Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2014

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).

Chair
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Dr Ste 800
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)537-1123
Vice-Chair
The Winfrey Firm
2002 Richard Jones Rd. , Suite B-200
Nashville, TN 37215
(615)601-1276

Law Student Leadership Group Wraps Up

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention this month. The group’s activities included programs on networking and the importance of public and pro bono service. On Saturday, the group conducted a briefing on the TBA’s Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors for concerned citizens in the Gatlinburg area.

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DLI Class Holds First Session at Leadership Conference

The law student members of the 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their first session this month as part of the TBA's Leadership Conference. The group joined legal leaders from across the state to learn about TBA President Cindy Wyrick’s key public service initiative for the year -- the Senior Law Handbook; youth courts in the state; legislation of interest to lawyers; and a new grassroots advocacy tool for communicating with lawmakers. Class members also held separate sessions that featured a keynote address by Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins and remarks by Mattielyn Williams, co-chair of the TBA's Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

The group also learned about learning styles and engaged in a "speed networking" activity with lawyers representing a range of practice areas and settings. Participants included Terica Smith Anderson with the 26th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; Matt Cottingham with Petree Law; Ashonti Davis with Butler Snow; Brian Frye with Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Rachel Kingsbury Speller with Western Express; and Charles Traughber with Waller. The panel was moderated by Louise Biedenharn with the HF Law Group.

President Wyrick also spoke to the group while former TBA President Gail Vaughn Ashworth moderated the class caucus. The opening program was produced YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist and committee members Amber Floyd and Tiffany Johnson, all of Memphis.

Members of the 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute are (from left to right) Back Row: Brittany Williams, Ernie Gilkes, Elizabeth Goetz, Jessica Nwokocha, James Edwards and Jessie Oakes. Middle Row: Sara Garner, Alandis Brassel, Noah Mason, Rod Watson, Emily Harvey, Mary Gadd, Beverly Conner and Michael Kapellas. Front Row: Tamika Parker, I'Ashea Dihigo, LaTanyia Walker, Aurelia Patterson, Candace Carter and Katori Brown. Photo by Landry Butler

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