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2013 YLD Board & HOD Appointments
The YLD Board will fill several leadership positions at its Summer Meeting June 15 in Nashville. Two district representative positions are vacant due to special circumstances and two seats reserved for young lawyers in the TBA House of Delegates are considered vacant because no candidates filed by the election petition deadline. Members of the board should be prepared to cast a ballot for one candidate in each position.
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.
Department of Children's Services
Lauren Bennett practices in the area of juvenile law as assistant general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services in Clinton (Anderson County). She represents the state in juvenile, circuit and chancery courts throughout the department’s East Region of Tennessee.
Bennett graduated from Drake University Law School in December 2007. While in law school, she worked at Drake's Criminal Defense Clinic where she represented indigent adults and juveniles charged with criminal violations of the Iowa Code. After graduation from law school, Bennett entered private practice where she focused primarily on family law, juvenile and criminal defense cases in Iowa and later in Tennessee.
Bennett has long been a proponent of equal access to justice and has volunteered her time through the Iowa Volunteer Lawyers Project and at Legal Aid of East Tennessee. On July 26, 2012, she received an award from Legal Aid of East Tennessee's Pro Bono Project for her pro bono service to the agency.
|Bryce W. McKenzie
Law Offices of Bryan Delius
Bryce W. McKenzie grew up in Franklin, Tenn., and moved to Knoxville in 2001 to attend the University of Tennessee. He earned a degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee College of Business in 2005. He then graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008, and remained in Knoxville for a two-year clerkship with the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge James Curwood Witt Jr. After the clerkship, he began practicing law with Bryan Delius in Sevierville. The practice consists primarily of criminal defense in state and federal court, but also includes personal injury representation.
McKenzie moved to Sevier County in the summer of 2012 after marrying Laura. He is a member of the Sevier County, Knox County and Tennessee Bar Associations, as well as the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tennessee Association for Justice and these organizations’ national counterparts.
Over the last several years McKenzie says he has had the opportunity to volunteer with the Young Lawyers’ Division Mock Trial tournament, and I hope that he can be of service to future YLD programs.
DISTRICT 6 VACANCY
With the election of current District 6 Representative Rachel Moses to the position of vice president, 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 6 covers the counties of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White.
While two candidates initially expressed interest in being appointed to this position, one has since withdrawn, leaving Jason Hicks of Cookeville as the sole candidate.
|Jason F. Hicks
Moore, Rader & Fitzpatrick PC
Jason F. Hicks is an attorney with the law firm of Moore, Rader & Fitzpatrick PC in Cookeville. He is a graduate of Cookeville High School and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his law degree from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in 2009. While in law school, he worked for the district attorney’s office in Auburn, Alabama; the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; and the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.
TBA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, YOUNG LAWYER DELEGATE, MIDDLE GRAND DIVISION
Young lawyer delegates serve for two years and will attend their first meeting Sept. 27 in Nashville. Five candidates are under consideration. They are listed alphabetically.
|Marisa Lee Combs
Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop
Marisa Lee Combs, an associate in the Nashville office of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, focuses her practice in construction law and litigation, including liens and construction defects. Combs regularly represents contractors, owners, designers, and other members of the construction industry. She also engages in the professional liability defense of architects, engineers, surveyors, and attorneys. Combs is admitted to practice before all Tennessee state courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Prior to joining Lewis King, Combs practiced in Robertson County, where she grew up and continues to live. For four years, she worked in a general practice setting on a rural town square, representing members of the community in a variety of matters touching many areas of law, gaining significant courtroom and trial experience.
While in law school, Combs received awards in several courses and was a member of the National Trial Team. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005.
Combs is married to Thad, and they have two children. When not practicing law, she is active in the community, her church and missions.
Professional Honors and Activities:
• Tennessee Bar Association
• Member, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel
• Member, National Association of Women in Construction, Region No. 2, Nashville Chapter
• Member, Member, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Mid Tennessee Chapter
• Member, Associated General Contractors, Middle Tennessee Branch
Burr & Forman
Nina Kumar is an associate in the Banking and Real Estate practice group in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman with a focus on representing business clients in commercial transactions, real estate, bond finance, bank lending, acquisitions and dispositions. She also serves in the firm’s Healthcare Section, representing hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare providers in corporate, regulatory and compliance matters, medical staff concerns, physician practice formations, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiations.
She previously served as a law clerk to Judge Holly M. Kirby on the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Kumar earned her masters degree in International Relations from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland and her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School where she served as the executive managing editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review.
Kumar is a Tennessee native. She is a trustee of the First United Methodist Church, and president of the class of 2013 of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
Linda Nicklos began her professional career as a classically trained musician, performing with various orchestras from around the world, after earning a master of music from Indiana University. Nicklos says that performing and traveling with orchestras in Europe taught her the teamwork and flexibility needed to adapt to and thrive within numerous disparate cultures. Becoming fluent in three languages also gave her unique opportunities to communicate with people from a variety of cultures and opened her mind to possibilities and ways of thinking that otherwise would not have been considered. That experience, she says, has provided her with the ability to view legal issues more objectively from multiple positions without prejudging or being biased in her opinions.
|Kate Summers Scarbrough
Constangy, Brooks & Smith
Kate Summers Scarbrough focuses her practice on partnering with her clients to effectively resolve a wide range of employment issues. Her experience includes successful handling of discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims in a variety of forums, from preventive measures to administrative charges to state and federal court litigation. Scarbrough assists employers in dealing with complex wage and hour issues, including both single plaintiff and class action litigation. She also has expertise in areas such as employee benefits issues and safety and retaliation complaints before OHSA and TOSHA.
Scarbrough received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as executive editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and was a founding member of the Double Dawg Society. Prior to joining Constangy, she served as a law clerk to federal Magistrate Judge Juliet Griffin in the Middle District of Tennessee.
When not practicing law, Scarbrough enjoys spending free time with her husband, Brad, and their two Labrador retrievers, Porter and Millie. She is an excellent wake surfer, an average but enthusiastic snow skier and a sometimes-photographer. To call her a "runner" might be stretching things a bit, but she enjoys jogging and hiking outdoors.
• American Bar Association
• Tennessee Bar Association
• Nashville Bar Association and Young Lawyers' Division
• Lawyers' Association for Women
• TBA Mock Trial Coach
• TBA Leadership Law Class of 2012
• TBA Law Office Technology/Management Section Executive Council
• Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
• The Tomorrow Fund
Rachel D. Sharp
Sharp is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Spring Hill Economic Leadership Council and the Kiwanis Club.
TBA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, YOUNG LAWYER DELEGATE, WEST GRAND DIVISION
Young lawyer delegates serve for two years and will attend their first meeting Sept. 27 in Nashville. Two candidates are under consideration. They are listed alphabetically.
Nicole M. Grida
|Lauran Glassman Stimac
Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox
Lauran Glassman Stimac, a native of Memphis, received her bachelor of arts degree from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, magna cum laude, at the University of Richmond in 2004. She went on to the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, earning her law degree there in 2007. While in law school, Stimac served as managing editor of the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the interscholastic chair of the Moot Court Board and a teaching assistant for the appellate advocacy legal skills class.
Following graduation, Stimac began her practice with Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle in Richmond, Va. As a litigation associate, she defended hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care providers in medical malpractice litigation. She also provided risk management advice to healthcare clients, and lectured regularly on risk management and litigation topics to health care and attorney audiences. She was a member of the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association. While in Virginia, she also volunteered at the University of Richmond, working with both undergraduate and law students, and was an active member of the Junior League of Richmond.
Stimac returned to Memphis in September 2012 to join Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox as an associate. She now focuses her practice in the areas of professional and business litigation, handling matters for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Stimac is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Virginia. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Liaison to the Lawyers' Professionalism and Ethics Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and a volunteer with the Junior League of Memphis and the Child Advocacy Center.