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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

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9am - Registration

9:30am – 11:00am – 1.5 hours:

OP Violations and Contempt: Not Just a Piece of Paper by Allison Cooley, Legal Aid Society, and John Jolley, Legal Aid of East TN, and a DA

This session provides an overview of the correct application of criminal and civil contempt, including pleading preparation, constitutional protections, and the best way to enforce court orders. Attendees will also learn to review the difference between violation of an Order of Protection in criminal court, contempt of Order of Protection in civil court, and the question of double jeopardy.

Allison Cooley has been the managing attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands since July 2016.  She has worked on a variety of legal issues and specializes in counseling and negotiation. Some of her past experience includes working as a victim advocate with United Family Services as well as advocating for parents seeking reunification of children in YFS custody with the Family Advocacy Clinic.  Allison received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University in 2007 and graduated from the Charlotte School of Law in 2011.  Allison is a member of Leadership for Lawyers and the ABA Young Lawyers Division.   

John Jolley has served on staff at the Legal Aid Society of East TN since May of 2015, and he has worked previously with the Bureau of Land Management, Tennessee Department of children’s Services, and the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.  John attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2011.  He went on to attend law school at the University of Tennessee and graduated with his J.D. in 2014.  John firmly believes that the law is a service profession. In all interactions, he strives to emulate and learn from the high levels of professionalism, collegiality, and exceptional work ethic that he sees in people that he works with.

11-11:15 – 15 mins: Break

11:15 -12:15pm – 1 hour:

Tax Issues in Divorce by Mary Gillum, Legal Aid Society

This session will provide information on tax issues within divorce cases and will address a variety of different issues with strategies on the best course of action. Attendees will be informed on basic tax advice, potential issues facing clients, and creative drafting. 

Mary Gillum is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and serves as the low income tax director.  She has practiced in many areas of the law and has experience in litigation, family law, and civil law, as well as legal research and writing. Mary attended law school at the University of Tennessee and graduated with her J.D. in 2000.

12:15-1pm: Lunch

1-1:30 – 30 mins:

Statewide Updates by Deb Yeomans-Barton, Legal Aid of East TN,  & Stewart Clifton, TN Alliance for Legal Services

In this legislative session, attendees will be given an overview of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council as well as updates that are relevant and effective to law practice. The information provided will highlight the progress of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and enhance recognition of recent developments. 

Deborah Yeomans-Barton is the Managing Attorney of the Johnson City Office of Legal Aid of East TN. She has been with Legal Aid for 25 years. During that time she has practiced in many areas of the law to include bankruptcy, GAL work, pro se clinics, income tax issues, consumer, landlord/tenant and TennCare cases. Her passion is to help victims of domestic violence. She has represented many victims in both orders of protections and divorces. She has appealed several orders of protection cases to the court of appeals. She has led many trainings on domestic violence for judges, ministers, clerks, DV shelters, and attorneys. She was the 2010 recipient of the Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate of the Year and was the 2014 Recipient of the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year. Deborah currently serves as the chair of the Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. Deborah is a member of the LGBT section of the TBA. 

Stewart Clifton is an attorney and registered lobbyist for TALS. He also is a registered lobbyist for other nonprofit organizations, including NASW- Tennessee Chapter, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children and the League of Women Voters of Tennessee among others. He received a BA in political science in 1973 from Vanderbilt and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1976. He is really old. Stewart has worked as an executive director, legal counsel and public policy director for Tennessee nonprofit groups, including serving as TALS executive director from 1986-1996, prior to establishing a government relations practice. He served on the Metro Council, Nashville’s local legislative body, from 1987-1999.

1:40 – 3:10 – 1.5 hours:

Best Practices in Divorce Cases by Sheryl Guinn, Law Office of Sheryl Guinn

This session will provide attendees with a variety of information regarding techniques dealing with divorce.  Sheryl will specifically provide information on looking for property and income as well as advice on obtaining tax information. 

Sheryl Guinn was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Sheryl attended law school in Lansing, Michigan at Thomas Cooley Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2006. She opened the Law Office of Sheryl Guinn in February 2007 and has devoted her practice to criminal defense, divorce, child support, child custody, wills, and probate.

4.5 GEN CLE Hours




CLE Faculty Guide

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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: October 9, 2017