Tennessee Supreme Court Boot Camp

Description: The Tennessee Supreme Court is unfamiliar territory for most lawyers. Opportunities to practice in the state’s highest court are rare. Success at the pinnacle of the legal profession requires mastery of oral and written advocacy. A persuasive performance in both areas is critical to success; a poor performance in either can lead to defeat. Accordingly, lawyers need the information and insight required to develop and perfect their oral arguments and legal writing. Indeed, this is true at all levels of legal practice, and the lessons learned during this seminar will be generally applicable to practice in trial courts and intermediate appellate courts. This seminar approaches these subjects in the context of practice in the state’s highest court. But any attorney wanting to hone their skills in oral and written advocacy will benefit greatly.

At the Tennessee Supreme Court Boot Camp, lawyers will learn from a distinguished faculty and through observation of two oral arguments. This seminar will cover the best practices for oral argument, the ethical considerations in appellate practice, and the considerations for deciding to seek review in the Supreme Court. The seminar will also cover the keys to effective legal writing and the elements of the persuasive appellate brief. The lessons in writing will be broadly applicable to all legal practice, not just appellate practice. This seminar will also provide insight into the operation of the appellate courts from the Appellate Court Clerk.

Join us on October 5th for sessions on brief and legal writing, ethics in appellate practice, digital techniques for storing and filing appellate records, and interlocutory and extraordinary appeals. On October 6th, attendees will meet at the Tennessee Supreme Court Building for oral argument observation and debriefing. Lunch will be provided in the court’s library. Afterwards, we will return to the Tennessee Bar Center and end the day with topics on effective oral argument, the appellate court clerk’s perspective, and Rule 11 and Certiorari review.

This is a special opportunity, but space is limited. Please take this into consideration when deciding when to sign up for this program.

As an additional feature of this program, a webcast will be hosted on October 4th to preview the cases that will be observed. Speakers during the webcast will review the issues raised in the appeals. This will provide attendees an additional one-hour of CLE credit. Information about the webcast will be sent to registrants via email the week prior to the program.

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You may park in the Commerce Street Garage. We will be validating parking tickets for this garage only, so please make sure to bring your ticket!


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Course Information October 05, 2010
  • Registration: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Schedule: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Course Credits Dual Credits: 1.00
General Credits: 10.25
Total Credits: 11.25

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please contact TBA for Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama credit.

Course Agenda

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