Tennessee Defense

Lawyers Association

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Upcoming events

    • 27 Jan 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Webinar
    Registration is closed

    Calling all Lawyers for our third Annual TDLA Trial School! We will host this lunch and learn virtual meeting on Wednesday January 27 at 1pm EST/ Noon CST.

    This one-hour webinar with circuit and appellate Judges will provide insight into procedure and preparedness desired by each, along with guidance on how to instruct upcoming trial lawyers in presentation and practice of jury trials. 

    We are very pleased to announce that Judge Don Ash, Judge Marie Williams, and Judge Joe Binkley have all agreed to present the webinar in late-January, at which they will discuss their experiences in watching young lawyers participate in the program. This program will be a must-see for young lawyers and for firms that are considering whether to send their new lawyers to the trial school when we get back to “normal” in 2022. TDLA Past President, Kitty Boyte with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete will moderate the session.

    Registration is FREE and the course is approved for one hour of General TN CLE. Webinar link will be sent to the registrants prior to the meeting.

    • 17 Jun 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

    TDLA/ ADLA Joint Summer Meeting is set for June 17-19, 2021 (Father's Day Weekend) at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL.  Our TDLA conference chair is Adrienne Fazio with Manier & Herod in Nashville. Read more about the resort by visiting the website here.

    The conference theme is "Mentoring". The keynote speaker will be Brittany Wagner, who now runs a nonprofit on mentoring and is a motivational speaker.  She is also known for her work as an academic counselor on the Netflix documentary series "Last Chance U".

    At this time*, the meeting is planned to be an in-person event. Check back often for meeting updates and registration!

    • 24 Mar 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Atlanta, GA


    We have rescheduled the inaugural SE Women Litigators Conference for Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Atlanta Zoo. Our keynote speakers have been confirmed, so the program remains the same.

    We will still have an opening reception and dine-arounds at The Ellis hotel the evening before; we’re working on another room block there.

    We will open registration for those who did not register in 2020 in Fall 2021. Stay tuned and thank you!


    Women litigators in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are teaming up to support, educate and advance women civil defense litigators in the first Southeastern Women Litigators Conference to be held at a future date. 

    This one-day seminar will combine speakers and panelists who will discuss developing leadership and career building skills. The presentations will also explore challenges, risks and rewards on the path to having a fulfilling and productive career for women lawyers. 

    Keynote speaker is Cindy McGovern, CEO of Orange Leaf Consulting, a Wall Street bestselling author and international speaker. She helps companies and individuals grow their businesses. Her best selling book "Every Job is a Sales Job - How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work" may be bought at a reduced price to registrants.

    SEWL Agenda: Click Here

    Registration Fee:  $395

    Conference Refunds/Cancellations Policy:  Substitutions may be made in the event of an individual cancellation.

    Hotel Room Block Information: Ellis Hotel, 176 Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, Georgia 30303.   More on 2022 hotel block is forthcoming.

    Law firm sponsorships are appreciated to help offset the cost of the event.  If your firm is interested in sponsoring the inaugural women’s conference, please contact Mary Gadd at office@tdla.net for more information or view our sponsorship package by clicking here.

    Thank you to our 2022 SEWL Sponsors:


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