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Public outcry is needed for Tennessee to fix the Department of Children’s Services

Public outcry is needed for Tennessee to fix the Department of Children's Services - Opinion - By Dawn Coppock - Published by The Tennessean, The Knoxville News Sentinel & The Commercial Appeal - January 4, 2023.  Click the blue link for the full text of Dawn's...

Registration Open – Adoption Law School Summer Camp At the Beach – April 12-15, 2023

Adoption Law School Summer Camp At The Beach April 12-15, 2023 Registration is Open! Become a better adoption lawyer,Strengthen your relationships with colleagues,andSpend your afternoons on the beach. I’ve kept what you love, The beautiful Gulf Coast, Comprehensive,...

Registration Open – Legislative Advocacy Seminar

Dawn Coppock will present tools for effective legislative advocacy. Examples will draw from her environmental and adoption legislative advocacy, but the process and techniques apply to all state level advocacy.

Tennessee’s New Adoption Law

From the Tennessee Bar Journal’s July 2018 cover story by Dawn Coppock and Michael Jennings, read the article here discussing the new adoption legislation that went into effect yesterday.

Upcoming Seminars!

Adoption Shorts & Ethics November 29, 2018 - Knoxville, TN Step Parent & Relative Adoption for Newbs (1 general / .5 dual CLE) Adoption Law Update – Part I:  Hidey-holes and Whack-a-mole (1 general CLE) Adoption Law Update – Part II:  Grounds and Procedure...

First in Adoption Legislation Still In A Holding Pattern

It happened again. First in Adoption and many other bills have fallen off the end of the Senate calendar today due to large legislative volume that is common late in the session. The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 8:30 am to take another run at the long list of...

First in Adoption Legislative Update

The First in Adoption Bill was set at the end of a long calendar for yesterday but, probably due to time constraints, did not receive a vote. It has been reset for 1:30 CST today on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.   Look for a blog post this afternoon....

“First in Adoption” – So far every vote is “Yes.”

The “First in Adoption” bill that many Tennessee attorneys and adoptive parents are following moved from the House committee process to the floor with a unanimous vote of the House Civil Justice committee. The committee is chaired my Mike Carter (R), an attorney and...

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