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Primer on the Newly-Enacted Revised Uniform Arbitration Act – Why and What’s Changed: The Revised Uniform Arbitration Act (RUAA), recently signed into law by Governor Lee and set to go into effect July 1, 2023, replaces the current arbitration law that was drafted in the late 1950’s and has been in place in Tennessee since the early 1980’s. It replaces that law with a revised, uniform version that has been updated to meet modern needs and addresses procedural issues not included in the original arbitration act. Join Bob Arrington and Matt Haskell in a discussion of the RUAA, including why it was updated and what those updates mean for your practice.

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Building Your Case Through Depositions: The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking, Defending, and Using Depositions: You can't win your case in a deposition, but it can be one of the most important discovery tools (if not the most important) in preparing your case for trial. This program will cover tips and techniques on taking depositions, defending them, and using them as your case progresses, including how to prepare yourself and your client for depositions. This program will also cover tips on how to avoid and recover from common pitfalls.

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Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Ashburn

Join Melissa for the virtual Local Government Forum on May 22! Register today! 

Melissa Ashburn joined the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service in 2001, when she was hired as a Municipal Legal Consultant. Prior to joining MTAS, she practiced law for seven years at the Knoxville law firm Leibowitz & Cohen. Her private practice focused on civil litigation in areas including employment law, contract disputes, and zoning and land use matters. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of Tennessee and worked as a probation officer for the Tennessee Department of Corrections before attending the University of Tennessee College of Law. She graduated from law school and became licensed to practice law in 1994. Melissa provides legal opinions, risk management and daily guidance for the 345 cities served by the agency. She works with city officials, city attorneys, city judges, department heads, and various state agencies’ general counsel. Her work at MTAS includes delivering presentations on timely topics impacting municipal governments.