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YLD Board to Appoint 2 to House of Delegates

The YLD Board will meet on June 15 for its first planning meeting of the 2013-2014 bar year. In addition to its regular business, the board will approve two young lawyers for appointment to the TBA House of Delegates. Three seats in the House -- one in each grand division -- are reserved for young lawyers. Because no candidates filed by the election petition deadline for the West Tennessee seat and the Middle Tennessee seat the vacancies must be filled by the YLD Board. Learn more about the candidates under consideration.

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YLD Annual Membership Meeting Set for June 14

The TBA Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Membership Meeting Friday, June 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Ballroom 4 of the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. All members of the division are invited to attend this annual gathering. In addition to conducting its regular business, the division will consider the application of two new young lawyer groups -- the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Williamson County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division -- that are seeking to become affiliates of the TBA YLD. The meeting will culminate with Franklin lawyer and current YLD President David Veile passing the gavel to incoming president David McDowell of Chattanooga, who also will outline his plans for the year.

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Public Service Projects Continue in June

TBA YLD district representatives are busy planning public and legal service projects across the state as part of the group's annual Statewide Public Service Day. Projects range from fundraisers for local charities and CASA agencies to pro bono projects to general service to the community. A number of projects were completed in April and May. Those still upcoming are listed below.

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Young Lawyers Complete MBA Leadership Program

A group of 19 young lawyers recently graduated from the Memphis Bar Association’s 2012-2013 Leadership Forum. They are: David Biggers, U.S. Attorney’s Office; Anne Davis, Butler Sevier Hinsley & Reid; Jake Dickerson, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Amber Floyd, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Lisa Gill, Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink; Adam Johnson, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz; Brooks Kostakis, Boyle Brasher; Christina Kurdilla, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston; Gabrielle Lewis, Bass Berry & Sims; Omar Malik, Shelby County DA’s Office; Laura Martin, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; Michael C. McLaren, Butler Snow; Melisa Moore, Burch Porter & Johnson; Ruchee Patel, sole practitioner; Shayla Purifoy, Memphis Area Legal Services; Robert Ratton and Maya Siggers, City Attorney’s Office; Tony Silva, Donati Law Firm; and Mary Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton. In addition to leadership training, the group made several presentations to middle school and high school students and conducted a legal clinic for veterans. See photos from the graduation ceremony.

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TBA Offers Unique Opportunity for New Lawyers

The TBA is offering new lawyers – whether currently employed or still looking for work – a unique opportunity to meet and engage with attorneys and judges from across Tennessee. Held in conjunction with the TBA Annual Convention, the new lawyer programming offers networking opportunities that can’t be duplicated in any other setting. The program kicks off June 12 with sessions on what to expect during the first year of practice, how the TBA can help new lawyers jump start their careers and opportunities for getting involved in the TBA Young Lawyers Division. Events planned as part of the 2013 Convention also are designed to help new lawyers expand their networks. This is an opportunity not to be missed! Learn more about the line up of programs being planned.

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YLD Membership Event Planned in Johnson City

The TBA Young Lawyers Division will host a membership event on May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Young lawyers in the area are encouraged to drop by and to bring a stuffed animal for district’s public service project. “Bears from the Bench” will provide stuffed animals for local juvenile court judges to hand out to abused and neglected children who appear in their courtrooms. For more information about the membership event or the service project, email Rachel Ralston Mancl or call her at (423) 378-8871.

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Public Service Projects in the Works

TBA YLD district representatives are busy planning public and legal service projects across the state as part of the group's annual Statewide Public Service Day. Projects range from fundraisers for local charities and CASA agencies to pro bono projects to general service to the community. See a list of current projects and watch for more details and additional events as they become available here.

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YLD Service Projects in the News

TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) district representatives are holding their annual service projects across the state and getting media coverage for their efforts. In Knoxville, young lawyers will provide free wills for first responders at a Wills for Heroes clinic on May 18. Knoxnews reports on the event and how to get involved. In upper East Tennessee, young lawyers are sponsoring a Bears from the Bench project to collect new stuffed animals for local juvenile court judges to give to abused and neglected children who appear in their courtrooms. Donations may be made throughout the month of May. Learn more about the effort and see a list of law firms participating on Tricities.com.

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TBA Announces Law Day Contest Winners

The TBA Young Lawyers Division has announced this year's Law Day Art & Essay Competition winners. Winchester eighth grader Jonathan M. Brewer from South Middle School took first place in the art contest, while Knoxville 10th grader Caroline Julie Rogers of Bearden High School won first place in the essay contest. This year’s theme "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” asked 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.

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Nashville Lawyer Elected ABA District Representative

Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom has been elected ABA YLD District 16 Representative by the ABA affiliates in Tennessee.* She will take office at the ABA Annual Meeting in August and serve from 2013 to 2015, representing both Tennessee and Kentucky on the ABA YLD Council. Haltom already is involved in the ABA as a Tennessee delegate to the YLD Assembly and a volunteer with the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). She graduated from the TIPS Trial Academy in 2010 and currently serves on the academy faculty.

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YLD Affiliate News for April 2013

American Bar Association YLD – The group will hold its next meeting – the Spring Conference -- in Minneapolis May 16-18. The conference will present several programs, including Social Media Discovery – “Like” It or Not, What Attorneys Need to Do; and Improv for Lawyers: Using Your Inner Actor to Achieve Success in the Courtroom and Boardroom. The meeting also will include the annual International Oratory Competition. Based on the Association du Jeune Barreau de Montréal/Young Bar Association of Montreal’s (YBAM) English Oratory Competition, the ABA YLD’s Competition aims to showcase the oratory skills of each contestant and to provide a valuable networking opportunity for lawyers from all over the world. Humor and satire are strongly encouraged! Finally, those in attendance will present this year's public service project, The American Voter, to area students.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 4/26/13)

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.

Maryville, May 17
Contact: Ashley Morris Bentley, ashley@legaltennessee.com, (865) 927-8389
Location: Blount County Justice Center, Jury Pool Room, 940 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy

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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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