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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (1/29/16)

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 Joann Coston-Holloway. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.

Jackson, Jan. 30
Contact: Kortney Simmons, kortneysimmons@live.com, (731) 660-8810
Location: Jackson Chamber of Commerce, 197 Auditorium St., 38301
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Alamo, Feb. 6
Contact: Benjamin Conley, bjconley1@gmail.com, (731) 696-3735
Location: Crockett Memorial Library, 258 E. Church St., 38001
Time: 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Sevierville, Feb. 27
Contact: Bryce McKenzie, bryce@bryandelius.com, (865) 428-8780
Location: Sevier County Special Operations Building, 735 Middle Creek Rd., 37862
Time: 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Cleveland, March 5
Contact: Emily Petro, emilyepetro@gmail.com, (423) 472-2179
Location: Bradley-Cleveland Senior Activity Center, 230 Urbane Road NE, 37312
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Morristown, April 23
Contact: W. Evan Anderson, evan@khinsleylaw.com, (423) 587-1131
Location: Morristown Hamblen Library, 417 W Main St., 37814
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon

Johnson City, May 21
Contact: Rachel Ralston Mancl, rmancl@hsdlaw.com, (423) 283-6319
Location: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Sound Off on the Issues for the 2016 Midyear ABA Meeting

If young lawyers want to talk to make their voices heard at the American Bar Association (ABA) YLD Midyear Meeting Feb. 4-7 in San Diego, please contact any of the following Tennessee delegates: Rachel MosesAhsaki Baptist, John Rice, Nicole Grida and Troy Weston. Here are the proposed resolutions to be voted on.

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YLD Invited Guest News for January 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) – For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On May 4, 2016 at 12 noon, ETLAW will be hosting its annual Supreme Court Luncheon at the Foundry (747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902). Tickets will be $35.00 per person and tables may be purchased in advance.  More information to come.
 
ETLAW is encouraging its members and the community to attend the Knox County Public Library’s “Books Sandwiched In” discussion session on Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World led by the Honorable Pamela Reeves, United States District Court Judge.  The event will be on May 25, 2016, at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium located at 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee.  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 - The Napier Looby Bar Foundation is hosting its 12th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Award Program on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Music City Center. The Nashville legal community and larger community convene each year at the Barristers’ Banquet and Awards Program in celebration of Black History Month for an evening of great food, music and conversation. In addition to celebrating Black History Month, the purpose of the banquet is to recognize outstanding achievements in the legal community and, more importantly, to raise money to award scholarships to deserving students and fund the charitable efforts of the organization throughout the year. This year’s banquet promises to be a memorable and inspiring occasion as the Foundation will honor the following individuals for their accomplishments in the Nashville community: Mayor Megan Barry, Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., James A. Crumlin, Jr. and Dakasha Winton. Additionally, seven law students from various Tennessee law schools will be presented with the Senator Avon N. Williams, Jr. and Honorable Robert Lillard Law School Scholarship.  The Banquet will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Andrea Perry at (615) 238-6303 or visit the NBA Napier Looby Chapter website for more information and/or ticket purchase.
 
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 is hosting a luncheon January 29, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Miller Martin – The Tennessee Suffrage Movement: Tennessee’s Role in Securing Women’s Right to Vote. Pat Pierce and Paula Casey will speak on the subject. On February 25, SETLAW will be having a special happy hour, “War Stories” at St. John’s Meeting Place.  This event will be hosted by some of Chattanooga’s well-known female judges and attorneys who will be trading some of their most interesting career stories.  For more information about SETLAW, contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230.
 
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 having a women’s empowerment conference on April 8, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee will serve as the luncheon speaker and will inspire you with her insights. Tennessee Supreme Court Justcies Cornelia Clark and Holly Kirby, along with Nashville attorney Anne Martin, will be moderating discussions.  The Keynote speaker will be Gwen K. Young, Director of the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project.  Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this great event!
 
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 January 2016

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA is currently accepting applications for leadership appointments for the 2016-2017 bar year. There are over 300 positions among the ABA YLD's committees, boards and teams. Applications are due Feb. 15. 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 group typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month.  For more information about the group contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD recently had its annual elections and welcomed the following Board Members for 2016:  Corrin Fulton – President;  Brittany Thomas Faith - Vice President/President Elect; Drew Reynolds – Secretary/Treasurer; Jeffrey Maddux – Past President; Justin Faith, Kirby Yost, Jeremy Cothern, Stephanie Rogers, Emma Flynn, Shelton Swafford Chambers, Matt Brock, Rob Carden, Lauren Sherrell and Alexander McVeagh – Board Members.  The Chattanooga YLD held its first social happy hour of the year on January 27 at Stir and will have its next social happy hour on February 23 at the Bitter Alibi.  The group honored Jeffrey Maddux at the CBA’s Annual Luncheon by selecting him as the Volunteer of the Year for his exemplary service to the YLD and the Chattanooga community.
 
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 from the group on Facebook.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers recently elected new officers at its Annual Meeting in December and the group has a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:
  
Law School Mock Interviews – The Law School Mentor Committee will conduct mock interviews from February 1-5 at the UT College Law. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you're interested in participating.
 
Hunger and Poverty Relief – The Barristers will be selling “Teddygram” e-cards during the weeks of February 8 - 22.  Every $5 donation will go to purchase teddy bears to donate to the Knoxville Police Department, whose officers provide the bears to children in crisis.
 
Mock Trial - The Mock Trial Committee will hold this year’s Knoxville Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, February 20, and Saturday, February 27.
 
Solo/Small Firm Panel – Volunteers are also needed for a Solo/Small Firm Panel at UT Law in March. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you’re interested in participating.
 
The Barristers will volunteer for Mobile Meals (the Knoxville chapter of Meals on Wheels) delivering meals to seniors the first Tuesday of every month.  Finally, the Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee thanks each and every person and law firm who participated in the Annual Canned Food Drive and the Angel Tree program. With your help, we raised over $15,000 for Second Harvest and provided Christmas gifts for 21 children in Knoxville. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts.
 
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. 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.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – 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 – For more information please contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group contact President Kelsy Miller, (931) 528-7790. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA YLD is hosting a social on Thursday, February 11 at 5:15 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Franklin. All lawyers, young and not-so-young, are welcome to join us for a time of networking.
 
Also, please mark your calendars to help with the Mock Trial Competition this spring. It will be held February 20 at the Williamson County Courthouse, and we can use all the help we can find as the district has grown much larger this year. Contact George Spanos, 615-320-0600, for more details.
 
For more information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
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Coming March 2016: New, Faster YLD Newsletter Format

Beginning in March, the Young Lawyers Division monthly newsletter, E-DICT, will be changing to a faster, more connected format. 
 
There are thousands of TBA members across Tennessee that are young lawyers. Reaching out to those lawyers, and making sure they are aware and informed of YLD events and news, has always been the goal of E-DICT.
 
That’s why we are excited to announce that E-DICT will no longer be published as a monthly newsletter. From here on out, E-DICT will be published as a consistent communication for breaking news. When something is happening, instead of waiting until the end of the month to spread the word, the YLD will publish and distribute that news instantly. 
 
For local bar associations and invited guest groups, which have relied on E-DICT to spread information about their events, nothing will change. Bar leaders can still submit news and events to E-DICT editor Justin Faith, and those items will be included in the new format.
 
This change was made so that young lawyers across the state can stay informed and connected in a more meaningful way. If you have any questions, feel free to contact YLD President Rachel Moses or YLD Publications Committee Chair Justin Faith.
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TBAImpact - Report from the Hill

The Tennessee state legislature returned to session on Jan. 12. Below are three things that TBA YLD members should know about current issues.
 
Judicial Confirmation Passes State House, Senate
Judicial confirmation legislation implementing the 2014 Amendment to the Tennessee Constitution was signed this Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam. On Jan. 29, the House of Representatives adopted the Conference Committee report for SB1, HB142 with a vote of 86-5 completing the last of the needed legislative actions. Read the full process
 
Indigent Defense Representation
The TBA will be working with the AOC to make sure your voice is heard. We are working to host hearings across the state for the Indigent Representation Task Force to listen to you. The TBA is working with legislators and the AOC to increase the compensation rate for lawyers and we need your help! Please check in to TBAImpact for updates. 
 
TBA’s Legislative Agenda
Check out the legislation the TBA is supporting or opposing with TBAImpact. All the legislation that the TBA has public policy positions on is listed here
 
Have questions? Contact TBA’s Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421 or YLD Public Policy Committee Chair Will Hicky, (615) 324-8777 for more information.
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Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial 2016

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial committee is still accepting RSVPs for volunteers for this year’s state high school mock trial competition until March 1. The tournament will take place over four rounds on March 18-19, with a final championship round on Saturday evening.
 
Volunteers needed include attorneys for scoring rounds, judges who can serve as presiding judges and law students, paralegals and other legal staff that can serve as bailiffs. Signup now.
 
District competitions are currently underway. Here's a list of district coordinators.
 
Each year the Tennessee Bar Association runs the tournament, which sees the best and brightest students from schools all over the state come to compete. This year’s problem is a civil case that concerns a destroyed horse trailer. Find more information.

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TBA YLD Names 2nd Quarter ‘Stars of the Quarter’ for 15-16

Young Lawyers Division (YLD) president Rachel Moses named three new “Stars of the Quarter” for the 2015-2016 bar year’s second quarter. Each winner would have been recognized at the Mid-Winter Board Dinner on Jan. 22; however, the dinner was canceled due to winter storms.
 
The first honoree was Christian Barker of Barker Nashville PLLC, who was recognized for creating and distributing a specialized graphic that was used at Wills for Heroes clinics across the state. 
 
Marisa Combs of Lewis Thomason's Nashville office was recognized for spearheading the “Selfie Challenge,” which harnessed social media to promote membership among new attorneys. 
 
Lauren Curry of Sherrard and Roe in Nashville was the final recipient, honored for her work as District 11 Representative to the YLD Board. Curry led a particularly well-attended Wills for Heroes clinic, which served 44 first responders in Williamson County.

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Diversity Leadership Institute Holds First, Abbreviated Session

Despite a weekend of terrible weather, the Diversity Leadership Institute held its opening session during the annual TBA Leadership Conference, Jan. 22-23. Amidst the snow, four students were able to attend in-person and the rest participated through conference call. Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd and Vice Chair John Rice lead the group in an abbreviated presentation on Friday, and the students who had made it into Nashville joined the Young Lawyers Division Board meeting on Saturday.
 
The Diversity Leadership Institute is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its sixth year, the program is designed to help students develop skills to succeed; 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.
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Nominations Accepted for Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville is currently accepting nominations of young professionals for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards program. NELAs are given in 15 categories including Legal Services, Business Services, and Community Service and Nonprofit. Applications are available online and are due Feb. 2.

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Volunteers Needed for Wills for Heroes Clinics

Volunteers are needed for upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics around the state. These sessions provide free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. The next clinics are scheduled for Jan. 9 at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan in Knoxville, and Jan. 16 at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga. View the schedule of clinics and more information.

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Know the Issues, Share Your Voice

Knowing what issues are being discussed among leadership is a vital part of being a member of the TBA. Many young lawyers have a unique take on current topics in the legal community, but too often don't voice their experiences and sometimes, don't even know the proper procedure to do so.
 
Young lawyers are currently serving throughout the TBA in leadership positions. For those looking to become more active in TBA's decision-making process, reaching out to the YLD members in the House of Delegates is a good place to start. Young lawyers currently serving in the House include: 
 
Bryce McKenzie, (865) 428-8780 
Nina Kumar, (615) 664-5300 
Nicole Grida, (901) 748-6070 
 
The ABA will have its House of Delegates meeting in January, and a preliminary agenda is available online. The ABA House of Delegates representative from the TBA YLD is Troy Weston.
 
Additionally, the TBA Board of Governors has five representatives who are YLD members. They are:
 
Brian Winfrey, (615) 601-1276 (Secretary)
Rachel Moses, (931) 528-7436
Rachel Mancl, (423) 283-6319
David McDowell, (423) 756-5171 (3rd District Governor)
Nathan Shelby, (731) 425-7949 (West Tennessee Governor)
 
Questions about public policy issues or specific bills can be directed to YLD Public Policy Chair, Will Hicky. Additionally, YLD member Meagan Frazier serves as the TBA's Government Affairs Committee Chair. For information about the TBA's positions on statewide legislation, visit TBAImpact.
 
Decisions made both within the TBA and at the state legislature can affect and change the profession. Stay informed so change doesn't happen to you, but because of you.
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2016 Diversity Leadership Institute Class Selected

The YLD Diversity Committee this month selected 19 law students for the 2016 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its sixth 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 2015 Diversity Leadership Institute program will begin with an opening retreat Jan. 22-23 in Nashville. At the retreat, participants will learn the identity of their mentors, 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 their 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 Nashville in June.
 
Watch for more details about the new class and photos from their first meeting in the January issue of E-DICT.
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2016 CASA Volunteer of the Year Named

The TBA YLD has selected April Herrington of College Grove as the 2016 CASA Volunteer of the Year. At its winter meeting in January, the YLD Board will present the award to Herrington and Kristin Parker, executive director of CASA of Maury County.

Herrington was a standout volunteer for CASA's Fostering Futures program, which focuses on the needs of older foster youth at risk of aging out of custody. This program is especially challenging because CASA's National team does not provide a training guide for older youth. Herrington pioneered CASA's "Life Boxes," which provide resources and needed supplies to help young adults. She spearheaded the program alongside the young person that was her first case assignment.

The Life Boxes were designed to be a way for young people to organize important documentation, such as birth certificates, medical records or resumes, needed to secure employment, housing and other necessities. Herrington visited local agenies and diligently researched online to collect information for inclusion, and continues to revise and refine the boxes to be as up to date and complete as possible.

Herrington developed strong relationships with the youth she mentored over her two years with CASA. Her first case assignment involved a young woman who did not trust Herrington, and initially resisted mentorship. However, Herrington did not give up, and continued to work with the girl until a relationship was formed. That young woman went on to help Herrington create the Life Boxes, and when the she aged out of custody, she requested to stay in contact with Herrington. This was not an isolated incident; later, another youth who found the Life Boxes to be very helpful ended up working with Herrington as well to improve the boxes for others.

Special thanks goes to all those who serve and those who nominated outstanding volunteers. Appreciation also goes to Knoxville lawyer Katrina Atchley Arbogast who chairs the YLD’s Children’s Issues Committee and the members of the award committee who reviewed all of the applications. Watch for photos of the award ceremony in the January issue of E-DICT.

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YLD Invited Guest News for December 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.
 
Association for Women Attorneys – For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women – Each December, ETLAW collects toiletry items to donate to the residents of the YWCA Keys of Hope program. This year's Annual ETLAW Toiletry Drive was a success! ETLAW members were overwhelmingly responsive to the needs of the YWCA; ETLAW made 400 bags welcome bags for residents, filled with toiletry necessities, and members contributed over $800. With that money, ETLAW was also able to donate 18 pairs of gloves, 30+ pairs of socks, 12 USB drives, 14 packs of pens and pencils, 2 huge sets of Tupperware, 18 notebooks, and $200 worth of grocery gift cards.
 
ETLAW has elected its 2016 Board of Directors, including new president, Catherine Anglin of Paine Bickers and president-elect, Alyssa Minge. Crista Cuccaro was elected secretary and Heather Ferguson was elected treasurer. The new programming chair is Loretta Cravens, membership chair is Kati Goodner, historian is Stephanie Coleman, community outreach chair is Baily Bowers and corporate compliance chair is Alicia Teubert.  For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert, (865) 766-0056.
 
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 – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432)755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women – For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women – 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 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA is currently accepting applications for leadership appointments for the 2016-2017 bar year. There are over 300 positions among the ABA YLD's committees, boards and teams. Applications are due Feb. 15. 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 – For more information about the group contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga YLD is wrapping up a busy 2015 and just had its annual elections. Corrin Fulton of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon will serve as the Chattanooga YLD’s new President. Brittany Thomas Faith of Grant Konvalinka & Harrison will serve as the group’s Vice President, and Drew Reynolds of Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams will serve as the group’s Secretary. For more information about the CBA YLD contact President Corrin Fulton, (423) 756-5171, or follow news from the group on Facebook or on Twitter.
 
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 from the group on Facebook.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers elected new officers at its Annual Meeting Dec. 9. Rachel Hurt with Arnett, Draper & Hagood took office as president. Samantha Parris was elected vice president. Mitchell Panter was elected secretary/treasurer. Heather Ferguson and Sarah J. Watson were elected board members at large. The group has a number of events and activities planned for the upcoming year:
 
Race against Racism – The Diversity Committee plans to participate in the YWCA’s Annual Race against Racism on Jan. 16. Pre-race festival starts at 11 a.m. and the race begins at 1 p.m. Those interested in joining the team should contact Amanda Morse or Zack Gardner.
 
Law School Mock Interviews – The Law School Mentor Committee is looking for volunteers to conduct mock interviews Feb. 1-5 at the UT College Law. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you're interested in participating.
 
Solo/Small Firm Panel – Volunteers are also needed for a Solo/Small Firm Panel at UT Law in March. Contact Caitlyn Elam if you re interested in participating.
 
Finally, the group reports that its 2015 Canned Food Drive broke all previous records. Second Harvest also reported that the total raised is by far one of the highest food/fund drives by any professional organization. Category winners are: 
 
Raw Pounds of Food: Arnett, Draper & Hagood with 493.4 pounds donated
Total Bonus Pounds for Competition: Kramer Rayson with 18,831.30 pounds
Pounds per Attorney: Paine, Tarwater & Bickers: 704.20 pounds/attorney
 
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 monthly social gatherings for drinks and lively discussions. For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD – For more information about the MBA YLD contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102, or visit the group’s Facebook.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – The NBA YLD elected new officers at its annual meeting on Nov. 19, naming Justin McNaughton of Stites & Harbison president, and Lauren Roberts president elect. Matt Kroplin was was elected secretary and Tera Rica Murdock was elected treasurer. Rachel Rosenblatt was named Events Director, Will Hicky was named Professional Development Director and Peter Robinson named Public Service Director. 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 President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group contact President Kelsy Miller, (931) 528-7790. Follow news from the group on Facebook
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
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YLD Wraps Up a Successful 2016 Ethics Series in Chattanooga

 

You know the law but don’t let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today’s Attorney is a three-hour ethics seminar that focuses on the practical aspects of lawyering. YLD has offered seminars every Friday in February across the state and will be conducting its final program today, February 26, in Chattanooga. We look forward to seeing you there.

Chattanooga, Feb. 26
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 12/31/15)

The YLD will again this year provide 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 Joann Coston-Holloway. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.

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Volunteers Needed for Belmont Law School Workshop

The TBA YLD will participate in a workshop for Belmont College of Law students on Jan. 28. The presentation will cover issues involved in transitioning from law school to work. The program is being presented as part of the law school’s Professional Development Week from Jan. 25 to 29. Contact YLD Law School Outreach Committee Chair Nathan Shelby at nshelby@raineykizer.com or (731) 425-7949 to participate.

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Mock Trial Coaches, Competition Coordinators Needed

The Washington County Bar is seeking an attorney to coach a mock trial team at Science Hill High School in Johnson City. Contact the Washington County Bar at (423) 631-0326 to volunteer.
 
The TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee also is looking for volunteers to become mock trial coordinators in their local areas. The coordinator(s) will help organize and run their local district mock trial competition. Volunteers are needed in the following districts:
 
District 4 – Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties
 
District 6 – Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White counties
 
For more information, contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn at kristen.corn@franklintn.gov.
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YLD Releases 2016 Mock Trial Case

The TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee has released the problem and rules for the 2016 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition. The list of district competition coordinators is also available. Local competitions will take place in February with the state competition set for March 18-19 in Nashville. Feel free to follow along at @tnmocktrial or sign up to receive updates by email.
 
This year’s case is a products liability lawsuit against Thorobern, a manufacturer of appliances for recreational vehicles. The suit is being brought by Ashton Stepinghuf, a semi professional rodeo junkie and walking horse aficionado who shows horses and rides bulls. In 2011, Stepinghuf purchased a top-of-the-line customized horse trailer that included a luxurious living room, bedroom, full bath and kitchen with a gas range and stove, refrigerator and microwave. In 2014, a fire (which was later determined to have begun near the refrigerator) damaged the trailer and an adjacent barn. While searching for information about Thorobern, Stepinghuf learned that several similar fires had occurred across the country – all tied to the company’s refrigerator. Stepinghuf hired an attorney and filed suit, alleging that the refrigerator was defective and spontaneously caught fire, and that Thorobern acted intentionally, maliciously, fraudulently and/or recklessly. Thorobern denied all liability, asserting that its product was not the cause of the fire, and arguing that Stepinghuf intentionally altered the cooling unit to cause a fire.
 
 
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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 Feb. 15 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Troy Weston. Positions open for the 2016-2017 bar year include the following:
 
Vice President (must be from the Middle Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2018-2019)
East Tennessee Governor
Middle Tennessee Governor
West Tennessee Governor
Secretary
Treasurer
Even-numbered District Representatives:
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier, Union counties
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane counties
District 6: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, White counties
District 8: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson counties
District 10: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart counties
District 12: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Weakley counties
District 14: Shelby County
 
This year, for the first time, candidates for Executive Committee positions must complete a nominating petition signed by at least 25 TBA members who are 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 also be submitted electronically this year. For more details about the electronic voting process, 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 Weston by email no later than Feb. 15, 2016, Questions about the election should be directed to Weston by email or phone, (865) 544-2010. 
 
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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TBA Accepting Applications for Mentoring Class

The TBA will begin its fifth mentoring class in February and is currently accepting applications for the class until Jan. 4, 2016. Mentors should be attorneys with at least eight years of legal practice experience and mentees must be within the first three years of legal practice. If you are interested in participating, click here for more information or contact Christy Gibson at 615-383-7421. 

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Mock Trial Coordinators Needed

The YLD Mock Trial Committee is looking for volunteers to become mock trial coordinators in their area, especially for District 4, which includes Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties. The coordinator(s) will help organize and run their local district mock trial competition. For more information, contact Kristen Corn.

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Attorney Needed to Coach Mock Trial Team in Johnson City

The Washington County Bar is seeking an attorney to coach a mock trial team at Science Hill High School in Johnson City. Contact the Washington County Bar at 423-631-0326 to volunteer.

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