TBA Names 2016 Leadership Law Class

The Tennessee Bar Association announces that 33 attorneys from eight Tennessee cities -- Chattanooga, Cleveland, Gallatin, Jackson, Knoxville, Madisonville, Memphis and Nashville -- have been selected for its 2016 Leadership Law (TBALL) program. Now in its 13th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. View the 2016 Leadership Law class

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Indigent Task Force Holds First Meeting in Nashville

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force held its first meeting Nov. 6 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee highlighted three focus areas for the task force: (1) how indigency is determined; (2) the quality of legal services provided; and (3) the administration or delivery of the compensation and rates.

Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier shared the 2011 AOC report on the Indigent Defense Fund, and staff presented on the administration and mechanics of the fund. The task force’s next meeting is planned for early 2016. Check TBA Impact for more information and stay tuned for information on educational sessions and a call to action on contacting legislators.

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 about this or any other policy issue.

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Young Lawyers Named to 2016 TBALL Class


The TBA announced the members of the 2016 Leadership Law class this week. Now in its 13th year, the program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

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Bloomberg Write-On Competition Accepting Articles

The 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition is open for submissions on topics impacting the legal landscape. Ten winners will have their articles published in a national Bloomberg BNA Law Report and receive $2,500. Submissions must be received by Feb. 17.

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Heriges Joins TBA Staff as YLD Coordinator

Young Lawyers Division Director Stacey Shrader Joslin will be leaving the TBA at the end of the month, concluding 11 years of service with the organization. Taking her place will be Katharine Heriges, who joined the staff on Nov. 16 and has been training under Shrader Joslin this week. Heriges comes to TBA after two years of working on local Nashville political races. Prior to that she worked as an English teacher abroad in Busan, South Korea. In addition to serving as coordinator for the YLD, Heriges will work with the TBA’s Public Education Committee. She can be reached at (615) 383-7421 or

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Still Time to Nominate the 2016 CASA Volunteer of the Year

The YLD Children’s Issues Committee is still accepting nominations from Tennessee CASA agencies for the 2016 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award, but the deadline is coming up fast! All applications must be submitted by Nov. 30.

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 at the YLD Winter Board Meeting in Nashville in January. Contact committee chair Katrina Atchley Arbogast for more information. Get an application form and instructions online.

Don't know how to reach your CASA representative? Find a list of CASA offices across the state here.

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Private Student Loan Lenders Taking Delinquents to Court

An increased number of private student loan lenders are taking delinquent borrowers to court, according to the Associated Press, despite less people missing payments. "Litigation is now an accepted collection effort," Christopher Koegel, assistant director of the Division of Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission, said. "In the past, it was rare. We're certainly seeing lawsuits we didn't see five to six years ago." Close to five percent of private student loans were delinquent in the first quarter of this year. The Bristol Herald Courier has the story.

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TBJ Columns Cover Crime, History, Humor and Books

Columns in the November Tennessee Bar Journal include Wade Davies’s criminal law, Russell Fowler’s history and Bill Haltom’s humor. Davies writes about "(Not) Summary Judgment," Fowler is all about Ida B.Wells, and Haltom reminds us the power of a hand-written note. Candi Henry reviews the book, The Billable Hour. The Journal’s 50th Birthday is celebrated this month with a story about the background of the magazine’s and other TBA publications’ proper names (which is not nearly as boring as this makes it sound). Read it!

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Tips for Lawyers on Managing Anxiety

What can lawyers do to manage and conquer anxiety? The ABA Journal features Will Meyerhofer, a psychotherapist who has also been a practicing attorney, in a podcast (with transcripts) with information about anxiety and tips on how lawyers can manage and overcome it.

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New to the Practice of Law?

As new lawyers take the oath of office across the state this month, the TBA would like to welcome you to the practice of law! As you begin your legal career, the TBA and its Young Lawyers Division are here to help you navigate this next chapter. To give you an overview of the benefits of TBA membership and ways you can get involved, we have created a webpage just for you. The page also offers links to photos from the swearing in ceremonies and TBA's Open House. And remember, new admittees who join the TBA during the month of November will receive a free gift. Learn more here.

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TBA Open House Video and Photos

Check out our video on Tennessee's newest lawyers at the TBA Open House earlier this week. The page also features photos from the event and Nashville's swearing-in ceremonies. Search and share photos from swearing-in ceremonies around the state by using #newTNattorney. 

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YLD Invited Guest News for October 2015

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) - The AWA will host its fall membership meeting at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Hughes Pavilion) in Memphis from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Then on Nov. 14, the group will have a champagne brunch and holiday gift show benefiting A Step Ahead Foundation. That event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3475 Central Ave. You do not have to be an AWA member to attend either event. For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden.

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YLD Affiliate News for October 2015

American Bar Association YLD – Tennessee’s own Justin Sensing has been named editor of the ABA YLD’s newsletter The Affiliate. Sensing is managing partner of the Clarksville law firm of Sensing & Clemons PLC. He also serves as president of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers Division and sits on the TBA YLD Board. Congratulations Justin! 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.

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Indigent Representation Task Force Announced

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced the promised Indigent Representation Task Force last week. Former Supreme Court Justice and current Nashville School of Law Dean William C. Koch will lead the group, which will hold an organizational meeting on Nov. 6. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee announced the task force and its mission: to look at indigency determinations, delivery of services, administration of the indigent representation fund and the current compensation rate. It is anticipated the task force will work to develop a proposal for the 110th General Assembly, which will begin in January 2017.

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Board Gives Back at Fall Meeting

While at its annual Fall Meeting last week, the YLD Board donated and delivered some 300 paint brushes, 120 individual paints, 168 crayons, 70 markers, 60 colored pencils, four glue sticks, 24 oil pastels, 550 sheets of sketch paper and 300 sheets of construction paper to the YWCA of Puerto Rico. YLD members met with some of the girls from very poor neighborhoods in the San Juan area who come to the Y’s after-school program. YLD President Rachel Moses is pictured with the girls below.

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Swearing In Ceremonies Set for Next Week

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold swearing in ceremonies across the state next week to welcome new lawyers to the practice of law. The YLD will have a presence at each ceremony to congratulate these new lawyers and introduce them to the benefits of TBA membership. In addition, the TBA will hold its annual open house and luncheon on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please stop by if you are in town!

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. 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 Hall Council Chambers.

This year, the YLD is adding a fun element to the ceremonies. New admittees are invited to join our Social Media Challenge. Those who post a photo from the day on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #newTNattorney, and “like” and “tag” the Tennessee Bar Association will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Be sure to use our chalkboards in your photo!

New lawyers should also keep an eye out for a QR code in the Admission Ceremony program, which will take you to a web page just for new admittees.

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Apply Now for 2016 DLI Program

The YLD is accepting applications for the 2016 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) through Dec. 1 and has been holding informational meetings about the program at law schools across the state. A session at the University of Memphis School of Law will take place Nov. 2 at noon in Room 233. Watch for details soon about presentations at Duncan School of Law and the Nashville School of Law.

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Save the Date for the 2016 YLD Ethics Series

You know the law but don’t let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today’s Attorney is a three-hour ethics seminar that focuses on the practical aspects of lawyering. For four Fridays in February the program will be offered across the state. Watch for additional details but make plans now to attend a seminar near you:

  • Nashville, Feb.5
  • Knoxville, Feb. 12
  • Memphis, Feb. 19
  • Chattanooga, Feb. 26

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Mock Trial Rules, New District Lines Released

The YLD Mock Trial Committee has released the rules for the 2016 competition and a new map of mock trial districts. The new districts, which now mirror the YLD District Representative seats, will be in effect for the 2016 competition. Download a memo explaining the redistricting process or download a map of the new districts. Questions should be directed to committee chair Kristen Corn, (615) 550-6603. This year's problem will be a civil case. Look for case material to be released in November. Register online to receive updates, follow Tennessee mock trial on Twitter or find lots of mock trial resources on the TBA website.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 10/30/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through the fall. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

Murfreesboro, Nov. 14
Contact: I’Ashea Myles Dihigo,, (615) 800-4747
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department, 302 S. Church St., 37130
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Franklin, Nov. 21
Contact: Lauren Curry,, (615) 742-4200
Location: Franklin Police Department, Community Room, 900 Columbia Ave., 37064
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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UT Law Highlights Alumni Working Around the World

The University of Tennessee College of Law highlights alumni working with firms and organizations around the world. “My legal education taught me to analyze a matter from all angles and how to take a problem apart and put it back together again,” says Brenda Morgan, who is currently working for the IRS at the US Embassy in Paris.

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Supreme Court to Swear In State's Newest Attorneys

The Tennessee Supreme Court will travel throughout Tennessee next week to swear in the state’s newest attorneys. The Court will swear in over 300 new attorneys beginning in Knoxville on Nov. 2, in Nashville on Nov. 3, in Jackson on Nov. 4 and in Memphis on Nov. 5. The Tennessee Bar Association will be at each of the ceremonies and will provide information to new attorneys about the bar. Watch for photos from the events at #newTNattorney. An open house and luncheon to welcome new admittees is planned in Nashville on Nov. 3 at the Tennessee Bar Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition to swearing in new attorneys, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Jackson and Memphis.

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Committee Creates New Districts for High School Mock Trial

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee today released rules for the 2016 competition and a new map of mock trial districts. The new districts will be in effect for the 2016 competition. Questions should be directed to committee chair Kristen Corn, (615) 550-6603. Case material will be released in November.

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CASA Agency Seeking New Volunteers

CASA of the Ninth Judicial District is seeking more volunteers in Loudon County, says Rosemary Quillen, CASA assistant director. The nonprofit organization “desperately” needs more volunteer participation, as the local agency currently oversees 14 active cases with three more on the way, Quillen says. For more information on volunteering or taking an upcoming training course, contact Quillen, (865) 988-2311. The News Herald has an interview with CASA leaders.

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Learn About TBA Law Student Leadership Program

The TBA Young Lawyers Division will hold information sessions about the Diversity Leadership Institute this month. The sessions will feature program leaders and graduates, who will provide an overview of the program and application process, as well as answer questions. The first session will take place tomorrow at noon at the University of Tennessee College of Law. A session at the University of Memphis School of Law will take place Oct. 16 at noon. A session at Belmont College of Law is set for Oct. 22 at noon. Contact YLD Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd at 901-537-1054 with any questions. Watch for details soon about presentations at Duncan School of Law, Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School.

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