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Program Spotlight

Estate Planning & Probate Forum 2020: This event provides six hours of CLE, including an hour of dual credit and will be focused on timely, relevant topics to help you stay on top of trends affecting this area of law. Legislative updates and the ever-popular Probate Panel will ensure that you leave with the knowledge necessary to advance your practice. Do not miss this opportunity to fulfill CLE requirements while networking with attorneys who share your focus and cultivating relationships with fellow practitioners. Section members receive a discounted rate for the program.

Court Records: To Seal or Not to Seal Part II:

Article I, Section 17 of the Tennessee Constitution states: "the courts shall be open." As a follow up to his popular CLE, Judge Frank Clement discusses the public's right to access. Topics include: 

Public Access Doctrine
Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 34
Tennessee Public Records Act
Exceptions to the Public Access Doctrine
“Compelling Reasons” v. “Good Cause”
Sealing Records – Individualized Determinations Required
Orders Sealing Records Must be “Narrowly Tailored”
Tenn. R. Civ. P. 26 Protective Orders May Be Broad 
Records on Appeal
Sample Orders
Recommended Reading


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Faculty Spotlight: Sharon Jacobs

Sheri Jacobs will be speaking at CLE Ski 2020 in beautiful Snowmass, CO. It's not too late to earn up to 15 hours of CLE from expert speakers at this popular destination CLE. Register here! 

Sharon O. “Sheri” Jacobs concentrates her practice in the areas of Environmental Law and Administrative Law. Sheri has administrative, environmental law, environmental litigation experience at the federal, state and local levels, as well as with administrative agencies. This experience includes matters associated with sustainability, solid and hazardous waste, Brownfield redevelopment, underground storage tanks, water pollution, environmental citizen suits, Superfund remediation projects, endangered species, stream mitigation projects and air pollution control. Sheri works closely with companies and local governments on compliance, sustainability and all facets of environmental law to ensure clients can focus on their business and not be caught in protracted environmental litigation. When litigation becomes necessary, Sheri’s expertise from having successfully defended numerous businesses and local governments before administrative boards and in state and federal court ensures the clients’ interests are always well represented. Sheri co-authored West Publishing’s Medical Waste Handbook, 1999 and 2000 editions. In addition, she has presented seminars on environmental topics for the Tennessee Bar Association and for various business organizations. Before joining the firm, Sheri served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter, Environmental Division. She also served as Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Sheri is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri. She and her husband, David, have two children. She enjoys traveling, hiking and visiting national parks with her family.