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Family Law – A Virtual Conference for Tennessee Attorneys

Family Law – A Virtual Conference for Tennessee Attorneys

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17th Annual
Virtual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners

Join us for the 17th Annual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys, happening virtually on Tuesday, December 6 – Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Immerse yourself in the digital learning process with engaging faculty and the most experienced and knowledgeable experts from across the state. Amplify your skill set and gain valuable perspective from industry-leading instructors who have successfully navigated through the challenges of practicing during this extraordinary time. Connect with your favorite speakers each day during the live Q & A!

Our most popular CLE conference of the year is back with an exciting lineup of judges, award-winning attorneys, and distinguished faculty. These knowledgeable and expert speakers will discuss the latest in legislative and case law updates, non-traditional family issues, ethics, mediation, technology, and more.

Topics include:

  • How to Successfully Run a Law Business for $100/Month
  • Case Law Update
  • Ethics in Custody Cases
  • Divorce and the Evolution of the Parenting Plan
  • A Case Study in Ethical Considerations
  • Orders of Protection

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the tools needed to run a successful law business for under $100 a month
  • Understand the ins and outs of recent family law cases
  • Identify the client in an ethics law case
  • Understand the obligation of the attorney with regards to child sexual abuse
  • Understand the evolution of the parenting plan
  • Identify best practices for handling orders of protection

*Attendees will receive 60-day access to the on-demand recordings of this event.


* All times are in ET

Day 1: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
How to Successfully Run a Law Business for $100/Month

Sean J. Martin, Attorney & Partner, Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC

Beyond doing good work, running a successful law practice requires efficiency in the delivery of services and the generation of revenue. It also requires the elimination of anti-revenue. In this session, #legaltech superfan Sean Martin shows you all the tools you need and the toys you don’t.

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Case Law Update
Brenton Lankford, Attorney, Stites and Harbison, PLLC

Join Brenton as he discusses a variety of the most interesting and important family law cases from the past 12 months.

3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Ethics in Custody Cases
Stanley A. Kweller, Attorney, Jackson, Kweller, & Hayes

Custody cases can be tricky to navigate. Learn what to do and what to avoid when taking on these types of cases, including:

  • Entering the relationship
  • Identifying who is the client
  • Obligation of the attorney with regards to child sexual abuse
  • And much more!

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live Q&A Session
Sean J. Martin, Attorney & Partner, Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC
Brenton Lankford, Attorney, Stites and Harbison, PLLC
Stanley A. Kweller, Attorney, Jackson, Kweller, & Hayes

Still have lingering questions from the day's training or want to revisit an important issue that was raised? Use this time to get answers to all your burning questions!

Day 2: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Case Study in Ethical Considerations
David Garrett, Attorney, Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett
Jacob Thorington, Attorney & Rule 31 Listed Mediator, Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett
Jason Talley, Attorney, Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett

This presentation seeks to be less theoretical and more practical in studying cases published by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. May we all have grace for others and ourselves when we inevitably make mistakes, but may we learn from the mistakes of others in our effort to improve our own practice of law.

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Orders of Protection
Beau E. Pemberton, Attorney - James H. Bradberry & Associates

The state of Tennessee has two types of orders of protection for victims of domestic abuse. While most orders begin as temporary protection orders, also known as "ex parte" orders, many lead to an extended protection order. Find out how to best handle these situations with best practices from Beau!

3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Divorce and the Evolution of the Parenting Plan
Don R. Ash, Senior Judge

Learn from the best! Join Senior Judge Don Ash as he discusses his history and experience in divorce cases in Tennessee. Ash will also cover the evolution of the parenting plan—from its inception to how it has evolved over the years, to where it is today.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live Q&A Session
David Garrett, Attorney - Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett
Jacob Thorington, Attorney & Rule 31 Listed Mediator - Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett
Jason Talley, Attorney - Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett
Beau E. Pemberton, Attorney - James H. Bradberry & Associates
Don R. Ash, Senior Judge

Have any questions about issues covered during the day, or want to circle back on an important topic? Use this time to pose your questions and get clarification from your speakers before the close of the event.

Agenda subject to change

Your Distinguished Faculty

Don R. Ash

Don R. Ash, Senior Judge served the 16th Judicial District Court including Rutherford and Cannon County, from 1994 to 2012. While Circuit Judge, he also served as presiding judge over the 16thJudicial District Drug Court and DUI Court. In September of 2012, he was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as one of four Senior Judges for the State of Tennessee. He has authored over fifty appellate opinions while sitting as a Substitute Judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Beginning in 2009, he taught Civil Procedure at the Nashville School of Law. Judge Ash received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, his law degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Judicial Studies degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife, Rita, have been married for over 30 years. They have four children, Taylor, Julia, Hugh, and Joy, and nine grandchildren.

He has received numerous awards which include the Leadership Rutherford/Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Community Service, Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service to Families Award, and the Rutherford County Community Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2006, he was designated as a Distinguished Alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University and was inducted into the Tennessee Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame.  Judge Ash is the author of “A Bridge over Troubled Water: Changing the Custody Law in Tennessee,” University of Memphis Law Review, and Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges, Bernet and Ash, Kreiger Publishing, 2007.

He is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. In 1998, Judge Ash was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary which oversees judicial conduct for all Tennessee judges.  He was elected presiding judge of the Court of the Judiciary in 2007 and served in that role through August 2011. He is an alumnus of the National Judicial College and joined its faculty in 2001 teaching Judicial Ethics, Criminal Law, and helped develop a course to assist judges when dealing with Self-Represented Litigants.

David Garrett

David Garrett: Highly recognized and sought-after family law attorney for thirty-two years. David has concentrated his practice on complex divorce cases that include the issues of valuation and division of automobile dealerships, restaurants, doctor’s and lawyer’s practices, closely held family businesses, and music catalogs. He also focuses on prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, post-divorce and custody issues, and he has extensive experience in appellate practice. David is also in demand as a Rule 31 listed mediator. David served 2 terms as chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Continuing Education Committee, and is a frequent speaker on Family Law issues at Continuing Education Seminars.

Stan Kweller

Stan 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.

Brenton Lankford

Brenton 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.

Sean Martin

Sean Martin is a partner at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC in Nashville. He is also co-founder of Time Miner, a retroactive time capture and billing platform. His practice is concentrated on family law.

Sean is a #legaltech superfan, and believes that lawyers must take advantage of available #legaltech solutions in order to stay competitive and profitable. Sean calls himself a tech evangelist, and he will happily show you how it can improve your practice and your life. All you have to do is ask.

Beau E. Pemberton

Beau E. Pemberton has been in practice with the firm since August, 2008. He is a 2005 graduate of UT-Martin (Summa Cum Laude) and a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville. While at UT Law, Beau was actively involved in several boards governing the law school, including the Academic Standards Board and the Faculty Appointments Committee, serving two terms on both committees. Beau was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, a published writer, and the inaugural recipient of the James H. Jarvis II Life and Law Award while at UT-Law.

Beau began his private practice in West Tennessee at the firm: James H. Bradberry & Associates where he 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.

Jacob Thorington

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.

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