SMPA Annual Seminar

Aug. 25-26, 2017

The Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center
402 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4151

Seminar Highlights

SMPA proudly presents its 2017 Annual Seminar to be held at the Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Our topics this year include suggestions from previous seminar surveys. The CLE portion of the seminar will be held in the Rose Room and will provide quality continuing legal education topics from leaders in their respective fields.

We will have a fun and enjoyable Friday evening buffet dinner and will include networking and socializing while participating in a variety of games. Please feel free to bring a guest for a nominal fee.

After the dinner, you are encouraged to enjoy all of the wonderful nightlife opportunities available in downtown Gatlinburg.

We encourage all members to attend and invite non-member paralegals. The registration form may also be found on our website at

After the seminar, you may want to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and/or local attractions while you continue to enjoy a great weekend in beautiful Gatlinburg, TN.

The Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center has reserved a block of rooms for the SMPA Seminar at a price of $98.00 per night until July 26, 2017. You may share a room at no additional cost.

After July 26, 2017, reservations will be accommodated based on availability and the best available rate.

Seminar Tickets

Registration includes 9 hrs. CLE, course materials, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch on Friday, and Friday night buffet.

Registration Fees:

Members – $165
Students – $75
NonMember/Walk-In – $175
Friday CLE only – $120
Friday CLE & Buffet/Social – $165
Guest – Friday Night Buffet/Social – $45
Saturday CLE only – $60

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 July 26, 2017. 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 August 14, 2017 will be considered a Walk- In.

To reserve via phone: Reservations may be made by calling The Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center at (865) 436-4151 and letting the operator know you are with SMPA.

The Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center
402 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4151


Seminar Agenda

FRIDAY, August 25

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

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

9:00 – 10:30 – Paralegal Project Management
Cathy S. Hulsey, ACP – Provision Health Care

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:15 – A Primer on Criminal Law
Ronald C. Newcomb, Esq – Sevier County Assistant District Attorney

12:30 – 1:45 – Lunch  

1:45 – 3:15 – Juvenile Detention
Christina M. Kleiser, Esq. – Knox County Public Defender’s Office

3:15 – 3:30 – Break  

3:30 – 4:30 – The Dangers for Children Using Social Media: Helping Kids Stay Safe
Prof. Cheryl Page, Esq. – LMU Duncan School of Law

6:00 – 8:00 – Dinner and Social
This is a time to enjoy one another’s company and great food.


SATURDAY, August 26

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

8:45 – 10:15 – Insurance Litigation and Mass Claims
William P. Price, Esq., Paige A. Coleman, Esq. – Walk-In Legal Clinic

10:15 – 10:30 – Break  

10:30 – 12:00 – Ethics in a Befuddled World
Mary Ann Stackhouse, Esq. – Lewis Thomason