Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Welcome to the Fall 2013 Issue of TYL!

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is excited to announce that the Tennessee Young Lawyer (TYL) is making a comeback after a brief hiatus. You will notice some changes to the format, but the content and goal remain the same: to provide Tennessee’s young lawyers with information written by them and for them.

We are currently seeking articles for future issues to be published in the winter, spring and summer. Now is a great time to get published! If you have an article you would like to submit for publication or questions regarding the publication, please contact TYL Editor Justin Faith at jfaith@gearhiserpeters.com or YLD Publications Committee Chair Chaz Molder at cmolder@hardinandparkes.com.

The Fall 2013 issue features:

  • President's Corner: Welcome to the 2013-2014 Bar Year
  • Feature Article: 2 Young Lawyers’ Employment Journey
  • Face of the Young Lawyer: Moses Sets Bar for Service
  • Law School Spotlight: Memphis, UT Focus on Local Communities
  • YLD in the Community: A Young Lawyer Seeks, Wins Judgeship
  • Affiliate Spotlight: Maury County YLD Has Proud History
  • Message from Your Tennessee Young Lawyer Editor

President's Corner: Welcome to the 2013-2014 Bar Year

"As a young lawyer in Tennessee, you should count yourself among the most fortunate. You have taken advantage of numerous opportunities to excel in school, obtain an undergraduate degree, successfully complete law school, pass the bar exam and become a licensed attorney. And now you have a new partner in the profession -- the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and its Young Lawyers Division (YLD). And the TBA YLD is a great example of what can be accomplished when a group of dedicated individuals come together and work toward a common goal," writes YLD President David McDowell in his inaugural President's Corner column. "I am looking forward to serving as president this year along with an exceptional group of board leaders. Our goal this year remains the same as it has been for many years: to use our skills and abilities to help those who need it." To that end, McDowell says, "We will focus on service to the public and service to our members." Learn more about the programs, activities and events planned for the year in this message from McDowell. Read more

Feature Article: 2 Young Lawyers’ Employment Journey

Faced with law school debt and a dearth of legal jobs, the husband and wife team of Will Woods and Phylinda Ramsey forged a much different path after graduating from law school in 2010. They took jobs, but they were not typical entry-level associate positions. They actually were not even related to the practice of law. And in fact, they were not even based in the United States. The pair went to work at a Chinese university in Qinhuangdao to teach English. They write that the “benefits were enticing: free lodging, a decent salary and a three-month paid vacation. The downside was obvious, given that we would be taking on jobs that were unrelated to our newly acquired law degrees.” But for two law students facing a stagnant legal market and no real job prospects, it was a “fairly easy choice” they say. Read more

Face of the Young Lawyer: Moses Sets Bar for Service

In this feature of Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses, her friend and colleague Philip Hatch writes that "Over the course of the last three years I have had the opportunity to serve with an individual who, in my opinion, epitomizes the essence of the young lawyer." That individual, Rachel Moses, is an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee in Cookeville, and according to Phil is a force to be reckoned with in the Upper Cumberland. She was the primary influence behind the creation of the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association (UCYLA) and has continued to provide leadership to the group. As the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) District 6 representative, Moses set the bar for public service. And she most recently was recognized when her peers elected her to serve as vice president of the YLD -- a move that puts her in line to lead the group in 2015-2016. Read more

Law School Spotlight: Memphis, UT Focus on Local Communities

Each issue of TYL will include news about two of Tennessee’s six law schools. This issue features news from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Amy T. Campbell, the new director of the Health Law Institute and associate professor of law at the University of Memphis School of Law, writes about a new health law and policy program being launched at the school in 2014, while Brad Morgan, access to justice and mentoring coordinator at UT Law, writes about the impact the Pro Bono Society is having at the school and in the greater Knoxville community. Read more

YLD in the Community: A Young Lawyer Seeks, Wins Judgeship

Raised in Marshall County, Tenn., Lee Bussart Bowles is now serving as that county's first full-time General Sessions Court judge. As she has done so many times since beginning her legal career in 2001, Judge Bowles has embraced her new role, using the platform to serve her local community, the legal profession and the judiciary, writes Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom in a profile of her Middle Tennessee colleague. Within months of taking office, Bowles placed a primary focus on juveniles and created an entire day dedicated to handling juvenile proceedings. She also quickly took on leadership positions within the judiciary, serving as the middle district vice president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, Haltom reports. And while Bowles could have used her election as an opportunity to pull back from bar service, she is as active as ever, serving as the Tennessee young lawyer delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, a delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly and a key leader in the ABA YLD’s anti-bullying initiative. Read more

Affiliate Spotlight: Maury County YLD Has Proud History

The Maury County Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has a long-standing history and solid reputation among lawyers in the state, writes Columbia lawyer Chaz Molder in this feature on the group. Over the years, several presidents of the group have gone on to serve in prominent roles in the TBA YLD and TBA. And one of it most notable achievements was conducting the first ever Wills for Heroes clinic in the state of Tennessee. Since that first clinic six years ago, more than 2,000 first responders in the state have been served by the program. Today the YLD is led by Columbia lawyer Jake Hubbell, who oversees the group’s public service and member service projects -- making sure the organization’s reputation remains strong long into the future. Read more

Message from Your Tennessee Young Lawyer Editor

You are receiving the Tennessee Young Lawyer (TYL) as a member benefit of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. TYL provides an opportunity for the YLD president to communicate with division members through a standing column, to feature young lawyers making a difference in their communities and to publish substantive legal articles authored by young lawyers. It is sent quarterly to all TBA young lawyer members, law student members, affiliate representatives and TBA YLD Fellows. If you have comments or suggestions regarding the publication, please contact Editor Justin Faith at jfaith@gearhiserpeters.com or (423) 756-5171.

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TYL Staff
David G. McDowell, President
Chaz M. Molder, Publications Committee Chair
Justin B. Faith, Editor
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