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TBALL Alumni Step Up to Help New Lawyers

A law practice conference on Nov. 10 will connect TBA Leadership Law alumni with new lawyers from across the state. In their role as faculty members for the course, the TBALL alumni will share their experience on a range of practice issues, including talking about law firm structures and economics, working with partners, billing, solo practice, networking and ethics. New lawyers, this program is for you!

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YLD Invited Guest News for September 2015

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.

East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW recently held a forensics presentation with the renowned Dr. Bill Bass, founder of the “Body Farm.” The group will be participating in the Race for the Cure in October and is seeking members for its team. For more information about the association contact Alicia Teubert at ateubert@esc-law.com.

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YLD Affiliate News for September 2015

American Bar Association YLD – 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.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The group typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 9/30/15)

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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I Passed The Bar – Now What?

Are you in your first few years of practicing law? Need to find your place in the practice of law? Then the Law Practice Conference For New Lawyers is just for you! This unique CLE allows attendees to pick and choose from a variety of sessions. Come for all day or for just one or two hours. The morning topics are designed for new lawyers who are still searching for a job, plan to hang out their own shingle or work for small firms.

Mid-day topics address a variety of issues applicable to all new lawyers and will be presented in rapid-fire succession. Finally, the afternoon topics will focus on issues affecting firm lawyers.

It all gets started Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville.

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I’m a #newTNattorney

The Board of Law Examiners will release the list of those who passed the Tennessee Bar Exam on Oct. 9, while the Tennessee Supreme Court will hold swearing in ceremonies across the state the first week of November to welcome these new lawyers into the practice of law. The TBA YLD will have a presence at each ceremony to congratulate the new lawyers and introduce them to the benefits of membership in the association.

Social Media Challenge
This year, the YLD is adding a fun element to the ceremonies. New admittees are invited to join our Social Media Challenge. Those who:

1. post a photo from the day on Facebook or Twitter
2. use the hashtag #newTNattorney and
3. “like” and “tag” the Tennessee Bar Association

will be entered into a drawing for a great prize!

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Law School Pro Bono Summit Planned for October

The TBA Access to Justice Committee will hold its annual Pro Bono & Public Interest Law School Conference Oct. 30-31 at the Nashville School of Law. Students, faculty, staff and others interested in learning more about how law students can get involved in pro bono work are invited to attend. The conference will feature presentations by leaders from the access to justice community, including TBA ATJ Committee members, ATJ commissioners and Tennessee Supreme Court justices, as well as representatives from law schools and legal aid programs from across the state. Participants also will have an opportunity to engage in discussions on policy issues ranging from required pro bono service for law school students to public interest career debt management strategies. For more information about the event contact TBA Access to Justice Coordinator Liz Todaro.

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2015-2016 Law Student Liaisons Named

Law student liaisons have been named for the 2015-2016 academic year at each of the state’s six law schools. Thanks to the following students for volunteering to represent the TBA on their respective campuses:

Belmont University College of Law – Taylor Wilkins
Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law – Sarah Booher
Nashville School of Law Cooper Term (Aug-May) – Carlos Lara
Nashville School of Law Henry Term (Feb-Dec) – Tiffani Pope
University of Memphis School of Law – Pablo Davis
University of Tennessee College of Law – Brady Cody
Vanderbilt University Law School – Antonio Carroll

Get contact information and learn about the benefits of TBA law student membership on our law student resource page.

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Applications Available for 2016 DLI Program

The TBA YLD this week announced the application process and deadlines for the 2016 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI). The DLI is a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Student participants must be TBA members and commit to attend three in-person meetings. Details about the program and downloadable applications are available online and are due by Dec. 18. For more information contact YLD Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd, (901) 537-1054.

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Free Clinics, Fundraiser Among Events This Week

Tennessee’s 2015 Celebrate Pro Bono Month kicks off tomorrow with five events, including three legal advice clinics and a fundraiser for the Community Legal Center in Memphis. Events continue on Friday with a legal clinic in Knoxville and a Wills for Heroes clinic sponsored by the TBA Young Lawyers Division in Nashville. See the full list of Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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Celebrate Pro Bono Month Kicks Off Thursday

The 2015 Celebrate Pro Bono Initiative kicks off this week with more than 50 events planned across the state during the month of October. Tennessee lawyers help thousands of clients throughout the year by providing free legal advice, but this assistance is especially celebrated and emphasized during the month of October as part of a nationwide celebration. Now in its seventh year, the Tennessee initiative brings together bar associations, law schools, law firms, legal services providers and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer. This year's celebration is expected to involve more than 300 volunteers -- including lawyers, law students, paralegals and language interpreters. A summary of events is posted online and will be updated throughout the month.

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TBA Accepting Applications for YLD, Public Education Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association is accepting applications for a Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. Candidates for this position should have the ability to work independently and within a team environment to develop and facilitate programming, coordinate meetings, projects and activities and provide support to committee and division leaders. Get a full description of the position and find out how to apply.

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Transactional Practice in Nashville and Memphis; 6 Hours of CLE

Transactional practice programs in Memphis on Oct. 2 and in Nashville on Oct. 30, will provide lawyers with the information, tools and tips needed to successfully handle transactional and traditional business matters. The courses, providing six CLE credits each, will offer practical approaches to handling probate matters, real estate transactions, wills, trusts and more.

YLD Affiliate News for August 2015

American Bar Association YLD – Matt Potempa, a partner with Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard in Nashville, was recently selected as a 2015-2016 ABA Law Practice Division Fellow. Four fellowships are awarded nationally each year to provide young lawyers an opportunity to serve in the division’s leadership. Fellows are funded to attend the division’s spring and fall conferences. The ABA YLD met in Chicago this month in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group, contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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YLD Invited Guest News for August 2015

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.

East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – The group had its Summer Social Luau in July and raised close to $500. Members will be participating in the Race for the Cure in October. Anyone interested in joining the effort can sign up to join the ETLAW team. For more information about the association contact Alicia Teubert at ateubert@esc-law.com.

Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – The group is hosting a lunch and learn seminar Sept. 24 on how to maintain calm in the midst of law practice. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with remarks beginning at noon. The event is free for members and costs $10 for non-members. For more information contact Amanda Jelks or (423) 602-2230.

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Other Fall CLE for Young Lawyers

Young lawyers may find the following CLE informative and useful for their practices:

Drafting Legislation for the General Assembly
Learn how to help shape public policy in Tennessee at a legislation drafting program set for Oct. 29 in Nashville. The course will review how to draft a bill or an amendment, and will include sample legislation and templates.
TBA Leadership Academy
Take advantage of leadership training with former TBA President Buck Lewis and former University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Doug Blaze, who both teach a leadership program at the law school. The program will offer a highly interactive experience at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville on Nov. 16.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 8/31/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through 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.

Clarksville, Sept. 19
Contact: Jamie Durrett, jdurrett@batsonnolan.com, (931) 647-1501
Location: Clarksville Police Department, 135 Commerce St., 37040
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nashville, Oct. 3
Contact: Cole Rogers, crogers@rogerslawtn.com, (615) 905-6232
Location: Metro Police North Nashville Precinct, 2231 26th Ave. N., 37208
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Memphis, Oct. 10
Contact: Chasity Grice, cgrice@pgmlawyers.com, (901) 761-3140
Location: Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., 38111
Time: TBD

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Court Sets Fall Swearing In Events

The Tennessee Supreme Court has set dates for the fall swearing in ceremonies. The Board of Law Examiners will release the list of those who passed the Tennessee Bar Exam on Oct. 9. The TBA YLD will have a presence at each ceremony to congratulate the new lawyers and introduce them to the benefits of membership in the association. To participate in any of these events contact YLD Membership Committee Chair Marisa Combs, (615) 259-1366.

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Update on ‘Raise the Rate’ Effort

The TBA initiated legislation earlier this year requiring the Tennessee Supreme Court to set compensation for appointed counsel of indigent defendants at a minimum hourly rate of $100. (SB1009 by Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Steven Dickerson, R-Nashville /HB1025 by Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, and Andy Farmer, R-Sevierville).

At the close of the legislative session, following testimony by TBA member Bridgett Wilhite and after follow up by legislative counsel, the TBA asked the sponsors to defer consideration of the legislation until 2016. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Supreme Court advocated a different approach to the issue, asking the legislature to create a task force to address indigent representation. That bill (SB41/HB144) passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

Since the legislature has adjourned, the court, the TBA and the legislative sponsors have committed to the concept of a task force. The TBA has recommended several individuals to serve on the group and has been informed it will have a representative on the panel. The TBA expects members to be appointed in the next few weeks with an initial meeting scheduled in September.

Your voice is needed! As part of the TBA’s efforts to advocate for the passage of legislation important to the practice of law, we need your input. TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly.

Log on today to learn more about key issues facing lawyers in the legislature, voice your opinion on legislation and connect with your representatives. For assistance or more information about TBAImpact contact Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421.

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TBALL Nominations Due Sept. 7


Nomination forms for the 2016 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) class are due next Monday. Anyone interested in participating may self-nominate or reach out to a past class member to nominate them. Forms are available online.

TBALL is a six-month leadership training program that aims to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and the community as a whole. Eligible nominees must be Tennessee attorneys with five to 15 years of practice, although those with up to 18 years of experience may still be considered. For more information visit the program webpage or contact Leadership Law Coordinator Kate Prince, (615) 383-7421.

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TBA Joins Effort to Save Loan Forgiveness Program

The TBA has joined the ABA and a broad range of groups fighting any attempts by Congress to eliminate funding for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which allows recent law school graduates and other professionals to work full-time in public service jobs in government and the nonprofit sector. To build support for the program, the TBA is gathering stories of those who have benefited. If you have an experience to share please contact TBA Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421. The ABA rolled out a national social media campaign last week. Learn more about it.

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CASA Hosts Golf Fundraiser Friday

CASA Nashville hosts its Ninth Annual ACC vs. SEC vs. BIG10 Alumni Golf Tournament this Friday at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The four-person scramble is $175 per person and includes prizes, lunch, cocktails and dinner with guest speaker Phillip Fulmer. The action on the links begins at 1 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Get more information and tickets.

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2016 Law Day to Focus on Miranda Rights

In 2016, the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the best-known U.S. Supreme Court cases: Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. But it is only part of the story when it comes to the procedures for ensuring justice.

The 2016 Law Day theme “Miranda: More than Words” will explore the procedural protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts and why the preservation of these principles is essential for liberty.

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Young Lawyers Earn 3 National Awards

The TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) was honored at the American Bar Association YLD meeting in Chicago this month with three Awards of Achievement. The group took second place in the diversity category for a program it held last March to help diverse law students refine their resumes and prepare for job interviews. It also received the second place award in the “comprehensive” category, which recognizes all projects and activities from the past bar year. Finally, the YLD received a special recognition award for its Access to Justice Week Legal Clinic Initiative – a statewide service project that produced 14 free legal clinics and educational seminars for Tennesseans.

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Lawyers Hindered Women Getting Vote 95 Years Ago

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of women earning the right to vote by learning more about the details of the struggle that took place in Tennessee. Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski looks at Suffragists’ fight and how the lawyers of the state did more to thwart than help the effort for much of the time. In his article, Nashville lawyer Timothy Warnock answers the question “is revenue from concerts recoverable in copyright-infringement cases?” President Bill Harbison analyzes some of the differences between new lawyers and those who have been practicing a long time. Read these and other articles in the August Tennessee Bar Journal.

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