YLD Affiliate News for March 2013

American Bar Association YLD – The group will hold its next meeting – the Spring Conference -- in Minneapolis May 16-18. It also has issued a report from its Midyear Meeting in Dallas last month. The report provides an update on current programs and a sneak peek at plans for the 2013-2014 bar year. Finally, the group has launched a new Affiliate Project Database, which features information about past service projects from the ABA YLD and its affiliates. The resource is designed to help state and local bars implement existing projects and spark ideas for new ones. 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 – Blounty 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 – 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 – For more information about the Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD contact President Nathan Shelby nshelby@raineykizer.com or (731) 425-7949.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers will hold its next meeting April 10 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou. The next happy hour is taking place April 25 at 5:30 p.m. In preparation for Law Day, the Barristers have launched two programs. The first, the 2013 Law and Liberty Award, recognizes members of the community who use the legal system to advance personal, political and civil liberties. The winner will be announced at the bar association’s Law Day Luncheon May 3. Nominations must be received by April 15. The second program, Junior Judges, presents an educational video with seven real-life scenarios depicting difficult situations to third graders in the area. This year’s presentation includes a discussion of cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs and alcohol, and gangs and weapons. Volunteers are needed throughout the month of April to present the material to classrooms. Contact Latisha Stubblefield at lstubblefield@bakerdonelson.com or (865) 549-7000. The group also has announced several other volunteer opportunities:

•    The Access to Justice Committee is planning a veterans’ benefits clinic for the summer. Contact Troy Weston or Ian Hennessey for more information.
•    Volunteers are needed to serve breakfast at the Volunteer Ministry Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Contact Will Kittrell or Alan Moore to get involved.
•    Lawyers interested in participating in the 2013 Heels & Wheels Duathlon can complete a 5K run, 18K bike ride and 3K run to benefit CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, among other area charities. For the less ambitious, there is also a separate 5K run and fun walk.

For more information about the Barristers 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 has teamed up with the Grizzlies for a night of fun at the FedEx Forum on April 17 at 7 p.m. YLD members may purchase Plaza II seats at $55 each, which is $35 less than the gate price, to watch the Grizzlies take on the Utah Jazz. To sit with the YLD group, please download and return a response form to Maggie Cooper at cooperm@thomasonlaw.com by April 1. A happy hour sponsored by Mid-South Financial will be held prior to the game. The group also is supporting the April 6 Race Judicata, sponsored by the University of Memphis School of Law Student Bar Association. The race will take place at Mississippi River Park beginning at 5 p.m. Food and live music will follow the race, which is open to runners, walkers and strollers! All proceeds benefit Memphis Area Legal Services. For more information visit www.racejudicatamemphis.org. For general information about the MBA YLD contact President Annie Christoff at achristoff@bassberry.com or (901) 543-5939.

Nashville Bar Association YLD -- 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 in the process of organizing a meeting with the Prelaw Club at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) 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. The group also is planning its annual public service project – a corn hole tournament – on June 1 to benefit Genesis House Domestic Violence Shelter. All area attorneys are invited to participate. To serve on the public service project planning committee contact Natalie Ivey at natalie@genesishouseinc.com. For more information about the UCYLA, contact President Phil Hatch at pahatch@tndagc.org or (931) 528-5015.

Williamson County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division – The inaugural meeting of the Williamson County YLD was held March 20 at Boxwood Bistro in Franklin. Though not yet an official affiliate of the TBA YLD, the Williamson County group is beginning to formalize its structure. Young lawyers in the area are invited to get involved. For more information contact Shauna Billingsley at shauna.billingsley@franklintn.gov or (615) 550-6603.