Programs

PROGRAMS FOR 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.

Ed Yarbrough, Co-Captain

Rob McGuire, Co-Captain

Liz Sitgreaves, reporter

Jackie Dixon, liaison

Kathryn Barnett

Sonia Boss

Jacob Clabo

Marcus Floyd

Will Hicky

Alexis Hoag

Alistair Newbern

Andrea Sinclair

Rachel Wright

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

Chris Javillonar, Co-Captain

Tyler Yarbro, reporter

Sue Kay, liaison

Tracy Alcock

Evan Baddour

Blake Bernard

Sarah Campbell

John Ray Clemmons

Nicole Keefe

Lauren Kilgore

Tony Orlandi

Donna Roberts

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

Dwight Tarwater, Co-Captain

Chasity Goodner, reporter

Bernadette Welch, liaison

Laura Baker

Waverly Crenshaw

Beau Creson

Ned Hildebrand

Jennifer Lankford

Karolyn Perry

Scott Pilkinton

Chris Sabis

Mike Tackeff

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

Tom Haroldson, Co-Captain

Ashonti Davis, reporter

Bill Ramsey, liaison

John Ballard

Tony Cain

Alix Cross

Elizabeth Foy

Chip Frensley

Ben Harrison

Candi Henry

Amy Mohan

Ashley Wilson

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

Dawn Deaner, Co-Captain

Alex Dickerson, reporter

Bill Ramsey, liaison

Adam Barber

Christen Blackburn

Wayne Edwards

Alex Fisher

Phyllis Hildreth

Russell Perkins

Andrew Ross

Russell Taber

Paulson Varghese

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

Bill Young, Co-Captain

Nicole Paulk, reporter

Andrée Blumstein, liaison

Matt Barry

Raquel Bellamy

Philip Clark

Chris Rubino

Maria Salas

Joycelyn Stevenson

Mary Stoner

Paul Tennison

Stephanie Williams

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

Jason Gichner, Co-Captain

Anne Passino, reporter

Charles Grant, liaison

Hannah Bernard

Jon Dowell

Eileen Forsythe

Rachelle Gallimore-Scruggs

Barbara Holmes

Laurence Pendleton

Emily Warth

John Wilks

Beth Woodard

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

Anne Martin, Co-Captain

Erin Polly, reporter

Samar Ali

Steve Anderson

Richard Dinkins

Jessica Dragonetti

Chandler Farmer

Emily Mack

Erin Merrick

David Oldham

Bart Pickett