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Family Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys - Materials Only

Family Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys - Materials Only

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14th Annual
Family Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys - Materials Only

Held at the Nashville School of Law on Thursday and Friday, December 5-6, 2019

Join this engaging two-day event to learn the latest family law updates in Tennessee. Leading domestic law attorneys from across the state will address significant developments in the family law area and will provide practice tips for Tennessee attorneys.

Topics presented by attorneys include:

  • Discovery and evidence in divorce
  • Procedures for terminating parental rights
  • Modifying child custody/visitation
  • Adoption law
  • Relocation and child abduction issues
  • Settlement negotiation
  • Trial strategies and drafting final orders
  • Avoiding discipline

This two-day event offers:

  • 15 Hours of CLE
  • Expert speaking panel
  • Engaging sessions on the issues Tennessee attorneys need to know
  • Easy access at the Nashville School of Law


Day 1 — Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Division of Marital Assets
Stan Kweller

Let Mr. Kweller help you think about how to identify, consider, value, and classify marital and separate properties in a divorce case during his presentation. Some of the subject matters that will be covered during this session are valuing and dividing assets and analyzing the aspects of bankruptcy after a divorce.

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Morning Break

9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Gone Country: Tips and Tactics from a Rural Lawyer
Beau Pemberton

After listening to Mr. Pemberton, you will be sure to understand the best tactics to use when handling a case in a rural setting, including what to look out for, what to expect, and what the most important steps to take are in keeping yourself on top of things.

10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
Practical Tips and Ethical Considerations in Mediation
Amy J. Amundsen and Judge Robert L. Childers

During this time slot, Mrs. Amundsen and Mr. Childers will cover short vignettes that occur in mediation, as well as discuss how to handle those ethical issues when mediating the divorce case

11:25 AM to 12:35 PM
Lunch (included with registration)

12:35 PM to 1:35 PM
Alimony Update and the 2018 TCJA
Amy Amundsen

Mrs. Amundsen will fill you in on the most updated news about alimony cases and statutes, as well as explain the tax consequences when dealing with the new tax code.

1:40 PM to 2:40 PM
Jimmy Helton

Mr. Helton will walk you through how to think about retirement plan divisions during a divorce and how to get your client the most out of a retirement division. He also will give a military retirement update and will cover the new laws defining the division of pensions.

2:40 PM to 2:55 PM 
Afternoon Break

2:55 PM to 3:55 PM
Dana McLendon

When talking about ethics in Family Law, it is important to know how to utilize proper communication, understand the fair practice of fees, and have the competence of representation for clients. Join Mr. McLendon as he talks about the moral codes of conduct regarding these matters.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Case Law Update
Jason Hicks

Day 2 — Friday, December 6, 2019

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
All I Need to Know About Ethics, I Learned in Kindergarten (Or Through Memes)
Jerry Morgan

In his presentation, Mr. Morgan will cover the most important points to consider when it comes to ethics, including the process of an ethics complaint, ethical rules to live by, and recent disciplinary cases relating to the matter.

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Morning Break

9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Essential Law Firm Technology
Sean Martin

To be competitive (and profitable) in the marketplace for legal services, law firms must embrace certain technologies. Clients expect it, the Rules of Professional Responsibility require it, and it’s more user-friendly than ever. This presentation will show you what you need and DIY implementation. Q&A, snacks.

10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
Parenting Plan Best Practices
Siew-Ling Shea

This session will cover topics about some of the most important aspects of parenting plans after divorce, such as paramour, religion, relocation, and child support.

11:25 AM to 12:35 PM
Lunch (included with registration)

12:35 PM to 1:35 PM
Orders of Protection
Kortney Simmons

During your time with Ms. Simmons, you can expect to learn more about the different types of protective orders, their application processes, their purposes, and how they work. 

1:40 PM to 2:40 PM
Judge Michael Binkley

2:40 PM to 2:55 PM
Afternoon Break

2:55 PM to 3:55 PM
Scott Womack

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Insider View from the Neutral
David Garrett and Jacob Thorington 

Your Tennessee Attorneys

Paula Blair is the owner of the Law Office of Paula Ogle Blair. Ms. Blair has been in private practice more than 20 years. Her primary focus is family law, including divorce, child custody/visitation, mediation, appeals, adoption, probate, guardianship and conservatorship, as well as other matters that affect families. Ms. Blair is admitted to practice in Tennessee and before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee. She is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. Ms. Blair earned her B.A. degree from Stephens College and her J.D. degree from Nashville School of Law.

James (Jimmy) D. Helton, II, with the Helton Law Office in Brentwood, focuses his practice on domestic relations order drafting and litigation in state and federal court. In that capacity, he works closely with family lawyers and their clients in the post-divorce division of ERISA, federal, military, and state retirement plans. Mr. Helton also advises family law attorneys during mediation on the best practices for their marital dissolution agreements and on specific issues that are unique to each parties’ retirement. Mr. Helton graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2005.

Kimberley Reed-Bracey Johnson is an owner of the Goodlettsville law firm Freeman & Bracey, PLC along with Attorney Russell E. Freeman. Johnson focuses her practice on trial work including family law, divorce, child support, adoptions, custody, estates, automobile wrecks and personal injuries. She is a daily court litigant. Ms. Johnson is a listed Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator. She earned her J.D. from Nashville School of Law, where she now teaches as the Business Associations Professor to 4L students. She is in her 12th year. She is a former Tennessee High School Teacher of the Year. Kimberley is a member of Cooper’s Inn, graduating 5th in her law class. Ms. Johnson heads two non-profits supporting a K-12 grade school in Laffito, Haiti, as well as assisting build a 350-congregant church there. She is finishing construction on a small hotel in Haiti called Ti ‘Otel La, for short term missionaries. Ms. Johnson sponsored her Haitian “son”, Jean Bildad Michel, to university in the USA. Together or separately, their combined efforts provide in Haiti a school, leadership academy, hotel, restaurant, Western Union station, and construction of a large church in addition to their normal mission trips. Their high school celebrated its first graduation in July of 2019. Her efforts can be viewed on Facebook @ WHFBC Haiti Ministries or TIME4Haiti, as well as at

Stanley A. Kweller is a member of Jackson, Kweller, & Hayes in Nashville, Tennessee. A majority of his legal experience involves litigation and trials in the civil and criminal arenas. Mr. Kweller has had an active trial practice, including jury and non-jury trials at all levels including federal and state courts and appellate maters. He spent 10 years as a criminal prosecutor. Mr. Kweller's current practice is a mixture of general civil litigation (including a large percentage of practice in domestic relations law, divorce, post-divorce and custody issues) and business and commercial law. He has served as a hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. He is admitted to practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for Middle and Eastern districts of Tennessee, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kweller earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Emory University and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Brent Lankford is an attorney in the Nashville Office of Stites and Harbison, PLLC. Brent practices primarily in the field of domestic relations, assisting clients with divorce and post-divorce matters, including issues of child custody, child support, alimony, and financial and property disputes. Brent served as the Judicial Clerk to the Judges of the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee, which includes Williamson, Hickman, Perry, and Lewis counties. Brent is dedicated to advancing the legal profession outside of the courtroom as a member of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court and the Nashville Bar Association. He enjoys spending time hiking Tennessee’s beautiful parks with his wife, Jennifer, and miniature schnauzer, Bo. An avid sports fan, Brent never misses an opportunity to support the University of Tennessee Volunteers or St. Louis Cardinals.

Emily R. Long is an attorney practicing at Holland Law in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She has lived and practiced throughout both Middle and East Tennessee.  Ms. Long received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee in 2009, and she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2012.  She is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in family and domestic law.  Ms. Long's practice in other legal fields includes probate, landlord-tenant law, and general civil litigation.  Ms. Long serves on the Executive Board of the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity Knoxville Alumni Chapter, and she has given presentations at several seminars about discovery and evidence, and other issues in family law.

Sean J. Martin is a family law and personal injury attorney with Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC in Nashville. Sean built his firm’s tech infrastructure from the ground up and MHPS is one of the most tech-forward firms in the Southeast. Sean, his partners and the entire team at MHPS leverage the latest legal technology to keep up with and serve the real-time needs of their clients.

Dana C. McLendon III is a sole practitioner. Mr. McLendon graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1993. Mr. McLendon splits his time between family law and criminal law in counties all over Middle Tennessee. When he is not practicing law, Mr. McLendon spends his time training for the zombie apocalypse (Rule #1: Cardio) and with his dogs, which he much prefers to humans.

Cheryl Panther provides divorce financial services and full-service, traditional financial planning as a CPA and a registered investment advisor (Tennessee). She brings creative, outside-the-box analytical skills to the often complex financial and taxation issues in divorce cases and settlements, providing a variety of specialized divorce financial services to clients and their attorneys, including litigation and mediation consulting and support as a neutral financial and tax professional in collaborative divorce and negotiated settlements. Ms. Panther is an active member of the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, and other professional associations. She has been a CPA for more than 25 years and earned the prestigious personal financial specialist designation from the AICPA. Ms. Panther graduated from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville and received an executive certificate in financial planning from Belmont University. She maintains her practice in Nashville.

Beau E. Pemberton has been in practice with Bradberry Law since August 2008.  He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville. Beau began his private practice in West Tennessee with the firm and serves clients all over Tennessee.  His practice focuses on Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Business Law, Real Estate, and Municipal Law.  Beau is also a long-time adjunct faculty member at UT-Martin and teaches courses in Agriculture Law, Business Law, Criminal Procedure, and many other law-based courses. Beau is actively involved in the local community, including serving as Secretary for the Weakley County Election Commission, Chairman of the Martin Municipal-Regional Planning Commission, President of the Weakley County Bar Association, and as an Assistant District Governor and Past Club President in Rotary International.

Siew-Ling Shea has been with the law firm of Rogers, Kamm & Shea since May 2001. Ms. Shea attended high school in Singapore and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, as a scholarship student. She later transferred to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and obtained a B.A. degree with a double major in communication and sociology, and her J.D. degree from the Nashville School of Law. Ms. Shea is a member of Cooper's Inn, an honorable society reserved for students graduating in the top 10% of their class. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee and in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee. Ms. Shea is a Rule 31 listed civil mediator and a trained collaborative divorce lawyer. She is also a Rule 21 approved mentor attorney. Ms. Shea serves on the board of the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance and is a member of the John Marshall American Inn of Court. She is also a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Executive Council, Nashville Bar Association, Williamson County Bar Association, and Robertson County Bar Association. Articles written in the Tennessee Bar Journal include: "When a Child's Best Interests Are At Issue: Privacy of Mental Health Records in Divorce and Custody Proceedings" (July 2013); and "New Statutory Parental Rights: Play Nice and Fair or Be Punished for Misconduct Toward The Other Parent" (November 2014).

Kevin Shepherd has more than 28 years of experience and is the owner of Shepherd and Associates, PC, with an office in Maryville. He practices in the areas of family law, divorce, personal injury, criminal defense, appellate practice, and general practice. He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 family law mediator. Mr. Shepherd is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and is a well-received speaker at legal seminars. He earned his B.S. degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas; and his J.D. degree from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Kortney D. Simmons is an attorney with Casey Simmons & Bryant PLLC, where her primary areas of practice are criminal defense, juvenile and family law. She practices in courts across Tennessee, but primarily practices in West Tennessee. Ms. Simmons is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division Board member, District 13 Representative), Federal Bar for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Jackson-Madison County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division past-president (2014-2016)), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ballard-Taylor Bar Association, and Lawyers' Association for Women. She has received numerous awards, including 10 Best American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys; 10 Best Female Attorneys (2016); Top 40 under 40 for the state of Tennessee, criminal defense, National Trial Lawyers (2016); National Black Lawyers (2016). Ms. Simmons earned her B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her J.D. degree, with a certificate in criminal law, from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Eileen Burkhalter Smith is Disciplinary Counsel in the Investigations Section for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.  Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Smith was a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC, in the Trial and Appellate Practice Section.  Ms. Smith received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. 

Greg Smith is a Member of Stites and Harbison, PLLC, based in the Nashville office, where he is a member of the Family Law Service Group. His practice focuses primarily on divorce, custody litigation, support disputes and neglect cases in courts in Nashville and surrounding counties. He has helped clients find and recover children abducted by former spouses, obtained help for children with disabilities and resolved difficult property and financial issues related to their domestic disputes. He has experience in international custody litigation in both state and federal courts. He also has experience handling creditors' rights and commercial litigation matters in both Tennessee state and federal courts.

Jan Walden is a sole practitioner of A Better Way Mediation in Nashville, Tennessee where she practices in the areas of family and divorce mediation, including parenting plans for never married parents.  As a mediator she practices early intervention mediation.  As an attorney her practice is limited to uncontested divorces.  She has previously lectured for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the National Business Institute.  She has 40 years of experience as a family law attorney and almost 30 years of experience as a family mediator.  She has extensive training both as a mediator and as a parenting coordinator.  She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and he J.D. degree from the Nashville School of Law.  Ms. Walden was a founding board member of both the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators and the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance.  She is a long-time member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and has served as chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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