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Young Lawyers Recognized with Awards

At a dinner and awards ceremony on the last night of the TBA Convention, outgoing YLD President David Veile recognized several young lawyers with awards for their service to the organization, the profession and the community. Those honored included Shauna Billingsley of Franklin, Ian Hennessey of Knoxville, Brad Carter of Clarksville, Troy Weston of Knoxville, Will Holloway of Franklin, Adam Moore of Knoxville, Stacie Winkler of Memphis, Joe Fanduzz of Knoxville and Nathan Shelby of Jackson. Read more about their awards.

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Vacancies Filled by YLD Board

At the YLD’s first board meeting of the bar year, voting members of the board elected four lawyers -- Bryce McKenzie, Jason F. Hicks, Nina Kumar and Nicole Grida -- to fill vacancies. Read more below.

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Chattanooga Lawyer McDowell Takes Office as YLD President

Chattanooga lawyer David McDowell took office as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division during last week's convention and announced a new pro bono public service project to educate librarians across the state about OnlineTNJustice and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Service’s new legal information website LIFT. The goal of the project is to empower librarians with the knowledge they need to help local residents seeking legal assistance. Also taking office at the division’s annual meeting were President-Elect Stacie Winkler of Memphis, Vice President Rachel Moses of Cookeville, Secretary Troy Weston of Knoxville and Treasurer Steven King of Memphis. McDowell succeeds David Veile of Franklin.

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Court Welcomes New Attorneys to the Practice of Law

The Tennessee Supreme Court welcomed a new class of attorneys to the practice of law in Tennessee during ceremonies today in Nashville. Close to 200 new attorneys successfully passed the bar exam in February and were eligible for consideration for admission. Prior to the afternoon ceremony at War Memorial Auditorium, the TBA hosted the new admittees and their families at a luncheon and open house at the Tennessee Bar Center. See photos from the events.

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Young Lawyers Honored by Nashville Chamber

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville today announced the finalists for the 2013 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). Finalists in the legal services category are Chris Bowles of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings; Andrae Crismon of the Legal Aid Society; Matt Potempa, attorney at law; Gabe Roberts of Sherrard & Roe; and Casey Gill Summar of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. Potempa is a member of the TBA Young Lawyers Division Board. Gill is the incoming chair of the TBA Entertainment & Sports Law Section. A reception to honor the finalists will be held June 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bridge Building. The Awards Ceremony will be Aug. 1 at Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium.

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First Duncan Graduates Speak Out on Experience

Three students who recently graduated as part of the inaugural class at the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law spoke to the Citizen Tribune about their experience and the mood among students given the school’s initial failed attempt to win ABA accreditation. One expressed concern about the lack of communication between administrators and students during the process, while another lamented that the school’s accomplishments and contributions to the community get overlooked as negative coverage of the accreditation issue seems to have defined the school. They all expressed hope that the school would ultimately succeed as it reapplies for ABA recognition.

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YLD Affiliate News for May 2013

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD held its 2013 Spring Conference May 16-18 in Minneapolis. In addition to great programming and public and member service projects, the conference featured a dinner dance at the popular tourist destination, Nicollet Island, and a boat tour of Lake Minnetonka. The ABA Annual Meeting will take place Aug. 8-13 in San Francisco. Finally, affiliates with programs they would like to submit for an Award of Achievement have until June 15 to do. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group's website or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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Tennessee Team Places 7th at National Mock Trial

The TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee would like to thank all of the lawyers and judges who participated in the district and state mock trial competitions. This year's state competition, which took place March 15-16 was a great success, culminating with the Kingsport Area Home Education Association (KACHEA) being named the 2013 champion. The team went on to represent Tennessee at the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis, Ind., earlier this month and placed seventh out of 48 teams!

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Not Too Late to Register for Convention

Though early registration for the 2013 TBA Convention ended May 28, you can still register online to ensure you don't miss this annual event. Along with 12 hours of premium CLE programming, this year's convention features sessions to help you thrive as a lawyer, as well as an evening out at the Country Music Hall of Fame where you will experience great food and live music to go along with your tour of this internationally renowned center. Hotel rooms are filling up fast, but availability remains at the Hermitage Hotel, one block from convention headquarters. You can make reservations at this five-diamond-rated hotel by calling (888) 888-9414 and asking for the TBA rate.

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Nominees Still Needed for District 2 Vacancy

The current District 2 Representative has relocated her office and residence outside of the district, which makes her ineligible to continue in the position. A new district representative will need to be appointed to complete the one year remaining in her term. The individual would then stand for election in 2014. Applicants must maintain an office or residence in the district to be eligible for consideration. District 2 covers the counties of Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier and Union. Anyone interested in being considered should contact YLD President David Veile at dveile@sbdlaw.net or (615) 550-2800.

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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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