Upcoming CLE Trainings

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


Health & Benefits Task Force CLE 

April 26, 2019 * Please note this CLE does NOT take place at the TALS office, details below. 

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The training will be held at Mental Health Cooperative located in Metro Center at 275 Cumberland Bend, Conference Room 109A, Nashville, TN 37228. MHC is located down the street from the TALS office. Lunch is included and parking at MHC is free. All posted times are central standard time. If you have any questions, please contact Jacquie Telfer at jacquie@stewartclifton.com.

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10:00am - 11:00am: Involuntary Transfers and Discharges from Medicaid-Certified Nursing Homes 

This session will review the appeal process, direct advocates to helpful forms, discuss relevant topics such as involuntary transfers pending an appeal and return of residents to nursing homes from hospitalization, as well as review relevant legal authority. 

Presenters: Audrey Dorrough Seamon, TennCare, and Lauren Meeker, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. 


11:00am - 12:00pm: Working with Special Populations to Access SNAP Benefits 

This session will address specific barriers to eligibility and enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, experienced by the following client populations: immigrant and mixed-status individuals and households, older adults, formerly incarcerated persons, and survivors of domestic violence and their families. The session will provide advocacy strategies for assisting these clients in navigating the SNAP application process. 

Presenters: Mary Grace Stoneking, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN, and Cassaundra Lockridge TN Justice Center. 


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch from Calypso Cafe 


1:00pm - 2:00pm: Working While on Social Security Disability 

This one-hour session will cover the incentive structures currently available to SSDI participants who engage in work activities (including trial work period, extended periods of eligibility, and expedited reinstatement) along with common pitfalls experienced by those working while receiving benefits. The session will also cover general programmatic updates for Social Security practitioners. 

Presenter: Beth Bates, West TN Legal Services. 


2:00pm - 3:00pm: Update on Pending and Proposed Changes to Public Benefit Programs 

In this one-hour session, staff of the Tennessee Justice Center will provide an overview of proposed regulations and legislation and pending litigation at both the state and federal level concerning Medicaid and SNAP eligibility and enrollment criteria. 

Presenters: Chris Coleman and Signe Anderson, TN Justice Center.




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 TALS' Executive Director Ann Pruitt.

All trainings are at TALS' office (50 Vantage Way, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37228) unless otherwise indiciated. Lunches are provided with training fees, as applicable. Parking at TALS is free in all lots touching the 50 Vantage Way parking lot. All posted times are central standard time.


Posted: June 27, 2018