PROGRAMS 2017-2018

AUGUST 15, 2017
ORIENTATION AND INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
EXPUNGEMENT: WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW IT WORKS
(responsible for May Toast) CLE Program 209284 (1.5 general hours)

This program will address the history and purpose of expungement and will
discuss the requirements and procedures for expungement under state and federal law.
It will provide a step-by- step explanation of an expungement proceeding from client
intake to the entry of an expungement order. It will also address the common
misconceptions about expungement.

Five Things You Didnt Know About Clearing Your Record The Marshall Project
Practice Advisory- Expungments & Immigration Law
Expungement Packet Criminal
Overview of Expungement
Form for Expungement of Criminal Record
Ed Yarbrough, Co-Captain Kathryn Barnett Alexis Hoag
Rob McGuire, Co-Captain Sonia Boss Alistair Newbern
Liz Sitgreaves, reporter Jacob Clabo Andrea Sinclair
Jackie Dixon, liaison Marcus Floyd Rachel Wright
Will Hicky 

 

OCTOBER 17, 2017
SIGNIFICANT UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT CASES FROM TENNESSEE
(responsible for April Toast) CLE Program 209282 (1.5 general hours)

The main thrust of this program is to introduce the attendees to the most
significant civil and criminal cases from Tennessee that have been decided by the United
States Supreme Court. In addition to presenting these cases, the program will address
(1) the Court’s criteria for deciding to hear a case, (2) how lawyers prepare to argue
before the Court, and (3) the pros and cons of the recent trend of using a small group of
elite counsel to argue cases before the Court.

Jane Stranch, Co-Captain Tracy Alcock Nicole Keefe 
Chris Javillonar, Co-Captain Evan Baddour Lauren Kilgore 
Tyler Yarbro, reporter Blake Bernard Tony Orlandi 
Sue Kay, liaison Sarah Campbell Donna Roberts
John Ray Clemmons

  

NOVEMBER 21, 2017
EXECUTIVE ACTIONS: THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PEN
(responsible for March Toast) CLE Program 209285 (1.5 general hours)

This program focuses on legal issues relating to “Presidential Actions” such as
executive orders, presidential memoranda, presidential proclamations, and presidential
directives. It will explain the legal basis for these actions and the differences between
them. Using examples, the program will discuss the legal and policy issues triggered by
the use of these actions and will also discuss the use of similar actions and statements at the state level.

Winston Evans, Co-Captain Laura Baker Karolyn Perry
Dwight Tarwater, Co-Captain Waverly Crenshaw  Scott Pilkinton
Chasity Goodner, reporter Beau Creson Chris Sabis
Bernadette Welch, liaison Ned Hildebrand Mike Tackeff
  Jennifer Lankford   Joe Watson

  

DECEMBER 12, 2017
MEMBER/GUEST HOLIDAY RECEPTION

  

JANUARY 16, 2018
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE . . . ARTIFICIAL LAWYERS
(responsible for February Toast) CLE Program 209287 (1.5 dual hours)

This program focuses on the ethical implications of the legal profession’s
incorporation of artificial intelligence legal proceedings and in the practice of law in
general. While artificial intelligence holds the promise of greater accuracy and cost
savings, it will prompt complicated questions regarding unauthorized practice of law, a
lawyer’s duty of supervise both lawyers and non-lawyers, and a lawyer’s duty of
competence, including staying up to date on “the benefits and risks associated with
relevant technology.” Accordingly, this program will describe the current and potential
uses of artificial intelligence in the practice of law and will identify and discuss the
ethical implications of these applications.

Jimmie Lynn Ramsaur, Co-Captain John Ballard Ben Harrison
Tom Haroldson, Co-Captain Tony Cain Candi Henry
Ashonti Davis, reporter Alix Cross Amy Mohan
Bill Ramsey, liaison Elizabeth Foy Ashley Wilson
  Chip Frensley  

  

FEBRUARY 20, 2018
PRETRIAL RELEASE AND BAIL: NO “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” CARD
(responsible for January Toast) CLE Program 209289 (1.5 general hours)

This program will focus on issues relating to pretrial release and bail, particularly
the role that commercial bail bonds currently play in the state and federal criminal
justice system. The program will identify the current requirements and procedures for
making pretrial release decisions in state and federal courts. It will also discuss the
difficulties with current pretrial release procedures and suggest solutions to these problems.

Bill Koch, Co-Captain Adam Barber Russell Perkins
Dawn Deaner, Co-Captain Christen Blackburn Andrew Ross
Alex Dickerson, reporter Wayne Edwards Russell Taber
Alex Fisher Paulson Varghese
Phyllis Hildreth

   

MARCH 20,  2018
S
OVEREIGN CITIZENS: DOES THE POSSE RIDE AGAIN? 

(responsible for November Toast) CLE Program 209286 (1.5 general hours)

This program will focus on the impact of the Sovereign Citizen movement, a
group of litigants, commentators, and protesters who insist that the courts have no
jurisdiction over them and that they have a right to decide which laws to obey and which
laws to ignore. They are having an impact on civil and criminal judicial proceedings
because they are (1) clogging up the courts with indecipherable filings, (2) ignoring
court decorum and rules, (3) attempting to intimidate judges and other officials by filing
suits against them or attempting to encumber their property, and (4) threatening
violence. The FBI now characterizes the Sovereign Citizens as a growing domestic
threat to law enforcement. This program will illustrate the ways Sovereign Citizens
operate and will discuss the appropriate responses.

Hank Hildebrand, Co-Captain Matt Barry Joycelyn Stevenson
Bill Young, Co-Captain Raquel Bellamy Mary Stoner
Nicole Paulk, reporter Philip Clark Paul Tennison
Andrée Blumstein, liaison Chris Rubino Stephanie Williams
Maria Salas Luther Wright


APRIL 17, 2018
THE COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS IN TENNESSEE
(responsible for October Toast) CLE Program 209283 (1.5 general hours)

This program will address the potential collateral consequences of a criminal
conviction, including but not limited to (1) the loss of the right to vote, to serve on a jury,
or to hold public office, (2) limitations on the ability to pursue certain occupations, and
the eligibility to participate in government programs such as public housing, student
loans, and food stamps. It will explain the long-standing public policy reasons for these
consequences and explore whether these reasons continue to be valid. It will also
provide examples of how persons have overcome these consequences.

Skip Gant, Co-Captain Hannah Bernard Laurence Pendleton
Jason Gichner, Co-Captain Jon Dowell Emily Warth
Anne Passino, reporter Eileen Forsythe John Wilks
Charles Grant, liaison Rachelle Gallimore-Scruggs Beth Woodard
Barbara Holmes Adam Jefferson


MAY 15, 2018
LAWYERS WITHOUT RIGHTS: JEWISH LAWYERS IN GERMANY UNDER THE THIRD REICH
(responsible for September Toast) CLE Program 209288 (1.5 dual hours)

This program will describe the treatment of Jewish lawyers in Germany under
the Third Reich. It will focus on the actions and inactions of lawyers and judges in the
face of the repressive laws that were passed and the actions that were taken that
restricted political freedoms, civil rights, and the guarantees of property and security.
The program will address the ethical obligations of the bench and bar to act and the
appropriate ways action could have been taken. It will also address the ethical reasons
for not acting. It will describe the fate of the lawyers and judges who opposed the Third
Reich. Finally, the program will address the lessons that American lawyers and judges
should learn from the treatment of Jewish lawyers by the Third Reich and will ask
whether similar events have occurred in this country and whether it could happen here again.

Charles Grant, Co-Captain Samar Ali Emily Mack
Anne Martin, Co-Captain Steve Anderson Erin Merrick
Erin Polly, reporter Richard Dinkins David Oldham
Jessica Dragonetti Bart Pickett
 Chandler Farmer