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TBA Accepting Applications for YLD, Public Education Coordinator

The Tennessee Bar Association is accepting applications for a Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. Candidates for this position should have the ability to work independently and within a team environment to develop and facilitate programming, coordinate meetings, projects and activities and provide support to committee and division leaders. Get a full description of the position and find out how to apply.

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Transactional Practice in Nashville and Memphis; 6 Hours of CLE

Transactional practice programs in Memphis on Oct. 2 and in Nashville on Oct. 30, will provide lawyers with the information, tools and tips needed to successfully handle transactional and traditional business matters. The courses, providing six CLE credits each, will offer practical approaches to handling probate matters, real estate transactions, wills, trusts and more.

YLD Affiliate News for August 2015

American Bar Association YLD – Matt Potempa, a partner with Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard in Nashville, was recently selected as a 2015-2016 ABA Law Practice Division Fellow. Four fellowships are awarded nationally each year to provide young lawyers an opportunity to serve in the division’s leadership. Fellows are funded to attend the division’s spring and fall conferences. The ABA YLD met in Chicago this month in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group, contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

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YLD Invited Guest News for August 2015

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.

East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – The group had its Summer Social Luau in July and raised close to $500. Members will be participating in the Race for the Cure in October. Anyone interested in joining the effort can sign up to join the ETLAW team. For more information about the association contact Alicia Teubert at ateubert@esc-law.com.

Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – The group is hosting a lunch and learn seminar Sept. 24 on how to maintain calm in the midst of law practice. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with remarks beginning at noon. The event is free for members and costs $10 for non-members. For more information contact Amanda Jelks or (423) 602-2230.

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Other Fall CLE for Young Lawyers

Young lawyers may find the following CLE informative and useful for their practices:

Drafting Legislation for the General Assembly
Learn how to help shape public policy in Tennessee at a legislation drafting program set for Oct. 29 in Nashville. The course will review how to draft a bill or an amendment, and will include sample legislation and templates.
TBA Leadership Academy
Take advantage of leadership training with former TBA President Buck Lewis and former University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Doug Blaze, who both teach a leadership program at the law school. The program will offer a highly interactive experience at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville on Nov. 16.

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 8/31/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through the fall. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

Clarksville, Sept. 19
Contact: Jamie Durrett, jdurrett@batsonnolan.com, (931) 647-1501
Location: Clarksville Police Department, 135 Commerce St., 37040
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nashville, Oct. 3
Contact: Cole Rogers, crogers@rogerslawtn.com, (615) 905-6232
Location: Metro Police North Nashville Precinct, 2231 26th Ave. N., 37208
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Memphis, Oct. 10
Contact: Chasity Grice, cgrice@pgmlawyers.com, (901) 761-3140
Location: Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., 38111
Time: TBD

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Court Sets Fall Swearing In Events

The Tennessee Supreme Court has set dates for the fall swearing in ceremonies. The Board of Law Examiners will release the list of those who passed the Tennessee Bar Exam on Oct. 9. The TBA YLD will have a presence at each ceremony to congratulate the new lawyers and introduce them to the benefits of membership in the association. To participate in any of these events contact YLD Membership Committee Chair Marisa Combs, (615) 259-1366.

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Update on ‘Raise the Rate’ Effort

The TBA initiated legislation earlier this year requiring the Tennessee Supreme Court to set compensation for appointed counsel of indigent defendants at a minimum hourly rate of $100. (SB1009 by Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Steven Dickerson, R-Nashville /HB1025 by Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, and Andy Farmer, R-Sevierville).

At the close of the legislative session, following testimony by TBA member Bridgett Wilhite and after follow up by legislative counsel, the TBA asked the sponsors to defer consideration of the legislation until 2016. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Supreme Court advocated a different approach to the issue, asking the legislature to create a task force to address indigent representation. That bill (SB41/HB144) passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

Since the legislature has adjourned, the court, the TBA and the legislative sponsors have committed to the concept of a task force. The TBA has recommended several individuals to serve on the group and has been informed it will have a representative on the panel. The TBA expects members to be appointed in the next few weeks with an initial meeting scheduled in September.

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.

Log on today to learn more about key issues facing lawyers in the legislature, voice your opinion on legislation and connect with your representatives. For assistance or more information about TBAImpact contact Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421.

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TBALL Nominations Due Sept. 7


Nomination forms for the 2016 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) class are due next Monday. Anyone interested in participating may self-nominate or reach out to a past class member to nominate them. Forms are available online.

TBALL is a six-month leadership training program that aims to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and the community as a whole. Eligible nominees must be Tennessee attorneys with five to 15 years of practice, although those with up to 18 years of experience may still be considered. For more information visit the program webpage or contact Leadership Law Coordinator Kate Prince, (615) 383-7421.

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TBA Joins Effort to Save Loan Forgiveness Program


The TBA has joined the ABA and a broad range of groups fighting any attempts by Congress to eliminate funding for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which allows recent law school graduates and other professionals to work full-time in public service jobs in government and the nonprofit sector. To build support for the program, the TBA is gathering stories of those who have benefited. If you have an experience to share please contact TBA Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd, (615) 383-7421. The ABA rolled out a national social media campaign last week. Learn more about it.

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CASA Hosts Golf Fundraiser Friday

CASA Nashville hosts its Ninth Annual ACC vs. SEC vs. BIG10 Alumni Golf Tournament this Friday at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The four-person scramble is $175 per person and includes prizes, lunch, cocktails and dinner with guest speaker Phillip Fulmer. The action on the links begins at 1 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Get more information and tickets.

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2016 Law Day to Focus on Miranda Rights

In 2016, the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the best-known U.S. Supreme Court cases: Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. But it is only part of the story when it comes to the procedures for ensuring justice.

The 2016 Law Day theme “Miranda: More than Words” will explore the procedural protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts and why the preservation of these principles is essential for liberty.

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Young Lawyers Earn 3 National Awards

The TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) was honored at the American Bar Association YLD meeting in Chicago this month with three Awards of Achievement. The group took second place in the diversity category for a program it held last March to help diverse law students refine their resumes and prepare for job interviews. It also received the second place award in the “comprehensive” category, which recognizes all projects and activities from the past bar year. Finally, the YLD received a special recognition award for its Access to Justice Week Legal Clinic Initiative – a statewide service project that produced 14 free legal clinics and educational seminars for Tennesseans.

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Lawyers Hindered Women Getting Vote 95 Years Ago

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of women earning the right to vote by learning more about the details of the struggle that took place in Tennessee. Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski looks at Suffragists’ fight and how the lawyers of the state did more to thwart than help the effort for much of the time. In his article, Nashville lawyer Timothy Warnock answers the question “is revenue from concerts recoverable in copyright-infringement cases?” President Bill Harbison analyzes some of the differences between new lawyers and those who have been practicing a long time. Read these and other articles in the August Tennessee Bar Journal.

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President's Perspective: Generation Gaps

This July, more than 700 law school graduates took the bar examination in Tennessee. That is down from an even larger number who took the exam in 2014. Followers of the profession have noted that law school admissions have declined, and at some schools the decline is dramatic. It is common knowledge that law school graduates are facing a tough market for legal jobs, and that fact, combined with the significant expense of law school, undoubtedly contributes to an atmosphere of uncertainty for bright students thinking about law school.

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Submit Your Logo Idea by Oct. 9

The TBA YLD is currently exploring the option of creating a logo and would like to invite all members to join in the fun by submitting an original design for consideration! Those interested in designing a logo should send submissions to YLD Publications Committee Chair Justin Faith by Oct. 9. Have a vision, but don’t think you can draw it? Ideas can be submitted for mock up and still receive full credit.

The YLD Board will vote on proposals at its Fall Meeting Oct. 23-25. The winner will be announced in the October E-DICT. If your logo is selected, you will receive our eternal thanks and some cool YLD swag!

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YLD Affiliate News for July 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD is gathering this week in Chicago for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom White, who has been serving as the district representative for Tennessee and Kentucky to the ABA YLD Council for the last two years, will conclude her service. The position will be filled by a Kentucky lawyer for the next two years. Also at the meeting, incoming ABA YLD Chair Lacy Durham will unveil her agenda for the year, which is reported to include a mental health awareness project, a child cyber safety program, a campaign to educate students about what lawyers do, and an expanded diversity initiative.

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Save the Date: YLD Ethics 2016

You know the law but don’t let the business of law slow you down as you build your reputation and client base. "The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today’s Attorney" is a three-hour ethics seminar that focuses on the practical aspects of lawyering.

Watch for additional details but make plans now to attend a seminar near you:

Nashville, Feb. 5, 2016
Knoxville, Feb. 12, 2016
Memphis, Feb. 19, 2016

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Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics (as of 7/28/15)

The YLD again this year is providing free wills and other end of life documents for first responders in Tennessee. Clinics have been scheduled across the state through the fall. Please contact the event organizer for more details or to volunteer. The following clinics are scheduled in the next few months. See the list of all scheduled clinics.

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New TBALL Coordinator Named, Nominations Due Sept. 7

TBA Leadership Law (TBALL) Coordinator Brittany Sims is leaving the association to begin legal studies at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The new coordinator, Kate Prince, will join the TBA next Thursday. Prince most recently was logistics and volunteer coordinator at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-South Chapter in Nashville. She previously worked at Imagination Branding, was a reporter at the Tennessean and was a newsroom intern with WTVF News Channel 5. In addition to working with the TBALL program, she will oversee the TBA mentoring program for new attorneys and staff a new committee looking at innovations in the delivery of legal services.

Nomination forms for the 2016 TBALL Class will be available Monday and are due back by Sept. 7. Anyone interested in participating may self-nominate or reach out to a past class member to nominate them. Look for forms to be posted on the TBA website next week.

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Join Us for Fall Membership Recruitment Events

The YLD has several membership awareness and recruitment events scheduled for this fall. Young lawyers across the state are invited to attend any of these events to represent the TBA. Contact YLD Law School Outreach Committee Chair Nathan Shelby at (731) 425-7949 or nshelby@raineykizer.com for more information.

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Hicky Named YLD Public Policy Liaison


YLD President Rachel Moses has named Nashville lawyer William B. Hicky to a new position on the YLD Board. Hicky will begin serving immediately as the division’s Public Policy Liaison. In his new role, he will hold a seat on the TBA Government Affairs Committee and will serve as the voice of young lawyers on the committee. He also will serve as a liaison between the YLD and TBA Public Policy Coordinator Brenda Gadd. Finally, he will encourage and facilitate policy discussions among the young lawyer members of the TBA House of Delegates and between the delegates and the YLD membership. Hicky, a solo practioner, can be reached at (615) 324-8777 or will@hickylaw.com.
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YLD Leaders Ready to Serve for 2015-2016 Bar Year

The YLD leadership stands ready to serve you, the members, in any way possible. Do not hesitate to contact any of these individuals with questions about the TBA YLD or ways to get involved. See complete contact information for this year’s leadership on the YLD website.

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9th District CASA Names New Leadership, Seeks Volunteers

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Ninth Judicial District has named Lindsey Brown as executive director following the retirement of founding director Sandra Weaver, the News Herald reports. In addition, former county commissioner Rosemary Quillen has been named the new assistant director and program coordinator for Loudon and Roane counties. The agency also said it is seeking new volunteers.

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Law Students Complete 5th Annual Leadership Program

18 graduate from Diversity Leadership Institute at TBA Convention

NASHVILLE, July 2, 2015 — Law students participating in the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in June for a final program and graduation.

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