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Volunteers Needed to Help with FEMA Issues in American Samoa

The ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Team anticipates potentially three to four thousand appealable issues. There is only one legal aid agency on the island, and it is staffed with two full-time attorneys and one paralegal, which was operating near capacity prior to the disaster. The private bar is also very small, with less than a dozen private attorneys on the island who could take cases. Without your help, most of the people with FEMA issues in American Samoa will not have access to legal assistance.  
 
Please volunteer by signing up here or contacting Linda Anderson at landerson@bals.org
 
If you're not sold on volunteering yet, here are some other points to consider: 
  • We have a coordinator stateside and a local paralegal in American Samoa to help manage the casework.
  • American Samoa is a few hours behind the states, (seven hours behind Eastern) so if you set aside some time in the afternoon/evening, you'll be corresponding during the normal workday in American Samoa.
  • Many of the Appeals are not complicated, and may only require a relatively straightforward response to FEMA.
  • Training/mentorship/templates are available. 
  • You don't need to have any prior experience in this area.
Did you know - American Samoa yields the highest rate of military enlistment of ANY U.S. State or Territory per capita. Let's honor that commitment by helping American Samoa in its time of need. 
 
You may contact Terica Smith for more information.
 
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February Bar Exam Results Released

Results from the February 2018 Tennessee Bar Exam are now available. See the complete list of successful applicants on the TBA.org website. Nearly 100 fewer applicants took the test in February than in 2017 — 378 vs. 281. Most of those taking the test this February are not taking it for the first time. Overall, 100, or 35.6 percent, passed this year.

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Bar Leaders Meet in Washington D.C. for ABA Day on the Hill

TBA YLD President Ahsaki Baptist, TBA President Lucian Pera and other bar leaders in Washington D.C. meet with Tennessee House and Senate members for ABA Day on the Hill.

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TBA 2018 Public Service Luncheon Honors Four for Pro Bono Work

The TBA's Annual Public Service Luncheon was held earlier this month at the downtown Nashville DoubleTree Hotel. This year's honorees were Daniel Horwitz (the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award), Mary Michelle Gillum (the Ashley Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year), and Alexa Spata (the Law Student Volunteer of the Year). A special award, the Access to Justice Champion Award, was presented to TBA Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur, in acknowledgement of his accomplishments as a bar leader and as a leader in the access to justice community.

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Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery 2018

You can't win a trial at the discovery phase, but you certainly can lose one. This CLE, scheduled for April 20 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville, is designed to help you avoid that outcome by addressing intermediate and advanced discovery techniques and topics including matters of e-discovery. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the discovery process in the context of family law, general civil, and criminal matters and its effective use at trial.

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Volunteers Needed for Monroe County Expungement Clinic

Vet to Vet Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law will host a free expungement clinic in Madisonville on April 21 and are seeking attorney volunteers to help out. The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville and aims to help residents in Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties. To sign up to volunteer or ask a question, contact Troy Weston.
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Power Hour for New Lawyers

This one-hour session is jam packed with practical advice you did not learn in law school. Attorney Tommy Santel will get real on what has worked, what hasn’t worked and offer best practices for new lawyers.
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March 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Robert L. Sands

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 March, the YLD is highlighting Robert L. Sands.

Robert “Rob” L. Sands, a Columbia native, practices civil litigation at Dix & Associates, PLLC, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Sands, the Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division (TBA YLD), hosted the successful 2018 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition earlier this month.
 
Sands earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007. He then went on to attend the University of Memphis School of Law, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Best Oral Advocate and was a member of the Moot Court Board. After graduating law school in 2010, Sands then served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable J. Mark Rogers, Circuit Court Judge serving Rutherford and Cannon counties. 
 
Since entering private practice, Sands has been involved in the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and Young Lawyers’ Division, and the Andrew Jackson American Inns of Court, among other activities.  Sands is also a member of the Blue Raider Athletic Association and is a Board Member of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. He’s been involved with the TBA YLD’s Mock Trial program since 2012.
 
On a personal note, Sands is no stranger to the law as his father, Bobby Sands, is a General Sessions Court Judge in Maury County. He enjoys spending his free time with his two children, ages 4 and 1. 
 
Please join us in congratulating Robert L. Sands as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
 
Please send nominations for the April 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.
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Save the Date: ABA 2018 Paris Sessions

The ABA 2018 Paris Sessions will be June 7-10 at Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel in Paris, France. More information can be found here.

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Registration Now Open for ABA YLD Spring Conference 2018 in Louisville

Looking to expand your knowledge and contacts? Register for the ABA YLD Spring Conference, May 10-12,  in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky.
 
 

Register Now for TBA Annual Convention in Memphis

Don't forget to register for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Annual Convention in Memphis, June 13-16, at the Peabody Hotel. One highlight of the largest annual gathering of the Tennessee legal community will be a gubernatorial forum featuring candidates for the state’s highest executive office addressing issues of interest to the legal profession. Learn more or register now.


YLD CLE Opportunities in April

The latest CLE programming from the YLD will be presented in both Knoxville and Nashville this month — Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery.

You can't win a trial at the discovery phase, but you certainly can lose one. This CLE is designed to avoid that outcome by addressing intermediate and advanced discovery techniques and topics including matters of ediscovery. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the discovery process in the context of family law, general civil, and criminal matters and its effective use at trial.

April 5 in Nashville, Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery

April 13 in  Knoxville, Mastering the Art of Intermediate and Advanced Discovery

SAVE MONEY: Use the prepaid CLE credits that come with your TBA Complete Membership and save money on this course.

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TBA YLD Continues to Host Successful Workshops, Clinics, Service Projects

The YLD will continue hosting various clinics and volunteer events this upcoming year. Here are some events coming up in April:
 
On April 12 there will be a Family Defense Workshop in Shelbyville, sponsored by the TBA YLD and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. JIRECH, 519 Madison Street, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To volunteer, contact Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux.

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 September 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. Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer. 


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Applications Open for ABA YLD Scholarship

Have you ever wanted to become active in the ABA YLD but you were not sure where to start? Well, here is a great opportunity! The ABA has a YLD Scholarship Program designed to encourage the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division. Priority will be given to those applicants who express a desire to become actively involved with the Division and require financial assistance.
 
You can learn more about the program and also apply at this link.
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TBA Young Lawyers Division Recognized in The Affiliate

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 and the group was also featured in the February edition of The Affiliate, the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s digital publication, which can be found here.

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Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) Class of 2018 Hosted its First Session

The Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) students met for their first session in March. An extra day was added to compensate for the January session being cancelled due to the weather. The students participated in discussions and activities about leadership, diversity, the legal profession and the book Rebooting Justice. They had the opportunity to listen to a keynote address by TBA Executive Director, Joycelyn Stevenson, mingled with attorneys from across the state, and attended a reception hosted by Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. They served as bailiffs during the high school mock trial championships and served as intake volunteers at the Expungement Clinic. Plans are underway for the next and final session in Memphis during the TBA Annual Convention.


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Agathos Classical School Takes Home 2018 Mock Trial Trophy

 
Agathos Classical School of Columbia took home the top prize in the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition last weekend in Nashville. St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis competed against Agathos Classical in the final round and took second place in the competition. Earning third was Springfield High School. Judge Timothy Easter presided over the final round, with TBA President Lucian Pera and the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Division serving as scorers.

Agathos Classical will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Reno, Nevada on May 10-13.

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Students Claim Individual Awards at Mock Trial Championships

Along with the overall team champion, a number of individuals were recognized for their performance during the 2018 TBA YLD Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Championships last weekend in Nashville. Students were recognized as team MVPs, Best Witnesses for the Defense, Best Witnesses for the Plaintiffs, Best Advocates for the Defense and Best Advocates for the Plaintiff. See the full results and photos. Along with being named the overall champion, Agathos Classical School in Columbia will represent Tennessee at the national High School Mock Trial championships in Reno, Nevada, this May.

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Agathos Classical Takes Home 2018 Mock Trial Trophy

Agathos Classical School of Columbia took home the top prize in the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition last weekend in Nashville. St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis competed against Agathos in the final round and took second place in the competition hosted by the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. Earning third was Springfield High School of Springfield. Judge Timothy Easter presided over the final round, with TBA President Lucian Pera and the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Division serving as scorers. For more on the competition and photos of the winners, visit the TBA website.
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Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition Underway

The state tournament for Tennessee high school mock trial teams is underway now in Nashville. Fourteen teams from across the state are competing in this year’s tournament presented by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division and supported by hundreds of Tennessee lawyers and judges. The qualifying teams this year are Unicoi High School of Erwin, Farragut High School of Knoxville, Jefferson County High School of Dandridge, Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association of Chattanooga, Signal Mountain High School of Signal Mountain, Jackson Homeschool of Jackson, Beech High School of Hendersonville, Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville, Harpeth Hall of Nashville, Springfield High School of Springfield, Agathos Classical School of Columbia, Franklin High School of Franklin, Memphis University School of Memphis, and St. Mary’s Episcopal School, also of Memphis. Tomorrow evening after the main four rounds are completed, two teams will advance to the championship round and a winner will be crowned.   
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Deadline Approaching for YLD Board Applications

The deadline is approaching to submit applications for the 2018-2019 Young Lawyers Division board. All non-elected board positions are currently available. To be eligible one must be a TBA member, admitted to practice within the past five years and/or be younger than the age 36 on June 2018. Applicants must also be able and willing to attend all five YLD meetings for the bar year. Applications are to be submitted via the TBA website and are due by March 31.

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Teams Named for 2018 High School Mock Trial Competition

Fourteen teams will compete in the TBA YLD's 2018 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition, which will take place March 23-24 in Nashville. This year’s qualifying squads are Unicoi High School of Erwin, Jefferson County High School of Dandridge, Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association of Chattanooga, McCallie School of Chattanooga, Signal Mountain High School of Signal Mountain, Jackson Homeschool of Jackson, Beech High School of Hendersonville, Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville, Harpeth Hall of Nashville, Springfield High School of Springfield, Agathos Classical School of Columbia, Franklin High School of Franklin, Memphis University School of Memphis, and St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis.
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Apply for the ABA Young Lawyers Division Scholarship Program

The American Bar Association is accepting applications for its Young Lawyers Division scholarship program, which would help support a qualifying young attorney’s active involvement in the organization. Attorneys who are solo or in a small firm, minorities, in government, in the private sector or are military service attorneys are eligible to apply. Those who receive the scholarship will get partial funding to ABA YLD meetings, appointment to one of the YLD boards or teams, and mentorship for one bar year. Applications must be submitted by April 15.
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Applications Open for Positions on 2018-2019 YLD Board

Incoming TBA Young Lawyers Division president for the 2018-2019 bar year, Christian Barker, has announced that applications are now open for positions on next year’s YLD Board. All non-elected board positions are currently available. To be eligible one must be a TBA member, admitted to practice within the past five years and/or be younger than the age 36 on June 2018. Applicants must also be able and willing to attend all five YLD meetings for the bar year. Applications are to be submitted via the TBA website and are due by March 31.
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Health and Wellness Tip of the Month

Physical and mental well-being go hand-in-hand. Even small changes can have a big effect. Check out this article with 30 small suggestions for a healthier you!

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