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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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2012 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Raymond M. Wood of Manchester has been named the 2012 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes Wood's 11 years of service as a volunteer for CASA Works Inc., which serves children in Bedford and Coffee counties.Knoxville lawyer Katrina Atchley, chair of the YLD Children's Issues Committee, presented the award and a cash gift to Wood at a dinner in Nashville on Jan. 13.

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Student Files Suit against LMU Law School

Morgan Crutchfield, a part-time student at Lincoln Memorial University's Knoxville-based John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law, is suing the institution, claiming college administrators negligently allowed her to enroll in the school even though she is ineligible to sit for the state bar exam. Crutchfield says that school officials told her she could enroll despite lacking 12 credit hours in her undergraduate degree -- so long as she completed the hours during her first year of law school.

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TBA Selects 17 for Student Leadership Class

The Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division has announced the 2012 class of its Diversity Leadership Institute -- a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law school students. Participants will learn leadership skills, work with an attorney mentor and participate in public service and legal education programs. Learn more about the 2012 class

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