YLD Affiliate News for November 2013

American Bar Association YLD -- The ABA YLD’s next meeting is Feb. 6-8, 2014, in Chicago. If you are interested in attending on behalf of an affiliate organization, please contact Mary Beth Haltom, District 16 Representative to the ABA for the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. You can reach Haltom at mhaltom@lewisking.com or (615) 259-1366. For general 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 -- 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 -- For more information about the group contact President Josh Dougan at josh@thedouganfirm.com.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers -- The next Barristers meeting will be the Annual Meeting and Elections set for Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou. The event also will serve as the end-of-year party. At the meeting, Jay Moneyhun, with Bass, Berry & Sims, will take over as Barristers president and members will select a new vice president, secretary/treasurer and two at-large Executive Committee seats. Candidates nominated to date are Taylor A. Williams with Paine, Tarwater and Bickers for vice president; William H. Kittrell with Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis for secretary/treasurer; and Katherine S. Goodner with Paine, Tarwater and Bickers and Rachel P. Hurt with Arnett, Draper & Hagood for board member.

The Barristers also have several events and activities planned for the next month. These include:

Canned Food Drive -- The Barristers have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee for its Fourth Annual Canned Food Drive Competition, which will run from Dec. 9 to 20. Firms and individual attorneys may compete in three separate competitions: total items donated, peanut butter donated and pounds donated. To participate, please submit a registration form to Rachel Park Hurt at rhurt@adhknox.com.

Angel Tree Project – The Barristers hold their annual Angel Tree Project now through Dec. 13. Area attorneys are asked to provide presents for local children who otherwise would go without gifts on Christmas morning. Those participating should bring their gift to the annual meeting. Cash gifts also are being collected for those short on time. Contact Kati Goodner to sponsor a child.

The group also has an ongoing need for members to serve on the Access to Justice Committee, participate in the Volunteer Ministry Center breakfast on the fourth Thursday of each month and speak to business law students at Hardin Valley Academy. To volunteer for the ATJ Committee contact Troy Weston; to serve breakfast contact Will Kittrell; or to speak to high school students contact Catherine Anglin.

For more information about the Barristers contact President Katrina Atchley Arbogast at karbogast@lewisking.com or (865) 541-5258.

Maury County Bar Association YLD -- The Maury County YLD hosted a successful Wills for Heroes Clinic on Nov. 16, with 20 volunteer attorneys completing estate planning documents for 66 heroes. The group's annual Christmas gathering for members and local judges will take place Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the home of YLD member Kristen Parker. Monthly YLD meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Puckett’s restaurant on the square in downtown Columbia. For more information about the group contact President Jacob "Jake" Hubbell at jakehubbell@yahoo.com or (931) 381-4700.

Memphis Bar Association YLD -- The MBA YLD held its Annual Meeting and Elections on Nov. 14. Jake Dickerson was installed as president, while Nicole Grida was elected vice president/president-elect. A number of board members also were elected, including Tricia Adrian, Nicole Dunlap, Adam Johnson, Christina Kurdilla, Jonathan May, Matt May, Jonathan Nelson, Keisha Richardson and Mary Wu. And Annie Christoff moved into the role of past president.

Also at the event, the group presented its annual Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year to Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields. The award honors the memory of Chancellor Rond, who was known for his intelligence, fairness, wise decisions, integrity and great wit. All Shelby County judges are eligible to receive the award, which was first given in 1976. YLD members vote on each year’s recipient based on ability, demeanor, integrity and diligence. For general information about the MBA YLD contact President Jake Dickerson at jdickerson@bakerdonelson.com or (901) 577-8236.

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 -- For more information about the Nashville YLD, contact President Erin Palmer Polly at epolly@walkertipps.com or (615) 313-6013.

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 -- On Nov. 12, the UCYLA held a local swearing in ceremony for new attorneys in the Upper Cumberland. On Dec. 6, the group will hold a Christmas party. On Dec. 7, the group will train area lawyers on how to handle pro bono cases at its “Pizza and Pro Bono” lunch. And on Dec. 8, the group will host Toys for Tots. Santa will be on hand for free pictures with kids and everyone is encouraged to bring a toy to donate. For more information about the group contact President Tessa Lawson at lawsontessa@yahoo.com or (931) 372-1972.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD -- For information about the group contact President Kristen Corn at kristen.corn@franklintn.gov or (615) 550-6603.