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McCallie Places in Top 20 at National Mock Trial

The McCallie School of Chattanooga finished in the top 20 at the 2012 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Albuquerque last week, placing 16th out of 46 teams. In addition, McCallie student Christian Talley was named one of seven outstanding attorneys in the competition. The case, which students had just a month to learn, centered on the assassination of a Department of Homeland Security agent by a former CIA operative who had taken up contracting work. Following apprehension, the assassin turned informant and testified against a U.S. congressman accused of covering up a million-dollar fraud involving the theft of natural gas. Read more about the team's experience in The Chattanoogan

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TBA Announces Law Day Art, Essay Winners

News from the Young Lawyers Division
Two Knoxville students earned first place in the 2012 Law Day Art & Essay Competition, reports the TBA's Young Lawyers Division, which holds the statewide competition each May. This year's competition was coordinated by Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services. The theme, "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,"  asked students to consider the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans.

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YLD Hosts National Gathering of Young Lawyers

The ABA YLD Spring Meeting continued this past weekend with a legal clinic for veterans, a presentation by the TBA YLD, and an award ceremony honoring two Tennessee lawyers. On Friday afternoon, Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa and Knoxville lawyer Troy Weston organized a pro bono legal clinic for veterans as part of the ABA YLD’s public service initiative for the year known as Project Salute, which helps veterans obtain benefits they are due. Lawyers from across the country who were in Nashville for the meeting helped serve 20 veterans at the event. Read more

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ABA YLD Presents Legal Clinic, Awards

The ABA YLD Spring Meeting wrapped up this past weekend with a legal clinic for veterans, a presentation by the TBA YLD, and an award ceremony honoring two Tennessee lawyers. Attorneys from across the country in Nashville for the meeting helped serve 20 veterans during Project Salute. Later, Memphis lawyer and YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist spoke to attendees about the group’s Diversity Leadership Institute, which was named one of four finalists for the ABA’s Next Steps Challenge Grant. The conference wrapped up Saturday with a panel discussion featuring Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, Vanderbilt Law School Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch speaking about recent funding cuts and attacks on the judicary. TBA Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur moderated the discussion.

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It's a Family Thing: Brother and Sister Graduate, Pass Bar, Practice with Dad

Jacob W. Fendley and Elizabeth Fendley Hahn made history this spring by being the first siblings to simultaneously graduate from the Nashville School of Law. Following graduation, both passed the bar exam and now they practice in Clarksville with their father, Mart G. Fendley. The Leaf-Chronicle has a picture

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ABA YLD Meeting Features Tennessee Lawyers

Tennessee lawyers are sharing their insights and expertise with young lawyers from across the country at this weekend’s meeting of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in Nashville. The capstone of the three-day meeting is a luncheon on Saturday with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, Vanderbilt Law School Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch speaking on this year’s Law Day theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” Other lawyers presenting seminars during the meeting include Gail Vaughn Ashworth, George Barrett, Lisa Cole, Mark Chalos, Matthew Curley, Margaret M. Huff, Anne C. Martin, Bruce McMullen, Barbara Moss, Lucian T. Pera, E. Todd Presnell, Eli J. Richardson, Lisa Rivera, Matt Sweeney, Kendrick Vaughn and Heather Howell Wright.

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New Issue of E-DICT Available (4/12)

The April 2012 issue of E-DICT, the YLD's monthly electronic newsletter, is now available. Have an item to include in E-DICT? Contact editor Adam Moore at adam.moore@regions.com or (865) 521-5274. See back issues of the newsletter on the YLD's newsletters page. Please note that the full archive is available only for members of the group, so be sure to login to the website to see the full list.

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Wills for Heroes Clinic Set for Saturday

Attorneys in upper East Tennessee will provide free wills for emergency responders on Saturday as part of the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Wills for Heroes program. Event organizer and YLD District Representative Rachel Ralston says both attorney and non-attorney volunteers are still needed. The event takes place at the Washington County/Johnson City EMS Center at 296 Wesley St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Ralston at (423) 943-3101 or rralston@hsdlaw.com for more information or to volunteer. The Johnson City Press has more

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Project Salute Planned for Nashville

The American Bar Association YLD is holding its spring meeting in Nashville this week and will be hosting a Project Salute Clinic on Friday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The program, which is the group's primary public service initiative for the year, educates American veterans on the benefits available to them and helps them obtain those benefits. The program is being led this year by Nashville attorney Matt Potempa. To participate in the clinic, volunteer lawyers must be VA-accredited and complete a three-hour training session. To volunteer for the Nashville clinic, contact Knoxville lawyer Troy Weston at tweston@ebtlaw.com or (865) 544-2010.

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Project Salute Planned for Nashville

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is holding its spring meeting in Nashville May 3-5 and will be hosting a Project Salute Clinic on Friday, May 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The program, which is the group's primary public service initiative for the year, educates American veterans on the benefits available to them and helps them obtain those benefits. The program is being led this year by Tennessee's own young lawyer Matt Potempa.

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Maury Co. Celebrates Law Day with Justice Wade, Awards

Law Day ceremonies got underway in Maury County on Thursday, with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade as the featured speaker. The event also included presentation of the Liberty Bell Award, given to senior chairman of First Farmers & Merchants Bank Virgil Moore. The award, presented by Chaz Molder, president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Maury County Bar Association, recognizes citizens who inspire a deeper sense of individual civic responsibility. Columbia Academy students were also presented with the 2012 Mock Trial Regional Competition Award by the Maury County Bar Association. The Columbia Daily Herald has the story and pictures

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YLD Leader in the News

Memphis lawyer and TBA YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist is featured in a Memphis Daily News article this week focusing on the family influences that led her to a career in the law and the satisfaction she finds in pro bono and volunteer service. She specifically mentions her role with the TBA YLD and the work she has done as chair of the group’s leadership program for law students. Read more here

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TBA All Access Network: Video Focuses on Client Relationships

News from the General-Solo-Small Firm Section
Client relationships need to start from a solid foundation to be successful. In the latest TBA All Access Network video, Memphis attorney and ethics expert Brian Faughnan offers six key steps to consider when beginning these relationships. Watch Faughnan’s program now or review any of the other video programming. All programs are five to 10 minutes long and can be watched at no cost.

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Apply Now for ABA Business Fellows Program

The deadline for applying to be part of the ABA Business Law Section's Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomat Program is just weeks away. The program is designed to increase section participation by young lawyers, lawyers of color and lawyers with disabilities, and enhance the section's image among young lawyers and minority and specialty bar associations across the country. Those selected for the program are provided funding to attend three section meetings each year for two years, assigned to a committee and matched with a committee mentor. The deadline for applying for the program is April 27. Learn more here

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'Jog and Jam' Saturday to Benefit Legal Aid

The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association will sponsor the first "Jog and Jam for Justice" to benefit the Legal Aid Society in Cookeville. The 5K run/walk will start at 7:30 a.m., this Saturday (April 7), at Tucker Stadium on the Tennessee Tech campus. The race will be followed that evening with a concert with local bands from 6 to 10 p.m. at CHAR restaurant. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 at the door and includes a race t-shirt and two drink tickets for the evening event. Those who want to attend only the concert may buy tickets for $10 at the door. Download a press release about the event or a registration form. Learn more on the group's Facebook page or contact Rachel Moses at rmoses@las.org with any questions.

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Winkler Elected YLD VP, Other Races Set for June

Memphis lawyer Stacie Winkler will serve as president of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2014-2015. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2013 and president in 2014. Winkler, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, was deemed elected after the filing deadline passed April 2 and she was unopposed. Winkler has served for a number of years as YLD Board secretary. She previously was president of the Memphis Bar Association YLD. Other officers elected without opposition were Secretary Marisa L. Combs, an attorney with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop in Nashville and Treasurer Steven W. King, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis.

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YLD Adopts Bylaws Amendment

At a specially called membership meeting March 17, members of the Young Lawyers Division unanimously approved an amendment to the division bylaws changing the designation of specialty bar representatives from non-voting board members to invited guests. The amendment vests authority for identifying the groups to be invited with the YLD Diversity Committee. The amendment now must be approved by the TBA Board of Governors, which is expected to consider the change at its spring meeting April 13-15. Learn more about the issue. For questions about the amendment or the amending process, contact Long Range Planning Committee Chair David McDowell at dmcdowell@gearhiserpeters.com or (423) 756-5171, or immediate past chair and president-elect David Veile at dveile@sbdlaw.net or (615) 550-2800.

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Free Disaster Legal Hotline, Resources Now Available

A toll-free legal assistance line is now available for victims of recent storms and flooding in 10 counties that have been designated as federal disaster areas. Victims in Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton and Polk counties may call (888) 395-9297 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. central time Monday through Friday to request free legal assistance. Messages may be left at any time.The service is a partnership between the Tennessee Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Learn more about the hotline or access resources for helping storm victims

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Disaster Declaration Approved for 10 Counties

President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster declaration for 10 counties in Tennessee, stemming from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the state from Feb. 29 to March 2. Individuals in Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton, and Polk counties may apply for individual assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA. The TBA, its Young Lawyers Division and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) will operate a toll-free disaster legal assistance hotline for those in affected areas. Details about how to access the hotline or volunteer to handle cases that come in over the hotline will be announced next week. Learn more from FEMA

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McCallie Bests Chattanooga Rival for Mock Trial Title

McCallie School of Chattanooga claimed the state high school mock trial championship title March 17, defeating rival Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association, in the 32nd annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the TBA Young Lawyers Division. The McCallie team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Albuquerque, N.M., May 3-6. The state competition involved 13 teams and 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds, while Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade presided over the championship match. See complete results, pictures and the list of volunteer judges and lawyers

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New Issue of E-DICT Available (2/12)

The February 2012 issue of E-DICT, the YLD's monthly electronic newsletter, is now available. See back issues of the newsletter on the YLD's newsletters page. Please note that the full archive is available only for members of the group so be sure to login to the website to see the full list. Have an item to include in E-DICT? Contact editor Adam Moore at adam.moore@regions.com or (865) 521-5274.

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YLD High School Mock Trial Competition Moves Toward Finals

Local and regional competitions are complete and the the State High School Mock Trial Competition is just two weeks away. Watch for the lineup of finalists for the  March 16-17 event in Nashville.

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New Video Added to TBA Network

The TBA’s All Access Video Network (TAAN) has a new professional development program available from Nashville attorney Rebecca McKelvey. The free program offers tips on marketing, referrals and more. It is part of a lineup that offers short videos in three major categories: professional development, advice for going solo, and basic information on practice areas. Most of the videos are five to 10 minutes long. See the full program lineup

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YLD Announces 2012 Law Day Art & Essay Contest

The TBA Young Lawyers Division has announced the 2012 Law Day Art & Essay Contest, which gives elementary and high school students the opportunity to express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law, and achieve statewide recognition for their work. The 2012 competition theme, "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom," asks students to consider the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans. The art contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, while the essay contest is open to students in 9th through 12th grades. Submissions must be received by local contest coordinators by April 13. Learn more about the contest

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Special YLD Meeting Called for March 17

Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President Mason Wilson has called a special meeting of the YLD membership to be held Saturday, March 17, at 11:30 a.m. Central time, in Nashville for the purpose of considering amendments to the division's bylaws. The meeting will take place in the jury assembly room on the ground floor of the Historic Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Please enter on the James Robertson side of the building. All YLD members are invited and encouraged to attend.

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