Professional Development, Ethics, Young Lawyers Division, Skills

Skills for New Lawyers: Beginning and Ending the Client Relationship


Are you in your first few years of practicing law? This new series will teach you skills you can apply in your everyday practice. This presentation will focus on the best practices for beginning and ending client relationships.

Participants will see examples of draft communication and suggestions for different scenarios. Understanding the scope of representation between a client and lawyer is fundamental in the practice of law and applies to Rule 1.2 of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct.

TBA Mentoring Program: The TBA Mentoring Program is designed to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the participating attorneys, reduce the isolation experienced by some beginning attorneys, improve the quality of legal services received by clients, place renewed emphasis on the importance of professionalism, and generally benefit the legal profession as a whole. If you would like to take part as a mentor or mentee, you can learn more or apply here.

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The PowerPoint and forms to look through for various situations are extremely informative, especially for ending 1 matter for a client that has several matters open. Sometimes it is hard to keep everything separate in the area that I work in. I also appreciated the advice and information on when an attorney is feeling particularly passionate for their client. It is often good to bring in another objective person to make sure that the client is receiving the realities of the case and potential outcomes as well as the best case scenarios. One thing I would have liked to discuss a little more is how to develop the professional friendship and how to portray it to the client so they don't start expecting "friendly favors" or something to that affect. I am always hesitant at forming the close relationships for this reason.

Good practical advice.

Interesting, enjoyable. Easy to follow.

The sample letters were perfect!!!


This course is no longer available for purchase.

Course Information Webcast - Archived Video Highlights
  • Dual PowerPoint and video presentation
  • Flexible to your schedule
  • Viewable on desktop, iPad, and mobile
  • Ethics credit
Course Credits Dual Credits: 1.00
General Credits: 0.00
Total Credits: 1

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please email a request to for Georgia and Mississippi CLE credit.