TALS provides continuing legal education (CLE) training sessions throughout the year to help meet our mission of educating advocates about civil legal issues.

2017 Training Schedule

Each CLE is held at TALS' Office located at 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37228 unless otherwise noted. Parking is free and lunch is included. See the event's full agenda below. All times listed are central standard time.

July 28, 2017 – Health and Benefits Task Force CLE

9:30 – 10:00 : Registration

10:00 – 11:00:

SNAP to it! Important Deadlines in Food Stamp Cases by Emma Sholl and Allison Jones, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN

This presentation will cover important food stamp deadlines that advocates should know about when helping a client with a food stamp issue. This presentation will include deadlines from application to appeal, including how long the Department of Human Services has to make an eligibility decision, food stamp termination notice requirements, and appeal deadlines.

11:00 – 12:00:

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation by Shelby Dodson, TN Justice Center

This presentation will cover the basics of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Attendees will learn what elder abuse looks like, how to spot victims and perpetrators, strategies for prevention, and how elder abuse can make accessing public benefits even more difficult for older adults.

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch from Calypso Cafe

1:00 – 2:00:

A Guide to Vocational Experts in Social Security Hearings by Beth Bates, West TN Legal Services and Janet Mynatt, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN

This presentation will explore the role of vocational experts (VE) in Social Security hearings and how VE’s use the Directory of Occupational Titles to determine whether there are a significant number of jobs in the local and national economy that a disability claimant could perform. This presentation will also give tips for presenting hypotheticals to the VE during the hearing.

2:00 – 3:00:

ACA, AHCA, BCRA: Not as Simple as ABC by Chris Coleman, TN Justice Center

This presentation will update attendees about the current state of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the efforts to repeal it. This presentation will compare and contrast the ACA with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), and the effect that ACA repeal could have on Tennesseans.

3:00: Adjourn

4 Hrs. GEN CLE credit

Register Here.


Equal Justice University

August 30 - September 1, 2017 - Murfreesboro, TN


CLE Faculty Guide

The Tennessee Bar Association provides several resources for those providing CLE training. Visit the CLE Faculty Guide to see these useful resources.

About TALS' Training Sessions

A primary service offered by TALS includes training opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, and advocates within the legal services arena. Each year the organization holds multiple CLE trainings on various issues of substantive law, advocacy strategy, and administrative issues. The topics are chosen by the TALS task forces, representing the following areas:

  • Employment Law

  • Family Law

  • Immigration Law

  • Special Education/Juvenile Justice Law

  • Health / Benefits / DCS Law

  • Housing/Consumer Law

These trainings are generally a partial or full day in duration, and are often available through our online training software for viewing after the event. Some events are also simulcast on the Internet for viewing during the training. For additional information about upcoming or previous trainings, please contact Samantha Sanchez, Director of Training, Compliance, & Technology.

Posted: December 10, 2015