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Attorney Volunteer Opportunity

The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, along with Catholic Charities of East Tennessee & Centro Hispanic will be hosting an event on Saturday June 10 in Morristown, and are seeking attorney volunteers to assist. The event will offer family preparation plans to the immigrant community to help keep their children, finances, and businesses safe in the case of deportation. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Brittany Thomas Faith or Curt Collins.
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2017 YLD Annual Meeting

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, June 16 at the MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the TBA's 2017 Annual Convention and is open to all members of the Young Lawyers Division. Members of the division will hear parting remarks from current YLD President Rachel Mancl and an overview of incoming President Ahsaki Baptist's vision for the year ahead.
 
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017, 4 p.m.
 
Location:
MeadowView Marriott, Grand Salon 6-9
1901 Meadowview Parkway 
Kingsport, TN 37660
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Haslam Signs Law to Cheapen Price Tag of Expungements

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation that will lessen the costs of expunging criminal conviction records, NewsChannel 5 reports. Effective immediately, the cost of expunging records will be $270, down from $450. The law was backed by a bipartisan coalition and was sponsored in the state legislature by Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, and Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. 
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Tennessee Mock Trial Champs Place 4th at Nationals

The winners of the 2017 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy, placed fourth overall in the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Hartford, Conn. The team, coached by Wade Cowan, represented Tennessee in last year’s national tournament as well, placing fifth overall. The competition was held May 11-13, and the Central Carolina Homeschool team of North Carolina took home the top prize.
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YLD Invited Guest News for April 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 group recently sponsored a Saturday Legal Clinic providing legal assistance to those in need.
 
For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website at www.awamemphis.org, reach out to us at memphisawa@gmail.com or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW had a packed house (overflow seating required) for its April 19, 2017 monthly meeting program titled “How to Engage in the Political Process 101.”  Jamie Ballinger-Holden moderated the panel comprised of Emily Passini, a Partner with Greenlight Media Strategies, and Susan Richardson Williams, a Partner with SRW & Associates. Attendees learned the dismal statistics about women in elected positions in Tennessee as well as steps that can be taken to change the numbers.  This is the first in a series of ETLAW events on the topic of women in politics.
 
Please join us Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA for ETLAW’s Monthly Meeting.  Keven Shepard will be presenting on Family Law and Ethical Dilemmas.  Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.   Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – The Lawyers’ Association of Women recently held its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet to highlight the past year’s activities, recognize the outstanding individuals in the association by awarding the Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey and Rising Star Awards, and elect LAW’s new officers.  The LAW Banquet provides the opportunity for members of the middle Tennessee bar, federal, state appellate and trial judges, and local business leaders to celebrate the achievements and contributions of these deserving awards recipients.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter –The group is currently planning a clinic. 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 Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The group will hold its next meeting on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. and the location is to be determined. For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW is pleased to announce that its annual Ladies of Justice lunch will feature Justice Cornelia Clark, Justice Sharon Lee, and Justice Holly Kirby of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The event will take place on May 11 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Hamilton County Courthouse, Jury Selection Room, and is co-sponsored by O’Shaughnessy & Carter, PLLC.  Click here to register.  
 
For more information about SETLAW, 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 Lawyers’ Association for Women recently hosted its 2017 Spring Empowerment Conference in Nashville.
 
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 April 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD 2017 Spring Conference will be held May 4-6, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

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 with a legislative update for its lawyers. For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.

The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The group recently hosted a Coffee Talks with the Hamilton County Chancellors and Clerk & Master.  The CBA YLD’s next happy hour will be June 9 before Pro Bono Night and the group will be hosting its second Expungement Clinic this Summer with more information coming soon. 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 group is currently planning events for next month. For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall 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. 

The Barristers recently cohosted a happy hour with the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA).  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 will be held on May 10, 2017. 

 The KBA Barristers 8th Annual Corn Hole Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Bearden Beer Market, located at 4524 Old Kingston Pike. Check-In starts at 6 p.m. Register online by clicking May 4 on the Event Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs Jeremey Goolsby or Luke P. Ihnen.

The Barristers are also delighted to announce that 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 took over WREG-TV Channel 3 to answer legal questions on air from the public. Attorneys took calls from over several hundred individuals in the viewing area over the course of two and a half hours on April 20, 2017.

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 or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The NBA Young Lawyers Division recently hosted the 14th Annual LogicForce Race Judicata 5K and 10K.

On Wednesday, May 24, the Nashville Bar YLD will host the YLD Arts Immersion, a summer soirée showcasing Nashville’s creative community through live music, dance, theatre, and interactive art at 6:00 pm the W.O. Smith School in Nashville.

The evening will culminate with a silent auction celebrating creative and local gems. Arts Immersion is sure to be the summer event for everyone from young professionals to artists to music industry veterans (a.k.a. the perfect blend of suits and skinny jeans).

Proceeds from the night benefit Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, a program of the Arts & Business Council.

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 Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association recently held its local swearing-in ceremony and reception for new attorneys at the Putnam County Justice Center in Cookeville, TN.  The group had its monthly meeting at Char following the ceremony.For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –   The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 18th. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Early Registration for the 2017 TBA Annual Convention Ends Today

Early registration for the 2017 TBA Annual Convention ends today, May 31. This years programming offers plenty of opportunities to make new friends and renew acquaintances with colleagues from across the state. The highlight comes Thursday night with the Kingsport Karnival at the downtown Farmers Market. Along with fabulous food and drink, there will be live music from two bands, an aerialist, juggler, magician, body and face painters, caricaturist and more. Plus, you'll have access to the fabulous Kingsport Carousel, the delightful project of community artisans. Special thanks to Eastman for support of this event!

This years convention will be at the beautiful MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

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Law Camp Volunteers Needed

Law Camp for middle and high school students returns to Lipscomb University June 12-16 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 the "Constitutions and Constitutionalism" pathway. The TBA still needs volunteers for several sessions. If you are interested, contact Public Education Coordinator Lauren Hopper Lee. 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 12

1:30 – 2:45pm – Session II: Back to the Future of the Bill of Rights
2:45 − 4pm – Session III: Re-Writing the Constitution Brainstorming Session 

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

Noon – 2:00pm – LUNCH at the Tennessee Bar Center
3:30 – 4:30pm – Session III: The Right to Vote: Giving New Meaning to "We the People" Part 1

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

8:30 – 9:30am – Session IV: The Right to Vote: Giving New Meaning to "We the People" Part 2
4 – 5:30pm – Session V: The Constitution: Justice for All

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

8:30 – 10am – Session VI: Comparing State and Federal Constitutions Part 1
10:15 – Noon – Session VII: Comparing State and Federal Constitutions Part 2
3 – 4:15pm – Session VIII: State and Federal Rights

 
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YLD Member to Temporarily Fill Sessions Court Post

Alex McVeagh, District 5 representative on the TBA's YLD Board, was named as a temporary replacement to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court.
Gov. Bill Haslam made the appointment to fill the seat held by Judge David Bales, who is on medical disability as a result of his 2016 cancer diagnosis and treatment. "I plan to meet here very soon with Judge Bales, who graciously offered to meet with me and go through his procedures, his dockets, his forms," McVeagh said. "This is his seat. I'm humbled to be able to keep it warm for him." You can learn more about McVeagh in The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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TBA YLD Represented at ABA Day in Washington

YLD President Rachel Mancl joined TBA leaders this week in Washington to speak to members of Congress and their staff about the importance of funding for the Legal Services Corporation as part of ABA Day 2017. The TBA efforts were led by TBA President Jason Long and included President-elect Lucian Pera, TBA Legislative Counsel Gif Thornton and Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur. 

Nashville attorneys Ann Pruitt from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and Jonathan Cole, president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, also joined the delegation as they visited lawmakers from Tennessee in the American Bar Association's annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession.

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Mock Trial Competition Championship Video Available for Streaming

The video from the 2017 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition’s championship round is now available for streaming. This year’s competition featured a showdown between two Nashville teams, the all-girls Harpeth Hall squad versus the defending champions, the all-boys Montgomery Bell Academy. MBA took home the title once again. The 2017 case was a criminal trial, involving a death at a nursing home facility.

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Update on Indigent Representation & Compensation Rate

Your voice is needed! As part of the TBA’s efforts to advocate for the passage of legislation important to the practice of law, we need your input. TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly.

TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly on issues important to sustaining and improving the practice of law and administration of justice. 

Update on Indigent Representation & Compensation Rate

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force wrapped up its nearly year and half work after hearing from nearly 100 lawyers (many YLD members and other TBA members) from across the state at the nine public meetings.  Presentations were made by the Tennessee Bar Association and other justice-involved organizations and members to give data and information to advocate why certain changes need to be made. On April 3, 2017, the task force released its report to the Court, and then to the public, entitled, Liberty & Justice for All: Providing Right to Counsel Services in Tennessee.
 
The key recommendations of the task force are to amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 13 to eliminate the distinction between out-of-court and in-court compensation rates, to eliminate case caps and the “complex and extended” designation procedure, and to increase the rate paid to appointed private counsel to an hourly rate not less than $75 nor more than $125. 
 
The TBA and YLD have worked to increase the compensation rate for attorneys and address other barriers in the system. Starting from the TBA’s legislation in 2015 (SB1009 by Harris, Dickerson/HB1025 by Stewart, Farmer) to increase the rate that led to the Court creating this task force to review and report back to the Court, the work is not over but we are one step closer. The TBA filed legislation in January 2017 to increase the rate (SB667 Harris/HB788 by Stewart), and this legislation will be active and ready to push forward in the coming year. As the TBA and YLD moves into the next bar year, it will be more important than ever to keep up the collaboration and work to make the changes that are needed to improve the delivery of legal representation to Tennesseans who cannot afford it.
 
To receive updated information and to engage with the legislators on key issues for your law practice, we need you. As part of your TBA membership, TBAImpact connects you with the TBA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. Have questions? Contact TBA’s Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421.
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TBA YLD Hosts Successful Membership Events


The TBA's Young Lawyer Division Membership Committee hosted social events in Nashville and Memphis this past month. The events offered an opportunity to network with young attorneys and learn more about getting involved in the TBA YLD.

The YLD’s CLE Committee also produced CLE’s before each event. Stay tuned for more upcoming events from the YLD Membership Committee. 

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Attorneys Needed for Truancy Intervention Program

Attorneys are needed to represent students in the Connecting Attendance to Results in Education (CARE), a community-based truancy intervention program created by Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Student Attendance Center and Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE). A training session, which is required in order to represent a student, will be held at Waller, 511 Union Street in Nashville, on May 2 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The program will train attorneys about truancy laws, the truancy adjudication process, the structure of the CARE program and the boundaries of the attorney-client (student) relationship. Register at the Nashville Bar website.

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Call for Entries: 'Journal' Announces Fiction Contest

The Tennessee Bar Journal usually keeps just to the facts, but this summer the publication will publish some outright lies — or what some call fiction. The winning entry of the First Annual Tennessee Bar Journal Fiction Contest will appear in the August issue. 

The magazine's Editorial Board announces the competition with the purpose of celebrating and encouraging lawyers' creative sides and to provide an outlet for lawyer-writers as they seek to illuminate the law and the lives of lawyers through fiction. The original work should touch on something law-related, no matter how slight. The deadline is May 31, so get to work!

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YLD Contested Election Results

The TBA YLD had several contested elections for the 2017-2018 bar year. Below are the contested election results:
 
TBA YLD Board
• East Tennessee Governor: Brittany Thomas Faith
• Middle Tennessee Governor: Jason Hicks
• District 3 Representative: Alyssa Minge
• District 5 Representative: Alexander McVeagh
• District 9 Representative: Anthony Adewumi
• District 11 Representative: Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux
 
TBA House of Delegates
• Young Lawyer, Middle Grand Division: Nina Kumar
 
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Last Chance to Register for Memphis Deposition CLE

A CLE addressing basic and intermediate deposition techniques will be held at the University of Memphis on April 13. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the deposition process. An additional portion of the program will be devoted to ethical considerations in deposition settings, dealing with difficult counsel and witness preparation. Find out more and register here.

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How to Deal With Bullying, Threats and Physical Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the workplace is a growing threat. Read in the April Journal about its many forms -- including bullying, intimidation, and of course, physical harm -- and what to do about them. Chattanooga lawyer Bob Lype details the issue. And read Nashville lawyer David Hudson's article about the “jailhouse lawyer” case that significantly changed the legal landscape in the state regarding prisoner rights and access to the courts. Also in this issue, TBA President Jason Long thanks the Young Lawyers Division on its many accomplishments. Read the entire issue online.

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YLD Invited Guest News for March 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 group will be hosting a pre-clinic primer on March 29 at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library from 11:45 to 1:00.  This will help you get up to speed on some common topics that arise at the Saturday Legal Clinics, including landlord/tenant issues, criminal law, family law, and more. RSVP to Amy Mulroy.
 
The AWA is sponsoring a Saturday Legal Clinic on April 8, 2017 at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library from 10:00 – 2:00.  The group invites you to come volunteer with them and provide legal assistance to those in need.For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website, reach out to us via email or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW is a proud sponsor of TLAW’s Empowerment Conference taking place on March 31, 2017 in Nashville.  ETLAW is encouraging its members to attend what promises to be an enlightening and powerful event. 
 
At ETLAW’s next monthly meeting on April 14, 2017, Jamie Ballinger, a Senior Associate at Baker Donelson and member of the inaugural class of Emerge Tennessee, a new-to-Tennessee campaign training program aimed at electing women, will moderate a Women’s Leadership Panel.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The Lawyers’ Association of Women will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at The Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is held to highlight the past year’s activities, recognize the outstanding individuals in the association by awarding the Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey and Rising Star Awards, and elect LAW’s new officers.  This year, we are excited to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey Award is Justice Cornelia A. Clark, and the recipient of the Rising Star Award is Ashonti T. Davis. The LAW Banquet provides the opportunity for members of the middle Tennessee bar, federal, state appellate and trial judges, and local business leaders to celebrate the achievements and contributions of these deserving awards recipients.  To obtain additional information, please contact Christen Blackburn or Caroline Hudson
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter –  The group is currently planning a clinic for late Spring. For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association recently partnered with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program this month to assist in completing the 600+ remaining forms from an expungement clinic.  
 
For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) –  SETLAW is hosting a Lunch and Learn on Deal Basics on March 30 at Baker Donelson from 11:30 to 1:00.  The event will be led by attorneys Susan Rich, Mary O’Kelley, and Amy Mahone, and lunch will be served.  Attendance is free for SETLAW members and $10 for non-members. For more information about SETLAW, 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 Lawyers’ Association for Women is hosting its 2017 Spring Empowerment Conference: Women Who Win on March 31, 2017, in Nashville! Join us for a full day of programming and networking. The morning keynote speaker will be Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, and the luncheon keynote speaker will be Linda Strite Murnane  (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), Chief for Court Management Services for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Leidschendam.To register for the Conference, please visit tlaw.org.
 
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 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD 2017 Spring Conference will be held May 4-6, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
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 YLD continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon with a legislative update for its lawyers. 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’s next Coffee Talks is scheduled for April 7th with the Chancery Court at Camp House.  The CBA YLD will be hosting its second Expungement Clinic this Spring with more information coming soon.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 group is currently planning events for next month. For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall 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. 
 
 The KBA Barristers 8th Annual Corn Hole Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Bearden Beer Market, located at 4524 Old Kingston Pike. Check-In starts at 6 p.m. Register online by clicking May 4 on the Event Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs Jeremey Goolsby or Luke P. Ihnen.
 
Barristers Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee is collecting Professional clothes through April 10-24. Items needed are slacks & skirts, suits, blouses & shirts, dresses, ties, 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 or Meagan Collver.
 
Barristers Law School Mentor Committee began a new initiative, A Day in the Life Luncheons, with UT Law students. The plan is to pair small groups of law students interested in a specific area of law or type of practice, with one or two attorneys practicing in that field, and allow them the opportunity to have a casual and candid conversation over lunch. The Committee hosted their first luncheon in February at UT Law and hopes to keep the initiative going. If you have any interest in speaking with law students about a day in your life as an attorney, please contact Caitlyn Elam or Stanton Fears.
 
The Law Week and School Outreach Committee is also seeking nominations for the Law & Liberty Award.  All nominations must be received by April 14.  The recipient should be visible to the legal profession and local bar association.  The recipient should strive to foster and to maintain good relationships between the legal profession and the community, work to advance the understanding of the law and legal processes in the non‐legal community, set an example of good citizenship, give time for volunteer work, both within the legal profession and otherwise, evidence high professional standards in his or her occupation, express concern for the safeguard of personal, political, civil, and religious liberties and should be someone whose work is not normally recognized.  Nominees do not have to be attorneys to qualify for the Law and Liberty Award. Consider those individuals in your firm, in local civic and religious organizations, or in the community who have worked to improve our legal system and protect our civil liberties. Finally, please pass this request to others in your firm and ask that they also submit their suggested nominees to Ashley Morgan.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD held a meeting at Puckett’s earlier this month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –   The YLD is requesting volunteer attorneys to be on TV and answer legal questions during Legal Lines on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at WREG-TV Channel 3.  Shifts are 30 minutes each from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Please contact Shayla Purifoy or Josh Baker to sign up. Volunteer today and make your mom proud!
 
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 or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The NBA Young Lawyers Division 14th Annual LogicForce Race Judicata will be held on April 8, beginning at 8:00am. Both the 5K/10K are flat, fast, and certified courses that run along the Harpeth River Greenway at Edwin Warner Park.  All are welcome including families, strollers, and dogs! Proceeds from the race will benefit two local charities—ABLE Youth and Achilles International Nashville. Follow us on Twitter @racejudicata for more information or visit our Facebook. To register for the race, visit here. 
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –   The group will be having its Wills for Heroes event in conjunction with District 1 on April 15. For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association in conjunction with the Upper Cumberland Legal Aid office will be holding a free legal clinic on Thursday, April 6th from 4-6pm at the Legal Aid office at 9 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville, TN. UCYLA will have its monthly meeting following the clinic. For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 20th. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (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 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 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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TBA YLD Continues Successful Expungement Clinics

On March 4, the TBA YLD and several other groups hosted the G.S. Music City Community Court (Division VIII) Expungement Clinic & Pro Se Indigency Saturday Docket in Nashville and volunteers assisted over 200 people.
 
The group will host another Saturday General Sessions Expungement Clinic and Indigency Docket this Saturday, April 1, in Murfreesboro. The clinic will be held at Murfreesboro First Baptist Church, located at 738 East Castle Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
 
There will be multiple services provided to clients while waiting including voter registration, Know Your Rights seminars, credit counseling, and much more. Those who are able to volunteer should contact I’Ashea Myles Dihigo
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YLD CLE for April: Mastering the Deposition

Members of the Young Lawyers Division Board's CLE committee have produced a new CLE for April entitled "Mastering the Deposition: Critical Skills and More."

Two programs are currently scheduled - one in Nashville, produced by YLD CLE Middle Tennessee Captain Holland Matthews and one in Memphis, produced by YLD CLE West Tennessee Captain Aaron Kandel.

This program will cover basic and intermediate deposition techniques and will be offered in Nashville and Memphis. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the deposition process. An additional portion of the program will be devoted to ethical considerations in deposition settings, dealing with difficult counsel and witness preparation.

Nashville

Location: Tennessee Bar Center
Date: April 6, 2017
Register Here

Memphis

Location: University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology
Date: April 13, 2017
Register Here

Following the Memphis CLE will be an open social hour located at Char beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the TBA YLD as well as Lewis Thomason this event is open to all TBA YLD members in addition to the attendees of the CLE. 

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TBA Seeking Candidates for Executive Director

The Tennessee Bar Association is currently seeking candidates to fill the Executive Director position. Young Mayden LLC is coordinating the search process and will be advertising in local, statewide, and national publications. We invite you to share this information with your colleagues and any individuals who may have an interest in the position. You can find more information about the position on the TBA website.
 
Questions about the search process can be directed to Barbara Mayden.
 
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MBA Emerges as Mock Trial Champions

The Montgomery Bell Academy mock trial team repeated its championship win for the second year in a row at the 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Competition this weekend in Nashville. Montgomery Bell defeated Harpeth Hall in the championship round. 
 
The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 11-13 in Hartford, Connecticut.
 
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 Justice Roger A. Page presided over the championship match Saturday evening.
 
Additionally, Rutherford County Homeschool 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.
 
 
 
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