Professional Development, Ethics, Skills

Empowering Lawyers as Leaders

Achieving Diversity, Inclusion and Professionalism in Practice

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

Sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee American Inns of Court, this program brings influential lawyers and leaders from across the state together to share their experiences and to examine the role of leadership in the legal profession. Speakers and Panelists discussed 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.


Opening and Welcome: Dean William C. Koch, Jr. 

The Role of Lawyers as Leaders: Senator Lamar Alexander 

Diversity and Implicit Bias: Hon. Bernice B. Donald 

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)

SAVE MONEY: Use the prepaid CLE credits that come with your TBA Complete Membership and save on this course. Not a TBA Member? Join now to start saving.






Great presentation on leadership

Interesting panel, and I thought the diversity of topics and speakers were great.

Loved the variety of panelists.

I thought the stories behind Senator Alexander's presentation were awesome to hear.

Very insightful and diverse panel discussion of extraordinarily accomplished attorneys all the way through. Highly recommended.


Course Pricing
  • Member: 80.00
  • IOC Member: 80.00
  • Non-Member: 135.00
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 InformationHighlights
  • Approved Distance Learning for 2020
  • View from your laptop or mobile device
  • All 2020 CLE can be taken online
  • Ethics Credit Available
Course Credits Dual Credits: 1.75
General Credits: 0.00
Total Credits: 1.75

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