Tennessee Defense

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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


    • 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. 

    While the program has not been finalized, 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.

    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.

    Please check back often for event updates and conference agenda.

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