Professional Development, Ethics, Skills

Empowering Lawyers as Leaders

Achieving Diversity, Inclusion and Professionalism in Practice

This program will be a live virtual event open to TBA members and Tennessee American Inns of Court members. 

“In times like this, our nation has looked to lawyers for guidance and leadership.” - Dean William C. Koch, Jr., Nashville School of Law (full letter here

Sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee American Inns of Court, this program will bring together influential lawyers and leaders from across the state to share their experiences and to examine the role of leadership in the legal profession. Speakers and Panelists will discuss the importance of leading by example to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and professionalism in everyday practice - offering insights and guidance into how lawyers can advance and succeed in this mission.


3:00 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.: Opening and Welcome

  • Dean William C. Koch, Jr. 

3:05 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: The Role of Lawyers as Leaders

  • Senator Lamar Alexander 

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Diversity and Implicit Bias

  • Hon. Bernice B. Donald 

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion 

  • Mark Baugh, Shareholder and Chair of Diversity Committee (Baker Donelson)
  • Mary Beard, HCA and TBA’s Chief Diversity Officer
  • Hon. Brandon Gibson, Chief Operating Officer (State of Tennessee)
  • Maria Gillen , Sr. Manager, Litigation (Tennessee Valley Authority)
  • Jeana Littrell, VP, Legal and Chair of FedEx Express US Diversity Council (FedEx) 
  • Moderator: Joycelyn Stevenson, Executive Director (Tennessee Bar Association)


This program will utilize Zoom Webinar. Attendees will be able to ask questions through the chat feature. The email associated with your TBA account will be the email that receives the link to join the Zoom meeting invitation. The event will begin promptly at 3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 1.

Please Note: You must register before 1 p.m. CT on the day of the event to receive the Zoom email invitation and access information. If you must register after this time, please contact us at

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Course Pricing
  • Member: 90.00
  • Non-Member: 150.00
If you are not a TBA Member, you can join now to receive CLE discount prices and three prepaid credits.

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 Information December 01, 2020
  • Schedule: 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Live Virtual Event, TN
  • All 2020 CLEs can be taken online
  • View from your laptop or mobile device
  • Convenient CLE from your home
  • Approved Distance Learning for 2020
Course Credits Dual Credits: 1.75
General Credits: 0.00
Total Credits: 1.75

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

Course Agenda

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