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Knoxville Lawyer Receives Award for Outstanding Legal Writing
Charles Young honored for article on trademarks in cyberspace
KNOXVILLE, June 17, 2005 — Knoxville lawyer Charles E. Young Jr. received the Justice Joseph W. Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing from the Tennessee Bar Association today during its annual convention in Knoxville. The Joe W. Henry Award is given each year to a member of the Tennessee Bar Association who contributes the most outstanding article to the TBA’s monthly magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal. The Journal reaches about 8,500 lawyers each month.
Young received the award for his article “Can You Protect Your Client’s Trademark from Cyber Mud Slingers?” which appeared in the April 2004 issue of the Journal. He will share the award’s cash prize of $500 with Nashville lawyer David Raybin who is being honored for his article “What is the Impact of Blakely on Sentencing in Tennessee?”
Young is a partner with Kramer, Rayson, Leake, Rodgers & Morgan LLP in Knoxville, where he represents clients in litigation involving intellectual property, First Amendment, technology, employment and commercial issues. His practice includes trial and appellate work as well as mediation and arbitration. Raised in Knoxville, Young received his bachelors degree in English from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Before attending law school, Young was a sports reporter for the Concord Monitor daily newspaper in Concord, N.H. and twice received national writing awards from the Associated Press sports editors. While in law school, he was the student materials editor of the Tennessee Law Review and earned the Best Oralist Award while winning the school’s mock trial competition. He graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.
After finishing law school, Young served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bailey Brown of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Memphis and practiced with the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird LLP, where he was chosen to serve on an interdisciplinary team of lawyers representing the court-appointed independent examiner in the Enron Corporation bankruptcy case. He also has written numerous articles on civil procedure, evidence, aviation and technology law and speaks frequently at seminars on litigation issues.
The Joe Henry award is named for Justice Joseph W. Henry, a former chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, practicing lawyer, scholar, and writer with a rare talent for clear, forceful and often dramatic prose. The award was established in 1981 to encourage scholarly yet practical writing to benefit the members of the bar. The winners are chosen by Chief Justice Frank F. Drowota, UT Law School Dean Thomas Galligan and TBA President Charles Swanson.
The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 11,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.