This upcoming week will be another milestone in Tennessee for the development of a collaborative law process. The National Association for Women Judges will be in town and my intern from last summer, Diana Combs, will receive the Sandra Day O'Connor Scholarship award. Diana is a 2L at the University of Memphis and made law review this summer. Her note will focus on Collaborative Law Process and I couldn't be happier!
Just watched Dave Shearon's video. Great guy, great topic. I have seen Dave on a number of occasions and really appreciate how he points out in his comments on the war of values lawyers face when trying to solve problems the loss of one of humankind's key intelligences, emotional. When you take that out of the equation, it's no wonder disputants are so dissatisfied with Court outcomes.
There isn't room in a courtroom for emotion, and how do you effectively problem solve if you don't engage your emotion?
Great video, Dave, Mike and Kim!!
Dave uses his son as an example of the positive explanatory style, learned optimism, and how it applies to law school.
Part 2: How can we change the practice of law, change the lives of lawyers and how we perform for society? Why are lawyers the way we are?
The Tennessee Bar's sponsoring this webcast for coaches on October 20, 3:30 pm Central time. It will focus on our new regulations allowing CLE credit for coaching. I'll talk about:
* how we got here
* what the regulations allow
* how to get coaching sequences approved for credit
We'll also have a significant opportunity for questions and answers, including if anyone want to talk about how to move forward in other states.
"This is the place for ideas, comments, questions, inquiries concerning whether the role of mentoring as a form of continuing legal education in Tennessee. What should the role of bar associations and other organizations be? Should law firm mentoring programs earn credit for those who participate in them. Georgia has an approach that allows for "group mentoring" for unemployed beginning attorneys or those who are not sure if they want to practice law. Should Tennessee create something similar. If so, who would offer that service?"
David N. Shearon, JD, MAPP
Executive Director at Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization
Re: Changes to TCCLES Regulations
The Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization has just made some additions and changes to our regulations which we believe may be of interest to a number of CLE providers, either in dealing with Tennessee, or in considering the types of programs that are accredited in the states where you offer CLE. If you would like to discuss anything in this message, please do not hesitate to call me. My direct dial number is 615.741.3314.
First, for the complete language of new Regulations, see
Interactivity & Distance Learning
First, we considered adopting a definition of “interactivity” that would have required more than the current bare minimum of agreement by the subject matter expert to respond to emailed questions. After receiving a significant amount of push-back from providers both in Tennessee and across the country, we have decided this may not be the best approach to improving the quality of distance learning for attorneys. So, we have chosen not to make any change in this area at this time.
We adopted new language for Regulation 5H. (See the link above.) Key changes:
· Subsection 2 now provides for credit for programs
o aimed at increasing attorney well-being, optimism, resilience, relationship skills, and energy and engagement in their practices”
o designed to help lawyers re-connect with, strengthen, and apply their values, strengths of character, and sense of purpose toward achieving outstanding professionalism
o designed to protect lawyers or help them recover from the deleterious effects on professionalism of stress, substance abuse, and poor staff, financial, or time management, or
o designed to support the development of organizational cultures within firms, law departments, and legal agencies that recognize, support, and encourage outstanding professionalism.
For background documents and the comments we received about these changes, see http://bit.ly/rLTsX. If you would like more information about the issues that caused us to consider this area, please contact me and I will send a white paper I have written that addresses some of what we know about attorneys in the areas listed above.
For the topics listed in 5H.2 (those bulleted above), we will allow credit for individual coaching under certain circumstances. This is covered in a new section 5J:
5J. Credit for Individual Coaching
The Commission, after consideration as a body and not through staff, will give dual credit for “Courses” consisting of individual coaching sessions on topics described in 5H.2 above if:
Memphis doesn't necessarily seem like the kind of place where a legal movement would take hold and flourish, the heart of a new paradigm of law. But that is exactly what seems to be happening.