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YLD Member to Temporarily Fill Sessions Court Post

Alex McVeagh, District 5 representative on the TBA's YLD Board, was named as a temporary replacement to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court.
Gov. Bill Haslam made the appointment to fill the seat held by Judge David Bales, who is on medical disability as a result of his 2016 cancer diagnosis and treatment. "I plan to meet here very soon with Judge Bales, who graciously offered to meet with me and go through his procedures, his dockets, his forms," McVeagh said. "This is his seat. I'm humbled to be able to keep it warm for him." You can learn more about McVeagh in The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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TBA YLD Represented at ABA Day in Washington

YLD President Rachel Mancl joined TBA leaders this week in Washington to speak to members of Congress and their staff about the importance of funding for the Legal Services Corporation as part of ABA Day 2017. The TBA efforts were led by TBA President Jason Long and included President-elect Lucian Pera, TBA Legislative Counsel Gif Thornton and Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur. 

Nashville attorneys Ann Pruitt from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and Jonathan Cole, president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, also joined the delegation as they visited lawmakers from Tennessee in the American Bar Association's annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession.

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Mock Trial Competition Championship Video Available for Streaming

The video from the 2017 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition’s championship round is now available for streaming. This year’s competition featured a showdown between two Nashville teams, the all-girls Harpeth Hall squad versus the defending champions, the all-boys Montgomery Bell Academy. MBA took home the title once again. The 2017 case was a criminal trial, involving a death at a nursing home facility.

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Update on Indigent Representation & Compensation Rate

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.

TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly on issues important to sustaining and improving the practice of law and administration of justice. 

Update on Indigent Representation & Compensation Rate

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force wrapped up its nearly year and half work after hearing from nearly 100 lawyers (many YLD members and other TBA members) from across the state at the nine public meetings.  Presentations were made by the Tennessee Bar Association and other justice-involved organizations and members to give data and information to advocate why certain changes need to be made. On April 3, 2017, the task force released its report to the Court, and then to the public, entitled, Liberty & Justice for All: Providing Right to Counsel Services in Tennessee.
 
The key recommendations of the task force are to amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 13 to eliminate the distinction between out-of-court and in-court compensation rates, to eliminate case caps and the “complex and extended” designation procedure, and to increase the rate paid to appointed private counsel to an hourly rate not less than $75 nor more than $125. 
 
The TBA and YLD have worked to increase the compensation rate for attorneys and address other barriers in the system. Starting from the TBA’s legislation in 2015 (SB1009 by Harris, Dickerson/HB1025 by Stewart, Farmer) to increase the rate that led to the Court creating this task force to review and report back to the Court, the work is not over but we are one step closer. The TBA filed legislation in January 2017 to increase the rate (SB667 Harris/HB788 by Stewart), and this legislation will be active and ready to push forward in the coming year. As the TBA and YLD moves into the next bar year, it will be more important than ever to keep up the collaboration and work to make the changes that are needed to improve the delivery of legal representation to Tennesseans who cannot afford it.
 
To receive updated information and to engage with the legislators on key issues for your law practice, we need you. As part of your TBA membership, TBAImpact connects you with the TBA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. Have questions? Contact TBA’s Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421.
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TBA YLD Hosts Successful Membership Events


The TBA's Young Lawyer Division Membership Committee hosted social events in Nashville and Memphis this past month. The events offered an opportunity to network with young attorneys and learn more about getting involved in the TBA YLD.

The YLD’s CLE Committee also produced CLE’s before each event. Stay tuned for more upcoming events from the YLD Membership Committee. 

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Attorneys Needed for Truancy Intervention Program

Attorneys are needed to represent students in the Connecting Attendance to Results in Education (CARE), a community-based truancy intervention program created by Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Student Attendance Center and Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE). A training session, which is required in order to represent a student, will be held at Waller, 511 Union Street in Nashville, on May 2 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The program will train attorneys about truancy laws, the truancy adjudication process, the structure of the CARE program and the boundaries of the attorney-client (student) relationship. Register at the Nashville Bar website.

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Call for Entries: 'Journal' Announces Fiction Contest

The Tennessee Bar Journal usually keeps just to the facts, but this summer the publication will publish some outright lies — or what some call fiction. The winning entry of the First Annual Tennessee Bar Journal Fiction Contest will appear in the August issue. 

The magazine's Editorial Board announces the competition with the purpose of celebrating and encouraging lawyers' creative sides and to provide an outlet for lawyer-writers as they seek to illuminate the law and the lives of lawyers through fiction. The original work should touch on something law-related, no matter how slight. The deadline is May 31, so get to work!

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YLD Contested Election Results

The TBA YLD had several contested elections for the 2017-2018 bar year. Below are the contested election results:
 
TBA YLD Board
• East Tennessee Governor: Brittany Thomas Faith
• Middle Tennessee Governor: Jason Hicks
• District 3 Representative: Alyssa Minge
• District 5 Representative: Alexander McVeagh
• District 9 Representative: Anthony Adewumi
• District 11 Representative: Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux
 
TBA House of Delegates
• Young Lawyer, Middle Grand Division: Nina Kumar
 
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Last Chance to Register for Memphis Deposition CLE

A CLE addressing basic and intermediate deposition techniques will be held at the University of Memphis on April 13. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the deposition process. An additional portion of the program will be devoted to ethical considerations in deposition settings, dealing with difficult counsel and witness preparation. Find out more and register here.

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How to Deal With Bullying, Threats and Physical Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the workplace is a growing threat. Read in the April Journal about its many forms -- including bullying, intimidation, and of course, physical harm -- and what to do about them. Chattanooga lawyer Bob Lype details the issue. And read Nashville lawyer David Hudson's article about the “jailhouse lawyer” case that significantly changed the legal landscape in the state regarding prisoner rights and access to the courts. Also in this issue, TBA President Jason Long thanks the Young Lawyers Division on its many accomplishments. Read the entire issue online.

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YLD Invited Guest News for March 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 group will be hosting a pre-clinic primer on March 29 at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library from 11:45 to 1:00.  This will help you get up to speed on some common topics that arise at the Saturday Legal Clinics, including landlord/tenant issues, criminal law, family law, and more. RSVP to Amy Mulroy.
 
The AWA is sponsoring a Saturday Legal Clinic on April 8, 2017 at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library from 10:00 – 2:00.  The group invites you to come volunteer with them and provide legal assistance to those in need.For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website, reach out to us via email or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW is a proud sponsor of TLAW’s Empowerment Conference taking place on March 31, 2017 in Nashville.  ETLAW is encouraging its members to attend what promises to be an enlightening and powerful event. 
 
At ETLAW’s next monthly meeting on April 14, 2017, Jamie Ballinger, a Senior Associate at Baker Donelson and member of the inaugural class of Emerge Tennessee, a new-to-Tennessee campaign training program aimed at electing women, will moderate a Women’s Leadership Panel.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The Lawyers’ Association of Women will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at The Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is held to highlight the past year’s activities, recognize the outstanding individuals in the association by awarding the Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey and Rising Star Awards, and elect LAW’s new officers.  This year, we are excited to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey Award is Justice Cornelia A. Clark, and the recipient of the Rising Star Award is Ashonti T. Davis. The LAW Banquet provides the opportunity for members of the middle Tennessee bar, federal, state appellate and trial judges, and local business leaders to celebrate the achievements and contributions of these deserving awards recipients.  To obtain additional information, please contact Christen Blackburn or Caroline Hudson
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter –  The group is currently planning a clinic for late Spring. For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association recently partnered with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program this month to assist in completing the 600+ remaining forms from an expungement clinic.  
 
For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) –  SETLAW is hosting a Lunch and Learn on Deal Basics on March 30 at Baker Donelson from 11:30 to 1:00.  The event will be led by attorneys Susan Rich, Mary O’Kelley, and Amy Mahone, and lunch will be served.  Attendance is free for SETLAW members and $10 for non-members. For more information about SETLAW, email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) –Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women is hosting its 2017 Spring Empowerment Conference: Women Who Win on March 31, 2017, in Nashville! Join us for a full day of programming and networking. The morning keynote speaker will be Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, and the luncheon keynote speaker will be Linda Strite Murnane  (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), Chief for Court Management Services for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Leidschendam.To register for the Conference, please visit tlaw.org.
 
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 March 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD 2017 Spring Conference will be held May 4-6, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
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 – The Blount County YLD continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon with a legislative update for its lawyers. 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’s next Coffee Talks is scheduled for April 7th with the Chancery Court at Camp House.  The CBA YLD will be hosting its second Expungement Clinic this Spring with more information coming soon.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 group is currently planning events for next month. For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers –  The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. 
 
 The KBA Barristers 8th Annual Corn Hole Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Bearden Beer Market, located at 4524 Old Kingston Pike. Check-In starts at 6 p.m. Register online by clicking May 4 on the Event Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs Jeremey Goolsby or Luke P. Ihnen.
 
Barristers Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee is collecting Professional clothes through April 10-24. Items needed are slacks & skirts, suits, blouses & shirts, dresses, ties, dress shoes. Multiple donation locations will be available including Gay Street, Main Street, law schools, and West Knoxville. Please do not donate clothes with holes, stains or rips. Women’s clothing will be donated to the YWCA and Connect Ministries Career Closet. Men’s Clothing will be donated to Knox Area Rescue Ministries. For more information please contact Courtney Houpt or Meagan Collver.
 
Barristers Law School Mentor Committee began a new initiative, A Day in the Life Luncheons, with UT Law students. The plan is to pair small groups of law students interested in a specific area of law or type of practice, with one or two attorneys practicing in that field, and allow them the opportunity to have a casual and candid conversation over lunch. The Committee hosted their first luncheon in February at UT Law and hopes to keep the initiative going. If you have any interest in speaking with law students about a day in your life as an attorney, please contact Caitlyn Elam or Stanton Fears.
 
The Law Week and School Outreach Committee is also seeking nominations for the Law & Liberty Award.  All nominations must be received by April 14.  The recipient should be visible to the legal profession and local bar association.  The recipient should strive to foster and to maintain good relationships between the legal profession and the community, work to advance the understanding of the law and legal processes in the non‐legal community, set an example of good citizenship, give time for volunteer work, both within the legal profession and otherwise, evidence high professional standards in his or her occupation, express concern for the safeguard of personal, political, civil, and religious liberties and should be someone whose work is not normally recognized.  Nominees do not have to be attorneys to qualify for the Law and Liberty Award. Consider those individuals in your firm, in local civic and religious organizations, or in the community who have worked to improve our legal system and protect our civil liberties. Finally, please pass this request to others in your firm and ask that they also submit their suggested nominees to Ashley Morgan.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD held a meeting at Puckett’s earlier this month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –   The YLD is requesting volunteer attorneys to be on TV and answer legal questions during Legal Lines on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at WREG-TV Channel 3.  Shifts are 30 minutes each from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Please contact Shayla Purifoy or Josh Baker to sign up. Volunteer today and make your mom proud!
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The NBA Young Lawyers Division 14th Annual LogicForce Race Judicata will be held on April 8, beginning at 8:00am. Both the 5K/10K are flat, fast, and certified courses that run along the Harpeth River Greenway at Edwin Warner Park.  All are welcome including families, strollers, and dogs! Proceeds from the race will benefit two local charities—ABLE Youth and Achilles International Nashville. Follow us on Twitter @racejudicata for more information or visit our Facebook. To register for the race, visit here. 
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –   The group will be having its Wills for Heroes event in conjunction with District 1 on April 15. For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association in conjunction with the Upper Cumberland Legal Aid office will be holding a free legal clinic on Thursday, April 6th from 4-6pm at the Legal Aid office at 9 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville, TN. UCYLA will have its monthly meeting following the clinic. For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 20th. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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Still Time to Register for ABA Spring Conference

The American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division annual Spring Conference is approaching quickly. There is still time to register prior to the conference, which will be held in in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, next week.

Tennessee young lawyers in attendence will get a chance to earn CLE credit, network with attorneys from across the country and enjoy special events and dinners. Current ABA members receive a discounted price at registration, but non-ABA members are also welcome to attend.

More information can be found at the ABA website.

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TBA YLD Continues Successful Expungement Clinics

On March 4, the TBA YLD and several other groups hosted the G.S. Music City Community Court (Division VIII) Expungement Clinic & Pro Se Indigency Saturday Docket in Nashville and volunteers assisted over 200 people.
 
The group will host another Saturday General Sessions Expungement Clinic and Indigency Docket this Saturday, April 1, in Murfreesboro. The clinic will be held at Murfreesboro First Baptist Church, located at 738 East Castle Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
 
There will be multiple services provided to clients while waiting including voter registration, Know Your Rights seminars, credit counseling, and much more. Those who are able to volunteer should contact I’Ashea Myles Dihigo
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YLD CLE for April: Mastering the Deposition

Members of the Young Lawyers Division Board's CLE committee have produced a new CLE for April entitled "Mastering the Deposition: Critical Skills and More."

Two programs are currently scheduled - one in Nashville, produced by YLD CLE Middle Tennessee Captain Holland Matthews and one in Memphis, produced by YLD CLE West Tennessee Captain Aaron Kandel.

This program will cover basic and intermediate deposition techniques and will be offered in Nashville and Memphis. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the deposition process. An additional portion of the program will be devoted to ethical considerations in deposition settings, dealing with difficult counsel and witness preparation.

Nashville

Location: Tennessee Bar Center
Date: April 6, 2017
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Memphis

Location: University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology
Date: April 13, 2017
Register Here

Following the Memphis CLE will be an open social hour located at Char beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the TBA YLD as well as Lewis Thomason this event is open to all TBA YLD members in addition to the attendees of the CLE. 

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TBA Seeking Candidates for Executive Director

The Tennessee Bar Association is currently seeking candidates to fill the Executive Director position. Young Mayden LLC is coordinating the search process and will be advertising in local, statewide, and national publications. We invite you to share this information with your colleagues and any individuals who may have an interest in the position. You can find more information about the position on the TBA website.
 
Questions about the search process can be directed to Barbara Mayden.
 
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MBA Emerges as Mock Trial Champions

The Montgomery Bell Academy mock trial team repeated its championship win for the second year in a row at the 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Competition this weekend in Nashville. Montgomery Bell defeated Harpeth Hall in the championship round. 
 
The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 11-13 in Hartford, Connecticut.
 
The two-day state competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, involved 16 teams and nearly 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger A. Page presided over the championship match Saturday evening.
 
Additionally, Rutherford County Homeschool claimed the team Sportsmanship Award during their first-ever appearance in the competition. 
 
Congratulations to Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn, Vice Chair Rob Sands and the YLD Mock Trial Committee on another successful year hosting the tournament.
 
 
 
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Last Chance to Vote in 2017 TBA Elections

Voting ends tomorrow in the 2017 TBA Elections. A reminder email was sent on March 23 with a link to access the online ballot. If you did not receive an email, but are eligible to vote in one of the contested races, you can go to the ElectionsOnline website to get access to the ballot. Visit the TBA website for a full list of contest offices, as well as a list of contested Young Lawyers Division Board positions.

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MBA Claims High School Mock Trial Title

Nashville's Montgomery Bell Academy claimed a second straight title in the TBA YLD High School Mock Trial Competition this past weekend, defeating Harpeth Hall School in the finals. The team will now represent Tennessee at the 2017 National Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 11-13. Nearly 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals assisted in the two-day competition. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse, with Supreme Court Justice Roger Page presiding over the championship match Saturday evening. 

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State Mock Trial Tournament Begins Tomorrow

The 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition begins tomorrow at the Metro Courthouse in Nashville. Sponsored by the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, this year's tournament will welcome back 2016’s champions, Montgomery Bell Academy from Nashville, as well as several schools making their debut appearance. Four rounds of competition will decide which teams will face off in the finals on Saturday evening. Judges, attorneys and law students from across the state will converge on Nashville to help facilitate the proceedings. To keep up with the action, follow the TBA’s Mock Trial Twitter account for live updates.
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Voting Continues in TBA Election

Reminder emails are being sent today to TBA members who have not yet taken part in the 2017 election. These emails come from vote@electionsonline.com, so make sure that address is on your safelist to ensure the emails don't get caught in your spam filter. If you do not receive an email, but are eligible to vote in one of the contested races, you can go to the ElectionsOnline website to get access to the ballot. Voting ends April 1.

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Mastering the Deposition: Critical Skills and More

A CLE addressing basic and intermediate deposition techniques will be held at the Bar Center on April 6. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators who will discuss key components of the deposition process. An additional portion of the program will be devoted to ethical considerations in deposition settings, dealing with difficult counsel and witness preparation. Read more or register here.

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Student-coached Mock Trial Team Draws Respect

A Shelby County high school mock trial team competed in last month’s local competition without an attorney coach, shocking and impressing attorney scorers and judges, the Commercial Appeal reports. While the Germantown High School team won’t be advancing to the state finals in Nashville next weekend, the team did earn praise for its success while competiting in district rounds coached only by a fellow student, team member Pauline Mireles. The team hopes to have an attorney coach by next year since Mireles will be graduating in May.
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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Saturday

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, will host an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected and volunteers are still needed. The clinic will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact Amber Floyd to volunteer. Other services that will be provided onsite include job interviews, voter registration and CPR training.

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YLD Affiliate News for February 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The TBA YLD was well represented at the ABA Midyear Meeting on February 5-7, 2017.  The ABA YLD 2017 Spring Conference will be held May 4-6, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
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 –  The group recently hosted a presentation for the local bar and the Public Defender’s office speak about criminal law updates. The Blount County YLD continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon with a legislative update for its lawyers. 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 group just completed another successful and highly competitive High School Mock Trial competition. The YLD’s next social will be March 24 at the Fix. The group has also been working on creating YouTube video presentations related to the Chattanooga Bar Association’s Know Your Rights “When You Become 18” booklet for high school students and the young lawyers will be handing out these booklets and doing presentations at local high schools this Spring.  Finally, the CBA YLD will be hosting its second Expungement Clinic in April or May with more information coming soon.
 
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 group is currently planning events for next month. For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. 
 
ATHLETICS: The KBA Barristers Corn Hole Tournament has been moved to Thursday, May 4. Information for the event will be forthcoming. If you are interested in sponsoring or organizing a team, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs, Jeremey Goolsby or Luke P. Ihnen.
 
LAW WEEK: The Law Week and School Outreach Committee is seeking volunteers for the Annual Junior Judges Program during the month of April.  Volunteers spend one hour with third graders at a school in Knox County.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Morgan for information regarding the program.
 
The Law Week and School Outreach Committee is also seeking nominations for the Law & Liberty Award.  All nominations must be received by April 14.  The recipient should be visible to the legal profession and local bar association.  The recipient should strive to foster and to maintain good relationships between the legal profession and the community, work to advance the understanding of the law and legal processes in the non‐legal community, set an example of good citizenship, give time for volunteer work, both within the legal profession and otherwise, evidence high professional standards in his or her occupation, express concern for the safeguard of personal, political, civil, and religious liberties and should be someone whose work is not normally recognized.  Nominees do not have to be attorneys to qualify for the Law and Liberty Award. Consider those individuals in your firm, in local civic and religious organizations, or in the community who have worked to improve our legal system and protect our civil liberties. Finally, please pass this request to others in your firm and ask that they also submit their suggested nominees to Ashley Morgan.
 
MEMBERSHIP: The Barristers will be hosting their first happy hour for the year on Thursday, March 9, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Pretentious Beer Company located at 131 S. Central Street. Please RSVP on the KBA’s website if you are interested.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD held a meeting at Puckett’s earlier this month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The Shelby County (District 14) High School Mock Trial Competition Final was held on February 22 with Judge Bobby Carter presiding. In a well-argued round, St. Mary’s (Team A) narrowly defeated St. Mary’s (Team B) for bragging rights, although both teams from St. Mary’s will now advance to the state competition.
 
The YLD is also hosting a Grizz Night on March 9 when the Grizzlies take on the detested LA Clippers.  If you haven’t already ordered tickets, please feel free to join us for a pregame happy hour at 5 p.m. at Twelve Bar above Jerry Lee Lewis’ on Beale Street.  Please contact Natalie Bursi or Monica Rejaei with any questions.
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The NBA YLD will be having a Happy Hour on March 13, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at L.A. Jackson – the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel in the Gulch.  The NBA YLD’s 14th Annual LogicForce Race Judicata will be held on April 8, beginning at 8 am. Both the 5K and 10K are flat, fast and certified courses that run along the Harpeth River Greenway at Edwin Warner Park. All are welcome including families, strollers and dogs.
 
Proceeds from the race will benefit two local charities: @ABLEYouthInc and Achilles International - Nashville. Last year the race raised nearly $18,000. Follow us on Twitter @racejudicata for up-to-date information and use the hashtag #NBARaceJudicata. To register for the race, visit here.
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –   The group will be having its Wills for Heroes event in conjunction with District 1 on April 15. For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers, in conjunction with Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands as well as the Tennessee Tech University Women's Center, hosted a free legal clinic on February 27. UCYLA has another legal clinic in conjunction scheduled for March 28.  The group is also planning a swearing in ceremony for new attorneys and continues to have monthly meetings.
 
For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, March 9. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
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