Last Call: Submit Your Logo Idea by Oct. 9

The TBA YLD is currently exploring the option of creating a logo and would like to invite all members to join in the fun by submitting an original design for consideration! Those interested in designing a logo should send submissions to YLD Publications Committee Chair Justin Faith by Oct. 9. Have a vision, but don’t think you can draw it? Ideas can be submitted for mock up and still receive full credit.

The YLD Board will vote on proposals at its Fall Meeting Oct. 23-25. The winner will be announced in the October E-DICT. If your logo is selected, you will receive our eternal thanks and some cool YLD swag!

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YLD Affiliate News for July 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD is gathering this week in Chicago for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom White, who has been serving as the district representative for Tennessee and Kentucky to the ABA YLD Council for the last two years, will conclude her service. The position will be filled by a Kentucky lawyer for the next two years. Also at the meeting, incoming ABA YLD Chair Lacy Durham will unveil her agenda for the year, which is reported to include a mental health awareness project, a child cyber safety program, a campaign to educate students about what lawyers do, and an expanded diversity initiative.

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Save the Date: YLD Ethics 2016

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.

Watch for additional details but make plans now to attend a seminar near you:

Nashville, Feb. 5, 2016
Knoxville, Feb. 12, 2016
Memphis, Feb. 19, 2016

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 7/28/15)

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.

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New TBALL Coordinator Named, Nominations Due Sept. 7

TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) Coordinator Brittany Sims is leaving the association to begin legal studies at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The new coordinator, Kate Prince, will join the TBA next Thursday. Prince most recently was logistics and volunteer coordinator at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-South Chapter in Nashville. She previously worked at Imagination Branding, was a reporter at the Tennessean and was a newsroom intern with WTVF News Channel 5. In addition to working with the TBALL program, she will oversee the TBA mentoring program for new attorneys and staff a new committee looking at innovations in the delivery of legal services.

Nomination forms for the 2016 TBALL Class will be available Monday and are due back by Sept. 7. Anyone interested in participating may self-nominate or reach out to a past class member to nominate them. Look for forms to be posted on the TBA website next week.

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Join Us for Fall Membership Recruitment Events

The YLD has several membership awareness and recruitment events scheduled for this fall. Young lawyers across the state are invited to attend any of these events to represent the TBA. Contact YLD Law School Outreach Committee Chair Nathan Shelby at (731) 425-7949 or for more information.

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Hicky Named YLD Public Policy Liaison

YLD President Rachel Moses has named Nashville lawyer William B. Hicky to a new position on the YLD Board. Hicky will begin serving immediately as the division’s Public Policy Liaison. In his new role, he will hold a seat on the TBA Government Affairs Committee and will serve as the voice of young lawyers on the committee. He also will serve as a liaison between the YLD and TBA Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd. Finally, he will encourage and facilitate policy discussions among the young lawyer members of the TBA House of Delegates and between the delegates and the YLD membership. Hicky, a solo practioner, can be reached at (615) 324-8777 or
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YLD Leaders Ready to Serve for 2015-2016 Bar Year

The YLD leadership stands ready to serve you, the members, in any way possible. Do not hesitate to contact any of these individuals with questions about the TBA YLD or ways to get involved. See complete contact information for this year’s leadership on the YLD website.

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9th District CASA Names New Leadership, Seeks Volunteers

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Ninth Judicial District has named Lindsey Brown as executive director following the retirement of founding director Sandra Weaver, the News Herald reports. In addition, former county commissioner Rosemary Quillen has been named the new assistant director and program coordinator for Loudon and Roane counties. The agency also said it is seeking new volunteers.

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Law Students Complete 5th Annual Leadership Program

18 graduate from Diversity Leadership Institute at TBA Convention

NASHVILLE, July 2, 2015 — Law students participating in the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in June for a final program and graduation.

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TBA YLD Fellows Names New Officers, Members

Group holds annual meeting in conjunction with TBA Convention

NASHVILLE, July 2, 2015 — The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) Fellows met during the association’s annual convention in Memphis to elect new officers and induct new members.

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TBA YLD Elects Officers, Presents Awards at Annual Meeting

Group meets in conjunction with 2015 TBA Convention

NASHVILLE, July 2, 2015 — The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division named new officers and recognized award winners during the TBA’s Annual Convention in Memphis.

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YLD Affiliate News for June 2015

American Bar Association YLD – At the ABA YLD Spring Conference in Tampa, Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom White – who serves as district representative for Tennessee and Kentucky – was asked to report on the many activities of the TBA YLD, with a special focus on the division’s award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI). Congratulations to longtime Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist for her work with the DLI and to White for representing the TBA YLD so well. The ABA YLD’s next meeting will take place as part of the ABA Annual Meeting July 30 to Aug. 2 in Chicago.

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YLD Invited Guest News for June 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.

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Transactional Practice CLE on Tap for October

The Young Lawyers Division and TBA CLE present the 10th Annual Transactional Practice CLE this October in Memphis and Nashville. The six-hour seminar will provide lawyers with the information, tools and tips needed to handle transactional and traditional business matters.

Specifically, the course will offer practical approaches to handling real estate transactions, probate matters and wills and trusts, as well as choosing the right business entity for a client. In Memphis, the program also will look at issues specific to financial transactions, while the Nashville program will include a session on health care transactions. The day will wrap up in both cities with a presentation about ethics in the practice of law.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Commonly Used Forms

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 has spotlighted one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we wrap up with a final installment looking at commonly used forms.

In the Commonly Used Forms section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit includes a checklist for opening a law office that covers almost every aspect of launching a solo practice  and provides a handy wrap-up of each category covered in the toolkit. The forms section also offers sample guidelines for developing a file retention and destruction policy.

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YLD Fellows Elect Officers, Induct New Members

The TBA YLD Fellows held its annual meeting and inducted new members at the YLD & Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. New officers elected were President J. Russell Parkes, Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial District in Columbia; Vice President Lisa Richter, the 19th Judicial District Child Support Referee in Clarksville; Secretary Glenn Walter with Lewis Thomason in Knoxville, and Treasurer Danny Van Horn with Butler Snow in Memphis.

The group also inducted 10 new members. They are:

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Law Student Leadership Class Wraps Up

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention this month. The group’s activities included programs on the role the city of Memphis played in the civil rights movement, the history and impact of the Tennessee same-sex marriage case and how to develop a vision for one’s professional self and legal career. On Saturday, the group volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, helping with administrative tasks and cleaning.

Graduates of this year’s class are:

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Young Lawyers Honored for Service During Past Year

At a dinner and awards ceremony on the last night of the TBA Convention, YLD President Rachel Moses recognized several young lawyers with awards for their service to the organization, the profession and the community.

Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom White (left) received the President’s Award for nine years of service to the TBA YLD as a member of the Executive Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Membership Committee and CLE Committee, and service as the ABA YLD District Representative for Tennessee and Kentucky for the past two years.

White, an attorney with Lewis Thomason in Nashville, rotated off the YLD Board this month.

Photos by Barry Kolar

Kingsport lawyer Rachel Ralson Mancl (left) received a special recognition award for exceptional service as vice president, Long-Range Planning Committee chair and president-elect during the 2014-2015 bar year.

Mancl, an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis, oversaw the drafting of new bylaws amendments and served for an extra year as one of two YLD representatives to the TBA Board of Governors.

Jackson lawyer Ben Conley (left) was awarded the 2015 Public Service Project Award for the legal clinic he planned in Paris as part of the YLD’s Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative during the first annual Access to Justice Week.

Conley, an attorney in Alamo, serves as the District 12 Representative on the YLD Board.

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YLD to Move to Electronic Voting in 2016

At the TBA YLD Annual Meeting on June 19, members of the division approved several amendments to the group’s governing bylaws, including replacing in-person voting for elected positions at the Annual Meeting in June with electronic voting in the spring.

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YLD Leadership Takes Office, 2 Contested Elections Decided

Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses was installed as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division for the 2015-2016 bar year during the TBA Convention earlier this month. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, had been serving as president during the past year after the previous president moved out of state. Also taking office at the division’s annual meeting were President-Elect Rachel Ralston Mancl with Hunter Smith & Davis in Kingsport; Vice President Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; Secretary Troy Weston with Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville; and Treasurer Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services.

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Apply by July 1 for TBA Mentoring Program

The TBA will launch its fourth mentoring class in August and is accepting applications through July 1. TBA members in their first three years of law practice may apply to be matched with a mentor. Those participating in the program will commit to a formal mentoring relationship for one year, with a requirement to meet face-to-face at least once a month. Participants will choose from a variety of curriculum topics. For more information, visit the TBA Mentoring Program webpage or contact TBA staff member Christy Gibson, (615) 383-7421.

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June TBJ: Paternity Fraud, Economic Losses, Grad Advice

In this issue, learn how to successfully file a paternity fraud lawsuit by reading an article by Peggy R. Smith. You may also need to know how to calculate economic losses in employment termination cases, which Charles Baum explains. In this graduation season, Andra J. Hedrick writes a letter to herself (and new grads) about what to expect and what she would have done differently. There's a lot more in the June issue -- take a look!

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YLD Affiliate News for May 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The group has announced that the deadline for applying for the 2014-2015 Awards of Achievement Program is June 15. Projects can be submitted in five categories including service to the public, service to the bar, diversity project, newsletter and comprehensive, which highlights all of a group’s projects during the year. Get details here.

At the ABA YLD Spring Meeting in Tampa, Florida, last month, young lawyers participated in a legal clinic for homeless youth. A program after the clinic featured a documentary about homeless youth and a panel discussion with stakeholders. The Project Street Youth initiative aims to provide access to justice to more than 1.7 million homeless youth in the United States.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: CLE for Solos

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 continuing legal education for solos.

The CLE for Solos section of the Solo in a Box Toolkit highlights the most useful TBA continuing legal education courses for solo and small firm practioners. Programs – a number of which are mobile friendly – include:

  • Ethics courses on topics such as trust account management and operating in cyerspace.
  • General management courses on staffing, billing, goal setting and time management.
  • Technology support through courses on handy apps, new electronic gadgets, rules about using devices in court and securing your data.
  • Law practice courses focused on how to decline or terminate representation, maximize e-discovery and implement a paperless office.
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