Nashville School of Law

CLE@NSL: Your Family Law Toolbox

  • 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.

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CLE@NSL: Orders of Protection – A Shield and a Sword

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.

 

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March CLE@NSL: Orders of Protection – A Shield & A Sword

Tuesday, March 19 • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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. 

Alumni pay only $50 for 1.5 hours CLE ($65 for non-alums). Or, take all our CLE this year – more than 22 hours available – for $399 ($449 for non-alums).

CLE@NSL: All About Ethics : Malpractice & the Cloud

  • 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.

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