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Last Dawn Coppock Adoption / Legislative Advocacy Series This Year!
Basic stepparent and relative adoptions are the daily fare for many general practitioners. But the process is technical. This class offers the basic skills and information you need to competently represent relatives and step-parents, including forms, checklists and when to call for help if a case takes an ugly turn.
Last Dawn Coppock Adoption Series This Year
Basic stepparent and relative adoptions are the daily fare for many general practitioners. But the process is technical. This class offers the basic skills and information you need to competently represent relatives and stepparents, including forms, checklists and when to call for help if a case takes an ugly turn.
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.
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...
Lawyers- New surrender form, formatted and with instructions. Here. Now.
To be used beginning July 1st, 2018 Click here for the new surrender form available in WORD and PDF formats Lawyers and Clerks- If you have determined that a surrender is the correct process for a voluntary termination of parental rights in your case, you will find...
First In Adoption passes in the Senate with all YES votes! — It is on the way to the Governor’s Desk.
Today the Tennessee Senate unanimously passed the First in Adoption bill without amendment or even discussion. If the Governor signs the bill as expected, it will become law on July 1, 2018. First in Adoption makes a number of pro-child modifications in many areas of...
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....
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