Nashville School of Law

CLE@NSL: Discover Effective Discovery Strategies – 3 credits

  • 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.
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CLE@NSL: Adoption Basics – 1.5 credits

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.


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CLE@NSL: E-filing Expertise 1.5 credits

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.

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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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