Programs

Mentors Needed for TBA's Mentoring Program

The TBA’s Mentoring Program is seeking volunteers to mentor newly-licensed attorneys in a variety of practice areas across the state. This is a flexible program designed by the mentor and mentee based on their schedules and availabilities. There is a current need for mentors in Clarksville, Cleveland, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Rockvale and Shelbyville. Find out more about the practice area needs here. To become a mentor, fill out this application or contact Kate Prince, 615-277-3202. 

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Diversity Leadership Institute

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Now in its ninth year, the program is designed to:

  • Develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney;
  • Empower students to contribute more to the legal community;
  • Match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and
  • Build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds

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Access to Justice Legal Clinic Initiative

The YLD's public service project for 2016 will again take place in honor of Law Day, which is observed on May 1. The project will build on the experience of last year's "Access to Justice Week." Young lawyers are once again planning and participating in legal clinics across the state. The project is a presidential initiative of YLD President Rachel Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, who has made pro bono service a key component of her platform for the year. Young lawyers are encouraged to volunteer for clinics in their area.

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CASA Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the YLD selects a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer from nominations made by Tennessee's local CASA agencies. The award recognizes a volunteer who goes the extra mile in his or her work with children in the state. The winner is honored at a dinner in January and presented with a cash award. The volunteer's local agency also receives a cash award.

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Diversity in the Profession

The YLD, through its Diversity Committee, is dedicated to increasing racial, ethnic, geographic, demographic and practice area diversity within the division's leadership and membership. The committee is responsible for undertaking programs that encourage people from all walks of life to consider a career in the law, encouraging collaboration between the YLD and specialty bars in Tennessee and conducting a bi-annual diversity survey of the YLD membership. The committee also coordinates the division's Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership program for diverse law students. Learn more about its activities in the YLD's Diversity Plan.

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High School Mock Trial

The Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition provides high school students an opportunity to learn about the law, court procedures, and legal system. Each year the YLD develops a fictional case in which students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses. The case and competition rules are distributed in November. In February, local competitions take place in 14 districts across the state. The winners of those contests advance to the state competition, which is held each March in Nashville. YLD members organize, host and score the state competition. Learn more about mock trial.

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Law Student Outreach

The YLD, through its Law School Outreach, Membership and Diversity Committees, exposes law students in Tennessee to various career fields and practice areas. Through networking events, free seminars and free section membership, students can interact with lawyers practicing in a wide range of settings and areas of law. The YLD also hosts a leadership program for minority law students. Learn more on the TBA's law student page.

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Solo in a Box Toolkit

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. The toolkit offers advice on everything from how to choose office space to managing client files. It also offers information, resources, check lists and forms that can be used to establish and manage a law practice. An initiative of past TBA President Cindy Wyrick, the toolkit was developed and produced by the TBA’s Mentoring Committee in 2014 under the guidance of Franklin attorney David Veile.

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Wills for Heroes

The YLD hosts Wills for Heroes clinics around the state to provide free wills, powers of attorney and advance directives for Tennessee's firefighters, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders. The Wills for Heroes program started shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks as a way to give back to first responders in need of estate planning services. Since its inception in Tennessee, Wills for Heroes has served nearly 3,000 heroes and their families. 

 
 

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Past Projects & Programs

Past YLD programs have included the CASA Speaks for Polly coloring book, the Law Day Art & Essay Contest, support for the iCivics program, the Judicial Internship Program for law students and various presidential initiatives, including the 2014 Tennessee Library Education Project and the 2015 Access to Justice Week Legal Clinics. Learn more about these "retired" programs here

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