Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association


Continuing Legal Education

Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association (SMPA) monthly meetings are open to the public, so everyone is invited to attend. Meetings consist of a one hour presentation from a Speaker of Interest unless otherwise noted on the meeting schedule below.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Blount Mansion Visitor Center conveniently located at the corner of Gay and Hill Streets. Free parking is available for those who do not work downtown.

While our meetings are open to the public, please note that only Active SMPA members may vote in elections or on issues presented before the membership.

November 14 2019
Presenter:  Amy J. Russell, Victim Assistance Coordinator

Witnesses & Victims of Crime

Member Archives

Our CLE Meetings are recorded and available to our members online as a rebroadcast of the current month.
 Members Only

CLE Meeting Archives


January 10, 2019 – The US District Court of the Eastern District of TN
Hon. Pamela L. Reeves United States District Judge

February 14, 2019 – Collaborative Law
Sarah E. C. Malia, MS, JD, Counselor at Law andEmily Heird, LPC/MHSP, Clinical Therapist

March 14, 2019 – Personal Injury
Tasha Blakney, Esq. Eldridge & Blakney, PC

April 11, 2019 – New State Legislature Laws
Lisa Hatfield, Esq. City of Knoxville Assistant City Attorney

May 9, 2019 Patrick Slaughter

June 13, 2019 Immigration & 14th Amendment
Stewart Harris

July 11, 2019 Notary Law
Melissa B. Carrasco

August 8, 2019 Ethics
Bud Armstrong

September 12, 2019 Bailey M. Schiermeyer

October 10, 2019 Benjamin Harkleroad


January 11, 2018 – Workers Compensation Defense
Presenter: G. Gerard Jabaley, Esq., Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves and Jones, PLLC

February 8, 2018 – Slip and Fall from Both Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives
Presenter: Kenneth W. Ward, Esq., Trammell, Adkins & Ward, P.C.

March 8, 2018 – Practicing Law Without a License
Presenter: Troy B. Jones, Esq., The Law Office of Troy B. Jones

April 12, 2018 – URLTA & Fair Housing
Presenter: Christina Magrans-Tillery, Legal Aid of East TN

May 10, 2018 – E-Discovery
Presenter: Todd Fulks, General Counsel, Clayton Homes

June 14, 2018 – Navigating the United States District Court: Practical Tips from the Clerk of Court
Presenter: John L. Medearis, Chief Deputy Clerk, U.S. District Court for the E. District of TN

July 12, 2018 – The Basics of Elder Law
Presenter: Sarah E.C. Malia, Counselor at Law

August 9, 2018 – Prison Health
Presenter: Heidi Barcus, Esq., London & Amburn Law Firm

September 13, 2018 – White Collar Crime Defense
Presenter: Stephen Ross Johnson, Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C.

October 11, 2018 – Cybersecurity
Presenter: Chris McCarty, Esq., Lewis Thomason Law Firm

November 8, 2018 – TN Judicial System
Presenter: Hon. David Duggan, Blount Co. Circuit Court, Div II

December 13, 2018 – Annual Meeting


January 12, 2017 – New Workers Compensation Reform Act
Presenter: Judge Lisa Lowe Knott and Kimberly D. Weaver, Tennessee Department of Labor

February 9, 2017 – TN Retaliatory Discharge Law
Presenter: Garry W. Ferraris, Law Office of Garry Ferraris

March 9, 2017 – Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Presenter: Christina M. Kleiser, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office

April 13, 2017 – Update on Overtime Exemption Rules
Presenter: Edward H. Trent, Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC

May 11, 2017 – Facebook/Twitter and Death and Incapacity: Planning for Digital Assets
Presenter: Donald J. Farinato, Hodges, Doughty, and Carson

June 8, 2017 – The Science of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs): Probable Cause or Probably Mistaken?
Presenter: Steven Oberman, The Oberman and Rice Law Firm

July 13, 2017 – High Profile Personal Injury Cases
Presenter: T. Scott Jones, Esq., Banks & Jones

August 10, 2017 – Creditor Bankruptcy
Presenter: Thomas H. Dickenson, Hodges Doughty & Carson

September 14, 2017 – An Overview of Firearms Laws
Presenter: R. Deno Cole, McGehee and Cole, P.C.

October 12, 2017 – Understanding Tennessee Tax Foreclosure
Presenter: Daniel A. Sanders, Knox Co. Law Director’s Office

November 9, 2017 – What is a Hostile Work Environment?
Presenter: Chris W. McCarty, Lewis Thomason


January 14, 2016 – E-CSI for Legal Professionals
Presenter: Steve Linn, Forensic Pursuit

February 11, 2016 – Criminal Law
Presenter: Andy Long, Costner & Greene

March 2016 – Legal Journalist/Blogger and the Legal Issues They Face
Presenter: Jamie Satterfield, crime/legal journalist with the Knoxville News Sentinel

April 14, 2016 – Ethics
Presenter: Wayne A. Ritchie, II, Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C.

May 12, 2016 – Legal Issues Surrounding Liquor, Beer and Wine in TN
Presenter: Melissa A. Ashburn, MTAS

June 9, 2016 – Primer on Whistleblowing
Presenter: Robert C. McConkey, III, Assistant U. S. Attorney

July 14, 2016 – New Policies and Procedures in Fourth Circuit
Presenter: Judge Gregory S. McMillan, Knox County Fourth Circuit

August 11, 2016 – Summary Judgment in View of Rye
Presenter: Prof. Judy M. Cornett, University of Tennessee Law School

September 2016 (rebroadcast only) – Appellate Brief Writing
Presenter: Prof. Rodd Barckhoff, Tennessee Supreme Court/UT College of Law

October 13, 2016 – Legal Issues Surrounding Food Trucks
Presenter: Christa M. Cuccaro, City of Knoxville Law Dept

November 10, 2016 – Economic Espionage and Risks Associated with Compromised Personally Identifiable Information
Presenter: Special Agent Beth O’Brien, FBI


January 08, 2015 – Effective Management of a Successful Law Office
Presenters: Cindy Winters, PHR Law Firm Administrator, Arnett, Draper &
Hagood and Bob Bebber, Office Administrator, Public Defender’s office

February 12, 2015 – Constitutionality of Equal Rights
Presenter: Akram Faizer, Assistant Professor of Law at the Duncan Shool of Law

March 12, 2015 – Homeland Security
Presenter: Melanie Reid, Associate Professor of Law at the Duncan School of Law

April 09, 2015 – DUI
Presenter: V. Thomas Andrew (Andy) Long, Esq. of Costner & Greene

May 14, 2015 – Elder Law, Willis, POA
Presenter: Amelia Crotwell, Esq. of Elder Law of Tennessee

June 11, 2015 – Mediations
Presenter: Howard Vogel, Esq. of O’Neil Parker & Williamson

July 09, 2015 – Healthcare Fraud
Presenter: Susan Rochet, CP of US Attorney’s Office

August 13, 2015 – Ethics & Gun Rights
Presenter: Loretta Cravens, Esq. of Eldridge & Blakney, P.C.

September 10, 2015 – eDiscovery Ethics and Issues: A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Todd Fulks, Esq., Tom Hodges, Esq. of Clayton Homes
Presenter: Jeff Stoneking, DSi

October 08, 2015 – Successfully Defending a Slip & Fall Case
Presenter: Ken Ward, Esq. of Trammell, Adkins & Ward, P.C.

November 12, 2015 – U.S. Marshal’s Office
Presenter: James T. Fowler, U.S. Marshal for Eastern District of TN

December 10, 2015 – Annual Meeting
(no speaker; closed to non-members)


January 9, 2014 – Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Presenter: Ms. Terry Woods, Esquire of Legal Aid of East Tennessee

February 13, 2014 – Workers’ Compensation
Presenter: John Willis, Esquire of Fox & Farley

March 13, 2014 – Family Law
Presenter: Greg McMillan, Esquire of Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop

April 10, 2014 – Common Insurance Coverage Issues
Presenter: Hannah S. Lowe, Esquire of Trammell, Adkins & Ward, P.C.

May 8, 2014 – The Legal and Ethical Challenges of Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace
Presenter: Joe Jarret, Esquire

June 12, 2014 – Practice Tips and Ethical Pitfalls of Lawyer Marketing
Presenter: Sarah C. Easter, Esquire of The McKellar Law Firm, PLLC

July 10, 2014 – Issues in Family Law
Presenter: Vanessa Samano, Esquire of The English Law Firm

Aug. 13, 2014 – The relationship between Rehab Centers and the Court System
Presenter: George Massengill from the Serenity House

September 11, 2014 – Social Media Safety
Presenter: Lt. Aaron Yarnell of the Knox County Sherrif’s Office

October 09, 2014 – Identity Theft
Presenter: Myra Hamilton, Business Services Manager, UT Federal Credit Union

November 13, 2014 – Human Trafficking
Presenter: Professor Shelly Taylor George, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law


January 15, 2013 – CASA of East Tennessee
Presenter: Erin Favier, CASA of East TN

February 14, 2013 – Cupid In The Cubicle
Presenter: Chris McCarty, Esquire of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop

March 07, 2013 – Handling an Insurance Defense Claim
Presenter: Connie Sledzinski of Nationwide Insurance

April 09, 2013 – Family Law: Prenuptual & Postnuptual Agreements
Presenter: Cindy Wyrick, Esquire of Ogle, Gass & Richardson

May 9, 2013 – Knox County Health – Utilizing Data and Navigating the Systems
Presenter: Leslie Muse, Esquire of Butler, Vines & Babb

June 13, 2013 – Relationship Between Knox Co and Knox Co Schools
Presenter: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

July 11, 2013 – Court Procedures
Presenter: Catherine Quist, Clerk Knox County Circuit Court

August 08, 2013 – Private Investigation
Presenter: Stephanie Johnson, CP, LPI, Law firm of Marcos Garza

September 12, 2013 – Ethics
Presenter: Alex Long, Esquire of UTK Law School

October 10, 2013 – Federal Criminal Practice
Presenter: Beth Ford, Esquire of the Public Defender’s Office

November 14, 2013 – Crime Victims’ Rights
Presenter: Susie DeLozier, CP, Victim Witness Coordinator U.S. Attorney’s Office


January 12, 2012 – Mobile Home Foreclosures / Bankruptcy
Presenter: Rachel Houston, CP, Sr. Legal Coordinator of 21st Mortgage

February 09, 2012 – Estate Law: Inheritance Taxes and Returns
Presenter: Vistoria Tilman, Esquire of Law Office of Anne McKinney, PC

March 08, 2012 – Corporate Law: Contracts
Presenter: Kristin K. Seabrook, Esquire General Counsel of Pilot Flying J

April 12, 2012 – Defending a Legal Malpractice
Presenter: Brad A. Fraser, Esquire of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC.

May 10, 2012 – Probate and Estate Administration
Presenter: Sharon Potter, Esquire of Frantz, McConnel & Seymour, LLP

June 14, 2012 – Family Law
Presenter: Greg McMillian of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop

July 12, 2012 – Legal Aid
Presenter: Terry Woods of East Tennessee Legal Aid

August 09, 2012 – Ethics
Presenter: Judy Cornett of the University of Tennessee

September 12, 2012 – The Law in High Heels – Examination of laws made and inspired by women
Presenter: Ursula Bailey, Esquire of the Law Office of Ursula Bailey

October 11, 2012 – Products Liability
Presenter: Joshua A. Wolfe, Esquire of Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, PLLC.

November 08, 2012 – Medical Records
Presenter: Beverly Nelms, Esquire of Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP


January 13, 2011 – Locating Experts
Presenter: Fred Grello, M.D. of Butler Vines and Babb

February 10, 2011 – Hospital Law
Presenter: Bruce A. Anderson, Esquire, Vice President for Legal Services and General Counsel of East TN Children’s Hospital

March 10, 2011 – Social Security
Presenter: Timothy L. Baldridge, Esquire of Bill Hotz & Associates

April 14, 2011 – Effective Handling of Exhibits for Deposition Summaries
Presenter: Ken R. Gibson, RPR of Gibson Court Reporting

May 12, 2011 – Environmental Law
Presenter: James C. Wright, Esquire of Bulter, Vines & Babb.

June 09, 2011 – Ethics
Presenter: Justice Sharon Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court

July 14, 2011 – Bailment
Presenter: Bryan L. Capps, Esquire of the Adams Law Firm

August 11, 2011 – Adoption Law
Presenter: Andrew S. Roskind, Esquire of Herston Roskind, PLC.

September 08, 2011 – Paralegal Certification – Jill I. Francisco, ACP, of the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals

October 13, 2011 – Dram Shop Law – David A. Chapman, Esquire and Dana C. Holloway, Esquire of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan

November 10, 2011 -Medicare Subrogation presented by Tracie Livesay, ACP, Paralegal with Costner & Greene

December 08, 2011 (Members Only Meeting) – Annual Meeting and Social


January 14, 2010 – Legal Research
Presenter: Lida Hoskins Burke, Esquire of LexisNexis

February 18, 2010 – Workers’ Compensation
Presenter: Link A. Gibbons, Esquire of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop

March 11, 2010 – Discovery: No Where To Hide (e-discovery)
Presenter: Bill Dean of Forensic Discoveries

April 8, 2010 – Ethics
Presenter: Paula Schaefer, Esquire, Associate Professor of Law at The University of Tennessee.

May 13, 2010 – Prevention / Crisis Management In Food Borne Illness Litigation
Presenter: Martin Ellis, Esquire of Butler Vines & Babb

June 17, 2010 – Sports Law
Presenter: Jared B. Karnes, Esquire

July 08, 2010 – Social Networking
Presenter: Jo Anne Neary, Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan

August 12, 2010 – Litigation
Presenter: Tracie L. Livesay, ACP of Costner & Greene

September 09, 2010 – Time Management
Presenter: Cathy S. Hulsey, ACP of Lewis King Kreig & Waldrop

October 14, 2010 – Employer’s Non-discrimination Act (ENDA)
Presenter: Janet Strevel Hayes, Esquire of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop

November 11, 2010 – Personal Injury
Presenter: Brian Trammel, Esquire of Trammel, Adkins & Ward

December 09, 2010 – Annual Meeting of Membership & Social


January 9, 2009 – New Medical Malpractice Statute (TCA 29-26-121)
Presenter: Donna R. Davis, Attorney of Butler Vines & Babb

February 12, 2009 – Commitment: The Paralegal’s Most Valuable Asset
Presenter: Janie M. Shelton, CP

March 12, 2009 – Labor Law – Negotiating with the Union
Presenter: Gary W. Wright, Esq. of Wimberly Lawson Seale Wright & Daves

April 9, 2009 – Subrogation – When & Why
Presenter: Link A. Gibbons, Esq. of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop

May 14, 2009 – Handling Corporate Real Estate Closings
Presenter: Jamie L. Fuller, Paralegal to Gentry Tipton & McLemore

June 11, 2009 – Ethics
Presenter: Judy Cornett, Attorney and Associate Professor of University of Tennessee College of Law

July 9, 2009 – How to Prepare a Power Point Presentation
Presenter: Joe McLemore, Paralegal Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop

August 13, 2009 – Warranty Litigation
Presenter: Summer Stevens, Attorney with London & Amburn

September 10, 2009 – Issuing Out-of-State Subpoenas
Presenter: Helen Byrd, ACP of Butler Vines & Babb

October 7, 2009 (Wednesday) – Defending Capital Punishment Cases
Presenter: W. Thomas Dillard, Esq. of Ritchie Dillard & Daves

November 12, 2009 Internet Privacy / Internet Law
Presenter: W. Chris McCarty, Esq. of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop

December 10, 2009 Annual Meeting of Membership & Social


January 10, 2008 – Social Security Law
Presenter: Melissa K. Moss, CLA presented

February 14, 2008 – Preparation and Presentation of Evidence in Arbitration
Presenter: Monty Walton, Esquire. President of The Advantage Group, Inc.

March 13, 2008 – Ethics
Presenter: Link Gibbons, Esquire and Chris McCarty, Esquire of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop, PC.

April 10, 2008 – Construction Law
Presenter: R. Loy Waldrop, Esquire of Lewis King Kreig and Waldrop, PC.

May 8, 2008 – Legal Research
Presenter: Judy M. Cornett, JD, Associate Professor University of Tennessee College of Law

June 12, 2008 – Estate Planning
Presenter: Darsi Sirknen of Woolf McClane Bright Allen & Carpenter

July 10, 2008 – Criminal Court Process
Presenter: Hon. Ken Irvine of the Knox County Criminal Court

August 14, 2008 – Juvenile Court Procedure
Presenter: Barbara Miller, Legal Assistant to Judge Tim Irwin of the Knox County Juvenile Court

September 16, 2008 – Bankruptcy
Presenter: David Roberts, Esquire

October 9, 2008 – Legal Malpractice
Presenter: David Benner, Esquire of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop, PC.

November 13, 2008 – Effective Communication
Presenter: Kelly Perry of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop, PC.

December 11, 2008 Annual Meeting and Social


January 11, 2007 – Criminal Defense
Presenter: David Eldridge, Esquire of Eldridge & Blakney, P.C.

February 8, 2007 – Employment Law – Discrimination
Presenter: Chris McCarty, Esquire of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, PC.

March 8, 2007 – Constitutional Law
Presenter: Otis Stevens, Esquire of the UT College of Law presented

April 12, 2007 – Immigration Law
Presenter: Charles Torres, Esquire

May 10, 2007 – Medicare Setasides and Life Care Plans
Presenter: Diane Steffy, RN, MS, CRC, CDMS, CCM

June 14, 2007 – Internet Law
Presenter: Charles E. Young, Jr., Esquire of Kramer Rayson

July 12, 2007 – Advanced Insurance Law
Presenter: Janet L. Hogan, Esquire of Hogan & Hogan

August 9, 2007 – Toxic Tort Litigation
Presenter: Sidney Gilreath, Esquire of Gilreath & Associates

September 13, 2007 – Copyright Law
Presenter: Linda Mowles, Esquire of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

October 2007 – Confidentiality and Conflict Screening
Presenter: Linda Glasgow, PHR, from Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop

November 8, 2007 – Adoption Law
Presenter: Dawn Coppock, Esquire, Sole Practitioner


January 11, 2006 – NALA and Professional Associations
Presenter: Olivia “Libby” Roleson, CLAS, NALA’s Region-3 Affiliated Associations Director

February 9, 2006 – Trial Preparation – The Paralegal’s Role
Presenter: John B. Dupree, Esq.

March 9, 2006 – Pump it up with PowerPoint
Presenter: Franklin Handly, Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop’s IT Department

April 13, 2006 – Victim Witness Coordination
Presenter: Glenda “Susie” DeLozier, CP of the United States Attorneys Office

May 11, 2006 – I Object: a review of discovery objections
Presenter: Summer H. Stevens, Esquire of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop

June 8, 2006 – Reading the Jury
Presenter: Honorable Wheeler A. Rosenbalm, Knox County Circuit Court Judge

July 13, 2006 – Workers’ Compensation Updates
Presenter: Lisa A. Knott, Esquire of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

August 10, 2006 – You’re Busted: a discussion of criminal law procedure
Presenter: Verlan Thomas Andrew Long, Esquire of Costner & Greene Attorneys

September 14, 2006 – Nursing Home Litigation
Presenter: Harry P. Ogden, Esquire of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

October 12, 2006 – Medical Malpractice
Presenter: Steve Daves, Esquire of O’Neil, Parker & Williamson

November 9, 2006 – Legal Writing
Presenter: Tara L. Dalton, Esquire of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop, PC

December 14, 2006 – Smoky Mountain Paralegal Assiciation held its Christmas Social