EJU 9.9 and 9.10 Sessions

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Basic Skills: Effective Presentation and Use of Exhibits at Trial: The Basics (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by Daniel Schaffzin and Brigid Welsh, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Brittany Williams, Division of Public Works, City of Memphis

Description: Designed for both new and more experienced attorneys, this session will offer instruction on the effective presentation and utilization of exhibits at trial. The presenters will demonstrate how to lay foundations for various types of documentary and tangible evidence, and how to respond to common objections from opposing counsel. A Q&A segment will follow presenter simulations.  


Basic Skills: Let’s Talk Ethics (1 CLE DUAL)

Presented by Susan Kay, Vanderbilt University Law School and David Kozlowski,  Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Description:  This engaging session will feature two public interest law attorneys discussing real world ethical issues based on their expertise on how ethical issues arise in civil legal aid practice and based on questions they have received from legal aid advocates.


Implicit Bias in Special Education (1 CLE DUAL)

Presented by Joe Jarret, University of Tennessee Law School

Description: Relationships in education are crucial. Perhaps particularly in the special education classroom, where students and families can feel particularly vulnerable and misunderstood, it is necessary for teachers and administrators to confront internalized biases that might prevent effective work with students with disabilities. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, bias with regard to abilities is actually quite common in special education. We might feel like some disabilities are somehow better than others. Children on the autistic spectrum, for instance, are often seen as difficult and unpleasant, whereas children with Down Syndrome are seen as sweet and loving. These biases can actually negatively affect all students since they prevent students from being seen as individuals.

Objectives: Become aware of your biases so you can interrupt and overcome them; Realize that bias is a universal human condition that must be recognized and managed, not a personal defect; Overcome ways of thinking and talking about students with disabilities that diminish, underestimate, or even pathologize them


The New Public Charge Rule: What Is It and Why It Matters Even If You Don’t Practice Immigration Law (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by Chay Sengkhounmany, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Description:  The new public charge rules went into effect in February 2020.  It has wide ranging consequences beyond the confines of immigration law.  This session will provide an overview of the new rules and explore the implications that affect immigrants and their families.

Objective:  What is a public charge and what is the new rule?  Who is affected by the new rules?   What the new rule means for those who practice public benefits law?


Tax Implications in Wake of the Coronavirus (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by Mary Gillum, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Sukita Johnson and Anidra Lomax, Memphis Area Legal Services

Description:  Congress passed a series of tax laws in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Many of these laws have favorable tax benefits for our clients. Simultaneous with these tax benefits, unscrupulous landlords and scammers have found ways to victimize our low income clients.  This session will provide a summary of the benefits and issues impacting low income.

Objective:  Spot coronavirus related tax issues impacting low income clients, provide counsel and advice on these basic coronavirus related tax issues, obtain strategies for maximizing client tax benefits and learn how to make referrals to Tennessee’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinics programs for help with more complex tax cases.


Paralegal Track (Open to All): Removing Barriers to Legal Representation with Help from Social Workers (1 CLE DUAL)

Presented by Anne Sweeney, Maria Smith, Chloé Sudduth, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Ohio) 

Description:  This session will use hypothetical scenarios based on legal services experience to explore topics related to collaboration by lawyers and social workers. Nuts and bolts related to planning, implementing and managing a social work program will be discussed throughout.  The discussion in this session will build on the MIE article: “Expanding Legal Services to Include Social Work” published in the Winter 2018 issue.

Objective:  Attendees will be able to identify what role or purpose should social workers play in legal services?  What is the best service delivery model to achieve that purpose? How can programs anticipate and address potential ethical dilemmas? 


Basic Skills: Issue-Spotting in Family Law Cases: Practice Pointers and Potential Pitfalls (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by Tara Drewry and Jacob Horn, Memphis Area Legal Services

Description:  Sometimes Family Law can get a little messy! In this practical guide we’ll give you the tools and guidance you need to spot, untangle, and understand common legal issues in divorce, custody, and protective orders to help get your clients the help they need as quickly as possible.

Objectives:  Attendees will be able to spot, untangle, and understand common legal issues in divorce, custody, and protective orders to help get your clients the help they need as quickly as possible.


Ethics and Access via Video Mediation (1 CLE DUAL)

Presented by Sara Figal, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center 

Description:  NCRC staff demonstrate effective family and civil mediation practices via video conferencing. Together, we will  highlight specific technical and ethical issues that must be navigated while assuring that low-income Tennesseans have access to ADR justice. Attendees will leave with Best Practices and Protocols.

Objectives:  1. Identify specific challenges of low-income mediation clients preparing for video mediation.  2. Understand the technical and psychological factors that should shape the workflow


Clearing Criminal Records, Gaining Employment (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by – Deven Wilson, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and Danielle Woods, Memphis Area Legal Services

Description:  Many Tennesseans are denied employment or promotional opportunities due criminal records.  This session will cover criminal records eligible for expungement and the process for reinstating driver license privileges to enable clients better employment opportunities. Session will also briefly introduce certificates of employability.

Objectives:  What offenses qualify for expungement?  Additional requirements that must be met to successfully have criminal record expunged.  Process for requesting reinstatement for driver license privileges in Tennessee.


Basic Skills: Employment Law Issue Spotting 101 (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by Cindy Ettingoff, Memphis Area Legal Services 

Description:  With the devastating economic impact of Covid-19, now more than ever, a basic understanding of how wage and hour;  discrimination (especially age discrimination); accommodation and retaliation claims arise is essential. In this session, participants will learn how to spot these issues and will gain an understanding of  the legal protections afforded to workers

Objectives:  COVID has created the ideal opportunity for employers to rid themselves of older, disabled, and disfavored employees.  The objective of this presentation is to provide attorneys and paralegals with the ability to rapidly analyze a case to determine whether the basic elements of a discrimination claim exists and to then elucidate next steps involved in a more detailed proof analysis.  


Spotting and Addressing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults  (1 CLE GEN)

Presented by Sarah Galvan and Kate Lang, Justice in Aging

Description:  Elder financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse and impacts the financial stability of older adults. While most instances of elder abuse are crimes, many older adults will benefit from person-centered, holistic civil legal responses. This session will cover civil remedies for protection, redress, and associated legal issues. Presenters will also share strategies for promoting ongoing economic security, including navigating issues with the recent Economic Impact Payments.

Objectives:  Identify types of elder financial exploitation;  Understand the range of civil legal responses available to help older adults who have experienced abuse;  Learn about the steps older adults may take to obtain and protect their economic impact payments.


Katie Beckett Waiver: How Client Stories and Collaboration Made it Happen (1 CLE DUAL)

Presented by – Carol Westlake, Tennessee Disability Coalition and Stewart Clifton, Clifton Government Relations

Description:  Learn how a group of determined parents and advocates built a powerful coalition and partnered with the General Assembly to establish access to TennCare for previously ineligible children with disabilities and special health care needs. Grassroots organizing and advocacy resulted in a 24 million dollar state appropriation that will become 72 million dollars to serve children and protect families. Lessons learned can translate to other advocacy efforts.

Objectives:  To understand the basic program features of the new Katie Beckett program for children with special health care needs and disabilities;  To understand how “Katie Beckett” fits into the Medicaid and Long-term  Care landscape;  To understand the role of client voices in making significant policy change.





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