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LGBT Annual Forum 2020: Save the date for this year's LGBT Law Forum, which will again kick off the Nashville Pride festivities on Friday, June 26, at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. This year's program falls on the fifth anniversary of the monumental Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, and we will devote the program to this landmark decision.

The entire team who assisted with and argued Obergefell in the U.S. Supreme Court will reunite to examine this important case, giving insight into the preparation and proceedings which ultimately led to guaranteeing marriage rights for all Americans. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about, discuss and celebrate this milestone in the history of gay rights with the team that made it possible. Stay tuned for more info as it develops.

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 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.