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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

October 15, 2019 • Guardian ad Litem & Conservatorships 1.5 credits ($50/$65)

Instructors: Rachelle Gallimore-Scruggs and Michelle Poss

In this program, private practice attorney and former Director of the Metro Government Office of Conservatorship Management, Rachelle Gallimore-Scruggs, will discuss Conservatorships in Tennessee, best practices in a Conservatorship, and the ethical duties of a Court-appointed fiduciary.

Additionally, Michelle Poss, an NSL alum and currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Conservatorship Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee affiliate of the National Guardianship Association., will discuss the role and responsibilities of the Guardian ad Litem and the distinction from the role of the Attorney ad Litem.

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

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) – 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. 

Previous Offerings

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.   

Orders of Protection – A Shield and a Sword (1.5 credits)

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. 

Your Family Law Toolbox (3 credits)

  • 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. 

Tennessee Supreme Court Update (3 credits )

Noted criminal attorney David Raybin, Ben Raybin, and Jonathan Shaub, Assistant Solicitor General with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office will team up to provide an update on recent Tennessee Supreme Court cases that will affect your practice of law. Both civil and criminal cases will be covered.

Your Probate Practice Toolbox (3 credits)

  • Common mistakes made in accountings, inventories, and all things financial – Adam Barber (Probate Master)
  • Common mistakes made in the practice of probate – Elizabeth Hickman (Director of Estate Services and Trust Officer at Pendleton Square Trust Company, LLC)
  • Common mistakes made by attorneys in probate court – Judge Randy Kennedy (Seventh Circuit Court – Probate Division)