Professional Development, Ethics, Young Lawyers Division, Skills

Skills for New Lawyers: Keeping Time, Setting Rates, and Billing


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 discuss best practices in keeping time, setting rates and billing.

In our discussion we will cover Rule 1.5 of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct. Topics include: ethical consideration of fee agreements, reasonableness of fees and expenses and terms of payment.

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Mr. Santel was a wonderful speaker and was very engaging. I found his advice to be very insightful, practical and applicable to everyday practice. He gave a lot of helpful tips and the presentation was very organized and to the point. I would highly encourage you to re-engage him for future presentations.

Great class! Thank you!

Good presentation Tommy.

Enjoyable, practical advice. Presenter was personable and convincing.

The practical tips were very helpful.

Keep up with billing and make sure that your fee agreements are clear in scope.

I learned about not cheating my clients or myself when keeping time. I was reminded to get details about fees in engagement letters.

Very basic. Probably too basic for me, but it said it was for new laywers, so it was my mistake registering for it.

Great info for a new attorney!

Great practical advice.

Good fundamental information and reminders.

Restarting my practice as a solo and this was helpful.

Excellent presentation.


This course is no longer available for purchase.

Course InformationHighlights
  • Dual PowerPoint and video presentation
  • Flexible to your schedule
  • Flexible to your schedule
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.