Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2013

The Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law school students in their second and third years of study (fourth year students at Nashville School of Law also are eligible).

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Service Project, Graduation Wrap Up 2013 DLI Program

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in Nashville this month. The group’s activities included programs on diversity on the bench and the importance of public and pro bono service. On Saturday, the group presented basic legal information about debtor/creditor issues, landlord/tenant relations, orders of protection and self-representation to women in the Nashville Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery Program. Graduates of this year’s class are Shana Berkeley, Brett Knight, Kimberlee McTorry, Daniela Quintero and Ashley Upkins from the Belmont College of Law; Aisha DeBerry from the Duncan School of Law; Anthony Adewumi, James Cobb, Jayniece Higgins and Jerry Ivery from the University of Memphis School of Law; Sonia Boss, Cynthia Brown, Cole Rogers, Mike Sandler and Tracey Williams from the Nashville School of Law; and LaToyia Trotter and Yesle Yi from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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DLI Class Holds First Session, Hears from Bar Leaders

The law student members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their first session this past weekend as part of the TBA's Leadership Conference. The group joined legal leaders from across the state to learn about legislative issues impacting lawyers, opportunities to get involved in programs educating the public about the legal system and rule of law, and how to effectively deal with conflict. Class members also held separate sessions that featured a keynote address by Gregg Ramos with North, Pursell & Ramos in Nashville and a panel discussion with Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart Bowles; Ashonti Davis, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada; Brian Frye, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Matt Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa; and William Stover, Law Office of William Stover.

TBA President-Elect Cindy Wyrick with the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson, and former YLD president Tasha Blakney with the Knoxville law firm of Eldridge, Blakney & Trant, also addressed the group. The weekend’s program was produced YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist – an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. See photos of this year’s class members.

Members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their opening session Jan. 18-19 in Nashville.
They are (from left to right) Back Row: Cole Rogers, LaToyia Trotter, Anthony Adewumi and James Cobb.
Middle Row: Jerry Ivery, Shana Berkeley, Jayniece Higgins, Kimberlee McTorry, Sonia Boss, Tracey Williams
and Brett Knight. Front Row: Yessle Yi, Aisha DeBerry, Estefania Chavez, Cindy Brown, Daniela Quintero,
Ashley Upkins and Mike Sandler.

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