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State Launches Student Essay Contest, Mock Election

The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is running the state’s first ever student mock election and reports the program is off to a great start. More than 170 schools across the state are registered to participate, meaning an estimated 76,000 students will cast a mock vote for president. Secretary of State Tre Hargett says his office is now rolling out an essay contest to encourage students to be engaged citizens. Essays should focus on a voting-related topic. Winners will receive a trip to the state capitol and a college scholarship. The office also has lesson plans to help teachers incorporate civic engagement and citizenship into their curriculum.

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Legal Aid Seeking Attorneys in 5 Offices

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands currently has several attorney positions available in its Cookeville, Gallatin, Oak Ridge, Tullahoma and Nashville offices. The agency is also looking for law student interns and attorney volunteers in all of its offices. Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Legal Aid Society, Human Resources Administrator, 575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or by email to HR@las.org.

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ABA Unveils New Tools for ATJ Efforts, Solo Lawyers

The ABA this week announced two new efforts. The first, a new Center for Innovation, is designed to increase access to justice and improve the delivery of legal services through innovative programs and initiatives. The second is a new web-based tool to help solo and small firm lawyers manage their practices. The ABA Blueprint program will launch this fall and offer information on technology, marketing, retirement and insurance services.

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ABA Diversity Commission Reveals Results

A new website features the final work product of the ABA’s Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission. The group, established by past president Paulette Brown, studied ways to improve diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Available materials include policies, online tools, videos, surveys and templates that can be used by bar groups, schools and communities. Some of the group's recommendations called for implicit bias training for jurors, diversity training in CLE programs and a survey of local law firm diversity. The ABA unveiled the commission’s work at its Annual Meeting in San Fransisco last week.

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Indigent Task Force Holds Final Hearing

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force held its final listening session today in Franklin, hearing from more than a dozen members of the private bar and parents of children in the child welfare system. The task force will meet in September to consider all comments and recommendations submitted during the tour and discuss the timing of presenting its own findings.

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Nashville Expungement Clinic Attracts Hundreds

An expungement clinic in Davidson County last week attracted hundreds of people hoping to clear their criminal records, the AOC reports. People began lining up five hours in advance for the Community Court, which also featured shoe giveaways, free haircuts, health vendors and employment leads. All county general sessions judges were on hand as well as Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry, Assistant District Attorney Katie Ladefoged and AOC Pro Bono Coordinator Patricia Mills. TBA YLD Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd also was in town from Memphis to help coordinate the event. For more information about the clinic, contact General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell, 615-862-8341, or learn more about the expungement process in Tennessee.

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Reminder: Indigent Task Force Hearing Thursday

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force will hold the final session in its listening tour this week. The hearing will take place Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Complex, 1320 West Main St., Franklin, TN 37064. Sign up here to speak.

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Nashville Lawyer Named 2016 Emerging Leader

Nashville lawyer Gabe Roberts with the Bureau of TennCare has been named the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader in the legal services category. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville announced the winners in a variety of categories this week, the Tennessean reports. Roberts serves on the TBA Health Law Section’s Executive Council. He also serves on the board of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and is treasurer of the Phoenix Club of Nashville.

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TBA Young Lawyers Net 4 Honors at ABA Meeting

The TBA Young Lawyers Division received four awards from the American Bar Association's YLD Awards of Achievement program at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco this weekend. For the division of state YLD groups with fewer that 3,000 members, the TBA YLD was awarded first place for service to the public for the Access to Justice Legal Clinic Initiative, second place for service to the bar for its CLE programming and second place for diversity programming. The YLD also received a special recognition in the comprehensive category, which honors all of the group's programs for the 2015-2016 bar year.

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4th Annual Balloon Fiesta to Benefit CASA Monroe

The fourth annual Muscadine Balloon Fiesta will take place Sept. 23 and 24 at the Tsali Notch Vineyard, 140 Harrison Rd. in Madisonville. The event will feature balloon rides, live music, food, games and an inflatable Kid’s Zone. Each night at dusk, 20 hot air balloons will be lighted for a Balloon Glow set to music. On Friday, the event will run from 3-10 p.m. On Saturday, the event will run from 1-10 p.m. All proceeds will support CASA Monroe.

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Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 7/29/16)

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.


 
Cookeville, Aug. 13
Contact: Tessa Lawson
Location: First United Methodist Church, 165 East Broad Street, 38501
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
 
Fentress County, Aug. 27
Contact: Amanda Howard
Location: Alvin C. York Institute, 701 N. Main Street, 38556
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
 
Clarksville, Sept. 17th 
Contact: Jamie Durrett
Location: Clarksville Police Department (in the briefing room), 135 Commerce St., 37040
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Memphis, Oct. 22
Contact: Chasity Grice
Location: Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, 38111
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
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YLD Invited Guest News for July 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. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW recently hosted its monthly meeting joined by guest speaker Senator Doug Overby, who provided his annual Legislative Update, and by Senator Richard Briggs who explained the InSureTN program.  
 
The group will be hosting its next Monthly Meeting on August 17 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA, where Professor Judy Cornett (UT Law) and Professor Matt Lyon (LMU Duncan School of Law) will be discussing the new summary judgment standard in Tennessee. Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
For the 8th year, ETLAW will have a team for the Knoxville Race for the Cure. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 22. The team is open to all members of ETLAW, their friends, family and co-workers of all ages. With registration, you will receive a long-sleeved race t-shirt from Komen. To be part of ETLAW’s team, go to www.komenknoxville.org, then take these steps: “Events," “Race for the Cure," “Register" and “Join a Team.” Create an account or log in as a former participant.  You will then be asked to find the team, which is “East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women.” All registrations and donations are made through Komen’s secure site.  Komen will provide a receipt for tax purposes for any donation over the registration fee.
 
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 Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
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 Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter in Chattanooga is currently planning a Law Camp for high schools in October.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – Please join SETLAW for this year’s annual Lioness of the Bar event honoring Judge L. Marie Williams which will be held on August 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Debarge Winery.
 
For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
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 July 2016

American Bar Association YLD – The annual ABA Bar Meeting will be held from August 4 through 9 in San Francisco. For more information, visit the ABA website. 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 recently assisted in gathering donation items for Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Pro Bono Night. The group continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. The group’s next social happy hour will be on August 24 at 5:30 p.m. at The Bitter Alibi, and the group will be voting to amend their Bylaws at this meeting.
 
For more information about the group contact President Corrin Fulton, (423) 756-5171, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 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 will be hosting a program to train pro bono attorneys to represent TennCare enrollees in enrollment and medical service appeals and contested case hearings. The program will be held on September 12 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC in Knoxville and will be provided free of charge to participants. If you have any difficulty questions please contact Daniel L. Ellis or Chris Coleman.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers.  For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The Memphis YLD has had a busy summer, including lawyer’s basketball league and some fantastic presentations, "YLD Night at the Levitt Shell," where YLD members and family can spread out blankets, have some beer and enjoy the free summer concert series on July 16.
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102 or visit the group’s Facebook page. 
 
Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – The group will be hosting its Wills for Heroes event on September 17 at the Clarksville Police Department from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are seeking attorney volunteers, notaries, witnesses and heroes. For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett or Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – The group will be hosting a presentation with the topic of “Did I Cross the Line or Are Judges Becoming Thin-Skinned?” by Penny White on August 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Johnson City at the Barrel Room of Portico. For more information, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA usually tries to meet on the first Thursday of each month. The group’s next meeting and social will be Thursday, August 11 at Mamma Rosa's in Cookeville at 6 p.m. UCYLA’s Wills for Heroes will be held on Saturday, August 13 at the First United Methodist Church in Cookeville. The group will have their annual Coffee Talk with the Judges on September 12 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Law Office of Rocco & Griffin in Sparta. 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 have its next get together on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at Arrington Vineyards. People are invited to bring their families, and appetizers and wine will be provided. For information about the group contact President Jason Talley, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.
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Renew Your TBA Membership This Weekend

The 2016-2017 bar year began on July 1, so after July 31, those who have not renewed their TBA memberships will lose their member benefits, including receiving TBAToday and this newsletter, E-DICT. Members who have not yet renewed are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Visit the TBA website to renew your membership online today.
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Save the Date - Mock Trial 2017 and Beyond

Mark your calendars - dates for the next three Tennessee State High School Mock Trial competitions have been decided. 

• March 17-18, 2017

• March 23-24, 2018

• March 22-23, 2019

The 2017 problem is expected to be released in late fall this year, with local qualifying competitions taking place in January and February 2017. Anyone interested in becoming a Mock Trial District Representative should contact Mock Trial Committee Chair Kristen Corn for more information.

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NALS to Host TJC Silent Auction Benefit

The NALS Nashville Chapter will host a silent auction benefit for the Tennessee Justice Center on Aug. 17 at Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis. The reception will feature prizes including VIP concert tickets, Nashville Predators gear and more, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted the TJC. More information, including how to become a sponsor, can be found on the TJC website.

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New Patent Pro Bono Program Begins Matching Attorneys

The Legal Assistance Volunteers for Patent Applicants (LAVPA) program has begun matching attorneys with inventors to assist in completing patent applications. Online applications from inventors are being received, and attorney volunteers are signing up, through online forms found on the TBA.org website.

Future volunteer recruiting and events are planned for Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Volunteer attorneys are in demand and vital to the success of the program. Those interested in volunteering to process patent applications may sign up through the TBA.org website. To find other ways you or your firm can support the program, contact LAVPA Coordinator J. Scott “Skip” Rudsenske, (615) 277-3207.

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Volunteers Needed for Nashville Expungement Clinic

Following the Diversity Leadership Institute and Young Lawyer Division’s involvement with a very successful expungement clinic in Nashville, General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell is again seeking volunteers for a similar event on August 6. The clinic will take place that the New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. June’s clinic served more than 100 clients, so TBA members are encouraged to spread the word and volunteer. Anyone interested should contact YLD Diversity Committee Chair Amber Floyd.
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Indigent Representation Task Force Adds Williamson Date

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force was scheduled to wrap up its listening tour in Nashville next week but has added an additional session in Franklin on Aug. 11. While speaking slots for the Nashville session are full, area lawyers are invited to attend the Williamson County hearing, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Complex, 1320 West Main St., Franklin, TN 37064. Sign up here to speak.

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TALS Names 2016 Access to Justice Award Recipients

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) today named its 2016 Access to Justice Award honorees. The Janice M. Holder Award will go to Jim Barry and Sharon Ryan of International Paper in Memphis. The B. Riney Green Award will go to Craig Barnes of Memphis Area Legal Services and Russell Fowler of Legal Aid of East Tennessee in Chattanooga. And the New Advocate of the Year Award will go to Zachary Oswald with the Nashville office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Learn more about the award recipients and make plans to join colleagues at the Equal Justice Conference on Aug. 31 for the award ceremony.

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Learn More, Speak Up About Indigent Defense Rates

Lawyers interested in learning more about the work of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force, which has been conducting listening tours across the state, are invited to join a conference call with TBA Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd this Friday at noon Central Daylight Time. To join the call dial 855-795-9620 and enter passcode 5582234161.

A week later, on July 29, the task force will be at the Nashville School of Law, 4013 Armory Oaks Dr., Nashville 37204 for its final forum. The event will take place in Room 200 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sign up here to share your experience with indigent representation and why an increase in the compensation rate is needed.

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6 Nashville Lawyers Vying for Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for its 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. Casey Summar with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville was nominated in the Arts, Entertainment & Music Business category. Five lawyers were named as finalists in the Legal Services category. They are: Sarah Hannah, Bradley; Ryan Holt, Sherrard & Roe; Gabe Roberts, Bureau of TennCare; Joshua Rosenblatt, Blackline Payments Advisors; and Elizabeth Tipping, Neal & Harwell. The chamber will honor all finalists with an event Aug. 4 at the Collins Alumni Auditorium on the campus of Lipscomb University. Learn more or buy tickets.

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YLD Invited Guest News for June 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. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – The AWA recently held a successful golf tournament will with the proceeds benefiting three charitable organizations.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – Join ETLAW Wednesday, July 20, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA for ETLAW’s Monthly Meeting. Guest speaker Senator Doug Overby will provide his annual Legislative Update. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10. Register at www.etlawtn.org.
 
Also, plan to join us on July 28, 2016 for a relaxing summer social at Odyssey Pedispa in Knoxville. Contact ETLAW President Catherine Anglin to RSVP and for more information.
 
For the 8th year, ETLAW will have a team for the Knoxville Race for the Cure. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 22. The team is open to all members of ETLAW, their friends, family and co-workers of all ages. With registration, you will receive a long-sleeved race t-shirt from Komen.  To be part of ETLAW’s team, click on “Join this team” and go through the registration steps. Include your email address for updates and messages from the Team Captain, Wynne Caffey. If the team’s registration link does not work, go to www.komenknoxville.org, then these steps: “Events," “Race for the Cure," “Register” and “Join a Team.” Create an account or log in as a former participant. You will then be asked to find the team, which is “East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.” All registrations and donations are made through Komen’s secure site. Komen will provide a receipt for tax purposes for any donation over the registration fee. 
 
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 Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
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 Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter in Chattanooga recently held a successful Happy Hour which was well attended by lawyers and judges last week to welcome all summer interns. The chapter is currently planning a Law Camp for high schools in October.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build this Saturday, June 4.  SETLAW will have its next happy hour event tonight, June 30, at Matilda Midnight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and summer clerks are welcome to come!  Please join SETLAW for a lunch and learn meeting to discuss Intellectual Property law on July 14.  This year’s Lioness of the Bar event will be held on August 11, 2016 with more details to come.
 
For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
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) – TLAW recently held its Annual Meeting and Breakfast on June 17 in Nashville. TLAW is currently seeking committee members and chairs for committees. The CLE Committee is seeking a chair which is responsible for organizing continuing legal education courses, preparing the evaluations, and submitting CLE forms for credit to the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Generally, there are at least two CLEs during the year in addition to the TLAW Convention. The Annual Meeting Committee is seeking a chair which is responsible for organizing the annual TLAW meeting held during the convention in June each year. The committee arranges the TLAW breakfast, coordinates events, prepares and invites the judiciary and other dignitaries, and assists with arranging gifts for speakers. The committee is also responsible for the annual meeting budget and arranging sponsorships for the annual meeting. The Standing committees are also seeking committee members. For more information and registration, visit www.tlaw.org.
 
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 June 2016

American Bar Association YLD – For more information, visit the ABA website. 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 Bar YLD recently held its monthly meeting elected new officers for the year.  The group’s new President is Stephanie Jernigan, Vice-President/Secretary is John Chavis, and the Hand of the President/Immediate Past President is Nick Black. 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 social happy hour will be on July 21 at 5 p.m. at the Camp House in support of Pro Bono Night, which honors Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and all lawyers are encouraged to attend Pro Bono Night at Bessie Smith Hall after the social.
 
For more information about the group contact President Corrin Fulton, (423) 756-5171, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – The Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 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 first Grandparents as Parents Legal Clinic, led by Deb House of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, was a success with many Barristers volunteering. Tentatively, the goal is to hold this clinic four times a year with support from Barrister’s volunteers.
 
Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Rachel Hurt, (865) 546-7000, for more information.
 
Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. The group is working on finishing up a Clerks Directory for the benefit of local young lawyers.  For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931)388-2822.
 
Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The Memphis YLD has had a busy spring, including our annual high school mock trial tournament, lawyer’s basketball league and some fantastic CLE’s (including a strong panel discussion of Netflix’s “Making A Murderer”). Shifting gears to the summer calendar, the MBA YLD is working on some exciting events. The YLD will be enjoying "YLD Night at the Levitt Shell," where YLD members and family can spread out blankets, have some beer and enjoy the free summer concert series on July 16.
 
The MBA YLD will also be partnering with the Memphis Area Legal Services’ Young Lawyers Committee for the Campaign for Justice to host a charity bowling night at Billy Hardwick in Memphis on July 28. 
 
For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Jonathan May, (901) 577-6102 or visit the group’s Facebook page. 
 
Nashville Bar Association YLD – For more information about the NBA YLD contact Justin McNaughton, (615) 782-2215, or follow the group on Facebook.
 
Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – Sunny Sandos will be President of NETYLA for the 2016-2017 year.  The board currently has vacancies, so if you are a young lawyer in Sullivan County, Washington County, Johnson County, Carter County, Unicoi County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County or Hancock County and want to become more involved, please contact Sunny Sandos, (423) 439-4641. Follow news from the group on Facebook.
 
Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Spankies in Cookeville. 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 have its next meeting and host a Happy Hour at the Boathouse in downtown Franklin beginning at 5:00 pm on July 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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YLD Holds Annual Meeting, Mancl Assumes Office at TBA Convention

YLD President-Elect Rachel Mancl took over the office of President at the annual TBA Convention, during which she was passed the official gavel of the presidency and held her second round of board meetings on June 18. Her first meetings were held during the YLD's spring planning session in April.

The YLD held its annual meeting on June 17, which all young lawyer members of the TBA were invited to attend. At the meeting, offices that were pending appointment were approved by those present. Then-President Rachel Moses presided over the meeting, which also featured a vote over a proposed bylaw amendedment. The amendment, which would allow changes to the way bylaws can be amended in the future, passed.

In addition to Mancl taking office as President, Ahsaki Baptist assumed the office of President-Elect, Christian Barker officially became the Vice President and Josh Dougan took over as the new Secretary. Ashley Holliday will remain as Treasurer for another year, and Moses will move on to be the Immediate Past President.

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