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Moses, Mancl Take New YLD Roles After Winkler Steps Down

Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. Under the YLD bylaws, a vacancy in the office of president is automatically filled by the sitting president-elect. Moses will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. Winkler, who took office in June, is now in house counsel for Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously worked at Regional One Health in Memphis.

To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the voting members of the YLD Board have approved the appointment of current YLD Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. The position of vice president will remain vacant until new elections are held in April 2015. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. She will serve for two years as president-elect and then take office as president in June 2016.

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Invited Guest News for August 2014

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.

East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women – The East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, represented on the TBA YLD Board by Knoxville lawyer Alyssa Minge, has a number of activities planned for the fall. On Oct. 18, the group will field a team for the 2014 Race for the Cure, which will be held at the World’s Fair Park. To join the group, visit the ETLAW team page or contact team captain Wynne Caffey.

Then on Oct. 28, the group will host a reception to honor Knox County female judges elected or appointed to the bench within the last year. For more information about ETLAW contact Minge by email, (865) 342-4916.

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Affiliate News for August 2014

American Bar Association YLD – Congratulations to Montgomery County Bar Association YLD President Justin Sensing, who is serving as assistant editor of The Affiliate, the newsletter of the ABA YLD. Check out his articles in the August issue that profile incoming ABA President William Hubbard and promote upcoming Celebrate Pro Bono activities.

The ABA YLD will hold its Fall Meeting Oct. 9-11 in Portland and its Spring 2015 Meeting May 14-16 in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: Choosing Office Space

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at the resources available for choosing office space.

One of the primary questions an attorney must answer is where to physically practice law. There are various options, including leasing office space, purchasing a building, working from home, utilizing a virtual office or sharing space with other lawyers. Each of these options has advantages and disadvantages. In addition, lawyers should give careful consideration to the image they wish to project to clients and opposing counsel, as well as the ethical issues associated with each option. The “Choosing Office Space” section of the Solo in a Box Toolkit looks at these issues and reviews three possible office settings.

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Save the Date for Ethics CLE Series

Save the date for the YLD’s annual Ethics program, which will be offered in February 2015. Dates are as follows:

Nashville: Feb. 6
Memphis: Feb. 13
Knoxville: Feb. 20

Watch for more details and registration information coming soon.

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Law Firm Trivia Challenge Raises $7,000

Nashville young lawyers hosted the 4th Annual Law Firm Trivia Challenge at the Crow’s Nest in Green Hills last month. More than 100 attorneys from 30 different law firms participated in the event, which raised $7,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A shout out goes to the team of “Doctors and Lawyers and Suds” for taking first place. Team members included Captain Bart Pickett, Kurt Hippel, Benny Klansing, Patrick Powell and Jason Roodig. Second place went to the team of WP, the defending champions, composed of attorneys from Waddey Patterson. Team members included Matthew Cox, Scott Douglass, Ed Lanquist, Ryan Levy and Gary Montle. Finally, third place went to the firm of Nelson Mullins, composed of team members Thallen Brassel, James Haltom, Chris Lalonde, Molly Lalonde and Geof Vickers. Congratulations to Mary Beth Haltom with Lewis Thomason and Jenney Keaty with Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge for another great event!

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District Representative Vacancies Filled

Two vacancies among the YLD’s District Representative have been filled by the voting members of the YLD Board. In District 4, which covers Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties, Emily Petro has been selected. She will serve the remaining 22 months of the term. In District 13, which covers Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties, Ijeoma Ike has been selected. She will serve the remaining 10 months of this term.

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Moses Named YLD President After Winkler Steps Down


Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. Under the YLD bylaws, a vacancy in the office of president is automatically filled by the sitting president-elect. Moses will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. Winkler, who took office in June, is now in house counsel for Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously worked at Regional One Health in Memphis.

To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the voting members of the YLD Board have approved the appointment of current YLD Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. The position of vice president will remain vacant until new elections are held in April 2015. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. She will serve for two years as president-elect and then take office as president in June 2016.

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TBA Accepting Nominations for Public Service Awards

The TBA each year recognizes lawyers and law students who have shown exceptional commitment to increasing access to justice to individuals and communities. The awards recognize pro bono service in three categories: work performed by an attorney employed by an organization primarily involved in providing legal representation to the indigent, work performed by a private attorney and work performed by a law student volunteer. The nomination period for 2104 honorees is now open. Nominations may be submitted via the TBA website or by email to Liz Todaro. Download a hard copy submission form. Nominations are due no later than Sept. 5. Submissions should include a narrative of the individual’s accomplishments, the nominator’s reasons for selecting the individual and a description of how the nominee meets the award criteria. Awards are presented at the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon in January.

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YLD Brings Home 4 Awards from Boston

The TBA YLD took first place in three award categories and received one special recognition at the ABA Meeting in Boston this month. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments during the previous bar year. The TBA YLD won first place in the Service to Public category for its Library Education Project, which under the leadership of Immediate Past YLD President David McDowell, focused on educating librarians across the state about the free legal resources available for those who need legal information and advice. The project focused on three free resources: OnlineTNJustice, LIFT and aLEGALz and was made possible by a generous grant from the Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser Peters Elliott & Cannon.

The group also took first place in the Minority Project category for its Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students, and the Comprehensive category, which evaluates all activities and programs undertaken during the year.

Finally, the YLD received a special recognition for service to the bar for its CLE programs.

Special thanks goes to Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart who coordinated the YLD's award applications.


On hand to receive the awards (above from left) were: TBA YLD District 6 Representative Jason Hicks; TBA YLD Immediate Past President David McDowell; Immediate Past ABA YLD President Mario Sullivan; Matt Potempa, ABA Affiliate Representative to the TBA YLD Board; Mary Beth Haltom, ABA YLD District Representative for Tennesse and Kentucky; and YLD Board Secretary Troy Weston.

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Tennessee Lawyers Honored for Public Service at ABA Events

Tennessee lawyers received recognition across the board during this past week at the ABA Annual Conference in Boston. 


YLD Recognized for Diversity, Public Service, Overall Programming


YLD ABA Award Winners

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Affiliate News for July 2014

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston Aug. 7-9. At the meeting, incoming Chair Andrew Schpak of Portland, Oregon, will unveil details for the group’s annual service project, which will focus on homeless youth. Other upcoming events include the ABA YLD Fall Meeting Oct. 9-11 in Portland and the Spring 2015 Meeting May 14-16 in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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YLD Leaders Ready to Serve

The YLD leadership stands ready to serve you, the membership, in any way possible. Do not hesitate to contact any of these individuals with questions about the TBA YLD or ways to get involved. See complete contact information for this year’s leadership on the YLD website.

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Solo in a Box Spotlight: The Business of Law

With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at the resources available for making two key business decisions.

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YLD Transactional CLE on Tap for October

The YLD will offer its annual Transactional CLE Oct. 17 in Knoxville and Oct. 24 in Nashville. This six-hour seminar will provide lawyers with the information, tools, and tips needed to successfully handle transactional, traditional business and probate matters. Specifically, the course will offer practical approaches to handling wills and trusts, probate matters, employment agreements and corporate formation. It also will cover issues specific to health care transactions. The day will wrap up with a presentation about ethics in the practice of law. Make plans to attend now!

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Corporate, Criminal Law Mentors Needed

  The TBA Mentoring Program still needs lawyers with a background in criminal or corporate law to join the program as mentors for upcoming classes. Mentors should be attorneys with at least eight years of legal practice experience. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
  • Nashville/Brentwood/Franklin Area: Experience in Criminal Law
     
  • Gatlinburg: Experience in Criminal Law or Corporate Law
Contact TBA staff member Christy Gibson, (615) 383-7421 at the TBA for more information.
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Diversity Plan Amendments Adopted

At the YLD Board Meeting in June, the group adopted two amendments to the division’s Diversity Plan. The first amendment added the category of “persons with disabilities” to the plan’s definition of a diverse individual. With that change, the YLD now is tasked with actively recruiting persons with disabilities to join the membership and leadership of the organization; promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the YLD; assessing bias against persons with disabilities in the state; and encouraging law school enrollment by persons with disabilities. The change also means that the YLD Diversity Survey now will ask members if they consider themselves to be persons with disabilities.

The second amendment reduced the frequency of the YLD Diversity Survey from being conducted annually to being conducted every other year. The Diversity Committee proposed this amendment based on comments received from the YLD membership. The survey was last conducted in 2012 so look for information on this year’s edition soon.

Download the revised plan.

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Candidates Sought for 2 District Representative Vacancies

Two vacancies among the YLD’s district representative positions have occurred since this spring’s election. The openings are for District 4, which serves Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties, and District 13, which represents Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties. Eligible candidates must retain a primary residence or office in the district they are interested in representing.

Pursuant to the division’s bylaws, the president is to nominate members of the division to fill these unexpired terms. The voting members of the YLD Board must then approve the nominations.

Those interested in being considered for the positions should contact YLD Director Stacey Shrader Joslin at sshrader@tnbar.org, (615) 383-7421 no later than Aug. 11. Learn more about the duties of a district representative in this handout.

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'Barmageddon:' Bar Exam Takers Can’t Upload Tests, Deadlines Extended

Bar exam takers in multiple states experienced delays and failures Tuesday when trying to upload their completed exams using ExamSoft software. Test takers reported staying up late trying to upload their exams multiple times, even as they faced a second day of exams today. One student even dubbed the situation “Barmageddon.” The software provider, ExamSoft Worldwide Inc., says delays were caused by a “processing issue.” State bars in all the affected states have extended their deadlines, the ABA Journal reports.

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Memphis Lawyer Takes Office as YLD President

Memphis lawyer Stacie Winkler took office as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division during the TBA’s convention earlier this month. She succeeds David McDowell of Chattanooga. Winkler, an attorney with Regional One Health, praised McDowell for his leadership over the past year and congratulated him on completion of the Library Education Project. With a last-minute flurry of activity, volunteers completed visits to libraries in all of Tennessee’s counties before McDowell relinquished the gavel.

Also taking office at the division’s annual meeting were President-Elect Rachel Moses with the Legal Aid Society in Cookeville; Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl with Hunter Smith & Davis in Kingsport; Secretary Troy Weston with Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville; and Treasurer Steven King with Ducks Unlimited in Memphis.

New YLD President Stacie Winkler (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to outgoing president David McDowell at the Lawyer's Lunch at the TBA Convention.

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Affiliate News for June 2014

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD held its 2014 Spring Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 15-17. Based in the historic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, the conference included an 80's-themed dinner dance, the annual International Oratory Competition and a reception at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The group meets next in Boston Aug. 7-9. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at (615) 810-8438.

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Turn Your Expertise into an Article

Do you have a keen interest in trends, developments and case law in your practice area? Want to share this knowledge with your colleagues in the Tennessee Bar Journal? Not sure how to begin? Journal Editor Suzanne Robertson provides this advice: Think of and refine your topic. It should be of interest to Tennessee lawyers, which is a broad criteria. This could mean you might explain a new state law, explain a complicated area of law, or take a larger issue and connect it to what it means for Tennessee attorneys and the justice system. Then take a look at the writer’s guidelines, which provide information about length, notes and other details.

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Fellows Elect Officers, Induct New Members

The TBA YLD Fellows held its annual meeting and inducted new members at the YLD & Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. New officers elected were President Charlotte Knight Griffin with Memphis Light, Gas & Water in Memphis; Vice President J. Russell Parkes with Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia; Secretary Lisa Richter, the 19th Judicial District Child Support Referee in Clarksville; and Treasurer Glenn Walter with Lewis Thomason of Knoxville.

The group also inducted nine new members: Daniel Berexa with Cornelius & Collins in Nashville; Colleen Sweeney Bracken with HCA in Nashville; Brad Carter with Schell & Davies in Franklin; Howard Hayden with the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group in Nashville; Thomas Santel with Parkerson | Santel in Murfreesboro; Chris Varner with Evans Harrison Hackett in Chattanooga; David Veile with Schell & Davies in Franklin; Mason Wilson with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis; and honorary member Judge Jeffrey S. Bivins of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Finally, the Fellows awarded its annual William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award to Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder for her many years of outstanding service to the profession, the legal system and her community. She was specifically recognized for her work on lawyers' assistance and access to justice issues.

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Law Student Leadership Group Wraps Up

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention this month. The group’s activities included programs on networking and the importance of public and pro bono service. On Saturday, the group conducted a briefing on the TBA’s Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors for concerned citizens in the Gatlinburg area.

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Young Lawyers Recognized for Service

At a dinner and awards ceremony on the last night of the TBA Convention, outgoing YLD President David McDowell recognized several young lawyers with awards for their service to the organization, the profession and the community. Murfreesboro lawyer Aimee Luna, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, received the President’s Award for her exceptional efforts educating Tennessee lawyers and librarians about free legal resources through this year’s YLD public service project. Luna personally visited almost 10 libraries and made additional presentations to several groups of lawyers. She also was honored for seven years of service as District 7 Representative and for her strong support of the Wills for Heroes program.

In addition to receiving the President's Award, Luna was selected as the first place finisher in the YLD's "Paying for Press" Challenge. An initiative of YLD President David McDowell, the challenge encouraged young lawyers to get press coverage of the events, activities and projects they planned. Using his own funds, McDowell pledged to support the charity of the winners' chosing. Luna was able to designate a donation of $500 to her favorite charity.


Outgoing YLD President David McDowell presents the President's Award to Aimee Luna of Murfreesboro.


McDowell presents a check to Luna for her favorite charity.

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