Nashville School of Law

Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to Hear Appellate Arguments at NSL

The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board will hear appellate arguments in two cases at Nashville School of Law at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. All are invited to attend.

A docket is available here and the trial court decisions are here.

The first case that will be argued, Bullard v. Facilities Performance Group, involves an employee who was injured when she missed a step and fell leaving the building she had just cleaned for her employer.  The employer denied her workers’ compensation claim on the basis that the fall was due to an unknown cause and was not related to the employment.  The trial court found the steps on which the employee fell were a hazard of her employment, making her fall work-related.  The employer has appealed, arguing that the fall and resulting injuries are not causally related to the employment.

Faculty Changes for 2018-19

Nashville School of Law names the following faculty additions for the upcoming school year:

  • Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference Executive Director Patrick Frogge will teach Crimes and Constitutional Criminal Law & Procedure. He has spent his entire career in the field of criminal defense. He is a 1999 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, has served as a law clerk for Judge Jerry Smith of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, as an assistant Public Defender, and in private practice for more than 10 years.
  • Christopher Hugan, a 2003 graduate of the School, will teach Legal Skills & Values II. He practices law in Nashville, concentrating on business and intellectual property transactions and litigation. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Prior to law school, he worked for over 15 years as a musician and recording engineer in Los Angeles and Nashville.
  • Brian Neal, who took over instruction of the Conflicts class last year in the wake of the loss of Professor Patrick McHale, will continue permanently in that role. Neal is a partner at Burr & Forman and practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment and Torts, Insurance and Product Liabilities sections. Neal earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.
  • Mark Westlake, who previously taught Taxation at the School, will teach Accounting for Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1977 and the Tennessee bar in 1978. Mr. Westlake has been with the school since 1984.

2018-19 Clinic Experiential Learning

Two experiential learning opportunities will be offered as clinic electives for the 2018-19 school year. This opportunity is a continuation and formalization of two programs that have operated at the School in the past. Each clinic is worth one elective credit and students must participate in and document at least 64 hours of work to be eligible for the credit.