Ethics, Young Lawyers Division

Ethics 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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Not going to get rich anytime soon!

Very helpful for new attorneys.

Importance of line by line billing vs. block billing Necessity of having contract specifying extent of representation and scope Taking time for yourself Not checking text or email at night and weekends, or be prepared to handle a crisis Client management Focus on health and family in addition to law

Speaker seemed genuine and nice. Enjoyed the presentation.

Loved the tip on don't check email unless you're ready to handle a crisis.

Very helpful advice for new attorneys.

As a newly licensed attorney, there were some good tips and advice for practical knowledge.

Useful insights into the need to stay on top of billing as you do work, as opposed to trying to retroactively bill for time at a later date.

I learned a great deal that will help make the process of establishing and keeping a client a smoother process.


Course Pricing
  • Member: 45.00
  • Non-Member: 75.00
TBA members who are judges, lawmakers and law students can take TBA CLE onsite courses at no charge for the programming. There may be a separate charge if meals, special materials or other premium features are involved.
Course InformationHighlights
  • Dual PowerPoint and video presentation
  • Flexible to your schedule
  • 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.