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Member Appreciation CLE

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Butler Snow, 150 3rd Avenue South, #1600, Nashville, TN 37201
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Member Appreciation CLE for Member in Good Standing!

Two Hours - Two Topics

One Hour Dual - One Hour General

Hour One - Overview: Legal Ethics of Elections, Accusations & Spies

Produced by Raquel L. Bellamy (Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC)
Featuring panelists Eileen Burkhalter Smith (TN BRP) and Matt Sweeney (Baker Donelson)

Many lawyers serve their communities through political engagement. Some run for office. Others take public positions on hot-button issues. Some lawyers even take on the task of representing political candidates and sitting politicians. Join us as we explore and analyze our ethical obligations during a period of heightened political engagement.

This seminar features a discussion of the ethical implications for the following issues:

  • Representing a political candidate accused of a crime;

  • Hiring spies on behalf of your client; and

  • Campaign finance and fundraising. 

    We will focus on the following Rules of Professional Conduct:

  • Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information

  • Rule 1.11 Special Conflicts of Interest For Former And Current Government

    Officers And Employees

  • Rule 1.16 Declining or Terminating Representation

  • Rule 3.3 Candor toward the Tribunal

  • Rule 4.1 Truthfulness in Statements to Others

    Panelists will also consider the following cases:

  • Code of judicial conduct (which also applies to candidates seeking judicial office through election);

  • Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002). (Court held that a law forbidding judicial candidates from announcing their views on disputed legal issues, which was designed to maintain an impartial judiciary, violated the First Amendment).

  • Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co., 556 U.S. 868 (2009) (Court held that due process required W. Va. State Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from participation in the case due to campaign contributions which implicated a direct, personal, substantial, pecuniary interest of the contributor).

  • Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, 135 S. Ct. 1656, 191 L. Ed. 2d 570 (2015) (the Court upheld a Florida rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions). 

Hour Two - Winter is Coming: Be Prepared with a Preview of What's Coming at the Tennessee Legislature

Produced by Brenda Gadd (Hancock & Gadd Public Strategies)
Featuring panelists State Senator Jeff Yarbro and Todd Skelton, Deputy Counsel to Governor Bill Haslam

  • Hear about the hot issues that will be before the 110th Tennessee General Assembly.
  • Review your knowledge of the Tennessee legislative process and how bills move through the Legislature. 

Be in the know now! Inform your practice and clients before laws change, instead of after!


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