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YLD Offices Filled in Uncontested Elections

Weston Elected Vice President

Several positions for the TBA's Young Lawyers Division 2017-2018 bar year were certified last week via uncontested election results, including that of Vice President. Troy Weston was deemed elected for that office, and will serve as TBA YLD president for the 2019-2020 bar year. Electronic voting will begin March 1 for offices in contested races. See a complete list of TBA winners and contested races.
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Memphis YLD President Works to Support Young Attorneys

The president of the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, Adam Johnson, was profiled by the Memphis Business Journal, where he discussed the troubles young law graduates face entering the work force. Johnson said he was part of one of the last classes to graduate law school prior to the recession, and has seen jobs become scarce since then. 
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Deadline Tomorrow to File for TBA Office

Candidates interested in serving in a TBA leadership position must file a qualifying petition by tomorrow, Feb. 15. A list of positions up for election this year can be found on the TBA.org website. To qualify as a candidate, members must file a nominating petition with the executive director containing the names of 25 members of the association in good standing. Lawyers interested in running for a Young Lawyers Division post face the same Feb. 15 deadline and should file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Joshua B. Dougan.

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Tenn. Supreme Court Will Hear Case of Lawyer Denied Bar Exam

Last week, the state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Maximiliano Gabriel Gluzman, an Argentinean attorney who last year was denied the opportunity to take the Tennessee bar exam, according to the Nashville Post. The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners denied Gluzman the chance to sit for the test due to new rules governing the eligibility of applicants with foreign law degrees, which took effect Jan. 1 of last year. Vanderbilt and University of Tennessee’s law schools issued a joint petition supporting Gluzman’s right to take the exam.
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Volunteers need for HELP4TN Day

The Administrative Office of the Courts is currently recruiting volunteers for the Tennessee Supreme Court's public service day, #Help4TNDay, on Saturday, April 1. The first event is a general civil legal advice clinic in Shelbyville at Scot's Chapel Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The second event is an expungement clinic that will take place in Bolivar, at Campbell Chapel Church, time is yet to be determined. If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information, please contact the AOC

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Three Events Planned for Corporate & In-House Counsel

This year’s Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala, a fundraiser which benefits the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCBPI), will be held on Saturday, March 4. It will feature keynote speaker Michael Sposato, Deputy General Counsel at Caterpillar Inc. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the TBA Website
 
Also in March is the annual Corporate Counsel Forum at the Tennessee Bar Center, which will be held on Friday, March 3. This annual CLE program features 4.5 general and 1.5 dual credit hours. On the following day is the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Service Event, which is co-sponsored by the TBA’s Access to Justice Committee, Corporate Counsel Section and the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). Attendees will learn more about pro bono projects at a brief training and opportunity for direct volunteer service. 
 
The Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) helps foster a coordinated approach to pro bono work and support for the access to justice community by corporate and in-house legal departments across the state. CCPBI is a partnership of the TBA Access to Justice Committee, the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). 
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Sound Off on the Issues for the 2017 Midyear ABA Meeting

If young lawyers want to talk to make their voices heard at the American Bar Association (ABA) YLD Midyear Meeting Feb. 2-5 in Miami, please contact the following Tennessee delegates: Ahsaki Baptist or Christian Barker.

 

YLD Invited Guest News for January 2017

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.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The 37th Annual Banquet will be held tonight, January 31, 2017, at the Tower Room in Memphis, 5100 Poplar Avenue, 33rd Floor, from 6 – 8 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: $60 AWA Members; $70 for non-members. RSVP to ldeakins@lewisthomason.com.
 
For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website at www.awamemphis.org, reach out to us at memphisawa@gmail.com or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – At ETLAW’s monthly meeting on January 18, 2017, the group discussed Document Retention Tips.
 
Please join us Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA for ETLAW’s Monthly Meeting to discuss estate planning hosted by Angelia Nystrom.  Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.  Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
ETLAW is conducting its 2017 membership drive. Register or renew your ETLAW Membership on or before February 15, 2017, and you will be entered to win a $40 gift certificate to Casa Blanca Nail Bar in Bearden (Knoxville)!  If you have questions about membership in ETLAW or the drawing, please contact Kati Sanford Goodner
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW recently hosted a successful lunch and learn with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C.
 
For more information about SETLAW, email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – Join us for a Spring Breakfast and Get Involved event at Pinnacle Bank, 1111 Northshore Drive, South Tower, Knoxville, on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. This will be a time to socialize with members of the Knoxville Bar and other area lawyers and to meet TLAW President, Ramona P. DeSalvo while discussing opportunities offered by the Pinnacle Financial Partners. We hope you will join us! Free refreshments and parking.  Also please save the date for the TLAW Empowerment Conference 2017: Women Who Win to be held in Nashville on March 30 and 31, 2017.
 
For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
 
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YLD Affiliate News for January 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The next ABA event will be the group’s ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami on February 5 - 7. More information on that meeting can be found here. The ABA House of Delegates has released the executive summaries of the resolutions which will be considered at the Midyear Meeting in February. The summaries can be found here.
 
To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin
 
To get involved contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438, for more information.
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD –  For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year.  The Chattanooga YLD hosted its annual meeting earlier this month at the Chattanooga Country Club where the members voted to appoint two remaining board positions to Ariel Anthony and Allyson Lumpkin. The YLD’s next social will be February 24 at Stir. The group has also been working on creating YouTube video presentations related to the Chattanooga Bar Association’s Know Your Rights “When You Become 18” booklet for high school students.   
 
The YLD will be hosting its annual Wills for Heroes Clinic on Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chambliss Law Firm (Liberty Tower, 17th Floor, 605 Chestnut Street).  You may contact Alex McVeagh to volunteer or if you have any questions.
 
For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The KBA’s Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the Barristers’ Canned Food Drive.  We ultimately collected over $20,000 in cash donations, which equals 66,392 meals that Second Harvest can distribute to the underserved throughout East Tennessee. The Committee would also like to thank the KBA members who generously donated gifts to provide a happier holiday for sixteen children in need at the Wesley House.
 
The Barristers’ Law School Mentor Committee is seeking volunteers for mock interviews at UT and LMU Law.  Please contact Stanton Fears if you are interested in volunteering.
 
Finally, the Barristers are coordinating the District Mock Trial Competition, which will take place at the City County Building on February 18 and 25.  We are recruiting lawyers and law students to serve as presiding judges, scoring judges, and bailiffs. The KBA will provide breakfast and lunch to our volunteers.  Anyone willing to serve should email John Rice with their availabilities.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD held a meeting at Puckett’s earlier this month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD will be having their 2017 kickoff event and basketball league draft on Thursday, February 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Aldo’s downtown.  All are welcome to join, so please come have a free drink (while the tab lasts) or stop by to say hi. If you’d like more information about joining the basketball league, please contact Greg Allen or Jonathan Lindsey.
 
The MBA YLD is also organizing the High School Mock Trial Competition from February 13 - 22.  Rounds begin at 6 p.m. each night.  Attorneys are needed to act as judges/jurors on most nights, so please contact Julia Kavanagh or Sam Fargotstein if you’d like to volunteer. The students do an amazing job as attorneys and witnesses, so it’s well worth the time.
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The NBA YLD presented proceeds of the Carbolic Smoke Ball to CASA Nashville and The Nashville Children’s Alliance. Over $24,000 raised for two wonderful local charities!
 
For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –   Greene County hosted a successful expungement clinic this past month where 32 individuals with expungement and legal advice needs were served. For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers, in conjunction with Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands as well as the Tennessee Tech University Women's Center, will be having a free legal clinic on Monday, Feb. 27th from 4 - 6 p.m. The clinic will take place at the Tennessee Tech University Library, Rm 248 in Cookeville, TN. Please call (931) 528-7436 if you have any questions.
 
For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, February 9th. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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TBA Mashup to Host Donation Drive for CASA

Interested in observing a legal hackathon or getting a hands-on demonstration of the new Fastcase 7 platform? Both will be part of the first TBA Mashup, a full-day of activities and free programming set for Feb. 17 at the Tennessee Bar Center in conjunction with the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program. During the day, you'll be able to learn about the current state of health insurance for small firms, how to get involved in pro bono activities, how to use the Fastcase TopForm bankruptcy filing software and more. At the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program, you can take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration will be open all day. Payment will be determined at checkout based on the hours you need.

We are also collecting some much-needed items for CASA Nashville, so stop by and enjoy some spiked (or not...) hot cocoa and drop-off items to support CASA. Sign up now.

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Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 1/31/17)

The YLD Wills for Heroes program provides free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. The following clinics have been scheduled for the spring. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer.

To get involved in the Wills for Heroes Committee or to request a clinic in your area, contact committee chair Jake Hubbell. Learn more about the Wills for Heroes program, and see the list of all scheduled clinics.


 

Chattanooga, Feb. 11
Contact: Alex McVeagh
Location: Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, 605 Chesnut Street, Suite 1700
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dyersburg, March 4
Location: TBD
Time: TBD

Etowah, March 11
Contact: Emily Petro
Location: Etowah Community Center, 155 Robinson Street
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Jackson, March 11
Contact: Kortney Simmons
Location: Jackson Chamber of Commerce, 197 Auditorium Street
Time: TBD

Greeneville, April 15
Contact: Curt Collins
Location: Greene County Courthouse, 11 S. Main Street
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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District 12 Candidates Sought

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 11 of the TBA YLD Bylaws, the YLD President will nominate a member of the Division to fill the unexpired term of the District 12 Representative, through June 2018. District 12 includes Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion and Weakley Counties. The District 12 Representative must reside in or maintain a principal office in District 12. Interested candidates should contact Rachel Mancl on or before February 15, 2017.

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Diversity Leadership Institute Class Holds Opening Retreat

 

The 2017 Diversity Leadership Institute program held their opening retreat Jan. 13-14 in Nashville. At the retreat, participants had the opportunity to meet their fellow class members and were introduced to leadership and diversity concepts that are explored throughout the program. Please join us in congratulating our 2017 class. 

 
Kaitlyn Abernathy, University of Memphis School of Law
Akudo Amadi, University of Tennessee College of Law 
Hiren Champaneria, Belmont University College of Law
Seth Colon, Belmont University College of Law
Caralisa Connell, Belmont University College of Law
Christopher Conner, University of Tennessee College of Law
Savannah Flowers, University of Tennessee College of Law
Julia Hale, University of Tennessee College of Law
Morgan Hanna, University of Tennessee College of Law
Eboni James, University of Tennessee College of Law
Rachel King, Vanderbilt University Law School
Dana Looper, Nashville School of Law 
Simone Marshall, Belmont University College of Law
Karla Mendez, University of Tennessee College of Law
John Murphy, Nashville School of Law
Anetra Smith, Nashville School of Law 
Amber Vargas, University of Tennessee College of Law
Sarah Vivet, Nashville School of Law 
Anneve Waithe, Duncan School of Law
Courtney Walker, Duncan School of Law 
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TBA YLD Accepting Nominations for Elected Offices

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is currently accepting petitions for those who would like to run for leadership positions on the YLD board for the 2017-2018 bar year. Among those positions are executive committee roles, local district representatives, as well as Vice President, who if elected, would assume the role of President of the YLD during the 2019-2020 bar year. Petitions are due Feb. 15, with elections to be held via electronic voting in March. For more information on the offices as well as how to submit nominating peitions, visit the TBA website.

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YLD Election Petitions Due Feb. 15

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until February 15, 2017 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Joshua B. Dougan. Positions open for the 2017-2018 bar year include the following:
 
• Vice President (must be from the Eastern Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2019-2020)
• East Tennessee Governor
• Middle Tennessee Governor
• West Tennessee Governor
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Odd-numbered District Representatives:
District 1: Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties
District 3: Knox County
District 5: Hamilton County
District 7: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford and Sequatchie counties
District 9: Davidson County
District 11: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne and Williamson counties
District 13: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties
 
Those individuals who may be interested in seeking to serve as either a YLD delegate to the TBA House of Delegates or a TBA YLD delegate to the ABA House of Delegates are reminded that they must express such interest to the TBA Executive Director, via either a signed petition or declaration of candidacy, in accordance with TBA bylaws.
 
Be reminded that candidates for Executive Committee positions must complete a nominating petition signed by at least 25 TBA members in good standing. These positions include: vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the three grand division governors. Candidates for district representative seats may file the standard nomination petition.
 
Ballots will be submitted electronically. Guidelines adopted by the YLD Board of Governors dictate that all YLD members will be presumed to have opted for voting via electronic ballot unless a members expresses a desire for paper ballot in either a separate writing or by selecting this option in the member profile section in the TBA membership database. Such preference must be designated by February 1, 2017. For more details about the electronic voting process instituted last year, see the TBA website.
 
For all YLD positions, candidates must be members of the division at the time of their nomination. Petitions should be submitted to Dougan by email no later than February 15, 2017. Questions about the election should be directed to Dougan by email or phone, (731) 300-0932 
 
Read the full election notice and download nominating petitions or visit the YLD’s election webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.
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YLD Leadership Considering Bylaw Amendment

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board is considering adopting the below amendment to the bylaws of the Division.

Please review at your convenience and respond with any comments to Long Range Planning committee member Troy Weston at tweston@eblaw.us before January 14, 2017.

The proposed amendment is as follows:

Article IX. Public Policy
 
Section 1. The Division, through the voting members of the Board, as defined in Article VI, Section 2 of these Bylaws, shall consider, debate, and make policy recommendations on matters of interest and concern to the legal profession and young lawyers.
 
Section 2. All recommendations shall be in the form of a resolution, and must be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the voting members of the Board. Voting may occur in-person, electronically, or telephonically, provided that all resolutions must have first been submitted for discussion at a meeting of the Board prior to the vote.
 
A quorum shall be one-third of the Board’s voting members, consistent with Article VI, Section 6 of these Bylaws. When voting takes place in-person, members who are unable to be present in person shall be deemed present for the purposes of voting on any motion so long as the member is available by teleconference during the entire discussion regarding the motion and for the vote.
 
Voting may also take place telephonically via a teleconference of voting members of the Board. A quorum shall be one-third of the Board’s voting members.
 
Electronic voting is also permitted, and shall require a majority vote of all voting members of the Board.
 
Telephonic and electronic voting shall only be utilized after a resolution has been discussed at a Board meeting.
 
Section 3. Any member of the Board may, by written notice to the Division’s secretary, introduce a resolution for the Division to consider.
 
Section 4. Each resolution shall be in writing and consist of a written report that supports the recommendation. The report shall state the relevant facts, authority, and argument with candor and reasonable objectivity. The report shall not imply a policy that is not evident from the recommendation. The secretary of the Division shall be responsible for promulgating a concise form for resolutions and accompanying reports.
 
All resolutions shall conclude with a paragraph stating, “The Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association urges the Board of Governors to,” and shall be followed by a concise statement of the action sought in the resolution.
 
If the resolution is for the Division to join another entity in sponsoring a resolution in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Assembly (“ABA Assembly”), the written report shall set forth the text of the proposed resolution and identify all proposed co-sponsors of the resolution.
 
Section 5. All resolutions must be submitted to the secretary of the Division in such a time as to allow publication in E-DICT prior to the meeting at which the resolution is to be discussed. In the event that a resolution is not submitted in time for publication in E-DICT, the Division president, in his/her sole discretion, may (1) delay discussion of the resolution until the next Board meeting, (2) seek publication of the resolution in TBAToday, (3) authorize electronic communication of the resolution and accompanying report to members of the Division, or (4) make the text of the resolution and accompanying report available on the Division’s website. If the president chooses to make the resolution and report available on the Division’s website, the TBA staff person responsible for assisting the Division shall alert members of the Division to this proposed resolution through notices posted on all the Division’s social media accounts.
 
In no event shall a resolution be considered for a vote unless notice has been provided to members of the Division at least five days prior to the Board’s meeting in a manner described in the preceding paragraph.
 
Section 6. Immediately upon receipt of a resolution, the secretary shall determine whether it complies with the form mandated in these Bylaws. If the resolution or report does not comply with the Bylaws, the secretary shall notify the proponent seeking introduction of the resolution of the deficiency in writing, and provide a copy of the communication to the Division’s president. If the resolution does comply with the Bylaws, the secretary shall docket the resolution and provide it to the Division’s Executive Committee and to the TBA staff person responsible for assisting the Division.
 
Upon receipt of a compliant resolution, the secretary of the Division shall assign the resolution a number. The assigned number shall follow the form of the year in which the resolution is introduced followed by the sequential number of the resolution for that year; e.g., the first compliant resolution proposed in 2017 would be docketed as “Resolution 17-1.”
 
All compliant resolutions shall be added to the agenda of the next Board meeting occurring after the notice mandated in Article IX, Section 5 has been provided to the members of the Division.
 
Section 7. The secretary of the Division shall oversee all discussion of resolutions, except that the president may delegate another member of the Board to oversee discussion if the secretary wishes to speak about a resolution or is one of the sponsors of the resolution. The secretary shall ensure that the discussion of any resolution is as fully informed as possible, and that each opposing viewpoint is fairly considered. Rules appertaining to the discussion of resolutions shall follow the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, unless inconsistent with these Bylaws.
 
All Board members, whether voting or nonvoting, shall be permitted to participate in discussion relating to a proposed resolution. Additionally, the secretary may recognize any member of the Division to speak about the proposed resolution. The secretary may also recognize any TBA staff member, TBA officer, or TBA committee or section chair as an invited guest who may speak about the proposed resolution.
 
All discussion must be germane to the issues raised by the proposed resolution.
 
Section 8. All resolutions shall recommend action to the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors. Resolutions may seek the adoption of public policy by the Tennessee Bar Association, recommend positions regarding pending or potential legislation, or seek authority to propose or join in the proposal of a resolution to the ABA Assembly.
 
Section 9. All resolutions adopted by the Division shall be presented to the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors by the president or president-elect of the Division, except that, in a manner consistent with the Board of Governors’ bylaws, the president or president-elect may delegate the responsibility for presenting a successfully adopted resolution to another member of the Division.
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YLD Invited Guest News for December 2016

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. Here are those organizations.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The AWA recently had a judicial reception and will be hosting its annual banquet on January 17, 2017 at the Tower Room in Memphis.
 
For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please visit our website at www.awamemphis.org, reach out to us at memphisawa@gmail.com or contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On December 14th, ETLAW held its Annual Meeting and YWCA Toiletry Drive at the Foundry.  At the event, ETLAW stuffed over 400 welcome bags for the residents of the YWCA.  Two representatives from the YWCA attended and spoke about the mission of the YWCA, the services provided to their residents and the impact the welcome bags have on the residents.
 
Also at the Annual Meeting, the membership elected the directors for 2017.  In 2017, ETLAW will be led by the following people: Alyssa Y. Minge - President; Loretta Cravens - President-Elect; Crista Cuccaro - Secretary; Heather Ferguson - Treasurer; Alicia Teubert - Corporate Compliance Chair; Kati Goodner - Membership Chair (with Katie Waldrop on the committee); Andi Anderson - Community Outreach Chair (with Elizabeth Carroll on the committee); Rachel Hurt - Programming Chair (with Elizabeth Carroll, Lindy Harris, John Rice, &  Anna Swift on the committee) and Stephanie Coleman - Historian.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) –  SETLAW will be hosting a lunch and learn with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. on January 26, 2016 at 11:30. The topic will be “Tips that Apply Across Diverse Practice Areas.” A catered lunch from Il Primo will be served. Attendance is free for members and $10 for non-members.
 
For more information about SETLAW, email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
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YLD Affiliate News for December 2016

American Bar Association YLD – The next ABA event will be the group’s ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami on February 5-7, 2017. More information on that meeting can be found here. The ABA House of Delegates has released the executive summaries of the resolutions which will be considered at the Midyear Meeting in February. The summaries can be found here.
 
To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin
 
Blount County Bar Association YLD –  For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.
 
Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD will continue to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout the year.
 
The Chattanooga YLD will be hosting its annual meeting on January 11, 2016 at the Chattanooga Country Club where the members will vote and appoint two remaining board positions. Additionally, the following individuals have been elected to serve on the Board for this upcoming year: Brittany T.  Faith - President; Drew Reynolds – Vice President/President Elect; Kirby Yost – Secretary/Treasurer; Justin Faith, Lauren Sherrell, Rob Carden, Stephanie Rogers, Emma Flynn – Board Members; and Corrin Fulton – Immediate Past President.
 
For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Gayra Hall or follow news on the group's Facebook page.
 
Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. The Barristers recently hosted a Welcome Reception for New Bar Admittees.
 
The Barristers Annual Meeting, Elections and Holiday Party was held on Wednesday, December 7th. The following were elected: Vice President - Mitchell Panter; Secretary/Treasurer - Mikel Towe; Members-at-Large - Daniel Ellis and Sarah Watson. Samantha Parris became Barristers President at the end of the meeting. The 2016 Presidents Award was presented to Mikel and Elizabeth Towe for their outstanding efforts as Chairs of the Membership Committee.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact Mitchell Painter for more information. 
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD will be putting together the High School Mock Trial Competition from February 13 – February 22, 2017.  Rounds begin at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Attorneys are needed to act as judges/jurors on most nights, so please contact Julia Kavanagh or Sam Fargotstein if you’d like to volunteer. The students do an amazing job as attorneys and witnesses, so it’s well worth the time.
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Adam Johnson or visit the group’s Facebook page.
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The group had a successful “Holiday Get-Up Get Down” party at Santa’s Pub this past month. For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Russell C. Tribble or Secretary Ruth Bunn. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Williamson County Bar Association YLD –The WCBA YLD will be hosting a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on January 12. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
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TBA Staff Changes for 2017; Hopper Lee Named YLD Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association will see some staff changes in the new year, but most of the changes will be among familiar faces.

Lauren Hopper Lee, who has worked with the TBA as CLE Coordinator for three years, will be moving up to take on the role of Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. For most of her tenure at the TBA, she was in charge of YLD Continuing Legal Education, so she is well suited to the transition.

She holds both a bachelors and a masters degree in Social Work from Tennessee State University. Most recently she worked at St. Luke’s Community House, serving seniors and families in West Nashville. She has also interned at the Tennessee General Assembly.

Outgoing YLD and Public Education Coordinator Katharine Heriges will be moving internally as well, to fill the vacant Communications Coordinator position. Heriges's professional background is in political communications and print news reporting, which should serve her well in the new role.

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Turn Your Expertise into a Magazine Article

Submit to the Tennessee Bar Journal

Have you considered turning your expertise and experience into an article for the Tennessee Bar Journal? Sharing your knowledge with colleagues is one of the best ways to help the profession while also getting your name out there.

How can you become a Journal author? 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. Find a global issue within your particular experience or knowledge and tell about it and how it affects Tennessee law. 

 
Then take a look at the writer’s guidelines, which will tell you about length, notes and other details. Once it’s in the proper format, send it in! It goes to the editor, Suzanne Craig Robertson, who will then get it to the seven members of the Editorial Board for review.
 
If you are published, you may apply for CLE credit for your work under Supreme Court Rule 21 Section 4.07(b). For details on claiming the credit, check with the Commission on CLE & Specialization.
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Mock Trial 2017 Now Accepting Volunteers, Coaches Needed

The month of March may seem like a long time from now, but for the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee, it's truly right around the corner.

The committee, which plans and executes the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition each year, is seeking volunteer judges, attorneys, paralegals, legal staff and law students to help with the 2017 competition as presiding judges, scorers and bailiffs.

Many TBA members have participated in this long-running, successful competition over the years and have enjoyed their experiences.

This year's competition will be held March 17-18 at the Davidson County Courthouse in Nashville. Those who wish to volunteer can now sign up using this form on the TBA website.

The official statewide case for the competition was released last month, and can be viewed here.

Those with questions about the case should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn, and those with questions about volunteering should contact TBA Staff Coordinator Lauren Hopper Lee.

Additionally, Craigmont High School in Shelby County will field its first mock trial team this year and is looking for a coach. Anyone interested in helping the Shelby County school should contact David Pickle at (662) 404-0658. For information about the Shelby County competition, contact Mary Wu.

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36 Attorneys Selected for Leadership Law Class

This month the TBA announced the members of the incoming 2017 Leadership Law class. Among the 36 chosen for the program, many are current young lawyers and two currently serve on the YLD board. They are:
 
Brandon Bass, Law Offices of John Day, P.C., Brentwood
Elizabeth Carroll, Harmony Family Center, Inc., Knoxville
Kay Caudle, STR, Inc., Hendersonville
Kevin Christopher, Collins Law Firm PLLC, Nashville
Kasey Culbreath, Law Office of Kasey A. Culbreath, P.C., Atoka
Abbie DeBlasis, Belmont University College of Law, Nashville
Ryan Durham, Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC, Lawrenceburg
Kathryn Ellis, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knoxville
Taylor Eskridge, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jackson
Elizabeth Foy, Office of the District Attorney General, Nashville
Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville
Shanna Singh Hughey, ThinkTennessee, Nashville
Patricia Jones, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, Columbia
Aaron Kandel, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Memphis
Jennifer Lankford, Thompson Burton PLLC, Franklin
Matt Lyon, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, Knoxville
John Manson, Manson, Johnson, Conner, PLLC, Nashville
Bill Mauldin, Pentecost, Glenn, Mauldin & York, PLLC, Jackson
Melody McAnally, Butler Snow LLP, Memphis
Andy McCall, Robertson Overbey, Knoxville
Gabe McGaha, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Memphis
Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Nashville
Joshua Mullen, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Nashville
Stephanie O’Hara, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tony Orlandi, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, Nashville
Samantha Parris, Law Office of Samantha Parris, Knoxville
Anne Passino, Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville
Jared Renfroe, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC, Memphis
Mickey Schmitt, Ortale Kelley Law Firm, Nashville
Kelly Street, London Amburn, P.C., Knoxville
Lesley Tate-Farmer, Tennessee Department of Human Resources, Nashville
Alicia Teubert, Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC, Knoxville
Colleen Hitch Wilson, Federal Express Corporation, Memphis
Rachel Witherington, Law Office of T.D. Forrester and the City of Covington, Covington
William Wooten, Wooten Law Office, Covington
Brian Yoakum, Evans Petree PC, Memphis
 
Congratulations to the entire TBALL class of 2017! See more information here.
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Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2017 Selected

The YLD Diversity Committee this month selected 20 law students from six different Tennessee law schools for the 2017 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its seventh 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. Offers to join the class are now pending with the students.
 
The 2017 Diversity Leadership Institute program will begin with an opening retreat Jan. 13-14 in Nashville. At the retreat, participants will get to know fellow class members and be introduced to leadership and diversity concepts that will be explored throughout the program. During the six-month program, participants will be required to meet with a mentor at least twice, complete one community service activity, and attend two continuing legal education seminars, at least one of which must include a diversity component. The Institute will conclude with a final session and graduation ceremony during the TBA Annual Convention in Kingsport in June.
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‘TBA Mashup’ Coming in 2017

Interested in observing a legal hackathon or getting a hands-on demonstration of the new Fastcase 7 platform? Both will be part of the first TBA Mashup, a full-day of activities and free programming set for Feb. 17 at the Tennessee Bar Center in conjunction with the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program. During the day, you'll be able to learn about the current state of health insurance for small firms, how to get involved in pro bono activities, how to use the Fastcase TopForm bankruptcy filing software and more. At the annual TBA Law Tech UnConference CLE program, you can take as many or as few hours as you need. Registration will be open all day. Payment will be determined at checkout based on the hours you need.

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Deadline Extended for Law Student Leadership Program

The deadline for law students to apply to the Diversity Leadership Institute, the TBA's six-month leadership development and training program, has been extended to Dec. 21. The program, now in its seventh year, is open to all 2L, 3L and 4L students attending a Tennessee law school. The goal of the institute is 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. For a downloadable application and instructions visit the TBA website.

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