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Terica Smith to Lead TBA YLD in 2020

Jackson lawyer Terica Smith will lead the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division in the 2020-2021 bar year, according to election-qualifying results certified on Friday. No other candidate qualified for the vice president position by the Feb. 15 deadline. Smith, who works in the Office of the District Attorney General and currently serves as the ABA Affiliate Representative on the TBA YLD board, is a 2006 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a member of the TBA’s Leadership Law class of 2013. Smith will serve as vice president during the 2018-2019 bar year and move on to the president-elect seat in 2019-2020 prior to assuming her presidency.
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Nominate a Rising Young Lawyer for ABA Top 40 Award

Know a lawyer on the rise? The American Bar Association honors the Top 40 Young Lawyers every year with its Annual On the Rise list. Winners exemplify high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service. To be eligible, the attorney must be a member of the ABA and younger than 36 on Aug. 30. Individuals cannot nominate themselves. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1.
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Volunteers Needed for Wills for Heroes Clinic in Dyersburg

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for a Wills for Heroes Clinic scheduled for March 10 in Dyersburg. The clinic, which aims to provide wills and other end-of-life documents to first responders, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McIver’s Grant Public Library, 410 W. Court St. Volunteers should contact Megan Warden, (901) 821-0044 if interested.

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Nashville Lawyers Honored in 40 Under 40

Several attorneys were honored in the Nashville Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40, released this week. Lillian Blackshear of Bass, Berry & Sims, Kristen Kenney of HCA Healthcare, Lauren Kilgore of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, Whitney Kimerling of Lewis Thomason, Alex Little of Bone McAllester Norton, Russell Taber of Riley Warnock & Jacobson, and Gulam Zade of LogicForce were among those selected for the recognition.
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TBA YLD Recognized for Expungement Clinic Project

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division was selected by the American Bar Association's YLD as the Affiliate Star of the Quarter, in recognition of its expungement clinic project. The TBA YLD was recognized at the YLD Council meeting on Friday at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver. It will also be featured in the February edition of The Affiliate, the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s digital publication.
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Sign Up to Volunteer for Mock Trial 2018

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division is seeking attorneys, judges, law students and legal staff to volunteer for the annual Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, set for March 23-24 in Nashville. The winning high school team will go on to compete in the national tournament in Reno, Nevada, in May. Attorney volunteers will be utilized in the competition as scorers and judges, presiding over rounds, while law students and legal staff will serve as bailiffs. The mock trial competition is the largest annual program of the YLD, so many volunteers will be needed. Sign up here or visit the TBA website for more information.

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YLD Invited Guest News for January 2018

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as a funded but 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 AWA's Annual Meeting and Banquet has been rescheduled due to inclement weather and will now be held on February 7, 2018, at 409 S. Main Street at 6 p.m. We invite you to join us for an evening honoring the 2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award recipient, the Honorable Claudia Haltom, as well as our scholarship recipients.
 
Contact Jenna McDonald or Megan Warden for more information. Contact Jenna McDonald or Megan Warden for more information.For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW’s 2018 Board consists of the following: President – Loretta Cravens; President-Elect – Elizabeth Carrol; Secretary – Kati Sanford Goodner; Treasurer – Andrea Anderson; Corporate Compliance – Alicia Teubert; Membership Co-Chairs – Allison Jackson and Katie Jones; Community Outreach – Anna Swift; Programming – Katie Waldrop; and Historian – Stephanie Coleman. The group’s first luncheon of the year, scheduled for Jan. 17, was postponed due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for more exciting events forthcoming in 2018.
 
For more information about the group, contact Loretta Cravens or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith, 731-423-5805.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The LAW Marion Griffin Chapter will be having a January Networking Event on Jan. 31 at Bar Louie (314 11th Avenue South) from 6 to 8:00 p.m. For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
 
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) – The group recently hosted a successful Lunch and Learn will be at Elliot Davis on Jan. 25. Stay tuned for more events coming this year.
 
For more information about SETLAW, contact Lauren Sherrell, or 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) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) will be hosting its annual Empowerment Conference on April 20. Save the Date! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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YLD Affiliate News for January 2018

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA Mid-Year Meeting will be in Vancouver, Canada, from Feb. 2-4. Registration can be found at ambar.org/yldmidyear18. 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 – The Blount County YLD has a new president, Sarah Miracle. For more information email Sarah or call at 865-705-7011.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD held its elections this past month with the following results: President – Drew Reynolds; Vice President – Stephanie Rogers; Secretary/Treasurer – Rob Carden; Past President – Brittany T. Faith; Board Members – Justin B. Faith, Lauren Sherrell-Kaywood, Matt Brock, Ariel Anthony, Allyson Lumpkin, Tim Ballard, Logan Threadgill, Matt Wayne, and Ryan Tombul. The group’s local mock trial competition will be held on February 22-23, and 26-28. The YLD’s next monthly social happy hour is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 21.

This year, the YLD has partnered with local judges to host a recurring mentorship group and provide young lawyers the opportunity to meet judges and ask them questions in a low-pressure environment. The first meeting took place this past week in Chancery Court. 

For more information about the group contact President Drew Reynolds, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group, contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and 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. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street). Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP, is the new Barristers president.
 
Volunteers Needed for Barristers High School Mock Trial Competition - Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.  The Barristers Mock Trial Committee is looking for volunteers to help as presiding judges, scoring judges, and bailiffs for this year’s KBA High School Mock Trial Competition. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 24. If you are interested in volunteering for one or both of those dates, please contact Sarah Watson or Amanda Tonkin as soon as possible. Volunteers will need to be available from 8 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m. (although you might get done earlier). Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch each Saturday.
 
Can you donate a couple of hours of your time to assist area service members and military families? The Knoxville Barristers sponsor a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.
 
The group’s next Happy Hour is March 1 at Elkmont Exchange from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to network, meet new faces, and get involved, so join us.
 
There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Mitchell Panter for more information.  Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD recently held its annual meeting and elections.  Mary Wu Tullis of Baker Donelson was elected President of the group.

 
The MBA YLD will be hosting the District 14 High School Mock Trial Competition, beginning Monday, February 5, 2018, and ending on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. We are pleased to have 17 teams from local high schools competing, and we are looking for volunteer attorneys to judge our rounds!
 
We have the greatest need for judges on the first couple of nights of competition (but we will take any and all volunteers). If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form at this link.  Each round takes place at the Shelby County Courthouse downtown and lasts from 6 p.m. to around 8 or 8:30 p.m. Also, please feel free to pass this along to anyone else who you think might be interested in judging a round of the competition.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Alex Park or William Hackett
 
At the conclusion of the District 14 High School Mock Trial Competition, fun times will be had at the MBA YLD Annual Kickoff and Basketball Draft at Aldo's Pizza Pies Downtown (100 S. Main St.) on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5 p.m., and we want the YLD and MBA to be there!  We will have food and libations.
 
Presently, we need judges for the following nights: Monday, February 5; Tuesday, February  6; and Wednesday, February 7.For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Mary Wu Tullis or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD –  The group and YLD District 10 members will be hosting a Know Your Rights Presentation planned for March 1, 2018 at Austin Peay State University, UC 303/305 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sponsors currently include the Hispanic Cultural Center at APSU and the TBA YLD.

For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  The NBA YLD recently held its elections and elected Tera Rica Murdock as YLD President. The group will be having its next Happy Hour on Feb. 15 at Von Elrod’s Garden & Sausage House from 6 to 8 p.m. Nearly 20 local teams will be competing in the Davidson County High School Mock Trial Competition at the Historic Metro Courthouse on February 23-24. You can volunteer here.

For more information about the NBA YLD contact Tera Rica Murdock, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –  For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Vonnahme Named New YLD Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is excited to announce the hiring of Stephanie Vonnahme for the position of Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator.  Stephanie comes to the TBA with a wealth of professional experience including over eight years with program management within the non-profit organization sector. 
 
 
From her work with non-profit associations she has developed exceptional skills in project planning, program development, and staff and volunteer management. She has experience formulating and executing strategic plans, policies and procedures, goals and timelines. Whether it has been leading boards, committees or volunteers, Stephanie has collaborated with a variety of groups to meet the organization’s goals and overall strategic plan and vision. She knows the importance of tracking and reporting metrics within an organization and how it can help in forecasting future success. Her organizational skills will help her cataloguing data and keeping records updated for future reference.
 
Stephanie’s background includes a family of lawyers which provides her with both a relationship and natural interest in the law and the advancement of the profession. She says she is eager and motivated to implement and execute the programs and services of the YLD and the public education programs of the TBA.
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Meet the Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2018

The YLD Diversity Committee recently selected 21 law students from six different Tennessee law schools for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its 8th 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.
 
Congratulations to the 2018 DLI Class!
 
Ruth Aramburu (LMU)
Brande Boyd (Memphis)
Stephanie Brake (Nashville School of Law)
Kevin Christopher (Memphis)
James Davis (Memphis)
Amy Harper(Memphis)
Nikki Hashemian (Belmont)
Tanisha Johnson (Memphis)
Nicole Keefe (Vanderbilt)
Ashley McGhee (UT)
Heather Meshell (Nashville School of Law)
Raven Mosley (LMU)
Jarred Reed (UT)
Courtnei Secrest (Nashville School of Law)
Brittany Sims (UT)
Dominique Windfrey (Memphis)
Macey Woldt (LMU)
Elizabeth Woodard (Nashville School of Law)
Helen Yorke (UT)
Victoria Young (UT)
Ashley  Zepeda (UT)
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January 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Daniel L. Ellis

This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight. For the month of January, the YLD is highlighting Daniel L. Ellis.
 
 
Daniel L. Ellis, attorney at law and Rule 31 Certified General Civil and Family Mediator with Special Training in Domestic Violence, practices at Breeding & Henry, LLC, in his hometown of Knoxville. Daniel’s practice is broad and varied including general civil litigation, security clearance law, special education advocacy, family law, probate, conservatorship, disability rights advocacy and criminal defense, along with mediations.  Prior to joining Breeding & Henry, Daniel practiced law with his father, Martin L. Ellis, for several years at Ellis and Ellis, P.C. Daniel is heavily involved in his community and with bar service and pro bono work.  He currently serves as the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Barristers, Board Member of the Sertoma Center and Emory Valley Center, and as a volunteer in countless legal clinics sponsored by groups such as the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance as a project of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Daniel has also been published several times and he often serves as a presenter or panelist at various classes and seminars.
 
Daniel is a 2006 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, Daniel served as Director of UT Pro Bono Project, Coordinator of the Saturday Bar volunteer program, and participated in Mediation Moot Court (where he and his teammate, Hannah Tippett, won 1st Place at Regionals and 5th Place in the Nation), among other activities. Daniel has received several award and professional honors for his dedication and work, including the Donald F. Paine Volunteer Law Student Award, the Tennessee Bar Association Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award, the William M. Leech, Jr., Public Service Award, and the Kolwyck Equal Access to Justice Fellow Recipient award.
 
Daniel has been and will remain a tremendous asset to the Tennessee Bar, never hesitating to give back. Daniel’s colleagues describe him as “one of the truly kind people out there” and someone “who never says an unkind word about anyone.” Daniel is a big fan of Jimmy Carter, loves woodworking and is married to Beth G. Ellis and has a baby daughter, A.J.
 
Please join us in congratulating Daniel L. Ellis as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
 
Please send nominations for the February 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.
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TBA Public Service Award Honorees

Each year the Tennessee Bar Association recognizes outstanding service by attorneys and law students who have dedicated their time to helping others. The awards given and this year’s Honorees are the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year – Daniel Horwitz, the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year – Mary Gillum, and the Law Student Volunteer of the Year – Alexa Spata. This year, a special Access to Justice Champion Award is presented to Allan Ramsaur in acknowledgement of his accomplishments as a bar leader as well as a leader in the access to justice community. Watch for a Tennessee Bar Journal interview with him coming this spring. Read the stories of those recognized here.

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University of Tennessee College of Law Hiring for Employer Relations Coordinator

The University of Tennessee College of Law is looking to hire an individual with a J.D., or appropriate graduate work, to work as an Employer Relations Manager for the Middle Tennessee area. You can find the official job posting here.
 
If anyone is interested you may apply online, or contact:
 
Brad Morgan
Director, Bettye B. Lewis Career Center
University of Tennessee College of Law
Telephone (Office): (865) 974-2492
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Are You on the Rise?

Nominations are being accepted for the ABA YLD Annual On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award. This award provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018.
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TBA CLE Geared Towards Starting or Advancing Your Solo Practice on Feb. 8

Are you ready to go solo? The Go SOLO: Tools for Starting Your Practice program will help you decide if a solo practice is right for you. Sessions addressing business and marketing will help you determine whether you have the entrepreneurial know-how to start your own practice. 
What about after you've already hung your own shingle... what's next? The I am SOLO: What’s Next for The Solo Practice? program will help you discover methods to fine-tune your services. It may be time to think about expanding your office. You may be considering additional partners, combining services with another small firm, opening another office or adding more support staff. We will talk about each of these challenges and provide insight as to branding your new services and maximizing your presence online.
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Mock Trial 2018 Now Accepting Volunteers

 
The Mock Trial 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 2018 competition as presiding judges, scorers and bailiffs. 
 
This year’s problem is a civil case and the two-day state competition involving dozens of teams and hundreds of volunteers will take place on March 23-24, 2018, in downtown Nashville. The winning team will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Reno, Nevada on May 10-13, 2018. 
 
The 2018 Mock Trial Problem with Exhibits is available on the TBA.org website.
 
Many TBA members have participated in this long-running, successful competition over the years and have enjoyed their experiences. Those with questions about the case or about volunteering should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Rob Sands.
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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, 2018 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary John R. Wilks. Positions open for the 2018-2019 bar year include the following:
 
• Vice President (must be from the Western Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2020-2021)
• East Tennessee Governor
• Middle Tennessee Governor
• West Tennessee Governor
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Even-numbered District Representatives:
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier, Union counties
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane counties
District 6: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, White counties
District 8: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson counties
District 10: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart counties
District 12: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Weakley counties
District 14: Shelby County
  
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 member 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, 2018. 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 John Wilks by email no later than February 15, 2018. Questions about the election should be directed to Wilks by email or phone, (615) 800-7096. 
 
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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TBALL Kicks Off with Opening Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park

 
The TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2018 met for the first time in January and had a successful and invigorating opening retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. This year’s class is being led by co-chairs Loretta Cravens of Knoxville and Judge Brandon Gibson of Jackson. TBALL’s next meeting will be on Feb. 13 in Nashville as the group learns about "Issues in Policy and Politics."
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Knoxville 40 Under 40 Includes Attorney Beale

An item about the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in Thursday's TBAToday failed to include Leslie Beale, the founder and a success coach with Profusion Strategies. She was also selected among this year’s honorees.
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Attorneys Named to Knoxville 40 Under 40

Three attorneys were among the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 list. Crista Cuccaro, a staff attorney at the City of Knoxville, Valeria Gomez, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow with Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates, and Rachel Lokitz, associate general counsel and corporate secretary for ORAU all were honored this year.
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Resolution to be Considered at YLD Mid-Year Meeting

E-DICT Special Edition

The members of the TBA Young Lawyers Division are hereby notified pursuant to the notice provision of Article IX, Section 5, of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bylaws, that the following resolution will be considered at the TBA Young Lawyers Division Winter Board Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 13, in Nashville. 
 
To: Tennessee Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division
From: YLD Public Policy Committee
Re: Recommendation and Report to The Board of The Young Lawyers Division
 
RESOLVED, that the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association urges the Board of Governors to support the Tennessee Board of Law Examiner’s Petition to Amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Docket No. ADM2017-02083, which urges the Supreme Court of Tennessee to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”) as the standard for applications to demonstrate the knowledge and skills for licensing and admission in Tennessee. A copy of the Petition to Amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 is attached as Exhibit 1 and is expressly incorporated as if fully stated herein.

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2018 Mock Trial Case Released

Mock Trial Champions in 2017

This year’s problem is a civil case and the two-day state competition involving dozens of teams and hundreds of volunteers will take place on March 23-24 in downtown Nashville. The winning team will get a chance to take part in the National High School Mock Trial competition in Reno, Nevada on May 10-13.

The Montgomery Bell Academy mock trial team repeated as champions for the second year in a row in 2017. The 2018 Mock Trial Problem with Exhibits is available on the TBA.org website.

Many TBA members have participated in this long-running, successful competition over the years and have enjoyed their experiences. Those with questions about the case or about volunteering should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Rob Sands.

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YLD Invited Guest News for December 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as a funded but 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) –  To begin the New Year, the AWA is supporting a performance of Tea for Three, a one-woman play about First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. This play will be performed at the Buchman auditorium at St. Mary's on Jan. 10. Tickets are $50, and proceeds from this performance will benefit a Memphis Suffrage Monument, featuring Marion Griffin. For any questions, please contact Eileen Kuo
 
The AWA's Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held on Jan. 16 at 409 S. Main St., and will begin at 6 p.m.  We invite you to join us for an evening honoring the 2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award recipient, the Hon. Claudia Haltom, as well as our scholarship recipients. Contact Jenna McDonald or Megan Warden for more information.For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW recently held its Annual Meeting Luncheon and the Holiday Toiletry Drive to benefit the YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley. For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit etlawtn.org.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, 731-423-5805.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The LAW Marion Griffin Chapter recently held a Holiday Mixer. For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
 
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) – The group recently hosted its successful annual Holiday Party. SETLAW’s next Lunch and Learn will be at Elliot Davis on Jan. 25, starting at 11:30 a.m.
 
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) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) will be hosting its annual Empowerment Conference on April 20. Save the Date! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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YLD Affiliate News for December 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA Mid-Year Meeting will be in Vancouver, Canada, from Feb. 2-4.  Registration can be found at ambar.org/yldmidyear18. 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 – The Blount County YLD has a new president, Sarah Miracle.   For more information email Sarah or call at 865-705-7011.

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 group’s next meeting and elections will be January 17. 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 Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and 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. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street). Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP, is the new Barristers president.
 
The Knoxville Barrister Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee attended the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Double Your Donation Telethon recently. The group donated over 36,000 meals to families in East Tennessee this year.
 
Volunteers Needed for Barristers High School Mock Trial Competition - Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.  The Barristers Mock Trial Committee is looking for volunteers to help as presiding judges, scoring judges, and bailiffs for this year’s KBA High School Mock Trial Competition. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 24. If you are interested in volunteering for one or both of those dates, please contact Sarah Watson or Amanda Tonkin as soon as possible. Volunteers will need to be available from 8 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m. (although you might get done earlier). Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch each Saturday.
 
Can you donate a couple of hours of your time to assist area service members and military families? The Knoxville Barristers sponsor a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.
 
There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Mitchell Panter for more information.  Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD recently held its annual meeting and elections. Mary Wu Tullis of Baker Donelson was elected president.

For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Mary Wu Tullis or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –  For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Turn Your Expertise into a Magazine Article

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 Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

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