Experience Nashville with Virginia CLE: Ethics CLE, Two Nights at Opryland, and a Private Bluebird Café Concert

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Live on Site: Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 3 / Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
CLE Program: Friday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Bluebird Cafe Event: Friday, December 2, bus leaves Opryland at 5:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0), PLUS attendees will receive a coupon for a free two-credit online seminar of their choosing for a total of 4.0 credit hours.
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Why Attend?

  • A one-of-a kind, musically inspired CLE experience in Nashville
  • Two nights of the finest hospitality at the dazzling, holiday-themed Opryland Hotel, a lavish resort set under glass atriums just a 14-minute walk from the Grand Old Opry
  • A private in-the-round singer-songwriter performance at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, the venue featured on the hit show "Nashville", accompanied by a down-home, three-course Nashville dinner, plus an open bar
  • Two hours of live-interactive ethics CLE with musician and VSB Ethics Counsel, Jim McCauley, and explore the most recent trends, developments, and innovations in the delivery of legal services and how they interplay with the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Plus, 2 hours of additional online CLE of your choosing
Bluebird Cafe
  • A Private In-The-Round Concert at Nashville’s Legendary Bluebird Cafe

  • Two Nights at the Opryland Hotel during their Holiday Extravaganza

  • Technology, the Internet, and the Brave New World of Legal Ethics, featuring the Bar’s own Jim McCauley

VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY: The Bluebird Café can accommodate only 75 for this program.

Join us for the ultimate Experience CLE in the “Music City” of Nashville. Friday evening, the Bluebird Cafe will close to the public to host our group for an intimate evening of music, food, and drink. Concert in the roundThe Bluebird Cafe is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. Typically, three or four songwriters are seated in the center of the room and take turns playing their songs and accompanying each other instrumentally and with harmony vocals. It is an experience that few forget, and one that reflects why Nashville is known as "Music City."

RichardLeighPerforming for us will be Hall of Fame songwriter Richard Leigh (a Virginia native, also featured on the show "Nashville" and writer of Reba McEntire’sThe Greatest Man I Never Knew”, Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, and Billy Dean’sSomewhere in My Broken Heart”), the renowned Tony Arata (who wrote Garth Brooks' mega hit “The Dance”), and the highly acclaimed Leslie Satcher (who penned "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues” for Martina McBride). After the show, these talented singer-songwriters plan to spend some time mingling among us.

In keeping with the musical theme, Jim McCauley's Friday morning live-interactive Ethics CLE will employ musical interludes that will add to the entertainment and educational value of the program, which will explore the most recent trends, developments, and innovations in the delivery of legal services and how they interplay with the Rules of Professional Conduct. How have technology, the Internet, and other market forces created new legal ethics issues for lawyers? How have they challenged bar regulators to reexamine lawyer conduct rules that were written long before the birth of the Internet?

Opryland You will enjoy the finest hospitality on Thursday and Friday nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, just 8 miles from the airport and a short walk to the Grand Ole Opry. This lavish resort is set under glass atriums, offering an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. We’ve timed our program to fall during Opryland's A Country Christmas, a Nashville tradition not to be missed. This year, they are planning for 2.3 million holiday lights, nearly 7,000 giant blocks of colored ice, 15,000 poinsettias, 15 miles of green garland, 10 miles of hand-tied red ribbon, a 48-foot Christmas tree, 2+ million pounds of ice carved by 40 ice artisans from Harbin, China, and 1.5 million pounds of real snow on their snow tubing hill.





  Thursday, December 1
4:00 p.m. Check-in available at Opryland Hotel / Dinner and evening on your own - enjoy Nashville!
  Friday, December 2
10:00 a.m. - noon

Ethics CLE: Technology, the Internet, and the Brave New World of Legal Ethics
James M. McCauley

  1. Competency in Technology (1.1)
  2. New Rules on Protecting Client information and cybersecurity (Rule 1.6)
  3. Recent trends in Internet Advertising and Marketing (Rule 7.1)
  4. Using Social Media in representing clients, traps and pitfalls (Rules 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 8.4)
  5. Non-traditional and non-lawyer service providers, UPL and alternative business structures (Rule 5.4)
  6. Emerging trends in access to legal services, unbundling legal services (Rule 1.2)
  Then, spend the afternoon on your own exploring Nashville, until…
5:30 p.m. Bus leaves Opryland for Bluebird Cafe
6:00 p.m. Open Bar Cocktail Hour
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Concert Begins
9:30 p.m. Early bus departs for Opryland OR After-show mingle
11:00 p.m. Late bus leaves for Opryland for those who want to remain at the Bluebird and mingle and continue to enjoy our Open Bar
  Saturday, December 3
12:00 noon Hotel Check-out



James M. McCauley, Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar / Richmond

James M. McCauley is the Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar where he has been employed for 27 years. Mr. McCauley and his staff write advisory opinions for the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, investigate complaints alleging unauthorized practice of law and provide informal advice over the telephone to members of the bar, bench and general public on lawyer regulatory matters. Mr. McCauley teaches Professional Responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia and served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism from 2008-2011. Mr. McCauley served on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course from 2004-2010. He is a Fellow of the Virginia Law and the American Bar Foundations. Mr. McCauley is a member of the John Marshall Inn of Court in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. McCauley serves on the Board of Directors for Lawyers Helping Lawyers. In his spare time, he plays guitar and sings in local venues in the Richmond, Virginia area and has played in bands throughout most of his life.


Richard LeighRichard Leigh, who has had hits in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, kicked off the 21st century with a Top Ten hit "Cold Day In July", recorded by the Dixie Chicks. More recently, his good friend Billy Dean recorded an entire album of his songs entitled, Billy Dean Sings Richard Leigh, released September 2009. He got his first break in 1976 when Crystal Gayle released "I'll Get Over You", and took it to #1 on Billboard's Country Chart. Two years later, his song "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" went to #1 and was CMA's Song of the Year. To date, Richard Leigh has made fourteen trips to the Top Ten and has written or co-written eight #1 singles: "Somewhere In My Broken Heart", "The Greatest Man I Never Knew", "Come From The Heart", "That's The Thing About Love", "Life's Highway", "Put Your Dreams Away", and the aforementioned "I'll Get Over You" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Learn more at www.richardleigh.com.

Tony ArataTony Arata was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He moved to Nashville in 1986 where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks. Garth recorded seven of Tony's songs and "The Dance" won song of the year at The Academy of Country Music and received both a CMA and a Grammy nomination, as well as most-performed song in Radio and Records magazine. He has also had #1 records with "Here I Am" for Patty Loveless, "I'm Holding My Own" for Lee Roy Parnell, and "Dreaming With My Eyes Open" for Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Delbert McClinton, and Hal Ketchum. Learn more at www.tonyarata.com.

Leslie SatcherLeslie Satcher grew up in Paris, Texas, where she sang in local churches and schools. In 1989, she moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a country music singer, but found a niche writing the songs for notable country music acts like Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, and Reba McEntire. Pam Tillis reached #12 on the country charts in 1998 with Satcher's "I Said A Prayer". In 2002, Martina McBride's performance of Satcher's "When God-Fearin' Women Get The Blues" reached #8. Satcher's 2006 song "Politically Uncorrect", performed by Merle Haggard and Gretchen Wilson, reached #23. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2008, two songs Satcher co-wrote with Monty Holmes, "Troubadour" (which went to #1) and "House of Cash", were recorded by George Strait. Satcher is also an artist in her own right. She has recorded three of her own records, Love Letters, Creation, and Gypsy Boots. Learn more at www.lesliesatcher.com.


Locations, Dates and Fees


  • Two nights (Thursday and Friday) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
  • A private in-the-round concert at the Bluebird Cafe on Friday evening with open bar cocktail hour and a three-course down-home Nashville dinner
  • 4-hours of CLE for one person: two live-interactive ethics credits on Friday morning, plus a coupon for a free two-hour online seminar to be used at your leisure
  • Does not include airfare or hotel transfers, other than bus to Bluebird Cafe on Friday night

$995 regular registration (single occupancy).
$1,295 regular registration, plus guest not attending the seminar (double occupancy).
For two persons sharing one double-occupancy room and both seeking CLE credit, please call 800-979-8253 to register with a pricing accommodation.


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center / Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 3, 2016
(Venue Website / Google Map)
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

A $200 fee will be charged for cancellation requests made after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

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