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TBA Hiring: Young Lawyers Division/Public Education Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association is seeking to fill the position of Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. This position facilitates and coordinates meetings, projects and activities of TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Public Education Committee and related initiatives. Learn more about the position, including how to apply and the qualifications for candidates, or contact TBA Programs Director Skip Rudsenske for more information.

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Join the YLD for a Transactional Practice CLE

 
The TBA will be offering a Transactional Practice CLE on October 27 in Nashville and Memphis.This six-hour seminar will provide lawyers with the information, tools, and tips needed to successfully handle transactional, business and probate matters. Specifically, the course will offer practical approaches to handling mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and title concerns. 
 
For more information, contact TBA CLE Coordinator Abby Phillips
 

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YLD Invited Guest News for July 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and 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 has several exciting events coming up this fall.  The group will be discussing Employment Law issues on September 28, 2017, at the A Step Ahead Foundation. The group will be participating in a "Women in Law and Leadership Conference" on October 13, 2017.  Please contact Eileen Kuo if you are interested or have questions for these events.  
 
Save the Date for our annual golf tournament, the "Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament," which will be held on October 20, 2017, at The Links at Galloway with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.  There will be great prizes, so everyone should attend.  Please contact Lisa Gill for questions or sponsorship inquiries.  Finally, the AWA’s annual Judicial Reception will be held on December 5, 2017.  Please contact Ashley Martin for more details.
 
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 met with Representative Andrew Farmer to discuss the General Assembly’s last session in July. For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The group’s August Membership Meeting will be held on August 16 at 11:15 a.m. at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN.  The group will be discussing immigration issues. 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 – The NBA S.L. Hutchins is planning its 2nd annual Law Camp to introduce diverse high school students to the legal profession. The camp will take place in October. If anyone is interest in assisting with the camp, please contact Ariel Anthony. 
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW presents War Stories on August 24th.  Join SETLAW for the return of War Stories. War Stories will be hosted by Lawrence & Lawrence law firm, in Chattanooga, Tennessee starting on August 24 at 4:00 p.m. 
 
Marcy Eason of Miller and Martin has been selected as SETLAW's 2017 Lioness of the Bar. Marcy Eason will be honored at the annual Lioness of the Bar event on September 28th in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  More details to come!
 
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) – 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 July 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The next ABA meeting will be the ABA’s Annual Meeting on August 10-13 in New York, NY. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon. For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The YLD recently had a successful Coffee Talks with the Hamilton County Circuit Court judges on July 13.  The CBA YLD will be partnering with the Urban League of Chattanooga to host another Non-Conviction Expungement Clinic on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37403.  The group’s next social Happy Hour is scheduled for August 11 at Stir.For more information about the group contact

President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD –The Jackson Madison County Bar Association recently elected Christie Hopper as the group’s President.  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. 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 5:00 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street).  
 
The Barristers recently hosted their annual summer party at the historic Westwood House.

This year’s charity golf tournament will take place at Holston Hills Country Club on October 30, 2017.  We are currently seeking sponsors for the event. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs, Luke Ihnen or Jeremey Goolsby.

There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Samantha Parris or Vice President Mitchell Panter for more information. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD recently hosted a successful Big Lebowski themed Bowling Night with all proceeds going to Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS).

Please join us on Friday, September 22 at The Links at Galloway for the annual MBA YLD Golf Tournament. Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. with the proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis. The cost is $80 per person or $300 per four person team.  You can register and pay online. If you have any questions, please contact either Jonathan Lindsey or Greg Allen.
 
Please be on the lookout for upcoming events this summer and fall.For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson 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 NBA Young Lawyers Division recently hosted the 20th Annual YLD Carbolic Smoke Ball at The Valentine Nashville. Named after the infamous Cargill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. case, this is the YLD’s annual cocktail and dance party fundraiser with proceeds this year going to benefit the Nashville Children’s Alliance and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The NBA YLD will be hosting its 5th Annual Brews for Backpacks on August 10 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Craft Brewed Nashville. RSVP online.

For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, 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 –   For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Save the Date for UT College of Law Legal Clinic

Make plans now to join the University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic for it's 70th anniversary. This year's legal clinic will honor those who have served the Legal Clinic as students, staff, and faculty and pay tribute to their 70 year legacy of legal representation. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 from
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Location: The Emporium. 100 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
 

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July 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight

Kathleen Grace Stranch

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 July the YLD is highlighting Kathleen Grace Stranch. 

 
Grace is currently an associate at the law firm of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings PLLC in Nashville where she practices in general litigation, public utilities and municipalities, and labor & employment, among other areas of the law.  Grace has been and continues to be a tireless advocate and community organizer.  She is a graduate of Rhodes College and is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Grace was very active in law school, including being a founder and President of the American Constitution Society as well as serving as President of the Environmental Law Organization. She was sworn into the bar in November 2014. Grace is currently a board member of United Mountain Defense where she helps organize the annual Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Conference (APIEL).  She has been honored for her pro bono work and is an active member in various organizations and the bar.
 
On a personal note, Grace is married to Anthony Stachowiak, who is completing an additional degree in environmental engineering.  Grace is no stranger to the legal field as she comes from a family full of attorneys – she has the very unique opportunity to practice law with her father and her brother, and her mother serves as a Federal Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
 
Please send nominations for the July 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight to Justin Faith.
 
 

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ABA YLD Award Nominations Open

The ABA YLD is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 William Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. It recognizes an ABA young lawyer in good standing who exhibits: professional excellence; service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and/or a reputation for or the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. The nomination deadline is August 31.

 

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Attorney Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Expungement Clinics

The TBA YLD has continued to further the Division's public service initiative by hosting Family Defense Workshops (Power of Attorney Clinics) and Expungement Clinics throughout the state this month. These events are always in need of attorney volunteers to assist. See below for upcoming events, and follow the YLD on Facebook for more opportunities to volunteer as they come available. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering or for more information about future opportunities, please contact Amber Floyd via email or phone at (901) 537-1054.
  
Henry County Expungement Clinic
Date: August 12
Time: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Henry County Courthouse, 101 E Washington St #100 Paris, TN 38242
 
Chattanooga Expungement Clinic
Date: August 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37403
More Information:
This clinic is for non-conviction expungements only (i.e. dismissed charges, retired cases, NPs). While it may not clear your criminal record entirely, non-conviction expungements can help clean up an arrest record tremendously. You can also get information about whether you qualify for a conviction expungement. The clinic will also host two indigency dockets for waiver of General Sessions and Criminal Court court costs and fees for individuals declared indigent (i.e. not able to pay). You should bring financial information such as your last two pay stubs, tax returns, government benefit letters, etc. to present to the judge.Pre-registration will be available for this clinic and highly recommended. Pre-registered appointments are guaranteed to be seen. Walk-in cases will be taken in first-come, first-serve, but only if time permits. Please contact Sheila Ortiz via email or 423-756-8400 Ext. 247 to schedule an appointment.

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TBA YLD Board Member Receives 2017 Access to Justice Award

Last week The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) announced the winners of its 2017 Access to Justice Awards. Among the winners, TBA YLD Treasurer, Ashley Holliday of West Tennessee Legal Services was selected as a B. Riney Green Award Recipient. TALS recognized Ashley for her collaborations across the state, including work with the Housing & Consumer Task Force, as well as her participation in statewide technology projects. The honorees will be celebrated during TALS’ Equal Justice University Conference Aug. 30 in Murfreesboro. 

 

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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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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinics in Memphis, Paris

The TBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking attorney volunteers to assist with two upcoming expungement clinics. The first takes place on July 29 at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church, 123 South Pkwy W. in Memphis. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The second will be on Aug. 12 at the Henry County Courthouse, 101 E Washington St #100 in Paris, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in volunteering or who want to find out about future opportunities should contact TBA YLD Public Service Chair Amber Floyd.

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Is Health Law Right for You? CLE Series Offers Answers

Curious about health law as a practice area? Two upcoming TBA CLEs offer insights into this area of the law and what a health law practice involves. Come for the program and stay for the following social events, which are set for Aug. 24 in Nashville and Aug. 31 in Knoxville
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July TBJ: Mentors, Annuities and the Challenges of Change

Covington lawyer Amber Griffin Shaw writes about how having a mentor in Houston Gordon made all the difference in her law practice. Read her story — and his advice — in the July Tennessee Bar Journal. Knoxville lawyer Glen A. Kyle writes about planning options for spousal annuities. President Lucian T. Pera writes about the challenges of change – whether it be in the changing of leadership at the helm of the TBA, the need for improvements in indigent defense for Tennessee’s least-privileged citizens, or how lawyers respond to the dramatic changes “facing not just the profession or the business of lawyers, but the whole market for the delivery of legal services.”

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YLD Affiliate News for June 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The next ABA meeting will be the ABA’s Annual Meeting on August 10-13 in New York, NY. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon. For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The YLD held a pre-party for Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Pro Bono Night earlier this month.  The YLD’s next Coffee Talks will be with the Hamilton County Circuit Court judges on July 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the Camp House.  The CBA YLD will be participating in another Power of Attorney clinic on July 18, and plans to do another Expungement Clinic on August 26.

For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact Christie Hopper or 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. 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 5:00 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street).  The next meeting is July 12 at 5:00 p.m.
 
The Barristers will be hosting their annual summer party at the historic Westwood House, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.  The party takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017.  Summer law clerks and guests are welcome to attend.  Tickets can be purchased on the KBA’s website and are available at the reduced price of $15 per person until July 14, at which point the price increases to $20 per person.

This year’s charity golf tournament will take place at Holston Hills Country Club on October 30, 2017.  We are currently seeking sponsors for the event. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs, Luke Ihnen or Jeremey Goolsby.

There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Samantha Parris or Vice President Mitchell Panter for more information. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  Put on your bowling shoes and join us for a Big Lebowski themed Bowling Night on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes.  A $10 entry fee will get you food, drinks, and bowling, with all proceeds going to Memphis Area Legal Services. Please contact Natalie Bursi to register. We hope to see you there!

Please be on the lookout for upcoming events this summer.  Also, please save the date for the annual MBA YLD golf tournament on September 22, 2017 at the Galloway Golf Course.

For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson 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 NBA Young Lawyers Division invites all NBA members and local bar applicants to take a break from studying and have a drink on us at Jackalope Brewing Company on July 6 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, 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 WCBA YLD will be having a social in July. For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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YLD Invited Guest News for June 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and 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) –   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) – Please join us Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA for ETLAW’s next Monthly Meeting where the group will get a legislative update presented by Senator Doug Overbey.
 
For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – 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 – The NBA S.L. Hutchins is planning its 2nd annual Law Camp to introduce diverse high school students to the legal profession. The camp will take place in October. If anyone is interest in assisting with the camp, please contact Ariel Anthony. '
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – The group will host its next Lunch and Learn on July 27 at Public House
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) – 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 Honors Annual Award Recipients

The TBA Young Lawyers Division held its annual board dinner in conjunction with the TBA Convention on June 16, at the Eastman Lodge in Kingsport. 
 
As her last task as TBA YLD President, Rachel Mancl delivered the annual awards. Those included the Stars of the Quarter for the third and fourth quarters of the bar year. Recipients included Terica Smith, Curt Collins, Joshua Dougan, Kristen Corn, Rob Sands, Nicole Grida, Brandon Whiteley, Brittany Faith, Justin Faith, Nina Kumar, John Rice, Kortney Simmons, Troy Weston, Kati Goodner, I'Ashea Myles-Dihigo, and Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux. 
 
The Public Service Project Award for 2016-2017 went to Curt Collins. The President’s Special Recognition Award went to Brittany Thomas Faith for her efforts in furthering the Young Lawyer’s Division’s public education initiatives, as well as to Ian Hennessey for his efforts in furthering the Young Lawyer’s Division’s membership initiatives.
 
The President's Award went to Troy Weston in recognition and grateful appreciation for tireless dedication to the improvement of the legal profession, for exemplary service to the TBA YLD as a member of the Executive Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Mock Trial Committee, and Public Service Committee, and for service to the TBA YLD as the Mock Trial Chair, Secretary of the Division, East Tennessee Governor, and YLD Representative to the ABA House of Delegates
 
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2017 DLI Class Service Project

 

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in Kingsport this month. On Saturday, the group participated in a service project in partnership with the American Red Cross Tennessee Home Fire Campaign, installing smoke alarms in homes. 

The DLI split into small groups and canvassed neighborhoods across the city, especially targeting high-risk areas, checking homeowners’ smoke alarms, replacing batteries and installing new ones for free where needed.

 

 

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Volunteer Attorneys Needed for Expungement Clinics

The YLD will be assisting with the following upcoming expungement clinics. If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact Amber Floyd via email or phone at (901) 537-1054.
 
 
Memphis Expungement Clinic
Date: July 29
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church, 123 South Pkwy W. Memphis, TN 38109 
 
Henry County Expungement Clinic
Date: August 12
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Henry County Courthouse, 101 E Washington St #100 Paris, TN 38242

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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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New Attorneys Sworn In June 6

 
Of the 177 who passed the Tennessee Bar exam in February, 55 new attorneys were sworn-in at a ceremony at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville on June 6. TBA Volunteers from the Young Lawyers Division were present at the ceremony to offer information on joining the TBA YLD. Following the ceremony, many new admittees and their guests proceeded to the Bar Center for a reception, during which they had the opportunity to network with TBA volunteers. 
 
Photos from the ceremony and Open House are available on the TBA website.
 
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American Bar Association YLD 2017 Annual Meeting


 


There is still time to register for YLD events at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting. This year's meeting will be held on August 10-13 in New York City. You can earn CLE credit, connect with your fellow young lawyer colleagues, get your voice heard by participating in the YLD Assembly, and vote in the YLD officers and representatives election.
 
 
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TBA YLD Fellows Induct New Members

The TBA YLD Fellows held their annual meeting and inducted new members at the annual Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. Jonathan Cole was elected the new Treasurer, and Glenn Walter will move to take office as the new President.
 
The group inducted 5 new members. They are:
John Billings, Appalachian Underwriters, Inc., Knoxville 
Nicholas Black, Ralls Wooten & Black, Maryville 
Kristen Corn, City Attorney, Franklin
Jacob Hubbell, Law Office of Jake Hubbell, Columbia
Rachel Moses, Legal Aid Society, Cookeville
 
This year, two honorary Fellows were named as well, noted for their for exemplary service. They are:
Hon. Todd Campbell, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
Sandra Garrett, The Board of Professional Responsibility 
 
Finally, the Fellows awarded its annual William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award to Judge Robert Childers of Memphis, for his lifetime of service to the community and the profession.
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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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TBA Announces New Executive Director

 
The Tennessee Bar Association named Nashville lawyer Joycelyn Stevenson as its new executive director earlier this month.
 
A shareholder with Littler Mendelson PC with a practice focused on labor and employment law, Stevenson has been a leader in the Tennessee legal community, serving as president of both the Nashville Bar Association and the Lawyers’ Association for Women ‐ Marion Griffin Chapter. She is the first African‐American woman to lead both organizations and will be the first African-American woman to direct the TBA.
 
Stevenson is a native of Macon, Georgia, who earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University and her law degree from Vanderbilt University in 2001. She spent 12 years practicing law at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville before joining the Nashville office of Littler Mendelson PC as a shareholder in 2013.
 
Stevenson is the 2017 recipient of the Napier Looby Bar Association’s J.C. Napier Trailblazer Award and previously was recognized with a Nashville Chamber Emerging Leader Award, a Nashville Athena Young Professionals Award and a Nashville Business Journal 40 under 40 Award.
 
In addition, Stevenson has served as president of the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville and secretary of the Nashville Farmers Market Board. 
 
“The TBA has a long tradition of staff leadership by accomplished Tennessee lawyers. Joycelyn’s appointment continues that excellent tradition,” TBA Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur said of the appointment.
 
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Stevenson added. “The TBA is an important institution in our state, and we will continue to promote growth and development, foster service opportunities and nurture collaborative relationships among our members and across the legal profession."

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Lucian Pera Installed as New TBA President

Jason Long concluded his term as the TBA President today and passed the gavel to Memphis attorney Lucian Pera at the TBA’s annual Convention in Kingsport. Pera said his goals will be to ensure a smooth transition and successful first year for incoming Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson, as well as to focus on the recommendations from the recent Indigent Representation Task Force. Also on day three of the convention, the Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual meeting, and YLD President Rachel Mancl will pass the gavel to incoming leader Ahsaki Baptist. See photos from the day's events and award presentations.
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