Board of Professional Responsibility's 2023 Ethics Workshop

2023 Ethics Workshop - Friday, November 3, 2023

8:30AM - 4:35PM CST

This is a hybrid event, offering both in person and remote attendance options.

Workshop Presentation Materials

Credit for attedance has been submitted to the Tennessee CLE Commission as of 11/30/2023. Please allow two weeks for the credits to post before contacting our office.

Speaker Biographies

Workshop Agenda


8:00 - 8:30


8:30 - 9:45

Real Ethics Issues for Lawyers in the Use and Application of Technology

Bill Ramsey

Nathan Sanders

1.25 (dual) hours - With the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration in many applications and gadgets that we use every day, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of lofty promises for AI. This session will explore practical applications of AI in the real world in legal-specific technology. For many attorneys, there are more important practical issues in the use and dangers of technology in the practice of law. This session will also “get real” and “down and dirty” and discuss the more mundane issues relating to a lawyer's everyday use of technology. Real Ethics Issues for Lawyers in the use and application of technology.

9:45 - 10:45

Your BPR Case Before The Tennessee Supreme Court: Your Brief May Be Your Only Shot, Make it Persuasive

Chief Justice Holly Kirby

Lisa Rippy McGuffey

Justice Roger Page

1.0 (dual) hours - This lecture will center around a discussion designed to help attorneys write a disciplinary brief.

10:45 - 10: 55

10 Minute Break

10:55 - 12:10

When to Say 'No!' Cantankerous Clients, Marijuana & the Courts

Jim Grogan


1.25 (dual) hours - This one-hour and 15 minute ethics presentation focuses on the professional responsibility rules that apply when a client wants a lawyer to perform services that might be prohibited by law or ethics rules. Using the example of lawyers practicing in the cannabis law realm, where federal law prohibits activity that is both lawful and proper in many states, the scope of the attorney-client relationship will be carefully examined within the context of Rule 1.2 of the Rules of Professional Responsibility, a provision that exists in almost every American jurisdiction. This session will then expand the discussion to spotlight recent ethics issues of relevance.

12:10 - 1:25

Lunch (on your own)

1:25 - 2:25

Tennessee Lawyers' Assistance Program

Rob Briley


1.0 (dual) hours - My experience with the most important State Agency you have probably never heard of.

2:25 - 3:25

A Review of ABA Formal Ethics Opinions

David Hudson


1.0 (dual) hours - This CLE discusses the various formal ethics opinions the ABA has issued in the last year.

3:25 - 3:35

10 Minute Break

3:35 - 4:35

Practical Ethics in Criminal Law: Fees, Conflicts, Communication

Wade Davies


1.0 (dual) hours - The session will cover fees, conflicts and communication in criminal law.



In person attendance of the conference will be at Nashville School of Law, located at 4013 Armory Oaks Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Parking is available. Please do not park in the spots labeled 'Faculty Parking' as those spots are reserved.

Virtual attendance will be livestreamed at a link that will be provided the week of the conference. Workshop materials will also be sent electronically the week of the workshop.

No workshop materials will be provided to in person attendees, you must print beforehand and bring with you.

In order to be eligible to receive CLE credit, you must be registered for the workshop. This means if you attend virtually with a group (2 or more attendees decide to watch the livestream together), each attendee must be registered.

Attendees have twenty-five (25) days after the workshop to submit their evaluation form for CLE credit. The link to the evaluation form will be sent to all attendees electronically as well as posted on the workshop webpage, the morning of the workshop. Attendees will not receive CLE credit without submitting the evaluation form. Once submitted, you will view a confirmation message with the option to save your responses.

It may take up to 60 days after the workshop for CLE credit to post to your account.

A Certificate of Attendance can be provided to an attendee seeking CLE credit in another state. We cannot advise whether another state will recognize the workshop for CLE credit. It is best to verify with the CLE Commission in the state the attendee is seeking credit in prior to the workshop.

If the billing email address entered at checkout is different from the registration email entered, the registered attendee will receive an email from instructing the attendee to Claim Your Ticket. Attendee should follow the link to either log in or create an account, to proceed with claiming their ticket. To verify attendee has claimed their ticket, in their Eventbrite account, hover over profile, select ticket from drop down and the event should appear under orders.