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YLD Affiliate News for March 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD will hold its Spring Conference May 14-16 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The meeting will include a session specifically to help affiliate leaders plan for their leadership year. Topics to be covered include organizing and structuring an affiliate, encouraging board accountability and meaningful participation, delegating and using talent, motivating volunteers, budgeting, improving diversity and leveraging connections with the ABA and other affiliates. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The group will hold a Wills for Heroes clinic in Maryville on June 13. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Mentoring

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at mentoring opportunities.

In the Mentoring section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit addresses the importance of finding trustworthy counsel when beginning the practice of law. When asked to comment about the benefits of mentoring, TBA members provided the following advice:

  • If you don’t have a mentor, get one!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the best lawyer in your area to mentor you. Once upon a time, someone did it for them.
  • The single greatest thing that helped me learn when I was a new lawyer was to be assigned a great mentor who let me tag along with her everywhere.
  • It is critical to have an experienced attorney to call. It is really one of the most important resources a new attorney can have.
  • If you do not have a mentor, your life will be 100 percent harder. Starting out is hard enough. Get a mentor to help ease that pain.
  • I did not have a mentor. It would have made life much easier if I did!
  • Being mentored by an experienced attorney is essential. Reading rules and laws is still important, but if that is all you do, you won’t know any more about the practice of law than the day you graduated from law school. Experienced attorneys can tell you how things actually work.
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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 3/31/15)

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 this coming May. 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.

Alamo, April 11
Contact: Ben Conley,  (731) 696-3735
Location: Crockett Memorial Library, 258 E. Church St., 38001
Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chattanooga, April 11
Contact: Jason Demastus, (423) 209-7400
Location: Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, 6233 Dayton Blvd., 37343
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

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Young Professionals Golf Tournament Coming to Nashville

Nextgengolf is bringing its Nextgen’s City Tour to Nashville this summer. The organization will host four team-based, competitive tournaments in the city on May 31, June 28, July 19 and Aug. 2 for players between the ages of 18 and 34. According to sponsors, the goal of the tournaments is to provide networking opportunities for young professionals. Learn more online or email questions to nextgennashville@gmail.com.

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GAL Webcast Now Available Online

Did you miss this month’s live Guardian ad Litem (GAL) webcast? Do not fear! The program will remain live on the TBA CLE website for one year. Watch it here!
Thanks to the efforts of the YLD’s Children’s Issues and CLE Committees, lawyers interested in learning more about serving as a GAL can watch the one-hour session “Guardian ad Litem: Managing Your Child-Client, Third Parties and Opposing Counsel.” The seminar looks at the responsibilities of a GAL, offers best practices for developing a relationship with the child-client and cover tips for managing parents’ counsel and third parties such as the Department of Child Services (DCS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and psychologists. Finally, the course looks at the differences in rules governing GALs in juvenile and circuit cases.

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Event for Young Lawyers Added to This Year's TBA Convention!

Registration is now open for the 2015 TBA Annual Convention. Join your colleagues June 17-20 in Memphis for the 134th edition of this gathering. This year, for the first time ever, there will be a special event just for young lawyers. Come join your colleagues for a good time following the joint social event on Thursday night. The YLD After Party will run from 10 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are just $40. Let’s keep the party going after the Beale Street Landing event! Get scheduling details, hotel information and ticket registration online.

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Statewide Legal Clinic Initiative Kicks Off

This year’s signature YLD public service project is a series of legal clinics across the state. As envisioned by YLD President Rachel Moses, clinics will be held during the first annual Access to Justice Week – the week leading up to and following Law Day 2015, which is observed on May 1. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area. See a complete list of events online.

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Reminder: Election Petitions Due April 1

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until the end of the day April 1 to file a nominating petition. Positions open for the 2015-2016 bar year include the following:

• Vice President (must be from the Western Grand Division)
• 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, Washington counties
• District 3: Knox County
• District 5: Hamilton County
• District 7: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford, Sequatchie
  counties
• District 9: Davidson County
• District 11: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury,
  Moore, Perry, Wayne, Williamson counties
• District 13: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson,
  Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison, Tipton counties

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Springfield Repeats as State Mock Trial Champion

The Springfield High School mock trial team repeated its championship win for the second year in a row at the 2015 Tennessee State High School Mock Competition this past weekend in Nashville. Springfield defeated St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis in the championship round. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. See complete competition results and a list of all volunteers.

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April Journal Has Insider's View to High Court

This month the Journal takes an inside look at the Tennessee Supreme Court, by former staff attorney Marshall L. Davidson III. Davidson, now presiding judge at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, writes about "unexpected discoveries about the justices, lawyers who appear before them, and pitfalls to avoid in navigating our state’s appellate judiciary." Also, read about the good work through restorative justice that Tennessee Youth Courts are doing, as well as who the TBA Young Lawyers' Division CASA Volunteer of the Year is. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; learn more about related CASA events and resources. It's no April Fool -- you can read the April issue here.

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Springfield High Repeats as State Mock Trial Champ

Springfield High School won the Tennessee State High School Mock Competition this weekend in Nashville, taking the title for the second year in a row. Springfield defeated St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis in the championship round, which was presided over by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Bivins. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. See photos and complete results.

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Students to Compete for State Mock Trial Title

High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 35th Annual State High School Mock Trial Championship in Nashville this weekend. The event will be held at the historic Davidson County Courthouse. To reach the state championship, 16 teams had to win district competitions by playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case developed by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Bivins will preside over the championship round, and dozens of Tennessee lawyers, law students and judges are volunteering to help throughout the weekend.

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High School Students to Compete in State Mock Trial Competition This Weekend

Schools from across the state to compete March 27-28 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 24, 2015— High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 35th annual mock trial championship in Nashville this weekend, March 27-28. The event will be held at the historic Davidson County Courthouse.

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Pay Raise for Court Appointed Work Set for Committee

The TBA bill calling for an increase in pay for court appointed attorney will go before the House Civil Justice Subcommittee next week. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, HB1025 would raise compensation to a minimum of $100 per hour. The companion bill in the Senate, SB1009, is sponsored by Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis. It has been referred to the Judiciary Committee and is expected to be considered in the coming weeks. Court appointed attorneys have been working at the same rate since 1994 and have the lowest compensation rate in the nation. Use TBAImpact or contact subcommittee members directly to express your views.

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Young Lawyer Group Plans Disaster Legal Clinic

The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association (UCYLA) will hold a legal clinic in Monterey on March 26 to assist anyone dealing with legal issues resulting from recent ice storms. The event will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Monterey City Hall (municipal building), located at 302 E. Commercial Ave. 38574. To volunteer for the clinic contact UCYLA President Tessa Lawson, (931) 372-1972. Download a flyer to share or post.

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16 Teams Advance to State Mock Trial Competition

The stage is now set for the 2015 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. Sixteen teams that won just-completed regional competitions will convene at the Historic Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville on March 27-28. District winners are: Bearden High School, Chattanooga Sooutheast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA), Clinton High School, Columbia Academy, Dyersburg High School, Jefferson County High School, Memphis University School, Montgomery Bell Academy, Ravenwood High School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Signal Mountain High School, Springfield High School, Unicoi County High School, University School of Nashville, White County High School and White Station High School. Learn more about this year's competition.

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16 Teams to Compete at State Mock Trial

With high school mock trial district competitions wrapping up this week, the stage is now set for the 2015 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. The event, which will take place March 27-28 at the Historic Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville, will feature the 16 teams listed below.

Special thanks is also due to lawyers who coordinated the district competitions across the state.

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Help Shape the Future of Legal Education

Tennessee lawyers can help shape the future of legal education by taking part in a research effort being conducted by the Tennessee Bar Association in collaboration with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. The Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers study focuses on the skills, characteristics and competencies the profession requires of new lawyers. It is part of the national Foundations for Practice project. Watch for an email from TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur that will provide a link to access the survey.

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Submit YLD Election Petitions By April 1

Young lawyers interested in running for a leadership post within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for the next bar year should file a nominating petition by April 1. Elected positions include Vice President (must be from the Western Grand Division), East Tennessee Governor, Middle Tennessee Governor, West Tennessee Governor, Secretary, Treasurer and District Representatives from odd-numbered districts. Petitions should be sent to YLD Secretary Troy Weston by email or fax to (865) 544-2015. Questions should be directed to Weston at (865) 544-2010. Read the election notice or download a petition. In addition, the division needs to fill a seat reserved for a young lawyer from East Tennessee in the TBA House of Delegates. Those interested in being considered for that position should contact YLD President Rachel Moses, (931) 528-7436.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 2/27/15)

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 this coming May. 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.

Franklin, March 7
Contact: Shauna Billingsley, shauna.billingsley@franklintn.gov, (615) 550-6652
Location: Franklin Police Department, Community Room, 900 Columbia Ave., 37064

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Practicing Law

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at the practice of law.

You have chosen your business entity, rented an office, set up your computer, obtained insurance and set a budget. You are now ready to begin the practice of law. Hurray! In the Practice of Law section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit looks at day-to-day operating issues. It also includes information for lawyers facing an ethical complaint or in need of services from the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. Here is a brief overview of the section:

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YLD Affiliate News for February 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD gathered with other sections of the association in Houston on Feb. 4-6 for its Mid Winter Meeting. At the YLD Assembly, delegates debated a number of issues eventually adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, including court appointments for unaccompanied minor immigrants and the shackling of juveniles in court. The group’s Spring Conference will take place May 14-16 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The meeting will include a session specifically to help affiliate leaders plan for their leadership year. Topics to be covered include organizing and structuring an affiliate, encouraging board accountability and meaningful participation, delegating and using talent, motivating volunteers, budgeting, improving diversity and leveraging connections with the ABA and other ABA affiliates.

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YLD Invited Guest News for February 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.

East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women – The East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, represented on the TBA YLD Board by Knoxville lawyer Alyssa Minge, is planning its annual Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon for May 6. More details will be announced soon. In the meantime, contact Catherine Anglin, (865) 525-0880 with any questions. The group also reports that a number of its members who also serve on the TBA YLD Board are helping plan the Wills for Heroes clinic scheduled for April 18 in Knoxville. The group is also working to set up a legal clinic as part of YLD’s service project for the year. Volunteers will be needed for both events! For more information about ETLAW contact Minge by email, (865) 342-4916, or connect with the group on Facebook and Linkedin.

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Use TBAImpact to Reach Elected Leaders

The legislature is in full swing and your elected leaders need to hear from you! TBAImpact is an easy and effective way to make your voice heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly.
Through TBAImpact, lawyers can discover key issues facing the profession, voice support or dissent, and find out how to connect with representatives. Check it out online or contact TBA Public Policy Coordinator Josie Beets, (615) 383-7421 for more information.
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YLD Produces New GAL Webcast

Thanks to the efforts of the YLD’s Children’s Issues and CLE committees, lawyers interested in learning more about serving as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) can tune in to a TBA webcast on March 4 at noon Central.
The one-hour session “Guardian ad Litem: Managing Your Child-Client, Third Parties and Opposing Counsel” will look at the responsibilities of a GAL, offer best practices for developing a relationship with the child-client and cover tips for managing parents’ counsel and third parties such as the Department of Child Services (DCS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and psychologists. Finally, the course will review the differences in rules governing GALs in juvenile and circuit cases. Register online to watch the webcast live.
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