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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. 


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

Nashville School of Law
4013 Armory Oaks Drive
Nashville 37204

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

Plenty of free parking, light meal served

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2019 CLE@NSL Offerings

November 19, 2019 Grandparents’ Visitation Rights  1.5 credits ($50/$65)

Instructor:   Gregory D. Smith

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 ($100/$130)

  • The Art and Science of Jury Selection (1 credit)  Instructor: Paul Bruno – 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)  Instructor: Lacy Wilber – 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)  Instructor: Judge Jennifer Smith – 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.