This year’s Administrative Law Forum is a staple for Tennessee admin lawyers, designed to keep each attorney current in their practice. Topics for the forum include a session on administrative rules, case law updates, and ethics.
This session will provide updates of recent Tennessee Supreme Court disciplinary opinions, with a focus how personal behavior can quickly become an ethical issue for attorneys. We will also discuss the changing landscape of practicing law in a virtual world where proliferation of virtual hearings and electronic communications has created a new environment for lawyers and litigants.
Krisann Hodges, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Post the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, APD has continued to refine many of its processes to better assist litigants involved in its cases. These include an updated case management system and a consistent push (and interim solution) to an e-filing platform. Other changes include 2022 amendments to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act and prospective revisions to the Uniform Rules of Procedures for Hearing Contested Cases Before State Administrative Agencies.
Judge Phillip Hilliard, Administrative Judge, Administrative Procedures Division, Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett
After the Governor declared a state of emergency in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he suspended a number of state laws, including the laws governing electronic participation in open meetings. But now that the state of emergency has expired, what are the rules for electronic participation. The session will discuss the statutes governing who can participate electronically in an open meeting, how they can participate and what other rules must be followed, including new procedures contained in legislation passed during the 2022 legislative session. This session will also discuss recent cases under the Open Meetings Act on issues such as the notice requirements and who is subject to the Open Meetings Act.
Janet M. Kleinfelter, Deputy Attorney General, Public Interest Division, Office of Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter