YLD Affiliate News for August 2013

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD held its Annual Meeting in San Francisco from Aug. 8-13. Delegates from the TBA YLD were in attendance and on hand to receive awards presented for the group’s diversity efforts and overall public and legal service projects (get details here). The Fall Conference will be held Oct. 10-12 in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at mpotempa@mhpslaw.com or (615) 810-8438.

Blount County Bar Association YLD -- For more information about the Blount County YLD contact President Donna Ridgel at dmridgel@gmail.com or (865) 309-5291.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD -- On Aug. 9, members of the Chattanooga YLD and TBA YLD met with representatives of CASA and the Hamilton County Juvenile Court to deliver more than 100 stuffed animals and backpacks for kids who must visit the court. The items were collected at a fundraiser for CASA in the spring. The groups’ efforts generated media coverage in two local newspapers – the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Hamilton County Herald. For more information about the Chattanooga YLD contact President Michael Thomas at michaelmasonthomas@yahoo.com or (266) 220-7137.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD -- The Jackson Madison County YLD held elections earlier this month. Josh Dougan with The Dougan Law Firm was elected president, replacing Nathan Shelby with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell whose one-year term had ended. Other officers elected were Vice President Kortney Simmons, Treasurer Jessica Salonus and Secretary Ashley Holliday. Board members are Gayra Hall, Ryan Hall, Brittani Kendrick, Brandon Reedy, Andrea Sipes and Terica Smith. For more information about the group contact Dougan at josh@thedouganfirm.com.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers -- The Barristers will hold its next meeting Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou, 807 S. Gay St. The group’s next happy hour is planned for Sept. 26. On Sept. 20, the Barristers and the KBA are joining forces to co-host the annual four-person golf scramble at Avalon Golf & Country Club. The entry fee of $100 per player includes green fees, cart, range balls, box lunch, a commemorative gift, two drink tickets, prizes and a cookout following the tournament. All entries and payments must be received by Sept. 5. Tee times are available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the charitable endeavors of the group. Finally, the Barristers' Access to Justice Committee is seeking additional volunteers. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Troy Weston or Ian Hennessey. For more information about the Barristers contact President Katrina Atchley Arbogast at karbogast@lewisking.com or (865) 541-5258.

Maury County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the Maury County YLD contact President Jacob "Jake" Hubbell at jakehubbell@yahoo.com or (931) 381-4700.

Memphis Bar Association YLD -- The MBA YLD will host its annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 4. The event will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Glen Eagle Golf Course. On Oct. 12, the YLD will sponsor the weekly Saturday Legal Clinic. Volunteers are needed to help from 10 a.m. to noon at the main library, located at 3030 Poplar Ave. For information about the MBA YLD contact President Annie Christoff at achristoff@bassberry.com or (901) 543-5939.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Jacob Mathis at jacob.mathis@yahoo.com or (931) 645-9900.

Nashville Bar Association YLD -- The Nashville Bar YLD held a number of events over the summer including the 16th annual Carbolic Smoke Ball, which raised more than $20,000 for CASA of Davidson County and the Nashville Children’s Alliance; an Arts Immersion Fundraiser that raised more than $7,000 for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; and a legal clinic for homeless individuals at the Campus for Human Development. The group also sponsored the inaugural Brews for Backpacks, which was hosted by the Middle District Federal Public Defender’s office and netted 70 backpacks and a host of school supplies for a local foster care center. Plans for the fall include a toiletry drive for the Nashville Rescue Mission and a clothing drive to collect suits and business clothes for men and women seeking employment that need appropriate clothing to attend interviews.

In other news from the group, President Rob Bigelow has spearheaded an initiative for the year to donate any left over food from YLD events to homeless organizations and individuals. Bigelow reports that to date, the group has delivered meals to more than 100 individuals. During this year, the YLD also created a Career Placement Committee to help new lawyers find jobs in Nashville. The committee has already held an event at Belmont College of Law and has others planned for the fall at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law. For more information about the Nashville YLD, contact Bigelow at rbigelow@dickinsonwright.com or (615) 244-6538.

Finally, Nashville young lawyers Mary Beth Haltom and Jenney Keaty are hosting the Third Annual Law Firm Trivia Challenge Sept. 11 at the Pour House. Teams will be comprised of five members. The entry fee per team is $250, with all proceeds benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. The contest will start at 6 p.m. To register contact Haltom or Keaty. Download a flyer with more details.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association -- NTYLA will join with the TBA YLD to host a membership social at Stir Fry Café in Kingsport on Sept. 19. For general information about the group contact President Robert Black at rblack@rossassociateslaw.com or (423) 230-0006.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association -- Throughout the month of September the UCYLA will collect diapers and personal hygiene items for the Avalon Center, a domestic violence shelter in Cumberland County. It also plans to continue collection efforts for other area non-profits throughout the year. Donations should be dropped off at Tessa Lawson's office (145 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite A-2, Cookeville) or the Legal Aid Office (9 S. Jefferson Ave., Ste 102, Cookeville). For more information about the group, contact President Tessa Lawson at lawsontessa@yahoo.com or (931) 372-1972.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD -- The Williamson County YLD reports it had a fun and successful membership drive Aug. 24 at Arrington Vineyards. The next social event will be Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Chuy’s in Franklin. The group also is currently in the process of filling vacancies on the following four committees: Mock Trial, Professional Development, Public Service and Social. For more information about the committees or the group in general, contact President Kristen Corn at kristen.corn@franklintn.gov or (615) 550-6603.

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