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YLD Affiliate News for May 2016

American Bar Association YLD – Nashville lawyer and ABA representative Matt Potempa was recently honored as “Best of the Bar" by the Nashville Business Journal.
 
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 recently held an its monthly meeting and had executive committee elections. 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 tentatively scheduled for June 22 at the Spring Hill Marriott. The YLD will continue its quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year with the next one tentatively scheduled for June 9 at 7:30 a.m. with our local Circuit Court judges.
 
The group recently had a successful Access to Justice pro bono legal clinic.
 
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 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. Sign up here
 
Law Week & School Outreach Committee: Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in the Junior Judges presentations over the past month.  We appreciate you for making it a successful event.
 
This year’s Barristers Professional Clothing Drive was a smashing success, thanks to innumerable generous donors and the many hardworking volunteers who helped make the event possible. Truckloads of clothing were donated to the YWCA, the Connect Ministries Career Closet and Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Thank you all for your support of this wonderful cause!
 
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 –  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 recently held a successful free legal advice clinic for seniors at the Robertson County Senior Citizens Center in Springfield.  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 – Sunny Sandos will be President of NETYLA for the 2016-2017 year.  The board currently has vacancies, so if you are a young lawyer in Sullivan County, Washington County, Johnson County, Carter County, Unicoi County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County or Hancock County and want to become more involved, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Spankies in Cookeville. For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble.  Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA-YLD held its annual meeting earlier this month and elected the following officers for this coming year: Jason Talley was confirmed as the incoming President for this coming year, Kendall White was elected Secretary, Sam Cross was elected as a member-at-large, and Nathan Powers will continue to serve as social chair. The WCBA YLD will host a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5 p.m. on June 9. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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YLD Invited Guest News for May 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) – The AWA will be having the Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament to carry on the philanthropic legacy of one of its strongest members, Mary Wolff, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after a battle with cancer. The Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at The Links at Galloway (lunch served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., four person scramble). The proceeds will benefit three charitable organizations: The First Tee of Memphis; The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund; and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  To register or for more information about this great event please contact Mary-Morgan Whitfield at 901.277.8120 or visit the website.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – Just two days before the TBI publicized that 32 individuals in Knoxville had been arrested in a human trafficking operation, ETLAW’s monthly meeting featured a discussion on Human Trafficking Awareness in East Tennessee by Brooklyn Sawyers, Esq., an Assistant U.S. Attorney, FBI Special Agent Cynthia Deitle and Kate Trudell of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
 
Because of the date conflict with the TBA convention, ETLAW will not be hosting a monthly meeting in June.  Please join us Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA with guest speaker Senator Doug Overby, who will provide his annual Legislative Update.  Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.  Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
Finally, ETLAW plans to host 1-2 social events over the summer. Stay tuned for details.
 
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 – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter in Chattanooga is having a Happy Hour to welcome all summer interns on June 21, 2016. The event will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. at Feed Co., located at 201 W. Main Street. Everyone is welcome, and please bring any summer associates.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build this Saturday, June 4.  SETLAW will have its next happy hour event on June 30 at Matilda Midnight from 6 - 8 p.m. 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 will offer special programming at the TBA Convention, including a Joint Cocktail Reception with TBA/TABL/ Stonewall Bar on Thursday, June 16, from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Plantation Lobby. Additionally, TLAW's Annual Meeting and Breakfast will take place on Friday, June 17, from 7 - 8:15 a.m. in the Belmont Room. For more information and registration, visit www.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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Still Time to Book for the 2016 TBA Annual Convention

It is not too late to join your colleagues June 15-18 in Nashville for the 2016 TBA Annual ConventionRegister by June 1 in order to get first tier discounted tickets, and by June 8 to get second tier discounted tickets. 
Registration includes free access to all TBA CLE programming, the Bench Bar Programming and Luncheon, Lawyers Luncheon, law school breakfasts, several receptions, the Thursday night dinner and entertainment at the George Jones Museum and the Friday night after party sponsored by the YLD and Leadership Law.
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Law Practice Conference for New Lawyers

 
Are you in your first few years of practicing law? Need to find your place in the practice of law? This program will help you explore solo practice, learn best practices in billing to meet client expectations and offer tips on beginning and ending the client relationship. Bonus materials will offer an overview of a variety of practice areas. These will give you a glance at a day in the life of each practice area. You will hear from seasoned lawyers and learn practice management tips for new lawyers.
 
This CLE will also be available in webcast form. For more information or to sign up, visit the TBA website.
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TBA YLD to Hold Annual Meeting; Consider Bylaw Amendment

On June 17, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Meeting, in which all young lawyer members of the TBA are invited to attend and participate.

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, located at 777 McGavock Pike.

At the meeting, an amendement to the Young Lawyers Division bylaws will be up for consideration. The amendment concerns changing Article XI of the bylaws regarding how the bylaws can be amended in the future. The following is the text of the proposed amendment, with changes to the current bylaw underlined:

Upon the recommendation of the Long Range Planning Committee, these Bylaws may be amended by (1) a two-thirds vote of the members of the Division present and voting at any annual membership meeting; (2) a two-thirds vote of the members of the Division present and voting at any meeting of the membership of the Division properly called by the President; or (3) a two-thirds vote of the voting members of the Board. No amendments to the Bylaws may be made until ten (10) days notice has been given to the membership as to the facts and contents of the proposed amendments. Upon such approval by the Division or Board, such amendments shall be presented for approval to the Board of Governors of the TBA and no amendment so adopted shall be effective until so approved.
 
For more information, please contact TBA staff cordinator Katharine Heriges at kheriges@tnbar.org.
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New Admittees to be Sworn In

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold a swearing in ceremony in Nashville on June 14, for new admittees to the bar. Results from the February bar exam came out last month with 193 law students passing the exam. Events on Tuesday include an open house and lunch at the TBA from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for new lawyers and their families. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium, located at 301 6th Ave North. 

YLD members will be on hand to congratulate these new lawyers and provide information about TBA membership. Please join us at either location if you would like to welcome these new lawyers into the legal profession.

For more information, please contact TBA Membership Director Kathy Prescott.

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ABA President Visits Nashville

ABA President Paulette Brown recently visited Nashville, stopping by a local Boys and Girls Club on April 29. TBA YLD board member Cherrelle Hooper (left) was able to organize the visit for Brown. Hooper is the incoming chair of the TBA YLD children's issues committee.

Those wishing to discover more about the children's issues committee should contact Hooper. For information on how to get involved with the ABA, contact TBA YLD ABA representative Matt Potempa.

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TBA YLD Diversity Committee Nets ABA Award

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division was recognized nationally at the American Bar Association Spring Conference in St. Louis. The group received third place in the 2016 Embracing Diversity Challenge, awarded for the TBA YLD's work on the Diversity Leadership Institute. 

The DLI is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students, designed to develop skills to succeed as an attorney and to build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. The recognition also included a cash prize of $250.

Those who wish to know more about the Diversity Committee or the DLI, please contact Diversity Chair Amber Floyd or Vice Chair John Rice.   

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Indigent Representation Task Force Statewide Hearings Begin

The Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force statewide listening tour met in Memphis Thursday and today in Trenton, Gibson County. In Memphis, Shelby County Chief Defender Stephen C. Bush, Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law Dean Peter Letsou spoke to the panel. Private lawyers shared the real issues and experiences faced with the cap on compensation with juvenile cases. The next meetings of the task force are in Johnson City on May 19 and Knoxville on May 20. Click here for a complete list of hearings. If you would like to speak at the upcoming hearings please sign up here!  Please email Brenda Gadd, TBA Public Policy Coordinator, if you would like to speak and plan to attend. She will be coordinating our efforts. All are encouraged to attend and speak up!

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YLD Invited Guest News for April 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) –AWA recently held a successful Incarcerated Civil Law Legal Clinic in Memphis.  The group will be having the Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament to carry on the philanthropic legacy of one of its strongest members, Mary Wolff, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after a battle with cancer. The Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at The Links at Galloway (lunch served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., four person scramble). The proceeds will benefit three charitable organizations: The First Tee of Memphis; The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund; and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  To register or for more information about this great event please contact Mary-Morgan Whitfield at 901.277.8120 or visit the website.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On Wednesday, April 20, ETLAW held its regular monthly meeting at the LMU Duncan School of Law.  Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury spoke on how female attorneys should present themselves in court to ensure maximum success for themselves and their clients.  Her presentation included specific advice about how to handle going to a new court that is out of one’s comfort zone and how to figure out who to talk to and what to do in each new court or county.
 
The next regular monthly meeting of ETLAW will be May 18, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10. Register at the website.
 
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 – ANNUAL BASKETBALL GAME FUNDRAISER - The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will be competing against the Bluff City Medical Society in the annual Lawyers vs. Doctors Basketball Game on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Porter Goodwill Club Gymnasium (620 South Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38126). Doors will open at 10 a.m. for pre-game and community activities as well as team warm-ups.  The game will begin at 12 p.m.  This event is being sponsored by the Ben F. Jones Chapter and proceeds from the game will support the Boys and Girls Club's summer educational programs.  For more information please contact: Freeman Foster or Andre Mathis
 
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 – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW recently held a yoga event and a successful monthly happy hour event. 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 seeking to fill positions on its 2016-2017 Board.  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 2016

American Bar Association YLD – ABA President Paulette Brown is in Nashville today visiting with the local Boys & Girls Club. 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 tentatively scheduled for May 25th at Universal Joint.  The YLD will continue its quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The group will be having doing its Access to Justice pro bono legal clinic on May 21st at Dallas Bay Baptist Church in Hixson.  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:
  
The Access to Justice Committee invites you to volunteer at the next Saturday Bar on May 6.  Also on May 6, the KBA Law & Liberty Award will be presented at the 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.  Sign up here
 
This year’s Barristers Professional Clothing Drive in April was a smashing success, thanks to innumerable generous donors and the many hardworking volunteers who helped make the event possible.  Literally truckloads of clothing were donated to the YWCA, the Connect Ministries Career Closet, and Knox Area Rescue Ministries.  Thank you all for your support of this wonderful cause!
 
The Law Week & School Outreach Committee thanks all of the volunteers who participated in the Junior Judges presentations over the past month.  We appreciate you for making it a successful event.
 
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 –  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 recently held a successful free legal advice clinic for seniors at the Robertson County Senior Citizens Center in Springfield.  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 – Sunny Sandos will be President of NETYLA for the 2016-2017 year.  The board currently has vacancies, so if you are a young lawyer in Sullivan County, Washington County, Johnson County, Carter County, Unicoi County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County or Hancock County and want to become more involved, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641.
 
Additionally, in conjunction with the TBA YLD, NETYLA is hosting a Wills for Heroes Clinic May 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington County Johnson City Emergency Medical Service Inc. Training Room.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rachel Ralston Mancl, (423) 283-6319 or Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4808.

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 recently held a social at Cool Springs Brewery. The WCBA-YLD annual meeting will be held at 325 Bridge Street on May 16th, 2016, at 5:00. At this meeting, incoming officers will be elected for the 2016-2017 year. Qualified candidates may propose their candidacy by communicating their interest to 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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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (4/29/16)

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 Jake Hubbell. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.

Johnson City, May 21
Contact: Rachel Ralston Mancl, rmancl@hsdlaw.com, (423) 283-6319 or Holly Mancl, hmancl@pennstuart.com, (423) 793-4808
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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Second Annual Access to Justice Initiative Underway

The YLD's public service project for 2016, the Access to Justice Legal Clinic Initiative, is currently in progress, having begun in Cookeville on April 25. The project builds on the experience of last year's "Access to Justice Week."

Young lawyers are once again planning and participating in legal clinics across the state. The project is an 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. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area. Clinics will continue in various locations statewide until May 21.

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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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.
 
For the first time, the election was held via electronic ballot, to make voting more accessible to all young lawyers in the TBA.
 
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. 
 
"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.
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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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