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 9:30 AM
Division of Marital Assets
Jackson, Kweller, McKinney, Hayes, Lewis, and Garrett
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.
9:30 AM to 9:40 AM
9:40 AM to 10:40 AM
Gone Country: Tips and Tactics from a Rural Lawyer
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.
10:45 AM to 11:45 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
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Lunch (included with registration)
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Alimony Update and the 2018 TCJA
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.
1:20 PM to 2:20 PM
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.
2:20 PM to 2:30 PM
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Dana McLendon Law
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.
3:35 PM to 5:05 PM
Moore, Rader, and Fitzpatrick PC
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)
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
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Essential Law Firm Technology
Martin, Heller, Potempa, and Sheppard, PLLC
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
Rogers, Kamm, and 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
Casey, Simmons, and Bryant, PLLC
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
2:55 PM to 3:55 PM
Mereer Capital, SVP
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Insider View from the Neutral
Cheatham, Palermo, and Garrett
Your Tennessee Attorneys
Amy J. Amundsen has been practicing Family Law in the Memphis area for over 31 years. During that time, she has served as the President of both the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Association Family Law Section and Adjunct Professor of Family Law at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Ms. Amundsen served as the President of the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, President of the Memphis Bar Association, the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter and Chairman of the Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign. Presently, Ms. Amundsen is a Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which is comprised of only 100 attorneys across the United States; a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers; and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been named a Family Law Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy and was awarded the Marion Griffin-Francis Loring Award from the Association of Women Attorneys, the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing from the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award by the Memphis Bar Association. Ms. Amundsen lectures for national organizations and publishes in peer review journals.
Judge Michael Binkley is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College, earning a degree in History, and he is a 1977 graduate of Vanderbilt School of Law. He is currently sitting as Circuit Court Judge and Chancellor, Division III, of the 21st Judicial District, which serves Williamson, Lewis, Perry and Hickman Counties, being elected to this position on March 6, 2012, and sworn in on August 31, 2012. Since taking the bench in 2012, Judge Binkley has been invited to teach and participate in over 20 legal educational seminars.
During Judge Binkley’s 33 years of private practice in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation and domestic relations, he was the sole counsel in 17 reported cases in the State of Tennessee Supreme Court as well 30 unreported cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals. During his private practice, Judge Binkley was invited and participated in over 25 presentations at legal educational seminars sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Association for Justice, the Nashville Bar Association, and other bar associations throughout Middle Tennessee and the State of Tennessee, including Knoxville, Memphis, Cookeville, Chattanooga and other cities throughout the state. Since being elected to the bench, Judge Binkley continues to conduct legal educational seminars throughout Middle Tennessee.
Judge Robert L. Childers was the presiding judge of Division 9 of the Shelby County Circuit Court from 1984 to 2017. He was chair of the Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee since for 25 years. Judge Childers is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and the Tennessee Trial Judges Association. He also served as a Special Judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers’ Compensation Panel and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He is a past chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, created to assist lawyers and other legal professionals with addiction and other personal problems. He is a founding member, past president and Master of the Bench of the Leo Bearman Sr. Inn of Court. He was recognized as Outstanding Judge of the Year by the Memphis Bar Association in 1986, 1999, and 2006, and by the MBA Family Law Section in 2006. He was recognized as Outstanding Judge of the Year by the Shelby County Deputy Sheriffs Association in 1990; received the Judge Wheatcraft Award from the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for outstanding service in combating domestic violence (2001); the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Memphis (2002); the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association (2012); the Excellence in Legal Community Leadership Award from the Hazelden Foundation (2012); the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award from Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2017); the inaugural Judge Robert L. Childers Wellness Award from the Memphis Bar Association (2017); and recognized as a Pillar of Excellence by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Association of the University of Memphis(2019). He has also been a faculty member at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno, and the Tennessee Judicial Conference Judicial Academy, and has been a frequent lecturer and speaker at more than 275 CLE seminars and before numerous schools, civic, church and business groups in Tennessee and throughout the nation. He currently maintains a practice as a Mediator.
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.
Jason F. Hicks is an attorney at Moore Rader & Fitzpatrick PC, located in Cookeville, Tennessee. His primary focus is on family/divorce law, probate and litigation. Mr. Hicks is a member of the Putnam County, Tennessee, and American bar associations. He is past-president of the Putnam County Bar Association and the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Hicks is the Vice President the Tennessee Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division. He received his B.A. degree from The University of Tennessee Knoxville and his J.D. degree from Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.
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.
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 the University of Florida (B.A. 1989) and Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D. 1993). Mr. McLendon has practiced in Middle Tennessee since 1993, primarily in criminal defense and family law. When he is not practicing law, Mr. McLendon spends his time reading nonfiction, training for the zombie apocalypse, and walking his dogs, whom he prefers to humans.
Jerry Morgan joined the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility in February of 2019 and serves as Disciplinary Counsel – Appeals. Prior to joining the Board, he handled real estate litigation for fifteen years, representing clients in Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, and Tennessee. Jerry received his B.A. from York College in Nebraska, his M.Ed. from Harding University, and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
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).
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.
Jacob Thorington eagerly jumped right into practice after earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in May 2007. His undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University helps him to not be afraid of numbers, which certainly helps when dealing with numerous family law issues. An Eagle Scout hailing from Manchester, Tennessee, he is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Williamson County Bar Association, Jacob is very dedicated to serving others. He loves living in Franklin with his beautiful wife, his three adorable children and the family dog and cat. He enjoys staying involved in the community, participating and serving at Franklin First United Methodist Church, volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and Heritage Foundation in Franklin and currently serving on the Youth Leadership Franklin board. Jacob has been repeatedly named as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star and is a Rule 31 Listed Mediator.
Scott A. Womack, Senior Vice President, is active in family law litigation (traditional litigated divorce and collaborative divorce) and corporate valuation and leads Mercer Capital’s Auto Dealer Industry team. He assists estate planning attorneys in federal and state valuation matters, family law attorneys in divorce matters (including business valuation, forensic accounting, division of marital estate, etc.), and small business owners involving the potential sale of their businesses. Scott has testified in several jurisdictions involving family law matters. In addition, he has testified in Tax Court.
Scott's overall valuation concentration includes gift, estate, and income tax planning and reporting (valuation of businesses and business interests); financial Reporting under FASB ASC 350 (goodwill impairment testing- formerly FAS 142), FASB 718 (valuation of stock-based compensation including stock options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, etc.- formerly FAS 123R); and holding company valuations (real estate/marketable securities) and fractional interests in real estate.
Scott is a featured speaker for auto dealer industry groups, family law associations, attorneys, accountants, business appraisers, and business professionals on various valuation and financial advisory topics.