YLD Affiliate News for February 2014

American Bar Association YLD -- Affiliate young lawyer groups in Tennessee have until March 1 to apply for an ABA YLD grant to assist with member and public service projects. The group's Law Day Art Contest for students in grades 9-12 also wraps up early next month with a deadline of March 7. This year's theme is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." Finally, the group recently announced a new Affiliate Leadership Listserv, which is intended to serve as a resource for leaders of young lawyer associations that are affiliates of the ABA YLD. The email list is designed to connect leaders, allowing them to share information and get feedback from colleagues. The list is open to chairs-elect, chairs and immediate-past chairs of local, state and special-focus young lawyer organizations. For more information about this new service contact Anna Romanskaya. For general information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at (615) 810-8438.

Blount County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the Blount County YLD contact President Donna Ridgel at (865) 309-5291.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD -- In January, Chattanooga lawyer Ellie Hill took over as president of the CBA YLD, succeeding Michael Thomas. Hill, who also serves on the TBA YLD Board as Public Service Committee chair, is an associate at Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, where she handles real estate, general civil litigation and domestic matters. Prior to joining the firm, she was a staff attorney for two local title companies where she handled complex title issues. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, Hill also is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Also in January, Jeffrey Maddux, an associate with Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, took over as president-elect. He will assume the office of president in January 2015. On Feb. 27, the group held a social event at Big River so members could mingle with judicial candidates. For more information about the CBA YLD contact President Ellie Hill at (423) 266-7327.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the group contact President Josh Dougan at (731) 437-0469.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers -- The Barristers will hold its next meeting March 12 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou. The group also is seeking volunteers to serve on its Access to Justice Committee, volunteer for Saturday Bar clinics and serve breakfast at the Volunteer Ministry Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Contact Troy Weston or Katrina Atchley Arbogast for information about ATJ projects; Terry Woods about the clinics; and Alan Moore or Paul Wehmeier about the breakfast. For general information about the group contact President Jay Moneyhun at (865) 546-0500 or visit the Barristers online.

Maury County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the group contact President Jake Hubbell at (931) 381-4700.

Memphis Bar Association YLD -- The Shelby County High School Mock Trial Competition concluded its final round Feb. 19 with the team from St. Mary's Episcopal School defeating White Station High School's Green team. With 19 teams representing 13 local high schools, the district will send both teams to the state competition. Special thanks goes to Nicole Dunlap and Mary Wu for organizing this year's tournament, which is the largest district competition in the state. The YLD also appreciates all attorney volunteers as well as partners Alpha Reporting and BankTennessee, which provided refreshments for the judges and reception.

On Feb. 20, the YLD held its first "Triple Treat" CLE and Happy Hour of the year at the Brass Door. Despite the threat of tornados in downtown Memphis, a good number turned out for a program on attorney wellness. After the program, the YLD hosted its monthly happy hour, which was very well attended and also served as the annual draft for the MBA YLD Lawyers' Basketball League. This year, 12 players on nine teams will play ball. League games begin the second week of March.

Finally, the MBA YLD is helping publicize and provide volunteers for the monthly Veterans' Pro Bono Clinic at the Memphis VA, 1407 Union Ave. The clinic takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from noon to 2 p.m. The clinic averages approximately 30 veteran pro bono clients each month, so there is always a need for volunteer attorneys. For more information about this or any other event, contact President Jake Dickerson at (901) 577-8236.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Jacob Mathis at (931) 645-9900.

Nashville Bar Association YLD -- The 2014 Davidson County High School Mock Trial Competition will wrap up this weekend at the historic county courthouse in downtown Nashville. Volunteers are needed Friday and Saturday. To participate, contact Rob Laser at (615) 252-2393. On March 26, the group will hold a happy hour at Pub Nashville in the Gulch at 400 11th Ave. South. RSVP to Burke Keaty or Bahar Azhdari. The April event will be held at Pub 5, next to Bridgestone Arena at 104 5th Ave. South. Finally, the group has announced two upcoming calendar items: the annual Arts Immersion event set for May 28 from 6-9 p.m. and the annual Carbolic Smoke Ball set for July 19 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Hard Rock Café. For more information about the Nashville YLD, contact President Erin Palmer Polly at (615) 313-6013.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association -- For information about NTYLA contact President Holly Mancl at (423) 793-4800.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association -- The Upper Cumberland YLD Wills for Heroes clinic has been rescheduled for May 10. The group's next monthly meeting is scheduled for March 27 in Crossville. For more information about the group contact President Tessa Lawson at (931) 372-1972.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD -- The Williamson County Bar Association YLD will gather March 13 at 5:15 p.m. at Cool Springs Brewery for a social hour. For information about the group contact President Kristen Corn at (615) 550-6603.