YLD Affiliate News for October 2012

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD held its Fall Conference in historic Charleston from Oct. 18-20. In addition to programming from presenters such as Charleston's mayor and South Carolina's chief justice, the conference featured social events at the South Carolina Aquarium and several of Charleston's best restaurants. This year's public service project, American Voter, also was officially launched at the meeting. The initiative is a non-partisan effort to educate young people about the history of voting rights in the United States and the importance of exercising the right to vote. The program offers resources for lawyers and educators to present law-focused education projects in the classroom or community, as well as comprehensive state-specific information on voter registration, Election Day procedures, resources for disabled voters and more. It also calls on young lawyers to volunteer for voter registration, Election Day poll watching and community education. Visit american-voter.org for more information. In addition to this, the newest public service project, the ABA YLD recently "re-packaged" its previous projects to make them easier for affiliates to implement. All past projects now can be found here

Blount County Bar Association YLD – For more 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 Eric Burnette at eburnette@bdplawfirm.com or (423) 266-2121.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD contact President Nathan Shelby at nshelby@raineykizer.com or (731) 425-7949.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers will hold its next meeting Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro. The annual meeting and elections is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Bistro at 5 p.m. The following offices are open for nominations: vice president, secretary/treasurer and two at large executive committee seats. Individuals nominated to date are: Kathryn St. Clair Ellis of Legal Aid of East Tennessee and James P. Moneyhun Jr. with Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis PC for vice president; and William H. Kittrell with Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis PC for secretary/treasurer.

The Barristers will sponsor a New Admittees Reception on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the Speakeasy, on the second floor of The Preservation Pub,
 28 Market Square. Everyone is encouraged to attend to honor these newly admitted bar members. RSVP online or call the KBA Office at (865) 522-6522. Other upcoming activities for the group include:

  -- Coats for the Cold coat drive Nov. 1-16 hosted by the Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee. The committee is collecting “coats, jackets, parkas, minks, rain coats, trench coats, dusters, even those mid-'90s puffy NFL jackets.” All coats will be cleaned courtesy of Prestige Cleaners and donated to Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. Drop them off at any of the following locations: the KBA, Riverview Tower, First Tennessee Plaza, LMU, UT Law or Baker Donelson.

  -- Knox County and Blount County Saturday Bar clinics on Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information about the Barristers contact President Josh Bond at jjbond@hdclaw.com (865) 546-9611.

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

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The MBA YLD will sponsor the Memphis Area Legal Services’ Saturday Legal Clinic on Nov. 10. The event will take place at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Jonathan Nelson or Nicole Grida to volunteer. Later that week, the group will hold its annual meeting and elections on Nov. 15 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Alfred's on Beale. This year’s slate of officers are Jake Dickerson, who is running unopposed for vice president/president-elect, and the following 10 candidates for nine seats on the Board of the Directors: Nicole Bermel, Maggie Cooper, Nicole Grida, Christina Kurdilla, Irwin Magevney, Matt May, Jonathan Nelson, Keisha Moses Richardson, Jennifer Sutch and Janika White. The group also will vote on nominees for the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award honoring an outstanding judge of the year.

The MBA YLD report that it hosted its Annual Golf Tournament earlier this month with more than 60 golfers enjoying a beautiful afternoon of fun and golf to raise money for the Downtown Porter Boys & Girls Club. The team of Tyler Darby, Todd Williams, Michael Katzman and Jack Sherman took first place with Edward Bearman, Tony Forsythe, Stuart Breakstone and Richard Dorsey finishing in second place. Edd Peyton won Longest Drive, and Ashley Wathen won Closest to the Pin. See photos from the tournament

For general information about the MBA YLD contact President Abby Webb at awebb@shuttleworthwilliams.com or (901) 328-8223.

Nashville Bar Association YLD -- For more information about the Nashville YLD, contact President Sara Reynolds at sreynolds@andersonreynolds.com or (615) 942-1700.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information about NTYLA contact President Robert Black at (423) 230-0006 or rblack@rossassociateslaw.com.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA is sponsoring a local swearing-in/recognition ceremony on Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Putnam County Justice Center for new bar admittees in the area. A small reception will follow. On Nov. 15, TBA YLD Districts 6 and 8 will hold a joint meeting at 6 p.m. at the Timberloft Restaurant in Gordonsville (Smith County). Attorneys from District 6 should RSVP to YLD District 6 Representative Rachel Moses of Cookeville at rmoses@las.org. Attorneys from District 8 should RSVP to YLD District 8 Representative Mike Kurtz of Lebanon at mkurtz@leeandlee.com. The group also reports that it hosted a successful pro bono legal advice clinic at the Legal Aid Society office in Cookeville on Oct. 27. For more information about any of the group's activities, contact President Phil Hatch at pahatch@tndagc.org or (931) 528-5015.