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Deadline for Law Students to Apply for Diversity Leadership Institute is Today

Last chance! Do you know an enthusiastic second or third year law student enrolled in a Tennessee law school with a diverse perspective who’s interested in leadership?  Please encourage them to apply for the Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI).  Applications are available at the TBA’s website or by contacting Alicia Teubert.

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TBA YLD Wraps up Year of Successful Workshops, Clinics, Service Projects

The YLD was involved with several clinics and volunteer events this past month including Family Defense Power of Attorney Clinics in Memphis and Bedford County, Wills for Heroes Clinics in Clarksville and Memphis, and other events throughout the state.  Stay tuned for several more clinics and projects coming in 2018.

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November 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Stevie Phillips

This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight.  For the month of November, the YLD is highlighting Stevie Phillips.

Stevie Phillips is a trial lawyer specializing in criminal defense.

 A Chattanooga native and Baylor School alumna, recently opened her own law firm, Stevie Phillips, PLLC, where she’s one of Chattanooga’s only female, criminal defense attorneys practicing in state and federal court. 

Phillips earned her B.A. in History and Spanish, summa cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans.  She then went on to the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy, participated in the legal advocacy clinic, and graduated with honors in 2008. After law school, Phillips spent two years as a Judicial Clerk for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder, and then served one year as a Judicial Clerk for Judge Bernice B. Donald of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Phillips has also taught classes on judicial opinion writing as a legal consultant with the International Law Institute in Monrovia, Liberia.

Stevie Phillips is licensed in Tennessee and California, and she is barred in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to opening her own law firm this year, Stevie Phillips spent five years with Davis & Hoss, P.C. in Chattanooga, working on high profile cases and served as Federal Prosecutor in Fresno, California prosecuting white collar crimes. Phillips has contributed to public and private organizations dedicated to advancing social justice both locally and abroad, including the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Amicus Committee and the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities. She is also actively involved in various organizations such as the Mayor’s Women’s Council for Justice, Inns of Court, the AIM Center, and the Southeastern Tennessee Legal Association for Women (SETLAW).  Phillips has achieved numerous successful jury verdicts for both her criminal and civil clients, including winning an award of over one-half million dollars to a group of Chattanooga police officers in 2016. When Stevie’s not busy running her successful law practice, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Please join us in congratulating Stevie Phillips as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!

Please send nominations for the December 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight to Justin Faith at jfaith@gearhiserpeters.com.

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YLD Affiliate News for November 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA Mid-Year Meeting will be in Vancouver, Canada, from Feb. 2-4.  Registration can be found at ambar.org/yldmidyear18. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD has a new president, Sarah Miracle, who will now be leading the group. For more information email Sarah or call (865) 705-7011.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. The group’s Holiday Party will be Dec. 14 at the Walden Club. For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD –The Jackson Madison County Bar Association recently elected Christie Hopper as the group’s President. For more information about the group contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and 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. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street).  
 
Mark your calendar to attend the Dec. 6 Knoxville Barristers meeting, elections and holiday party from 5-7 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou. We’ll be electing Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and two At-Large Executive Committee seats. Please visit the event page at www.knoxbar.org and view the candidate bios! 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. Only KBA members will be eligible to vote.
 
Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP, will become Barristers President at the end of the meeting. There is no need to RSVP - just stop by, have a drink on us, grab some refreshments, and help shape the future of our profession and community.

There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Samantha Parris or Vice President Mitchell Panter for more information. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD held its annual meeting on Thursday, November 9 at Central BBQ in downtown Memphis. Judge Deborah Henderson was the recipient of the Charles Rond Award for outstanding judge of the year as voted upon by the young lawyers. Votes were also cast for the 2018 YLD board, and the new board will be: President Mary Wu Tullis, Vice-President/President Elect Natalie Bursi, and board members William Hackett, Danielle Irvine, Lani Lester, Alex Park, Ruchee Patel, Sam Stranz, Quinton Thompson, Chris M. Williams, 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 – Local lawyers will be participating in a Wills for Heroes Clinic on Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clarksville Police Department’s basement briefing room located at 135 Commerce Street, Clarksville. For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  Join us for the biggest celebration of the year, the Nashville Bar Annual Meeting & Banquet, on Dec. 7 at the Music City Center! Visit NashvilleBar.org/AnnualBanquet today. For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –  For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  The group recently had a successful networking event at Sperry's in Cool Springs. For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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YLD Invited Guest News for November 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as a funded but non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association.  See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –  The Association for Woman Attorneys (AWA) has several exciting events coming up.  First, the AWA’s annual Judicial Reception will be held on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., at the home of Jenna and Ed Wallis. Contact Ashley Martin for more details.
 
To begin the New Year, the AWA is supporting a performance of Tea for Three, a one-woman play about First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford.  This play will be performed at the Buchman auditorium at St. Mary's on Jan. 10. Tickets are $50, and proceeds from this performance will benefit a Memphis Suffrage Monument, featuring Marion Griffin. For any questions, please contact Eileen Kuo
 
Last, but not least, the AWA's Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held on Jan. 16 at 409 S. Main St., and will begin at 6 p.m.  We invite you to join us for an evening honoring the 2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award recipient, the Hon. Claudia Haltom, as well as our scholarship recipients. Contact Jenna McDonald or Megan Warden for more information.For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW's next big event is its Annual Meeting Luncheon and the Holiday Toiletry Drive to benefit the YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley on Dec. 6 at noon at The Foundry on the Fair.  More information can be found here. For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, 731-423-5805.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The LAW Marion Griffin Chapter will have its Holiday Mixer on Dec. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Diner Nashville. The group will be meeting on Nov. 14 at 11:15 a.m. to discuss human trafficking in Tennessee.For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – The group met on Nov. 21 and presented current President T. Kevin Bruce with an award for his service to the chapter this past year. For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
 
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) – The group will be having its annual Holiday Party on Dec. 14 at the Walden Club. For more information about SETLAW, contact Lauren Sherrell, or 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) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) will be hosting its annual Empowerment Conference on April 20. Save the Date! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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New Attorneys Sworn in by Tennessee Supreme Court

Congratulations to the 467 applicants who passed the July 2017 Bar Exam.  Several of these successful bar applicants elected to be sworn in by our Supreme Court at ceremonies were held across Tennessee this past month. See photos from the Nashville ceremonies, Memphis ceremony and Jackson ceremony

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We also encourage all new attorneys to check out some of the CLE’s the TBA offers. Below are a few online options that may be particularly beneficial for new attorneys:

• A Tour of Tennessee Attorney’s Trust Account Handbook

• Ethics for New Lawyers: Conflicts and Confidentiality

• Ethics for New Lawyers: Beginning and Ending the Client Relationship

• Ethics for New Lawyers: Keeping Time, Setting Rates, and Billing

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Nashville Attorney Selected for Young Global Leaders Class

Samar Ali, international counsel at Bass Berry and Sims, was selected by the World Economic Forum for its Young Global Leaders Class of 2017. The 100 members of each class are selected from among professionals under age 40 considered the most innovative, enterprising and socially minded in their regions. Ali is the immediate past chair of the TBA's International Law Section and a member of the TBA's Special Committee on Evolving Legal Markets. She is one of 24 selected for the class from North America.

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TBA YLD Seeking Volunteers for Wills for Heroes Clinic on Saturday

The TBA Young Lawyers Division is hosting a Wills for Heroes clinic this weekend in Memphis and is seeking available attorneys in the area to volunteer. The clinic will be held at Ben Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. A large number of clients have signed up for the clinic, which provides valuable end-of-life documents to first responders. To volunteer or for questions, contact Brandon Pettes.
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Get Certified as an ABA YLD Delegate Today!

 
Delegate certification is open for YLD Business Meetings and Assembly at ABA Annual Meeting, February 2-4 in Vancouver, BC, Canada! After certifying, please visit YLD Assembly & Business Meetings at 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting page and register at ambar.org/yldmidyear18. To get certified as a delegate visit the Delegate Certification page
 
While at the Mid-Year Meeting in Vancouver, you can:
 
Get your voice heard at the YLD Assembly;
Sharpen your leadership skills at the business meetings;
Participate in the thrill of debate at the YLD Fellows Debate; and
Flex young lawyer muscle during the ABA House of Delegates caucus.
 
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YLD Work in Expungement Clinic Recognized by House Speaker

 
The TBA Young Lawyers Division work in hosting expungement clinics across Tennessee has been recognized by an official proclamation from Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell. In particular, the proclamation praises the efforts of the YLD in sponsoring the Non-Conviction Expungement Clinic at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in Memphis. “The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division exemplifies the spirit of community and leadership that is characteristic of true Tennesseans, and it should be specially recognized,” the proclamation reads in part.
 
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YLD Invited Guest News for October 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as a funded but non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association.  See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –  The AWA’s annual Judicial Reception will be held on Dec. 5.  Please contact Ashley Martin for more details. For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW participated in the Race for the Cure in October. ETLAW’s Annual Supreme Court Luncheon is Nov. 6 at The Foundry from noon to 1:30 p.m. We will host our judiciary from across the state and celebrate our new bar admittees. Individual tickets are available for $35, as well as tables of eight or 10 being available for purchase. For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, 731-423-5805.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The LAW Marion Griffin Chapter will have its 40th Annual New Admittees’ Breakfast on Nov. 7.
 
The group will be meeting on Nov. 14 at 11:15 a.m. to discuss human trafficking in Tennessee.For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins recently hosted a very successful 2nd Annual Chattanooga Leadership and Law Academy which focused on minority high school students from the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and introduced them to the practice of law.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – The group will be having its annual Holiday Party on Dec. 14 at the Walden Club. For more information about SETLAW, contact Lauren Sherrell, or 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) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) will be hosting its annual Empowerment Conference on April 20. Save the Date! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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Turn Your Expertise into a Magazine Article

Have you considered turning your expertise and experience into an article for the Tennessee Bar Journal? Sharing your knowledge with colleagues is one of the best ways to help the profession while also getting your name out there.

How can you become a Journal author? Think of and refine your topic. It should be of interest to Tennessee lawyers, which is a broad criteria. This could mean you might explain a new state law, explain a complicated area of law, or take a larger issue and connect it to what it means for Tennessee attorneys and the justice system. Find a global issue within your particular experience or knowledge and tell about it and how it affects Tennessee law. Then take a look at the writer’s guidelines, which will tell you about length, notes and other details. Once it’s in the proper format, send it in! It goes to the editor, Suzanne Craig Robertson, who will then get it to the seven members of the Editorial Board for review.

If you are published, you may apply for CLE credit for your work under Supreme Court Rule 21 Section 4.07(b). For details on claiming the credit, check with the Commission on CLE & Specialization.

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UT College of Law Legal Clinic to Celebrate 70th Year

Real Law for Real People

Make plans now to join the University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic for its 70th anniversary. This year's legal clinic will honor those who have served the Legal Clinic as students, staff and faculty and pay tribute to their 70-year legacy of legal representation. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 17
  • Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
  • Location: The Emporium. 100 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

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October 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Rachel M. Moses

Rachel Moses

This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight. For the month of October, the YLD is highlighting Rachel M. Moses.

If there was a YLD Hall of Fame, our October 2017 Attorney Spotlight member would be an unquestioned, first-time 100 percent Hall of Famer. Rachel M. Moses has accomplished almost everything possible one could set out to do during a YLD tenure, and she is currently serving in her last year on the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Board as the YLD Fellows Liaison. 

Rachel is an attorney with the Cookeville office of Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Moses is a 1999 graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Upon law school graduation, Rachel joined the Legal Aid Society, where she has tirelessly advocated and fought for thousands of vulnerable clients in need over the years.

Rachel was elected to the TBA YLD Board in 2004 as the District 6 Representative and she served in that position until elected Vice President in 2012. Rachel served as President of the YLD from 2014 to 2016, then served as Past President in 2017. Rachel is affectionately known as “Grandma Moses” because of her sage wisdom and experience with all things YLD. She is also known for her social media prowess and was instrumental in advocating for the TBA YLD’s social media presence.

Rachel’s accomplishments and leadership roles are too numerous to list but a small sampling of some of the more notable ones include two years of service as TBA YLD president, president of the Putnam County Bar Association, president of the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association, founder of the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, multi-time winner of the YLD’s Public Service Day Project of the Year Award, a past winner of the TBA YLD’s President Award, service on the Pro Bono Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, and nomination from her peers for the American Bar Association YLD’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer award.

Rachel’s passion and desire to serve the bar has extended beyond the YLD as she currently serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a Middle Tennessee Governor. Rachel also volunteers her time to the community outside of legal work, being actively involved with her Rotary Club and its Rotary Youth Exchange Program, serving on the board of the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center, formerly serving as president of the Cookeville Evening Lions Club, and serving on the Board of Directors for Girls Incorporated of Oak Ridge.

Amazingly, and unsurprisingly, Rachel also has been a volunteer coach for youth basketball in her free time – she’s even been the posterchild on a billboard!

She’s a 2010 graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program (TBALL) for outstanding lawyers and is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Putnam Program. Rachel’s leadership has inspired countless other attorneys across the State to get involved with the Bar and to just be a better person in everyday life. She’s known for being an enthusiastic and happy supporter of public and legal service related programs for Tennesseans.

On a personal note, when Rachel’s not busy saving the world, she enjoys traveling the globe and taking cruises on a regular basis, spending time with her brother, Adam Moses, an attorney in Brooklyn, and sipping on afternoon tea with her 90 year old grandmother in Chattanooga. The TBA YLD would like to dedicate this award posthumously to Rachel’s father, David L. Moses, a nuclear engineer from Oak Ridge who was known and beloved by many TBA YLD lawyers.

Please join us in congratulating Rachel Moses as the well-deserved focus of this month’s TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight! Please send nominations for the November 2017 YLD Attorney Spotlight to Justin Faith.

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Board Meets in Nassau, Awards 'Stars of the Quarter'

YLD Board Meeting

This past month, members of the YLD Board had their Fall Meeting, which included a policy discussion regarding the ABA’s recommendation and report 9YL on the imposition of mandatory mental health and substance abuse CLEs.

Several YLD Board members also received well-deserved recognition for their outstanding performance and service to the bar. Those “Stars of the Quarter” awards for the first quarter went to:

  • District 14 Representative Brandon Pettes;
  • Law School Outreach Chair Cole Rogers;
  • Membership Chair Judd Tuback;
  • West Tennessee Public Service Captain Brittany Williams;
  • Diversity Chair Alicia Teubert;
  • Publications Chair & E-DICT Editor Justin Faith.
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Proposed Changes to Tennessee Rules of Procedure & Evidence

The Advisory Commission on the Rule of Practice & Procedure recently met and has submitted its recommendations to the Tennessee Supreme Court

The Court welcomes written comments from the bench, bar and the public concerning the Advisory Commission’s recommended amendments. The deadline for submitting written comments is Nov. 22. Written comments may be submitted by email or mail addressed to: James Hivner, Clerk, Re: 2018 Rules Package, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407

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TBA YLD Continues to Host Successful Workshops, Clinics, Service Projects

The YLD was involved with several clinics and volunteer events this past month, including Expungement Clinics in Memphis and Nashville, Wills for Heroes Clinics in Mt. Juliet and Jackson, and Mock Interviews at the Belmont College of Law, the Memphis School of Law, the LMU School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. There will be several more clinics and projects throughout the state coming this fall.

There will be a Family Defense Power of Attorney Workshop/Clinic on Nov. 9 in Shelbyville (Bedford County). This event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a Know Your Rights presentation. This is a great opportunity for attorneys to give back and meet other attorneys in the area.

  • What: POA Clinic
  • When: Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: 19 Madison Street, Shelbyville 
  • Contact: For more information or to volunteer, contact Debbie L. Zimmerle

Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer.

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New Attorney Admissions Ceremonies Set for November

Congratulations to the 467 applicants who passed the July 2017 Bar Exam. Many of these new attorneys will elect to be sworn in throughout the state during upcoming admission ceremonies on the following dates and locations:

  • Knoxville - November 6, The City County Building, Main Assembly Room, 10 a.m.
  • Nashville – November 7, Music City Center, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Jackson - November 8 - Supreme Court Building, #6 Hwy. 45 By-Pass, Jackson, TN 38301; 8:30 a.m.
  • Memphis - November 9 - Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103; Council Chambers - 9:30 a.m.

There will be TBA-sponsored receptions in Nashville on November 7 following both the morning and afternoon swearing in sessions at the Music City Center. All are invited to attend. If any attorneys would like to volunteer, please contact Judd Taback and/or Kathy Prescott at the TBA.

We also encourage all new attorneys to check out the wonderful CLE’s the TBA offers. Below are a few online options that may be particularly beneficial for new attorneys:

A Tour of Tennessee Attorney’s Trust Account Handbook

Ethics for New Lawyers: Conflicts and Confidentiality

Ethics for New Lawyers: Beginning and Ending the Client Relationship

Ethics for New Lawyers: Keeping Time, Setting Rates, and Billing

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YLD Work in Expungement Clinic Recognized by House Speaker

The TBA Young Lawyers Division work in hosting expungement clinics across Tennessee has been recognized by an official proclamation from Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell. In particular, the proclamation praises the efforts of the YLD in sponsoring the Non-Conviction Expungement Clinic at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in Memphis. “The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division exemplifies the spirit of community and leadership that is characteristic of true Tennesseans, and it should be specially recognized,” the proclamation reads in part.

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Employment, Elder Law are Column Topics in Current TBJ

Columnists in this month's Tennessee Bar Journal cover a variety of topics. Edward Phillips and Brandon Morrow take on public employers and the battle over gun rights; Monica Franklin surveys services and rights for seniors; and Bill Haltom's shares his take on women in the courtroom. Read the October issue.

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Public Policy Resolution Notification for YLD Fall Meeting

The members of the TBA Young Lawyers Division are hereby notified pursuant to the notice provision of Article IX, Section 5, of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bylaws, that the following resolution will be considered at the TBA Young Lawyers Division Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 7, in Nassau Beach, Bahamas. 
 
To: Tennessee Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division
From: YLD Public Policy Committee
Re: Recommendation and Report to The Board of The Young Lawyers Division
 
RESOLVED, that the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association urges the Board of Governors to adopt the Recommendation and Report submitted to the American Bar Association Assembly by the Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division; South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division; ABA Young Lawyer’s Division Ethics and Responsibility Committee; ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services; ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability; and ABA Health Law Section Task Force on Substance Use and Disorders and Mental Health, which full Recommendation and Report is attached as Exhibit A, the contents of which are incorporated as if fully stated therein.  

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YLD Invited Guest News for September 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association.  See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –  The Association for Women Attorneys has several exciting events coming up this fall.
 
The group will be hosting 3 events in October.  First, the group will be participating in a "Women in Law and Leadership Conference" on October 13, 2017.  Please contact Eileen Kuo if you are interested or have questions for these events.  Next, the AWA’s annual golf tournament, the "Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament," will be held on Oct. 20 at The Links at Galloway with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. There will be great prizes, so everyone should attend. Please contact Lisa Gill for questions or sponsorship inquiries. To close out a busy October, the AWA is helping host the MALS "Justice for All Ball" which is scheduled to take place on Oct. 28, at the new Ballet Memphis building in Overton Square. Tickets are $125 and go towards a great cause.
 
Finally, the AWA’s annual Judicial Reception will be held on Dec. 5.  Please contact Ashley Martin for more details.
 
For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) –You’re invited to join the ETLAW Race for the Cure team to participate in the Race on Saturday, Oct. 21. To register go to www.komeneasttennessee.org and choose to “Join a Team” and choose “East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women.” Everyone is welcome to join our team.
 
Mark your calendar for the Supreme Court Luncheon hosted by ETLAW on Nov. 6 at noon in The Foundry.
 
For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, 731-423-5805.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –   For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter will be hosting the Second Annual Chattanooga Leadership and Law Academy Oct. 9-10. The two-day academy focuses on minority high school students from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades and introduces them to the practice of law. If anyone is interest in assisting with the camp, please contact Ariel Anthony.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – Marcy Eason of Miller and Martin has been selected as SETLAW's 2017 Lioness of the Bar. Marcy Eason was honored at the annual Lioness of the Bar event on Sept. 28 in Chattanooga.
 
For more information about SETLAW, contact Lauren Sherrell, or 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) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) will be hosting its annual Empowerment Conference on April 20. Save the Date! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – On Oct. 3, the group will be participating with the Nashville Bar Association in presenting "Diversity & The Law: A Historical Perspective," featuring a host of community leaders and pioneers. For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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YLD Affiliate News for September 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD 2017 Fall Conference will be held in Denver this year from October 5 -7. To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon. For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The YLD may be participating in another Power of Attorney Expungement Clinic on October 25. For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD –The Jackson Madison County Bar Association recently elected Christie Hopper as the group’s President. For more information about the group contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and 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. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street).  
 
This year’s charity golf tournament will take place at Holston Hills Country Club on October 30, with registration at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs, Luke Ihnen or Jeremey Goolsby.

There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Samantha Parris or Vice President Mitchell Panter for more information. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – The group will be hosting a POA Family Defense Clinic on Tuesday, September 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Iglesia Una Esperanza Viva, 2628 Pulaski Hwy, Columbia, TN 38401. Volunteer attorneys are needed. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  For the first time, the MBA YLD has formed a kickball team. Games are played on Wednesdays at Willow Park. If you're interested in playing, please contact Greg Allen or Katherine Newsom.

The YLD is looking for volunteer attorneys for the Saturday Legal Clinic on Saturday, October 14 from 9:45 – 12:00. Volunteer attorneys will assist clients with basic legal issues, so no experience is required.
 
On Oct. 19, the YLD is hosting a tour at St. Jude. For more information and to sign up in advance, contact Mary Wu Tullis or Sarah Pazar Williams.

The YLD Annual Meeting and Elections are scheduled for Thursday, November 9, 2017.

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 – Local lawyers will be participating in a Wills for Heroes Clinic on Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clarksville Police Department’s basement briefing room located at 135 Commerce Street, Clarksville. For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The 20th Annual Free Member Picnic was held September 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walk of Fame Park located downtown across from the Country Music Hall of Fame.

On October 3, the Nashville Bar Association will present "Diversity & The Law: A Historical Perspective" featuring a host of community leaders and pioneers.  The Stonewall Bar Association will be featured on the program along with representatives of other minority bar associations.  We will discuss the past, present and future of these important organizations and the role they play in the Nashville legal community.  The lunch and program are free, and the event will be held at Bass Berry & Sims from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  RSVP now at the Nashville Bar’s webpage.
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –  For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The group recently hosted a successful Wills for Heroes Clinic. They will have their Coffee Talks with local judges and will be hosting a Know Your Rights presentation at Tennessee Tech University this month. For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  The group’s next networking event will be September 28 at Kona Grill in Cool Springs. Appetizers and the first rounds of drinks are provided and you can show up anytime after 5 p.m. For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Pro Bono Opportunities to Help Storm Victims in Texas, Puerto Rico and More

The Texas Supreme Court has issued an amended emergency order that permits out-of-state lawyers to practice Texas law temporarily. The order opens up opportunities for volunteer attorneys from across the country to provide pro bono support in Texas or remotely, by working with a “legal aid or pro bono program or a bar association that provides services to victims of Hurricane Harvey." The Tennessee Bar Association is working to support pro bono legal services needed in Texas in the wake of this disaster. One such remote opportunity is for Tennessee lawyers to volunteer with Texas Free Legal Answers to respond to pro bono client questions via email. Other opportunities are available through the State Bar of Texas.

Survivors of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico can now get legal assistance by calling a hotline set up by a partnership among the Disaster Legal Services Program of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Virgin Islands Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. Disaster victims can now call 800-310-7029, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST Monday through Friday to reach free legal help. Find out more from the ABA's Disaster Legal Services website. Additionally, there is a continued need for legal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida, as well as victims of hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Wills for Heroes Clinics – Volunteers Needed

The YLD hosts Wills for Heroes clinics around the state to provide free wills, powers of attorney and advance directives for Tennessee's firefighters, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders. The Wills for Heroes program started shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks as a way to give back to first responders in need of estate planning services. Since its inception in Tennessee, Wills for Heroes has served several thousand heroes and their families.
 
Memphis Wills for Heroes Clinic – November 4
 
When: Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38111
 
WE NEED YOU to assist us with drafting basic estate planning documents for our first responders, serving as witnesses to the documents, and/or notarizing the documents!  Volunteer for the morning shift from 8:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the afternoon shift from 12:45 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., or stay all day.  Light snacks and lunch will be provided.
 
Some of you may also be notaries.  If you are a notary, we would love if you could bring your notary supplies with you as we may need you to serve in dual capacities!
 
Please let us know if you are able to volunteer and, if so, the shift(s) for which you are available. Thank you again for your service.  We certainly could not do this without you!  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact me, your TBA YLD District 14 Representative Brandon Pettes, or  TBA YLD West Tennessee Governor Chasity Sharp Grice, for additional details.
 
Clarksville’s Wills for Heroes – November 11
 
When: Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Clarksville Police Department’s basement briefing room located at 135 Commerce Street. 
 
More information to come soon. Those interested in volunteering can contact Jamie Durrett.
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