David Veile Takes Office as YLD President

David Veile, with the Franklin firm of Schell Binkley & Davies LLC, took office as the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) president at the division’s annual meeting June 8. Also taking office were President-Elect David McDowell of Chattanooga, Vice President Stacie Winkler of Memphis, Secretary Marisa Combs of Nashville and Treasurer Steven King of Memphis. Two contested elections were decided at the meeting, with Knoxville lawyer Paul Whitt retaining his seat as East Tennessee Governor and Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom being reelected as Middle Tennessee Governor. Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday was elected to fill a vacancy for West Tennessee Governor. Members of the outgoing TBA YLD Board gathered that evening for an award ceremony

The event also featured the annual meeting of the TBA YLD Fellows. See photos from the dinner

Above: Outgoing YLD President Mason Wilson (left) prepares to pass the gavel to new YLD President David Veile at the YLD's annual meeting and elections on June 8.

Above: YLD President David Veile speaks to division members about his vision for the coming year. Responding to TBA President Jackie Dixon's plans to improve mentoring and ramp up public education efforts this year, Veile pledged the YLD's support for a more comprehensive TBA mentoring program and for the Law Rules project, which equips lawyers with the information they need to make presentations about the legal system to schools, civics organizations, churches and other community groups.

Veile also pledged to continue the YLD's successful service programs -- including the high school mock trial competition, Wills for Heroes clinics, iCivics training for teachers, Law Day themed-contests and Statewide Public Service Day projects -- as well as serving Tennessee law students through the Judicial Internship Program and Diversity Leadership Institute, and serving young lawyers with quality CLE, skills training and networking opportunities.