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
Kindred Healthcare
12107 Locust Lane
Anchorage, KY 40223
YLD Immediate Past President
Gearhiser Peters Elliott &...
320 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423)756-5171
YLD President Elect
Legal Aid Society
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931)528-7436
YLD Vice President & Long Range Planning Committee Chair
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
1212 N. Eastman Rd.
Kingsport , TN 37664
(423)378-8871

Memphis Lawyer Takes Office as YLD President

Memphis lawyer Stacie Winkler took office as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division during the TBA’s convention earlier this month. She succeeds David McDowell of Chattanooga. Winkler, an attorney with Regional One Health, praised McDowell for his leadership over the past year and congratulated him on completion of the Library Education Project. With a last-minute flurry of activity, volunteers completed visits to libraries in all of Tennessee’s counties before McDowell relinquished the gavel.

Also taking office at the division’s annual meeting were President-Elect Rachel Moses with the Legal Aid Society in Cookeville; Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl with Hunter Smith & Davis in Kingsport; Secretary Troy Weston with Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville; and Treasurer Steven King with Ducks Unlimited in Memphis.

New YLD President Stacie Winkler (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to outgoing president David McDowell at the Lawyer's Lunch at the TBA Convention.

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Young Lawyers Recognized for Service

At a dinner and awards ceremony on the last night of the TBA Convention, outgoing YLD President David McDowell recognized several young lawyers with awards for their service to the organization, the profession and the community. Murfreesboro lawyer Aimee Luna, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, received the President’s Award for her exceptional efforts educating Tennessee lawyers and librarians about free legal resources through this year’s YLD public service project. Luna personally visited almost 10 libraries and made additional presentations to several groups of lawyers. She also was honored for seven years of service as District 7 Representative and for her strong support of the Wills for Heroes program.

In addition to receiving the President's Award, Luna was selected as the first place finisher in the YLD's "Paying for Press" Challenge. An initiative of YLD President David McDowell, the challenge encouraged young lawyers to get press coverage of the events, activities and projects they planned. Using his own funds, McDowell pledged to support the charity of the winners' chosing. Luna was able to designate a donation of $500 to her favorite charity.


Outgoing YLD President David McDowell presents the President's Award to Aimee Luna of Murfreesboro.


McDowell presents a check to Luna for her favorite charity.

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