Ethics, Diversity, Equity Inclusion, Attorney Wellness

Better Right Now 2021

Convention 2021

This popular program is back with a strong lineup of topics, speakers and strategies to help you be the best lawyer that you can be and maintain attorney well being. 

Part 1: Bias and Its Consequences: What Does It Look Like? This session will discuss the psychological and other deleterious effects of stereotyping, discrimination, marginalization, microaggressions and other racial injustices, as well as therapeutic approaches to helping those who have survived this trauma. The panel of experts features Luther Wright, Jr., Ogletree Deakins (moderator) Carmen Foster, University of Tennessee and Jamila Walker, University of Tennessee.

Part 2: Personal Experiences: Who Does It Hurt? Join an esteemed panel of diverse lawyers discussing experiences and how past actions has affected them. Moderated by Joycelyn Stevenson of the Tennessee Bar Association, the panel will feature A.C. Wharton, The A C Wharton Group; Joe Kwon, Joe Kwon Law; Psonya Hackett, Hackett Law Firm; Ruby Wharton, The Wharton Law Firm; and Willie Santana, Office of the Third Judicial District Public Defender.

Part 3: Raising the Bar: What Can We Do? This session will feature an interactive discussion among attendees and the panelists, firm and bar association leaders, during which everyone can share their experiences, efforts and initiatives in addressing this important issue. Moderated by Terrence Reed, FedEx Express the panel will feature David Jones, Fisher & Phillips; Mary Beard, HCA Healthcare; and Shayla Purifoy, Shelby County Government. 

SAVE MONEY: Use the prepaid CLE credits that come with your TBA Complete Membership. Not a TBA member? Join now to start saving!

Microaggressions. I thought I knew, but this panel taught me so much more.

I appreciated the material that encouraged me to attempt to think about things from someone else's view. There were several very insightful comments that were shared with humility and grace that I truly appreciated.

Excellent panels and a good mixture of practical advice and testimonials. There were no materials and it would have bee helpful for the bar leaders to share some of the initiatives they discussed.

Very impactful and useful

I think the personal experiences of the speakers is what resonated with me the most!

I learned what a "microaggression" was. This is a term I have heard of before but never understood. I also understood that recognizing there is a fundamental problem of racial injustice is the first step to actually fixing it in the future.

great panel, hope to see positive changes in the coming years as to how attorneys of color are treated in the court room and in public

This was one of the best CLE presentations I have ever experienced. It was insightful, informative and sometimes shocking.

Very worthwhile presentation. I'm glad I chose this webinar.

Informative. Inspiring. Empowering. Thank you to all of the presenters.

Absolutely fantastic, both as a CLE and as a historical document - the contributions of the older Black attorneys who remember being children seeing the few Black lawyers during Jim Crow fighting for desegregation and the rights of Black Tennesseans warranted a second watch of those segments. Many thanks to all who participated.

I loved hearing from Luther, Mayor Wharton and Mary Beard. The stories were personable and relatable. I wish I would have seen these 3 panels in person. Well packaged.


Course Pricing
  • Member: 135.00
  • Non-Member: 225.00
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 2021
  • Ethics Credit Available
  • Convenient CLE from your home or office
  • Viewable on your laptop or mobile device
Course Credits Dual Credits: 3.00
General Credits: 0.00
Total Credits: 3

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