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Court Welcomes New Attorneys During Admission Ceremonies

About 200 new attorneys were welcomed to the practice of law during ceremonies Tuesday in Nashville. Between the two Nashville programs conducted by the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Bar Association hosted a welcome reception at the Music City Center to introduce the new lawyers and their families to the Tennessee legal community. Ceremonies were also held Monday in Knoxville and will be held in Jackson on Wednesday and in Memphis on Thursday.

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Applications Open for 2019 Diversity Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 class of the Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's six-month training and development program for law students. Now in its ninth year, the DLI is designed to develop skills to succeed as an attorney, empower students to contribute to the legal community, match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. Interested applicants must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school and must be in their second, third or fourth year of study. To be accepted into the program, students must be TBA law student members.
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State’s First Law Incubator Launched in Knoxville

A new, American Bar Association-recognized law incubator — the first of its kind in the state — has launched in Knoxville this year. Called the Tennessee Law Lab Inc., the non-profit organization aims to provide a “solid foundation for new attorneys, solo practitioners and small firms.” The Law Lab is membership-based, and provides workspace and other offices services like parking, receptionist services and conference rooms. Contact Michael J. Stanuszek at (865) 766-4171 for more information.
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TBA YLD Board Member Heads New Drug Court in Hamilton County

 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that TBA YLD member Judge Alex McVeagh has taken the lead to initiate a new General Sessions' Drug Court. Check out more information about the Hamilton County Second Drug Court here

 

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Nashville Bar Association YLD News

The NBA YLD is continuing to accept nominations for its 2019 slate of officers. 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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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 Oct. 10. 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.
  • Veterans Legal Clinic – The next Veterans Legal Clinic is scheduled for noon on October 10 at the Knox County Public Defenders’ Community Law Office from 12- 2 p.m. If you are interested in signing up for the Veterans Clinic, you can do so on the KBA’s website.
  • 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. Register for the tournament here.
  • New Admittees Reception – A welcome reception for New Admittees to the KBA will be held on Nov. 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Elkmont Exchange, 745 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37902.  For more info on the reception, please contact KBA Barristers’ President Mitchell Panter or Vice President Mikel Towe.

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Chattanooga Family Defense Workshop

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and the TBA YLD are teaming up to offer a family defense workshop in Chattanooga on Oct. 2.  Participants from the local immigrant community will receive free legal assistance with power of attorneys for their children and guidance on their family plans.  
 
Volunteer attorneys are needed in order to make the clinic a success!  If you’re interested in helping, please check out the registration information.
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TBA YLD Diversity Leadership Institute Accepting Applications for 2019 Class

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) has recently announced that it is accepting applications for its 2019 Class. The DLI is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Now in its ninth year, the program is designed to:

  • Develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney;
  • Empower students to contribute more to the legal community;
  • Match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and
  • Build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds

If you think you know a qualified and interested individual, please encourage them to apply to be a part of the 2019 DLI class.  Applications are due November 1. More information on the DLI and the application instructions can be found here.

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2018 Young Lawyers Conference

Expand your network by attending the inaugural Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference opening Oct. 5 in New Orleans. This event will provide up to eight hours of CLE and offer opportunities to socialize with great food, local culture and new friends. 
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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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New Orleans Top 5

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The Ruby Slipper Cafe - 1005 Canal StreetMother's Restaurant - 401 Poydras
Cafe Du Monde - 800 Decatur StreetDomilise's Po Boy & Bar - 5240 Annunciation Street
The Country Club - 634 Louisa StreetParkway Bakery & Tavern - 538 Hagan Avenue
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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2018 YLD Conference is Almost Here!!!

 
 
The TBA YLD is serving up a fun and affordable meeting with its upcoming inaugural Young Lawyers Conference in New Orleans. Be sure to text, tweet, message and share with all your lawyer friends!
 
It's not too late to register for the 2018 YLD Conference, click here. See who else is going and get the latest information by joining the Facebook event

2018 YLD Conference Highlights:

  • Stay at the New Orleans French Quarter Astor Crowne Plaza
  • Receive up to 8 hours of CLE (CLE approval for Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia)
  • Joint reception and dinner at the infamous Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter with TBA YLD Board 

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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.