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Report: Baker Donelson Among Best Work Places for New Dads

The law firm of Baker Donelson has been named among the 50 best places for new dads to work in a report by Fatherly, a digital lifestyle guide for men entering parenthood. Baker Donelson was highlighted for its father-friendly paternity leave policy, Chattanoogan.com reports.

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Key Advice from Tennessee Lawyers for New Attorneys

Do you have new lawyers joining your firm? If so, be sure to send them to the TBA’s Best Practices for New Lawyers program on June 5. The three-hour CLE will feature attorneys talking about the things they wish they had known on their first day as practicing lawyers. Attendees also will learn how to manage clients’ and partners’ expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel and avoid the kinds of mistakes rookie lawyers often make.

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Tennessee Lawyers Offer Free Legal Clinics, Educational Seminars Across the State

Events are part of TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Annual Service Project

NASHVILLE, April 28, 2015 – Tennessee young lawyers are combining efforts over the next 10 days to host legal advice clinics, legal awareness fairs and educational seminars across the state to assist low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.

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Legislative Update: Raising the Rate for Court Appointed Attorneys

The TBA this year pushed for legislation to raise the rate for court-appointed work from $40 an hour to $100 an hour and to double the caps. The proposal was introduced in the Senate as SB1009 by Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and in the House as HB1025 by Mike Stewart, D-Nashville.

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YLD Affiliate News for April 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD will hold its Spring Conference May 14-16 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The meeting will include a session specifically to help affiliate leaders plan for their leadership year. The group wrapped up its Mid-Year Meeting in Houston in February. Clarksville lawyer Justin Sensing, an associate with Phillips Law, provides a recap of that meeting in the March/April 2015 issue of The Affiliate.

Bullyproof, the ABA YLD’s service project last year, has been adopted by the ABA Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. The section has created a Bullyproof Committee to continue the work of educating parents, educators, students and lawyers on the issue.

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YLD Invited Guest News for April 2015

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.

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Memphis Lawyer Elected YLD VP, 2 Races Set for June Vote

Memphis lawyer Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2017-2018. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2016 and president in 2017. Baptist, who will be the first African American woman to lead the group, was deemed elected earlier this month after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Baptist has been active in the YLD since 2008, serving as the liaison from the Lawyers Association for Women, co-chair of the Diversity Committee for one year and chair of the committee for four years. Under her leadership, the YLD developed the award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute.

Other officers elected without opposition this month were:

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TBA YLD Represented at ABA Day

YLD President Rachel Moses recently joined TBA President Jonathan Steen, President-elect Bill Harbison and Executive Director Allan Ramsaur in the nation’s capital as part of the ABA Day legislative effort. The group met with Tennessee legislators and learned about issues of importance to the legal profession. Spearheaded by the Legislative Affairs arm of the American Bar Association, ABA Day allows leaders from bar associations across the country to meet with elected officials to promote legislative issues of importance to lawyers.

TBA leaders from left: President-elect Bill Harbison, President Jonathan Steen, Executive Director Allan Ramsaur and YLD President Rachel Moses.

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Join Us in Memphis for the 2015 TBA Convention!

Registration is now open for the 2015 TBA Annual Convention! Join your colleagues June 17-20 in Memphis for the 134th gathering of the association. Our host hotel is again the historic Peabody Hotel. Make your reservation by May 27 to ensure you receive the special TBA rate of $210 per night. Call the Peabody’s Reservation Department at 800-Peabody (press 2). Advise the reservation staff that you are attending the Tennessee Bar Association Annual Meeting.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 4/30/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through this coming May. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

Sevierville, May 16
Contact: Bryce McKenzie, (865) 428-8780
Location: Sevier County Special Operations Building, 735 Middle Creek Rd., 37862

Cleveland, May 30
Contact: Emily Petro, (423) 472-2179
Location: Bradley-Cleveland Senior Activity Center, 230 Urbane Rd. NE 37312
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maryville, June 13
Contact: Nick Black, (865) 238-0665
Location: TBD

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Support Youth Courts During the Big Payback

Have you heard about the Big Payback? It’s a community-wide, online giving day hosted by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For 24 hours, beginning at midnight on May 5, donors can make gifts to the Tennessee Youth Court Program through the TBA website or the Big Payback site.

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Law Day Events Planned This Week

Bar associations and legal organizations across the state are gearing up for this year’s Law Day with events this week. Activities include luncheons, a memorial service, recognition of public and legal service and inspiring remarks from Tennessee and national leaders.
The theme of the this year’s Law Day is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law,” which asks Americans to remember and reflect on the legal concept that no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. This year marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Learn more about this year's Law Day from the ABA.

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Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative In Full Swing

Tennessee young lawyers are combining efforts over the next 10 days to host legal advice clinics, legal awareness fairs and educational seminars across the state to assist low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. Events range from general legal advice clinics, to specific clinics focusing on issues such as landlord/tenant problems or parenting plans for divorcing couples. Two legal fairs will provide general information about the free resources available to Tennesseans in need of legal assistance. And an educational seminar will provide information about dealing with creditors, bankruptcies and effective budgeting.

The weeklong Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative is the brainchild of TBA YLD President Rachel Moses, a lawyer in the Cookeville office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. See a complete list of events online. Volunteers are still needed!

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Additional Resources

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at resources for solos.

In the Additonal Resources section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit offers suggestions for materials, books and videos that lawyers in a small or solo practice may find helpful.

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YLD Launches Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative

This year’s signature TBA YLD public service project is a series of legal clinics and educational events to be held across the state. As envisioned by YLD President Rachel Moses, the events will take place during the first annual Access to Justice Week – the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Lawyers of all ages are invited to participate.

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Memphis Lawyer to Lead YLD in 2017

Memphis lawyer Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2017-2018. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2016 and president in 2017. Baptist, who will be the first African American woman to lead the group, was deemed elected yesterday after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Baptist has been active in the YLD since 2008, serving as the liaison from the Lawyers Association for Women, co-chair of the Diversity Committee for one year and chair of the committee for four years. Under her leadership, the YLD developed the award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute. YLD members will decide several contested races at the group's Annual Meeting June 19 in Memphis.

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YLD Invited Guest News for March 2015

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.

East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women – The East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, represented on the TBA YLD Board by Knoxville lawyer Alyssa Minge, is holding its annual Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon for May 6 at noon at The Foundry in Knoxville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee will be the keynote speaker. Get details online or contact Catherine Anglin, (865) 525-0880 with any questions.

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YLD Affiliate News for March 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD will hold its Spring Conference May 14-16 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The meeting will include a session specifically to help affiliate leaders plan for their leadership year. Topics to be covered include organizing and structuring an affiliate, encouraging board accountability and meaningful participation, delegating and using talent, motivating volunteers, budgeting, improving diversity and leveraging connections with the ABA and other affiliates. For more information 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 will hold a Wills for Heroes clinic in Maryville on June 13. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Mentoring

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at mentoring opportunities.

In the Mentoring section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit addresses the importance of finding trustworthy counsel when beginning the practice of law. When asked to comment about the benefits of mentoring, TBA members provided the following advice:

  • If you don’t have a mentor, get one!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the best lawyer in your area to mentor you. Once upon a time, someone did it for them.
  • The single greatest thing that helped me learn when I was a new lawyer was to be assigned a great mentor who let me tag along with her everywhere.
  • It is critical to have an experienced attorney to call. It is really one of the most important resources a new attorney can have.
  • If you do not have a mentor, your life will be 100 percent harder. Starting out is hard enough. Get a mentor to help ease that pain.
  • I did not have a mentor. It would have made life much easier if I did!
  • Being mentored by an experienced attorney is essential. Reading rules and laws is still important, but if that is all you do, you won’t know any more about the practice of law than the day you graduated from law school. Experienced attorneys can tell you how things actually work.
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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 3/31/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through this coming May. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

Alamo, April 11
Contact: Ben Conley,  (731) 696-3735
Location: Crockett Memorial Library, 258 E. Church St., 38001
Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chattanooga, April 11
Contact: Jason Demastus, (423) 209-7400
Location: Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, 6233 Dayton Blvd., 37343
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

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Young Professionals Golf Tournament Coming to Nashville

Nextgengolf is bringing its Nextgen’s City Tour to Nashville this summer. The organization will host four team-based, competitive tournaments in the city on May 31, June 28, July 19 and Aug. 2 for players between the ages of 18 and 34. According to sponsors, the goal of the tournaments is to provide networking opportunities for young professionals. Learn more online or email questions to nextgennashville@gmail.com.

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GAL Webcast Now Available Online

Did you miss this month’s live Guardian ad Litem (GAL) webcast? Do not fear! The program will remain live on the TBA CLE website for one year. Watch it here!
Thanks to the efforts of the YLD’s Children’s Issues and CLE Committees, lawyers interested in learning more about serving as a GAL can watch the one-hour session “Guardian ad Litem: Managing Your Child-Client, Third Parties and Opposing Counsel.” The seminar looks at the responsibilities of a GAL, offers best practices for developing a relationship with the child-client and cover tips for managing parents’ counsel and third parties such as the Department of Child Services (DCS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and psychologists. Finally, the course looks at the differences in rules governing GALs in juvenile and circuit cases.

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Event for Young Lawyers Added to This Year's TBA Convention!

Registration is now open for the 2015 TBA Annual Convention. Join your colleagues June 17-20 in Memphis for the 134th edition of this gathering. This year, for the first time ever, there will be a special event just for young lawyers. Come join your colleagues for a good time following the joint social event on Thursday night. The YLD After Party will run from 10 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are just $40. Let’s keep the party going after the Beale Street Landing event! Get scheduling details, hotel information and ticket registration online.

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Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative Kicks Off

This year’s signature YLD public service project is a series of legal clinics across the state. As envisioned by YLD President Rachel Moses, clinics will be held during the first annual Access to Justice Week – the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area. See a complete list of events online.

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Reminder: Election Petitions Due April 1

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until the end of the day April 1 to file a nominating petition. Positions open for the 2015-2016 bar year include the following:

• Vice President (must be from the Western Grand Division)
• East Tennessee Governor
• Middle Tennessee Governor
• West Tennessee Governor
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Odd-numbered District Representatives:

• District 1: Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan,
  Unicoi, Washington counties
• District 3: Knox County
• District 5: Hamilton County
• District 7: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford, Sequatchie
  counties
• District 9: Davidson County
• District 11: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury,
  Moore, Perry, Wayne, Williamson counties
• District 13: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson,
  Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison, Tipton counties

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