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36 Attorneys Selected for Leadership Law Class

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

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

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

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Deadline Extended for Law Student Leadership Program

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

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Haslam Asks for Fire Disaster Designation

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

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YLD Disaster Relief Committee Calls for Volunteers to Respond to Wildfires

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

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

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TBA Activates Disaster Legal Assistance for Wildfires

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

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YLD Invited Guest News for November 2016

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

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

The YLD Children’s Issues Committee is accepting nominations from Tennessee CASA agencies for the 2016 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award but the deadline is coming up fast! All applications must be submitted by Dec. 15.

Please encourage your local CASA directors to nominate a hard-working volunteer for this statewide recognition! The winner, as well as the executive director of the agency where the volunteer works, will be recognized at the YLD Winter Board Meeting in Nashville in January. Contact committee chair Cherrelle Hooper for more information. Get an application form and instructions online here.

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

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YLD Affiliate News for November 2016

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

 

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

 

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2017 Mock Trial Case Released

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

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

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Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 11/30/16)

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 Jake Hubbell. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.


 
Nashville, Dec. 3 
Contact: Cole Rogers
Location: Nashville North Precinct, 2231 26th Avenue North, 37208
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Tennessee Waltz Defendants Get Rights Restored

Three former elected officials made infamous for their involvement in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting have had their rights restored, the Tennessean reports. Former state senators John Ford and Roscoe Dixon and former Shelby County Commissioner Michael Hooks Sr. all served federal prison time, but have received orders from two judges that restored their rights as citizens. Dixon and Hooks participated in a press conference Monday to discuss the challenges of becoming full citizens again and to encourage others to seek restoration of their rights. The men may vote, serve on a jury and obtain professional licenses, but may not hold public office or own a gun. The FBI’s undercover operation “Tennessee Waltz” ensnared 12 legislators, lobbyists and local officials across the state.

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TBA YLD Releases 2017 Mock Trial Case

The case for the 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition was released today by the TBA Young Lawyers Division’s Mock Trial Committee. This year’s problem is a criminal case, involving the death of a patient at a nursing home facility and a standout high school student employed there. This year’s state competition will take place March 17-18 at the Metro Courthouse in Downtown Nashville. The winning team will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Hartford, Connecticut, in May.

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Nashville Expungement Clinic Scheduled for Saturday

The Music City Community Court Expungement Clinic and Indigency Docket has seen a tremendous community response in Nashville as hundreds of people have obtained non-conviction expungements and important information regarding conviction expungements. The next clinic is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 916 16th Ave. S. Those interested in volunteering should contact Amber Floyd, 901-537-1054.

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New Lawyers Welcomed to Practice at Nashville Events

About 200 newly admitted attorneys and their families celebrated their admission to the practice of law in Tennessee today at a TBA luncheon and open house. The event took place between morning and  afternoon admissions ceremonies at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Other ceremonies took place this past week in Knoxville, Jackson and Memphis. See photos from the ceremonies and open house.

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Events Welcome Tennessee's Newest Lawyers

Fall admission ceremonies in Tennessee wrap up with two events tomorrow in Nashville, and the Tennessee Bar Association will welcome the state's newest lawyers with an open house and luncheon at the Tennessee Bar Center. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., between the morning and afternoon swearing in ceremonies. Next week, the Nashville Bar Association will celebrate new bar admittees with a reception Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Birch Building.

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Apply Now for Law Student Leadership Program

Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 16 for the 2017 class of the Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), the TBA Young Lawyers Division's six-month training and development program for law students. Now in its seventh year, the DLI is designed to develop skills to succeed as an attorney, empower students to contribute to the legal community, match students to mentors in a variety of practice areas, and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. Interested applicants must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school, be in their second, third or fourth year of study, and be a TBA law student member.

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Women’s Law Group Hosts Supreme Court Justices

East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (ETLAW) will host its Annual Supreme Court Luncheon on Monday. The event will take place at noon at The Foundry, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr. Tickets are $35 or $15 for new admittees. Tables of eight and 10 are also available. The luncheon follows the swearing-in ceremony for new lawyers in Knoxville. For more information, contact ETLAW President-Elect Alyssa Y. Minge, 865-342-4916.

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Nashville Community Court Serving Hundreds

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell has taken the lead on the General Sessions Music City Community Court, which is focused on working on preventive and diversionary justice. The concept of the program is to offer court services in various locations around Nashville and Davidson County. In October, the court held two Saturday sessions. Offerings included a Community Service Docket; Pro Se Indigency Docket, which served more than 100; and an Expungement Clinic, which reviewed 500 criminal records, Nashville Pride reports. The next Indigency Docket and Expungement Clinic will be held Nov. 19 at the Boys & Girls Club on 16th Avenue. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and will be limited to the first 100 persons to register. The clinic will begin at 10 a.m.

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Legal Staffing Group Releases 2017 Salary Guide

The legal staffing company Special Counsel has released its 2017 Salary Guide. The publication includes detailed job descriptions, salary data, industry trends and insights on attracting, hiring and retaining talent. The group predicts that with an improved economy, firms are having to compete for a dwindling pool of skilled talent and associate salaries will begin to rise. “The legal industry finds itself in a period of dynamic change, which is creating new opportunities within corporate legal departments and law firms alike."

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New Attorneys to Be Sworn In Across Tennessee

The Tennessee Supreme Court will be traveling across the state over the next 10 days to swear in some of Tennessee’s newest attorneys. 
 
More than 450 people passed the July 2016 bar exam and hundreds of them choose to be sworn in to the practice of law by the Tennessee Supreme Court. 
 
The TBA YLD will be sending volunteers to all of the ceremonies to greet and assist the new attorneys. We still need volunteers for the Nashville event on Nov. 8. Those who can participate should contact Kathy Prescott.

The schedule is as follows: 

 
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.
Supreme Court Building
#6 Highway 45 By-Pass
Jackson, TN 38301 
 
Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.
Memphis City Hall — Council Chambers
125 N Main St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38103 
 
Monday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.
Main Assembly Room, City/County Building
400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902 
 
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave N.,
Nashville, TN 37243 
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