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Each session is 1.5 hours and costs $25. 

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Workers’ Compensation

Date: December 7, 2021

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Credits: General CLE credit 1.5 hrs.

Instructor: Elizabeth Vines

Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee: How to be Successful in the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board’s staff attorney will discuss Tennessee’s Workers’ Compensation Law as well as the proper procedures to follow in the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims (often referred to as the trial court) and before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. As a self-contained administrative court system, sometimes the devil is in the details. Beginning the process with the ability to anticipate where the potential pitfalls may lie can save time later in the litigation, maximize the efficiency of the system, and increase the chances of a favorable outcome for your client.

About Elizabeth Vines:

Elizabeth Vines is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, which she attended after receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of North Alabama. After a brief time in private practice, she joined the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, then referred to as the Department of Labor, as a workers’ compensation specialist, where she mediated workers’ compensation cases and issued orders concerning disputes over medical and temporary disability benefits. After the 2013 Reform Act, she joined the newly created Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board as their first staff attorney, where she continues to work. She lives in Cookeville where she spends most of her free time outside, taking advantage of the Cumberland Plateau’s wide variety of hiking and kayaking opportunities.


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Attorney Wellness

Date: November 16, 2021

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Credits: General CLE credit 1.5 hrs.

Instructor: Joanna L. McCracken

Class Description:

Managing the demands of a successful law practice can be challenging. Balance and harmony often take a back seat to the rigors of the job. Focusing on wellness is something that always ends up at the bottom of our “to do” list. Join us for our Attorney Wellness CLE. Our presenter, Joanna McCracken, will offer tips and tools to reduce stress, improve wellbeing, get better sleep, and improve time management. You deserve this!

About Joanna L. McCracken:

Joanna L. McCracken is both an experienced litigator and a collaborative divorce professional with an advanced certification. As a family law attorney, Joanna’s strives to guide her clients through their toughest life experiences with education, zeal, and compassion, utilizing her versatile skill set to create solutions that deliver long-term benefits protecting her clients’ best interests and futures.

Joanna’s dedication to her practice and clients has earned her the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys’ 10 Best for Client Satisfaction Award multiple years in a row. She has consistently been ranked in the Top Ten by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, been named a Mid-South Rising Star by Superlawyer magazine, and is recognized by the American Jurist Institute as a Top Ten Family Law Attorney for Tennessee. Joanna is an active member of the American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations. She serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Wellbeing Committee working in conjunction with Bar associations around the nation to improve the working lives of lawyers. Joanna is an active member of the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance which promotes the use of the collaborative divorce process in lieu of litigation.

Prior to forming her own firm, Joanna worked as a litigator at a large regional law firm where she honed her skills in a broad range of practice areas including family law, medical malpractice, professional liability, real estate, and entertainment law

In addition to her legal accolades, Joanna is a meditation teacher and yoga instructor certified by the Yoga Alliance. She uses the skills learned in these disciplines to educate the legal community on how to better handle occupational stress and how to use such skills to help clients. Joanna gives talks at law schools, legal conferences, and for various professional organizations.


Date: October 26, 2021

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Credits: General CLE credit 1.5 hrs.

Instructor: Wayne Sutter

Class Description:

Each year drunk and drugged drivers kill or injure thousands of people across the nation. A DUI conviction affects jobs, lives, and reputations and changes lives forever. DUI is a crime that spans all social and economic levels. Defense attorneys must understand how to analyze a DUI case and what to look for when defending a client and how to manage the best possible outcome for their client.

This CLE addresses every phase of a DUI case and what an attorney can do to represent their clients more effectively. Learn the essential elements of DUI representation. All classroom examples are based on actual case files.

About Wayne Sutter:

Wayne Sutter is Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District and a Special DUI Prosecutor and has handled over 860 DUI cases. Wayne currently serves as an assistant district attorney in the 15th Judicial District where he is a DUI grant special prosecutor for the entire district. Wayne is a specially trained and experienced prosecutor with over one thousand DUI cases closed or in the process.

Sutter was a staff attorney for former State Attorney General and Senior Judge Paul G. Summers. Wayne was responsible for opinion writing at all levels of judiciary including the Tennessee Supreme Court. Wayne then served as a Litigation Specialist for Tennessee Attorney General, Tobacco Enforcement Division.

Sutter has become a regular instructor in the State of Tennessee ARIDE training police officers training classes. He also lectures at the Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy and for the “Cops in Court” classes held for police officers across the state.

General Sutter has practiced law in 53 Tennessee counties at every level of court.