In Conjunction With The Nashville Bar Association Invites You to Attend a Program Featuring
William H. Manning, Robins Kaplan, LLP, Minneapolis


When:  Thursday, November 9, 2017 12:00 Noon – 1:00 P.M. - Program

Where: Waller, Suite 2700, 511 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219

There may be parking in the garage underneath the building or in the surface lot immediately south of the building on 6th Ave., North. Otherwise, there are garages and parking lots nearby.

CLE Credit: 1 hour


$0 | Attendance Only (No CLE Credit)
$0 | CLE Credit for NBA Easy Passholders
$35 | FBA and NBA Members
$89 | Non-Members

Waller will provide lunch!

This program will explore many aspects of Nelson Mandela's biography, with particular emphasis on his training and development as a lawyer. It will also describe how President Mandela practiced the skills of lawyering throughout his entire life. The talk will also focus on the deep spiritual life that Nelson Mandela developed, and how this inner life continually impacted his lawyering skills as well as who he was as one of the greatest individuals of the 20th Century.

Lawyers can be humanitarians in addition to being advocates. To be an effective lawyer, one must stand in the shoes of the client and understand what is important to them. A lawyer's overarching duty to the client, court, and public requires a burning commitment to the moral underpinnings of the legal profession, and consciousness of the economic, social, and political factors that shape the world.

The program will connect Nelson Mandela’s life with today’s Rules of Professional Conduct, to show how they are relevant to each of us.

Bill Manning practices business litigation, intellectual property litigation and personal injury litigation, concentrating in the manufacturing and technology industries. Among many professional accomplishments, he has been appointed Chair of a Magistrate Selection Committee, three times to a Federal Court Magistrate Selection Committee and twice to a Magistrate Reappointment Committee. He was previously appointed to the Minnesota Federal Court Federal Practice Committee.

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Or Call 615-242-9272. If you prefer a physical registration form,
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download one here to submit with payment to the NBA. 

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  • June 12, 2017 1:31 PM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    Even if you can't make it to the 2017 TLAW Annual Meeting & Breakfast, you can still vote! Here's what you need to know:

    • The proposed slate: Last month, TLAW announced the slate of officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 TLAW year. You can review the slate here
    • How to vote by proxy: You will need to choose a proxy to cast your vote. You may choose any other TLAW member by filling out this form. You may also choose President Ramona P. DeSalvo as your proxy by filling out this form. Please email completed forms to Sonia Boss at
  • May 10, 2017 11:26 AM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    TLAW’s new year is fast approaching. Are you interested in becoming more involved? Do you know someone who would make a good TLAW leader?  Help us continue to move TLAW and its efforts forward!  

    TLAW is seeking nominations for the following positions on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors for terms beginning on June 16, 2017.

    • President Elect; 1 year term*
    • Recording Secretary; 1 year term
    • Corresponding Secretary; 1 year term
    • Treasurer; 1 year term
    • At Large Director from West Tennessee; 2 year term

    Board members attend monthly board meetings conducted by phone. Board members may miss no more than two board meetings per calendar year. To learn more about who's currently serving in these roles, visit this page, and to learn more about the responsibilities of each role, read our bylaws here. All nominees must be current TLAW members. Not a member? Join here

    The deadline to submit nominations is May 10, 2017. 

    Nominations may be sent to our 2017 Nominating Committee, made up of Ramona P. DeSalvo, Holly Renken, Karen Crutchfield, and Connie Chadwick. Please email the Nominating Committee at the following email addresses: rdesalvo@desalvonashville.comHolly.Renken@TN;;

    The Nominating Committee will present its report and recommendations to the President and Recording Secretary on or before May 15, 2017. 

    *Please note that nominees for President-Elect must be from one of the following counties: Benton, Carroll,Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNary, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, or Weakley. The President Elect becomes the President of TLAW in FY 2018-2019.

  • August 03, 2016 4:28 PM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    In April 2016, TLAW hosted an Empowerment Conference with the theme Great Expectations. Women from across the state participated in the Conference. Thank you to all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors of this fantastic event. TLAW extends a special thanks to keynote speaker, Gwen K. Young, of the Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project.  

    The Conference provided attendees with education and valuable insights presented by members of the legislature, judiciary, and other governmental representatives on how to prepare oneself for an elected or appointed position. The Conference also included a panel of attorneys in general counsel positions providing the perspective of the “in house” attorney and advice for “outside counsel” working with corporate counsel and a panel of experienced attorneys presenting on leadership in various contexts. You can view the full schedule of the conference here

    CLE materials from the conference are available here

    Pictured above (L to R): TN Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby, Jackie Dixon, TN Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, and Administrative Office of the Courts Director Debi Taylor Tate.

    Pictured above (L to R): Wendy Longmire, Linda Seely, Keynote Speaker Gwen Young with Wilson Center, Trish Patterson, and Cheryl Rice

    Pictured above: Conference Attendees 

  • November 12, 2015 4:50 PM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark was the keynote speaker at the Vision 2020’s Conference when the group met recently in Nashville for their Vision 2020 Fifth National Congress. Vision 2020 was founded at Drexel University and is a national coalition of organizations and individuals united in their commitment to achieve women’s economic and social equality.  The group’s goal is to accelerate the pace of women's progress toward full equality by the year 2020, when the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's voting rights. 

    Justice Clark noted that she was “energized and uplifted by the goals of the organization and the collective power of the women from around the country who are leading it."

    A large portion of the conference in Nashville was devoted to the women’s suffrage movement. “The choice of Nashville as Vision 2020's mid-decade site demonstrated our respect for the historic contribution Tennessee suffragists achieved when their state became the 36th and last state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920,” said Lynn H. Yeakel, founder and executive director of Vision 2020.

    Justice Cornelia A. Clark receives the Pioneer Award from Lynn H. Yeakel, founder and executive director of Vision 2020.

  • October 01, 2015 5:27 PM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    Women & Work: Breaking Barriers for Career Success" is the theme of this year's Economic Summit for Women, which will be held at the Nashville Airport Marriott on October 25th & 26th.  This Summit is Tennessee's premier networking and education experience featuring dynamic speakers, inspiring stories and exceptional opportunities.  Additionally, eight outstanding women will be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame. Of those eight, one is TLAW member, Justice Janice Holder (retired) of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Justice Holder will join the ranks of others, including Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey, Jane G. Eskind, and Pat Head Summit.  We hope you'll be able to attend this fabulous event! For more information, please visit

  • September 01, 2015 5:30 PM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    TLAW member, Chief Justice Sharon Lee, was recently unanimously re-elected to serve a second term as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Justice Lee is continuing in her eighth year on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and this year not only will Justice Lee serve as Chief Justice, but she will also continue rolling out the Supreme Court’s pilot project, the new Tennessee Business Court.  According to Justice Lee, the Business Court will "produce quicker resolutions with reduced litigation costs and greater predictability and consistency of decision." Read more about the Business Court here

  • August 01, 2015 5:34 PM | Crista Cuccaro (Administrator)

    The TBA Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) was recently honored at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division meeting in Chicago.  Rachel Moses, TLAW member and TBA YLD President, accepted three awards on behalf of the YLD.  The awards included a second place award in the diversity category for the Diversity Leadership Institute Job Interview Preparation Project; a second place award in the comprehensive category, which recognized the YLD’s excellent projects, including Mock Trial, CLE, Wills for Heroes, Membership, Law School Outreach, Public Service, Children’s Issues, Publications, and Diversity; and a special recognition award for the YLD’s Access to Justice Week Public Service Initiative.  TLAW member, Rachel Mancl, is the president-elect of the YLD.  Congratulations to these members for their awards in leading the YLD!

  • May 13, 2015 7:42 AM | Heather Ferguson


    TLAW Member and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, Holly Kirby, was recently named "Community Mother of the Year" by the Tennessee Justice Center for her dedication to her family and families across Tennessee. What an honor for Justice Kirby! 

    For the full story, clink the link below.

  • May 12, 2015 7:29 AM | Heather Ferguson

        TLAW Past President, Wanda Sobieski, will be honored at the 2015 East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit with the Lizzie Crozier French Award in recognition of her efforts to memorialize women’s suffrage with the statue on Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Mrs. Sobieski, a longtime advocate for the advancement of women, served as TLAW’s President in 1995 and served as ETLAW’s President in 1989 and 1990.  Mrs. Sobieski has been named to the Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations, won the ETLAW Spirit of Justice Award in 2008, is the coordinator of the Woman Suffrage Coalition, and is actively involved in numerous community and bar organizations. Mrs. Sobieski is President of Sobieski, Messer & Associates, PLLC.  Join us in congratulating Mrs. Sobieski on this accomplishment!

  • May 06, 2015 7:47 PM | Karol Lahrman (Administrator)
    TLAW’s new year is approaching.  Are you interested in becoming more involved? Do you know someone you believe would make a good TLAW Leader? Help us continue to move TLAW and its efforts forward! 

    TLAW is seeking nominations / volunteers for the following positions: 

    President Elect  (must be from Middle TN)

    Recording Secretary (1 year term)

    Corresponding secretary (1 year term)

    Treasurer (1 year term)

    West TN Director (2 year term)

       *Board members attend monthly board meetings (most are conducted by phone).         

    *Board members are expected to miss no more than 2 board meetings per calendar year.

    Nominations may be sent to our 2015 Nominating Committee:  

    Beth Bates, Ijeoma Ike, Wendy Longmire, Rachel Mancl, Cheryl Rice

    TLAW also has the following opportunities for service coming available for which volunteers or nominations are sought:
    • TLAW representative to the Tennessee Bar Foundation IOLTA Grant Review Committee (3 year term - Middle TN representative)
    • TLAW Representative to the Bench-Bar Committee (3 year term) 
    For more information on either of these positions or to submit a nomination, contact TLAW President Cheryl Rice at

    TLAW has many committees offering opportunities for service and networking with varied levels of time commitment.  

    See our website for information on Committees.

    If you are interested in participating on a Committee for the 2015-16 year,  please contact President-elect Beth Bates at

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