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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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High School Students to Compete in State Mock Trial Competition This Weekend

Schools from across the state to compete March 18-19 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 16, 2016 — High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 36th annual mock trial championship in Nashville this weekend, March 18-19. Media is welcome to attend the event at the historic Davidson County Courthouse.

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Mentoring Program Seeking Volunteers

The TBA Mentoring Program is seeking volunteer mentors from across the state in the area of tax law. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year, with a requirement to meet face-to-face at least once a month. For more information, visit the TBA Mentoring Program webpage or contact TBA staff member Kate Prince, 615-277-3202.

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YLD Voting Underway

Voting in the TBA Young Lawyers Division election is now underway. Members of the YLD are choosing between Michael Sandler and Christian Barker to fill the vice president position. The winner of the election will go on to serve as president of the YLD in 2018–2019. Online voting will continue until April 1. Eligible voters should have received an email from ElectionsOnline with voting information. If they did not receive an email, they can go to the ElectionsOnline website to get access to the ballot.

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Influx of Millennials to Impact Law Firms

“The millennials have landed.” The American Lawyer details how law firms are shifting as milliennials, a group defined as adults who are 18 to 35 this year, come into the workplace. The group now makes up 21.5 percent of lawyers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The author asserts that millennials in firms may force an alternative to the traditional law firm model and could cause client relationships to suffer.

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Speak Out for the TBA Indigent Representation Task Force

The 109th General Assembly is winding down and expected to adjourn sine die before the end of April after the passage of Governor Haslam’s budget. Even though the legislative session is ending do not forget to make your voice heard to "Increase the Rate for Indigent Representation”! The  Indigent Representation Task Force will be coming to a town near you this summer and fall.
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YLD Invited Guest News for February 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) – For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On Feb. 17, ETLAW in collaboration with TLAW, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the UT Law student organization, Law Women, hosted a very informative discussion on constitutional, family and privacy law implications of the anti-vaccination movement and the criminal, family, and privacy law implications involved with Tennessee’s fetal drug law to a packed room at the University of Tennessee. 
 
ETLAW’s March monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 16, at noon at the YWCA in downtown Knoxville (420 Clinch Avenue). Leslie L. Beale, JD, the founder of and Success Coach at Profusion Strategies, will be presenting Habits to Help You Thrive in the Practice of Law. 
 
Save the Date: ETLAW’s Supreme Court Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at noon at the Foundry on the Fair Site (747 World’s Fair Park Drive).  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 - The Napier Looby Bar Foundation recently hosted its 12th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Award Program on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Music City Center. For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The S.L. Hutchins Chapter of the National Bar Association in Chattanooga is trying to rebuild support for its local chapter and will be hosting an open-invite meet and greet on March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Social/Public House located at 1110 Market St. in Chattanooga.  For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW recently hosted a luncheon on the Tennessee Suffrage Movement and also had a special happy hour “War Stories” events at St. John’s Meeting Place. For more information about SETLAW, contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230.
 
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 join us for this great 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 February 2016

 
American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD Spring Conference will take place in St. Louis May 5-7. 
 
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 it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group, contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD – The group typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month.  For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD joined up with the Chattanooga Bar Association for its Winter Social on Feb. 24. The group’s next social happy hour will be March 15th  at Tremont Tavern.  The group’s mock trial competition is currently underway.  The YLD is plans to have quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. 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 – (no response, used prior info) 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 from the group on Facebook.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers –  The Barristers have a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:
  
The Law School Mentor Committee recently conducted mock interviews at the UT College Law. The Barristers Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee have been selling “Teddygram” e-cards to purchase teddy bears to donate to the Knoxville Police Department, whose officers provide the bears to children in crisis.  Volunteers are also needed for a Solo/Small Firm Panel at UT Law in March. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you’re interested in participating. The Barristers will volunteer for Mobile Meals (the Knoxville chapter of Meals on Wheels) delivering meals to seniors the first Tuesday of every month. 
 
The Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Teddygram Drive!  Please be on the lookout for information to come regarding the Committee’s Professional Clothing Drive, which will take place April 6 – 18.  For more information on how to get involved with upcoming projects, please contact Courtney Houpt at choupt@taylorknightlaw.com or Kourtney Hennard at khennard@londonamburn.com.
 
Caitlyn Elam and Stanton Fears, co-chairs of the Barrister’s Law School Mentor Committee would like to thank all of the wonderful lawyers who volunteered to conduct Mock Interviews at UT Law. Through its volunteers, the committee successfully conducted 42 mock interviews for 1L students to assist them in preparing for upcoming interviews for summer clerkships.  Caitlyn and Stanton would like to thank the following attorneys who volunteered their time:
 
John Rice, Ronnie Isaacs, Adam Russell, Jill Evert, Susan Dominick, Elizabeth Towe, Brandon Morrow, Jared Garceau, Mitchell Painter, Courtney Houpt, Mikel Towe, Mabern Wall, Erin Wallen, Bart Williams, Taylor Williams, Camille Sanders, Cathy Shuck, Sarah Watson, Jay Moneyhun, Daniel Ellis, Heather Ferguson and Rachel Hurt.
 
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 be hosting a panel discussion on the Steven Avery documentary “Making a Murderer” on March 10 at 1 p.m.  This year’s “YLD Grizz Night” is Wednesday, March 30. Join the YLD as they cheer on the Memphis Grizzles 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.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – 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 –  For more information about the group contact President Russell Tribble, (931) 528-7790. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA-YLD recently held a successful social at Buffalo Wild Wings in Franklin. For more information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (3/29/16)

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 Joann Coston-Holloway. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.
Morristown, April 23
Contact: W. Evan Anderson, evan@khinsleylaw.com, (423) 587-1131
Location: Morristown Hamblen Library, 417 W Main St., 37814
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
 
Johnson City, May 21
Contact: Rachel Ralston Mancl, rmancl@hsdlaw.com, (423) 283-6319
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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YLD to Hold Contested Election for Vice President

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. The election will be held via electronic ballot, between March 1 and April 1.

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 Searching for Mentors for New Attorneys

The TBA Mentoring Program is in search of volunteer mentors to help foster relationships with new attorneys in Tennessee. Mentoring is the most effective way to pass along skills, knowledge and wisdom and it is critical to a new lawyer’s success. Numerous young lawyers are currently signed up as mentees through the program, but there is a shortage of mentors to match them with. 

To qualify as a mentor, you must have a minimum of 8 years experience and have no pending or past investigation or disciplinary action from the BPR. 

If you are interested in signing up as a mentor or would like more information about the program, please contact Kate Prince at kprince@tnbar.org or 615-277-3202.

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Chattanooga Lawyer Overcame Challenges to Reach Goal

Ariel Anthony knew she wanted to be an attorney since elementary school, but the road to that destination proved a little bumpier than she had expected. The Hamilton County Herald tells the story of how this Memphis native became a new associate at Husch Blackwell in Chattanooga and an active member of community and professional groups, including the Tennessee Bar Association's YLD Diversity Committee.

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YLD Vice President Election to be Contested Race

Petitions for the TBA YLD officer positions were due Feb. 15, and only the vice president election will be contested. Two individuals qualified for the position: Christian Barker and Michael Sandler, both of Nashville. Elections will take place by electronic ballot between March 1 and April 1. The remaining positions were filled via unopposed candidates.

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YLD Names New Officers for 2016-2017 Bar Year

Petitions for YLD officer positions were due on February 15. While the election for Vice President will be contested, the remaining positions were filled via unopposed candidates. Pursuant to the YLD bylaws, individuals who remain unopposed following the deadline for submission of nominating petitions are deemed elected. Joshua Dougan was named the new secretary of the YLD, Troy Weston named East Tennessee Governor and Nina Kumar named Middle Tennessee Governor. Ashley Holliday and Nicole Grida will retain their roles as treasurer and West Tennessee Governor, respectively.
 
In addition, seven district representative positions were up for election, and six were elected without opposition: Amanda Howard will become the new District 2 Representative, Sonia Jennings Boss will be the new District 8 Representative, and Emily Petro, Tessa Lawson, Jamie Durrett and Chasity Sharp Grice will reprise their roles as representatives of Districts 4, 6, 10 and 14. 
 
As no young lawyer filed a petition to become the District 12 Representative, the Executive Committee will make nominations for this seat by March 15. If you are interested in serving as District 12 representative, please contact Rachel Ralston Mancl at rmancl@hsdlaw.com.
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ABA Seeks Nominees for Top Young Lawyers Awards

The American Bar Association is accepting nominations for its 2016 Top 40 Young Lawyers awards through March 1. Nominees should exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, leadership, and legal and community service. As of Aug. 30, nominees must be under 36 years old. Nominators do not have to be ABA members.

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Online Programs for New Lawyers

Are you a new attorney? The TBA Online Programs for New Lawyers will help you understand keeping time, billing, firm structures and more. One to two CLE credits are available for each course.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (1/29/16)

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 Joann Coston-Holloway. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.

Jackson, Jan. 30
Contact: Kortney Simmons, kortneysimmons@live.com, (731) 660-8810
Location: Jackson Chamber of Commerce, 197 Auditorium St., 38301
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Alamo, Feb. 6
Contact: Benjamin Conley, bjconley1@gmail.com, (731) 696-3735
Location: Crockett Memorial Library, 258 E. Church St., 38001
Time: 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Sevierville, Feb. 27
Contact: Bryce McKenzie, bryce@bryandelius.com, (865) 428-8780
Location: Sevier County Special Operations Building, 735 Middle Creek Rd., 37862
Time: 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Cleveland, March 5
Contact: Emily Petro, emilyepetro@gmail.com, (423) 472-2179
Location: Bradley-Cleveland Senior Activity Center, 230 Urbane Road NE, 37312
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Morristown, April 23
Contact: W. Evan Anderson, evan@khinsleylaw.com, (423) 587-1131
Location: Morristown Hamblen Library, 417 W Main St., 37814
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon

Johnson City, May 21
Contact: Rachel Ralston Mancl, rmancl@hsdlaw.com, (423) 283-6319
Location: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Sound Off on the Issues for the 2016 Midyear ABA Meeting

If young lawyers want to talk to make their voices heard at the American Bar Association (ABA) YLD Midyear Meeting Feb. 4-7 in San Diego, please contact any of the following Tennessee delegates: Rachel MosesAhsaki Baptist, John Rice, Nicole Grida and Troy Weston. Here are the proposed resolutions to be voted on.

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YLD Invited Guest News for January 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) – For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On May 4, 2016 at 12 noon, ETLAW will be hosting its annual Supreme Court Luncheon at the Foundry (747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902). Tickets will be $35.00 per person and tables may be purchased in advance.  More information to come.
 
ETLAW is encouraging its members and the community to attend the Knox County Public Library’s “Books Sandwiched In” discussion session on Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World led by the Honorable Pamela Reeves, United States District Court Judge.  The event will be on May 25, 2016, at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium located at 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee.  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 - The Napier Looby Bar Foundation is hosting its 12th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Award Program on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Music City Center. The Nashville legal community and larger community convene each year at the Barristers’ Banquet and Awards Program in celebration of Black History Month for an evening of great food, music and conversation. In addition to celebrating Black History Month, the purpose of the banquet is to recognize outstanding achievements in the legal community and, more importantly, to raise money to award scholarships to deserving students and fund the charitable efforts of the organization throughout the year. This year’s banquet promises to be a memorable and inspiring occasion as the Foundation will honor the following individuals for their accomplishments in the Nashville community: Mayor Megan Barry, Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., James A. Crumlin, Jr. and Dakasha Winton. Additionally, seven law students from various Tennessee law schools will be presented with the Senator Avon N. Williams, Jr. and Honorable Robert Lillard Law School Scholarship.  The Banquet will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Andrea Perry at (615) 238-6303 or visit the NBA Napier Looby Chapter website for more information and/or ticket purchase.
 
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 is hosting a luncheon January 29, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Miller Martin – The Tennessee Suffrage Movement: Tennessee’s Role in Securing Women’s Right to Vote. Pat Pierce and Paula Casey will speak on the subject. On February 25, SETLAW will be having a special happy hour, “War Stories” at St. John’s Meeting Place.  This event will be hosted by some of Chattanooga’s well-known female judges and attorneys who will be trading some of their most interesting career stories.  For more information about SETLAW, contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230.
 
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, 2016 from 8:00 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 join us for this great 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 January 2016

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA is currently accepting applications for leadership appointments for the 2016-2017 bar year. There are over 300 positions among the ABA YLD's committees, boards and teams. Applications are due Feb. 15. 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 group typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month.  For more information about the group contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD recently had its annual elections and welcomed the following Board Members for 2016:  Corrin Fulton – President;  Brittany Thomas Faith - Vice President/President Elect; Drew Reynolds – Secretary/Treasurer; Jeffrey Maddux – Past President; Justin Faith, Kirby Yost, Jeremy Cothern, Stephanie Rogers, Emma Flynn, Shelton Swafford Chambers, Matt Brock, Rob Carden, Lauren Sherrell and Alexander McVeagh – Board Members.  The Chattanooga YLD held its first social happy hour of the year on January 27 at Stir and will have its next social happy hour on February 23 at the Bitter Alibi.  The group honored Jeffrey Maddux at the CBA’s Annual Luncheon by selecting him as the Volunteer of the Year for his exemplary service to the YLD and the Chattanooga community.
 
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 from the group on Facebook.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers recently elected new officers at its Annual Meeting in December and the group has a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:
  
Law School Mock Interviews – The Law School Mentor Committee will conduct mock interviews from February 1-5 at the UT College Law. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you're interested in participating.
 
Hunger and Poverty Relief – The Barristers will be selling “Teddygram” e-cards during the weeks of February 8 - 22.  Every $5 donation will go to purchase teddy bears to donate to the Knoxville Police Department, whose officers provide the bears to children in crisis.
 
Mock Trial - The Mock Trial Committee will hold this year’s Knoxville Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, February 20, and Saturday, February 27.
 
Solo/Small Firm Panel – Volunteers are also needed for a Solo/Small Firm Panel at UT Law in March. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you’re interested in participating.
 
The Barristers will volunteer for Mobile Meals (the Knoxville chapter of Meals on Wheels) delivering meals to seniors the first Tuesday of every month.  Finally, the Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee thanks each and every person and law firm who participated in the Annual Canned Food Drive and the Angel Tree program. With your help, we raised over $15,000 for Second Harvest and provided Christmas gifts for 21 children in Knoxville. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts.
 
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. 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.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – 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 – For more information about the group contact President Kelsy Miller, (931) 528-7790. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA YLD is hosting a social on Thursday, February 11 at 5:15 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Franklin. All lawyers, young and not-so-young, are welcome to join us for a time of networking.
 
Also, please mark your calendars to help with the Mock Trial Competition this spring. It will be held February 20 at the Williamson County Courthouse, and we can use all the help we can find as the district has grown much larger this year. Contact George Spanos, 615-320-0600, for more details.
 
For more information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
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Coming March 2016: New, Faster YLD Newsletter Format

Beginning in March, the Young Lawyers Division monthly newsletter, E-DICT, will be changing to a faster, more connected format. 
 
There are thousands of TBA members across Tennessee that are young lawyers. Reaching out to those lawyers, and making sure they are aware and informed of YLD events and news, has always been the goal of E-DICT.
 
That’s why we are excited to announce that E-DICT will no longer be published as a monthly newsletter. From here on out, E-DICT will be published as a consistent communication for breaking news. When something is happening, instead of waiting until the end of the month to spread the word, the YLD will publish and distribute that news instantly. 
 
For local bar associations and invited guest groups, which have relied on E-DICT to spread information about their events, nothing will change. Bar leaders can still submit news and events to E-DICT editor Justin Faith, and those items will be included in the new format.
 
This change was made so that young lawyers across the state can stay informed and connected in a more meaningful way. If you have any questions, feel free to contact YLD President Rachel Moses or YLD Publications Committee Chair Justin Faith.
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TBAImpact - Report from the Hill

The Tennessee state legislature returned to session on Jan. 12. Below are three things that TBA YLD members should know about current issues.
 
Judicial Confirmation Passes State House, Senate
Judicial confirmation legislation implementing the 2014 Amendment to the Tennessee Constitution was signed this Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam. On Jan. 29, the House of Representatives adopted the Conference Committee report for SB1, HB142 with a vote of 86-5 completing the last of the needed legislative actions. Read the full process
 
Indigent Defense Representation
The TBA will be working with the AOC to make sure your voice is heard. We are working to host hearings across the state for the Indigent Representation Task Force to listen to you. The TBA is working with legislators and the AOC to increase the compensation rate for lawyers and we need your help! Please check in to TBAImpact for updates. 
 
TBA’s Legislative Agenda
Check out the legislation the TBA is supporting or opposing with TBAImpact. All the legislation that the TBA has public policy positions on is listed here
 
Have questions? Contact TBA’s Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421 or YLD Public Policy Committee Chair Will Hicky, (615) 324-8777 for more information.
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Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial 2016

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial committee is still accepting RSVPs for volunteers for this year’s state high school mock trial competition until March 1. The tournament will take place over four rounds on March 18-19, with a final championship round on Saturday evening.
 
Volunteers needed include attorneys for scoring rounds, judges who can serve as presiding judges and law students, paralegals and other legal staff that can serve as bailiffs. Signup now.
 
District competitions are currently underway. Here's a list of district coordinators.
 
Each year the Tennessee Bar Association runs the tournament, which sees the best and brightest students from schools all over the state come to compete. This year’s problem is a civil case that concerns a destroyed horse trailer. Find more information.

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TBA YLD Names 2nd Quarter ‘Stars of the Quarter’ for 15-16

Young Lawyers Division (YLD) president Rachel Moses named three new “Stars of the Quarter” for the 2015-2016 bar year’s second quarter. Each winner would have been recognized at the Mid-Winter Board Dinner on Jan. 22; however, the dinner was canceled due to winter storms.
 
The first honoree was Christian Barker of Barker Nashville PLLC, who was recognized for creating and distributing a specialized graphic that was used at Wills for Heroes clinics across the state. 
 
Marisa Combs of Lewis Thomason's Nashville office was recognized for spearheading the “Selfie Challenge,” which harnessed social media to promote membership among new attorneys. 
 
Lauren Curry of Sherrard and Roe in Nashville was the final recipient, honored for her work as District 11 Representative to the YLD Board. Curry led a particularly well-attended Wills for Heroes clinic, which served 44 first responders in Williamson County.

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