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YLD Honors Award Winners, CASA Volunteer

At the TBA YLD Mid-Winter Board Meeting this month, President David Veile recognized a number of volunteers for their work since the beginning of the bar year. Franklin lawyer and YLD District 11 Representative Shauna Billingsley was recognized for her service to the YLD and for chairing the Children's Subcommittee of the TBA Public Education Committee. Clarksville lawyer and Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter was recognized for his work coordinating Wills for Heroes clinics across the state. Murfreesboro lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Chair Tommy Santel, and Nashville lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Vice Chair Mary Beth Haltom were recognized for their work producing two educational programs for young lawyers.

In addition, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Membership & Law School Outreach Committee Joe Fanduzz recognized law students serving as TBA's liaisons at each of the law schools in the state.

Finally, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Children's Issues Committee Katrina Atchley Arbogast presented the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Dale Hedges of Clinton. The award recognizes Hedges' 18 years of service to CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, which serves children in Anderson, Blount and Scott counties. See photos from the event

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Children’s Library Launched at Juvenile Court

The Hamilton County Juvenile Court will launch a children’s library in the lobby of the courthouse for the dozens of young children who must spend untold hours in the lobby daily. The creation of the library is a joint volunteer effort of Juvenile Court Judge Suzanne Bailey, the Chattanooga Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, Green Form Construction, CASA and others. The idea, Judge Bailey told the Hamilton County Herald, was not to just relieve the lobby of congestion and noise but also to spark in children an interest in reading.

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Ethics CLE on Tap This Week

A three-hour ethics CLE produced by the TBA YLD and presented tomorrow (Friday) in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville will provide a unique and entertaining look at a range of ethical issues attorneys face. Attendees will observe video presentations of ethical situations and engage in an interactive discussion to gain insights on recognizing and avoiding common ethical traps. Walk ups welcome!

Law Student Group Still Needs Volunteers to Judge Events

Consider serving as a judge for the Southern Regional Black Law Students Association's Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions next week during its convention Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 in Nashville. Event organizers say they are in "dire need" of volunteers for the competitions and ask you to help with the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. "Empowering our youth by educating them on the importance of civic engagement and assisting in their academic/career planning while encouraging diversity in the legal profession," is one of the goals of the group, says convention chair Charilyn M. Stanberry. For more information, contact her.

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YLD Presents Honors During 2013 Leadership Conference

At the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's (YLD) Mid-Winter Board Dinner -- held in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference -- awards were presented to volunteer lawyers named "Stars of the Quarter" for the first two quarters of the 2012-2013 bar year, law student liaisons representing the TBA at law schools across the state, and the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award recipient. Photos by Landry Butler

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DLI Class Holds First Session, Hears from Bar Leaders

The law student members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their first session this past weekend as part of the TBA's Leadership Conference. The group joined legal leaders from across the state to learn about legislative issues impacting lawyers, opportunities to get involved in programs educating the public about the legal system and rule of law, and how to effectively deal with conflict. Class members also held separate sessions that featured a keynote address by Gregg Ramos with North, Pursell & Ramos in Nashville and a panel discussion with Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart Bowles; Ashonti Davis, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada; Brian Frye, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Matt Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa; and William Stover, Law Office of William Stover.

TBA President-Elect Cindy Wyrick with the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson, and former YLD president Tasha Blakney with the Knoxville law firm of Eldridge, Blakney & Trant, also addressed the group. The weekend’s program was produced YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist – an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. See photos of this year’s class members.

Members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their opening session Jan. 18-19 in Nashville.
They are (from left to right) Back Row: Cole Rogers, LaToyia Trotter, Anthony Adewumi and James Cobb.
Middle Row: Jerry Ivery, Shana Berkeley, Jayniece Higgins, Kimberlee McTorry, Sonia Boss, Tracey Williams
and Brett Knight. Front Row: Yessle Yi, Aisha DeBerry, Estefania Chavez, Cindy Brown, Daniela Quintero,
Ashley Upkins and Mike Sandler.

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YLD Helps Arm Police With Teddy Bears

Franklin police have a new weapon at their service thanks to a donation from young lawyers in TBA YLD District 11. The group -- led by Franklin attorney Shauna Billingsley -- this week presented police a box of teddy bears that can be used to help comfort children when officers are called to car crashes or family fights that can be frightening to the children, the Tennessean reports.

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YLD Recognizes Award Recipients, CASA Volunteer

At its Mid-Winter Board Dinner this past Saturday, TBA Young Lawyers Divison (YLD) President David Veile recognized a number of young lawyer volunteers. Franklin lawyer and YLD District 11 Representative Shauna Billingsley was honored for her service to the YLD and for chairing the Children’s Subcommittee of the TBA Public Education Committee. Clarksville lawyer and Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter was recognized for his work coordinating Wills for Heroes clinics across the state. And, Murfreesboro lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Chair Tommy Santel and Nashville lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Vice Chair Mary Beth Haltom were recognized for their work producing two educational programs for young lawyers. Learn more about their service.

Also at the dinner, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Membership & Law School Outreach Committee Joe Fanduzz recognized law students serving as TBA liaisons at each of the state's law schools. Capping off the evening, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Children’s Issues Committee Katrina Atchley Arbogast presented the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Dale Hedges of Clinton. Hedges has been a volunteer with CASA of the Tennessee Heartland for 18 years, serving 29 children. See pictures from the dinner.

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Federal Bar Group to Meet in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will hold its annual meeting Jan. 15 at noon at The Chattanoogan. The speaker will be University of South Carolina Emeritus Professor Dan T. Carter, a leading authority on race relations and American politics. Carter will focus his remarks on current trends in voting rights in the United States. The event is open to the public. Cost for admission is $30, which includes lunch. For questions or to reserve a seat, contact Katharine Gardner.

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2013 Law Student Leadership Class Named

The 2013 class of the TBA Diversity Leadership Institute was announced today. The six-month leadership and mentoring program for law school students is sponsored by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division. This year it is made up of 18 students who will gather for their first meeting Jan. 18 in Nashville in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference.

Class members are: Shana Berkeley, Brett Knight, Kimberlee McTorry, Daniela Quintero and Ashley Upkins from the Belmont College of Law; Aisha DeBerry from the Duncan School of Law; Sonia Boss, Cynthia Brown, Cole Rogers, Mike Sandler and Tracey Williams from the Nashville School of Law; Anthony Adewumi, James Cobb, Jayniece Higgins and Jerry Ivery from the University of Memphis School of Law; and Estefania Chavez, LaToyia Trotter and Yessle Yi from the University of Tennessee College of Law. The program is being chaired this year by Memphis attorney Ahsaki Baptist and Nashville lawyer Brian Winfrey.

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YLD Affiliate News for December 2012

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD is accepting applications for its subgrant program, which provides funding for activities that benefit local communities, leaders or members. Applications should be submitted by March 1, 2013. The ABA YLD's next meeting -- the midyear meeting -- will take place Feb. 7-9 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. This year's meeting includes a New Partner Workshop, which will feature a nationally known law firm marketing expert and a day of interactive learning and networking to help new partners, aspiring partners and attorneys who have launched their own firms prepare for their new roles. For information about the ABA YLD or to get involved contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 12/31/12)

The following Wills for Heroes events have been scheduled (as of 12/31/12) across the state during 2013. 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, please contact committee chair Bradley Carter. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes.

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Reminder: Applications Available for Summer Internship Program

Application materials for the 2013 Summer Judicial Internship Program, which matches first and second year law students with Tennessee appellate and trial judges for six or 12-week internships, are now available. More than 40 law students served with trial court judges last summer and the Membership & Law School Outreach Committee -- which administers the program -- is hopeful that number will grow in 2013. Applications must be received in the TBA office by Feb. 4. Learn more about the program and get application instructions online.

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2013 Law Day Theme Announced

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced that the 2013 Law Day theme will be "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." The event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the impact that the Civil Rights Movement has had on equality under law. Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1 to foster greater appreciation for the law and greater understanding of the American judicial system. For talking points, planning ideas and other resources visit the ABA's Law Day homepage. Get started by downloading the 2013 Planning Guide. This year' guide features ideas and resources for putting on a successful Law Day program with information about planning an event, publicizing an event, organizing activities, and creating lesson plans. The 2013 version also offers a new iPad version and a PDF version that can be printed and distributed.

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2013 Law Day Theme Announced

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced that the 2013 Law Day theme will be “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the impact that the Civil Rights Movement has had on equality under law. Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1 to foster greater appreciation for the law and greater understanding of the American judicial system. For talking points, planning ideas and other resources visit the ABA's Law Day homepage.

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YLD Affiliate News for November 2012

American Bar Association YLD – For information about the ABA YLD or to get involved contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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Deadline for 2013 DLI Program Approaching

The TBA YLD is accepting applications for the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) through Dec. 5. The program, a six-month leadership track for Tennessee law students, is open to students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Class size is limited to 20 to 25 students selected from across the state. To ensure a diverse class, selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, geographical factors and law schools attended. Student participants must be members of the TBA and commit to attend two in-person programs. Learn more

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 11/28/12)

The following Wills for Heroes events have been scheduled across the state. 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, please contact committee chair Bradley Carter at bcarter@runyonandrunyon.com. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program.

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Young Lawyers Among New TBALL Class

The TBA recently announced the members of the 2013 Leadership Law class. Young lawyers among the group are: Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day, Brentwood; Ahsaki Baptist, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Memphis; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee B. Bowles, Lewisburg; H. Garth Click, Click Law Office, Springfield; Christopher E. Coleman, Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville; Margaret F. Cooper, Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell, Memphis; Mary Beth Hagan, Hagan & Farrar, Murfreesboro; Daniel C. Headrick, Paine, Tarwater & Bickers, Knoxville; Meredith B. Humbert, Hunter, Smith & Davis, Kingsport; Joshua H. Jenne, Jenne, Scott & Jenne, Cleveland; Caroline E. Knight, District Attorney General’s Office, Crossville; Mark A. Ison, Sherrard & Roe, Nashville; Teresa A. Luna, Spragins, Barnett & Cobb, Jackson; R. Brad Morgan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kristi J. Murray, Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee, Johnson City; P. Matthew Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa, Nashville; Ben J. Scott, Federal Express, Memphis; Clint H. Scott, Gilbert, Russell, McWherter, Jackson; Adam C. Simpson, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, Memphis; Terica N. Smith, West Tennessee Legal Services, Jackson; and John D. Wicker, Roberts & Wicker, Nashville.

Congratulations to all! See the full class list

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CASA Volunteer Award Nominations Being Accepted

The TBA YLD Children’s Issues Committee is accepting nominations from Tennessee CASA directors for its 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award. The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 5. Please encourage your local CASA directors to nominate a hard-working volunteer for this statewide recognition! The winner, as well as the executive director of the agency where the volunteer works, will be recognized with an award and cash gift at the YLD Winter Board Meeting in Nashville in January. The Children’s Issues Committee also offers a range of services for local CASA agencies. Please contact chair Katrina Atchley Arbogast at katchley@lewisking.com for more information.

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2013 Mock Trial Case Released

The TBA YLD released the case and rules for the 2013 High School Mock Trial Competition this week. This year's scenario features Thor Brush, an investment broker who convinces friends and local businessmen to invest in his company U.R. Rich. While promising to invest in established securities, Brush instead spends the money on a lavish lifestyle. When news of the scheme becomes public, clients realize they have lost everything. Brush is indicted and is awaiting trial, when he suddenly dies when his car careens out of control and crashes.

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Wills for Heroes Needs Laptop Donations

The TBA YLD's Wills for Heroes program is in need of either new or used donated laptops. It also is in need of technical assistance to fix a number of laptops that currently are not operational. If your firm is interested in contributing computers or donating the services of an IT professional, please contact Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter. This is a great time of year to make a donation and receive a tax deduction! Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, which provides free wills, powers of attorney and other end-of-life documents for first responders in the state of Tennessee.

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New Attorneys Being Welcomed to Practice of Law

The Tennessee Bar Association will welcome several hundred new attorneys to the practice of law Tuesday, with an open house and luncheon held between two admissions ceremonies at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Other services are being this week across the state.

Transitional CLE on Tap Next Week for New Lawyers

As a recently licensed attorney, sure you can quote hearsay exceptions, hammer out memos in three hours, and generally dazzle people with your extensive substantive legal knowledge. But can you manage client and partner expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel, and ultimately avoid the kinds of mistakes young lawyers can make that expose them to disciplinary actions or claims from their clients? Do you know how to properly begin and end the lawyer-client relationship? Are you familiar with the myriad of resources and services available to Tennessee attorneys? If not, don’t despair because you are not alone and help is on the way!

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YLD Affiliate News for October 2012

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD held its Fall Conference in historic Charleston from Oct. 18-20. In addition to programming from presenters such as Charleston's mayor and South Carolina's chief justice, the conference featured social events at the South Carolina Aquarium and several of Charleston's best restaurants. This year's public service project, American Voter, also was officially launched at the meeting. The initiative is a non-partisan effort to educate young people about the history of voting rights in the United States and the importance of exercising the right to vote. The program offers resources for lawyers and educators to present law-focused education projects in the classroom or community, as well as comprehensive state-specific information on voter registration, Election Day procedures, resources for disabled voters and more. It also calls on young lawyers to volunteer for voter registration, Election Day poll watching and community education. Visit american-voter.org for more information. In addition to this, the newest public service project, the ABA YLD recently "re-packaged" its previous projects to make them easier for affiliates to implement. All past projects now can be found here

Blount County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the Blount County YLD contact president George Maifair at george@grmbankruptcy.com or (865) 323-6719.

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