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Indigent Representation Task Force Announced

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced the promised Indigent Representation Task Force last week. Former Supreme Court Justice and current Nashville School of Law Dean William C. Koch will lead the group, which will hold an organizational meeting on Nov. 6. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee announced the task force and its mission: to look at indigency determinations, delivery of services, administration of the indigent representation fund and the current compensation rate. It is anticipated the task force will work to develop a proposal for the 110th General Assembly, which will begin in January 2017.

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Board Gives Back at Fall Meeting

While at its annual Fall Meeting last week, the YLD Board donated and delivered some 300 paint brushes, 120 individual paints, 168 crayons, 70 markers, 60 colored pencils, four glue sticks, 24 oil pastels, 550 sheets of sketch paper and 300 sheets of construction paper to the YWCA of Puerto Rico. YLD members met with some of the girls from very poor neighborhoods in the San Juan area who come to the Y’s after-school program. YLD President Rachel Moses is pictured with the girls below.

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Swearing In Ceremonies Set for Next Week

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold swearing in ceremonies across the state next week to welcome new lawyers to the practice of law. The YLD will have a presence at each ceremony to congratulate these new lawyers and introduce them to the benefits of TBA membership. In addition, the TBA will hold its annual open house and luncheon on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please stop by if you are in town!

On Monday, new lawyers in Knoxville will appear before the state Supreme Court during a ceremony at the City County Building at 10 a.m. The court will then travel to Nashville for two sessions – one at 10 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. – Tuesday at the War Memorial Auditorium. On Wednesday, the court will be in Jackson to swear in new lawyers at the Supreme Court Building beginning at 9:30 a.m. Finally, on Thursday, the court will travel to Memphis to swear in new lawyers at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Memphis City Hall Council Chambers.


This year, the YLD is adding a fun element to the ceremonies. New admittees are invited to join our Social Media Challenge. Those who post a photo from the day on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #newTNattorney, and “like” and “tag” the Tennessee Bar Association will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Be sure to use our chalkboards in your photo!


New lawyers should also keep an eye out for a QR code in the Admission Ceremony program, which will take you to a web page just for new admittees.

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Apply Now for 2016 DLI Program

The YLD is accepting applications for the 2016 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) through Dec. 1 and has been holding informational meetings about the program at law schools across the state. A session at the University of Memphis School of Law will take place Nov. 2 at noon in Room 233. Watch for details soon about presentations at Duncan School of Law and the Nashville School of Law.

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Save the Date for the 2016 YLD Ethics Series

You know the law but don’t let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today’s Attorney is a three-hour ethics seminar that focuses on the practical aspects of lawyering. For four Fridays in February the program will be offered across the state. Watch for additional details but make plans now to attend a seminar near you:

  • Nashville, Feb.5
  • Knoxville, Feb. 12
  • Memphis, Feb. 19
  • Chattanooga, Feb. 26

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Mock Trial Rules, New District Lines Released

The YLD Mock Trial Committee has released the rules for the 2016 competition and a new map of mock trial districts. The new districts, which now mirror the YLD District Representative seats, will be in effect for the 2016 competition. Download a memo explaining the redistricting process or download a map of the new districts. Questions should be directed to committee chair Kristen Corn, (615) 550-6603. This year's problem will be a civil case. Look for case material to be released in November. Register online to receive updates, follow Tennessee mock trial on Twitter or find lots of mock trial resources on the TBA website.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 10/30/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through the fall. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

Murfreesboro, Nov. 14
Contact: I’Ashea Myles Dihigo, idihigo@limestone-title.com, (615) 800-4747
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department, 302 S. Church St., 37130
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Franklin, Nov. 21
Contact: Lauren Curry, lcurry@sherrardroe.com, (615) 742-4200
Location: Franklin Police Department, Community Room, 900 Columbia Ave., 37064
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Supreme Court to Swear In State's Newest Attorneys

The Tennessee Supreme Court will travel throughout Tennessee next week to swear in the state’s newest attorneys. The Court will swear in over 300 new attorneys beginning in Knoxville on Nov. 2, in Nashville on Nov. 3, in Jackson on Nov. 4 and in Memphis on Nov. 5. The Tennessee Bar Association will be at each of the ceremonies and will provide information to new attorneys about the bar. Watch for photos from the events at #newTNattorney. An open house and luncheon to welcome new admittees is planned in Nashville on Nov. 3 at the Tennessee Bar Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition to swearing in new attorneys, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Jackson and Memphis.

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Committee Creates New Districts for High School Mock Trial

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee today released rules for the 2016 competition and a new map of mock trial districts. The new districts will be in effect for the 2016 competition. Questions should be directed to committee chair Kristen Corn, (615) 550-6603. Case material will be released in November.

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CASA Agency Seeking New Volunteers

CASA of the Ninth Judicial District is seeking more volunteers in Loudon County, says Rosemary Quillen, CASA assistant director. The nonprofit organization “desperately” needs more volunteer participation, as the local agency currently oversees 14 active cases with three more on the way, Quillen says. For more information on volunteering or taking an upcoming training course, contact Quillen, (865) 988-2311. The News Herald has an interview with CASA leaders.

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Learn About TBA Law Student Leadership Program

The TBA Young Lawyers Division will hold information sessions about the Diversity Leadership Institute this month. The sessions will feature program leaders and graduates, who will provide an overview of the program and application process, as well as answer questions. The first session will take place tomorrow at noon at the University of Tennessee College of Law. A session at the University of Memphis School of Law will take place Oct. 16 at noon. A session at Belmont College of Law is set for Oct. 22 at noon. Contact YLD Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd at 901-537-1054 with any questions. Watch for details soon about presentations at Duncan School of Law, Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School.

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Legal Aid, Upper Cumberland and TBA Young Lawyers to Hold Clinic

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LAS) will hold a free legal clinic next Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cookeville LAS office, 9 South Jefferson Ave., Suite 102. Clinic co-sponsors include the TBA Young Lawyers Division and the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association. The clinic is open to low-income residents of the Upper Cumberland region and no appointment is necessary. For more information, contact Cookeville legal aid lawyer and TBA YLD President Rachel Moses, (931) 528-7436. See the full list of Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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TBALL Alumni Step Up to Help New Lawyers

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

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YLD Invited Guest News for September 2015

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

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

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YLD Affiliate News for September 2015

American Bar Association YLD – To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group, contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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

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

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through the fall. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

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I Passed The Bar – Now What?

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

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

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

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I’m a #newTNattorney

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

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

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

will be entered into a drawing for a great prize!

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Law School Pro Bono Summit Planned for October

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

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2015-2016 Law Student Liaisons Named

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

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

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

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Applications Available for 2016 DLI Program

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

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Free Clinics, Fundraiser Among Events This Week

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

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Celebrate Pro Bono Month Kicks Off Thursday

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

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TBA Accepting Applications for YLD, Public Education Coordinator

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

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Transactional Practice in Nashville and Memphis; 6 Hours of CLE

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