YLD Award Winners Recognized at 2012 Board & Fellows Dinner

Members of the outgoing TBA Young Lawyers Division Board gathered on June 8 for a final dinner and award ceremony recognizing service during the past year. The event also featured the annual meeting of the TBA YLD Fellows and a graduation ceremony of the Diversity Leadership Institute class. In what has become a tradition, the evening ended with a gavel pass from all former YLD presidents in attendance to incoming president David Veile of Franklin. Photos taken by Barry Kolar and Stacey Shrader

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Outgoing YLD president Mason Wilson (left) and his wife Crystal visit with East Tennessee Governor Paul Whitt (right) at a reception before the annual YLD Board & Fellows Dinner on Friday, June 8, 2012.

President's Award & Public Service Award: Cookeville lawyer Rachel M. Moses (right) was given the 2011-2012 President's Distinguished Service Award for tireless dedication to the improvement of the legal profession and to the TBA YLD.

Moses, a district representative, also won the award for the best public service project for her "Jog & Jam for Justice" event benefiting the Legal Aid Society.

Former YLD Presidents line up for the traditional gavel pass to incoming president David Veile.

From left: Al Harvey of Memphis, John Tarpley of Nashville, Randy Noel of Memphis, Jonathan Steen of Jackson, Cynthia Richardson Wyrick of Sevierville and Danny Van Horn of Memphis.

From left: Former YLD presidents Jason Long, Lisa Richter, Cynthia Richardson Wyrick and Michelle Greenway Sellers share a laugh before the annual YLD Board & Fellows Dinner. The group gathered at Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Memphis for the event.

President's Special Recognition Award: Knoxville lawyer Tasha C. Blakney (right) was recognized with the President's Special Recognition Award for 10 years of exceptional service to the Young Lawyers Division, including service as President, East Tennessee Governor, member of the Long Range Planning Committee and chair of the inaugural Children's Issues Committee.

Cynthia Richardson Wyrick of Sevierville talks about her time in the YLD, thanking those who served with her and encouraging current members to value the relationships formed early in one's career. Jonathan Steen (left), Danny Van Horn and Lisa Richter (right) of Springfield look on.

Knoxville lawyer Carol Anne Long (left) welcomes Jackson lawyer Anna Banks Cash (right) to the YLD Fellows organization. Banks, joined by her husband, Mike Banks (center), was inducted into the Fellows for her involvement with the YLD as a district representative for many years.

Stars of the Quarter: Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa (above) was named a Star of the Quarter for serving as liaison to the ABA Young Lawyers Division and chair of the Nashville Host Committee for the 2012 ABA YLD Spring Meeting.

Not pictured: Knoxville lawyer Katrina Atchley was named a Star of the Quarter for service as chair of the Children's Issues Committee and producer of the CASA Speaks for Polly coloring book project.

Former YLD President and outgoing TBA President Danny Van Horn (left) gets a laugh from former YLD President Lisa Richter as he recounts his experiences in the YLD.

YLD District Representative Katie Jones (left) and her husband Terry join Nashville lawyer and former YLD and TBA president John Tarpley and Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses (right) at a reception honoring new Fellows inductees, YLD award winners and graduates of the Diversity Leadership Institute.

Induction of New Fellows: TBA YLD  Fellows President Cynthia Richardson Wyrick (left) welcomes Knoxville lawyer Harry P. Ogden to the Fellows. Ogden was selected as this year's honorary Fellow for his commitment to young lawyers across the state. Other lawyers inducted into the group were Tara M. Aaron, Tasha C. Blakney, Anna Banks Cash, E. Evan Cope, Carter Massengill, Alicia Brown Oliver, Candice Reed and Michael P. Sayne.

Former YLD President Jason Long (center) gets a laugh out of former YLD President Michelle Sellers (right) as he gives his advice to incoming president David Veile.

Former YLD President Lisa Richter (left) looks on.

Former YLD and TBA president Al Harvey (left) of Memphis  visits with TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur (center), newly-installed TBA President and Nashville lawyer Jackie Dixon, and former TBA president Gail Vaughn Ashworth, also of Nashville.

Recognition of Outgoing YLD President Mason Wilson: Incoming YLD President David Veile (left) thanks outgoing president Mason Wilson for his year of service.

Former YLD President Tasha Blakney of Knoxville reflects on her years with the YLD, expressing appreciation for the meaningful relationships she developed among the group.

Newly-installed TBA President and Nashville lawyer Jackie Dixon (left) speaks with YLD Fellows Honorary Inductee Harry P. Ogden of Knoxville. Ogden was selected as this year's honorary Fellow for his commitment to young lawyers across the state.

Incoming YLD President David Veile (left) and outgoing president Mason Wilson share a laugh.

Outgoing YLD President Mason Wilson prepares to hand the gavel to incoming president David Veile (right). Former YLD President Tasha Blakney (left) looks on.

YLD Board Member Nathan Shelby (left) of Jackson welcomes new board member Joann Coston-Holloway (right) of Memphis to the organization.

Incoming YLD President David Veile (left) presents outgoing president Mason Wilson with a gift marking his year of service.

Outgoing YLD President Mason Wilson (left) hands off the group's official gavel to new president David Veile (right). 

Former YLD President and current TBA President-Elect Cynthia Richardson Wyrick is joined by former YLD President and current TBA Vice President Jonathan Steen (right) and TBA CLE Committee Chair Angelia Morie Nystrom (second from left) at the reception. Joining Nystrom was her husband Hugh (left).

 

David Veile (right) talks about his plans for leading the YLD in the 2012-2013 bar year.

Former YLD and TBA president Al Harvey (right) of Memphis speaks with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder, who previoulsy was inducted as an honorary member of the YLD Fellows.

   

Immediate Past YLD President Tasha Blakney (right) of Knoxville visits with TBA legislative counsel Steve Cobb of Nashville. Blakney, who aged out of the YLD this month, was inducted as a Fellow and was recognized for 10 years of service to the YLD. Cobb is an honorary Fellow.

   

Andrew (left) and Michelle Sellers of Jackson join U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton of Memphis and University of Tennessee College of Law student Shalini Bhatia before the Fellows dinner. Bhatia was a member of the 2012 Diversity Leadership Institute class and was in town for the group's final program, service project and graduation.