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The Tennessee Lawyer Assistance Program presents...Evidence & Ethics

Join the Tennessee Bar Association for a two-part program produced by the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program and RAM TEAM Volunteers, Friday, March 31, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The program will be hosted at the Tennessee Bar Center, 200 4th Ave. N, Nashville. Register Online at The registration fee is $225.00 per individual.

Qualifying Non-Scientific/Scientific Experts
Since the Tennessee Supreme Court's adoption in substance of the Daubert decision and doctrine from the federal court system, the use of scientific and other technical evidence in both civil and criminal trials has come to depend on a "gate-keeping" function by the trial judge. Securing the admission of this type of evidence, or blocking the admission of "junk science" or other invalid technical evidence, depends upon knowledge and skills which were not part of law school curricula until recently but are now a core competency needed by every trial lawyer. This portion of the seminar will provide a solid education for newcomers to the topic and a valuable update for those who already have waged one of these evidentiary battles.

9:00 – 10:30 Qualifying non-scientific experts
John Dotson, Partner, Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell
• John D. Groussman, J.D., Naples, Florida.
10:30 -10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Qualifying scientific experts
Donald J. Kelly, J.D., partner, Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs
Lunch – on your own

Living with Lawyers
Lawyers suffer from depression and substance abuse at rates far higher than nonlawyers, and research indicates that lawyers also think about and complete suicide more often than nonlawyers. This section will help attendees recognize the warning signs, clues and suicidal communications of people in trouble, and how best to respond in order to prevent potential tragedy.

1:15 – 2:45 Emotional health and the practice of law
Janice M. Holder, Justice, Supreme Court of Tennessee
• Paul G. Summers, Attorney General, State of Tennessee
• Clark Flatt, President/CEO, The Jason Foundation
• Lygia Williams, TN Dept. of Mental Health & Disabilities
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:00 Ethics panel: The impaired lawyer from the law firm's point of view
Lucian T. Pera, Partner, Armstrong Allen
B. Gail Reese, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
Mark Westlake, Partner, Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin
4:00 - 4:30 Wrap-up
Robert Albury, Jr. Exec. Director, TLAP

Inside Board Notes
Disciplinary Actions - By William W. "Tripp" hunt, III
Ethics Opinion Spotlight - By Laura Chastain
Ethics Workshop - By Sandy Garrett

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