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Creditors Practice Annual Forum 2021: This year's annual forum will be a live virtual program which gives practitioners in the creditors practice field the opportunity to earn 2 general and 1 dual CLE credits. The program will kick off with a session led by Patty Whitehead that will address the enforcement of judgement liens on real property. Next, you'll hear from John Bedard who will discuss the controversial Hunstein case. The program will conclude with a dual credit session by Lewis Borsellino discussing cybersecurity.


FORMAT & HOW TO JOIN:

This virtual event will be live on Zoom. This program is intended for those who can watch it live. If you are unable to attend this live program, recordings of the sessions will be made available to purchase in the course catalog at a later date. Attendees will be able to ask questions through the chat feature. The email associated with your TBA CLE account will be the email that receives the link to join the Zoom Webinar. Since this is a live virtual program, it will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. CT/ 1:30 pm ET.



Disability Law Annual Forum 2021: This year's Disability Law Forum will offer attendees 1.5 dual and 2 general hours of CLE credit. It will cover a variety of topics applicable to disability law practitioners, including a DDS update, how to prepare for a successful grid case, plus tips and tricks on how to enhance your disability law practice both online and in person.


 FORMAT & HOW TO JOIN:

This virtual event will be live on Zoom. This program is intended for those who can watch it live. If you are unable to attend this live program, recordings of the sessions will be made available to purchase in the course catalog at a later date. Attendees will be able to ask questions through the chat feature. The email associated with your TBA CLE account will be the email that receives the link to join the Zoom Webinar. Since this is a live virtual program, it will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Please Note: You must register for this event prior to 7:00 a.m. CT on October 1 to receive the link to join the Zoom Webinar. If you need help registering late, please email CLE@tnbar.org.


SAVE MONEY: Use the prepaid CLE credits that come with your TBA Complete Membership and save on this course. Not a TBA member? Join now to start saving.

Not a Disability Law Section member? Join the section for additional savings and benefits.

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Faculty Spotlight: Joseph Smith

Join Joseph for the upcoming Family Law Forum, October 8!

Joseph W. Smith may be a native of Nashville, but he is a Memphian at heart and by marriage. Joe received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis where he met his college sweetheart, now wife, Racheal. They are the proud parents of Joseph W. Smith, II, nicknamed Deuce. As a husband, father, and son of divorced parents, Joe has a unique perspective and appreciation for preserving his client’s legacy.

As a board member of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter, Joe helps raise scholarships for University of Memphis law students. In 2019 Joe Co-Chaired the 10th Annual Pillars of Excellence Awards, which raised nearly $160,000 toward scholarships.

Trial advocacy is an essential skill to have, especially for a family law and domestic relations litigator. Joe participated at the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Sponsored by the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), this annual program is an intensive 7-day trial advocacy and education course where practicing attorneys receive personalized instruction from the nation’s leading family law trial lawyers, judges, advocacy teachers, and expert witnesses.

Not only is Joe a sophisticated litigator, but he is also passionate about helping those in need, especially those in the Memphis community. Joe volunteers at the Saturday Legal Clinic sponsored by the Memphis Area Legal Services, where community members may consult attorneys without fee. In 2021, the Memphis Business Journal honored him with its 40 Under 40 Award.  Joe also serves as Vice Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Family Law Section Executive Committee.

Joe mentors high school students in the Memphis Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program, which seeks to develop and nurture an interest in the legal profession among young people from underrepresented groups. This program is similar to the one Joe participated in as a high school student in Nashville, which ultimately led to him becoming an attorney.

Joe graduated from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis in 2015. In his last semester of law school, Joe worked as a Student Attorney with the Child & Family Litigation Clinic and received the CALI Excellence Award (highest grade award).

In May 2016, Joe became Amy Amundsen’s associate. He represented sophisticated clients in complex domestic relations and family law matters including divorce, custody, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and child support.

When Joe is away from the office, he enjoys his work raising scholarship money for law students at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, spending time outdoors with Deuce, and cheering on the Memphis Tigers. #GoTigersGo