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Ethics Roadshow 2022: While You Were Sheltering: The passage of time brings about change. Sometimes very quickly. For example, that "While You Were Sleeping" movie was a successful romantic comedy back when it was released, but now it would come off as much more stalkery and probably would be treated as just cringe if it were released today. But not everything changes even over time.

While you, and me, were sheltering in place for much of the last couple of years, there have been some significant changes to Tennessee's ethics rules. Yet, there are a lot of important ethics rules that haven't changed at all and that still apply no matter how much other things seem to have changed.

This year's Ethics Roadshow will be divided up into three parts: one that brings you up to speed on changes to the ethics rules that have been made over the last couple of years (including significant revisions to how lawyers can market and advertise their services; one that offers some helpful reminders of important rules that remain unchanged; and one that talks about some changes to the ethics rules that may be on the horizon.


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Litigation 2022: Perspectives From the Bench: In a moderated panel discussion, judges from across the state discuss best practices in the courtroom. Professional development topics include avoiding common mistakes when appearing in front of a judge, motion practices, judge preferences for oral arguments and/or briefs, and other insider thinking from the ben

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Faculty Spotlight: Ashley Stearns

Join Ashley in person for the Estate Planning & Probate Forum coming to Franklin, February 24!  

Ashley Stearns has built a law practice that focuses on all aspects of estate planning ranging end-to-end from living trusts to complex wills to decedent estate administration. She is the current President of the Murfreesboro Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council, the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association where she serves as Chair of the Executive Council for Estate Planning and Probate. Stearns attended the 2018 and 2016 University of Miami School of Law Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. From 2017-2022, Stearns has been named as a “Rising Star” in the area of Estate Planning and Probate for the Nashville Area by Super Lawyers. Stearns started her professional career while still in college as a legislative intern to Tennessee State Representative John Hood. Later, while attending law school, Stearns worked as a law clerk with the late Tennessee State Representative W. Kent Coleman in his estate planning law practice in Murfreesboro. Eventually, this working relationship blossomed into the law firm of Coleman & Stearns, which continued successfully after Mr. Coleman’s untimely death in 2016. In March of 2018, Trail, Coleman & Stearns, PLLC, Attorneys at Law was formed when Stearns and Sandra Y. Trail merged their practices. The firm, located in Murfreesboro, is uniquely focused on all facets of estate planning, probate, and business transactions. Outside of her profession, Stearns devotes her time to her family, and the Murfreesboro community through philanthropic service.