Nashville School of Law

CLE@NSL: Your Criminal Law Practice Toolbox – 3 credits

  • The Art and Science of Jury Selection (1 credit) – The right to a jury trial rests on the proposition that some important decisions should be made by “the people.”  Who these people are affects the outcome of any jury trial.  While the composition of a particular jury is largely outside of the lawyers’ control, there are steps that can and should be taken to select, or more accurately deselect, a receptive and fair panel.  Although there is no simple formula for picking a jury, this program will review and discuss the best practices of jury selection and will review the software and apps available to assist in the process.
  • Best Practices for Submitting Claims for Payment Under Rule 13 (1 credit) – Acknowledging the importance of the constitutional right to a fair trial and the right to counsel, Tennessee provides legal assistance to eligible adults and children in certain criminal and juvenile proceedings.  Accordingly, Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 13 defines the process by which lawyers appointed to represent these adults and children may be paid for their services.  This program will discuss the types of services that qualify for payment under Rule 13 and will provide tips for submitting claims for payment that will ensure that the claims are processed and approved in a timely and satisfactory manner.
  • Appellate Brief Writing (1 credit) – Approximately 1,200 appeals are filed in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals every year.  Accordingly, each judge will participate in 400 cases and will be assigned to write 100 opinions.  The brief you prepare and file will be the court’s introduction to your case, and, like other things in life, first impressions are important.  This program will focus on brief writing best practices that will enable you to write appellate briefs that stand out from the rest.

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CLE@NSL: Grandparents’ Visitation Rights – 1.5 credits

Children thrive in nurturing family environments.  Many parents welcome the help and assistance of grandparents.  Accordingly, grandparental visitation rights do not become an issue until the child’s parents or parent object.  In Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-306, the Tennessee General Assembly identified six circumstances in which grandparents may request the court to grant them visitation rights.  This program will (1) address each of these circumstances, (2) explain the process for seeking grandparental visitation, and (3) provide tips for effectively requesting or opposing grandparental visitation.

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CLE@NSL: Your Probate Practice Toolbox – 3 credits

  • Small Estates are Great! (1.5 credits) – In Tennessee, the Small Estates Act provides a simple and efficient way to administer estates containing personal property valued less than $25,000 by filing a small estates affidavit.  This program will discuss the administration of small estates and the completion and use of the small estates affidavit and will also provide practice tips for administering small estates.
  • Seven Common Mistakes Attorneys Make In Probate Court (1.5 credits) – Probate proceedings are unlike other civil proceedings.  They are used to make sure that a deceased person’s creditors are paid and to distribute the remainder of the deceased’s estate.  If the deceased died with a valid will, the distribution will be made in accordance with the deceased’s will.  If the deceased died without a valid will, the distribution will be made in accordance with statutes governing intestate succession.  Probate proceedings can be anything but simple depending on the size and complexity of the estate and the relationships among the affected parties.  This presentation will describe common and potentially costly mistakes made during the probate process and will suggest strategies to avoid these mistakes or mitigate them when they occur.


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