Nashville School of Law

Dean Koch on the 1979 Tennessee Coup

Nashville School of Law Dean William C. Koch, Jr. joins ‘Grand Divisions’ podcast to discuss the 1979 transition of gubernatorial power in Tennessee. Described by some as a coup to remove Gov. Ray Blanton when it was discovered he was selling pardons, Koch talks about his personal role as a member of the Tennessee attorney general’s office.

Listen to “The 1979 Coup – When Tennessee Democrats unseated their own governor to swear in a Republican early” on Spreaker.

Explaining the Music Modernization Act: Q&A Session with Bart Herbison

Brought to you by the NSL Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Entertainment Attorney and NSL Professsor Chris Hugan

Thursday, February 21 • 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

An enlightening, authentic update and Q&A Session

Bart Herbison is the Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and advocacy group dedicated to the songwriting profession. All attorneys, songwriters, music business professionals, and students may attend for free.

2020 Continuing Legal Education

Nashville School of Law’s 2020 CLE will take a variety of forms this year. Please check the details of each session carefully.

At this time, we do not have any recorded CLE available, but may in the future.

To register for any of NSL’s CLE offerings, click here.

Current Offering


Mediation for Lawyers: A Skill Set for Litigation and Leadership

Tuesday, December 15 • 6-9 p.m. • ONLINE ONLY via Zoom

3 hours CLE or CME credit • $50 for NSL Alumni • $70 for all other licensed attorneys • Students & faculty are free

As lawyers, we tend to think of mediation as a benefit (or obstacle) to the litigated outcome. Tennessee trial lawyers have become very familiar with Supreme Court Rule 31 which regulates the training and exercise of state court related mediation. However, the mediation skill set also has demonstrated great value in leading others in organizational settings. This interactive CLE session will provide insights and exercises in how mediation/facilitation skills can increase your value as a lawyer, regardless of your subject matter expertise (and whether or not you ever appear in court).

Larry Bridgesmith

Bridgesmith brings more than 30 years of experience in dispute resolution and innovative workplace strategies to clients, students, and business entities. Bridgesmith integrates the practical, legal and academic “best practices” into dispute resolution and legal innovation in service to his client relationships. He currently serves as chair of Tennessee’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, which works with the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was the founding executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. He is also president of Creative Collaborations and practices law in Nashville. Bridgesmith teaches Negotiation Theory & Practice at Nashville School of Law.


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