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TBA Mentoring Program

The TBA Mentoring Program is designed to foster mutually beneficial relationships between participating attorneys and connect members with resources and tools. Mentoring opportunities include events, programs and access to practice area resources. Sign up to be a mentor or apply for mentoring opportunities.
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Register Now for Inaugural Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference, Oct. 5-6

The inaugural Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference will be held Oct. 5 - 6 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the heart of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. In conjunction with the Conference, which will offer educational programs and up to eight hours of CLE credits, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow Tennessee lawyers during receptions, dinners and social events offered during the weekend long conference. Learn more about the 2018 YLD Conference here.
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TBA Section Leaders Wanted!

 
The TBA Law Office Technology and Management Section is looking for young lawyers interested in joining the section and taking on an executive council leadership position. The section focuses on cutting edge law office tech and issues surrounding the intersection of technology and law. Young lawyers may have good insight on new software or systems available as well as ideas for CLE programming.
 
Being on the EC isn’t a huge time commitment. Members have a monthly conference call, and they work together to plan a CLE event in February. However, the opportunities with this unique section are endless! If you would like to find out more information or want to recommend someone, please contact the section coordinator, Chelsea Bennett, by Oct. 5.
 
Not quite ready for a leadership role, but the section sounds intriguing?  It's easy to join the Law Tech section.
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Cafe Du Monde - 800 Decatur StreetDomilise's Po Boy & Bar - 5240 Annunciation Street
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Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar - 1418 Magazine StreetJohnny's Po Boys - 511 St. Louis Street
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National WWII Museum - 945 Magazine StreetJackson Square - 700 Decatur Street
Audubon Butterfly Garden - 423 Canal StreetMagazine Street
Jackson Square - 700 Decatur StreetBourbon Street
Mardi Gras World - 1380 Port of New Orleans PlaceThe French Quarter
New Orleans Museum of Art - 1 Collins C. Diboll CircleSt. Charles Avenue Streetcar

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Supreme Court Solicits More Comments on Rules 6, 7

The Tennessee Supreme Court is soliciting additional comments from judges, lawyers, bar associations and members of the public regarding proposed revisions to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 6. The change would require “new attorneys to complete a Tennessee Law Course within one year of admission to the Tennessee bar.” On April 19, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered an order soliciting comments with regard to the proposed revision. The court received comments from the Tennessee Bar Association, the Knoxville Bar Association, University of Tennessee law professors, and several interested individuals. The overwhelming majority of responses favored the adoption of a Tennessee Law Course as a pre-admission requirement. Similarly, the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners submitted a proposal for adopting the Tennessee Law Course as a pre-admission requirement under Supreme Court Rule 7. The deadline for submitting written comments is Sept. 28. Comments should be e-mailed to appellatecourtclerk@tncourts.gov or mailed to: James M. Hivner, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407. See the first and second attachments here.
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TBA CLE Tours the State with Court Square Series

The TBA hits the road! Join local judges, lawyers, and experts from across the state for three hours of CLE, right in your backyard, and learn about the hot topics affecting lawyers from across the state. Cities include Cookeville, Clarksville, Kingsport, Dyersburg, Chattanooga, Jackson and Columbia. TBA Member Insurance Solutions (TBAMS) will also be on hand to answer any insurance questions as a membership benefit.
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Volunteers Needed for YMCA Model United Nations and Youth in Government Programs

The Tennessee Bar Association's Public Education Committee is partnering with the YMCA to help mentor future lawyers in the Model United Nations and Youth in Government programs. The programs are designed to allow students ages 11-19 to experience the processes of government in a hands-on way. Model United Nations conferences occur in the Fall and Youth in Government conferences happen in the Spring. The YMCA is always in need of volunteers to help our young lawyers argue their cases well and to help our youth justices deliberate wisely. The Public Education Committee seeks volunteers for programs all across the state. Volunteers are welcome to help serve for one, two or three days during the conferences. Each conference runs a similar program, with different students from across Tennessee attending each weekend. For more information about the program, please visit the YMCA's website or contact Elise Dugger.

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Volunteers Needed for YMCA Model United Nations and Youth in Government Programs

The Tennessee Bar Association's Public Education Committee is partnering with the YMCA to help mentor future lawyers in the Model United Nations and Youth in Government programs. The programs are designed to allow students ages 11-19 to experience the processes of government in a hands-on way. Model United Nations conferences occur in the Fall and Youth in Government conferences happen in the Spring. The YMCA is always in need of volunteers to help our young lawyers argue their cases well and to help our youth justices deliberate wisely. The Public Education Committee seeks volunteers for programs all across the state. Volunteers are welcome help serve for one, two or three days during the conferences. Each conference runs a similar program, just with different students from across Tennessee attending each weekend. For more information about the program, please visit the YMCA's website or contact Elise Dugger

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AWA Upcoming Events

The Association for Woman Attorneys (AWA) has some exciting events coming up.  First, on Sept. 12 the AWA will be hosting a membership happy hour titled "Wine-Down Wednesday." This event will be from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Grove Grill, 4550 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117.  Next, the AWA is hosting a "Women in Law & Leadership Conference" on Sept. 28 at the University of Memphis Law School in Wade Auditorium.  Speakers include Justice Holly Kirby, Heather Joy Hubbard, Sally Pace and more. Join the AWA for a day of CLEs on business development, leadership, women's issues in employment, and more. Full or partial day rates are available. Then, on Oct. 6 the AWA is helping sponsor the 35th Annual Race Judicata - Run for Justice, benefiting the Memphis Bar Association's Access to Justice program. Tickets are $25 for 5K runners who register before the race (which includes a bib, tech t-shirt, two beers, food and a raffle entry) or $30 for 5K runners who register the day of. Tickets for spirit runners are also available and are $20. 

Also, the AWA will be hosting a CLE on Human Trafficking on Oct. 10  from 5 - 6 p.m. The event will be held at the University of Memphis Law School in Wade Auditorium, and will include the following speakers: Katherine Anderson from MALS, Tracey Branch from the FBI, and Sandra Ferrell from The Lisieux Community.  Lastly, please save the date for the AWA's annual Judicial Reception on Dec. 4. 

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Nashville Bar Association YLD News

The NBA YLD is preparing its slate of officers for election to serve in 2019. If interested in being nominated to the slate, please contact President-elect Gulam Zade. The annual meeting approving the slate will be held Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., at a location to be determined.

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Upcoming YLD Events in Memphis

• The MBA YLD is proud to host its annual charity golf tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis on Sept. 21 at the Links at Galloway, located at 3815 Walnut Grove Rd. Memphis, TN 38111.
 
• The MBA YLD is organizing a team for the fall co-ed kickball league on Thursday nights at Tobey Park. Games start on Sept. 6 and will last for the next 8 weeks.  If you’re interested in playing, please contact Chris Williams.
 
• Calling all young lawyer leaders in Memphis! The MBA YLD Board is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Board!  If you would like to run or you would like to nominate a young lawyer to run, please contact Mary Wu Tullis by Sept. 21.
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What’s Going Down in K-Town

• The Barristers’ monthly meeting – The next KBA Barristers’ meeting will be held at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 Gay Street) on Sept. 12.  Social time begins at 5 p.m., and the meeting will promptly begin at 5:15 p.m.  For more info on the Barristers, please contact Barristers’ President Mitchell Panter or Vice President Mikel Towe
 
The next Veterans Legal Clinic is scheduled for noon on Sept. 12 at the Knox County Public Defenders’ Community Law Office from noon to 2 p.m. Interested in signing up for the Clinic? Go to Upcoming Legal Clinics
 
• The next Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic will be on Sept. 8 at Annoor Academy of Knoxville, located at 100 13th St., Knoxville, TN 37916.  More info on the Clinic can be found here
 
The Barristers and the KBA will join together to co-host the annual four-person golf scramble on Oct. 22 at the Holston Hills Country Club. Revenue from the tournament goes directly to funding various charitable endeavors of the Barristers, including the efforts of the Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee. To register for the tournament, please go to here.  
 
The Barristers will present a CLE entitled "The Legal Ethics of Better Call Saul: Professional Responsibility According to Saul Goodman" featuring Alex Long, U.T. College of Law and T. Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP on Sept. 18 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Schulz Bräu Brewing Company located 126 Bernard Ave. This CLE is approved for 1 hour of Dual CLE credit.  Register online here

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August 2018 Tennessee Young Lawyer Law Student Spotlight – Stephanie Brake

 
We’re changing things up a little bit this month. Historically, the monthly Young Lawyer Spotlight has, for obvious reasons, only focused on young, licensed attorneys in Tennessee. However, this month we decided to “Brake” the trend and highlight current Nashville School of Law student, Stephanie Brake. 
 
 
Georgia born and Tennessee raised, Stephanie thought she would answer the call of the arts just as her parents did. However, unbeknownst to her at the time, her undergraduate years would set the course to slowly form a deep, passionate love for the law.
During her tenure at Belmont University, Stephanie’s advocacy skills flourished. Stephanie staunchly fought for LGBT equality at Belmont, she founded the University’s first chapter of Slow Food USA and she was an instrumental volunteer for the University’s Presidential Town Hall Debate. Thereafter, upon graduating, Stephanie was awarded a grant for a farm stay in New Zealand, an experience she attests to be a pivotal time in her life that compelled her to apply to law school.
 
Now, Stephanie spends her days working full-time at Advocate Capital, a legal finance firm in Nashville and at night she attends Nashville School of Law. She currently serves as the Clinic Coordinator in the School’s newly formed Legal Aid Society and she facilitates pro bono events with the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition and with Justice for Our Neighbors. Stephanie is also a recent alumna of the TBA YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute. Upon graduating law school and successful Bar passage, Stephanie aspires to practice regulatory law, employment law or environmental law.
 
Congratulations Stephanie on all that you have accomplished and on being the August 2018 Tennessee Young Lawyer Law Student Spotlight! 

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ABA YLD Assembly Accepting Resolution Proposals

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will have its next Assembly at the Midyear Meeting in January 2019.  For those unfamiliar with the Assembly, the ABA YLD Assembly is the principle policy-making body of the ABA YLD.  During the Midyear Meeting, young lawyer issues and resolutions are debated and voted upon. Here's an example of an ABA YLD resolution

The process for submitting resolution ideas is currently under way, and the deadline is Sept. 15.  If you have an idea for a resolution that you would like to submit — but you need help navigating the process to submit your idea — please contact John Rice.  Here's more information on the ABA YLD Assembly.


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Yes, It’s Finally Here: Football Time in Tennessee!

As if there wasn’t already going to be a cascade of distraction this week at work with week one of college football amongst us, this edition of the TYL is packed with interesting events and stories from across the state to help keep you entertained.  


Immigrant Bond Training Task Force

 
The TBA Young Lawyers Division is offering funding to attend an intensive training from October 1-4 dealing with Immigration Court Bond Hearings at the Louisiana Immigration Detention Facility. This training is being offered in collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the AILA Midsouth Chapter. 
 
The goal of this training is to equip young lawyers across the state of Tennessee with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle immigration court bond hearings in the event of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) raid like the recent raid at the Southern Provision Meat Packaging Facility near Morristown, TN. 
 
Hotel and travel expenses will be funded up to $500 per person. This event will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Conference, which will be held in New Orleans from October 4-6. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the conference after their training. Spaces are limited. To view the application, click here. Applications are due by September 5 at 5 p.m. EST. Please send applications to Brittany Thomas Faith .
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Wills for Heroes: On Demand

 

TBA’s Young Lawyer Division is excited to partner with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands as it unfolds a new format for the State’s Wills for Heroes program. TBA’s Wills for Heroes is implementing an online platform this year, instead of the Saturday clinic format. Volunteer attorneys will now have an opportunity to meet with a first responder at a time that is convenient for both attorney and first responder, while still accruing pro-bono CLE credit. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Erica Marino at willsforheroesondemand@tnbar.org or (931)455-9301.

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I Don't Mean To Brag But ...

This is a new section dedicated to recognize YLD members that have gone over-and-beyond recently in their community. YLD is proud of you.
  • TBA YLD Board Member Sean Aiello was elected Williamson County District 11 County Commissioner on Aug. 2.
  • TBA YLD Board Member Todd Skelton is a member of the newest Leadership Tennessee class.

Congrats to both of you on your latest accomplishment! If you have any other accolades that we may have missed, please send those to Logan Threadgill

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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic in Nashville

The TBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for an expungement clinic Aug. 18 in Nashville. The clinic will be held at New Covenant Christian Church, 2201 Osage Street. Sign-in for the pre-registered participants begins at 9 a.m. and the clinic will start at 10:15 a.m., running until noon. All volunteer attorneys are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. for orientation and the run of the day. The Criminal Court Clerk’s office will have computers and the ability to process the expungement paperwork right on the spot. Those available to help should contact Amber Floyd.
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2018 Young Lawyers Conference Includes CLE

Expand your network and learn from some of best in law education by attending the inaugural Tennessee Young Lawyer’s Conference, beginning Oct. 5 in New Orleans. This event offers up to eight hours of dynamic CLE learning and the excitement only the Big Easy can provide. Experience the culture, food and fun in addition to a unique opportunity to network with the members and leadership of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Join in at a host of receptions, brunches, dinners and other social events!
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Volunteers Needed for Clarksville Expungement Clinic

The TBA YLD is recruiting volunteers for an expungement clinic in Montgomery County on Aug. 18. The clinic will be held at 9 a.m. at 1620 Walnut Grove Road in Clarksville. Those who are available to help or have any questions should contact Heather Good or Jamie Durrett.
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Practitioner’s Tip of the Month

 
A new electronic filing system was enacted earlier this month for the Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. It’s easy to set up. All you have to do to register is go here, input your contact information, the state in which you’re licensed, and enter your bar number. 
 
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Knoxville Family Defense Workshop

 
Earlier this month the TBA YLD held a successful family defense workshop in Knoxville. Pro bono attorneys at the workshop offered family preparation plans and powers of attorney to the immigrant community in the Knoxville area. Thanks to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and TBA YLD, the workshop had a tremendous turnout.    
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Music City Community Court Expungement Clinic

Shout out to the Music City!  On July 21, attorneys from all over Middle Tennessee came out to the Goodwill Career Solutions Center in Nashville to volunteer their time for the Music City Community Courts Expungement Clinic. The expungement clinic was a huge success, as over 100 local participants were provided with free legal service. To learn about upcoming clinics and volunteer, please contact Amber Floyd.

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Baker Associate of the Year

 
Allyson Lumpkin, an associate attorney at Baker Donelson’s Chattanooga office and TBA YLD board member, was the focus of an article in this month’s Hamilton County Herald. More on Allyson — the Baker Donelson 2018 Associate of the year award recipient — can be found on the newspaper's website.

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