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YLD Affiliate News for November 2013

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD’s next meeting is Feb. 6-8, 2014, in Chicago. If you are interested in attending on behalf of an affiliate organization, please contact Mary Beth Haltom, District 16 Representative to the ABA for the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. You can reach Haltom at mhaltom@lewisking.com or (615) 259-1366. For general information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at mpotempa@mhpslaw.com or (615) 810-8438.

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Business of Lawyering CLE Set for February

The YLD and TennBarU present The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today's Attorneys in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville this coming February. This three-hour ethics seminar will focus on practical aspects of lawyering such as interacting with clients, drafting documents, maintaining files, managing projects, working with support staff and meeting financial requirements and deadlines. You know the law but don’t let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base!

Register now for the course:

Knoxville
Feb. 28
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Producer: Brittany Thomas
Location: University of Tennessee Conference Center
Register here

Memphis
Feb. 13
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Producer: Steven King
Location: University of Memphis, Fed Ex Institute of Technology, Fishbowl Room
Register here

Nashville
Feb. 21
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Producer: Tommy Santel
Location: Tennessee Bar Center
Register here

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 11/27/13)

The following Wills for Heroes events have been scheduled across the state. 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, please contact committee chair Bradley Carter at bcarter@runyonandrunyon.com. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program.

Murfreesboro, Dec. 7
Contact: Aimee Luna, aluna@las.org, (615) 890-0905
Location: Murfreesboro Police Training Center
Time:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Download a flyer about the Murfreesboro clinic

Dyersburg, Dec. 14
Contact: Mason Wilson, mwwilson@bakerdonelson.com, (901) 577-8163

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Fall 2013 TYL Issue Available

The YLD announced earlier this month that its quarterly publication, Tennessee Young Lawyer (TYL), has made a comeback after a brief hiatus. TYL provides an opportunity for the YLD president to communicate with division members through a standing column, to feature young lawyers making a difference in their communities and to publish substantive legal articles authored by young lawyers. The publication will now be distributed in an electronic format, but the content and goal remain the same: to provide Tennessee’s young lawyers with information written by them and for them. See the fall issue here (be sure to be logged into your TBA account).

The Publications Committee is currently seeking articles for future issues, to be published in the winter, spring and summer. Now is a great time to get published! If you have an article you would like to submit for publication or questions regarding the publication, please contact TYL Editor Justin Faith at jfaith@gearhiserpeters.com or YLD Publications Committee Chair Chaz Molder at cmolder@hardinandparkes.com.

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2013 Celebrate Pro Bono Wraps Up

Tennessee lawyers helped 1,800 state residents by providing free legal information and advice throughout the month of October as part of the TBA's 2013 Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Now in its fifth year, Celebrate Pro Bono 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, more than 330 volunteers -- including lawyers, law students, paralegals, notaries and language interpreters -- held more than 80 events and activities across the state. These events included legal advice clinics, fundraisers for pro bono programs and community education presentations on topics such as wills, powers of attorney, bankruptcy, foreclosure and landlord/tenant law. A number of events were organized by young lawyers. Thanks to everyone who planned or participated in an event this year!

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Young Lawyers Named to 2014 TBALL Class

The TBA recently announced the members of the 2014 Leadership Law class. Of the 33 selected for the program, 23 are young lawyers. Among the group are:

  • Nicholas Akins, Morgan & Akins, Nashville
  • Bryce Ashby, Donati Law Firm, Memphis
  • Robert Bigelow, Dickinson Wright, Nashville
  • Brad Carter, Runyon & Runyon, Clarksville
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CASA Volunteer Award Nominations Due Dec. 5

The YLD Children’s Issues Committee is accepting nominations from Tennessee CASA directors for its 2014 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award. The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 5. 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 with an award and cash gift at the YLD Winter Board Meeting in Nashville in January. Please contact chair Katrina Atchley Arbogast at karbogast@lewisking.com for more information. Get applications and see past winners.

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Deadline Approaching for Student Leadership Program

The TBA YLD is accepting applications for the 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) through Dec. 2. The program, a six-month leadership track for Tennessee law students, is open to students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Class size is limited to 20 to 25 students selected from across the state. To ensure a diverse class, selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, geographical factors and law schools attended. Student participants must be members of the TBA and commit to attend two in-person programs.

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Mock Trial Problem

The TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee will release the problem and rules for the 2014 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition on Monday, Dec. 2. Earlier this week, the committee released a two-page summary of the case to give teams something to ponder over the Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s problem involves allegations that a hit song climbing the Billboard country charts violates the copyright of a song penned by Jessie Jameson, a struggling singer-songwriter living in Weston County, Tenn. The infringement suit claims that Jordan “Catnip” Evergreen had access to Jameson’s song. The plaintiff also will call musicologist Dr. Doe Raymie to testify that the hit song is substantially similar to the one written by Jameson. The defense will argue that Evergreen did not factually copy the song and that there is no similarity between the lyrics of the two songs. Exhibits will include audio files of the two songs – created specifically for the mock trial competition. The case will include the usual twists and turns that make the competition fun, but also educational. Special thanks to Mock Trial Committee Chair Josh Dougan, Vice Chair Will Holloway, and committee member Christian Barker, who as president and artist manager at Capri Nashville, provided the expertise for the problem. Watch for the case material to be posted on Monday. Sign up to receive an email alert when the materials are posted.

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Lawyers Help 1,800 During Celebrate Pro Bono Month

Tennessee lawyers helped more than 1,800 state residents by providing free legal information and advice throughout the month of October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

Now in its fifth year, the 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, more than 330 volunteers – including lawyers, law students, paralegals, notaries and language interpreters – held more than 80 events and activities across the state. Below are photos from some of the events in Memphis. You can also see photos from a Wills for Heroes event in Nashville hosted by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division.

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Feature Article: 2 Young Lawyers’ Employment Journey

Faced with law school debt and a dearth of legal jobs, the husband and wife team of Will Woods and Phylinda Ramsey forged a much different path after graduating from law school in 2010. They took jobs, but they were not typical entry-level associate positions. They actually were not even related to the practice of law. And in fact, they were not even based in the United States. The pair went to work at a Chinese university in Qinhuangdao to teach English. They write that the “benefits were enticing: free lodging, a decent salary and a three-month paid vacation. The downside was obvious, given that we would be taking on jobs that were unrelated to our newly acquired law degrees.” But for two law students facing a stagnant legal market and no real job prospects, it was a “fairly easy choice” they say. Read more

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Face of the Young Lawyer: Moses Sets Bar for Service

In this feature of Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses, her friend and colleague Philip Hatch writes that "Over the course of the last three years I have had the opportunity to serve with an individual who, in my opinion, epitomizes the essence of the young lawyer." That individual, Rachel Moses, is an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee in Cookeville, and according to Phil is a force to be reckoned with in the Upper Cumberland. She was the primary influence behind the creation of the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association (UCYLA) and has continued to provide leadership to the group. As the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) District 6 representative, Moses set the bar for public service. And she most recently was recognized when her peers elected her to serve as vice president of the YLD -- a move that puts her in line to lead the group in 2015-2016. Read more

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YLD in the Community: A Young Lawyer Seeks, Wins Judgeship

Raised in Marshall County, Tenn., Lee Bussart Bowles is now serving as that county's first full-time General Sessions Court judge. As she has done so many times since beginning her legal career in 2001, Judge Bowles has embraced her new role, using the platform to serve her local community, the legal profession and the judiciary, writes Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom in a profile of her Middle Tennessee colleague. Within months of taking office, Bowles placed a primary focus on juveniles and created an entire day dedicated to handling juvenile proceedings. She also quickly took on leadership positions within the judiciary, serving as the middle district vice president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, Haltom reports. And while Bowles could have used her election as an opportunity to pull back from bar service, she is as active as ever, serving as the Tennessee young lawyer delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, a delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly and a key leader in the ABA YLD’s anti-bullying initiative. Read more

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President's Corner: Welcome to the 2013-2014 Bar Year

"As a young lawyer in Tennessee, you should count yourself among the most fortunate. You have taken advantage of numerous opportunities to excel in school, obtain an undergraduate degree, successfully complete law school, pass the bar exam and become a licensed attorney. And now you have a new partner in the profession -- the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and its Young Lawyers Division (YLD). And the TBA YLD is a great example of what can be accomplished when a group of dedicated individuals come together and work toward a common goal," writes YLD President David McDowell in his inaugural President's Corner column. "I am looking forward to serving as president this year along with an exceptional group of board leaders. Our goal this year remains the same as it has been for many years: to use our skills and abilities to help those who need it." To that end, McDowell says, "We will focus on service to the public and service to our members." Learn more about the programs, activities and events planned for the year in this message from McDowell. Read more

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Affiliate Spotlight: Maury County YLD Has Proud History

The Maury County Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has a long-standing history and solid reputation among lawyers in the state, writes Columbia lawyer Chaz Molder in this feature on the group. Over the years, several presidents of the group have gone on to serve in prominent roles in the TBA YLD and TBA. And one of it most notable achievements was conducting the first ever Wills for Heroes clinic in the state of Tennessee. Since that first clinic six years ago, more than 2,000 first responders in the state have been served by the program. Today the YLD is led by Columbia lawyer Jake Hubbell, who oversees the group’s public service and member service projects -- making sure the organization’s reputation remains strong long into the future. Read more

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Welcome to the Fall 2013 Issue of TYL!

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is excited to announce that the Tennessee Young Lawyer (TYL) is making a comeback after a brief hiatus. You will notice some changes to the format, but the content and goal remain the same: to provide Tennessee’s young lawyers with information written by them and for them.

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Law School Spotlight: Memphis, UT Focus on Local Communities

Each issue of TYL will include news about two of Tennessee’s six law schools. This issue features news from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Amy T. Campbell, the new director of the Health Law Institute and associate professor of law at the University of Memphis School of Law, writes about a new health law and policy program being launched at the school in 2014, while Brad Morgan, access to justice and mentoring coordinator at UT Law, writes about the impact the Pro Bono Society is having at the school and in the greater Knoxville community. Read more

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Message from Your Tennessee Young Lawyer Editor

You are receiving the Tennessee Young Lawyer (TYL) as a member benefit of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. TYL provides an opportunity for the YLD president to communicate with division members through a standing column, to feature young lawyers making a difference in their communities and to publish substantive legal articles authored by young lawyers. It is sent quarterly to all TBA young lawyer members, law student members, affiliate representatives and TBA YLD Fellows. If you have comments or suggestions regarding the publication, please contact Editor Justin Faith at jfaith@gearhiserpeters.com or (423) 756-5171.

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95 First Responders Served at Nashville Clinic

Volunteer lawyers in Nashville assisted 95 first responders and their families with wills and other end-of-life planning at a Wills for Heroes clinic this past weekend. The event, held at the Metro Police North Nashville Precinct office, was coordinated by Nashville lawyer Chip Howorth with Smith Cashion & Orr and Clarksville lawyer Brad Carter, chair of the TBA Young Lawyers Division's Wills for Heroes Committee. The YLD has served more than 300 police, firefighters and EMS personnel so far this year. Since the project began in Tennessee in 2008, more than 2,000 heroes have received free wills to protect their families. Learn more about the project and see photos from the event.

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189 New Lawyers Receive Oath in Nashville

Congratulations to the nearly 200 new attorneys admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee today (Nov. 5) in Nashville. Below are a few highlights from today's ceremony. Also available are photos of new attorneys attending the TBA open house. Feel free to access or download those you like.  (Photos by Liz Todaro/TBA)

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YLD Affiliate News for October 2013

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD held its fall conference Oct. 9-12 at the Biltmore in Phoenix. Chicago young lawyer Mario Sullivan, chair of the YLD, unveiled the ABA’s public service project for the year, which is focused on ending the bullying epidemic. "Bully proof: Young Lawyers Educating and Empowering to End Bullying" is a comprehensive initiative that provides education and resources to help empower parents, educators, students and young lawyers make bullying a thing of the past. Visit the links above for information designed specifically for each of the stakeholders in the bullying debate. The YLD’s next meeting is Feb. 6-8, 2014, in Chicago. If you are interested in attending on behalf of an affiliate organization to the ABA YLD, please contact Mary Beth Haltom, District 16 Representative to the ABA for the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. You can reach Haltom at mhaltom@lewisking.com or (615) 259-1366. For general information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at mpotempa@mhpslaw.com or (615) 810-8438.

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YLD Committee Gearing Up for Mock Trial 2014

The YLD Mock Trial Committee is working hard to get this year’s case ready for release on Nov. 26. The 2014 mock trial problem will be civil in nature and feature all of the twists and turns expected from the mock trial experience. District coordinators also will be announced on Nov. 26. Teams seeking to get a head start on preparing should consider watching footage of past championship rounds. The TBA has DVDs of the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 championship rounds for sale. Order from our online store or download an order form here.

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YLD Launches 2014 Law Student Leadership Program

The TBA YLD also this week announced the application process and deadlines for the 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute – a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Now in its third 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
  • Build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds

Class size is limited to a total of 20 to 25 students selected from across the state. The goal of the program is to have a diverse class, so selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, geographical factors and law schools attended. Student participants must be members of the TBA and commit to attend two in-person programs. Applications for the 2014 class are due to the TBA by Dec. 4. Watch for information about the program to be distributed at all Tennessee law schools in the next few weeks.

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Applications Available for 2014 Summer Internship Program

The YLD this week rolled out application materials for the 2014 Summer Judicial Internship Program, which matches first- and second-year law students with Tennessee appellate and trial judges for six or 12-week internships. Applications must be received in the TBA office by Feb. 3. The program is administered by the Membership & Law School Outreach Committee. For more information contact committee chair Joe Fanduzz at (865) 523-7731 jfanduzz@gmail.com. Get application instructions and forms online and watch for information about the program to be distributed at all Tennessee law schools in the next few weeks.

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611 New Lawyers to Join the Profession

Results from the July Tennessee bar exam were released earlier this month with 611 applicants successfully passing the exam. The legal profession will welcome these new colleagues to the practice of law next week at admission ceremonies across the state. TBA YLD representatives will be at each ceremony to welcome these new lawyers to the profession and offer information about association membership. See the list of those who passed the bar on the TBA website. For details about the Open House in Nashville contact TBA Membership Director Kelly Stosik.

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