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 Immediate Past President
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
PO Box 3740
Kingsport, TN 37664
YLD President
FedEx Express
3620 Hacks Cross Road
Memphis, TN 38125
YLD President Elect
Barker Nashville, PLLC
P.O. Box 128167
Nashville, TN 37212
YLD Vice President & Long Range Planning Committee Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901

YLD Holds Annual Meeting, Baptist Assumes Office at TBA Convention


YLD President-Elect Ahsaki Baptist took over the office of President at the annual TBA Convention, during which she was passed the official gavel of the presidency by outgoing president Rachel Mancl.

Baptist held her second round of board meetings on June 17. Her first meetings were held during the YLD's spring planning session in April.

The YLD held its annual meeting on June 16, which all young lawyer members of the TBA were invited to attend. At the Annual Meeting, the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association voted in favor of recommending the TBA Board of Governors to adopt the June 5, 2017 Resolution and Report submitted to them by the TBA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility regarding Adoption of an Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Ethics Rule, which resolution and report is attached as Exhibit 1 and is expressly incorporated as if fully stated herein.

In addition to Baptist taking office as President, Christian Barker assumed the office of President-Elect, Troy Weston officially became the Vice President and John Wilks took over as the new Secretary. Ashley Holliday will remain as Treasurer for another year, and Rachel Mancl will move on to be the Immediate Past President.

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June 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight

Rachel Ralston Mancl


This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight.

The first Attorney Spotlight for the 2017-2018 Bar Year is Rachel Ralston Mancl.

Rachel has been involved on the YLD Board for 7 years serving in many different leadership positions including starting on the Board's Mock Trial Committee, then being elected District 1 Representative, and being elected YLD Vice President in 2014.  She is now the immediate YLD Past President. Rachel has provided excellent leadership and poise over the past year and the YLD is a better group because of her many contributions. 
Rachel currently is a Partner at her law firm of Hunter Smith Davis LLP in Johnson City where she concentrates on estate planning and administration, corporate and estate litigation, transactional law, bankruptcy, foreclosure and creditors' rights. In addition to her service for the TBA YLD, Rachel also has served as Vice President of the Kingsport Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (TLAW), and she has served in many other leadership and philanthropic roles in the community. Rachel graduated college from East Tennessee State University in 2002 and obtained both her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 2007. After law school, before joining her Firm, Rachel also was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Marcia Phillips Parsons, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
A fun fact about Rachel is that she's a member of MENSA. Rachel is married to her husband, Scott, a full-time engineer and business owner and part-time musician, and has 1 son, Crosby, and another child on the way soon!
Please send nominations for the July 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight to Justin Faith.
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