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.

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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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A Pirate Looks at Thirty-Eight:  Estate Planning & Probate Practice (with forms!)

Tuesday, December 1 • 6-9 p.m. • In person or online via Zoom

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

This CLE will have three sections:

Basic Estate Planning:  Wills, Powers of Attorney & Medical Directives – the building blocks of Basic Estate Planning, including Wills, Powers of Attorneys, and Medical Directives.

Advanced Planning with Trusts:  Asset Protection Trusts (TISTs), Privacy Trusts & Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs) – Advanced Estate Planning utilizing Trusts and a thorough discussion of several types including Asset Protection Trusts, Privacy Trusts, and Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts.

Probate Administration of Decedent’s Estates – The process of Administration of an Estate, including the role and responsibilities of the Personal Representative, managing claims against the estate, and other challenges to administration.

Presenters: Jeff Mobley, Hunter Mobley & Allie Bohannon

Jeff Mobley

Mobley is a member of Howard Mobley Hayes & Gontarek, PLLC and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, tax planning for estates and trusts, business succession planning, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, estate administration, Will contests, resolution of disputes involving estates, and related matters. Mobley teaches Willsat Nashville School of Law.

Hunter Mobley

Hunter R. Mobley is an attorney at Howard Mobley Hayes & Gontarek, PLLC, specializing in estate planning, estate administration, and tax-exempt organization law.  Hunter has degrees from Davidson College (B.S.), University of Kentucky (J.D.), and New York University (LL.M.). A native of Nashville, Hunter graduated from The Ensworth School and Montgomery Bell Academy.

Allie Bohannan

Allie Bohannon is an associate attorney at Howard Mobley Hayes & Gontarek, PLLC. Allie concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, tax reduction planning, asset protection planning and business succession planning.   She also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries with regard to trust and estate administration and in dispute resolution involving estates.

Ethics for Billing & Avoiding Malpractice

Tuesday, October 20 • 6-9 p.m.

3 hours CLE Ethics credits • $50 for NSL Alumni • $70 for all other licensed attorneys • Students & faculty are free

This CLE will be divided into two segments: (1) A Year in Risk Management: The Road Map to a Better Practice; and (2) Ethics in Billing & Attorneys’ Fees.

A Year in Risk Management: The Road Map to a Better Practice – Properly established and efficient practice management processes and procedures can pay big dividends in protecting against malpractice claims and ethics complaints.  Bulletproofing your practice in these small ways allows you to concentrate on your clients rather than the day-to-day operation of your firm.  And while every lawyer wants effective systems, too often, the hardest part is developing a strategy of review and implementation for the law office operation. This program is for every lawyer who wants a road map for reaching a better practice. Presenter Christian Stiegemeyer is Director of Risk Management for the Bar Plan.

Ethics in Billing & Attorneys’ Fees – In this section, presenter Winston Evans will focus on good billing habits, including recent decisions in Tennessee on fees and discussions on issues like “mark-ups” for out-of-pocket expenses, upfront retainer fees, and timely billing for services.  Evans is an attorney and founding member of Evans, Jones & Reynolds.

Christian Stiegemeyer

 Christian A. Stiegemeyer is the Director of Risk Management for The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company and Executive Vice President of The Bar Plan Foundation. He annually conducts more than seventy Risk Management seminars, on a wide variety of ethical and legal malpractice issues, covering current issues concerning professionalism and providing practical solutions for dealing with malpractice and ethical concerns.

Mr. Stiegemeyer also directs The Bar Plan’s Practice Management Program, providing on-site, personalized reviews of lawyers’ law firm practices to help improve risk management and case handling procedures. In addition, Mr. Stiegemeyer responds to The Bar Plan’s ethics and malpractice telephone “Hotline” to timely assist its insureds with issues that arise in their daily practice and has written numerous articles appearing in a variety of national, state and local bar association publications. He received his B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University and J.D. from The Saint Louis University School of Law in 1992.

Winston Evans

 Mr. Evans received a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1970. He then attended the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an M.B.A. in Finance (1971). He then worked in the fields of investment banking and commercial banking until he entered Vanderbilt Law School in the Fall of1975. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1978. Since that time, he has actively practiced law in Nashville.

His practice is primarily in the following areas of law: commercial and business litigation; trust and estates litigation; legal malpractice defense; and securities litigation. He has defended law firms and lawyers in more than 220 legal malpractice cases. He has represented plaintiffs in pursuing tort claims to recover for serious injuries caused by the negligence or intentional misconduct of third parties. He has also represented clients in connection with the negotiation and drafting of contracts and other business transactions.

Mr. Evans is a founding member of Evans, Jones & Reynolds. He is the third generation of his family to practice law in Nashville. He has an AV Preeminent rating for ethical standards and legal ability by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is listed in the directory of America’s Best Lawyers in the fields of Legal Malpractice Law (defense) and Trusts and Estates Litigation. He is also listed in the directory of Midsouth Super Lawyers in the field of Business Litigation. He was chosen for the 2003 Best of the Bar listing in The Nashville Business Journal.


September 22, 2020 • 3 CLE general credits • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. • Hank Hildebrand, presenter
Offered in person and remotely via Zoom

Are You Ready for the Tsunami? Consumer Bankruptcy Practice in the time of Pandemic.

Led by Henry E. Hildebrand III, who has devoted the majority of his practice to bankruptcy law, this CLE will discuss the interplay of probate, domestic relations, and consumer bankruptcy. Included in this information-packed class will be a review of recent trends in bankruptcy.

About Judge Hildebrand:

Henry E. Hildebrand III has served as Standing Trustee for Chapter 13 matters in the Middle District of Tennessee since 1982 and as Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for that district since 1986.

Mr. Hildebrand graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his J. D. from the National Law Center of George Washington University.  He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.  He is also a fellow of the Nashville Bar Association.  He is Board Certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and serves on its faculty.  He is Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees.  In that capacity, he has testified before various Congressional Committees and before the Rules Committee of the Judicial Conference.  He has filed several amicus briefs on behalf of the trustees in the U. S. Supreme Court and in various Courts of Appeal.  He is also on the Board of the NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education.

Mr. Hildebrand is an adjunct faculty member of the Nashville School of Law and St. Johns University Law School, as well as a founder and on the faculty of the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute.

He is a regular contributor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, the Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education (a Consider Chapter 13 organization), and The Quarterly, a newsletter dealing with consumer bankruptcy issues.

Formerly in private practice, Mr. Hildebrand is Of Counsel to Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, and continues to serve as the Standing Chapter 12 and 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee.  He also provides counsel on reorganization issues to selected clients.

Business Law

August 18, 2020 • 1 CLE general credit • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Chancellor Anne Martin, presenter
Offered in person and remotely via Zoom

Business Law from a Business Court Judge – From Formation to Litigation

Judge Anne Martin shares her knowledge and experience from the bench and bar on the many aspects of business law, including, but not limited to, setting up a business, formation paperwork, and common mistakes. She also will discuss operational considerations such as managing cash, debt obligations, structuring real estate ownership, intellectual property, and employees.

About Anne Martin:

Anne C. Martin is chancellor of Part II of the Chancery Court of Davidson County, Tennessee.

Prior to taking the bench, Chancellor Martin was a partner at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville, and previously at Dodson, Parker & Behm, P.C. in Nashville, where she focused her practice on complex litigation and employment law. She was selected for The Best Lawyers in America in the field of labor and employment for more than ten years and as Lawyer of the Year, Management – Labor and Employment, Nashville and Lawyer of the Year, Individuals – Labor and Employment, Nashville. Chancellor Martin was also selected by Chambers USA in the field of labor and employment and was a Mid-South Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Attorneys and Top 100 Tennessee Attorneys. The Nashville Business Journal also named Chancellor Martin as among the Best of the Bar for multiple years. Chancellor Martin earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her law degree from Vanderbilt University. She teaches Sales and Secured Transactions at Nashville School of Law.

In September of 2019, the Tennessee Supreme Court assigned Chancellor Anne C. Martin to hear cases for the Business Court Docket Pilot Project, which provides all Tennessee businesses and citizens a specialized forum to hear complex or unique questions of business law.