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TBA Adds New Program Staff

The TBA recently hired two new staff members to handle key programs run by the bar and its committees.

Leadership Law
Brittany Sims will join the TBA next week as coordinator of the Leadership Law program. She replaces long time staff member Monica Mackie who is pursuing other opportunities. Sims, a Nashville native, graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, Va., then returned to Nashville to work as a VISTA volunteer with AmeriCorp. While pursuing a graduate degree at Tennessee State University, Sims worked with the TSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and then moved on to become a program coordinator there. She also serves as assistant volleyball coach at Fisk University. Her degree is in public administration, with a certificate in nonprofit management. In addition to coordinating the TBALL program, Sims also will join the team that gathers news for the daily TBAToday newsletter and TBA website. You can reach her at bsims@tnbar.org.

Access to Justice and Public Education
Elizabeth "Liz" Slagle Todaro joined the TBA staff this week to begin training as the new Access to Justice and Public Education Coordinator. She will take over later this fall when Sarah Hayman, who currently fills those roles, departs to have her first child. Todaro, a graduate of the City University of New York Law School, most recently led Nashville Debate - a comprehensive debate program for high school students. She also has served in a consulting role with the YWCA as a community educator and outreach coordinator for the agency's Domestic Violence Center, and as program director for the Family and Children's Service Crisis Center. A native of Nashville, Todaro graduated from Hume-Fogg High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University and worked in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., prior to attending law school. You can reach her at ltodaro@tnbar.org.

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Law Firm Trivia Night Raises $6,300

The Second Annual Law Firm Trivia Challenge in Nashville raised $6,300 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Hosted last Monday by YLD members Mary Beth Haltom and Jenney Keaty, the event involved more than 100 lawyers competing on 19 law firm teams. First place went to "Guilty as Charged" from the Davidson County District Attorney General’s office. Team members were Rob McGuire, Bret Gunn, Elizabeth Foy, Brian Ewald and Lauren Turner. Second place went to "Trivial Per Se" from the Law Office of John Day (Laura Baker, Brandon Bass, Burke Keaty, Casey Truelove and Kurt Hippel) and third place went to the Neal & Harwell team of Jeff Gibson, Drew Warth, Ron Harris, David Bridgers and Megan Deardorff.

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Upcoming CLE from the YLD

The Ins and Outs of Transactional Practice
This six-hour seminar will provide business attorneys with the information, tools and tips needed to successfully handle common business transactions. The seminar will offer an overview of different forms of business entities, with an emphasis on what entities are best for various clients and business plans, the 2012 adopted amendments to the Tennessee Business Corporation Act, the nuts and bolts of buying and selling a private company, as well as tax issues affecting different business structures. Each session will address pertinent issues for the transactional lawyer. The day will wrap up with a presentation and discussion about civility in the practice of law and ethical situations arising in transactional settings.

Details:
Producers: Tommy Santel, Mary Beth Haltom
Location: Tennessee Bar Center, Nashville
Speakers:
Kristal Boone, Boone Law PLLC
David Stempel, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Keith Thompson, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
Mark Westlake, Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin PLLC
 

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July News from Local YLD Affiliates

American Bar Association YLD - The ABA Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago Aug. 2 through 5, Details about the meeting can be found here. For general information about the ABA YLD contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 8/30/12)

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 at www.willsforheroes.org.

Lebanon, Sept. 22
Location: Tressler & Associates, PLLC, 212 North Castle Heights Ave.
Contact: Todd Tressler, (615) 444-2345, todd@tresslerassociates.com
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Committee Chairs Appointed for 2012-2013

Committee chairs also are now in place for the upcoming bar year. Please feel free to contact these leaders if you would like to get involved. See complete contact information for these individuals on the YLD's website.

Children's Issues - Katrina Atchley, (865) 541-5258, katchley@lewisking.com
Continuing Legal Education - Tommy Santel, (615) 893-5522, tsantel@mborolaw.com
Disaster Relief - Todd A. Tressler, (615) 444-2345, todd@tresslerassociates.com
Diversity - Ahsaki E. Baptist, (901) 537-1123, abaptist@wyattfirm.com
Long Range Planning - Stacie Winkler, (901) 577-8187, swinkler@bakerdonelson.com
Membership & Law School Outreach - Joe Fanduzz, (865) 523-7731, jfanduzz@gmail.com
Mock Trial - Troy S. Weston, (865) 544-2010, tweston@ebtlaw.com
Mock Trial Long Range Planning - Candi Henry, (615) 254-2291, chenry@dodsonparker.com
Public Service - Ellie Hill, (423) 756-7117, ehill@pbsjlaw.com
Publications & Tennessee Young Lawyer Editor - Chaz Molder, (931) 388-4022, cmolder@hardinandparkes.com
E-DICT Editor - Adam Moore, (865) 521-5274, adam.moore@regions.com
Wills For Heroes - Brad Carter, (931) 647-3377, bcarter@runyonandrunyon.com

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District Reps Stand Ready to Serve

The YLD's 14 district representatives are elected to serve you, the membership, and represent your interests to the division's governing board. Please do not hesitate to contact your district representative with questions about the TBA YLD or ways to get involved. See complete contact information for this year's representatives on the YLD's website.

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Bar Year Kicks Off with Planning Session, Wills for Heroes Clinics

Members of the TBA Young Lawyers Division leadership gathered this past weekend in Nashville to plan public and member service programs for the new bar year. On Saturday morning, TBA President Jackie Dixon spoke to the group about her vision for the year and discussed how the YLD can support those efforts. YLD President David Veile has committed to helping Dixon implement public education efforts designed to help civic and community leaders understand the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. That initiative as well as others was on the agenda for the session. The YLD also will kick off its public service initiatives in August with two Wills for Heroes clinics. Please contact the event sponsors listed below to get involved.

Cookeville, Aug. 18
Location: Putnam County 911-Center, 700 County Services Dr. (next to Health Department)
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: Rachel Moses, rmoses@las.org, (931) 528-7436

Clarksville, Aug. 24
Location: Clarksville Police Department, 135 Commerce St.
Contact: Garth Click, garth@clicklawoffice.com, (615) 384-8444

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Young Woman Beats Odds to Practice Law

A single mother at age 15, Amanda Ray Jelks, has had a few roadblocks in her life. Now a Chattanooga attorney at 26, Jelks talks about the journey and those who encouraged her. “Growing up, going to college was never discussed,” she said. “I did not know any college graduates personally as a youth. My mom told me growing up I should be a lawyer because she said I could argue with a stop sign and convince it that it says go.” She graduated from the University of Memphis with her law degree at 24. During the summers she interned at Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel PC, where she now works full-time. Read her story in the Times Free Press

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YLD Leaders Meet for Planning Session

Members of the TBA Young Lawyers Division leadership are meeting this weekend in Nashville to plan public and member service programs for the new bar year. On Saturday morning, TBA President Jackie Dixon will speak to the group about her vision for the year and discuss how the YLD can support those efforts. YLD President David Veile has committed to helping Dixon implement public education efforts designed to help civic and community leaders understand the importance of an independent judiciary. That initiative as well as others are on the agenda for the session. Learn more about the YLD's programs

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Judge Tosses Law Grads' Job Prospects Suit

A federal judge in Michigan has dismissed a suit by 12 Thomas M. Cooley law grads claiming they were misled about their job prospects. U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist dismissed the case on Friday, saying Cooley’s employment stats are “literally true” and the plaintiffs unreasonably relied on the school’s representations, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. The judge also said the state’s consumer protection law does not apply to items purchased for a business purpose, including the purchase of a legal education. ABAJournal.com has more

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Research Shows Drop in Salaries

The erosion of new associate hiring at law firms has resulted in a dramatic three-year decline in starting salaries for recent law graduates. Research by NALP, formerly the National Association for Law Placement, found that average starting salaries for members of the class of 2011 holding full-time jobs fell by 6.5 percent compared with the previous class, to $78,653 from $84,111. The median reported salary dropped by 5 percent, to $60,000 from $63,000. The median starting salary has dropped by 17 percent since 2009, according to NALP, and the average salary has decreased by 16 percent. Learn more from the National Law Journal

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Upcoming CLE from the YLD

The YLD will offer its annual Transactional CLE on Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Nashville. The six-hour seminar -- The Ins and Outs of Transactional Practice -- will provide business attorneys with the information, tools and tips needed to successfully handle common business transactions. The seminar will offer an overview of different forms of business entities, with an emphasis on what entities are best for various clients and business plans, as well as the tax implications associated with each. Other sessions will cover a range of issues of interest to transactional lawyers. The day will wrap up with a panel discussion about practical tips for avoiding ethical traps in business transactions.

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June News from Local YLD Affiliates

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago Aug. 2 to 5. The event features three days of learning and networking and the installation of new officers. The group’s last meeting took place in Nashville in May. Read a report of that event. For general information about the ABA YLD contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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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Wills for Heroes Clinics Planned for August, September

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

Cookeville, Aug. 18
Location: TBD
Contact: Rachel Moses, rmoses@las.org, (931) 528-7436

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YLD Wins Grant for DLI Program

The TBA YLD has been awarded a grant from the American Bar Association YLD to support its Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month mentoring and leadership program for law students in Tennessee. Special thanks goes to Nashville lawyer Nikylan Knapper with the U.S. Department of Labor, who prepared the grant application. The DLI program, coordinated by the YLD Diversity Committee, will accept applications for the 2013 class this fall. Learn more about the program

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New Lawyers Join the Practice

TBA YLD members were on hand earlier this month as some 60 new lawyers took part in swearing in ceremonies at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Following introductions and administration of the oath by Chief Justice Connie Clark, the group heard remarks from each justice and TBA President Jackie Dixon. Over 100 of the new lawyers and their families then attended an open house and luncheon at the Tennessee Bar Center. See photos from the event or the list of all new lawyers admitted

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Fellows Induct New Members, Honor Larry Wilks

The TBA YLD Fellows held its annual meeting, presented its annual service award and inducted new members at the YLD & Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. New officers elected were President Angelia Morie Nystrom with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Vice President Andrew V. Sellers with Purcell Sellers & Craig in Jackson; Secretary Charlotte Knight Griffin with Memphis Light, Gas & Water in Memphis; and Treasurer J. Russell Parkes with Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia. Cynthia Richardson Wyrick with Ogle, Gass & Richardson in Sevierville assumed the office of immediate past president. Read more and see photos from the event.

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Service Project, Graduation Wrap Up 2012 DLI Program

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in Memphis earlier this month. The group’s activities included a final program that featured young lawyers discussing what they wish they had known when transitioning from law school to law practice and a “speed networking” session with the panelists. Speakers included Mary Beard with FedEx Corporation in Memphis; Robert Gatewood with Farmers Insurance in Memphis; Rachel Moses with the Legal Aid Society in Cookeville; Alexander Wharton with The Wharton Law Firm in Memphis; Paul Whitt with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC in Knoxville; and Brian Winfrey with The Winfrey Firm in Nashville. Read more and see photos from the group's activities.

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David Veile Takes Office as YLD President

David Veile of the Franklin firm of Schell Binkley & Davies LLC took office as TBA YLD president at the division’s annual meeting June 8 in Memphis. Immediate Past President Mason W. Wilson of Memphis was on hand to pass the gavel to Veile. At the meeting, Veile laid out his vision for the coming year. Responding to TBA President Jackie Dixon's plans to improve mentoring and ramp up public education efforts this year, Veile pledged the YLD's support for a more comprehensive TBA mentoring program and for the Law Rules project, which equips lawyers with the information they need to make presentations about the legal system to schools, civics organizations, churches and other community groups.

Veile also pledged to continue the YLD's successful service programs -- including the high school mock trial competition, Wills for Heroes clinics, iCivics training for teachers, Law Day themed-contests and Statewide Public Service Day projects -- as well as serving Tennessee law students through the Judicial Internship Program and Diversity Leadership Institute, and serving young lawyers with quality CLE, skills training and networking opportunities.

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5 Lawyers Named as Emerging Leader Award Finalists

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville have named finalists for the 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. In the legal services category, the following five Nashville lawyers were announced: Rachel Bell with Bell & Kinslow PLLC; Christy Crider with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Kolin Holladay with Adams and Reese LLP; James Mackler with Bone, McAllester, Norton PLLC; and Matt Potempa with the Law Office of Matt Potempa PLLC. A networking reception with the nominees will take place June 28 at the Bound’ry. Winners in each category will be announced on July 26 at an awards ceremony at Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium.

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Ceremony Welcomes New Lawyers to Practice

Members of the Tennessee Supreme Court today welcomed the latest class of attorneys to join the practice of law in Tennessee. About 60 new lawyers took part in the ceremonies at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Following introductions and administration of the oath by Chief Justice Connie Clark, the group heard remarks from each justice and TBA President Jackie Dixon. An open house and luncheon at the Tennessee Bar Center followed the ceremonies.

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YLD Award Winners Recognized at 2012 Board & Fellows Dinner

Members of the outgoing TBA Young Lawyers Division Board gathered on June 8 for a final dinner and award ceremony recognizing service during the past year. The event also featured the annual meeting of the TBA YLD Fellows and a graduation ceremony of the Diversity Leadership Institute class. In what has become a tradition, the evening ended with a gavel pass from all former YLD presidents in attendance to incoming president David Veile of Franklin. Photos taken by Barry Kolar and Stacey Shrader

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David Veile Takes Office as YLD President

David Veile, with the Franklin firm of Schell Binkley & Davies LLC, took office as the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) president at the division’s annual meeting June 8. Also taking office were President-Elect David McDowell of Chattanooga, Vice President Stacie Winkler of Memphis, Secretary Marisa Combs of Nashville and Treasurer Steven King of Memphis. Two contested elections were decided at the meeting, with Knoxville lawyer Paul Whitt retaining his seat as East Tennessee Governor and Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom being reelected as Middle Tennessee Governor. Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday was elected to fill a vacancy for West Tennessee Governor. Members of the outgoing TBA YLD Board gathered that evening for an award ceremony

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Service Project and Graduation Wrap Up Law Student Leadership Class

Law students participating in the TBA Young Lawyers Division's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) met today in Memphis for a final program and graduation. The class attended the annual Lawyers Lunch and then spent the afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum learning about the role the city of Memphis played in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. On Saturday, the group will hear from a panel of young lawyers discussing what they wish they had known when transitioning from law school to law practice and will have the opportunity to do some “speed networking.” Later in the day, the class will participate in a cleanup and painting project at a local Boys and Girls Club. The class graduation ceremony also will take place this weekend in conjunction with the TBA’s annual convention. Learn more about the DLI

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