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TBA YLD District 11 Representative Shauna Billingsley was recognized for her district's public service project "Badges with Bears" with a story in The Tennessean. The project collected donated stuffed bears for Franklin police to use to calm and comfort children they encounter at accident scenes or domestic disturbances. Commenting on the donation, Billingsley said, "Things like car crashes or family fights can be extremely frightening to young children. Helping police connect with them during times of trouble is something we felt compelled to help with. Many of us are parents and agreed that helping to make our children more comfortable with our police force is important."

Young lawyers in Chattanooga were recognized in an article in The Hamilton County Herald for creating a children’s area at the juvenile court building. The effort was a result of a partnership between the Chattanooga YLD, TBA YLD, Green Form Construction, the local CASA program and Juvenile Court Judge Suzanne Bailey. The area will provide a quiet and comforting place for children to wait while their parents are in court or they prepare to give testimony. Books for the area were donated by the United Way of Greater Chattanooga and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Mock Trial Coach Needed in Coffee County

A school in Coffee County (Mock Trial District 3) has contacted the TBA seeking a coach to help its new mock trial team. Anyone willing to provide assistance to this team should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Troy Weston at tweston@ebtlaw.com. The team needs to be ready to compete in its local contest on Feb. 23.

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Local Mock Trial Contests Start This Weekend

Local mock trial competitions will take place throughout the month of February with the first one scheduled for this Saturday. To get involved in a local competition contact the appropriate coordinator listed below. Get additional contact information online.

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State Mock Trial Volunteers Needed!

The 2013 State High School Mock Trial Competition will take place March 15-16 at the Metro Courthouse in Nashville. This annual competition brings students together from across the state to test their advocacy skills. The 2013 case presents the prosecution of Cameron Paul for the first-degree murder of Thor Brush. The competition also presents an opportunity for young lawyers to network with other young practitioners from across the state, as well as members of the state and federal judiciary. Reimbursement for meals and mileage is available. Also, for individuals willing to judge at least one round on Friday and one round on Saturday (and residing outside of Davidson County), the TBA will provide lodging on Friday night at the downtown DoubleTree Hotel. The competition needs lots of volunteers to run smoothly! Sitting judges in Tennessee may volunteer to serve as presiding judges of trial rounds, lawyers may serve as scorers, and law students and legal staff may serve as bailiffs. Those who want to volunteer should download the appropriate form and submit it to Mock Trial Chair Troy Weston at tweston@ebtlaw.com.

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DLI Class Holds First Session, Hears from Diverse Lawyers

The law student members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their first session this month as part of the TBA Leadership Conference. The group joined legal leaders from across the state to learn about legislative issues impacting lawyers, opportunities to get involved in programs educating the public about the legal system, and dealing with conflict. Class members also held separate sessions that featured a keynote address by Gregg Ramos with North, Pursell & Ramos in Nashville and a panel discussion with Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart Bowles; Ashonti Davis, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada; Brian Frye, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Matt Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa; and William Stover, Law Office of William Stover. TBA President-Elect Cindy Wyrick with the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson, and former YLD president Tasha Blakney with the Knoxville law firm of Eldridge, Blakney & Trant, also addressed the group. The weekend's program was produced by YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. See a photo of this year's class.

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Law Student Internship Deadline Next Week

Applications for the 2013 Summer Judicial Internship Program -- which matches first and second year Tennessee law students with appellate and trial judges for six or 12-week internships -- are due next Monday, Feb. 4. Learn more about the program and get application instructions online. Questions? Contact TBA Young Lawyers Division Director Stacey Shrader Joslin at (615) 383-7421 or sshrader@tnbar.org.

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YLD Honors Award Winners, CASA Volunteer

At the TBA YLD Mid-Winter Board Meeting this month, President David Veile recognized a number of volunteers for their work since the beginning of the bar year. Franklin lawyer and YLD District 11 Representative Shauna Billingsley was recognized for her service to the YLD and for chairing the Children's Subcommittee of the TBA Public Education Committee. Clarksville lawyer and Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter was recognized for his work coordinating Wills for Heroes clinics across the state. Murfreesboro lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Chair Tommy Santel, and Nashville lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Vice Chair Mary Beth Haltom were recognized for their work producing two educational programs for young lawyers.

In addition, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Membership & Law School Outreach Committee Joe Fanduzz recognized law students serving as TBA's liaisons at each of the law schools in the state.

Finally, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Children's Issues Committee Katrina Atchley Arbogast presented the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Dale Hedges of Clinton. The award recognizes Hedges' 18 years of service to CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, which serves children in Anderson, Blount and Scott counties. See photos from the event

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Children’s Library Launched at Juvenile Court

The Hamilton County Juvenile Court will launch a children’s library in the lobby of the courthouse for the dozens of young children who must spend untold hours in the lobby daily. The creation of the library is a joint volunteer effort of Juvenile Court Judge Suzanne Bailey, the Chattanooga Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, Green Form Construction, CASA and others. The idea, Judge Bailey told the Hamilton County Herald, was not to just relieve the lobby of congestion and noise but also to spark in children an interest in reading.

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Ethics CLE on Tap This Week

A three-hour ethics CLE produced by the TBA YLD and presented tomorrow (Friday) in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville will provide a unique and entertaining look at a range of ethical issues attorneys face. Attendees will observe video presentations of ethical situations and engage in an interactive discussion to gain insights on recognizing and avoiding common ethical traps. Walk ups welcome!

Law Student Group Still Needs Volunteers to Judge Events

Consider serving as a judge for the Southern Regional Black Law Students Association's Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions next week during its convention Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 in Nashville. Event organizers say they are in "dire need" of volunteers for the competitions and ask you to help with the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. "Empowering our youth by educating them on the importance of civic engagement and assisting in their academic/career planning while encouraging diversity in the legal profession," is one of the goals of the group, says convention chair Charilyn M. Stanberry. For more information, contact her.

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YLD Presents Honors During 2013 Leadership Conference

At the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's (YLD) Mid-Winter Board Dinner -- held in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference -- awards were presented to volunteer lawyers named "Stars of the Quarter" for the first two quarters of the 2012-2013 bar year, law student liaisons representing the TBA at law schools across the state, and the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award recipient. Photos by Landry Butler

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DLI Class Holds First Session, Hears from Bar Leaders

The law student members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their first session this past weekend as part of the TBA's Leadership Conference. The group joined legal leaders from across the state to learn about legislative issues impacting lawyers, opportunities to get involved in programs educating the public about the legal system and rule of law, and how to effectively deal with conflict. Class members also held separate sessions that featured a keynote address by Gregg Ramos with North, Pursell & Ramos in Nashville and a panel discussion with Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart Bowles; Ashonti Davis, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada; Brian Frye, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Matt Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa; and William Stover, Law Office of William Stover.

TBA President-Elect Cindy Wyrick with the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson, and former YLD president Tasha Blakney with the Knoxville law firm of Eldridge, Blakney & Trant, also addressed the group. The weekend’s program was produced YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist – an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. See photos of this year’s class members.

Members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their opening session Jan. 18-19 in Nashville.
They are (from left to right) Back Row: Cole Rogers, LaToyia Trotter, Anthony Adewumi and James Cobb.
Middle Row: Jerry Ivery, Shana Berkeley, Jayniece Higgins, Kimberlee McTorry, Sonia Boss, Tracey Williams
and Brett Knight. Front Row: Yessle Yi, Aisha DeBerry, Estefania Chavez, Cindy Brown, Daniela Quintero,
Ashley Upkins and Mike Sandler.

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YLD Helps Arm Police With Teddy Bears

Franklin police have a new weapon at their service thanks to a donation from young lawyers in TBA YLD District 11. The group -- led by Franklin attorney Shauna Billingsley -- this week presented police a box of teddy bears that can be used to help comfort children when officers are called to car crashes or family fights that can be frightening to the children, the Tennessean reports.

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YLD Recognizes Award Recipients, CASA Volunteer

At its Mid-Winter Board Dinner this past Saturday, TBA Young Lawyers Divison (YLD) President David Veile recognized a number of young lawyer volunteers. Franklin lawyer and YLD District 11 Representative Shauna Billingsley was honored for her service to the YLD and for chairing the Children’s Subcommittee of the TBA Public Education Committee. Clarksville lawyer and Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter was recognized for his work coordinating Wills for Heroes clinics across the state. And, Murfreesboro lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Chair Tommy Santel and Nashville lawyer and YLD CLE Committee Vice Chair Mary Beth Haltom were recognized for their work producing two educational programs for young lawyers. Learn more about their service.

Also at the dinner, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Membership & Law School Outreach Committee Joe Fanduzz recognized law students serving as TBA liaisons at each of the state's law schools. Capping off the evening, Knoxville lawyer and chair of the YLD Children’s Issues Committee Katrina Atchley Arbogast presented the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Dale Hedges of Clinton. Hedges has been a volunteer with CASA of the Tennessee Heartland for 18 years, serving 29 children. See pictures from the dinner.

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Federal Bar Group to Meet in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will hold its annual meeting Jan. 15 at noon at The Chattanoogan. The speaker will be University of South Carolina Emeritus Professor Dan T. Carter, a leading authority on race relations and American politics. Carter will focus his remarks on current trends in voting rights in the United States. The event is open to the public. Cost for admission is $30, which includes lunch. For questions or to reserve a seat, contact Katharine Gardner.

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2013 Law Student Leadership Class Named

The 2013 class of the TBA Diversity Leadership Institute was announced today. The six-month leadership and mentoring program for law school students is sponsored by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division. This year it is made up of 18 students who will gather for their first meeting Jan. 18 in Nashville in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference.

Class members are: Shana Berkeley, Brett Knight, Kimberlee McTorry, Daniela Quintero and Ashley Upkins from the Belmont College of Law; Aisha DeBerry from the Duncan School of Law; Sonia Boss, Cynthia Brown, Cole Rogers, Mike Sandler and Tracey Williams from the Nashville School of Law; Anthony Adewumi, James Cobb, Jayniece Higgins and Jerry Ivery from the University of Memphis School of Law; and Estefania Chavez, LaToyia Trotter and Yessle Yi from the University of Tennessee College of Law. The program is being chaired this year by Memphis attorney Ahsaki Baptist and Nashville lawyer Brian Winfrey.

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YLD Affiliate News for December 2012

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD is accepting applications for its subgrant program, which provides funding for activities that benefit local communities, leaders or members. Applications should be submitted by March 1, 2013. The ABA YLD's next meeting -- the midyear meeting -- will take place Feb. 7-9 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. This year's meeting includes a New Partner Workshop, which will feature a nationally known law firm marketing expert and a day of interactive learning and networking to help new partners, aspiring partners and attorneys who have launched their own firms prepare for their new roles. For information about the ABA YLD or to get involved contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 12/31/12)

The following Wills for Heroes events have been scheduled (as of 12/31/12) across the state during 2013. 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. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes.

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Reminder: Applications Available for Summer Internship Program

Application materials for the 2013 Summer Judicial Internship Program, which matches first and second year law students with Tennessee appellate and trial judges for six or 12-week internships, are now available. More than 40 law students served with trial court judges last summer and the Membership & Law School Outreach Committee -- which administers the program -- is hopeful that number will grow in 2013. Applications must be received in the TBA office by Feb. 4. Learn more about the program and get application instructions online.

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2013 Law Day Theme Announced

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced that the 2013 Law Day theme will be "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." The event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the impact that the Civil Rights Movement has had on equality under law. Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1 to foster greater appreciation for the law and greater understanding of the American judicial system. For talking points, planning ideas and other resources visit the ABA's Law Day homepage. Get started by downloading the 2013 Planning Guide. This year' guide features ideas and resources for putting on a successful Law Day program with information about planning an event, publicizing an event, organizing activities, and creating lesson plans. The 2013 version also offers a new iPad version and a PDF version that can be printed and distributed.

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2013 Law Day Theme Announced

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced that the 2013 Law Day theme will be “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the impact that the Civil Rights Movement has had on equality under law. Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1 to foster greater appreciation for the law and greater understanding of the American judicial system. For talking points, planning ideas and other resources visit the ABA's Law Day homepage.

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YLD Affiliate News for November 2012

American Bar Association YLD – For information about the ABA YLD or to get involved contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

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Deadline for 2013 DLI Program Approaching

The TBA YLD is accepting applications for the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) through Dec. 5. The program, a six-month leadership track for Tennessee law students, is open to students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Class size is limited to 20 to 25 students selected from across the state. To ensure a diverse class, selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, geographical factors and law schools attended. Student participants must be members of the TBA and commit to attend two in-person programs. Learn more

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 11/28/12)

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.

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Young Lawyers Among New TBALL Class

The TBA recently announced the members of the 2013 Leadership Law class. Young lawyers among the group are: Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day, Brentwood; Ahsaki Baptist, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Memphis; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee B. Bowles, Lewisburg; H. Garth Click, Click Law Office, Springfield; Christopher E. Coleman, Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville; Margaret F. Cooper, Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell, Memphis; Mary Beth Hagan, Hagan & Farrar, Murfreesboro; Daniel C. Headrick, Paine, Tarwater & Bickers, Knoxville; Meredith B. Humbert, Hunter, Smith & Davis, Kingsport; Joshua H. Jenne, Jenne, Scott & Jenne, Cleveland; Caroline E. Knight, District Attorney General’s Office, Crossville; Mark A. Ison, Sherrard & Roe, Nashville; Teresa A. Luna, Spragins, Barnett & Cobb, Jackson; R. Brad Morgan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kristi J. Murray, Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee, Johnson City; P. Matthew Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa, Nashville; Ben J. Scott, Federal Express, Memphis; Clint H. Scott, Gilbert, Russell, McWherter, Jackson; Adam C. Simpson, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, Memphis; Terica N. Smith, West Tennessee Legal Services, Jackson; and John D. Wicker, Roberts & Wicker, Nashville.

Congratulations to all! See the full class list

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