Young Lawyers Division

The TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is comprised of lawyers in their first five years of practice or under 36 years of age. It is dedicated to serving the professional needs of young lawyers and serving the public as the “service arm of the bar.”

YLD President
Legal Aid Society
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931)528-7436
YLD President Elect
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
PO Box 3740
Kingsport , TN 37664
(423)283-6319
YLD Immediate Past President
Gearhiser Peters Elliott &...
320 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423)756-5171

Memphis Lawyer to Lead YLD in 2017

Memphis lawyer Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2017-2018. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2016 and president in 2017. Baptist, who will be the first African American woman to lead the group, was deemed elected yesterday after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Baptist has been active in the YLD since 2008, serving as the liaison from the Lawyers Association for Women, co-chair of the Diversity Committee for one year and chair of the committee for four years. Under her leadership, the YLD developed the award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute. YLD members will decide several contested races at the group's Annual Meeting June 19 in Memphis.

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Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative Kicks Off

This year’s signature YLD public service project is a series of legal clinics across the state. As envisioned by YLD President Rachel Moses, clinics will be held during the first annual Access to Justice Week – the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area. See a complete list of events online.

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