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Are You on the Rise?

Nominations are being accepted for the ABA YLD Annual On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award. This award provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. The deadline to submit nominations is tomorrow, March 1, 2018.

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TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) Meets with Tennessee Legislature

The TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2018 learned about issues in policy and politics this past month as the group heard from Tennessee legislators, lobbyists, attorneys, and other individuals involved in state policy in Nashville.  The TBALL Class then joined Tennessee Bar Association leaders, legislators and their staffs for the annual Big Shrimp Legislative reception.  More than 200 people attended this year’s Big Shrimp event. 
 
Pictured above from left to right: Ted Goodman, Laura Martin, Ryan Porter and Jesse Morris. They’re all members of the TBALL Class of 2018.
 
TBALL’s next meeting will be on March 23-24 in Jackson as the group learns about issues in the Courts. This year’s class is being led by Co-Chairs Loretta Cravens of Knoxville and Judge Brandon Gibson of Jackson.
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TBA YLD Continues to Host Successful Workshops, Clinics, Service Projects

The YLD hosts Wills for Heroes clinics around the state to provide free wills, powers of attorney and advance directives for Tennessee's firefighters, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders. The Wills for Heroes program started shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a way to give back to first responders in need of estate planning services. Since its inception in Tennessee, Wills for Heroes has served several thousand heroes and their families.
 
The YLD will continue hosting various clinics and volunteer events this upcoming year.  Here are some events coming up in March:
March 1 – Know Your Rights Presentation – Clarksville
Austin Peay State University, UC 303/305, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  To volunteer, contact Jamie Durrett.
 
March 3 –  Wills for Heroes Clinic – Lewisburg
Law Office of David McKenzie, 205 West Commerce Street, Lewisburg, Tennessee, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See flyer for details. To volunteer or for more information, contact Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux (debbie@davidmckenzielaw.com) or (931) 359-7305.
 
March 10 – Wills for Heroes Clinic – Dyersburg   
McIver’s Grant Public Library, 410 W Court Street, Dyersburg, Tennessee, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See flyer for details. Attorney volunteers are needed and encouraged to contact Megan Warden by email or at 901-821-0044.
 
March 24 – Wills for Heroes Clinic – Chattanooga
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., 605 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Chattanoog, TN, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For appointments and to volunteer, please contact Logan Threadgill (wfh@chamblisslaw.com).
 
Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer.
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TBA Young Lawyers Division Recognized by ABA for Expungement Clinic

The Tennessee Bar Association YLD was selected nationwide as the Affiliate Star of this Quarter for the YLD’s Expungement Clinic Project.  The group was recognized at the YLD Council meeting in Vancouver during the ABA Midyear meeting in February.  
 
The TBA YLD was featured in the February edition of The Affiliate, the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s digital publication.
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Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial 2018

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee is still accepting RSVPs for volunteers for judges, attorneys, paralegals, legal staff and law students to help with this year’s Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition.
 
This year’s problem is a civil case and the two-day state competition involving dozens of teams and hundreds of volunteers will take place on March 23-24 in downtown Nashville with a final championship round on Saturday evening. The winning team will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Reno, Nevada, on May 10-13, 2018. 
 
 
You can sign up to volunteer by filling out this form: http://www.tba.org/2018-state-mock-trial-volunteer-form
 
The 2018 Mock Trial Problem with exhibits is available on the TBA.org website.
 
Many TBA members have participated in this long-running, successful competition over the years and have enjoyed their experiences. Those with questions about the case or about volunteering should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Rob Sands.
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YLD Names New Officers for 2018-2019 Bar Year

Several positions for the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) 2018-2019 bar year were certified this month via uncontested election results, including that of vice president. Jackson lawyer Terica Smith was deemed elected vice president, and she will serve as TBA YLD president in 2020-2021.
 
 
 
Petitions for YLD Officer positions were due Feb. 15.  Pursuant to the TBA YLD Bylaws, the following Executive Committee members are deemed elected:
Secretary: John Wilks
Treasurer: Justin B. Faith
Middle Tennessee Governor: Jason F. Hicks
East Tennessee Governor: Brittany T. Faith
 
In addition, five district representative positions were filled by election without opposition, as follows:
District 2: Amanda Howard
District 6: Tessa Lawson
District 8: Tiffany Hagar
District 10: Jamie Durrett
District 14: Brandon Pettes
 
As no young lawyer filed a petition by Feb. 15 to become the West Tennessee Governor, District 4 Representative and District 12 Representative, the Nominating Committee will make nominations and appointments for this seat.
 
Congratulations to these young lawyers!
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Tennessee Bar Journal’s Second Annual Fiction Contest Accepting Submissions

The Tennessee Bar Journal is now accepting submissions for its 2nd Annual Fiction Contest! The period for submissions runs through March 12, 2018. The winner will be notified by May 1. The winning entry will be published in the June 2018 issue and the author will receive a $100 gift card from a favorite independent bookstore. Review the rules and more information here

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Volunteers Needed for Wills for Heroes Clinic in Marshall County

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for a Wills for Heroes Clinic scheduled for March 3 in Lewisburg. The clinic, which will provide wills and other end-of-life documents to first responders, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Law Office of David McKenzie, 205 West Commerce Street. Volunteers should contact Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux at (931) 359-7305 or debbie@davidmckenzielaw.com if interested.

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Terica Smith to Lead TBA YLD in 2020

Jackson lawyer Terica Smith will lead the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division in the 2020-2021 bar year, according to election-qualifying results certified on Friday. No other candidate qualified for the vice president position by the Feb. 15 deadline. Smith, who works in the Office of the District Attorney General and currently serves as the ABA Affiliate Representative on the TBA YLD board, is a 2006 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a member of the TBA’s Leadership Law class of 2013. Smith will serve as vice president during the 2018-2019 bar year and move on to the president-elect seat in 2019-2020 prior to assuming her presidency.
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Nominate a Rising Young Lawyer for ABA Top 40 Award

Know a lawyer on the rise? The American Bar Association honors the Top 40 Young Lawyers every year with its Annual On the Rise list. Winners exemplify high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service. To be eligible, the attorney must be a member of the ABA and younger than 36 on Aug. 30. Individuals cannot nominate themselves. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1.
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Volunteers Needed for Wills for Heroes Clinic in Dyersburg

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for a Wills for Heroes Clinic scheduled for March 10 in Dyersburg. The clinic, which aims to provide wills and other end-of-life documents to first responders, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McIver’s Grant Public Library, 410 W. Court St. Volunteers should contact Megan Warden, (901) 821-0044 if interested.

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Nashville Lawyers Honored in 40 Under 40

Several attorneys were honored in the Nashville Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40, released this week. Lillian Blackshear of Bass, Berry & Sims, Kristen Kenney of HCA Healthcare, Lauren Kilgore of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, Whitney Kimerling of Lewis Thomason, Alex Little of Bone McAllester Norton, Russell Taber of Riley Warnock & Jacobson, and Gulam Zade of LogicForce were among those selected for the recognition.
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TBA YLD Recognized for Expungement Clinic Project

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division was selected by the American Bar Association's YLD as the Affiliate Star of the Quarter, in recognition of its expungement clinic project. The TBA YLD was recognized at the YLD Council meeting on Friday at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver. It will also be featured in the February edition of The Affiliate, the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s digital publication.
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Sign Up to Volunteer for Mock Trial 2018

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is seeking attorneys, judges, law students and legal staff to volunteer for the annual Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, set for March 23-24 in Nashville. The winning high school team will go on to compete in the national tournament in Reno, Nevada, in May. Attorney volunteers will be utilized in the competition as scorers and judges, presiding over rounds, while law students and legal staff will serve as bailiffs. The mock trial competition is the largest annual program of the YLD, so many volunteers will be needed. Sign up here or visit the TBA website for more information.

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YLD Affiliate News

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA YLD Spring Conference will be in Louisville, Kentucky, from May 10-12. Registration online now. 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 has a new president, Sarah Miracle, for the upcoming bar year. For more information email Sarah or call 865-705-7011.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours to promote the YLD and encourage networking with other young attorneys. The YLD’s next Social is tentatively set for April 13.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m., where the Barristers’ and their volunteers serve breakfast to individuals participating in the services of the Volunteer Ministry Center.  The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor.
 
Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou, 807 South Gay Street.  The next meeting will be held on April 11.  Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP, is the new Barristers president and Mikel Towe, Lewis Thomason, is the vice president.
 
The Mock Trial Committee co-chairs, Sarah Watson and Amanda Tonkin, would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the attorneys and law student volunteers for serving as bailiffs and scoring/presiding judges during the 2018 Knoxville Regional High School Mock Trial Competition!  This event was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our volunteers.  We are excited to announce that Jefferson County High School’s “Blue” Team won the event.
 
The next Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic will be on April 7 at Second United Methodist, 1524 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921. If you are interested in signing up for the Legal Advice Clinic, please register on the KBA’s website
 
Can you donate a couple of hours of your time to assist area service members and military families? The Knoxville Barristers sponsor a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. The next Veterans Legal Clinic is scheduled for noon on April 11.  If you are interested in signing up for the Veterans Clinic, you can do so on the KBA’s website.
 
The next Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic will be on April 7 at Second United Methodist, 1524 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921. If you are interested in signing up for the Legal Advice Clinic, please register on the KBA’s website.
 
Save the Date - join us at Main Event on April 19 for the first annual Barristers Bowling Night. Bowling will begin at 6 p.m.  The registration fee is $25 and includes the cost of bowling for two hours, shoe rentals, and food catered by Main Event. Cash bar will be available. Prizes will be awarded for the highest score, most strikes in a row, and more!  If you are interested, you can register through the KBA website. Registration closes April 11.
 
The Barristers’ annual Professional Clothing Drive will take place April 9 - 23. Drop-off locations in Knoxville include the First Tennessee building, BB&T building, Bank of America building, federal courthouse, LMU Duncan School of Law, UT College of Law, the City-County building (3rd and 6th floors), and Baker Donelson's office. Citizens First Bank in Oak Ridge is also collecting donations. Please contact Courtney (crhoupt@gmail.com) or Meagan (mdaviscollver@londonamburn.com) with any questions or for more information!
 
The Law Week and School Outreach Committee is seeking nominations for the Law & Liberty Award.  All nominations must be received by April 13.  The recipient should be visible to the legal profession and local bar association. Please pass along this request to others in your firm and ask that they also submit their suggested nominees to Luke Ihnen. The winner will be selected by the Barristers Executive Committee and recognized at the Law Day Luncheon on May 3.
 
Please join us for the Barristers and KBA Happy/Social Hour on May 17 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Balter Beer Works, located at 100 S. Broadway! Balter Beer Works is a great local brewery with great beer and food. Come out, have a drink and socialize with your friends and colleagues!
 
There are many opportunities to get involved. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD –For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD Basketball league is off and running; we have 8 teams competing over nine weeks for a chance at glory.  So far, the River City Ballers and The HEAT have started the season undefeated.  Stay tuned for more updates from the League.
 
On April 19, the MBA YLD will sponsor and coordinate Legal Lines, its annual collaborative event with WREG where News Channel 3 will broadcast and connect viewers with volunteer attorneys through a call-in number.  Viewers will also have the chance to submit questions through WREG's Facebook page, and our volunteer attorneys will be available to answer them live.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Quinton Thompson or Sarah Pazar Williams.
 
Stay tuned for more fun times coming in March — more happy hours and events coming. For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Mary Wu Tullis or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD — For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – On April 7 at 8:30 a.m. at Edwin Warner Park, the NBA Young Lawyers Division is holding its 14th Annual LogicForce Race Judicata, a 5k and 10k race.  Proceeds from this year's race will benefit two local charities, Able Youth and Achilles International Nashville.
 
The group’s next happy hour is May 3 at Martin’s Bar-B-Q Joint beginning at 5:30 p.m.
 
On May 23, in partnership with the Arts & Business Council, the NBA Young Lawyers Division will host Arts Immersion, a fundraiser for the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts Program, at Fort Houston. 
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact President Tera Rica Murdock or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD –The WYLD is helping coordinate a special networking event for our domestic bar members. The event will be Tuesday, April 3 at Mafiaoza's in Franklin at 5:30 p.m. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided. We hope to see all you family law attorneys there! If you plan to attend, please RSVP to npowers@crtitleinc.com.
 
For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Vonnahme Named New YLD Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is excited to announce the hiring of Stephanie Vonnahme for the position of Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator.  Stephanie comes to the TBA with a wealth of professional experience including over eight years with program management within the non-profit organization sector. 
 
 
From her work with non-profit associations she has developed exceptional skills in project planning, program development, and staff and volunteer management. She has experience formulating and executing strategic plans, policies and procedures, goals and timelines. Whether it has been leading boards, committees or volunteers, Stephanie has collaborated with a variety of groups to meet the organization’s goals and overall strategic plan and vision. She knows the importance of tracking and reporting metrics within an organization and how it can help in forecasting future success. Her organizational skills will help her cataloguing data and keeping records updated for future reference.
 
Stephanie’s background includes a family of lawyers which provides her with both a relationship and natural interest in the law and the advancement of the profession. She says she is eager and motivated to implement and execute the programs and services of the YLD and the public education programs of the TBA.
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Meet the Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2018

The YLD Diversity Committee recently selected 21 law students from six different Tennessee law schools for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its 8th year, the program is designed to develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney, empower students to contribute more to the legal community, match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas, and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds.
 
Congratulations to the 2018 DLI Class!
 
Ruth Aramburu (LMU)
Brande Boyd (Memphis)
Stephanie Brake (Nashville School of Law)
Kevin Christopher (Memphis)
James Davis (Memphis)
Amy Harper(Memphis)
Nikki Hashemian (Belmont)
Tanisha Johnson (Memphis)
Nicole Keefe (Vanderbilt)
Ashley McGhee (UT)
Heather Meshell (Nashville School of Law)
Raven Mosley (LMU)
Jarred Reed (UT)
Courtnei Secrest (Nashville School of Law)
Brittany Sims (UT)
Dominique Windfrey (Memphis)
Macey Woldt (LMU)
Elizabeth Woodard (Nashville School of Law)
Helen Yorke (UT)
Victoria Young (UT)
Ashley  Zepeda (UT)
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January 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Daniel L. Ellis

This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight. For the month of January, the YLD is highlighting Daniel L. Ellis.
 
 
Daniel L. Ellis, attorney at law and Rule 31 Certified General Civil and Family Mediator with Special Training in Domestic Violence, practices at Breeding & Henry, LLC, in his hometown of Knoxville. Daniel’s practice is broad and varied including general civil litigation, security clearance law, special education advocacy, family law, probate, conservatorship, disability rights advocacy and criminal defense, along with mediations.  Prior to joining Breeding & Henry, Daniel practiced law with his father, Martin L. Ellis, for several years at Ellis and Ellis, P.C. Daniel is heavily involved in his community and with bar service and pro bono work.  He currently serves as the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Barristers, Board Member of the Sertoma Center and Emory Valley Center, and as a volunteer in countless legal clinics sponsored by groups such as the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance as a project of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Daniel has also been published several times and he often serves as a presenter or panelist at various classes and seminars.
 
Daniel is a 2006 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, Daniel served as Director of UT Pro Bono Project, Coordinator of the Saturday Bar volunteer program, and participated in Mediation Moot Court (where he and his teammate, Hannah Tippett, won 1st Place at Regionals and 5th Place in the Nation), among other activities. Daniel has received several award and professional honors for his dedication and work, including the Donald F. Paine Volunteer Law Student Award, the Tennessee Bar Association Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award, the William M. Leech, Jr., Public Service Award, and the Kolwyck Equal Access to Justice Fellow Recipient award.
 
Daniel has been and will remain a tremendous asset to the Tennessee Bar, never hesitating to give back. Daniel’s colleagues describe him as “one of the truly kind people out there” and someone “who never says an unkind word about anyone.” Daniel is a big fan of Jimmy Carter, loves woodworking and is married to Beth G. Ellis and has a baby daughter, A.J.
 
Please join us in congratulating Daniel L. Ellis as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
 
Please send nominations for the February 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.
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TBA Public Service Award Honorees

Each year the Tennessee Bar Association recognizes outstanding service by attorneys and law students who have dedicated their time to helping others. The awards given and this year’s Honorees are the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year – Daniel Horwitz, the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year – Mary Gillum, and the Law Student Volunteer of the Year – Alexa Spata. This year, a special Access to Justice Champion Award is presented to Allan Ramsaur in acknowledgement of his accomplishments as a bar leader as well as a leader in the access to justice community. Watch for a Tennessee Bar Journal interview with him coming this spring. Read the stories of those recognized here.

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University of Tennessee College of Law Hiring for Employer Relations Coordinator

The University of Tennessee College of Law is looking to hire an individual with a J.D., or appropriate graduate work, to work as an Employer Relations Manager for the Middle Tennessee area. You can find the official job posting here.
 
If anyone is interested you may apply online, or contact:
 
Brad Morgan
Director, Bettye B. Lewis Career Center
University of Tennessee College of Law
Telephone (Office): (865) 974-2492
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Are You on the Rise?

Nominations are being accepted for the ABA YLD Annual On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award. This award provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018.
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TBA CLE Geared Towards Starting or Advancing Your Solo Practice on Feb. 8

Are you ready to go solo? The Go SOLO: Tools for Starting Your Practice program will help you decide if a solo practice is right for you. Sessions addressing business and marketing will help you determine whether you have the entrepreneurial know-how to start your own practice. 
What about after you've already hung your own shingle... what's next? The I am SOLO: What’s Next for The Solo Practice? program will help you discover methods to fine-tune your services. It may be time to think about expanding your office. You may be considering additional partners, combining services with another small firm, opening another office or adding more support staff. We will talk about each of these challenges and provide insight as to branding your new services and maximizing your presence online.
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Mock Trial 2018 Now Accepting Volunteers

 
The Mock Trial Committee, which plans and executes the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition each year, is seeking volunteer judges, attorneys, paralegals, legal staff and law students to help with the 2018 competition as presiding judges, scorers and bailiffs. 
 
This year’s problem is a civil case and the two-day state competition involving dozens of teams and hundreds of volunteers will take place on March 23-24, 2018, in downtown Nashville. The winning team will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Reno, Nevada on May 10-13, 2018. 
 
The 2018 Mock Trial Problem with Exhibits is available on the TBA.org website.
 
Many TBA members have participated in this long-running, successful competition over the years and have enjoyed their experiences. Those with questions about the case or about volunteering should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Rob Sands.
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YLD Election Petitions Due Feb. 15

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until February 15, 2018 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary John R. Wilks. Positions open for the 2018-2019 bar year include the following:
 
• Vice President (must be from the Western Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2020-2021)
• East Tennessee Governor
• Middle Tennessee Governor
• West Tennessee Governor
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Even-numbered District Representatives:
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier, Union counties
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane counties
District 6: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, White counties
District 8: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson counties
District 10: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart counties
District 12: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Weakley counties
District 14: Shelby County
  
Be reminded that candidates for Executive Committee positions must complete a nominating petition signed by at least 25 TBA members in good standing. These positions include: vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the three grand division governors. Candidates for district representative seats may file the standard nomination petition.
 
Ballots will be submitted electronically. Guidelines adopted by the YLD Board of Governors dictate that all YLD members will be presumed to have opted for voting via electronic ballot unless a member expresses a desire for paper ballot in either a separate writing or by selecting this option in the member profile section in the TBA membership database. Such preference must be designated by February 1, 2018. For more details about the electronic voting process instituted last year, see the TBA website.
 
For all YLD positions, candidates must be members of the division at the time of their nomination. Petitions should be submitted to John Wilks by email no later than February 15, 2018. Questions about the election should be directed to Wilks by email or phone, (615) 800-7096. 
 
Read the full election notice and download nominating petitions or visit the YLD’s election webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.
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TBALL Kicks Off with Opening Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park

 
The TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2018 met for the first time in January and had a successful and invigorating opening retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. This year’s class is being led by co-chairs Loretta Cravens of Knoxville and Judge Brandon Gibson of Jackson. TBALL’s next meeting will be on Feb. 13 in Nashville as the group learns about "Issues in Policy and Politics."
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