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LGBT Annual Forum 2021: This year’s program will focus on political concerns for Tennessee’s LGBT community, including an advocacy panel that will address how to become more involved locally in the fight for equal justice, building a grassroots movement and much more.

The TBA LGBT Section will also host a booth at the Nashville Pride Festival to answer basic questions and provide attendees with relevant resources. If you are interested in volunteering to assist at the Nashville Pride Festival, please contact section coordinator Jarod Word at

17th Annual Bankruptcy Law Forum: The 17th Annual Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Forum will take place Sept. 24 - 26, 2021 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Please make plans to join us in this wonderful and relaxing setting for an informative, unique retreat. Ten hours of CLE credit are available for this program, including three hours of ethics. Spots are limited for this in-person program. 

This high-quality program will begin on Friday afternoon with two CLE sessions. First, there will be an extensive presentation highlighting bankruptcy case law updates. You asked, and we listened! We've extended this session to last for two hours, so attendees are fully updated on developments in the law. The second session will be a mortgage update. Included in the cost of the program is a Friday evening networking reception and dinner. Details on location coming soon! Attendees may bring guests for an additional $75. When checking out, please select the number of guests you plan to bring.* 

On Saturday, attendees will be organized into small groups with a discussion leader drawn from a faculty of prominent bankruptcy judges. These small group discussions will focus on case problems that bring into focus recent developments in the law and real world problems that bankruptcy practitioners face. The judges will encourage the participants to analyze, discuss and argue different approaches to the case studies.

The program closes on Sunday with a three-hour session devoted to the ethical issues that arise in bankruptcy.

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Faculty Spotlight: Rita Gibson Rayford

Join Rita for the upcoming Webcast: General Introduction to the Practice of Veterans Law August 12! 

Rita Gibson Rayford has more than twenty years of experience in management and compliance. She has most recently served as a Managing Attorney and a member of the senior executive leadership team for a nonprofit law firm. During her career, she has had the opportunity to teach in the areas of administrative law, public administration, nonprofit administration, family law and research methods. She has dedicated a significant portion of her career to advocating for veterans and access to justice. In addition to her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, she holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration. Ms. Gibson Rayford is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law Class of 2016.