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Dodson Presents at 2016 Probate & Estate Planning Conference for Tennessee Attorneys

October 21st, 2016

Harlan-Dodson-photo1Harlan Dodson presented at the 2016 Probate & Estate Planning Conference for Tennessee Attorneys at the Nashville School of Law on October 20. His presentation,  “Planning Opportunities and Challenges Today and Tomorrow”  discussed how practitioners must address estate planning in light of  changes to state and federal law.

Harlan will present again for the Conference in December.

On the DPBC Tort Law Blog: the “Common Knowledge” Exception

October 20th, 2016

The DPBC Tort Law blog discusses recent case law on an exception to the requirement of expert testimony in certain medical malpractice actions.  Spoiler alert: the exception almost never applies…

Capparella Featured Presenter at “Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Academy”

October 19th, 2016

Donald Capparella was a featured speaker at the Tennessee Bar Association’s “Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Academy” on October 18.  The seminar covered best practices for oral argument in criminal appeals as well as how to avoid common mistakes.  Other speakers included Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger A. Page, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge John Everett Williams, Tennessee Post-Convication Defender Justyna Garbaczewska Scalpone, and Nashville attorney David Raybin.

Sitgreaves Participates in Pro Bono Legal Clinic

October 7th, 2016
Judge Rachel Bell and Judge Melissa Blackburn along with Pro Bono Volunteer supporters, including DPBC's Liz Sitgreaves (2nd from right).

Judge Rachel Bell and Judge Melissa Blackburn along with
Pro Bono Volunteer supporters, including DPBC’s Liz Sitgreaves (2nd from right).

Liz Sitgreaves was among eleven area lawyers who volunteered their services in the General Sessions Music City Community Court’s Saturday Docket on October 1.  The specially-set Saturday court sessions are held every 4-6 weeks in different locations in the city so that persons who otherwise might not have access to the justice system can get help.

Sitgreaves assisted with the Pro Se Indigency Docket and Expungement Clinic at Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church , helping indigent persons who are eligible for expungement of their criminal records.  More information about the Saturday Community Dockets and “Justice Right on the Spot” can be found here.

When Your Civil Suit Intersects with a Criminal Prosecution

October 5th, 2016

On the DPBC Tort Law Blog, an article highlighting what to keep in mind when you are handling a civil case that intersects with a defendant who is incarcerated or accused of a crime.

New Tennessee Tort Law Letter Available

September 28th, 2016

ttl-9-16In the latest edition of the Tennessee Tort Letter, your editors address developments in Tennessee law in healthcare liability,  wrongful death, and homeowner liability for the injuries of guests.  To learn about subscribing, click here.

DPBC attorneys Donald Capparella, Tyler Chance Yarbro, and Elizabeth Sitgreaves serve as editors of the Tennessee Tort Letter.

Justice Sharon Lee Honored at UT Event

September 27th, 2016

sharon-lee-receptionThe University of Tennessee College of Law held a reception on September 23, honoring the service of Hon. Sharon G. Lee, who recently completed her term as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Margaret L. Behm and Donald Capparella are pictured with Justice Lee at the reception.