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537 New Lawyers to Join the Profession

Results from the July Tennessee bar exam were released earlier this month with 537 applicants successfully passing the exam. Congratulations to all! The legal profession will welcome these colleagues to the practice of law next week at admission ceremonies across the state.

On Monday, new lawyers in Knoxville will appear before the state Supreme Court during a ceremony at the City County Building at 10 a.m. The court will then travel to Nashville for two sessions – one at 10 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. – Tuesday at the War Memorial Auditorium. Between the sessions, new lawyers and their families are invited to attend an open house and luncheon at the Tennessee Bar Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the court will be in Jackson to swear in new lawyers at the Supreme Court Building beginning at 9:30 a.m. Finally, on Thursday, the court will travel to Memphis to swear in new lawyers at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Memphis City Council Chambers. TBA YLD representatives will be at each ceremony to welcome these new lawyers to the profession and offer information about association membership.

For details about the open house in Nashville contact TBA Membership Director Kelly Stosik. Watch the video TBA created to announce the bar passage list.

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Volunteers Needed at Gallatin Wills for Heroes

The TBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking attorneys to volunteer at a Wills for Heroes legal clinic in Gallatin on Nov. 8. Over 60 emergency first responders have signed up to receive estate planning documents that day. The clinic will start at 9 a.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center. Those available to volunteer should contact YLD District 8 Representative Cherrelle Hooper, (615) 451-1880. The YLD has been conducting Wills for Heroes clinics since 2008 and has served more than 2,500 first responders and their families. Learn more about Wills for Heroes.

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Legal Aid, Nashville YLD Host Clinic

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands and the Nashville Bar Association YLD are co-sponsoring a legal clinic at Casa Azafran Friday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The clinic is hosted the third Friday of every month and walk-in clients are welcome. Volunteers should contact Lucinda Smith for more information. See a list of all events taking place around the state this month as part of Celebrate Pro Bono.

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Congratulations! Welcome to the Practice of Law

Dear Colleague:

Congratulations on joining the practice of law in Tennessee! This is an important milestone and an achievement of which you should be proud. I look forward to joining you at the Tennessee Supreme Court admission ceremony in Nashville. If you like, I can introduce you to the Court on behalf of your colleagues.

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YLD to Hold Clinics Statewide During 'Access to Justice Week'

YLD President Rachel Moses has announced her public service initiative for the year. During the first annual Access to Justice Week, young lawyers will be asked to plan and participate in legal clinics across the state. This “Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative” will take place in the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, has made pro bono service a key component of her platform for the year. Those interested in helping organize a clinic in their area should contact their local district representative, who will be taking the lead in producing these events. A directory of representatives is available online.

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TBA Seeks Input from Court-Appointed Attorneys

The Tennessee Bar Association is seeking to learn more about court-appointed work and the filing of related fee claims with the Administrative Office of the Courts. Your feedback is crucial. Please take two to three minutes to fill out the questionnaire about your experience with court-appointed work. All responses will be kept anonymous. If you would like to be a part of the TBA's effort to change the rate of compensation for court-appointed attorneys by speaking to your legislator, email TBA Public Policy Coordinator Josie Beets.

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2014 Celebrate Pro Bono Around the Corner

Every year, Tennessee lawyers help thousands of clients by providing free legal advice. This assistance is especially celebrated and emphasized throughout the month of October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Celebrate Pro Bono Initiative. Now in its sixth year, the initiative brings together bar associations, law schools, law firms, legal services providers and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer.

This year's celebration is expected to involve more than 300 volunteers – including lawyers, law students, paralegals and language interpreters – in dozens of events and activities across the state. A summary of events planned for the month will be posted soon and updated regularly. Young lawyers are encouraged to get involved in a local event.

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Invited Guest News for September 2014

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.

East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women – The East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, represented on the TBA YLD Board by Knoxville lawyer Alyssa Minge, has a number of activities planned for the fall. On Oct. 18, the group will field a team for the 2014 Race for the Cure, which will be held at the World’s Fair Park. To join the group, visit the ETLAW team page or contact team captain Wynne Caffey.

Then on Oct. 28, the group will host a reception to honor Knox County female judges elected or appointed to the bench within the last year. For more information about ETLAW contact Minge by email, (865) 342-4916.

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Affiliate News for September 2014

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD will hold its Fall Meeting Oct. 9-11 in Portland and its Spring 2015 Meeting May 14-16 in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Technology & Your Law Practice

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

Long gone are the days where new lawyers could rely on note pads and typewriters to run an efficient law office. In a modern law practice, email is king, word processing is crucial, and online legal research is second to none. In the “Technology & Your Law Practice” section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit addresses four major issues: choosing the right hardware, choosing the right software, effective use of email and ethical issues in technology. A brief summary of each topic is provided below.

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CLE for New Lawyers Set for Nov. 13

The TBA is again offering its transitional legal education program “Best Practices For New Lawyers” in Nashville in conjunction with the fall swearing in ceremony for new lawyers. The program will feature presentations from well-respected attorneys, talking about the things they wish they had known on their first day as a practicing attorney.

Topics will include keeping clients happy, staying out of trouble, beginning and ending client relationships, the importance of civility in the practice and developing professionalism.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Beveridge, Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nashville
  • James Crumlin Jr., Bone McAllester Norton, Nashville
  • Matt Potempa, Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, Nashville
  • William Young, Administrative Office of the Courts, Nashville

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Save the Date: 2015 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative

The TBA Access to Justice Committee, in partnership with the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Association of Corporate Counsel, will hold the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala March 7, 2015, at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Law firms and corporations are invited to support the event by becoming sponsors or purchasing tickets to the event. Money raised at the gala is distributed to organizations across the state working to engage corporate counsel lawyers in local pro bono projects. More than $425,000 has been raised since the inception of the program. For more information visit the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative webpage or contact TBA Access to Justice Coordinator Liz Todaro, (615) 383-7421.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 9/24/14)

The YLD will again this year provide free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. The following clinics have been scheduled for the fall. 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.

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Moses, Mancl to Lead YLD After Winkler Steps Down

Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. She will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the YLD Board appointed current Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. Read more about the transition.

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Moses, Mancl Take New YLD Roles After Winkler Steps Down

Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. Under the YLD bylaws, a vacancy in the office of president is automatically filled by the sitting president-elect. Moses will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. Winkler, who took office in June, is now in house counsel for Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously worked at Regional One Health in Memphis. Read more about Moses here.

To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the voting members of the YLD Board have approved the appointment of current YLD Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. The position of vice president will remain vacant until new elections are held in April 2015. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. She will serve for two years as president-elect and then take office as president in June 2016.

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Invited Guest News for August 2014

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.

East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women – The East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, represented on the TBA YLD Board by Knoxville lawyer Alyssa Minge, has a number of activities planned for the fall. On Oct. 18, the group will field a team for the 2014 Race for the Cure, which will be held at the World’s Fair Park. To join the group, visit the ETLAW team page or contact team captain Wynne Caffey.

Then on Oct. 28, the group will host a reception to honor Knox County female judges elected or appointed to the bench within the last year. For more information about ETLAW contact Minge by email, (865) 342-4916.

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Affiliate News for August 2014

American Bar Association YLD – Congratulations to Montgomery County Bar Association YLD President Justin Sensing, who is serving as assistant editor of The Affiliate, the newsletter of the ABA YLD. Check out his articles in the August issue that profile incoming ABA President William Hubbard and promote upcoming Celebrate Pro Bono activities.

The ABA YLD will hold its Fall Meeting Oct. 9-11 in Portland and its Spring 2015 Meeting May 14-16 in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Choosing Office Space

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

One of the primary questions an attorney must answer is where to physically practice law. There are various options, including leasing office space, purchasing a building, working from home, utilizing a virtual office or sharing space with other lawyers. Each of these options has advantages and disadvantages. In addition, lawyers should give careful consideration to the image they wish to project to clients and opposing counsel, as well as the ethical issues associated with each option. The “Choosing Office Space” section of the Solo in a Box Toolkit looks at these issues and reviews three possible office settings.

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Save the Date for Ethics CLE Series

Save the date for the YLD’s annual Ethics program, which will be offered in February 2015. Dates are as follows:

Nashville: Feb. 6
Knoxville: Feb. 13 REVISED DATE
Memphis: Feb. 20 REVISED DATE

Watch for more details and registration information coming soon. TBA law student members attend for free!

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Law Firm Trivia Challenge Raises $7,000

Nashville young lawyers hosted the 4th Annual Law Firm Trivia Challenge at the Crow’s Nest in Green Hills last month. More than 100 attorneys from 30 different law firms participated in the event, which raised $7,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A shout out goes to the team of “Doctors and Lawyers and Suds” for taking first place. Team members included Captain Bart Pickett, Kurt Hippel, Benny Klansing, Patrick Powell and Jason Roodig. Second place went to the team of WP, the defending champions, composed of attorneys from Waddey Patterson. Team members included Matthew Cox, Scott Douglass, Ed Lanquist, Ryan Levy and Gary Montle. Finally, third place went to the firm of Nelson Mullins, composed of team members Thallen Brassel, James Haltom, Chris Lalonde, Molly Lalonde and Geof Vickers. Congratulations to Mary Beth Haltom with Lewis Thomason and Jenney Keaty with Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge for another great event!

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District Representative Vacancies Filled

Two vacancies among the YLD’s District Representative have been filled by the voting members of the YLD Board. In District 4, which covers Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties, Emily Petro has been selected. She will serve the remaining 22 months of the term. In District 13, which covers Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties, Ijeoma Ike has been selected. She will serve the remaining 10 months of this term.

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Moses Named YLD President After Winkler Steps Down


Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. Under the YLD bylaws, a vacancy in the office of president is automatically filled by the sitting president-elect. Moses will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. Winkler, who took office in June, is now in house counsel for Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously worked at Regional One Health in Memphis.

To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the voting members of the YLD Board have approved the appointment of current YLD Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. The position of vice president will remain vacant until new elections are held in April 2015. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. She will serve for two years as president-elect and then take office as president in June 2016.

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TBA Accepting Nominations for Public Service Awards

The TBA each year recognizes lawyers and law students who have shown exceptional commitment to increasing access to justice to individuals and communities. The awards recognize pro bono service in three categories: work performed by an attorney employed by an organization primarily involved in providing legal representation to the indigent, work performed by a private attorney and work performed by a law student volunteer. The nomination period for 2014 honorees is now open. Nominations may be submitted via the TBA website or by email to Liz Todaro. Download a hard copy submission form. Nominations are due no later than Sept. 5. Submissions should include a narrative of the individual’s accomplishments, the nominator’s reasons for selecting the individual and a description of how the nominee meets the award criteria. Awards are presented at the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon in January.

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YLD Brings Home 4 Awards from Boston

The TBA YLD took first place in three award categories and received one special recognition at the ABA Meeting in Boston this month. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments during the previous bar year. The TBA YLD won first place in the Service to Public category for its Library Education Project, which under the leadership of Immediate Past YLD President David McDowell, focused on educating librarians across the state about the free legal resources available for those who need legal information and advice. The project focused on three free resources: OnlineTNJustice, LIFT and aLEGALz and was made possible by a generous grant from the Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser Peters Elliott & Cannon.

The group also took first place in the Minority Project category for its Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students, and the Comprehensive category, which evaluates all activities and programs undertaken during the year.

Finally, the YLD received a special recognition for service to the bar for its CLE programs.

Special thanks goes to Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart who coordinated the YLD's award applications.


On hand to receive the awards (above from left) were: TBA YLD District 6 Representative Jason Hicks; TBA YLD Immediate Past President David McDowell; Immediate Past ABA YLD President Mario Sullivan; Matt Potempa, ABA Affiliate Representative to the TBA YLD Board; Mary Beth Haltom, ABA YLD District Representative for Tennesse and Kentucky; and YLD Board Secretary Troy Weston.

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Tennessee Lawyers Honored for Public Service at ABA Events

Tennessee lawyers received recognition across the board during this past week at the ABA Annual Conference in Boston. 


YLD Recognized for Diversity, Public Service, Overall Programming


YLD ABA Award Winners

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