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Candidates Sought for Appointed Positions

Open seats for five district representatives still need to be filled for the 2014-2015 bar year. Young lawyers interested in being considered for these positions should contact YLD President-elect Stacie Winkler at (901) 545-7089 by May 5. After that date, a nominating committee will be convened to consider all applicants. Those recommended for appointment must then be approved by the voting members of the YLD Board. The open positions are as follows:

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Contested Race Set for District 2 Rep.

One contested race -- for District 2 Representative -- will be decided at the YLD’s Annual Meeting June 13 in Gatlinburg. The following candidates* qualified to stand for election:

  • John Billings, Appalachian Underwriters Inc., Oak Ridge
  • Bryce McKenzie, Law Office of Bryan Delius, Sevierville
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New Leaders Elected to Lead YLD in 2016-2017

Kingsport lawyer Rachel Ralston Mancl, an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP, will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2016-2017. Mancl will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2015 and president in 2016. She was deemed elected earlier this month after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Mancl has been active in the YLD for a number of years, serving as District 1 Representative and coordinator of the Wills for Heroes initiative in the eastern division of the state. She also is a member of the current Leadership Law class.

Other officers elected without opposition were Secretary* Troy Weston with Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville; Treasurer Steven W. King with Baker, Donelson in Memphis; East Tennessee Governor Ian Hennessey with London & Amburn in Knoxville; Middle Tennessee Governor* Marisa Combs with Lewis Thomason in Nashville; West Tennessee Governor Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson; and district representatives Erica Eberle with Crump & Richardson in Cleveland (District 4), Jason Hicks with Moore, Rader & Fitzpatrick in Cookeville (District 6) and Chasity Sharp Grice with the Sharp Legal Group in Memphis (District 14).

See full election results, including information about a contested race and several open seats here.

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ABA President Talks Pro Bono During Memphis Visit

ABA President James R. Silkenat was in Memphis today to speak with the Memphis Rotary and tour the city, including a visit with the editorial board of the Memphis Business Journal and a stop at Memphis Area Legal Services. According to the Business Journal, at each of his stops, Silkenat addressed one of the most pressing questions facing the legal profession: how to find jobs for all the new lawyers coming out of law school. Silkenat believes the answer may be to find ways to make pro bono work more attractive to new graduates. "We are working on ways to get young lawyers to engage in pro bono work. So many of our citizens have never even met a lawyer or can't afford a lawyer. It would seem natural to put those two together and find the funding to make that work."

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Tennessee Bar Exam Results Now Available

Tennessee Bar Association President Cindy Wyrick today congratulated those who were successful candidates for the February bar exam, welcoming them to the practice of law and inviting them to join the TBA. The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold a swearing in ceremony in Nashville on June 3 for those who meet the final requirements for licensing. TBA members will be on hand at the event to welcome the new admittees into the practice of law. New lawyers also will be invited to an open house at the bar center that day. See the full list of successful candidates.

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Congratulations! Welcome to the Practice of Law

Dear Colleague:

Congratulations on joining the practice of law in Tennessee! This is an important milestone and an achievement of which you should be proud. I look forward to joining you at the Tennessee Supreme Court admission ceremony in Nashville. If you like, I can introduce you to the Court on behalf of your colleagues.

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Kingsport Lawyer Elected YLD Vice President

Kingsport lawyer Rachel Ralston Mancl with Hunter Smith & Davis will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2016-2017. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2015 and president in 2016. Mancl was deemed elected April 1 after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Mancl has been active in the YLD, serving as District 1 Representative and coordinator of the Wills for Heroes initiative in the eastern division of the state. She also is a member of the current Leadership Law class.

YLD members will decide one contested race for District 2 Representative at the group's Annual Meeting June 13 in Gatlinburg. Five open seats for district representatives also need to be filled. Learn more here.

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YLD Election Petitions Due Tuesday for 2014-2105 Offices

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until next Tuesday, April 1, to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Troy Weston. Positions open for the 2014-2015 bar year include the following:

  • Vice President (must be from the Eastern Grand Division)
  • East Tennessee Governor
  • Middle Tennessee Governor
  • West Tennessee Governor
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Even-numbered District Representatives:
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Affiliate News for March 2014

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD welcomed nearly 350 young attorneys to Chicago for its Mid-Year Meeting Feb. 6-8. The Windy City lived up to its name with subzero temperatures all week. Raul Chacon Jr., a lawyer with the Colorado law firm of Burns, Figa & Will, covers highlights from the meeting in this article from the March issue of The Affiliate. The group’s next meeting will take place May 15-17 in Pittsburgh. For general information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at (615) 810-8438.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 3/27/14)

The following Wills for Heroes events have been scheduled across the state. 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, please contact committee chair Bradley Carter. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program.

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Events Mark Child Abuse Prevention Month

Across the state, numerous organizations work to make Tennessee a better place for children and families. One such group is Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which currently serves families in 47 counties through 30 local agencies. During the month of April, a number of these local agencies will host events to mark the 2014 Child Abuse Prevention Month, designed to raise awareness of the problem of child abuse spread the word about the services CASA can provide. Events scheduled include several 5K races, a number of fundraisers, volunteer training sessions and educational programs for the community. See a list of events on the TBA website. Don't see your area listed? Find a CASA agency near you at the Tennessee CASA website.

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Springfield High Wins 2014 Mock Trial Title

Springfield High School of Robertson County claimed the top spot at the 2014 Tennessee State High School State Mock Trial Competition this month. Following a hard-fought final round, Springfield's team prevailed over second-place finisher, White Station High School of Memphis. The team was coached by Robertson County natives Marisa Combs, an attorney with Lewis Thomason in Nashville, and Lisa Richter, a Child Support Referee in the 19th Judicial District.

The two-day state competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, involved 16 teams and nearly 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark presided over the championship match Saturday evening.

Teams across Tennessee put their skills to the test as they argued the case of Jesse Jameson v. Jordan Evergreen. Jameson, a struggling songwriter, asserted a copyright infringement claim against Evergreen, alleging that Evergreen's hit single, "He's My Still Loving You," was actually a stolen copy of Jameson's "June to July Girl." In addition to addressing the complex law of copyright infringement, students were tasked with mastering and presenting certain aspects of music theory.

Springfield's team will now represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Madison, Wis., May 8-10.

See photos from the competition and a full list of volunteers.

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YLD Election Petitions Due April 1

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until April 1 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Troy Weston. Positions open this year include vice president (who must be from the Eastern Grand Division), East Tennessee Governor, Middle Tennessee Governor, West Tennessee Governor, Secretary, Treasurer and even-numbered District Representatives. Petitions should be submitted no later than April 1 at 11:59 p.m. Central to Weston by email at tweston@eblaw.us or by fax to (865) 544-2015. Questions about the election should be directed to Weston at (865) 544-2010. Read the full election notice or visit the YLD’s election webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.

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CASA Red Shoe Party April 12

CASA Nashville will host its annual Red Shoe Party on April 12 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Rocketown. Held during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Red Shoe Party is CASA’s largest fundraiser of the year and will feature a silent auction and contest for the best red shoes. Click here for more information, tickets or to become a sponsor.

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Springfield Takes 2014 Mock Trial Title

Springfield High School claimed the 2014 State High School Mock Trial Championship with a final round win on Saturday, March 15. Sixteen teams from across the state qualified for the competition by winning local mock trial events. More than 100 attorneys volunteered to help with the event, which is sponsored and presented by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division. Springfield will now move on to the 2014 National Mock Trial Competition, May 8-10 in Madison, Wis.

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High School Mock Trial Tournament Underway in Nashville

Hundreds of high school students from across Tennessee are in Nashville this weekend to take part in the state High School Mock Trial Championships sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.  Preliminary rounds take place today and tomorrow, with the final round slated for late Saturday afternoon at the Historic Metro Courthouse.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Events

CASA agencies across Tennessee will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month with events, fundraisers and educational programs throughout the month of April. To get involved contact the appropriate invidual below. Don't see your area listed? Find a CASA agency near you at the Tennessee CASA website.


CASA OF THE 9TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Contact: Karren Herman, jb020707@yahoo.com

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YLD Affiliate News for February 2014

American Bar Association YLD -- Affiliate young lawyer groups in Tennessee have until March 1 to apply for an ABA YLD grant to assist with member and public service projects. The group's Law Day Art Contest for students in grades 9-12 also wraps up early next month with a deadline of March 7. This year's theme is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." Finally, the group recently announced a new Affiliate Leadership Listserv, which is intended to serve as a resource for leaders of young lawyer associations that are affiliates of the ABA YLD. The email list is designed to connect leaders, allowing them to share information and get feedback from colleagues. The list is open to chairs-elect, chairs and immediate-past chairs of local, state and special-focus young lawyer organizations. For more information about this new service contact Anna Romanskaya. For general information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at (615) 810-8438.

Blount County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the Blount County YLD contact President Donna Ridgel at (865) 309-5291.

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Deposition CLEs on Tap for April

You can't win a trial at deposition, but you certainly can lose one! Make sure that does not happen to you by attending the YLD's 2014 Litigation CLE "Mastering the Deposition." This year's program will focus on deposition techniques in general personal injury cases. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators -- both from the plaintiff and defense perspective -- who will discuss key components of the deposition process. Session topics include an Overview of State and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; Preparing for a Deposition; Hypothetical Deposition Situations; and Using Exhibits, Dealing with Witnesses, Making Objections, Defending a Client and Dealing with Difficult Counsel during a deposition.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 2/27/14)

The following Wills for Heroes events have been scheduled across the state. 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, please contact committee chair Bradley Carter. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program.

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New Judicial Election Resources Available

With primary filing deadlines closing last week, ballots are set across the state for the first round of judicial elections. To educate voters about the importance of fair and impartial judicial elections and how to evaluate judicial candidates, the TBA is partnering with the National Association of Women Judges and League of Women Voters to bring new resources to Tennesseans. The effort, "Informed Voters — Fair Judges," provides information for voters as well as resources for lawyers to make the case for a fair and impartial legal system. The campaign's website includes nonpartisan information about the judicial system, qualities to look for in a good judge, a list of judges who will be on the ballot this year and a link to request a speaker on the issue. The TBA also is renewing its Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct effort this year with more than 150 judges and judicial candidates agreeing not to comment during the campaign on legal issues that might come before them as a judge. Finally, the TBA has created an online information center to serve as a central location for information about this year's judicial elections.

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TBA Releases New Legal Handbook for Seniors

The TBA Public Education Committee this week released the 2014 Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors to help Tennesseans better understand federal and state benefits, new health care laws and a wide range of other issues of importance to older citizens. The project is an initiative of TBA President Cindy Wyrick, who made it part of her platform to do something meaningful for older citizens in the state and those who care for them. The handbook was developed by the TBA Public Education Committee under the leadership of Knoxville lawyer and committee co-chair Angelia Nystrom. A number of sections and committees and individual volunteers contributed to the project, which is based on a 2001 version that was developed by the Young Lawyers Division, Elder Law Section and Senior Lawyers Division. The new handbook is available for download or on a flash drive. Lawyers may use the resource in counseling their clients and may add their firm's logo and contact information to the cover page for distribution to their clients. Watch for information about events scheduled around release of the handbook and for continuing education programs to help members use the handbook in their practices.

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Video Contest Deadline Approaches

The deadline for the TBA's Fourth Annual YouTube Video Contest for middle and high school students is just around the corner! This year's theme -- "There Ought to be a Law" -- challenges students to create a three-minute video that discusses an issue they would like to see addressed through the legislative process. The contest is open to individuals or groups from any Tennessee high school, middle school, home school or non-school based organization. Middle school entries are due by March 17. High school entries are due by March 24. The contest is a program of the Public Education Committee. This year, the YLD is assisting with marketing. Get details or download a flyer and share it with a teacher or a teenager! Cash prizes are available.

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YLD Promotes Civics at Teachers' Conference

The TBA YLD will host a table at the Tennessee Conference for Social Studies being held March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. YLD District 2 Representative Bryce McKenzie will be on hand to encourage elementary, high school and college instructors to include civics education in their lesson plans. The annual conference is sponsored by the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. To join the effort, email McKenzie or call (865) 428-8780.

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Teams Getting Ready for State Mock Trial Competition

With district mock trial competitions wrapping up this coming weekend, the stage is close to being set for the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. The 2014 contest will take place March 14-15 at the Historic Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Volunteers are still needed to assist with the event. Sitting judges in Tennessee may volunteer to serve as presiding judges of trial rounds, lawyers may serve as scorers and law students or legal staff may serve as bailiffs. Judges and bailiffs are especially needed! Those who want to volunteer should download the appropriate form and submit it to Mock Trial Chair Josh Dougan. To date, the following schools have advanced to the state competition:

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