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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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TBA 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 should be available later this week. This year’s case is a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of appliances for recreational vehicles. The suit is brought by a semi professional rodeo junkie and walking horse aficionado who claims a defective refrigerator is to blame for a fire that damages a high-end customized horse trailer. The manufacturer denies any liability, arguing that the owner intentionally altered the refrigerator’s cooling unit to cause the fire. High school students across the state will put their best arguments forward at local competitions in February, with district winners advancing to the state competition March 18-19 in Nashville. Follow along at @tnmocktrial or sign up to receive updates by email.

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YLD Affiliate News for November 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA Law Student Division has launched a new podcast specifically for law students, covering issues from finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job. The program, called the ABA Law Student Podcast, is available through iTunes, the Legal Talk Network app, LegalTalkNetwork.com, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and Soundcloud. Listeners can follow the podcast and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LawStudentPodcast. Law students can join the ABA for free and then subscribe to the podcast at no charge. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group, contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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Make Plans Now for the 2016 YLD Ethics Series

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. For four Fridays in February the program will be offered across the state. Make plans now to attend a seminar near you!

 

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 11/24/15)

 

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through the fall. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

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YLD Helps Welcome New Lawyers

The Tennessee legal community welcomed more than 500 new attorneys to the practice of law earlier this month. Many of those were sworn in during two ceremonies in Nashville. See photos and video from the event and from an Open House at the Tennessee Bar Center. Representatives from the Young Lawyers Division were present at each ceremony to congratulate these new lawyers and introduce them to the benefits of TBA membership.

This year, the YLD added a fun element to the ceremonies: new admittees were invited to join a Social Media Challenge. Those who posted a photo from the day on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and used the hashtag #newTNattorney, were entered into a drawing for a prize.

Breanna Z. Pendilton of Nashville (left), a 2015 Belmont College of Law graduate, won this year’s challenge. Congratulations to all new admittees!

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Deadline Extended for 2016 DLI Applications

The TBA YLD Diversity Committee has extended the deadline for applying for the 2016 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) until Friday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. CST. The DLI is a six-month program offering opportunities for leadership training, networking and mentoring for 2L and 3L law students. The program will run from January to June 2016. Participants must agree to attend three in-person meetings, complete all program requirements and be a student member of the TBA. Learn more about the program or download an application from the TBA website.

Young lawyers also are needed to serve as mentors for law student class members. Contact Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd, (901) 537-1054 to volunteer.

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New YLD Staff Coordinator Named

Katharine Heriges has been named the new staff coordinator for the TBA YLD. She started on Nov. 16 and has been training with outgoing YLD Director Stacey Shrader Joslin, who is leaving the TBA at the end of the month. Shrader Joslin, who has worked with the YLD for the last 11 years, is relocating to Kentucky. Heriges comes to the TBA after two years of working on local political races. Prior to that, she worked as an English teacher abroad in Busan, South Korea. In addition to serving as coordinator for the YLD, she will also work with TBA’s Public Education Committee. She can be reached at (615) 383-7421 or kheriges@tnbar.org.

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TBA, YLD Announce Process for Electronic Voting

Beginning with the upcoming 2016 elections, the Tennessee Bar Association elections will be primarily carried out electronically using online balloting. This change was approved by the TBA Board of Governors at its annual meeting in June under bylaw changes adopted by the TBA. Young Lawyers Division elections also will be conducted using the same procedure.

The TBA has used a combination of electronic voting and paper ballots since 2005 and has seen growing acceptance and usage of the online option. Most members are familiar with this method, but those who still prefer to cast paper ballots will be able to choose that method.

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TBA Names 2016 Leadership Law Class

The Tennessee Bar Association announces that 33 attorneys from eight Tennessee cities -- Chattanooga, Cleveland, Gallatin, Jackson, Knoxville, Madisonville, Memphis and Nashville -- have been selected for its 2016 Leadership Law (TBALL) program. Now in its 13th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. View the 2016 Leadership Law class

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Indigent Task Force Holds First Meeting in Nashville

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force held its first meeting Nov. 6 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee highlighted three focus areas for the task force: (1) how indigency is determined; (2) the quality of legal services provided; and (3) the administration or delivery of the compensation and rates.

 
Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier shared the 2011 AOC report on the Indigent Defense Fund, and staff presented on the administration and mechanics of the fund. The task force’s next meeting is planned for early 2016. Check TBA Impact for more information and stay tuned for information on educational sessions and a call to action on contacting legislators.

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 about this or any other policy issue.

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Young Lawyers Named to 2016 TBALL Class

 

The TBA announced the members of the 2016 Leadership Law class this week. Now in its 13th year, the program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

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Bloomberg Write-On Competition Accepting Articles

The 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition is open for submissions on topics impacting the legal landscape. Ten winners will have their articles published in a national Bloomberg BNA Law Report and receive $2,500. Submissions must be received by Feb. 17.

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Heriges Joins TBA Staff as YLD Coordinator

Young Lawyers Division Director Stacey Shrader Joslin will be leaving the TBA at the end of the month, concluding 11 years of service with the organization. Taking her place will be Katharine Heriges, who joined the staff on Nov. 16 and has been training under Shrader Joslin this week. Heriges comes to TBA after two years of working on local Nashville political races. Prior to that she worked as an English teacher abroad in Busan, South Korea. In addition to serving as coordinator for the YLD, Heriges will work with the TBA’s Public Education Committee. She can be reached at (615) 383-7421 or kheriges@tnbar.org.

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