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6 Nashville Lawyers Vying for Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for its 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. Casey Summar with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville was nominated in the Arts, Entertainment & Music Business category. Five lawyers were named as finalists in the Legal Services category. They are: Sarah Hannah, Bradley; Ryan Holt, Sherrard & Roe; Gabe Roberts, Bureau of TennCare; Joshua Rosenblatt, Blackline Payments Advisors; and Elizabeth Tipping, Neal & Harwell. The chamber will honor all finalists with an event Aug. 4 at the Collins Alumni Auditorium on the campus of Lipscomb University. Learn more or buy tickets.

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YLD Invited Guest News for June 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. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The AWA recently held a successful golf tournament will with the proceeds benefiting three charitable organizations.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – Join ETLAW Wednesday, July 20, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA for ETLAW’s Monthly Meeting. Guest speaker Senator Doug Overby will provide his annual Legislative Update. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10. Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
Also, plan to join us on July 28, 2016 for a relaxing summer social at Odyssey Pedispa in Knoxville. Contact ETLAW President Catherine Anglin to RSVP and for more information.
 
For the 8th year, ETLAW will have a team for the Knoxville Race for the Cure. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 22. The team is open to all members of ETLAW, their friends, family and co-workers of all ages. With registration, you will receive a long-sleeved race t-shirt from Komen.  To be part of ETLAW’s team, click on “Join this team” and go through the registration steps. Include your email address for updates and messages from the Team Captain, Wynne Caffey. If the team’s registration link does not work, go to www.komenknoxville.org, then these steps: “Events," “Race for the Cure," “Register” and “Join a Team.” Create an account or log in as a former participant. You will then be asked to find the team, which is “East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.” All registrations and donations are made through Komen’s secure site. Komen will provide a receipt for tax purposes for any donation over the registration fee. 
 
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 Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
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 Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter in Chattanooga recently held a successful Happy Hour which was well attended by lawyers and judges last week to welcome all summer interns. The chapter is currently planning a Law Camp for high schools in October.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build this Saturday, June 4.  SETLAW will have its next happy hour event tonight, June 30, at Matilda Midnight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and summer clerks are welcome to come!  Please join SETLAW for a lunch and learn meeting to discuss Intellectual Property law on July 14.  This year’s Lioness of the Bar event will be held on August 11, 2016 with more details to come.
 
For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
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) – TLAW recently held its Annual Meeting and Breakfast on June 17 in Nashville. TLAW is currently seeking committee members and chairs for committees. The CLE Committee is seeking a chair which is responsible for organizing continuing legal education courses, preparing the evaluations, and submitting CLE forms for credit to the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Generally, there are at least two CLEs during the year in addition to the TLAW Convention. The Annual Meeting Committee is seeking a chair which is responsible for organizing the annual TLAW meeting held during the convention in June each year. The committee arranges the TLAW breakfast, coordinates events, prepares and invites the judiciary and other dignitaries, and assists with arranging gifts for speakers. The committee is also responsible for the annual meeting budget and arranging sponsorships for the annual meeting. The Standing committees are also seeking committee members. For more information and registration, visit www.tlaw.org.
 
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 June 2016

American Bar Association YLD – For more information, visit the ABA website. 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 – The Blount County Bar YLD recently held its monthly meeting elected new officers for the year.  The group’s new President is Stephanie Jernigan, Vice-President/Secretary is John Chavis, and the Hand of the President/Immediate Past President is Nick Black. For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. The group’s next social happy hour will be on July 21 at 5 p.m. at the Camp House in support of Pro Bono Night, which honors Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and all lawyers are encouraged to attend Pro Bono Night at Bessie Smith Hall after the social.
 
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 – The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 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 first Grandparents as Parents Legal Clinic, led by Deb House of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, was a success with many Barristers volunteering. Tentatively, the goal is to hold this clinic four times a year with support from Barrister’s volunteers.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers.  For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931)388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The Memphis YLD has had a busy spring, including our annual high school mock trial tournament, lawyer’s basketball league and some fantastic CLE’s (including a strong panel discussion of Netflix’s “Making A Murderer”). Shifting gears to the summer calendar, the MBA YLD is working on some exciting events. The YLD will be enjoying "YLD Night at the Levitt Shell," where YLD members and family can spread out blankets, have some beer and enjoy the free summer concert series on July 16.
 
The MBA YLD will also be partnering with the Memphis Area Legal Services’ Young Lawyers Committee for the Campaign for Justice to host a charity bowling night at Billy Hardwick in Memphis on July 28. 
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102 or visit the group’s Facebook page. 
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – Sunny Sandos will be President of NETYLA for the 2016-2017 year.  The board currently has vacancies, so if you are a young lawyer in Sullivan County, Washington County, Johnson County, Carter County, Unicoi County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County or Hancock County and want to become more involved, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Spankies in Cookeville. 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 have its next meeting and host a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on July 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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YLD Holds Annual Meeting, Mancl Assumes Office at TBA Convention

YLD President-Elect Rachel Mancl took over the office of President at the annual TBA Convention, during which she was passed the official gavel of the presidency and held her second round of board meetings on June 18. Her first meetings were held during the YLD's spring planning session in April.

The YLD held its annual meeting on June 17, which all young lawyer members of the TBA were invited to attend. At the meeting, offices that were pending appointment were approved by those present. Then-President Rachel Moses presided over the meeting, which also featured a vote over a proposed bylaw amendedment. The amendment, which would allow changes to the way bylaws can be amended in the future, passed.

In addition to Mancl taking office as President, Ahsaki Baptist assumed the office of President-Elect, Christian Barker officially became the Vice President and Josh Dougan took over as the new Secretary. Ashley Holliday will remain as Treasurer for another year, and Moses will move on to be the Immediate Past President.

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TBA YLD Fellows Induct New Members

The TBA YLD Fellows held their annual meeting and inducted new members at the annual Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. Bill Haltom was elected the new Treasurer, and Lisa Richter will move to take office as the new President.
 
The group inducted 10 new members. They are:
Katrina Arbogast, Great West Casualty Company, Knoxville
Kristal Boone, Boone Law, Brentwood
Jeff Cherry, Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, Lebanon
Garth Click, Click Law, Springfield
Marisa Combs, Five Points ICT, Nashville
Lisa Ramsey Cole, Lewis Thomason, Nashville
Sara Hall, St. Jude, Memphis
Ed Lanquist, Patterson PC, Nashville
David McDowell, Gearhiser Peters, Chattanooga
Nathan Shelby, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, Nashville
 
This year, three honorary Fellows were named as well, noted for their for exemplary service. They are:
Stacey Shrader Joslin, former TBA YLD Director
Justice Roger Page, Tennessee Supreme Court
Dwight Tarwater, Governor's Office
 
Finally, the Fellows awarded its annual William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award to Judge Pamela Reeves, longtime supporter of the TBA and the YLD, for her lifetime of service to the community and the profession.
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YLD, DLI Members Participate in Successful Clinic

On June 18, law students from the Diversity Leadership Institute took part in their annual public service project, which was to participate in an expungement clinic with Judge Rachel Bell in Madison. Members of the YLD board lended their hands to the effort as well. The clinic was an overhwhelming success, with DLI and YLD participants helping to serve more than 150 clients.
Judge Bell will be holding another expungement clinic on August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Covenant Community Church in Nashville.  YLD members in the midstate area are encouraged to attend, and should contact Amber Floyd if they are interested.
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YLD Announces Annual Award Recipients

The TBA Young Lawyers Division held its annual board dinner in conjunction with the TBA Convention on June 17, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville.
 
Rachel Moses was on hand for her last task as TBA YLD President, which was to give out some well-deserved awards. Those included the Stars of the Quarter for the third and fourth quarters of the bar year. Recipients included Kristen Corn, Alex McVeagh, Will Hicky, Troy Weston, Ariel Anthony, Alicia Teubert and Judd Taback for the third quarter, and Bryce McKenzie, Holly Mancl, Ashley Holliday, Ben Conley, Lauren Curry, and Cherrelle Hooper for the fourth.
 
The Public Service Project Award went to Cole Rogers, for his successful clinic at the Madison Public Library during the YLD’s Access to Justice Legal Clinic Initiative. The President’s Special Recognition Award went to Christian Barker for exceptional service as Public Service Chair, Middle Tennessee Governor and Publications Committee Liaison during the 2015-2016 Bar Year. 
 
The President’s Award went to Amber Floyd and John Rice in recognition and grateful appreciation for tireless dedication to the improvement of the legal profession by promoting diversity and inclusion through the Diversity Committee.
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Final Indigent Representation Task Force Meeting Approaching

On Friday, July 29 at the Nashville School of Law, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force will have its final meeting on its statewide listening tour starting at 8:30 a.m. CT. 

Sign up here to speak at the upcoming listening tour in Nashville. Just remember that while you will not be speaking on behalf of the Tennessee Bar Association, you will be speaking about your experience with indigent representation and the need for an increase to the compensation rate. If you would like to know more about what to expect and learn more about the Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force work, please plan to join public policy coordinator, Brenda Gadd, on a conference call at 12:00 p.m. CT on Friday, July 22 (Dial: 855-795-9620; Passcode: 5582234161).

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New Attorneys Sworn In June 14

Of the 193 attorneys who passed the Tennessee bar in February, 61 were sworn in during a ceremony on June 14 in Nashville. Then-TBA President Bill Harbison was on hand to help swear them in. As with the fall 2015 ceremony, new admitees were asked to take a photo and post it to social media using the hashtag #newTNattorney.
 
Following the ceremony, many new admittees and their guests proceeded to the Bar Center for a reception, during which they could mingle with TBA volunteers from the Young Lawyers Division.
 
 

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Legal Aid Society Forms Gilbert Family Fellowship

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands announced this week that it has established the Gilbert Family Fellowship with a $100,000 gift from legal aid co-founder Harris A. Gilbert and his children. The fellowship will fund staff efforts to identify and resolve legal issues facing children and young adults in all 48 counties served. Attorneys to be designated as fellows are Paige Barbeauld, Clarksville; Sonya Bellafant, Columbia; Rachel Moses, Cookeville; Cherrelle Hooper, Gallatin; Aimee Luna, Murfreesboro; Kimberly deMent and Emma Sholl, Nashville; Theresa-Vay Smith, Oak Ridge; and Rae Anne Seay, Tullahoma. Vidhi Joshi, who focuses on helping low-income individuals with criminal records, will provide assistance to the fellows.

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Reminder: MALS Fundraiser Set for Tomorrow

The Young Lawyers Committee of the Campaign for Equal Justice is hosting its annual Kickoff Party tomorrow (June 29) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Rec Room, 3000 Broad Ave. in Memphis. Tickets are $15 for law students and $25 for others and include food, drinks games and entry to a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Memphis Area Legal Services. The University of Memphis School of Law announced the event.

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Nominations for TALS Awards Due Friday

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) is accepting nominations for its 2016 Access to Justice Awards through Friday. The Janice M. Holder Award recognizes an individual who has advanced the quality of justice statewide by ensuring that the legal system is open and available to all. The B. Riney Green Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership in encouraging collaboration and inter-program cooperation to strengthen access to justice. And the New Advocate Award recognizes attorneys who have excelled in the first five years of working in public interest law. The awards will be presented Aug. 31 in conjunction with the 2016 Equal Justice University, which is hosted by TALS and co-sponsored by the TBA. Learn more or submit a nomination here.

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2016 Law Practice Conference for New Lawyers

The 2016 Law Practice Conference For New Lawyers on June 29 will offer advice on solo and small firm practice, best practices in billing and how to form successful client relationships. The course is scheduled from noon to 4:15 p.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center. The program, approved for four dual credits, will also be available in a live webcast.   

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TBA YLD Board Member Named to AILA Position

Brittany Thomas Faith, of the law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., has been elected by her peers as Secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Mid-South Chapter and as a member of the Association’s Executive Committee.  She looks forward to serving in this important capacity.

Faith will also serve on the TBA YLD board as the incoming public service committe co-chair.

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YLD Affiliate News for May 2016

American Bar Association YLD – Nashville lawyer and ABA representative Matt Potempa was recently honored as “Best of the Bar" by the Nashville Business Journal.
 
Recognize your affiliate’s service to the bar and to the public in Awards of Achievement. Applications are due June 15. 

Take a look at the ABA YLD’s Past Initiatives for ideas on implementing a project for your affiliate.

For more information, visit the ABA website. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438, for more information.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County Bar YLD recently held an its monthly meeting and had executive committee elections. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD –The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours with the next one tentatively scheduled for June 22 at the Spring Hill Marriott. The YLD will continue its quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year with the next one tentatively scheduled for June 9 at 7:30 a.m. with our local Circuit Court judges.
 
The group recently had a successful Access to Justice pro bono legal clinic.
 
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 – The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 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 need volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here
 
Law Week & School Outreach Committee: Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in the Junior Judges presentations over the past month.  We appreciate you for making it a successful event.
 
This year’s Barristers Professional Clothing Drive was a smashing success, thanks to innumerable generous donors and the many hardworking volunteers who helped make the event possible. Truckloads of clothing were donated to the YWCA, the Connect Ministries Career Closet and Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Thank you all for your support of this wonderful cause!
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers.  For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102 or visit the group’s Facebook page. 
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – The group recently held a successful free legal advice clinic for seniors at the Robertson County Senior Citizens Center in Springfield.  For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – Sunny Sandos will be President of NETYLA for the 2016-2017 year.  The board currently has vacancies, so if you are a young lawyer in Sullivan County, Washington County, Johnson County, Carter County, Unicoi County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County or Hancock County and want to become more involved, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Spankies in Cookeville. For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble.  Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA-YLD held its annual meeting earlier this month and elected the following officers for this coming year: Jason Talley was confirmed as the incoming President for this coming year, Kendall White was elected Secretary, Sam Cross was elected as a member-at-large, and Nathan Powers will continue to serve as social chair. The WCBA YLD will host a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5 p.m. on June 9. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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YLD Invited Guest News for May 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. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The AWA will be having the Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament to carry on the philanthropic legacy of one of its strongest members, Mary Wolff, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after a battle with cancer. The Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at The Links at Galloway (lunch served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., four person scramble). The proceeds will benefit three charitable organizations: The First Tee of Memphis; The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund; and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  To register or for more information about this great event please contact Mary-Morgan Whitfield at 901.277.8120 or visit the website.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – Just two days before the TBI publicized that 32 individuals in Knoxville had been arrested in a human trafficking operation, ETLAW’s monthly meeting featured a discussion on Human Trafficking Awareness in East Tennessee by Brooklyn Sawyers, Esq., an Assistant U.S. Attorney, FBI Special Agent Cynthia Deitle and Kate Trudell of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
 
Because of the date conflict with the TBA convention, ETLAW will not be hosting a monthly meeting in June.  Please join us Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA with guest speaker Senator Doug Overby, who will provide his annual Legislative Update.  Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.  Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
Finally, ETLAW plans to host 1-2 social events over the summer. Stay tuned for details.
 
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 Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
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 Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter in Chattanooga is having a Happy Hour to welcome all summer interns on June 21, 2016. The event will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. at Feed Co., located at 201 W. Main Street. Everyone is welcome, and please bring any summer associates.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build this Saturday, June 4.  SETLAW will have its next happy hour event on June 30 at Matilda Midnight from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
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) – TLAW will offer special programming at the TBA Convention, including a Joint Cocktail Reception with TBA/TABL/ Stonewall Bar on Thursday, June 16, from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Plantation Lobby. Additionally, TLAW's Annual Meeting and Breakfast will take place on Friday, June 17, from 7 - 8:15 a.m. in the Belmont Room. For more information and registration, visit www.tlaw.org. 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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Still Time to Book for the 2016 TBA Annual Convention

It is not too late to join your colleagues June 15-18 in Nashville for the 2016 TBA Annual ConventionRegister by June 1 in order to get first tier discounted tickets, and by June 8 to get second tier discounted tickets. 
Registration includes free access to all TBA CLE programming, the Bench Bar Programming and Luncheon, Lawyers Luncheon, law school breakfasts, several receptions, the Thursday night dinner and entertainment at the George Jones Museum and the Friday night after party sponsored by the YLD and Leadership Law.
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Law Practice Conference for New Lawyers

 
Are you in your first few years of practicing law? Need to find your place in the practice of law? This program will help you explore solo practice, learn best practices in billing to meet client expectations and offer tips on beginning and ending the client relationship. Bonus materials will offer an overview of a variety of practice areas. These will give you a glance at a day in the life of each practice area. You will hear from seasoned lawyers and learn practice management tips for new lawyers.
 
This CLE will also be available in webcast form. For more information or to sign up, visit the TBA website.
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TBA YLD to Hold Annual Meeting; Consider Bylaw Amendment

On June 17, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Meeting, in which all young lawyer members of the TBA are invited to attend and participate.

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, located at 777 McGavock Pike.

At the meeting, an amendement to the Young Lawyers Division bylaws will be up for consideration. The amendment concerns changing Article XI of the bylaws regarding how the bylaws can be amended in the future. The following is the text of the proposed amendment, with changes to the current bylaw underlined:

Upon the recommendation of the Long Range Planning Committee, these Bylaws may be amended by (1) a two-thirds vote of the members of the Division present and voting at any annual membership meeting; (2) a two-thirds vote of the members of the Division present and voting at any meeting of the membership of the Division properly called by the President; or (3) a two-thirds vote of the voting members of the Board. No amendments to the Bylaws may be made until ten (10) days notice has been given to the membership as to the facts and contents of the proposed amendments. Upon such approval by the Division or Board, such amendments shall be presented for approval to the Board of Governors of the TBA and no amendment so adopted shall be effective until so approved.
 
For more information, please contact TBA staff cordinator Katharine Heriges at kheriges@tnbar.org.
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New Admittees to be Sworn In

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold a swearing in ceremony in Nashville on June 14, for new admittees to the bar. Results from the February bar exam came out last month with 193 law students passing the exam. Events on Tuesday include an open house and lunch at the TBA from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for new lawyers and their families. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium, located at 301 6th Ave North. 

YLD members will be on hand to congratulate these new lawyers and provide information about TBA membership. Please join us at either location if you would like to welcome these new lawyers into the legal profession.

For more information, please contact TBA Membership Director Kathy Prescott.

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ABA President Visits Nashville

ABA President Paulette Brown recently visited Nashville, stopping by a local Boys and Girls Club on April 29. TBA YLD board member Cherrelle Hooper (left) was able to organize the visit for Brown. Hooper is the incoming chair of the TBA YLD children's issues committee.

Those wishing to discover more about the children's issues committee should contact Hooper. For information on how to get involved with the ABA, contact TBA YLD ABA representative Matt Potempa.

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TBA YLD Diversity Committee Nets ABA Award

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division was recognized nationally at the American Bar Association Spring Conference in St. Louis. The group received third place in the 2016 Embracing Diversity Challenge, awarded for the TBA YLD's work on the Diversity Leadership Institute. 

The DLI is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students, designed to develop skills to succeed as an attorney and to build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. The recognition also included a cash prize of $250.

Those who wish to know more about the Diversity Committee or the DLI, please contact Diversity Chair Amber Floyd or Vice Chair John Rice.   

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Indigent Representation Task Force Statewide Hearings Begin

The Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force statewide listening tour met in Memphis Thursday and today in Trenton, Gibson County. In Memphis, Shelby County Chief Defender Stephen C. Bush, Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law Dean Peter Letsou spoke to the panel. Private lawyers shared the real issues and experiences faced with the cap on compensation with juvenile cases. The next meetings of the task force are in Johnson City on May 19 and Knoxville on May 20. Click here for a complete list of hearings. If you would like to speak at the upcoming hearings please sign up here!  Please email Brenda Gadd, TBA Public Policy Coordinator, if you would like to speak and plan to attend. She will be coordinating our efforts. All are encouraged to attend and speak up!

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YLD Invited Guest News for April 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. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –AWA recently held a successful Incarcerated Civil Law Legal Clinic in Memphis.  The group will be having the Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament to carry on the philanthropic legacy of one of its strongest members, Mary Wolff, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after a battle with cancer. The Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at The Links at Galloway (lunch served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., four person scramble). The proceeds will benefit three charitable organizations: The First Tee of Memphis; The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund; and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  To register or for more information about this great event please contact Mary-Morgan Whitfield at 901.277.8120 or visit the website.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On Wednesday, April 20, ETLAW held its regular monthly meeting at the LMU Duncan School of Law.  Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury spoke on how female attorneys should present themselves in court to ensure maximum success for themselves and their clients.  Her presentation included specific advice about how to handle going to a new court that is out of one’s comfort zone and how to figure out who to talk to and what to do in each new court or county.
 
The next regular monthly meeting of ETLAW will be May 18, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10. Register at the website.
 
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 Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
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 – ANNUAL BASKETBALL GAME FUNDRAISER - The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will be competing against the Bluff City Medical Society in the annual Lawyers vs. Doctors Basketball Game on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Porter Goodwill Club Gymnasium (620 South Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38126). Doors will open at 10 a.m. for pre-game and community activities as well as team warm-ups.  The game will begin at 12 p.m.  This event is being sponsored by the Ben F. Jones Chapter and proceeds from the game will support the Boys and Girls Club's summer educational programs.  For more information please contact: Freeman Foster or Andre Mathis
 
For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
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 recently held a yoga event and a successful monthly happy hour event. For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
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) – TLAW is seeking to fill positions on its 2016-2017 Board.  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 April 2016

American Bar Association YLD – ABA President Paulette Brown is in Nashville today visiting with the local Boys & Girls Club. Recognize your affiliate’s service to the bar and to the public in Awards of Achievement. Applications are due June 15. 

Take a look at the ABA YLD’s Past Initiatives for ideas on implementing a project for your affiliate.

For more information, visit the ABA website. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438, for more information.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County Bar YLD will hold its monthly meeting on April 19 at noon. Executive committee elections will be held. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours with the next one tentatively scheduled for May 25th at Universal Joint.  The YLD will continue its quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The group will be having doing its Access to Justice pro bono legal clinic on May 21st at Dallas Bay Baptist Church in Hixson.  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 – The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers have a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:
  
The Access to Justice Committee invites you to volunteer at the next Saturday Bar on May 6.  Also on May 6, the KBA Law & Liberty Award will be presented at the KBA Law Day.
 
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 need volunteers to serve food or sponsor.  Sign up here
 
This year’s Barristers Professional Clothing Drive in April was a smashing success, thanks to innumerable generous donors and the many hardworking volunteers who helped make the event possible.  Literally truckloads of clothing were donated to the YWCA, the Connect Ministries Career Closet, and Knox Area Rescue Ministries.  Thank you all for your support of this wonderful cause!
 
The Law Week & School Outreach Committee thanks all of the volunteers who participated in the Junior Judges presentations over the past month.  We appreciate you for making it a successful event.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers.  For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102 or visit the group’s Facebook page. 
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – The group recently held a successful free legal advice clinic for seniors at the Robertson County Senior Citizens Center in Springfield.  For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – Sunny Sandos will be President of NETYLA for the 2016-2017 year.  The board currently has vacancies, so if you are a young lawyer in Sullivan County, Washington County, Johnson County, Carter County, Unicoi County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County or Hancock County and want to become more involved, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641.
 
Additionally, in conjunction with the TBA YLD, NETYLA is hosting a Wills for Heroes Clinic May 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington County Johnson City Emergency Medical Service Inc. Training Room.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rachel Ralston Mancl, (423) 283-6319 or Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4808.

For more information please contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA usually tries to meet on the first Thursday of each month.  For more information about the group and specific dates and times for meetings, please contact President Russell C. Tribble.  Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA-YLD recently held a social at Cool Springs Brewery. The WCBA-YLD annual meeting will be held at 325 Bridge Street on May 16th, 2016, at 5:00. At this meeting, incoming officers will be elected for the 2016-2017 year. Qualified candidates may propose their candidacy by communicating their interest to Cort Bethmann. For information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
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