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Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 4/26/17)

The YLD Wills for Heroes program provides free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. The following clinics have been scheduled for the spring. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer.

To get involved in the Wills for Heroes Committee or to request a clinic in your area, contact committee chair Jake Hubbell. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.

Greeneville, May 6

Contact: Curt Collins
Location: Greene County Courthouse, 11 S. Main Street
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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District 12 Candidates Sought

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 11 of the TBA YLD Bylaws, the YLD President will nominate a member of the Division to fill the unexpired term of the District 12 Representative, through June 2018. District 12 includes Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion and Weakley Counties. The District 12 Representative must reside in or maintain a principal office in District 12. Interested candidates should contact Rachel Mancl on or before February 15, 2017.

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Diversity Leadership Institute Class Holds Opening Retreat

 

The 2017 Diversity Leadership Institute program held their opening retreat Jan. 13-14 in Nashville. At the retreat, participants had the opportunity to meet their fellow class members and were introduced to leadership and diversity concepts that are explored throughout the program. Please join us in congratulating our 2017 class. 

 
Kaitlyn Abernathy, University of Memphis School of Law
Akudo Amadi, University of Tennessee College of Law 
Hiren Champaneria, Belmont University College of Law
Seth Colon, Belmont University College of Law
Caralisa Connell, Belmont University College of Law
Christopher Conner, University of Tennessee College of Law
Savannah Flowers, University of Tennessee College of Law
Julia Hale, University of Tennessee College of Law
Morgan Hanna, University of Tennessee College of Law
Eboni James, University of Tennessee College of Law
Rachel King, Vanderbilt University Law School
Dana Looper, Nashville School of Law 
Simone Marshall, Belmont University College of Law
Karla Mendez, University of Tennessee College of Law
John Murphy, Nashville School of Law
Anetra Smith, Nashville School of Law 
Amber Vargas, University of Tennessee College of Law
Sarah Vivet, Nashville School of Law 
Anneve Waithe, Duncan School of Law
Courtney Walker, Duncan School of Law 
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TBA YLD Accepting Nominations for Elected Offices

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is currently accepting petitions for those who would like to run for leadership positions on the YLD board for the 2017-2018 bar year. Among those positions are executive committee roles, local district representatives, as well as Vice President, who if elected, would assume the role of President of the YLD during the 2019-2020 bar year. Petitions are due Feb. 15, with elections to be held via electronic voting in March. For more information on the offices as well as how to submit nominating peitions, visit the TBA website.

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YLD Election Petitions Due Feb. 15

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until February 15, 2017 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Joshua B. Dougan. Positions open for the 2017-2018 bar year include the following:
 
• Vice President (must be from the Eastern Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2019-2020)
• East Tennessee Governor
• Middle Tennessee Governor
• West Tennessee Governor
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Odd-numbered District Representatives:
District 1: Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties
District 3: Knox County
District 5: Hamilton County
District 7: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford and Sequatchie counties
District 9: Davidson County
District 11: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne and Williamson counties
District 13: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties
 
Those individuals who may be interested in seeking to serve as either a YLD delegate to the TBA House of Delegates or a TBA YLD delegate to the ABA House of Delegates are reminded that they must express such interest to the TBA Executive Director, via either a signed petition or declaration of candidacy, in accordance with TBA bylaws.
 
Be reminded that candidates for Executive Committee positions must complete a nominating petition signed by at least 25 TBA members in good standing. These positions include: vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the three grand division governors. Candidates for district representative seats may file the standard nomination petition.
 
Ballots will be submitted electronically. Guidelines adopted by the YLD Board of Governors dictate that all YLD members will be presumed to have opted for voting via electronic ballot unless a members expresses a desire for paper ballot in either a separate writing or by selecting this option in the member profile section in the TBA membership database. Such preference must be designated by February 1, 2017. For more details about the electronic voting process instituted last year, see the TBA website.
 
For all YLD positions, candidates must be members of the division at the time of their nomination. Petitions should be submitted to Dougan by email no later than February 15, 2017. Questions about the election should be directed to Dougan by email or phone, (731) 300-0932 
 
Read the full election notice and download nominating petitions or visit the YLD’s election webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.
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YLD Leadership Considering Bylaw Amendment

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board is considering adopting the below amendment to the bylaws of the Division.

Please review at your convenience and respond with any comments to Long Range Planning committee member Troy Weston at tweston@eblaw.us before January 14, 2017.

The proposed amendment is as follows:

Article IX. Public Policy
 
Section 1. The Division, through the voting members of the Board, as defined in Article VI, Section 2 of these Bylaws, shall consider, debate, and make policy recommendations on matters of interest and concern to the legal profession and young lawyers.
 
Section 2. All recommendations shall be in the form of a resolution, and must be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the voting members of the Board. Voting may occur in-person, electronically, or telephonically, provided that all resolutions must have first been submitted for discussion at a meeting of the Board prior to the vote.
 
A quorum shall be one-third of the Board’s voting members, consistent with Article VI, Section 6 of these Bylaws. When voting takes place in-person, members who are unable to be present in person shall be deemed present for the purposes of voting on any motion so long as the member is available by teleconference during the entire discussion regarding the motion and for the vote.
 
Voting may also take place telephonically via a teleconference of voting members of the Board. A quorum shall be one-third of the Board’s voting members.
 
Electronic voting is also permitted, and shall require a majority vote of all voting members of the Board.
 
Telephonic and electronic voting shall only be utilized after a resolution has been discussed at a Board meeting.
 
Section 3. Any member of the Board may, by written notice to the Division’s secretary, introduce a resolution for the Division to consider.
 
Section 4. Each resolution shall be in writing and consist of a written report that supports the recommendation. The report shall state the relevant facts, authority, and argument with candor and reasonable objectivity. The report shall not imply a policy that is not evident from the recommendation. The secretary of the Division shall be responsible for promulgating a concise form for resolutions and accompanying reports.
 
All resolutions shall conclude with a paragraph stating, “The Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association urges the Board of Governors to,” and shall be followed by a concise statement of the action sought in the resolution.
 
If the resolution is for the Division to join another entity in sponsoring a resolution in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Assembly (“ABA Assembly”), the written report shall set forth the text of the proposed resolution and identify all proposed co-sponsors of the resolution.
 
Section 5. All resolutions must be submitted to the secretary of the Division in such a time as to allow publication in E-DICT prior to the meeting at which the resolution is to be discussed. In the event that a resolution is not submitted in time for publication in E-DICT, the Division president, in his/her sole discretion, may (1) delay discussion of the resolution until the next Board meeting, (2) seek publication of the resolution in TBAToday, (3) authorize electronic communication of the resolution and accompanying report to members of the Division, or (4) make the text of the resolution and accompanying report available on the Division’s website. If the president chooses to make the resolution and report available on the Division’s website, the TBA staff person responsible for assisting the Division shall alert members of the Division to this proposed resolution through notices posted on all the Division’s social media accounts.
 
In no event shall a resolution be considered for a vote unless notice has been provided to members of the Division at least five days prior to the Board’s meeting in a manner described in the preceding paragraph.
 
Section 6. Immediately upon receipt of a resolution, the secretary shall determine whether it complies with the form mandated in these Bylaws. If the resolution or report does not comply with the Bylaws, the secretary shall notify the proponent seeking introduction of the resolution of the deficiency in writing, and provide a copy of the communication to the Division’s president. If the resolution does comply with the Bylaws, the secretary shall docket the resolution and provide it to the Division’s Executive Committee and to the TBA staff person responsible for assisting the Division.
 
Upon receipt of a compliant resolution, the secretary of the Division shall assign the resolution a number. The assigned number shall follow the form of the year in which the resolution is introduced followed by the sequential number of the resolution for that year; e.g., the first compliant resolution proposed in 2017 would be docketed as “Resolution 17-1.”
 
All compliant resolutions shall be added to the agenda of the next Board meeting occurring after the notice mandated in Article IX, Section 5 has been provided to the members of the Division.
 
Section 7. The secretary of the Division shall oversee all discussion of resolutions, except that the president may delegate another member of the Board to oversee discussion if the secretary wishes to speak about a resolution or is one of the sponsors of the resolution. The secretary shall ensure that the discussion of any resolution is as fully informed as possible, and that each opposing viewpoint is fairly considered. Rules appertaining to the discussion of resolutions shall follow the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, unless inconsistent with these Bylaws.
 
All Board members, whether voting or nonvoting, shall be permitted to participate in discussion relating to a proposed resolution. Additionally, the secretary may recognize any member of the Division to speak about the proposed resolution. The secretary may also recognize any TBA staff member, TBA officer, or TBA committee or section chair as an invited guest who may speak about the proposed resolution.
 
All discussion must be germane to the issues raised by the proposed resolution.
 
Section 8. All resolutions shall recommend action to the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors. Resolutions may seek the adoption of public policy by the Tennessee Bar Association, recommend positions regarding pending or potential legislation, or seek authority to propose or join in the proposal of a resolution to the ABA Assembly.
 
Section 9. All resolutions adopted by the Division shall be presented to the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors by the president or president-elect of the Division, except that, in a manner consistent with the Board of Governors’ bylaws, the president or president-elect may delegate the responsibility for presenting a successfully adopted resolution to another member of the Division.
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YLD Invited Guest News for December 2016

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. Here are those organizations.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The AWA recently had a judicial reception and will be hosting its annual banquet on January 17, 2017 at the Tower Room in Memphis.
 
For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website at www.awamemphis.org, reach out to us at memphisawa@gmail.com or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On December 14th, ETLAW held its Annual Meeting and YWCA Toiletry Drive at the Foundry.  At the event, ETLAW stuffed over 400 welcome bags for the residents of the YWCA.  Two representatives from the YWCA attended and spoke about the mission of the YWCA, the services provided to their residents and the impact the welcome bags have on the residents.
 
Also at the Annual Meeting, the membership elected the directors for 2017.  In 2017, ETLAW will be led by the following people: Alyssa Y. Minge - President; Loretta Cravens - President-Elect; Crista Cuccaro - Secretary; Heather Ferguson - Treasurer; Alicia Teubert - Corporate Compliance Chair; Kati Goodner - Membership Chair (with Katie Waldrop on the committee); Andi Anderson - Community Outreach Chair (with Elizabeth Carroll on the committee); Rachel Hurt - Programming Chair (with Elizabeth Carroll, Lindy Harris, John Rice, &  Anna Swift on the committee) and Stephanie Coleman - Historian.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) –  SETLAW will be hosting a lunch and learn with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. on January 26, 2016 at 11:30. The topic will be “Tips that Apply Across Diverse Practice Areas.” A catered lunch from Il Primo will be served. Attendance is free for members and $10 for non-members.
 
For more information about SETLAW, email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
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YLD Affiliate News for December 2016

American Bar Association YLD – The next ABA event will be the group’s ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami on February 5-7, 2017. More information on that meeting can be found here. The ABA House of Delegates has released the executive summaries of the resolutions which will be considered at the Midyear Meeting in February. The summaries can be found here.
 
To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD –  For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD will continue to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout the year.
 
The Chattanooga YLD will be hosting its annual meeting on January 11, 2016 at the Chattanooga Country Club where the members will vote and appoint two remaining board positions. Additionally, the following individuals have been elected to serve on the Board for this upcoming year: Brittany T.  Faith - President; Drew Reynolds – Vice President/President Elect; Kirby Yost – Secretary/Treasurer; Justin Faith, Lauren Sherrell, Rob Carden, Stephanie Rogers, Emma Flynn – Board Members; and Corrin Fulton – Immediate Past President.
 
For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. The Barristers recently hosted a Welcome Reception for New Bar Admittees.
 
The Barristers Annual Meeting, Elections and Holiday Party was held on Wednesday, December 7th. The following were elected: Vice President - Mitchell Panter; Secretary/Treasurer - Mikel Towe; Members-at-Large - Daniel Ellis and Sarah Watson. Samantha Parris became Barristers President at the end of the meeting. The 2016 Presidents Award was presented to Mikel and Elizabeth Towe for their outstanding efforts as Chairs of the Membership Committee.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD will be putting together the High School Mock Trial Competition from February 13 – February 22, 2017.  Rounds begin at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Attorneys are needed to act as judges/jurors on most nights, so please contact Julia Kavanagh or Sam Fargotstein if you’d like to volunteer. The students do an amazing job as attorneys and witnesses, so it’s well worth the time.
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The group had a successful “Holiday Get-Up Get Down” party at Santa’s Pub this past month. For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD –The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on January 12. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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TBA Staff Changes for 2017; Hopper Lee Named YLD Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association will see some staff changes in the new year, but most of the changes will be among familiar faces.

Lauren Hopper Lee, who has worked with the TBA as CLE Coordinator for three years, will be moving up to take on the role of Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. For most of her tenure at the TBA, she was in charge of YLD Continuing Legal Education, so she is well suited to the transition.

She holds both a bachelors and a masters degree in Social Work from Tennessee State University. Most recently she worked at St. Luke’s Community House, serving seniors and families in West Nashville. She has also interned at the Tennessee General Assembly.

Outgoing YLD and Public Education Coordinator Katharine Heriges will be moving internally as well, to fill the vacant Communications Coordinator position. Heriges's professional background is in political communications and print news reporting, which should serve her well in the new role.

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Turn Your Expertise into a Magazine Article

Submit to the Tennessee Bar Journal

Have you considered turning your expertise and experience into an article for the Tennessee Bar Journal? Sharing your knowledge with colleagues is one of the best ways to help the profession while also getting your name out there.

How can you become a Journal author? Think of and refine your topic. It should be of interest to Tennessee lawyers, which is a broad criteria.

This could mean you might explain a new state law, explain a complicated area of law, or take a larger issue and connect it to what it means for Tennessee attorneys and the justice system. Find a global issue within your particular experience or knowledge and tell about it and how it affects Tennessee law. 

 
Then take a look at the writer’s guidelines, which will tell you about length, notes and other details. Once it’s in the proper format, send it in! It goes to the editor, Suzanne Craig Robertson, who will then get it to the seven members of the Editorial Board for review.
 
If you are published, you may apply for CLE credit for your work under Supreme Court Rule 21 Section 4.07(b). For details on claiming the credit, check with the Commission on CLE & Specialization.
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Mock Trial 2017 Accepting Volunteers

 

The committee, which plans and executes the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition each year, is seeking volunteer judges, attorneys, paralegals, legal staff and law students to help with the 2017 competition as presiding judges, scorers and bailiffs.

 Volunteers are still needed for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition! This year's competition will be held March 17-18 at the Davidson County Courthouse in Nashville.  Please sign up by March 2 to ensure your spot. 

There are three options for volunteering:

* Sitting judges in Tennessee may volunteer to preside over trial rounds
* Attorneys may volunteer to score teams
* Law students, paralegals and other legal staff may sign up to serve as bailiffs
 
Volunteers who live outside of Davidson County and volunteer for at least one round on Friday & one round on Saturday will have lodging accommodations provided by the TBA. Those who wish to volunteer can now sign up using this form on the TBA website. Be sure to indicate which role you are volunteering for. 
 
Those with questions about the case should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn, and those with questions about volunteering should contact TBA Staff Coordinator Lauren Hopper Lee. For directions, forms and other volunteer information, please view the TBA Mock Trial website. We look forward to seeing you! 
 
 
 

 

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36 Attorneys Selected for Leadership Law Class

This month the TBA announced the members of the incoming 2017 Leadership Law class. Among the 36 chosen for the program, many are current young lawyers and two currently serve on the YLD board. They are:
 
Brandon Bass, Law Offices of John Day, P.C., Brentwood
Elizabeth Carroll, Harmony Family Center, Inc., Knoxville
Kay Caudle, STR, Inc., Hendersonville
Kevin Christopher, Collins Law Firm PLLC, Nashville
Kasey Culbreath, Law Office of Kasey A. Culbreath, P.C., Atoka
Abbie DeBlasis, Belmont University College of Law, Nashville
Ryan Durham, Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC, Lawrenceburg
Kathryn Ellis, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knoxville
Taylor Eskridge, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jackson
Elizabeth Foy, Office of the District Attorney General, Nashville
Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville
Shanna Singh Hughey, ThinkTennessee, Nashville
Patricia Jones, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, Columbia
Aaron Kandel, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Memphis
Jennifer Lankford, Thompson Burton PLLC, Franklin
Matt Lyon, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, Knoxville
John Manson, Manson, Johnson, Conner, PLLC, Nashville
Bill Mauldin, Pentecost, Glenn, Mauldin & York, PLLC, Jackson
Melody McAnally, Butler Snow LLP, Memphis
Andy McCall, Robertson Overbey, Knoxville
Gabe McGaha, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Memphis
Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Nashville
Joshua Mullen, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Nashville
Stephanie O’Hara, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tony Orlandi, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, Nashville
Samantha Parris, Law Office of Samantha Parris, Knoxville
Anne Passino, Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville
Jared Renfroe, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC, Memphis
Mickey Schmitt, Ortale Kelley Law Firm, Nashville
Kelly Street, London Amburn, P.C., Knoxville
Lesley Tate-Farmer, Tennessee Department of Human Resources, Nashville
Alicia Teubert, Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC, Knoxville
Colleen Hitch Wilson, Federal Express Corporation, Memphis
Rachel Witherington, Law Office of T.D. Forrester and the City of Covington, Covington
William Wooten, Wooten Law Office, Covington
Brian Yoakum, Evans Petree PC, Memphis
 
Congratulations to the entire TBALL class of 2017! See more information here.
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Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2017 Selected

The YLD Diversity Committee this month selected 20 law students from six different Tennessee law schools for the 2017 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney; empower students to contribute more to the legal community; match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. Offers to join the class are now pending with the students.
 
The 2017 Diversity Leadership Institute program will begin with an opening retreat Jan. 13-14 in Nashville. At the retreat, participants will get to know fellow class members and be introduced to leadership and diversity concepts that will be explored throughout the program. During the six-month program, participants will be required to meet with a mentor at least twice, complete one community service activity, and attend two continuing legal education seminars, at least one of which must include a diversity component. The Institute will conclude with a final session and graduation ceremony during the TBA Annual Convention in Kingsport in June.
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‘TBA Mashup’ Coming in 2017

Interested in observing a legal hackathon or getting a hands-on demonstration of the new Fastcase 7 platform? Both will be part of the first TBA Mashup, a full-day of activities and free programming set for Feb. 17 at the Tennessee Bar Center in conjunction with the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program. During the day, you'll be able to learn about the current state of health insurance for small firms, how to get involved in pro bono activities, how to use the Fastcase TopForm bankruptcy filing software and more. At the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program, you can take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration will be open all day. Payment will be determined at checkout based on the hours you need.

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Deadline Extended for Law Student Leadership Program

The deadline for law students to apply to the Diversity Leadership Institute, the TBA's six-month leadership development and training program, has been extended to Dec. 21. The program, now in its seventh year, is open to all 2L, 3L and 4L students attending a Tennessee law school. The goal of the institute is to develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney, empower students to contribute more to the legal community, match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. For a downloadable application and instructions visit the TBA website.

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Haslam Asks for Fire Disaster Designation

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today requested a presidential disaster declaration in the wake of the Gatlinburg wildfires, a blaze that left at least 14 people dead, hundreds of buildings destroyed and thousands of acres of forest scorched. Haslam sent the request for Coffee, McMinn, Polk, Sequatchie and Sevier counties , the Tennessean reports. “My goal is to help ensure these counties have what they need to rebuild and recover from these heartbreaking disasters,” Haslam said in a release. Earlier today, Knoxnews reported that teenagers playing with matches likely started the fires. The boys, ages 17 and 15, were charged this week in Sevier County Juvenile Court with aggravated arson. In related news, New Channel 5 reported this afternoon that downtown Gatlinburg has re-opened to the public. Read about the legal community's response to get or give legal help.

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YLD Disaster Relief Committee Calls for Volunteers to Respond to Wildfires

Following devastating wildfires in the Smoky Mountains and the call from the TBA and other legal groups to offer assistance to victims, the TBA Young Lawyers Division has activated its Disaster Relief Committee and is requesting all hands on deck.
 
The YLD will be assisting the legal effort through volunteer recruitment, as many attorneys will be needed. Volunteers statewide can respond to calls on the HELP4TN helpline or the TN Free Legal Answers website, and volunteers in East Tennessee are needed for expected in-person clinics.
 
However, not all legal help is needed right now. Some victims might not be able to assess their damages for weeks or months. So we are putting the call out now, in order to create a database of attorneys who are available to help in person or via the helpline or website.
 
Please see the official release on the TBA website for more, and share this information among your networks. 
 
 
If you would like to help get the word out for the victims, please share this flyer.
 
If you have quesions, please contact Disaster Relief co-chairs Holly Mancl or I'Ashea Myles-Dihigo.
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Expungement Clinic Planned for Memphis

Building on the success of expungement clinics in Nashville, Memphis lawyers Amber Floyd and Dean DeCandia are organizing an expungement clinic and resource fair in their city on Dec. 10. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3900 Tchulahoma Rd. Representatives from the General Sessions Criminal Court and clerk’s office will be on hand to facilitate the process. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students are needed to assist clients with paperwork. Those interested in volunteering are invited to a training session on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. For more information contact Floyd, 901-537-1054, or DeCandia, 901-378-0203.

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TBA Activates Disaster Legal Assistance for Wildfires

In response to the wildfire disasters in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, the TBA is partnering with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and the Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission to help those affected with their legal needs. Attorneys who want to help can access training resources and other materials on the TBA's Disaster Legal Assistance page. Legal clinics and outreach related to losses from the fires are anticipated and volunteers will be needed. For more information or to volunteer in the area, contact Kathryn Ellis at Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Those who are not in the area but still want to help can volunteer to answer online questions at TN Free Legal Answers or respond to calls on the HELP4TN helpline. The TBA's Young Lawyers Division Disaster Relief Committee has also been activated and will be assisting with volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts. To volunteer, complete the Disaster Legal Assistance Volunteer Form. If you know someone in need of legal assistance, please have them call the legal helpline at 844-HELP4TN, or visit help4tn.org.

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YLD Invited Guest News for November 2016

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. Here are those organizations.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The AWA recently had its New Attorney Welcome and Membership Social for new attorneys that have passed the bar. The group will be having a judicial reception on December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 571 S Belvedere Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee, 38104. The group’s annual banquet will be held on January 17, 2017 at the Tower Room in Memphis.
 
For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website at www.awamemphis.org, reach out to us at memphisawa@gmail.com or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On November 7, ETLAW held its annual Supreme Court Luncheon at the Foundry. Over 125 judges, attorneys and guests attended the event honoring the Tennessee Supreme Court Justices. Also at the event, Wynne du Mariau Caffey Knight was presented with ETLAW’s highest award, the Spirit of Justice Award.
 
Please join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 12 pm for ETLAW’s Annual Meeting and YWCA Toiletry Drive at the Foundry. The cost of an individual ticket is $35 and can be purchased here:  ETLAW's Annual Meeting & Toiletry Drive Event.  At the event, ETLAW packs “welcome bags” for the women entering YWCA housing. Each welcome bag contains shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, razors, soap and other toiletries. You can sign up to bring toiletry items using the registration link above. You can also make a monetary donation. If you do so, please e-mail ETLAW President Catherine Anglin noting the amount and send the check, made payable to “ETLAW,”  to Heather Ferguson at 900 S. Gay Street, Suite 1400, Knoxville, TN 37902.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW will be hosting its annual Christmas party on December 8.
 
For more information about SETLAW, email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
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Disaster Relief for Gatlinburg and Sevier County Wildfires

In response to the wildfire disasters that have occurred in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, the TBA is partnering with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) to help those affected with their legal needs. Attorneys who want to help can access training resources and other materials on the TBA's Disaster Relief Assistance page. Legal clinics and outreach related to losses from the fire are anticipated and volunteers will be needed. For more information or to volunteer in the area, contact Jane Morris at Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Those who are not in the area but still want to help can volunteer to answer online questions at TN Free Legal Answers or respond to calls on the HELP4TN helpline. The TBA's Young Lawyers Division Disaster Relief Committee has been activated and will be assisting with volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts. To volunteer, complete the Disaster Legal Assistance Volunteer Form. If you know someone in need of legal assistance, they can call the legal helpline at 844-HELP4TN, or visit help4tn.org.
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Submit Your Nominations for 2017 CASA Volunteer of the Year

The YLD Children’s Issues Committee is 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 Dec. 15.

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 Cherrelle Hooper for more information. Get an application form and instructions online here.

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

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YLD Affiliate News for November 2016

American Bar Association YLD – The Tennessee Bar Association YLD was well represented at the ABA YLD’s Fall Conference in Detroit. The next ABA event will be the group’s ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami on February 5-7, 2017. More information on that meeting can be found here.
 
To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD –  For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD will continue to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout the year. The group recently hosted a fundraiser to purchase stuffed animals for CASA to distribute to children who are removed from their home. The Chattanooga YLD hosted its first Expungement Clinic earlier this month and served over 50 individuals.  The group will be hosting its annual Christmas Party at the Walden Club on December 8. 
 
For more information about the group contact President Corrin Fulton, (423) 756-5171, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. The Barristers recently hosted a Welcome Reception for New Bar Admittees.
 
Mark your calendar to attend the December 7 Knoxville Barristers meeting, elections and holiday party. We’ll be electing Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and two At-Large Executive Committee seats. Even if you can’t stay for the whole party, make sure to drop in. If you intend to vote, please make certain to arrive before 5:15 p.m.  Nominees include: Vice President: Mitchell Painter; Secretary/Treasurer: Mikel Towe; Members-at-Large: Daniel Ellis, Sarah Watson.  Samantha Parris will become Barristers President at the end of the meeting.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  On November 10, 2016, the Memphis YLD held their annual election at Central BBQ.  Judge Jerry Stokes won the 2016 Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award, and a new YLD board was elected.  The 2017 YLD board will consist of President, Adam Johnson; Vice President, Mary Wu; Board Members Greg Allen, Josh Baker, Natalie Bursi, Sam Fargotstein, Julia Kavanagh, Jonathan Lindsey, Shayla Purifoy, Monica Rejaei, and Sarah Pazar Williams.  For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The group’s Holiday party will be held on December 9 at Santa’s Pub beginning at 5:30 p.m.  There will be prizes for the best “get-up” outfit. For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD –The WCBA YLD’s next meeting is Nov. 10 at the Boathouse in Franklin beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first round of drinks and appetizers will be provided. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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TBA YLD Co-Sponsors Shelby County Law Day

 

Members of the TBA YLD recently helped organize an event with over 60 high school students in Shelby County.  The students had the opportunity to observe a motion docket, interact with judges, tour the University of Memphis law school, take a Trial Ad class, and participate in a truly inspiring law student panel discussion. Students also received swag bags with various items, including TBA flash drives.

 

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2017 Mock Trial Case Released

The case for the 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition was released this month by the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Mock Trial Committee. 

This year’s problem is a criminal case, involving the death of a patient at a nursing home facility and a standout high school student employed there. This year’s state competition will take place March 17-18 at the Metro Courthouse in Downtown Nashville. The winning team will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Hartford, Connecticut, in May.

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