Update on ‘Raise the Rate’ Effort

The TBA initiated legislation earlier this year requiring the Tennessee Supreme Court to set compensation for appointed counsel of indigent defendants at a minimum hourly rate of $100. (SB1009 by Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Steven Dickerson, R-Nashville /HB1025 by Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, and Andy Farmer, R-Sevierville).

At the close of the legislative session, following testimony by TBA member Bridgett Wilhite and after follow up by legislative counsel, the TBA asked the sponsors to defer consideration of the legislation until 2016. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Supreme Court advocated a different approach to the issue, asking the legislature to create a task force to address indigent representation. That bill (SB41/HB144) passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

Since the legislature has adjourned, the court, the TBA and the legislative sponsors have committed to the concept of a task force. The TBA has recommended several individuals to serve on the group and has been informed it will have a representative on the panel. The TBA expects members to be appointed in the next few weeks with an initial meeting scheduled in September.

Your voice is needed! As part of the TBA’s efforts to advocate for the passage of legislation important to the practice of law, we need your input. TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly.

Log on today to learn more about key issues facing lawyers in the legislature, voice your opinion on legislation and connect with your representatives. For assistance or more information about TBAImpact contact Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421.

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TBALL Nominations Due Sept. 7

Nomination forms for the 2016 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) class are due next Monday. Anyone interested in participating may self-nominate or reach out to a past class member to nominate them. Forms are available online.

TBALL is a six-month leadership training program that aims to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and the community as a whole. Eligible nominees must be Tennessee attorneys with five to 15 years of practice, although those with up to 18 years of experience may still be considered. For more information visit the program webpage or contact Leadership Law Coordinator Kate Prince, (615) 383-7421.

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TBA Joins Effort to Save Loan Forgiveness Program

The TBA has joined the ABA and a broad range of groups fighting any attempts by Congress to eliminate funding for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which allows recent law school graduates and other professionals to work full-time in public service jobs in government and the nonprofit sector. To build support for the program, the TBA is gathering stories of those who have benefited. If you have an experience to share please contact TBA Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421. The ABA rolled out a national social media campaign last week. Learn more about it.

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CASA Hosts Golf Fundraiser Friday

CASA Nashville hosts its Ninth Annual ACC vs. SEC vs. BIG10 Alumni Golf Tournament this Friday at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The four-person scramble is $175 per person and includes prizes, lunch, cocktails and dinner with guest speaker Phillip Fulmer. The action on the links begins at 1 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Get more information and tickets.

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2016 Law Day to Focus on Miranda Rights

In 2016, the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the best-known U.S. Supreme Court cases: Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. But it is only part of the story when it comes to the procedures for ensuring justice.

The 2016 Law Day theme “Miranda: More than Words” will explore the procedural protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts and why the preservation of these principles is essential for liberty.

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Young Lawyers Earn 3 National Awards

The TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) was honored at the American Bar Association YLD meeting in Chicago this month with three Awards of Achievement. The group took second place in the diversity category for a program it held last March to help diverse law students refine their resumes and prepare for job interviews. It also received the second place award in the “comprehensive” category, which recognizes all projects and activities from the past bar year. Finally, the YLD received a special recognition award for its Access to Justice Week Legal Clinic Initiative – a statewide service project that produced 14 free legal clinics and educational seminars for Tennesseans.

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Lawyers Hindered Women Getting Vote 95 Years Ago

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of women earning the right to vote by learning more about the details of the struggle that took place in Tennessee. Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski looks at Suffragists’ fight and how the lawyers of the state did more to thwart than help the effort for much of the time. In his article, Nashville lawyer Timothy Warnock answers the question “is revenue from concerts recoverable in copyright-infringement cases?” President Bill Harbison analyzes some of the differences between new lawyers and those who have been practicing a long time. Read these and other articles in the August Tennessee Bar Journal.

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President's Perspective: Generation Gaps

This July, more than 700 law school graduates took the bar examination in Tennessee. That is down from an even larger number who took the exam in 2014. Followers of the profession have noted that law school admissions have declined, and at some schools the decline is dramatic. It is common knowledge that law school graduates are facing a tough market for legal jobs, and that fact, combined with the significant expense of law school, undoubtedly contributes to an atmosphere of uncertainty for bright students thinking about law school.

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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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