Tennessee Defense

Lawyers Association

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 24 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • Indian Hills Golf Course, Murfreesboro, TN

    TDLA is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Dick Jerman Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday October 24, 2022 at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Murfreesboro, TN. This golf tournament is set up to honor Dick Jerman and to raise money for the Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation's Scholarship Fund. The program will begin with a 2.5 hour CLE at 8:00am CST followed by a golf scramble. 

    See the information and register by clicking here.

    • 25 Oct 2022
    • 28 Oct 2022
    • Philadelphia, PA.

    Connect with the most influential civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel from across the country at the DRI Annual Meeting in Philadelphia! From October 25–28, engage with our passionate legal community, expand your knowledge base with cutting-edge education, meet leaders from the field, celebrate past achievements and future goals with friends, and explore historic Philadelphia.

    This is your moment to hear from leading experts about trending topics like:

    • Cryptocurrency and the law
    • ESG metrics gathering in companies
    • The effect of non-lawyer owned law firms on the legal landscape
    • The art of jury selection, and more!

    Be sure to fortify established relationships and nurture new ones while networking with more than 600 civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel during the week’s activities. Don’t miss our lineup of exciting keynote speakers. Everyone is invited – these are your people!

    Take a chance and get more involved in your field—join your substantive law committee colleagues to discuss hot topics in your practice area, plus partake in networking activities designed to grow your leadership skills and business development opportunities.

    Link to Register: Click Here

    • 27 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Nashville, TN

    SAVE THE DATE and don’t miss this excellent opportunity to refine your litigation skills! Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association Trial School will give young lawyers the opportunity to learn from an outstanding faculty consisting of seasoned TDLA members with significant trial experience. The Trial School is tentatively set for January 27-28, 2023.

    The TDLA Trial School will include classroom instruction as well as an opportunity for participants to conduct a trial from a NITA problem, including voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, introducing exhibits (including use of technology in the courtroom), and closing arguments.

    Prior to the Trial School, participants will be assigned a mentor and attend a "pre-trial conference" approximately two weeks prior to the school.

    The Trial School will take place at the Doubletree downtown and the Davidson County Courthouse.

    Participants will receive feedback regarding their trial presentations from judges and coaches and will get actual jury verdicts at the end of their trials.

    Registration coming soon!

    Registration Fee will be $495/ pp.


    Friday January 27 - Class
    Doubletree Downtown Nashville

    9:30am Registration
    10:00am-11am educational session
    11:00-noon educational session
    12:00-1pm Lunch
    1:00-2:00pm educational session
    Afternoon- meet with your assigned group

    6pm - Reception with participants, mentors and Judges will be invited.

    Saturday January 28 - Trials
    Davidson County Courthouse

    7:30am-8:00am Continental Breakfast at courthouse
    8:00-8:30am Courtroom set up/ Pre-trial Conference
    8:30am-9:00am Jury Reports/ Voir Dire
    9:00am-9:30am Opening Statements
    9:30am-noon Plaintiff first, second and third witnesses
    12:00-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm-3:15 Defense first, second and third witnesses
    3:15pm-3:45pm Closing arguments
    3:45-4:15pm Jury deliberations, participant discussions, out of jury presence, etc.
    4:30pm Verdict/ Adjourn

    More on Hotel Reservations coming soon!

    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 23 Mar 2023
    • Hilton Head, SC

    SAVE THE DATE and join women litigators in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee who are teaming up to support, educate and advance women civil defense litigators in the second Southeastern Women Litigators Conference. It will be held March 22-23, 2023 in Hilton Head, SC at the Sonesta Resort.

    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. 

    Save the date and plan to join us! More information coming soon!

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