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
YLD President Elect
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
PO Box 3740
Kingsport , TN 37664
YLD Immediate Past President
Gearhiser Peters Elliott &...
320 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
YLD Vice President & Long Range Planning Committee Chair
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Dr Ste 800
Memphis, TN 38120

Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial 2016

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial committee is now accepting RSVPs for volunteers for this year’s state high school mock trial competition. The tournament will take place over four rounds on March 18-19, with a final championship round on Saturday evening.
Volunteers needed include attorneys for scoring rounds, judges who can serve as presiding judges and law students, paralegals and other legal staff that can serve as bailiffs. Signup now.
District competitions will take place over the coming weeks. Here's a list of district coordinators.
Each year the Tennessee Bar Association runs the tournament, which sees the best and brightest students from schools all over the state come to compete. This year’s problem is a civil case that concerns a destroyed horse trailer. Find more information.

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YLD Election Petitions Due Feb. 15

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until Feb. 15 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Troy Weston. Positions open for the 2016-2017 bar year include the following:
Vice President (must be from the Middle Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2018-2019)
East Tennessee Governor
Middle Tennessee Governor
West Tennessee Governor
Even-numbered District Representatives:
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier, Union counties
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane counties
District 6: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, White counties
District 8: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson counties
District 10: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart counties
District 12: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Weakley counties
District 14: Shelby County
This year, for the first time, candidates for Executive Committee positions must complete a nominating petition signed by at least 25 TBA members who are in good standing. These positions include: vice president, secretary, treasurer and the three grand division governors. Candidates for district representative seats may file the standard nomination petition.
Ballots will also be submitted electronically this year. For more details about the electronic voting process, see the TBA website.
For all YLD positions, candidates must be members of the division at the time of their nomination. Petitions should be submitted to Weston by email no later than Feb. 15, 2016, Questions about the election should be directed to Weston by email or phone, (865) 544-2010. 
Read the full election notice and download nominating petitions or visit the YLD’s election webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.
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Young Lawyers Division Events

2016 Election Petitions Due Feb. 15

Event Types: 
Monday, February 15, 2016 (All day)

The filing deadline for election petitions for YLD Offices are due Feb. 15. Information about offices and downloadable petitions are available here.