Get involved through our CLE events

At the University of Tennessee College of Law, our extensive and diverse variety of on-site and online continuing legal education (CLE) programs aim to equip lawyers with the skills and knowledge needed to practice in today’s ever-changing legal market.

We offer a variety of programs geared toward lawyers’ interests that combine current topics with faculty scholarship and research.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs, contact our CLE coordinator Micki Fox.

To register for any of our CLE events, send your BPR number and contact information, including e-mail, to Please include the name of the CLE program for which you are registering.

Students may attend for free but must register in advance..

On-Campus/Local CLE Programs

Administrative Law in a Time of Chaos
UT College of Law
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Noon – 3 p.m.

In the last few years, there have been a number of challenges to the administrative state as we know it. Some of these changes might be viewed as positive while others might be viewed as negative. This discussion will focus on various aspects of administrative law, how to address politics with clients without becoming too political, how to hold government accountable when your preferred political party is in power and when it is not, and how to move the conversation forward to create positive change.

The speakers include LMU-Duncan School of Law Professor M. Akram Faizer, Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Vanessa Zboreak, and University of Miami School of Law Professor Charlton Copeland.

The CLE has been approved for three hours of CLE credit. The cost is $50, and advance registration is required.

Marketing the Law: The Great Debate
UT College of Law
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
2 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

This program reviews the history of lawyer advertising, the Rules of Professional Conduct that impact advertising and solicitation by lawyers (Rules 7.1-7.6), the impact lawyer advertising has on ethics and professionalism, how different types of law firms view advertising and monitor compliance with ethics rules, large firm marketing as advertising, trends in the profession’s regulation of advertising, and the future of advertising and marketing in an electronic age. Speakers include a professor who presents frequently at CLE programs on ethics and professionalism; lawyers from small, medium, and large firms; and marketing professionals who specialize in legal marketing and electronic communication.
The CLE has been approved for 3.5 hours of dual CLE credit. The cost is free, but advance registration is required.

Legal Research Update 2018
UT College of Law
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (or 3 hours prior to UT vs. Kentucky football)

Lawyers will update their legal research skills and learn how to effectively harness advanced search algorithms. Discussion will include search features for Fastcase, Lexis and Westlaw. Attendees will also learn about resources available to alumni through the Joel A. Katz Library.

Presenter Eliza Fink is a member of the Library Faculty at UT College of Law, where she teaches legal research and law office technology courses. Professor Fink supports the College of Law’s mission to prepare students for practice by promoting efficient research and writing skills.

The CLE has been approved for one hour of General CLE credit. The fee is $5 for those seeking CLE credit, and advance registration is required.

Unregulated Charity
UT College of Law
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
Three hours prior to UT vs. Missouri football

The vast majority of U.S. charities operate in a regulatory blindspot, as they are neither meaningfully evaluated when they apply for charitable status nor substantively monitored after they receive charitable status. This program discusses the recently enacted process for obtaining charitable status, and highlights our country’s failure to properly vet and monitor the vast majority of charities in the United States.
The speaker, Professor Eric Franklin Amarante, joined the UT College of Law in 2017 after teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law for four years. Amarante received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.A. from the University of Texas. After law school, he joined Sullivan & Cromwell’s corporate group in Palo Alto, where his practice primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities offerings. After several years at Sullivan, he moved to Seattle to join the business transaction group of Davis Wright Tremaine. There he worked on a wide range of projects, from documenting multi-billion-dollar joint ventures to counseling entrepreneurs on legal issues facing early-stage companies. Amarante directs the Community Economic Development Clinic, which allows students to provide free transactional legal representation to nonprofits and small businesses. Amarante is currently working on a series of articles that explores the failure to regulate charities.
The CLE has been approved for one hour of CLE credit. The cost is $5, and advance registration is required.
Online CLE Programs
This Business Transactions CLE program, originally offered in the College of Law in Fall 2017, consists of eight lectures, each one requiring satisfactory completion of a test for credit to be awarded.

This program is available in three online video lectures, each carrying a test. All three of the programs have one (1) hour general credit.

Professor Michelle Kwon discusses opportunities and traps from the perspective of taxpayers seeking to blow the whistle as well as those seeking to prevent whistleblower claims. One hour general CLE credit available for those who watch the video, successfully complete the test and pay the fee.

Online course available here. 1 hour of general CLE credit.

If you have questions about any of these programs or CLE credit, please contact Micki Fox at 865-974-8601 or