Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association


2016 Annual Seminar

SMPA Annual Seminar

Oct. 21-22, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown
311 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 308-9000

Seminar Highlights


Chattanooga, Tennessee

SMPA proudly presents its 2016 Seminar to be held at the  Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our topics are a potpourri including topics suggested on previous seminar surveys. The CLE portion of the seminar will be held in the Scenic City Room. The seminar will provide legal education topics with speakers who are leaders in their respective fields.

We will have a relaxing Friday evening casual social gathering on the beautiful patio of the hotel. A delicious buffet of heavy hors d’ouerves will be provided as well as a cash bar. Please feel free to bring a guest.

After the social, feel free to enjoy all of the wonderful nightlife opportunities available in downtown Chattanooga.

We encourage all members to attend and invite non-member paralegals.

After the seminar, you may want to spend some time visiting the local sites and enjoy a great weekend in beautiful Chattanooga, TN.

The Hilton Garden lnn Chattanooga Downtown has reserved a block of  rooms for the SMPA Seminar at a price of $154.00 per night until September 23, 2016. You may share a room at no additional cost. Self parking is $8.oo per car per day.

After September 23, 2016, reservations will be accommodated based on availability and the best available rate.

Seminar Tickets

Registration includes 8.5 hrs. CLE, course materials, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch on Friday, Friday night reception/social with buffet., and Saturday morning breakfast.

Registration Fees:

Members – $165
Students – $75
NonMember – $175
Guest – Friday Night Social/Buffet – $45

Guest Policy: No unregistered attendees are allowed in the CLE portion of the seminar. Adult guests are allowed to attend the Friday night social at the fee outlined above.

Cancellation/Walk-In Policy: Cancellations are subject to a $25.00 administrative fee until Oct. 6, 2016 After that date, no fees are refunded for cancellations. Walk-Ins are welcome provided space is available. Anyone who has registered but has not paid by Oct. 6, 2016 will be considered a Walk­-In.

CLE Credit: This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for 8.5 credits toward maintenance of the CLA/CP/ACP designations.

Hotel Reservations

To reserve via phone: Call the hotel direct at (423) 308-9000. Provide the front desk the arrival date and group name – Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association.

To reserve online:  Click the button below and enter the arrival and departure dates to begin the reservation pro­cess.

The contracted room type is Run of House which means that the room type available at the time the reservation is made will be based on the hotel’s availability.

Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown
311 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 308-9000

Seminar Agenda

FRIDAY, October 21

8:00 – 8:45 – Registration
(Continental Breakfast)

8:45 – 9:00 – Welcome
Kati M. Wheatley, ACP – SMPA President

9:00 – 10:30 – How to Navigate Your Way Through the Tennessee Open Meetings and Public Records Acts
Elisha D. Hodge, J.D. – Municipal Technical Advisory Service

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:15 – Legislative Update and Other  Interest Items Regarding Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Guardian and Conservator Fields
Albert W. Secor, J.D., L.L.M – Southeastern Trust Company

12:30 – 1:45 – Lunch  

1:45 – 3:15 – Education Law Update  
Charles W. Cagle, Esq. – Lewis Thomason

3:15 – 3:30 – Break  

3:30 – 4:30 – Federal Practice  
Christopher H. Steger – United States Magistrate Judge

6:00 – 8:00 – Dinner
Join everyone on the beautiful patio from for a relaxing time. Enjoy a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres with a decidedly southwestern flair and a cash bar.

This is a time to enjoy one another’s company and great food.

SATURDAY, October 22

8:00 – 8:30 – Garden Inn Breakfast Buffet  

8:30 – 8:45 – Welcome
Kati M. Wheatley, ACP – SMPA President

8:45 – 10:15 – Legalization of Marijuana  
Shelia Williams, ACP – Paralegal, Lewis Thomason

10:15 – 10:30 – Break  

10:30 – 12:00 – At Least It’s Not Cancer: How to Stress Less
Michelle Ironside Henry – Author and Motivational Speaker