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    • 24 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Nashville, TN
    Registration is closed

    ***The 2020 Trial School is full. Registration is closed. If you would like to place your name on the waitlist for the 2021 Trial School, please send an email to office@tdla.net***

    The second annual TDLA Trial School will take place January 24-25, 2020 in Nashville, TN.

    Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to refine your litigation skills! Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association Trial School will give young lawyers the opportunity to learn from an outstanding faculty consisting of seasoned TDLA members with significant trial experience.

    The TDLA Trial School will include classroom instruction as well as an opportunity for participants to conduct a trial from a NITA problem, including voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, introducing exhibits (including use of technology in the courtroom), and closing arguments.

    Prior to the Trial School, participants will be assigned a mentor and attend a "pre-trial conference" approximately two weeks prior to the school.

    The Trial School will take place at the Doubletree downtown and the Davidson County Courthouse.

    Participants will receive feedback regarding their trial presentations from judges and coaches and will get actual jury verdicts at the end of their trials.

    **TDLA Trial School Registration will be open through mid-November. It will be limited to 12 registrants. Any registrations over this number will be placed on a waiting list for the 2021 Trial School.**

    Registration Fee will be $495/ pp.

    Agenda (as of September 19, 2019)

    Friday January 24 - Class
    Doubletree Downtown Nashville

    9:00am-10am Registration
    10:00am-11am Voir Dire, Opening/ Closing 
    11:00-noon Direct and Cross-examination
    12:00-1pm Lunch
    1:00-2:00pm Introducing exhibits, including use of technology in the courtroom and using technology with exhibits
    Afternoon- meet with your assigned group

    Saturday January 25 - Trials
    Davidson County Courthouse

    7:30am-8:00am Continental Breakfast
    8:00-8:30am Courtroom set up/ Pre-trial Conference
    8:30am-9:00am Jury Reports/ Voir Dire
    9:00am-9:30am Opening Statements
    9:30am-noon Plaintiff first, second and third witnesses
    12:00-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm-3:15 Defense first, second and third witnesses
    3:15pm-3:45pm Closing arguments
    3:45-4:15pm Jury deliberations, participant discussions, out of jury presence, etc.
    4:30pm Verdict/ Adjourn

    Hotel Information:
    TDLA has a room block reserved under the rate of $209/ night for Friday night only at the Doubletree Downtown Nashville. You may make a reservation by calling 1-800-222-8733. It is under "DLA" room block. 

    Click here for the TDLA room reservation site.

    Doubletree Downtown Nashville
    315 4th Avenue North
    Nashville, Tennessee 37219-1693

    • 29 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    In this upcoming webinar, Drew Reynolds with Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams (co-chair of the Professional Negligence and Healthcare Section of the TDLA) will discuss the Court of Appeals’ opinion in Bidwell v. Strait, No. E2018-02211-COA-R3-CV, 2019 WL 4464815 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 18, 2019), which appears to be the first appellate opinion to address the “notice back” provision set forth in Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-26-121(a)(5). Among other things, Bidwell holds that the onus is no longer solely on the claimant to identify all necessary parties to a health care liability action; rather, based on § 29-26-121(a)(5), a defendant may not withhold the identity of a known or necessary person, entity, or health care provider who may be a properly named defendant.

    Bidwell involved issues relating to the Governmental Tort Liability Act that will not arise in most health care liability actions. Nevertheless, the plaintiffs’ bar may seize on certain language from Bidwell to argue that defendants must provide written notice of any persons, entities, or health care providers who may be properly named defendants within 30 days of receiving pre-suit notice in all health care liability actions, which could lead to plaintiffs filing health care liability actions against one health care provider and relying on that health care provider to identify other health care providers who may be properly named defendants.

    Based on the holding of Bidwell, the scope of the obligation imposed on health care provider defendants is not entirely clear. Accordingly, this webinar will analyze Bidwell, examine questions arising out of the Court of Appeals’ opinion, and present some arguments that may be used in the event the Tennessee Supreme Court accepts the defendants’ application for permission to appeal. For example, what is the scope of the obligation imposed by Bidwell, and how can health care provider defendants comply with this obligation? Will the obligation imposed by Bidwell apply to the same extent if a defendant withholds the identity of a health care provider that is not a known or necessary party? Please join us on January 29, 2020, for a webinar exploring these issues.

    This is a FREE webinar for TDLA members! Registrants will receive a webinar link prior to the webinar. Webinar will last one hour starting at 1pm EST/ Noon CST. This webinar will be submitted for one hour of TN general CLE.

    • 25 Mar 2020
    • 26 Mar 2020
    • Atlanta, GA

    Women litigators in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are teaming up to support, educate and advance women civil defense litigators in the first Southeastern Women Litigators Conference to be held on March 26, 2020 at the Atlanta Zoo. An early arrivals reception and Dine-Arounds will be held on March 25th. 

    The one-day seminar will combine speakers and panelists who will discuss developing leadership and career building skills. The presentations will also explore challenges, risks and rewards on the path to having a fulfilling and productive career for women lawyers. 

    SEWL Agenda: Click Here

    Early Registration:  $295
    Late Registration after March 5, 2020:  $395

    Conference Refunds/Cancellations Policy: No refunds after Friday, March 13th.  Substitutions may be made in the event of an individual cancellation.

    Hotel Room Block Information: Ellis Hotel, 176 Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, Georgia 30303.   The discounted room rate is $169.  Due to the Final Four the following week, the rate will increase after the conference date.  Use the Hotel Info link below to book directly online.  Deadline to book hotel room is February 25, 2020. There is no onsite parking at the hotel, valet is available for an extra charge. Ellis Hotel reservation link: click here

    Law firm sponsorships are appreciated to help offset the cost of the event.  If your firm is interested in sponsoring the inaugural women’s conference, please contact Mary Gadd at office@tdla.net for more information or view our sponsorship package by clicking here.

    Thank you to our 2020 SEWL Sponsors:

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