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2 New Vandy Law Grads Named Gideon’s Promise Fellows

Kevin Coker and Sean Dowling, two graduates from Vanderbilt Law’s class of 2018, will serve as Gideon’s Promise Fellows for the next three years. Dowling will be posted at the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office and Coker will serve at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office. The pair will also be a part of the organization’s three-year training program, after which they are expected to take positions as assistant public defenders. Gideon’s Promise is a national organization aimed at training and supporting public defenders to provide equal justice for marginalized communities.
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Tennessee Team Places 3rd in National High School Mock Trial Competition

The team representing Tennessee won third place at the 2018 National High School Mock Trial Competition in Reno, Nevada, this weekend. Maury County’s Agathos Classical School, which took home the top prize at the Tennessee state competition in March, was edged out only by the champion Washington team and runner up Minnesota. 
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YLD Invited Guest News for April 2018

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as a funded but non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association.  See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –  The Association for Woman Attorneys (AWA) has some exciting events coming up. First, on May 9 the AWA is having a meeting on “Circuit Civil Procedure & Practice Tips” at the University of Memphis Law School from 12 to 1 p.m. Aldo's pizza, cookies, and soft drinks will be provided. Speakers include Judge Robert Weiss, Judge Valerie Smith and Judge David Rudolph. You can register online at www.awamemphis.org/cle or by email (amy@astepaheadfoundation.org). For more details, please see our flyer on the AWA Facebook page.
 
On May 12, the AWA is sponsoring the MBA Access to Justice – Saturday Legal Clinic. As always, help is needed and pro bono hours will be given. 
 
Next, the annual "Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament" will be held on June 1 at The Links at Galloway with a shotgun start of 1 p.m. There is a $100 entry fee which includes lunch, a t-shirt, a goody bag, a raffle entry and many chances to win prizes. This year's golf tournament will benefit the AWA Foundation and Girls Inc. For more information and for sponsorship opportunities, please check out our golf tournament webpage or contact Mary Morgan Whitfield.
 
Finally, although several months out, the AWA's annual Judicial Reception will be held on Dec. 4. Save the date now, and more details to come at a later date. For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – The group’s next meeting will be May 16. For more information about the group, contact Loretta Cravens or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, 731-423-5805.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The group recently had a successful networking event and its annual meeting this past month.  For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – NBA S.L. Hutchins is partnering with the Chattanooga Legal Diversity Consortium and has selected 5 1Ls from around the country complete a summer fellowship in Chattanooga. An official press release is forthcoming.  information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – Please join SETLAW for its next meeting on June 27 at the Hamilton County Courthouse Jury Selection Room, from 11:30- 1 p.m.  Local judges from Chattanooga and the surrounding areas will present to the group.
 
Save the Date for SETLAW’s next social happy hour event set for July 26 at Virgola beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information about SETLAW, contact Lauren Sherrell, or email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) hosted its annual Empowerment Conference this past month. For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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YLD Affiliate News for April 2018

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA YLD Spring Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, from May 10-12. Registration is available online now. 
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD has a new president, Sarah Miracle, for the upcoming bar year. For more information email Sarah or call 865-705-7011.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours to promote the YLD and encourage networking with other young attorneys. The YLD’s next Social is tentatively set for June 1.
 
On Cinco de Mayo (May 5), volunteers from the YLD, along with volunteers from the Chattanooga Bar Association and La Paz Chattanooga, will participate in the Latin Festival hosted by Chattanooga State Community College’s Outreach Office, which is a free community celebration with event proceeds going to Chattanooga State Foundation’s Latino Scholarship Fund and the Chattanooga State’s Bridges to Success programs. The Festival will feature traditional folkloric dance and musical performances by local artists and regional performers, a parade of nations, an authentic food court, a pavilion of faith, a Latino-American soccer tournament, a visual artists’ showcase, a Hispanic Heritage Fashion Show, and plenty of family fun. Additionally, from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., volunteer attorneys will present free information sessions on various areas of the law, including immigration law, family law, employment law, landlord/tenant law, and personal injury law. Volunteer attorneys and interpreters will also be available for consultations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Drew Reynolds.
 
For more information about the group contact President Drew Reynolds, (423) 756-7000, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m., where the Barristers’ and their volunteers serve breakfast to individuals participating in the services of the Volunteer Ministry Center.  The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here
 
Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou, 807 South Gay Street.  The next meeting will be held on May 9.  
 
The next Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic will be on June 2 at CrossWalk Community Church, located at 2131 E. Gov John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920.  If you are interested in signing up for the Legal Advice Clinic, please register on the KBA’s website.
 
Can you donate a couple of hours of your time to assist area service members and military families? The Knoxville Barristers sponsor a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 2p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. The next Veterans Legal Clinic is scheduled for noon on May 9. If you are interested in signing up for the Veterans Clinic, you can do so on the KBA’s website.
 
Please join us for the Barristers and KBA Happy/Social Hour on May 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Balter Beer Works, located at 100 S. Broadway. Balter Beer Works is a great local brewery with great beer and food. Come out, have a drink and socialize with your friends and colleagues!
 
There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Mitchell Panter for more information. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD Basketball league is off and running.  Stay tuned for more updates from the League.
 
The MBA YLD recently hosted a successful Legal Lines event.  Save the Date for the YLD’s Golf Tournament to be held September 21 at the Links at Galloway in Memphis.Stay tuned for more fun times coming — more happy hours and events coming. For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Mary Wu Tullis or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD — For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – The group recently held its Annual LogicForce Race Judicata 5k and 10k race with proceeds benefitting two local charities. On May 3, the NBA YLD is co-sponsoring a social happy hour with the Napier-Looby Bar Association in the Beer Garden at Martin’s Bar-B-Q Joint downtown beginning at 5:30 p.m. You can register here.
 
On May 23, in partnership with the Arts & Business Council, the NBA Young Lawyers Division will host Arts Immersion, a fundraiser for the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts Program, at Fort Houston. For more information and to buy tickets, click here
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact President Tera Rica Murdock or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD –The group recently held its Annual WYLD Arrington Vineyards Networking Event.  Stay tune for more events this summer. For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.
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Turn Your Expertise into a Magazine Article

 
Have you considered turning your expertise and experience into an article for the Tennessee Bar Journal? Sharing your knowledge with colleagues is one of the best ways to help the profession while also getting your name out there.
 
How can you become a Journal author? Think of and refine your topic. It should be of interest to Tennessee lawyers, which is a broad criteria. This could mean you might explain a new state law, explain a complicated area of law, or take a larger issue and connect it to what it means for Tennessee attorneys and the justice system. Find a global issue within your particular experience or knowledge and tell about it and how it affects Tennessee law. Then take a look at the writer’s guidelines, which will tell you about length, notes and other details. Once it’s in the proper format, send it in! It goes to the editor, Suzanne Craig Robertson, who will then get it to the seven members of the Editorial Board for review.
 
If you are published, you may apply for CLE credit for your work under Supreme Court Rule 21 Section 4.07(b). For details on claiming the credit, check with the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.
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Save the Date: ABA 2018 Paris Sessions

The ABA 2018 Paris Sessions will be June 7-10 at Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel in Paris, France. More information can be found here.
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ABA YLD Spring Conference 2018 in Louisville

Looking to expand your knowledge and contacts? Register for the ABA YLD Spring Conference, May 10-12 in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. You can find more information here.
 
 
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Register for TBA Annual Convention in Memphis

Registration is now open for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Annual Convention in Memphis, June 13-16, at the Peabody Hotel. One highlight of the largest annual gathering of the Tennessee legal community will be a gubernatorial forum featuring candidates for the state’s highest executive office addressing issues of interest to the legal profession. Click here to learn more or register now.

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April 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight- Gary S. Peeples

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. For the month of April, the YLD is highlighting Gary S. Peeples.

 
Gary Peeples practices civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law at Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC in Memphis.
 
Peeples, originally from Thomasboro, Illinois (a farm town in downstate Illinois of approximately 1,000 people), earned a B.A. in Linguistics and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After working (very) briefly as a librarian at an engineering library, he attended Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served as an Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and received the top grade in several law school classes. Peeples graduated from law school in 2010, and his first job out of law school was working as a law clerk for Judge Jon P. McCalla, who at that time was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. After finishing his year with Judge McCalla, Peeples achieved his lifelong dream of being measured solely by billable hours at one of the world’s largest law firms in Chicago. 
 
Peeples missed Memphis and, more generally, Tennessee, so he moved back and served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit during the 2013-2014 term. He joined Burch, Porter & Johnson as an associate in 2014 and has been practicing there ever since. Among other things, Peeples has defended companies large and small in federal and state court.
 
Peeples has been involved in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court as a Barrister member and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is currently a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2018. Peeples has written extensively on labor and employment matters and frequently presents on those issues. He is proud to have introduced (now retired) Judge Richard Posner to Judge Gilman’s writing rules. 
 
On a personal note, Peeples enjoys playing basketball, pretending to be an academic, and helping charter schools. 
  
Please join us in congratulating Gary Peeples as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
 
Please send nominations for the May 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.

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TBA YLD Continues to Host Successful Workshops, Clinics, Service Projects

The YLD will continue hosting various clinics and volunteer events this upcoming year. Here are some events coming up in May:
 
On May 19, there will be a Wills for Heroes Clinic in Williamson County, at the Franklin Police Department Community Room, beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux. Click here for more information. 
 
On May 24, there will be a Family Defense Workshop in Columbia, sponsored by the TBA YLD and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 3019 Cayce Lane, in Columbia from 6 to 8:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux.
 
Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer.
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Volunteers Needed to Help with FEMA Issues in American Samoa

The ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Team anticipates potentially three to four thousand appealable issues. There is only one legal aid agency on the island, and it is staffed with two full-time attorneys and one paralegal, which was operating near capacity prior to the disaster. The private bar is also very small, with less than a dozen private attorneys on the island who could take cases. Without your help, most of the people with FEMA issues in American Samoa will not have access to legal assistance.  
 
Please volunteer by signing up here or contacting Linda Anderson at landerson@bals.org
 
If you're not sold on volunteering yet, here are some other points to consider: 
  • We have a coordinator stateside and a local paralegal in American Samoa to help manage the casework.
  • American Samoa is a few hours behind the states, (seven hours behind Eastern) so if you set aside some time in the afternoon/evening, you'll be corresponding during the normal workday in American Samoa.
  • Many of the Appeals are not complicated, and may only require a relatively straightforward response to FEMA.
  • Training/mentorship/templates are available. 
  • You don't need to have any prior experience in this area.
Did you know - American Samoa yields the highest rate of military enlistment of ANY U.S. State or Territory per capita. Let's honor that commitment by helping American Samoa in its time of need. 
 
You may contact Terica Smith for more information.
 
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February Bar Exam Results Released

Results from the February 2018 Tennessee Bar Exam are now available. See the complete list of successful applicants on the TBA.org website. Nearly 100 fewer applicants took the test in February than in 2017 — 378 vs. 281. Most of those taking the test this February are not taking it for the first time. Overall, 100, or 35.6 percent, passed this year.

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Bar Leaders Meet in Washington D.C. for ABA Day on the Hill

TBA YLD President Ahsaki Baptist, TBA President Lucian Pera and other bar leaders in Washington D.C. meet with Tennessee House and Senate members for ABA Day on the Hill.

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TBA 2018 Public Service Luncheon Honors Four for Pro Bono Work

The TBA's Annual Public Service Luncheon was held earlier this month at the downtown Nashville DoubleTree Hotel. This year's honorees were Daniel Horwitz (the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award), Mary Michelle Gillum (the Ashley Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year), and Alexa Spata (the Law Student Volunteer of the Year). A special award, the Access to Justice Champion Award, was presented to TBA Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur, in acknowledgement of his accomplishments as a bar leader and as a leader in the access to justice community.

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Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery 2018

You can't win a trial at the discovery phase, but you certainly can lose one. This CLE, scheduled for April 20 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville, is designed to help you avoid that outcome by addressing intermediate and advanced discovery techniques and topics including matters of e-discovery. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the discovery process in the context of family law, general civil, and criminal matters and its effective use at trial.

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Volunteers Needed for Monroe County Expungement Clinic

Vet to Vet Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law will host a free expungement clinic in Madisonville on April 21 and are seeking attorney volunteers to help out. The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville and aims to help residents in Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties. To sign up to volunteer or ask a question, contact Troy Weston.
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Power Hour for New Lawyers

This one-hour session is jam packed with practical advice you did not learn in law school. Attorney Tommy Santel will get real on what has worked, what hasn’t worked and offer best practices for new lawyers.
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March 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Robert L. Sands

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. For the month of March, the YLD is highlighting Robert L. Sands.

Robert “Rob” L. Sands, a Columbia native, practices civil litigation at Dix & Associates, PLLC, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Sands, the Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division (TBA YLD), hosted the successful 2018 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition earlier this month.
 
Sands earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007. He then went on to attend the University of Memphis School of Law, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Best Oral Advocate and was a member of the Moot Court Board. After graduating law school in 2010, Sands then served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable J. Mark Rogers, Circuit Court Judge serving Rutherford and Cannon counties. 
 
Since entering private practice, Sands has been involved in the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and Young Lawyers’ Division, and the Andrew Jackson American Inns of Court, among other activities.  Sands is also a member of the Blue Raider Athletic Association and is a Board Member of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. He’s been involved with the TBA YLD’s Mock Trial program since 2012.
 
On a personal note, Sands is no stranger to the law as his father, Bobby Sands, is a General Sessions Court Judge in Maury County. He enjoys spending his free time with his two children, ages 4 and 1. 
 
Please join us in congratulating Robert L. Sands as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
 
Please send nominations for the April 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.
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Save the Date: ABA 2018 Paris Sessions

The ABA 2018 Paris Sessions will be June 7-10 at Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel in Paris, France. More information can be found here.

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Registration Now Open for ABA YLD Spring Conference 2018 in Louisville

Looking to expand your knowledge and contacts? Register for the ABA YLD Spring Conference, May 10-12,  in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky.
 
 

Register Now for TBA Annual Convention in Memphis

Registration is now open for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Annual Convention in Memphis, June 13-16, at the Peabody Hotel. One highlight of the largest annual gathering of the Tennessee legal community will be a gubernatorial forum featuring candidates for the state’s highest executive office addressing issues of interest to the legal profession. Learn more or register now.


YLD CLE Opportunities in April

The latest CLE programming from the YLD will be presented in both Knoxville and Nashville this month — Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery.

You can't win a trial at the discovery phase, but you certainly can lose one. This CLE is designed to avoid that outcome by addressing intermediate and advanced discovery techniques and topics including matters of ediscovery. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the discovery process in the context of family law, general civil, and criminal matters and its effective use at trial.

April 5 in Nashville, Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery

April 13 in  Knoxville, Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery

SAVE MONEY: Use the prepaid CLE credits that come with your TBA Complete Membership and save money on this course.

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TBA YLD Continues to Host Successful Workshops, Clinics, Service Projects

The YLD will continue hosting various clinics and volunteer events this upcoming year. Here are some events coming up in April:
 
On April 12 there will be a Family Defense Workshop in Shelbyville, sponsored by the TBA YLD and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. JIRECH, 519 Madison Street, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux.

The YLD hosts Wills for Heroes clinics around the state to provide free wills, powers of attorney and advance directives for Tennessee's firefighters, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders. The Wills for Heroes program started shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks as a way to give back to first responders in need of estate planning services. Since its inception in Tennessee, Wills for Heroes has served several thousand heroes and their families. Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer. 


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Applications Open for ABA YLD Scholarship

Have you ever wanted to become active in the ABA YLD but you were not sure where to start? Well, here is a great opportunity! The ABA has a YLD Scholarship Program designed to encourage the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division. Priority will be given to those applicants who express a desire to become actively involved with the Division and require financial assistance.
 
You can learn more about the program and also apply at this link.
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TBA Young Lawyers Division Recognized in The Affiliate

The Tennessee Bar Association YLD was selected nationwide as the Affiliate Star of this Quarter for the YLD’s Expungement Clinic Project. The group was recognized at the YLD Council meeting in Vancouver during the ABA Midyear meeting and the group was also featured in the February edition of The Affiliate, the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s digital publication, which can be found here.

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