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TBA’s First Mentoring Class Kicks Off Today

The first class of the TBA Mentoring Program kicked off today. Those participating in the program will engage in a formal mentoring relationship for one year. Mentors and mentees will meet face-to-face at least once a month during the year and will cover a variety of curriculum topics. The program, which was launched in January, is open to TBA members in their first three years of practice. Mentors must have at least eight years of legal practice experience. TBA members interested in participating in the next class should visit the TBA’s mentoring website for more information and application materials. The site also includes links to other mentoring programs across the state for lawyers. Questions about the program should be directed to Mentoring Coordinator Christy Gibson, (615) 383-7421.

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TBA Launches Mentoring Program for New Lawyers

The TBA today launched a new mentoring program designed to respond to the growing trend of newly admitted lawyers opening solo practices. Beginning now, and running through Jan. 3, 2014, TBA members in their first three years of law practice may apply to be matched with a mentor. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year -- beginning in February -- with a requirement that mentors and mentees meet face-to-face at least once a month. Participants will be able to choose one of two tracks: a track that offers up to seven hours of CLE credit or one that will not include CLE. Participants will choose from a variety of curriculum topics, materials for which will be available on the TBA website. In addition to seeking mentees, the TBA is recruiting attorneys with at least eight years of legal practice experience to serve as mentors.

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Incubator Will Assist Young Lawyers in Memphis

The University of Memphis School of Law, in partnership with the Memphis Bar Association and the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has launched a new solo practioner incubator program for young lawyers. ESQ.BUILD, as it is known, is designed for attorneys in their first three years of practice. The idea of the program is not only to teach lawyers how to practice law, but also how to manage a law office. Program organizers say participants will have access to reduced price office space, mentoring and a range of logistical services. Participation will be limited to no more than 10 lawyers, who will be required to handle pro bono cases and donate a certain number of hours of service to the bar association in exchange for the opportunity. The Memphis Daily News reported the story.

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Minority Law Student Reception to Offer New Buddy Program

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), the University of Tennessee College of Law and the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law invite area lawyers and law students to their annual Minority Law Student Reception. The event will take place Sept. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Southern Depot, 318 W. Depot Ave. Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Judge Eastern District of Tennessee, will be the guest speaker. The KBA also announced a “Buddy Match Program” to pair practicing lawyers with minority law students who plan to attend. To participate in the Buddy Program RSVP to (865) 522-6522 by Sept. 15. Others should respond by Sept. 19.

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New Mentoring Resources From TBA Task Force

The TBA Mentoring Task Force has worked intensively to find all attorney-mentoring programs in Tennessee and compile a list to assist lawyers in locating a mentor. This information is on the TBA’s website so that members can now access this information at any time. The list of mentoring programs has been divided by Judicial Districts and counties within those districts for ease of reference.

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