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Volunteers Needed for Law Camp in Nashville

Law Camp for middle and high school students returns to Lipscomb University June 6-10 and the TBA will again be a partner in the effort. 

Based on the American Bar Association's Civics & Law Academy program, the camp will engage students in learning about law and society, helping to prepare them to be participants in our democratic socity. 

TBA staff and volunteers are working closely with Lipscomb University’s Institute for Law, Justice & Society to organize and deliver sessions throughout the week-long camp, held on the university's campus in Nashville. This annual event is designed to engage students using basic legal concepts and to expose them to various aspects of the legal profession. (See photos and read about last year's Law Camp on the TBA website.).
 
This year, Law Camp will focus on on the "Law and Justice" pathway. The TBA still needs volunteers for several sessions. If you are interested, contact Public Education Coordinator Katharine Heriges. Many of the materials, such as worksheets or Power Point presentations, have already been produced for these topics, so volunteers do not have to create all new resources.
 
Here is a draft Law Camp agenda with times and topics. Please take a look and let us know when you are interested in presenting. 
 
MONDAY, JUNE 6
1:30 - 2:45pm - Session II: What are the Goals of Corrective Justice
2:45 − 4pm - Session III: What is Procedural Justice
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
Noon - 2:00pm - LUNCH at the Tennessee Bar Center
3:30 – 4:30pm – Session V: Current Issues and Distributive Justice
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
8:30 − 9:30am - Session IV: Topic TBD
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
8:30 – 10am – Session VI: The Rights of the Accused
10:15 – 12noon – Session VII: MINI MOCK TRIALS (Will need up to 3 volunteers to help judge/moderate)
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
8:45am - 10:00am AND 10:15 − 11:15am - MINI MOCK TRIALS (Will need up to 3 volunteers to help judge/moderate)
11:30am - 1:00pm - Recognition Lunch & Celebration
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YLD Elects Barker to Lead in 2018-19

The Young Lawyers Division has elected Christian Barker of Barker Nashville PLLC as vice president to serve for the 2016-2017 bar year. He will go on to serve as president-elect, then as president of the YLD during the 2018-2019 membership year. Barker has served as the division’s Public Service Committee Chair for the 2015-2016 bar year. The election was held via electronic ballot and was open to all young lawyers in the TBA.  

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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. The election was held via electronic ballot and was open to all young lawyers in the TBA.
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YLD Leaders Prep Second Annual Access to Justice Week

The YLD's public service project for 2016 will again take place during the week leading up to and following Law Day, which is observed on May 1. The project will build on the experience of last year's first "Access to Justice Week." Young lawyers again will be asked to plan and participate in legal clinics across the state. The project is a presidential initiative of YLD President Rachel Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, who has made pro bono service a key component of her platform for the year.

This event takes a massive effort of YLD leaders and volunteers, working together to serve their community. Each clinic location is designed to aid an underserved area, and will require many volunteers. If you can help and make a difference in your region, check out the list of clinics and get in touch with your local YLD district representative to sign up today. The current list of clinics and organizer contacts can be found here
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YLD Invited Guest News for March 2016

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) – Tonight the AWA will be participating in MBA YLD Grizz Night as the Memphis Grizzles take on the Denver Nuggets.  AWA will be holding a Incarcerated Civil Law Legal Clinic on April 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Shelby County Jail East, 6201 Haley Road in Memphis. The group will provide civil law legal advice to those incarcerated who cannot afford legal fees on topics such as: veteran issues, divorce, custody, visitation, bankruptcy, foreclosure, landlord/tenant, employment, and others. For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.

East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – Leslie L. Beale, JD, the founder of and Success Coach at Profusion Strategies, recently presented Habits to Help You Thrive in the Practice of Law at ETLAW’s March monthly meeting.

ETLAW’s Supreme Court Luncheon that normally occurs in early May is being postponed due to scheduling issues but plans are being arranged to hold the events later this year with additional details to come.  For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.

Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.

Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.

National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.

National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Amber Floyd.

National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.

National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter in Chattanooga held its first meet and greet on March 17 with an amazing turnout of over 20 lawyers in attendance. The Honorable Judge Curtis Collier was in attendance and expressed his full support in continuing to have an active chapter. The group will have a planning session in April to determine the next steps for the chapter.  For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.

Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – Mark your calendars for SETLAW's happy hour on April 28.   For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.

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) – TLAW is having a women’s empowerment conference on April 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP in Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee will serve as the luncheon speaker and will inspire you with her insights. Tennessee Supreme Court Justcies Cornelia Clark and Holly Kirby, along with Nashville attorney Anne Martin, will be moderating discussions. The keynote speaker will be Gwen K. Young, director of the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this event.

For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.

Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.

 

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YLD Affiliate News for March 2016

American Bar Association YLD – Recognize your affiliate’s service to the bar and to the public in Awards of Achievement. Applications are due June 15. 

Take a look at the ABA YLD’s Past Initiatives for ideas on implementing a project for your affiliate.

For more information, visit the ABA website. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438, for more information.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County Bar YLD will hold its monthly meeting on April 19 at noon. Executive committee elections will be held. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours with the next one scheduled for April 20 at Feed Co. Table & Tavern.  The YLD will continue its quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  Stay tuned for other upcoming events.  For more information about the group contact President Corrin Fulton, (423) 756-5171, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 or follow news on the group's Facebook page.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers have a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:

Please submit your nominations for the  KBA Law & Liberty Award to Courtney Read or Ashley Morgan.  We are seeking nominees who are visible to the profession and local bar, works to advance understanding of the law in the greater community, sets an example of good citizenship, donates time for volunteer work, sets high professional standards, and achieves professional goals even in the face of adversity.  The award will be presented on May 6 at KBA Law Day.

 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 need volunteers to serve food or sponsor. The cost is $150 for sponsoring, and we need 4-5 volunteers. If you are unable to fund the breakfast, the Barristers will subsidize the cost of the breakfast. Volunteers meet at 6:15 a.m. and serve breakfast to approximately 30-40 individuals, generally leaving the site around 7:30 a.m. It’s a great way to serve the community. This is a great chance to partner with members of your firm, or law school classmates or friends or use it as an opportunity to involve staff in your office too. Sign up here

Spring Cleaning? Make room in your closet and help others at the same time! Barristers Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee is collecting professional clothes April 4-18. Items needed are slacks, skirts, suits, blouses, shirts, dresses, ties and dress shoes. Multiple donation locations will be available including Gay Street, Main Street, law schools and West Knoxville. Please do not donate clothes with holes, stains or rips. Women's clothing will be donated to the YWCA and Connect Ministries Career Closet.  Men's Clothing will be donated to Knox Area Rescue Ministries. For more information please contact Courtney Houpt and Kourtney Hennard.

Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers.  For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The Memphis Bar Association YLD will recently hosted a successful panel discussion on the Steven Avery documentary Making a Murderer.  This year’s “YLD Grizz Night” is tonight (March 30). Join the YLD as members cheer on the Memphis Grizzles as they take on the Denver Nuggets – the pregame happy hour will be at Twelve Bar on Beale Street. To purchase tickets click here. For questions, contact Natalie Bursi at nbursi@lewisthomason.com or Adam Johnson at ajohnson@nstlaw.com. For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102 or visit the group’s Facebook page. 

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – The group will have a free legal advice clinic for seniors at the Robertson County Senior Citizens Center in Springfield on April 27 from 1-4 p.m.  For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.

Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information please contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA usually tries to meet on the first Thursday of each month.  For more information about the group and specific dates and times for meetings, please contact President Russell C. Tribble.  Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA-YLD will host a social on April 12 at 5:15 p.m. at Cool Springs Brewery. Please bring a friend, and as always, all lawyers are welcome to attend. The WCBA-YLD annual meeting will be held at 325 Bridge Street on May 16 at 5 p.m.. At this meeting, incoming officers will be elected for the 2016-2017 year. Qualified candidates may propose their candidacy by communicating their interest to President Cort Bethmann. For information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.

 

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Still Time to Register for ABA Spring Conference

The American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division annual Spring Conference is approaching quickly. There is still time to register prior to the conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Mo. next week.

Tennessee young lawyers in attendence will get a chance to earn CLE credit, network with attorneys from across the country and enjoy special events and dinners. Current ABA members receive a discounted price at registration, but non-ABA members are also welcome to attend.

More information can be found at the ABA website.

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Young Lawyers Talk Public Education at TCSS

Young Lawyers Division President Rachel Moses and YLD Public Service Committee Chair Christian Barker attended the Tennessee Conference for the Social Studies (TCSS) on March 11 to discuss the civics resources offered by the Tennessee Bar Association. Held at the Cool Springs Marriot in Franklin, the day-long conference served as a venue for teachers to interact with providers of education tools. 

Currently, the TBA's Public Education programs aimed at school-aged children and young adults include the Civics and Law Academy, Civics Enrichment for Kids and the GAVELS Speakers Bureau, in which a teacher or institution can request a local attorney to visit the classroom and speak on an age-appropriote civics-related topic. 

Young lawyers interested in becoming a GAVELS speaker in their area should contact TBA Public Education and YLD Coordinator Katharine Heriges at kheriges@tnbar.org or (615) 277-3218.

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Mock Trial Tournament Crowns New State Champs

Montgomery Bell Academy emerged as the winner of the 2016 State High School Mock Trial Competition in Nashville.

(NASHVILLE, March 19, 2016) — MBA defeated the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association team in the championship round. MBA will go on to represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 12-14 in Boise, Idaho.

The two-day state competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, involved 16 teams and nearly 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee presided over the championship match Saturday evening.

Additionally, Home Life Academy claimed the team Sportsmanship Award during their first-ever appearance in the competition. 

Congratulations to Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn, Vice Chair Rob Sands and the YLD Mock Trial Committee on another successful year hosting the tournament.

A full list of winners plus photos from the final round can be found on the TBA website.

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YLD CLE for April: Making the Most of Discovery

Members of the Young Lawyers Division Board's CLE committee have helped spearhead a new CLE for April entitled "Making the Most of Discovery: What You Don't Know Can Come Back to Haunt You."

Two programs are currently scheduled - one in Nashville, produced by YLD CLE Committee Chair Nina Kumar, and one in Knoxville, produced by YLD CLE East Tennessee Captain Alyssa Minge.

This program covers many levels of written discovery and e-discovery. Presenters will cover best practices, effective use of subpoenas, enforcement and dealing with difficult counsel. A session on social media discovery will help you with Internet searches. Discussion on alternatives to written discovery will include site inspection, deposition by interrogatories, and physical exam versus independent medical exams. Also included will be discussion on using criminal records in civil discovery, and Rule 30 (b)(6) depositions and tactics.

Nashville

Location: Tennessee Bar Center
Date: April 7, 2016
Register Here.

Knoxville

Location: UT Conference Center
Date: April 14, 2016
Register Here.

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Voting for YLD Elections Ends This Week

This is a reminder to all young lawyer members of the Tennessee Bar Association to vote in the ongoing YLD election, which will end at precisely 12 a.m. Central, 1 a.m. Eastern on April 2. 

This year, the YLD will hold one contested election, which will be for the office of vice president. The vice president will go on to lead the YLD as president in the 2018-2019 bar year. Votes are counted by electronic ballot, available to all young lawyer members via a link sent to them by email.

The candidates are:

Christian Barker

Firm: Barker Nashville PLLC

Practice Area: Entertainment, Copyright,
Trademark Law

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.  On his plans for the Young Lawyers Division if he were to be elected:
 
"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.
 

Mike Sandler

Firm: Mike Sandler Law PLC

Practice Area: Automotive,
Insurance, Family Law

Sandler's bio:
 
"My name is Mike Sandler and I’m running to be the next vice president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA).  Born and raised in Nashville, I have lived, worked or attended school in all 3 of our state’s Grand Divisions.  These experiences have given me a deep appreciation of the history and cultural diversity of our great state.
 
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (B.S.), Lipscomb University (M.S.), Nashville School of Law (J.D.), the TBA’s Diversity Leadership Institute (2013), and the Tennessee Bar Journal's Law Launch Project (2014), I served as a judge for the MTSU National Mock Trial Competition and a bailiff for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, and volunteered as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. As a Listed Rule 31 Civil and Family Mediator, former member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, current member of the TBA Insurance and Tort Committee, and the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, I understand the challenges we face as new lawyers and that is why I am running to be your next vice president.
 
A successful businessman prior to pursuing my dream of becoming a lawyer, I possess valuable experience in many areas. After serving on several governing boards and charitable organizations, co-founding and running a non-profit foundation, and managing over 300 employees, I understand governance and what it takes to keep an organization like the YLD moving forward. I see a future where all new lawyers across Tennessee can say that the YLD was a pillar upon which their practice was built."

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TBA's Mock Trial Championship Kicks Off Tomorrow

High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the TBA's 36th annual mock trial championship in Nashville this weekend. About 200 volunteers – mostly judges, lawyers, paralegals and law students – will lend their time and expertise to the competition. To reach the state championship, the 16 teams had to win district competitions by playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case developed by the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division.

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High School Students to Compete in State Mock Trial Competition This Weekend

Schools from across the state to compete March 18-19 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 16, 2016 — High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 36th annual mock trial championship in Nashville this weekend, March 18-19. Media is welcome to attend the event at the historic Davidson County Courthouse.

Rounds on Friday begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturday, the competition continues with rounds at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to determine which two teams will compete in the final match up at 5 p.m. Sitting judges in Tennessee will preside over the four preliminary rounds and Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee will preside over the championship round.

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Mentoring Program Seeking Volunteers

The TBA Mentoring Program is seeking volunteer mentors from across the state in the area of tax law. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year, with a requirement to meet face-to-face at least once a month. For more information, visit the TBA Mentoring Program webpage or contact TBA staff member Kate Prince, 615-277-3202.

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YLD Voting Underway

Voting in the TBA Young Lawyers Division election is now underway. Members of the YLD are choosing between Michael Sandler and Christian Barker to fill the vice president position. The winner of the election will go on to serve as president of the YLD in 2018–2019. Online voting will continue until April 1. Eligible voters should have received an email from ElectionsOnline with voting information. If they did not receive an email, they can go to the ElectionsOnline website to get access to the ballot.

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Influx of Millennials to Impact Law Firms

“The millennials have landed.” The American Lawyer details how law firms are shifting as milliennials, a group defined as adults who are 18 to 35 this year, come into the workplace. The group now makes up 21.5 percent of lawyers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The author asserts that millennials in firms may force an alternative to the traditional law firm model and could cause client relationships to suffer.

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Speak Out for the TBA Indigent Representation Task Force

The 109th General Assembly is winding down and expected to adjourn sine die before the end of April after the passage of Governor Haslam’s budget. Even though the legislative session is ending do not forget to make your voice heard to "Increase the Rate for Indigent Representation”! The  Indigent Representation Task Force will be coming to a town near you this summer and fall.
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YLD Invited Guest News for February 2016

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, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On Feb. 17, ETLAW in collaboration with TLAW, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the UT Law student organization, Law Women, hosted a very informative discussion on constitutional, family and privacy law implications of the anti-vaccination movement and the criminal, family, and privacy law implications involved with Tennessee’s fetal drug law to a packed room at the University of Tennessee. 
 
ETLAW’s March monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 16, at noon at the YWCA in downtown Knoxville (420 Clinch Avenue). Leslie L. Beale, JD, the founder of and Success Coach at Profusion Strategies, will be presenting Habits to Help You Thrive in the Practice of Law. 
 
Save the Date: ETLAW’s Supreme Court Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at noon at the Foundry on the Fair Site (747 World’s Fair Park Drive).  Additional details to come.  For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Amber Floyd
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - The Napier Looby Bar Foundation recently hosted its 12th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Award Program on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Music City Center. For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The S.L. Hutchins Chapter of the National Bar Association in Chattanooga is trying to rebuild support for its local chapter and will be hosting an open-invite meet and greet on March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Social/Public House located at 1110 Market St. in Chattanooga.  For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW recently hosted a luncheon on the Tennessee Suffrage Movement and also had a special happy hour “War Stories” events at St. John’s Meeting Place. For more information about SETLAW, contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230.
 
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) – TLAW is having a women’s empowerment conference on April 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP in Nashville.  Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee will serve as the luncheon speaker and will inspire you with her insights. Tennessee Supreme Court Justcies Cornelia Clark and Holly Kirby, along with Nashville attorney Anne Martin, will be moderating discussions. The Keynote speaker will be Gwen K. Young, director of the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project.  Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this great event! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
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YLD Affiliate News for February 2016

 
American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD Spring Conference will take place in St. Louis May 5-7. 
 
Recognize your affiliate’s service to the bar and to the public in Awards of Achievement. Applications are due June 15. 
 
Take a look at the ABA YLD’s Past Initiatives for ideas on implementing a project for your affiliate.
 
For more information, visit the ABA website. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group, contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD – The group typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month.  For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD joined up with the Chattanooga Bar Association for its Winter Social on Feb. 24. The group’s next social happy hour will be March 15th  at Tremont Tavern.  The group’s mock trial competition is currently underway.  The YLD is plans to have quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. For more information about the group contact President Corrin Fulton, (423) 756-5171, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – (no response, used prior info) The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810, or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers –  The Barristers have a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:
  
The Law School Mentor Committee recently conducted mock interviews at the UT College Law. The Barristers Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee have been selling “Teddygram” e-cards to purchase teddy bears to donate to the Knoxville Police Department, whose officers provide the bears to children in crisis.  Volunteers are also needed for a Solo/Small Firm Panel at UT Law in March. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you’re interested in participating. The Barristers will volunteer for Mobile Meals (the Knoxville chapter of Meals on Wheels) delivering meals to seniors the first Tuesday of every month. 
 
The Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Teddygram Drive!  Please be on the lookout for information to come regarding the Committee’s Professional Clothing Drive, which will take place April 6 – 18.  For more information on how to get involved with upcoming projects, please contact Courtney Houpt at choupt@taylorknightlaw.com or Kourtney Hennard at khennard@londonamburn.com.
 
Caitlyn Elam and Stanton Fears, co-chairs of the Barrister’s Law School Mentor Committee would like to thank all of the wonderful lawyers who volunteered to conduct Mock Interviews at UT Law. Through its volunteers, the committee successfully conducted 42 mock interviews for 1L students to assist them in preparing for upcoming interviews for summer clerkships.  Caitlyn and Stanton would like to thank the following attorneys who volunteered their time:
 
John Rice, Ronnie Isaacs, Adam Russell, Jill Evert, Susan Dominick, Elizabeth Towe, Brandon Morrow, Jared Garceau, Mitchell Painter, Courtney Houpt, Mikel Towe, Mabern Wall, Erin Wallen, Bart Williams, Taylor Williams, Camille Sanders, Cathy Shuck, Sarah Watson, Jay Moneyhun, Daniel Ellis, Heather Ferguson and Rachel Hurt.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers. For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The Memphis Bar Association YLD will be hosting a panel discussion on the Steven Avery documentary “Making a Murderer” on March 10 at 1 p.m.  This year’s “YLD Grizz Night” is Wednesday, March 30. Join the YLD as they cheer on the Memphis Grizzles take on the Denver Nuggets – the pregame happy hour will be at Twelve Bar on Beale Street. To purchase tickets click here. For questions, contact Natalie Bursi at nbursi@lewisthomason.com or Adam Johnson at ajohnson@nstlaw.com.  For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102, or visit the group’s Facebook.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information please contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  For more information about the group contact President Russell Tribble, (931) 528-7790. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA-YLD recently held a successful social at Buffalo Wild Wings in Franklin. For more information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (3/29/16)

The YLD Wills for Heroes program provides free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. The following clinics have been scheduled for the spring. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. To get involved in the Wills for Heroes Committee or to request a clinic in your area, contact committee chair Joann Coston-Holloway. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.
Morristown, April 23
Contact: W. Evan Anderson, evan@khinsleylaw.com, (423) 587-1131
Location: Morristown Hamblen Library, 417 W Main St., 37814
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
 
Johnson City, May 21
Contact: Rachel Ralston Mancl, rmancl@hsdlaw.com, (423) 283-6319
Location: Washington County Johnson City Emergency Medical Services Inc. Training Room, 204 Wesley Street, 37601
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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YLD to Hold Contested Election for Vice President

This year, the YLD will hold one contested election, which will be for the office of vice president. The vice president will go on to lead the YLD as president in the 2018-2019 bar year. The election will be held via electronic ballot, between March 1 and April 1.

The candidates are:

Christian Barker

Firm: Barker Nashville PLLC

Practice Area: Entertainment, Copyright,
Trademark Law

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.  On his plans for the Young Lawyers Division if he were to be elected:
 
"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.
 

Mike Sandler

Firm: Mike Sandler Law PLC

Practice Area: Automotive,
Insurance, Family Law

 
Sandler's bio:
 
"My name is Mike Sandler and I’m running to be the next vice president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA).  Born and raised in Nashville, I have lived, worked or attended school in all 3 of our state’s Grand Divisions.  These experiences have given me a deep appreciation of the history and cultural diversity of our great state.
 
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (B.S.), Lipscomb University (M.S.), Nashville School of Law (J.D.), the TBA’s Diversity Leadership Institute (2013), and the Tennessee Bar Journal's Law Launch Project (2014), I served as a judge for the MTSU National Mock Trial Competition and a bailiff for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, and volunteered as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. As a Listed Rule 31 Civil and Family Mediator, former member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, current member of the TBA Insurance and Tort Committee, and the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, I understand the challenges we face as new lawyers and that is why I am running to be your next vice president.
 
A successful businessman prior to pursuing my dream of becoming a lawyer, I possess valuable experience in many areas. After serving on several governing boards and charitable organizations, co-founding and running a non-profit foundation, and managing over 300 employees, I understand governance and what it takes to keep an organization like the YLD moving forward. I see a future where all new lawyers across Tennessee can say that the YLD was a pillar upon which their practice was built."

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TBA Searching for Mentors for New Attorneys

The TBA Mentoring Program is in search of volunteer mentors to help foster relationships with new attorneys in Tennessee. Mentoring is the most effective way to pass along skills, knowledge and wisdom and it is critical to a new lawyer’s success. Numerous young lawyers are currently signed up as mentees through the program, but there is a shortage of mentors to match them with. 

To qualify as a mentor, you must have a minimum of 8 years experience and have no pending or past investigation or disciplinary action from the BPR. 

If you are interested in signing up as a mentor or would like more information about the program, please contact Kate Prince at kprince@tnbar.org or 615-277-3202.

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Chattanooga Lawyer Overcame Challenges to Reach Goal

Ariel Anthony knew she wanted to be an attorney since elementary school, but the road to that destination proved a little bumpier than she had expected. The Hamilton County Herald tells the story of how this Memphis native became a new associate at Husch Blackwell in Chattanooga and an active member of community and professional groups, including the Tennessee Bar Association's YLD Diversity Committee.

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YLD Vice President Election to be Contested Race

Petitions for the TBA YLD officer positions were due Feb. 15, and only the vice president election will be contested. Two individuals qualified for the position: Christian Barker and Michael Sandler, both of Nashville. Elections will take place by electronic ballot between March 1 and April 1. The remaining positions were filled via unopposed candidates.

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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 rmancl@hsdlaw.com.
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