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Program Spotlight

Family Law Forum 2020: Join the Family Law Section for their Spring Forum! The forum will cover hot topics and updates including:

  • Child Support Updates
  • Legislative Updates 
  • Alimony Bench Book Updates for 2020 
  • G.A.L. Training

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: Hon. Jane Stranch

Jane Stranch will be speaking at Federal Appellate Forum at the Tennessee Bar Center, March 25.

Jane B. Stranch was nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2009 and confirmed in 2010. Stranch was a member and managing partner of the Nashville law firm of Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC where she pursued a national practice in labor law and ERISA. She was in the second class of women admitted to the University of Virginia, is a summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1978, Order of the Coif. She is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, Federal Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges, Lawyers’ Association for Women and a Fellow of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Foundations.