Service Project, Graduation Wrap Up 2012 DLI Program

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in Memphis earlier this month. The group’s activities included a final program that featured young lawyers discussing what they wish they had known when transitioning from law school to law practice and a “speed networking” session with the panelists. Speakers included Mary Beard with FedEx Corporation in Memphis; Robert Gatewood with Farmers Insurance in Memphis; Rachel Moses with the Legal Aid Society in Cookeville; Alexander Wharton with The Wharton Law Firm in Memphis; Paul Whitt with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC in Knoxville; and Brian Winfrey with The Winfrey Firm in Nashville. Read more and see photos from the group's activities.

Above: Memphis lawyer Mary Beard (left) speaks to two members of the
2012 DLI class about practicing in a corporate environment.

Class members also spent an afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum learning about the role the city of Memphis played in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. On Saturday, the group participated in a cleanup and painting project at a local Boys and Girls Club.

Above: Members of the 2012 DLI class take a break from working hard at
a Memphis Boys and Girls Club in desparate need of cleaning and repair

The program wrapped up with the class graduation, which was held as part of the annual YLD & Fellows Dinner. Those successfully completing the program were Spencer Bell, Mandy Floyd, Shalondra Grandberry, Joseph Kendrick, William O'Connor, William Terrell and Kenneth Walker from the University of Memphis School of Law; Shalini Bhatia, Ryan Donaldson, Jessica Jackson, and Amy Williams from the University of Tennessee College of Law; and Rachel Kirby and Robin Nicholson from the Nashville School of Law. Learn more about the DLI