SETLAW has announced its inaugural breakfast on March 15, 2018 at 7:30AM at the Camphouse in Chattanooga, TN. The theme of the CLE breakfast is Leading Women: Female Lead Firms and Female Solo Attorneys. SETLAW normally has lunch & learns, but this month, has elected to provide CLE through a breakfast.
The panel for the event is Autumn Witt Boyd and Amanda Jelks, both attorneys with solo practices in town. Muffins and coffee will be provided for this learning event.
TLAW is having it's 3rd Annual Empowerment Conference: Right Time, Right Now on April 19 and April 20, 2018 at the Waller Law Firm in Nashville, TN. The main conference is on Friday the 20th from 8:15 AM check in to around 3:45 in the afternoon and will provide around 5.5 hours CLE credit.
There will be great speakers and panels this year. On Thursday the 19th, the conference will have an opening presentation and panel, followed by the opening reception. I will put a sign-up link in my blog very soon. I attended the first conference 2 years ago and loved it so much that I am currently the East TN Director of TLAW and have been on the empowerment conference committee for the past two years. I have really enjoyed meeting the women of TLAW.
Thanks to the generosity of Emily O'Donnell, the Women's Fund Executive Director, I was able to attend the 5th Annual Voices event yesterday at Stratton Hall. There were around 500 people in attendance and I was sitting in the very back.
I learned that the Women's Fund has a very ambitious agenda--they want to take Tennessee from number 49 to number 1 in all issues that affect women, including employment and earnings, health and wellbeing, safety and violence and poverty and opportunity.
The keynote speaker was Shelley Zalis, who creating a company called Online Testing Exchange and later sold it. When she owned the company, she was the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry's top 25. She was a powerful speaker regarding the ability we have to really change things for the better here in Tennessee. As she said yesterday, when you are ranked 49th in the country, there is nowhere to go but up!
The Nightingale Chair, KatieMorgan, presented Girl's Inc as this years Nightingale grant recipient.
The best thing about the event for a working woman like me was that it was succinct but powerful. The whole program lasted maybe 40 minutes and I was able to eat a good lunch, be inspired, and get back to work!
I'm glad the Women's Fund is out there fighting for women and want to get more involved.
As a former DCS attorney, I have a pretty strong opinion about child abuse. A lot of people do not know that neglect is considered to be child abuse in TN; if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that neglect is abuse, for those people who should know better. I am not talking having a sloppy house--for neglect it needs to be much more serious that that--failure to thrive situations, extremely filthy house, no food in house, no heat in winter, not taking the child to school--education neflect--lots of stuff.
There need to be more resources in town to help people who need it. Drug abuse, both illegal and prescription is a HUGE problem in Chattanooga. And the criminal justice system is still not fully set up to deal with drug abuse and helping people.
I represent some parents, and lots of grandparents. It is very sad, that due to drug abuse, so many grandparents are put in the position of having to step forward and taking temporary custody of children. The parents should be thankful, but they are almost always angry and resentful.
I always say, I am cool with you being a drug addict, if that is how you choose to live; but if you choose to be an addict, I do not believe you should have custody of your children. Sorry. It is one or the other. Children have to be in a safe and stable environment.
Save the date for the TLAW (Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women) Empowerment Conference in Nashville, on March 30 and 31, 2017. The conference itself is on March 31 from around 8:30 until 4:30 or so and there is a reception March 30 in the afternoon. Exact dates and times to follow.
I went to this event last year with a couple of other female attorneys and it was a good event. CLE are provided also. and they always try to get dual credits.
It is important for all humans to take time to retreat. To spend time in some solitude and get quiet with themselves. Maybe for you retreat is fishing or yoga or music, sewing, whatever, it doesn't matter. Take some time to get quiet and reflect on your life. Do the things you really like to do, instead of things you have to do. Rest, recharge, all kinds of wonderful things.
In order to provide care for others, we have to take care of ourselves. The New Year is a good time to do it. I hope to get some good resolutions out of my retreat this year.
For anyone dealing with a bad family situation, like some kind of lawsuit, you have to get away if you can a little to get some perspective. As I tell clients, the wheels of justice run VERY slowly. It is better to resolve cases outside of court in almost every family law situation, unless there is some kind of bad abuse going on or something like that.
So for those of you who are involved in litigation, try to take care of yourself, and not get too consumed with the case. Hard to do, but important. Take advantage of the mediation process. You can mediate formally or informally, ask your attorney about all of the options.
Happy and healthy New Year to all blog readers,
Join SETLAW at the EPB building on July 24. The following candidates from the local contested elections will have an opportunity to answer questions submitted by our members: Judge Philyaw, Yolanda Mitchell, Gwen Tidwell, Vince Dean, Steve Smith, Ardena Garth, Judge Sell, and Rex Sparks. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am and the program will begin promptly at 12. RSVP at: http://setlawjulylunch.eventbrite.com.
Please sign up and come decide who you think is most qualified for all of Chattanooga's hotly contested elected positions.
The St. Alban's Market just keeps getting better and better. They always have fresh honey and meat from Brady's Farm Direct Meats. Lately, the produce has been getting more variety as well, which probably has to do with the fact that we are getting later in the summer.
I got blueberries, cookies, yellow squash, zucchini, tomato, garlic, sirloin steak and also enjoyed free samples, like Green Rooibos Blush iced tea from Down to Earth and a blueberry muffin.
The market is every Saturday from 10AM to 1PM at the St. Alban's Episcopal Church. The Church also offers a community garden and walking path.
Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christine Mahn Sell has recently been promoting a new mental health court in the criminal system. The court would involve better identification of people in the criminal system with mental health issues, especially those who tend to have repeated arrests for crimes like public intoxication and criminal trespassing. The mental health court would work similarly to drug court and would require voluntary participation of those who have been charged with crimes.