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
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 Immediate Past President
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
PO Box 3740
Kingsport, TN 37664

Tennessee Young Lawyer Honored Nationally

Each year, the American Bar Association YLD selects The Annual On the Rise: Top 40 Young Lawyers. The ABA YLD describes this list as “provid[ing] national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.” 
This year, TBA YLD Public Service Chair, Amber Floyd of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP was selected for her service to the legal profession and community. 
You can find a list of all the honorees here.
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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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