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Lucian Pera Installed as New TBA President

Jason Long concluded his term as the TBA President today and passed the gavel to Memphis attorney Lucian Pera at the TBA’s annual Convention in Kingsport. Pera said his goals will be to ensure a smooth transition and successful first year for incoming Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson, as well as to focus on the recommendations from the recent Indigent Representation Task Force. Also on day three of the convention, the Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual meeting, and YLD President Rachel Mancl will pass the gavel to incoming leader Ahsaki Baptist. See photos from the day's events and award presentations.
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Resolution to be Considered at YLD Annual Meeting

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 Annual Meeting on Friday, June 16 in Kingsport. 
 
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 adopt the June 5, 2017 Resolution and Report submitted to them by the TBA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility regarding Adoption of an Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Ethics Rule, which resolution and report is attached as Exhibit 1 and is expressly incorporated as if fully stated herein.
 
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Tennessee CASA Launches Major Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates (TN CASA) was recently profiled by The Tennessean to highlight the launch of its new volunteer recruitment campaign and website, BeForTheChild.org. The organization is hoping that with more volunteers, it can serve 15,000 more children who do not currently have an advocate due to lack of volunteers. That would quadruple its reach. The new site will direct volunteers to their local branch of CASA and connect them to get involved. In order to become a CASA advocate, volunteers must undergo 30 hours of training and pass security tests.
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Tennessee CASA Launches Major Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates (TN CASA) was recently profiled by The Tennessean to highlight the launch of its new volunteer recruitment campaign and website, BeForTheChild.org. The organization is hoping that with more volunteers, it can serve 15,000 more children who do not currently have an advocate due to lack of volunteers. That would quadruple its reach. The new site will direct volunteers to their local branch of CASA and connect them to get involved. In order to become a CASA advocate, volunteers must undergo 30 hours of training and pass security tests.
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TALS Now Accepting Nominations for Access to Justice Awards

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) is now accepting nominations for its three annual Access to Justice Awards, which will be presented at the Equal Justice University Conference. The Janice M. Holder Award recognizes a professional in private practice, corporate counsel, a public servant or other social service advocate, the B. Riney Green Award recognizes someone who promotes inter-program cooperation across the state, and the New Advocate of the Year Award acknowledges someone who has been with their legal services program for five years or less. Nominations and any supporting documents must be submitted to TALS by June 23.
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YLD Invited Guest News for May 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) –   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) – At ETLAW’s monthly meeting on May 17, 2017, Kevin Shepherd, an experienced Maryville attorney who has worked in both the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s Office, discussed Family Law and Ethical Dilemmas. Mr. Shepherd coached ETLAW members through six ethical scenarios including (a) what do you do when your potential client asks you to hold illegal drugs for them and (b) what to do when you learn a former client is engaged in bigamy and the second, unknowing wife now wants a divorce.
 
ETLAW is encouraging all its members to attend the TBA Convention June 14-17.
 
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.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – The Lawyers’ Association of Women recently held its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet to highlight the past year’s activities, recognize the outstanding individuals in the association by awarding the Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey and Rising Star Awards, and elect LAW’s new officers.  The LAW Banquet provides the opportunity for members of the middle Tennessee bar, federal, state appellate and trial judges, and local business leaders to celebrate the achievements and contributions of these deserving awards recipients. 
 
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.
 
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 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 its annual Ladies of Justice luncheon featuring Justice Cornelia Clark, Justice Sharon Lee, and Justice Holly Kirby of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
 
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 Connie Chadwick.
 
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 May 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD 2017 Spring Conference was held this past month in Montreal, Canada. The next ABA meeting will be the ABA’s Annual Meeting on August 10-13 in New York, NY. 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 continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon with a legislative update for its lawyers. 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 group’s next Coffee Talks will be with the Hamilton County Circuit Court judges sometime this summer.  The CBA YLD’s next happy hour will be a pre-party for Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Pro Bono Night on June 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Five Bar. The CBA YLD will be participating in another Power of Attorney clinic on July 18 (location TBD), and plans to do another Expungement Clinic sometime in August. 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 – The group is currently planning events for next month. 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. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street). The next meeting will be held on May 10, 2017. 

The Barristers’ 8th Annual Corn Hole Throwdown to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017 (**Please note date change**) at Bearden Beer Market (4524 Old Kingston Pike). Check in begins at 6 p.m. and tournament play begins at 6:30 p.m. Register online by clicking June 22 on the Event Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs Jeremey Goolsby or Luke P. Ihnen.

This year’s charity golf tournament will take place at Holston Hills Country Club on October 30, 2017.  We are currently seeking sponsors for the event. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs, Luke Ihnen or Jeremey Goolsby.

There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Samantha Parris or Vice 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 –  Please be on the lookout for upcoming events this summer, including a pedal tavern event and a night at the Levitt Shell.  Also, please save the date for the annual MBA YLD golf tournament on September 22, 2017 at the Galloway Golf Course.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 Young Lawyers Division recently hosted the YLD Arts Immersion, a summer soirée showcasing Nashville’s creative community through live music, dance, theatre, and interactive art.  The group’s next Happy Hour will be June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fat Bottom Brewing.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 Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association recently held its elections and congratulations are in order for the new members of the Board: President – Gordon Byars; Vice President – Jessica Krebs; Secretary - Matt Bailey; Co-Treasurers – Laura Eaton and Matthew Silvey; and Law School Representative – Dana Looper.  For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –   Congratulations to the newest members of the WCBA YLD Executive Committee: President – Kendall White; Secretary/Treasurer – Brittany Bartkowiak; and Members at Large – Nathan Powers, Sean Aiello, and Caroline Altshuler.  The group also reently amended their by-laws to raise the requirements to be an eligible member of the WCBA YLD from “36 years of age or 5 years in practice” to “40 years of age or 7 years in practice.”  The WCBA YLD will be hosting a monthly luncheon meeting on Friday, June 2, at Franklin First United Methodist Church.  Lunch service begins at 11:30 a.m. and District Attorney General Kim Helper will be providing a criminal law update for the group.

 For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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New Admittees to be Sworn in Next Tuesday

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold a swearing in ceremony in Nashville on Tuesday, June 6, for new admittees to the bar. Results from the February bar exam came out last month with 177 law students passing the exam. Events on Tuesday include an open house and lunch at the TBA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for new lawyers and their families. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at War Memorial Auditorium, located at 301 6th Ave N. YLD members will be on hand to congratulate these new lawyers and provide information about TBA membership. Feel free to join us at either location if you would like to welcome these new lawyers into the legal profession. 
 
If you are interested in attending or have questions please contact Membership Director, Kathy Prescott.
 
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Turn Your Expertise into a Magazine Article

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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TBA YLD Represented at ABA YLD Spring Conference

 

Leaders from the TBA's Young Lawyer Division represented the YLD at The American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Annual Spring Conference earlier this month in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

The next ABA meeting will be the ABA’s Annual Meeting on August 10-13 in New York, NY.
 
 
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Tennessee Mock Trial Team Places 4th at National Competition

 

Congratulations to
the winners of the 2017 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy. The team placed fourth overall in the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Hartford, Connecticut earlier this month. 
 
The team, coached by Wade Cowan, represented Tennessee in last year’s national tournament as well, placing fifth overall. 

 

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Attorney Volunteer Opportunity

The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, along with Catholic Charities of East Tennessee & Centro Hispanic will be hosting an event on Saturday June 10 in Morristown, and are seeking attorney volunteers to assist. The event will offer family preparation plans to the immigrant community to help keep their children, finances, and businesses safe in the case of deportation. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Brittany Thomas Faith or Curt Collins.
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2017 YLD Annual Meeting

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, June 16 at the MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the TBA's 2017 Annual Convention and is open to all members of the Young Lawyers Division. Members of the division will hear parting remarks from current YLD President Rachel Mancl and an overview of incoming President Ahsaki Baptist's vision for the year ahead.
 
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017, 4 p.m.
 
Location:
MeadowView Marriott, Grand Salon 6-9
1901 Meadowview Parkway 
Kingsport, TN 37660
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Haslam Signs Law to Cheapen Price Tag of Expungements

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation that will lessen the costs of expunging criminal conviction records, NewsChannel 5 reports. Effective immediately, the cost of expunging records will be $270, down from $450. The law was backed by a bipartisan coalition and was sponsored in the state legislature by Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, and Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. 
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Tennessee Mock Trial Champs Place 4th at Nationals

The winners of the 2017 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy, placed fourth overall in the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Hartford, Conn. The team, coached by Wade Cowan, represented Tennessee in last year’s national tournament as well, placing fifth overall. The competition was held May 11-13, and the Central Carolina Homeschool team of North Carolina took home the top prize.
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YLD Invited Guest News for April 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 group recently sponsored a Saturday Legal Clinic providing legal assistance to those in need.
 
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) – ETLAW had a packed house (overflow seating required) for its April 19, 2017 monthly meeting program titled “How to Engage in the Political Process 101.”  Jamie Ballinger-Holden moderated the panel comprised of Emily Passini, a Partner with Greenlight Media Strategies, and Susan Richardson Williams, a Partner with SRW & Associates. Attendees learned the dismal statistics about women in elected positions in Tennessee as well as steps that can be taken to change the numbers.  This is the first in a series of ETLAW events on the topic of women in politics.
 
Please join us Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA for ETLAW’s Monthly Meeting.  Keven Shepard will be presenting on Family Law and Ethical Dilemmas.  Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.   Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert or visit etlawtn.org.
 
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 – The Lawyers’ Association of Women recently held its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet to highlight the past year’s activities, recognize the outstanding individuals in the association by awarding the Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey and Rising Star Awards, and elect LAW’s new officers.  The LAW Banquet provides the opportunity for members of the middle Tennessee bar, federal, state appellate and trial judges, and local business leaders to celebrate the achievements and contributions of these deserving awards recipients.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter –The group is currently planning a clinic. 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 – The group will hold its next meeting on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. and the location is to be determined. For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW is pleased to announce that its annual Ladies of Justice lunch will feature Justice Cornelia Clark, Justice Sharon Lee, and Justice Holly Kirby of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The event will take place on May 11 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Hamilton County Courthouse, Jury Selection Room, and is co-sponsored by O’Shaughnessy & Carter, PLLC.  Click here to register.  
 
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) – Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women recently hosted its 2017 Spring Empowerment Conference in Nashville.
 
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 April 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD 2017 Spring Conference will be held May 4-6, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

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 continues to have monthly meetings and plans to have another event soon with a legislative update for its lawyers. For more information contact Stephanie Jernigan, (865) 523-7731.

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 recently hosted a Coffee Talks with the Hamilton County Chancellors and Clerk & Master.  The CBA YLD’s next happy hour will be June 9 before Pro Bono Night and the group will be hosting its second Expungement Clinic this Summer with more information coming soon. 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 – The group is currently planning events for next month. 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 cohosted a happy hour with the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA).  Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street). The next meeting will be held on May 10, 2017. 

 The KBA Barristers 8th Annual Corn Hole Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Bearden Beer Market, located at 4524 Old Kingston Pike. Check-In starts at 6 p.m. Register online by clicking May 4 on the Event Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs Jeremey Goolsby or Luke P. Ihnen.

The Barristers are also delighted to announce that this year’s charity golf tournament will take place at Holston Hills Country Club on October 30, 2017.  We are currently seeking sponsors for the event.  If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, please contact the Athletics Committee co-chairs, Luke Ihnen or Jeremey Goolsby.

There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Samantha Parris or Vice 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 took over WREG-TV Channel 3 to answer legal questions on air from the public. Attorneys took calls from over several hundred individuals in the viewing area over the course of two and a half hours on April 20, 2017.

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 Young Lawyers Division recently hosted the 14th Annual LogicForce Race Judicata 5K and 10K.

On Wednesday, May 24, the Nashville Bar YLD will host the YLD Arts Immersion, a summer soirée showcasing Nashville’s creative community through live music, dance, theatre, and interactive art at 6:00 pm the W.O. Smith School in Nashville.

The evening will culminate with a silent auction celebrating creative and local gems. Arts Immersion is sure to be the summer event for everyone from young professionals to artists to music industry veterans (a.k.a. the perfect blend of suits and skinny jeans).

Proceeds from the night benefit Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, a program of the Arts & Business Council.

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 Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association –  The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association recently held its local swearing-in ceremony and reception for new attorneys at the Putnam County Justice Center in Cookeville, TN.  The group had its monthly meeting at Char following the ceremony.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 Thursday, May 18th. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Early Registration for the 2017 TBA Annual Convention Ends Today

Early registration for the 2017 TBA Annual Convention ends today, May 31. This years programming offers plenty of opportunities to make new friends and renew acquaintances with colleagues from across the state. The highlight comes Thursday night with the Kingsport Karnival at the downtown Farmers Market. Along with fabulous food and drink, there will be live music from two bands, an aerialist, juggler, magician, body and face painters, caricaturist and more. Plus, you'll have access to the fabulous Kingsport Carousel, the delightful project of community artisans. Special thanks to Eastman for support of this event!

This years convention will be at the beautiful MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

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Law Camp Volunteers Needed

Law Camp for middle and high school students returns to Lipscomb University June 12-16 and the TBA will again be a partner in the effort. 

Based on the American Bar Association's Civics & Law Academy program, the camp will engage students in learning about law and society, helping to prepare them to be participants in our democratic socity. 

TBA staff and volunteers are working closely with Lipscomb University’s Institute for Law, Justice & Society to organize and deliver sessions throughout the week-long camp, held on the university's campus in Nashville. This annual event is designed to engage students using basic legal concepts and to expose them to various aspects of the legal profession. (See photos and read about last year's Law Camp on the TBA website.)

This year, Law Camp will focus on the "Constitutions and Constitutionalism" pathway. The TBA still needs volunteers for several sessions. If you are interested, contact Public Education Coordinator Lauren Hopper Lee. Many of the materials, such as worksheets or Power Point presentations, have already been produced for these topics, so volunteers do not have to create all new resources.

Here is a draft Law Camp agenda with times and topics. Please take a look and let us know when you are interested in presenting. 

MONDAY, JUNE 12

1:30 – 2:45pm – Session II: Back to the Future of the Bill of Rights
2:45 − 4pm – Session III: Re-Writing the Constitution Brainstorming Session 

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

Noon – 2:00pm – LUNCH at the Tennessee Bar Center
3:30 – 4:30pm – Session III: The Right to Vote: Giving New Meaning to "We the People" Part 1

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

8:30 – 9:30am – Session IV: The Right to Vote: Giving New Meaning to "We the People" Part 2
4 – 5:30pm – Session V: The Constitution: Justice for All

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

8:30 – 10am – Session VI: Comparing State and Federal Constitutions Part 1
10:15 – Noon – Session VII: Comparing State and Federal Constitutions Part 2
3 – 4:15pm – Session VIII: State and Federal Rights

 
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YLD Member to Temporarily Fill Sessions Court Post

Alex McVeagh, District 5 representative on the TBA's YLD Board, was named as a temporary replacement to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court.
Gov. Bill Haslam made the appointment to fill the seat held by Judge David Bales, who is on medical disability as a result of his 2016 cancer diagnosis and treatment. "I plan to meet here very soon with Judge Bales, who graciously offered to meet with me and go through his procedures, his dockets, his forms," McVeagh said. "This is his seat. I'm humbled to be able to keep it warm for him." You can learn more about McVeagh in The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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TBA YLD Represented at ABA Day in Washington

YLD President Rachel Mancl joined TBA leaders this week in Washington to speak to members of Congress and their staff about the importance of funding for the Legal Services Corporation as part of ABA Day 2017. The TBA efforts were led by TBA President Jason Long and included President-elect Lucian Pera, TBA Legislative Counsel Gif Thornton and Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur. 

Nashville attorneys Ann Pruitt from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and Jonathan Cole, president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, also joined the delegation as they visited lawmakers from Tennessee in the American Bar Association's annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession.

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Mock Trial Competition Championship Video Available for Streaming

The video from the 2017 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition’s championship round is now available for streaming. This year’s competition featured a showdown between two Nashville teams, the all-girls Harpeth Hall squad versus the defending champions, the all-boys Montgomery Bell Academy. MBA took home the title once again. The 2017 case was a criminal trial, involving a death at a nursing home facility.

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Update on Indigent Representation & Compensation Rate

Your voice is needed! As part of the TBA’s efforts to advocate for the passage of legislation important to the practice of law, we need your input. TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly.

TBAImpact is how we make sure your voice is heard in the halls of Congress and the General Assembly on issues important to sustaining and improving the practice of law and administration of justice. 

Update on Indigent Representation & Compensation Rate

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force wrapped up its nearly year and half work after hearing from nearly 100 lawyers (many YLD members and other TBA members) from across the state at the nine public meetings.  Presentations were made by the Tennessee Bar Association and other justice-involved organizations and members to give data and information to advocate why certain changes need to be made. On April 3, 2017, the task force released its report to the Court, and then to the public, entitled, Liberty & Justice for All: Providing Right to Counsel Services in Tennessee.
 
The key recommendations of the task force are to amend Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 13 to eliminate the distinction between out-of-court and in-court compensation rates, to eliminate case caps and the “complex and extended” designation procedure, and to increase the rate paid to appointed private counsel to an hourly rate not less than $75 nor more than $125. 
 
The TBA and YLD have worked to increase the compensation rate for attorneys and address other barriers in the system. Starting from the TBA’s legislation in 2015 (SB1009 by Harris, Dickerson/HB1025 by Stewart, Farmer) to increase the rate that led to the Court creating this task force to review and report back to the Court, the work is not over but we are one step closer. The TBA filed legislation in January 2017 to increase the rate (SB667 Harris/HB788 by Stewart), and this legislation will be active and ready to push forward in the coming year. As the TBA and YLD moves into the next bar year, it will be more important than ever to keep up the collaboration and work to make the changes that are needed to improve the delivery of legal representation to Tennesseans who cannot afford it.
 
To receive updated information and to engage with the legislators on key issues for your law practice, we need you. As part of your TBA membership, TBAImpact connects you with the TBA’s advocacy and lobbying efforts. Have questions? Contact TBA’s Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421.
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TBA YLD Hosts Successful Membership Events


The TBA's Young Lawyer Division Membership Committee hosted social events in Nashville and Memphis this past month. The events offered an opportunity to network with young attorneys and learn more about getting involved in the TBA YLD.

The YLD’s CLE Committee also produced CLE’s before each event. Stay tuned for more upcoming events from the YLD Membership Committee. 

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Attorneys Needed for Truancy Intervention Program

Attorneys are needed to represent students in the Connecting Attendance to Results in Education (CARE), a community-based truancy intervention program created by Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Student Attendance Center and Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE). A training session, which is required in order to represent a student, will be held at Waller, 511 Union Street in Nashville, on May 2 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The program will train attorneys about truancy laws, the truancy adjudication process, the structure of the CARE program and the boundaries of the attorney-client (student) relationship. Register at the Nashville Bar website.

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