David Veile Takes Office as YLD President

David Veile of the Franklin firm of Schell Binkley & Davies LLC took office as TBA YLD president at the division’s annual meeting June 8 in Memphis. Immediate Past President Mason W. Wilson of Memphis was on hand to pass the gavel to Veile. At the meeting, Veile laid out 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.

Also taking office at the meeting were President-Elect David McDowell with Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon in Chattanooga; Vice President Stacie Winkler with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis; Secretary Marisa Combs with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop in Nashville; and Treasurer Steven King with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in 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. Both are with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop. Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services was elected to fill a vacancy for West Tennessee Governor.