YLD Affiliate News for April 2013

American Bar Association YLD – The group will hold its next meeting – the Spring Conference -- in Minneapolis May 16-18. The conference will present several programs, including Social Media Discovery – “Like” It or Not, What Attorneys Need to Do; and Improv for Lawyers: Using Your Inner Actor to Achieve Success in the Courtroom and Boardroom. The meeting also will include the annual International Oratory Competition. Based on the Association du Jeune Barreau de Montréal/Young Bar Association of Montreal’s (YBAM) English Oratory Competition, the ABA YLD’s Competition aims to showcase the oratory skills of each contestant and to provide a valuable networking opportunity for lawyers from all over the world. Humor and satire are strongly encouraged! Finally, those in attendance will present this year's public service project, The American Voter, to area students.

In August, the group will gather for the Annual Meeting (Aug. 8-10) in San Francisco. Affiliates with programs they would like to submit for an Award of Achievement have until June 15 to do. For information about the ABA YLD or to get involved contact Matt Potempa at matt@potempafirm.com or (615) 255-5007.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – Blount County lawyers will hold their Wills for Heroes clinic on May 11. Contact Ashley Morris Bentley at ashley@legaltennessee.com for details or to volunteer. For general information about the Blount County YLD contact president George Maifair at george@grmbankruptcy.com or (865) 323-6719.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The group is joining forces with the TBA YLD to host a fundraiser on May 23 to raise money to purchase backpacks and books for children served by the local CASA agency. For more information about the Chattanooga YLD contact President Michael Thomas at mthomas@duncanhatcher.com or (266) 220-7137.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – The Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD is joining forces with the TBA YLD to host “Pour Your Heart Out for CASA: A Wine Tasting Event” May 30 at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at Flatiron Grille, 1160 Vann Drive, Jackson 38305. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased online. For more information about the group contact President Nathan Shelby at nshelby@raineykizer.com or (731) 425-7949.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – At the KBA Law Day Celebration on May 1, the Barristers will present its Law and Liberty Award to a member of the community who uses the legal system to advance personal, political and civil liberties. It also will recognize student winners of the Law Day Art & Essay Contest, recognize the district’s winning high school mock trial team and collect used cell phones for women in need. The group will be recognized by the KBA for its Law Day activities including presenting Junior Judges – an educational video with real-life scenarios depicting difficult situations -- to third graders in the area and holding a professional clothing drive for needy individuals.

On May 16, the Barristers will join with the larger KBA to host a Trivia Night to support the association’s seventh Habitat House. The event will be held at Barley's Taproom in the Old City. A social hour and registration begins at 5 p.m. with games running from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In addition, under the leadership of Ian Hennessey, the Barristers recently joined a collaborative effort with the TBA YLD and KBA Access to Justice Committee to connect lawyers with volunteer opportunities in the area. In May, volunteers are being recruited to:

  • Help run bingo, horseshoes and other games for men at Agape House who suffer from mental illness. The “Spring Fair at Agape Outreach Center” will take place May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Help residents of the YWCA’s Keys of Hope Housing Program with job searches and mock interviews May 15 from noon to 1 p.m. The program provides affordable housing, a safe environment and supportive services for women in need.
  • Help children in the after-school program at Wesley House with homework and reading May 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. The CARES program provides tutoring in math, reading and composition.

Finally, the Barristers will hold its next meeting May 8 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou, 807 S. Gay St.  For more information about the group contact President Katrina Atchley Arbogast at katchley@lewisking.com or (865) 541-5258.

Maury County YLD – For information about the Maury County YLD contact President Douglas K. Chapman at douglaskchapman@hotmail.com or (931) 388-3380.

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The MBA YLD kicked off Law Week activities with its annual Legal Lines on WREG-TN Channel 3 this past Tuesday. During the two and a half hour show, local attorneys provided legal advice to members of the public who called the station. The MBA YLD Sports Committee reports that the group’s basketball league is off to a great start with two new teams and the inclusion of law students for the first time. It also announced a bowling tournament for the summer and a reminder that the Annual Golf Tournament will take place Oct. 4 at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington. Contact Jake Dickerson or Irwin Magevney for details about any of these activities. For general information about the MBA YLD contact President Annie Christoff at achristoff@bassberry.com or (901) 543-5939.

Nashville Bar Association YLD – The NBA YLD will announce the student winners of its Law Day Art & Essay Contest at a celebration and lunch May 1 at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel. The event will run from noon to 1 p.m. For more information about the Nashville YLD, contact President Robb Bigelow at rbigelow@dickinsonwright.com or (615) 244-6538.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information about NTYLA contact President Robert Black at rblack@rossassociateslaw.com or (423) 230-0006.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA is sponsoring a corn hole tournament on June 1 to raise money for the Genesis House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. As part of the service project, the group hopes not only to raise funds, but also awareness about the problem of domestic abuse. It also is in the process of organizing a meeting with the Prelaw Club at Tennessee Tech University with the hope of providing a real-world view of the legal profession and encouraging prospective law students to begin preparing for law school admission. For more information about the group, contact President Phil Hatch at pahatch@tndagc.org or (931) 528-5015.