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
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
PO Box 3740
Kingsport, TN 37664
YLD President Elect
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Dr Ste 800
Memphis, TN 38120
YLD Vice President & Long Range Planning Committee Chair
Barker Nashville, PLLC
P.O. Box 128167
Nashville, TN 37212
YLD Immediate Past President
Legal Aid Society
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501

YLD Elects Barker for Vice President


The Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association has elected a new vice president to serve for the 2016-2017 bar year. Christian Barker, of Barker Nashville PLLC, was voted the winner, and will go on to serve as the eventual president of the Young Lawyers Division during the 2018-2019 bar year.
Barker has been an active member of the TBA YLD board, serving as the division’s Public Service Committee Chair for the 2015-2016 bar year. His practice is in entertainment, copyright and trademark law.
For the first time, the election was held via electronic ballot, to make voting more accessible to all young lawyers in the TBA.
Barker's bio:
A future-oriented music industry professional possessing a comprehensive business and legal acumen, Christian Barker is a practicing attorney with Barker Nashville PLLC, the Nashville-based entertainment, copyright and trademark law firm he founded in 2012. 
"Empowered by strategic and deliberate planning rooted in the importance of developing strong interpersonal organizational relationships, I feel a calling to bring a more casual, goal-oriented, creative viewpoint to the next four years that will hopefully 1) drive increased TBA membership amongst young lawyers, 2) discover new ways to serve citizens of the state, and 3) bring a camaraderie to the division that will encourage networking and collaboration amongst young lawyers across the state so that we may rise in success in the profession together."
Affluent in the dynamics of using strengths-based leadership to influence and inspire, Christian has served the Young Lawyers Division as Mock Trial volunteer in 2012, Mock Trial Committee member in 2013 (writing the entertainment-related copyright infringement problem), vice chair of the Public Service Committee in 2014, and chair of the Public Service Committee in 2015. Throughout this experience, he's continued to excel at the maximization of existing infrastructure and balancing numerous project-based initiatives simultaneously.  
In addition to his main practice, Christian is also co-founder and current co-owner of three music industry start-ups: Capri Nashville, an artist management firm representing American Idol's Matt Giraud; Tour Solutions & Agency, a national talent agency for touring musicians; and the Surviving the Music Industry Podcast, which is set to begin nationwide distribution in May 2016. Outside of Nashville, Christian regularly provides court-appointed guardian ad litem and criminal defense representation to clients in rural Marshall County, Tennessee and serves as adjunct professor of Business Administration and Music Business at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee.
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YLD Names New Officers for 2016-2017 Bar Year

Petitions for YLD officer positions were due on February 15. While the election for Vice President will be contested, the remaining positions were filled via unopposed candidates. Pursuant to the YLD bylaws, individuals who remain unopposed following the deadline for submission of nominating petitions are deemed elected. Joshua Dougan was named the new secretary of the YLD, Troy Weston named East Tennessee Governor and Nina Kumar named Middle Tennessee Governor. Ashley Holliday and Nicole Grida will retain their roles as treasurer and West Tennessee Governor, respectively.
In addition, seven district representative positions were up for election, and six were elected without opposition: Amanda Howard will become the new District 2 Representative, Sonia Jennings Boss will be the new District 8 Representative, and Emily Petro, Tessa Lawson, Jamie Durrett and Chasity Sharp Grice will reprise their roles as representatives of Districts 4, 6, 10 and 14. 
As no young lawyer filed a petition to become the District 12 Representative, the Executive Committee will make nominations for this seat by March 15. If you are interested in serving as District 12 representative, please contact Rachel Ralston Mancl at
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