Diversity Leadership Institute

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to:

  • Develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney;
  • Empower students to contribute more to the legal community;
  • Match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and
  • Build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds

Class size is limited to a total of 20 to 25 students selected from across the state. The goal of the program is to have a diverse class, so selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, background, geographical factors and law schools attended. To learn more about how to apply to the program download this description.

Applications the 2018 Diversity Leadership Class are due by 5 p.m Central time on November 15, 2017.

Download the application here. Keep reading below for more information!

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2018 Class Information


Program Schedule

The 2018 Diversity Leadership Institute program (“DLI”) will begin with an opening retreat January 12-13, 2018, in Nashville. Attendance is required, but double occupancy hotel accommodations and mileage reimbursement will be provided for participants living outside of Nashville. At the retreat, participants will learn about mentoring opportunities, get to know fellow class members and be introduced to leadership and diversity concepts to be explored throughout the program. 
 
During the six-month leadership program, participants will be required to establish a mentor relationship, complete one community service activity, and attend two continuing legal education seminars, at least one of which should focus on a topic related to diversity. To help participants meet these requirements — and network with practicing lawyers in their local area — class members will be invited to attend public service projects, educational seminars and membership events planned by the TBA YLD. Participants also are encouraged to get involved in activities sponsored by their local bar associations as a way to meet these requirements.
 
Class members also will meet during and participate in the State High School Mock Trial Competition March 23-24, 2018, in Nashville. Again, attendance is required, but double occupancy hotel accommodations and mileage reimbursements will be provided for those who live outside the Nashville area. Students will serve as bailiffs during several mock trial rounds but will also meet as a group for leadership programming.
 
The DLI will conclude with a final session, service project and graduation ceremony June 15-16, 2017, during the TBA Annual Convention in Memphis. Again, attendance is required, but double occupancy hotel accommodations and mileage reimbursements will be provided for those who live outside of Memphis.
 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school, and must be in their second, third or fourth years of study.
  • Applicants must attend three in-person meetings during the six-month program:
    • January 12-13, 2018, in Nashville (Downtown Doubletree Hotel)
    • March 23-24, 2018, in Nashville (Downtown Doubletree Hotel)**
    • June 15-16, 2018, in Memphis (The Peabody Memphis)
**Potential conflict with MPRE test date.  If selected for the program, you agree to not register for the Spring 2018 MPRE if it conflicts with this mandatory meeting date.

Application Process

  • Applicants must submit the following documents as part of the application packet:

1. One (1) Application Form signed by the applicant.This is a fill-able pdf form. Please make sure you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader to be able to save your data.

2. Three (3) written essays

* Select from 10 possible questions printed in the application
* Limit each essay to 200 words or less
* Use a separate sheet for each essay
* Restate the question at the beginning of the essay
* Be sure to put your name on each essay

3. One (1) copy of current resume.

Submission Process

  • The deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Central time on Nov. 15.
  • Applications should be submitted to Diversity Committee Chair, Alicia Teubert, via email or mail as follows:
Alicia Teubert 
Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC
Westwood Building
5616 Kingston Pike, Suite 301
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Phone: 865-766-0056
  • The Selection Committee will notify candidates of its decision by mid-December.

Key Program Dates

The following timeline provides a summary of the program deadlines and other key dates for participating students:

November 15, 2017Student applications due
Mid-DecemberSuccessful applicants notified of acceptance
January 12-13, 2018Opening Retreat in Nashville (mandatory)
March 23-24, 2018Meeting/Mock Trial Volunteering in Nashville (mandatory)
June 5, 2018All CLE and mentor requirements completed
June 15-16, 2018Final program, service project and graduation in Memphis (mandatory)

 

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Contact Us

Questions or comments about this program? Feel free to contact the TBA YLD's Diversity Committee leadership:

Alicia Teubert, Chair
Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC
Westwood Building
5616 Kingston Pike, Suite 301
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
(865) 766-0056
 
Ariel Anthony, Vice Chair
Husch Blackwell
735 Georgia Avenue Suite 300
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(432)755-2661

Questions or comments about other law school services? Visit the TBA's law student resource page or contact the TBA YLD's Law School Outreach Committee:

Cole Rogers, Chair
Rogers Law
100 Bluegrass Commons Blvd Ste 330 
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615)403-5703
James Cobb, Vice Chair
Cobb & Waites, PLLC
1994 Gallatin Pike N., Suite 315
Madison, TN 37115
(615)649-0049