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Register Now for 2013 TBA Convention

Plan now to be a part of the largest annual gathering of the Tennessee legal community when the TBA gathers June 12-15 in Nashville for the 132nd Annual TBA Convention. Held in conjunction with the Tennessee Judicial Conference, Tennessee Association for Justice, Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers and Stonewall Bar Association, the event will feature dynamic speakers, compelling CLE programs and a whole lot of fun. A special bonus program this year will be Better Next Year, a cornucopia of ideas, resources, projects and people to help you thrive in your personal and professional life.

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2013 Law Day Events in Full Swing

Bar associations and young lawyer groups across the state are gearing up for this year’s Law Day with events that began this week and run through the first week of May.

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4 Vacancies to be Filled by Special Appointment

The YLD Board will fill several leadership positions at its Summer Meeting June 15 in Nashville. Two seats reserved for young lawyers in the TBA House of Delegates are considered vacant because no candidates filed by the election petition deadline, while two district representative positions are vacant due to special circumstances. Lawyers interested in being considered for these positions should contact YLD President David Veile at dveile@sbdlaw.net or (615) 550-2800 by May 13.

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Moses Elected YLD VP, Others Elected without Opposition

Cookeville lawyer Rachel M. Moses has been elected vice president of the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and will serve as its president in 2015-2016. She will take office in June. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, has served for many years as YLD District 6 Representative. She also is a member of the TBA Public Education Committee and chair of its YouTube Video Contest Subcommittee. She previously was president of the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, a group she was instrumental in forming. Moses was deemed elected after the filing deadline passed and she was unopposed for the post.

Officers elected this month without opposition include Secretary Troy S. Weston with Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville and Middle Tennessee Governor Marisa L. Combs with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop in Nashville. Those reelected include Treasurer Steven W. King with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis; East Tennessee Governor W. Paul Whitt with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop in Knoxville; and West Tennessee Governor Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson.

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Wills for Heroes Clinic Planned for Saturday

The TBA Young Lawyers Division will hold a Wills for Heroes clinic in Franklin this Saturday and additional lawyer volunteers are needed to draft wills and other end-of-life documents for first responders and their families. The event, coordinated by Franklin City attorney Shauna Billingsley, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Franklin Police Department, 900 Columbia Ave. Contact Billingsley at shauna.billingsley@franklintn.gov or (615) 550-6603 to get involved. Since 2008, the YLD has provided wills for more than 1,800 first responders in the state.

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Moses Elected YLD VP, Other Leaders Elected without Opposition

Cookeville lawyer Rachel M. Moses has been elected vice president of the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and will serve as its president in 2015-2016. She will take office in June. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, has served for many years as YLD District 6 Representative. She also is a member of the TBA Public Education Committee and chair of its YouTube Video Contest Subcommittee. She previously was president of the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, a group she was instrumental in forming.

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YLD Election Petitions Due April 1

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 4, of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bylaws, notice is given of the following elections. Candidates who wish to stand for election must file a nominating petition with the TBA YLD Secretary no later than Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m. central. The petition should be faxed or emailed to YLD Secretary Marisa Combs at (615) 259-1389 or mcombs@lewisking.com. Questions about the election should be directed to Combs at (615) 259-1366. Candidates unopposed for a position will be deemed elected on April 1. Contested elections will be decided by secret ballot at the division’s annual meeting June 14 in Nashville. Visit the YLD’s election guidelines webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.

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Depositions Skills CLE on Tap for April

You can’t win a trial at deposition, but you certainly can lose one. This CLE, planned for April 25 in Knoxville and Memphis, is designed to avoid that outcome by addressing basic and intermediate deposition techniques in general personal injury cases. Attendees will hear from experienced litigators – both from the plaintiff and defense perspective – who will discuss key components of the deposition process.

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YLD Affiliate News for March 2013

American Bar Association YLD – The group will hold its next meeting – the Spring Conference -- in Minneapolis May 16-18. It also has issued a report from its Midyear Meeting in Dallas last month. The report provides an update on current programs and a sneak peek at plans for the 2013-2014 bar year. Finally, the group has launched a new Affiliate Project Database, which features information about past service projects from the ABA YLD and its affiliates. The resource is designed to help state and local bars implement existing projects and spark ideas for new ones. For information about the ABA YLD or to get involved contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – Blounty County lawyers will hold their Wills for Heroes clinic on May 11. Contact Ashley Morris Bentley at ashley@legaltennessee.com for details or to volunteer. For general information about the Blount County YLD contact president George Maifair at george@grmbankruptcy.com or (865) 323-6719.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 3/25/13)

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 at http://www.willsforheroes.org.

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Predators Event Sells Out First Day

The TBA YLD’s Nashville membership event sold out the same day it was announced! Those lucky enough to get a ticket will gather on March 25 at Paradise Park at 6 p.m. for a happy hour followed by the Predators game at 7 p.m. To add your name to a waiting list for cancellations please contact TBA YLD Middle Tennessee Governor Mary Beth Haltom at mhaltom@lewisking.com or (615) 259-1386. Stay tuned for news about events in other cities.

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TBA Promotes Civics Across the State

The TBA and its Young Lawyers Division have been involved in a number of activities over the last month promoting civics and law-related education. On March 8, the YLD hosted a table at the Tennessee Conference for Social Studies. Thanks to YLD President David Veile; Shauna Billingsley, YLD District 11 Representative and chair of the TBA Public Education Committee’s Children’s Subcommittee; TBA Public Education Committee member Claudia Jack; and YLD Mock Trial Committee member Kristen Corn for taking time out of their busy schedules to staff the table and encourage elementary, high school and college instructors to include civics education in their lesson plans. In addition, during the State High School Mock Trial Competition, March 15-16, the YLD hosted a table with information about civics and law-related education programs offered for high school students in the state. This past week, the TBA partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools to present a “Civics and Law Academy” at McGavock High School. Lawyers addressed students on issues such as federalism, sovereignty, separation of powers and privacy rights. Finally, this past Saturday, the Children’s Subcommittee of the TBA Public Education Committee hosted a Girl Scout Badge Blast focused on civics at Lipscomb University. Thanks to all who participated in these efforts. To get involved in similar activities in the future, please contact Billingsley at shauna.billingsley@franklintn.gov or (615) 550-6603.

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Law Day Contest Entries Due April 12

Law Day art and essay entries for the 2013 competition are due April 12 to local contest coordinators. This year’s theme “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All” provides an opportunity for students to explore civil and human rights movements in America and the impact they have had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. Students also are asked to consider what remains to be done to rectify injustice in society, including eliminating all forms of discrimination, putting an end to human trafficking and ending other violations of human rights. The art contest is open to all Tennessee students in grades K-8. The essay contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Learn more about this year’s competition theme and rules for entry.

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Kingsport Home School Wins 1st Mock Trial Championship

Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) claimed the state high school mock trial championship title this month, defeating Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville. The 33rd annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition was sponsored by the TBA Young Lawyers Division and involved 14 teams and 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds, with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch presiding over the championship match. The Kingsport team will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Indianapolis, Ind., May 9-11. See team rankings and award winners on the 2013 competition webpage and see photos from the championship round.

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Belmont's Street Law Event This Saturday

Belmont University College of Law's Black Law Student Association will host a Street Law Symposium, March 23 at the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center on campus, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event, featuring four 30-minute sessions with presentations from the Metro Police Department and local attorneys, is free and open to the public. Download this flyer or contact blsa@pop.belmont.edu

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High School Mock Trial Championship Starts Friday

High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 33rd Annual Mock Trial Championship this weekend in Nashville. The event will be held at the historic Davidson County Courthouse with sitting judges presiding over the four preliminary rounds. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch Jr. will preside over the final round. To reach the state championship, the 14 teams had to win district competitions by playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case developed by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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Write Like A Lawyer

To learn the best practices for writing complaints, answers, motions, responses and legal briefs be sure to attend the Tennessee Bar Association's Legal Writing CLE program on Friday, March 22. Speakers include Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Koch, law school professors and practicing lawyers.

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The 6th Circuit's Take on Student Loan Debt

It's payback time! Third-year Memphis law student Chandler Harris examines the dischargeability of student loan debt in the 6th Circuit. Read his article in the March Tennessee Bar Journal.

High School Students Compete in State Mock Trial Championship This Weekend

Schools from across the state to gather March 15-16th in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 12, 2013— High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 33rd annual mock trial championship in Nashville this coming weekend, March 15-16. The event will be held at the historic Davidson County Courthouse.

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March TBJ: Tablets Make Partner for Trial Work

Online tools and software geared toward lawyers aren’t new, but in the Tennessee Bar Journal's March issue Stephan Futeral says we are past the days of dragging the laptop into court. In the “Post-PC” era, tablet computing is a game-changer for the 21st-century practice of law -- and you need to be in the game. You can end your week with a laugh as Bill Haltom looks back fondly on the days when he wasn't carrying an iPad, but took the World Almanac to court in his briefcase. Read these and more in the new issue of the TBJ.

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Young Lawyers Help Boy Scouts Get Law Merit Badge

Attorneys from the firm of Lee & Lee in Lebanon, along with area lawyers, are hosting a Boy Scout Law Merit Badge program on March 9 in conjunction with the Annual Cumberland Merit Badge University. The program will include a presentation by lawyers with the district attorney’s office, law enforcement and local firms. It will culminate with a mock trial held in a local courtroom. Scouts will act as plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses and experts with local attorneys serving as “elbow counsel.” Wilson County General Sessions Court Judge Judge Barry Tatum will preside over the trial. The students will consider the question of whether scouts should be prohibited from advancement due to a refusal to affirm a belief in God and whether the Boy Scouts organization falls within the definition of a “business establishment.” Approximately 24 scouts from Middle Tennessee are expected to participate. Contact YLD District Representative Mike Kurtz at mkurtz@leeandlee.com for more information.

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2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contests Announced

The TBA YLD has announced the 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contest, which gives students the opportunity to express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law, and achieve statewide recognition for their work. The 2013 competition theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" challenges students to explore civil and human rights movements in America and the impact they have had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. Deadline for submissions was April 12. Winners will be announced in May.

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Mock Trial Becomes Conduit for Service

In addition to preparing the 2013 mock trial case for their local competition, high school mock trial teams in Erwin and Springfield took time to reach out and serve their communities. In Unicoi County, the local high school team held a “dress rehearsal” of the official local mock trial competition to raise money in honor of their long-time coach Sarah Shults after she was diagnosed with cancer. The students made and sold tickets to the event at school and throughout the community. They even auctioned off chairs in the jury box for prime seating! And of course, they had a bake sale to supplement tickets sales. Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White presided over the trial. All funds raised went to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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Preds Game Launches Spring Membership Events

The TBA YLD will hold membership events across the state this spring to showcase benefits of membership, encourage networking among lawyers and provide an opportunity for some fun. The series of events kicks off with a happy hour and Predators game on March 25 for law students and young lawyers in Middle Tennessee. Space will be limited for this fun night watching the Nashville Predators take on the Edmonton Oilers so start making plans to attend now. Details about price and location will be sent soon. If you are interested in joining the fun, contact Mary Beth Haltom, TBA YLD Middle Tennessee Governor, at (615) 259-1386 or mhaltom@lewisking.com.

Watch for details about events in other cities coming soon.

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YLD Promotes Civics at Teachers’ Event

The TBA YLD will host a table at the Tennessee Conference for Social Studies March 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin. Volunteers are needed to help staff the table and encourage elementary, high school and college instructors to include civics education in their lesson plans. All materials will be provided. The annual conference is sponsored by the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies, which is devoted to providing information, resources and support for educators interested in or involved with social studies curriculum. To learn more about the conference or to volunteer please contact Shauna Billingsley at shauna.billingsley@franklintn.gov or (615) 550-6652.

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