.  Many family law practitioners have found that assisting with adoptions is a very rewarding addition to their practice.  This program will provide an overview of the adoption process.  It will also introduce you to the substantive law and procedures governing adoptions in Tennessee and will provide you with a collection of forms and a checklist to assist you in effectively representing your clients.


July 16, 2019 Discover Effective Discovery Strategies 3 credits (pending)

  • Effective Discovery Strategies (1.5 credits) – The purpose of discovery in civil cases is to enable the parties to reveal the truth in a matter.  When done effectively, it can narrow the scope of a dispute and promote settlement.  When done poorly, it can become burdensome the parties and their lawyers and can needlessly exhaust valuable time and resources.  This program will identify and discuss the rules governing civil discovery in state courts and will provide strategies that will increase the amount and quality of information provided in response to your discovery requests.
  • E-Discovery (1.5 credits) – In today’s world, all of us are surrounded by electronically stored information (“ESI”) in our personal and professional lives.  Electronic discovery was once confined to complicated civil litigation in federal courts.   Now, however, it is no longer considered an esoteric specialty area and is becoming commonplace in a wide array of civil cases in state courts.  This program will identify how and where ESI is generated and stored and will discuss the discovery rules and techniques that can be used to discover and obtain this information.

August 20, 2019 Tennessee Supreme Court Update 3 credits (pending)


September 17, 2019 Your Probate Practice Toolbox 3 credits (pending)

  • Small Estates are Great! (1.5 credits) – In Tennessee, the Small Estates Act provides a simple and efficient way to administer estates containing personal property valued less than $25,000 by filing a small estates affidavit.  This program will discuss the administration of small estates and the completion and use of the small estates affidavit and will also provide practice tips for administering small estates.
  • Seven Common Mistakes Attorneys Make In Probate Court (1.5 credits) – Probate proceedings are unlike other civil proceedings.  They are used to make sure that a deceased person’s creditors are paid and to distribute the remainder of the deceased’s estate.  If the deceased died with a valid will, the distribution will be made in accordance with the deceased’s will.  If the deceased died without a valid will, the distribution will be made in accordance with statutes governing intestate succession.  Probate proceedings can be anything but simple depending on the size and complexity of the estate and the relationships among the affected parties.  This presentation will describe common and potentially costly mistakes made during the probate process and will suggest strategies to avoid these mistakes or mitigate them when they occur. 

October 15, 2019 • Guardian ad Litem & Conservatorships 1.5 credits (pending)


November 19, 2019 Grandparents’ Visitation Rights  1.5 credits (pending)

Children thrive in nurturing family environments.  Many parents welcome the help and assistance of grandparents.  Accordingly, grandparental visitation rights do not become an issue until the child’s parents or parent object.  In Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-306, the Tennessee General Assembly identified six circumstances in which grandparents may request the court to grant them visitation rights.  This program will (1) address each of these circumstances, (2) explain the process for seeking grandparental visitation, and (3) provide tips for effectively requesting or opposing grandparental visitation.


December 17, 2019 • Your Criminal Law Practice Toolbox 3 credits (pending)

  • The Art and Science of Jury Selection (1 credit) – The right to a jury trial rests on the proposition that some important decisions should be made by “the people.”  Who these people are affects the outcome of any jury trial.  While the composition of a particular jury is largely outside of the lawyers’ control, there are steps that can and should be taken to select, or more accurately deselect, a receptive and fair panel.  Although there is no simple formula for picking a jury, this program will review and discuss the best practices of jury selection and will review the software and apps available to assist in the process.
  • Best Practices for Submitting Claims for Payment Under Rule 13 (1 credit) – Acknowledging the importance of the constitutional right to a fair trial and the right to counsel, Tennessee provides legal assistance to eligible adults and children in certain criminal and juvenile proceedings.  Accordingly, Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 13 defines the process by which lawyers appointed to represent these adults and children may be paid for their services.  This program will discuss the types of services that qualify for payment under Rule 13 and will provide tips for submitting claims for payment that will ensure that the claims are processed and approved in a timely and satisfactory manner.
  • Appellate Brief Writing (1 credit) – Approximately 1,200 appeals are filed in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals every year.  Accordingly, each judge will participate in 400 cases and will be assigned to write 100 opinions.  The brief you prepare and file will be the court’s introduction to your case, and, like other things in life, first impressions are important.  This program will focus on brief writing best practices that will enable you to write appellate briefs that stand out from the rest.