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TBA's Leadership Academy 2020: Leadership is something you practice regardless of your position, legal career, or station in life. TBA's Leadership Academy is going virtual, with exclusive, interactive dual CLE content across two days to allow you the flexibility to attend a full day's program; whether you are at home, in the office or somewhere in between. CLE hours and times are being finalized. Stay tuned for more details.

Brought to you by leadership professionals, Buck Lewis, Douglas Blaze and Bill Lockett, leadership is explored through an interactive curriculum designed to look at the challenging characteristics needed in today's leaders. The Leadership Academy will put you with today's leaders to be mentored, challenged, and encouraged. Attendees will view and discuss Ted Talks on Everyday Leadership, Grit, and Leaving a Legacy. Academy faculty will help you identify leadership characteristics and barriers. Attendees will gain insight from one another as well as our faculty. Develop leadership skills, build characteristics of effective leadership, and identify strategies to overcome challenges. 

Networking time and opportunities will also be available with our speakers.

Virtual Presentation Skills for Attorneys: As remote work and virtual communications continue into 2021, our ability to communicate in a virtual environment is an important professional skill for attorneys. We want to deliver a clear and concise message, whether we’re leading a meeting, speaking in a virtual courtroom, or presenting at a conference. 

Led by Mimi Bliss of Bliss Communications, an experienced TV reporter and executive presentation skills coach, this interactive virtual workshop will focus on the core skills needed for effective virtual meetings and presentations. We’ll cover how to:

Speak On Camera. Techniques for lighting, background, gestures, eye contact and voice.

Sharpen Your Message. Attention spans are shorter in virtual meetings. We’ll focus on how to connect with your audience with your first sentence, reduce filler words, and communicate more information in less time. 

Engage Your Audience. “Block” your information, be an active facilitator, and use tech tools like White Board, Polling and Breakout Rooms to improve interaction in virtual meetings.

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The TBA now offers more tools for you to keep track of what courses you have completed or plan to take in coming weeks and months.

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If you are interest in speaking at a CLE program, writing an online program or just have a program idea you would like to share, email CLE Director Jennifer Vossler.


Tuition Assistance

Request a tuition assistance grant application from the TBA Tuition Assistance Program (available to TBA Members with a self-declared law-related income level of $50,000 or less).

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Faculty Spotlight: Ashley Ball

Join Ashley for the Environmental Law Forum, taking place December 2.

Ashley Ball Is a Senior Associate Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. She has a BA degree from Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University with a major in political science and a minor in business. She then continued her education at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned her JD in 2005. Ball is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, New York and the District of Columbia.