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Deadline Extended for Law Student Leadership Program

The deadline for law students to apply to the Diversity Leadership Institute, the TBA's six-month leadership development and training program, has been extended to Dec. 21. The program, now in its seventh year, is open to all 2L, 3L and 4L students attending a Tennessee law school. The goal of the institute is 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. For a downloadable application and instructions visit the TBA website.

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Memphis Lawyer to Lead YLD in 2017

Memphis lawyer Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2017-2018. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2016 and president in 2017. Baptist, who will be the first African American woman to lead the group, was deemed elected yesterday after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Baptist has been active in the YLD since 2008, serving as the liaison from the Lawyers Association for Women, co-chair of the Diversity Committee for one year and chair of the committee for four years. Under her leadership, the YLD developed the award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute. YLD members will decide several contested races at the group's Annual Meeting June 19 in Memphis.

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DLI Class of 2012 Starts Program

DLI Class of 2012

Members of the 2012 Diversity Leadership Institute gather for their first session in Nashville in January 2012. They are: Front row, left to right: William O'Connor, William Terrell, Shalini Bhatia, Amy Williams, Mandy Floyd Second row: Austin Kupke, Kenneth Walker, Rachel Kirby, Robin Nicholson Back row: Joseph Kendrick, Ricardo Cortez, Spencer Bell, Ryan Donaldon, Shalondra Grandberry.

Not pictured: Jessica Jackson, William Trumm.