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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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Cohen Bill Would Take Hoover's Name Off FBI Building

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen has introduced a bill that would remove J. Edgar Hoover’s name from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s building, WREG reports. “The civil rights we enjoy today are in spite of J. Edgar Hoover, not because of him," Cohen said. "Yet, his name adorns one of the most prominent buildings in our nation’s capital."

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Traditional Law Firm Model Not Effective in Offering Women Positions of Power

While the gender landscape in the legal industry is certainly changing, there is an undeniable amount of work to be done to elevate women to positions of power in law, according to Inside Counsel. The law firm model has been culturally and professionally established by men, the article says, so there has naturally been a slow-moving course toward matriculating women into it, and making it one driven by both sexes. “Law firms can help by teaching their partners about implicit bias and its impact on staffing and promotion decisions and providing training for them to find ways to overcome the effects of this bias on the career development of women (and minorities),” says Cynthia A. Bergmann, chair of the executive committee of Chicago-based firm Freeborn & Peters LLP.

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UT Law Student Receives National Scholarship

University of Tennessee College of Law student Casey Duhart is one of only two recipients nationwide of a prestigious diversity scholarship, the school reports. The 2015 Law Student Diversity Scholarship from the Defense Research Institute (DRI) provides $10,000 toward law school expenses. Duhart will serve as the first black editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Law Review this coming year. She is also a recent graduate of the TBA's Diversity Leadership Institute.

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Law Students Complete 5th Annual Leadership Program

18 graduate from Diversity Leadership Institute at TBA Convention

NASHVILLE, July 2, 2015 — Law students participating in the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in June for a final program and graduation.

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Law Student Leadership Class 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 the role the city of Memphis played in the civil rights movement, the history and impact of the Tennessee same-sex marriage case and how to develop a vision for one’s professional self and legal career. On Saturday, the group volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, helping with administrative tasks and cleaning.

Graduates of this year’s class are:

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Public Defender, Mother, Talks About Racism

Ainka Jackson, an assistant public defender in Nashville, spoke last week during a mayoral candidate forum focused on criminal justice policies that have led to mass incarceration, which is disproportionately destructive to minority communities. Jackson, who is black and also a mother, a wife and a sister, spoke just after the riots in Baltimore about what it means to be a black woman, in all those roles, in today's America. Read her speech in the Nashville Scene.

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Book Signing: 'Mass Incarceration, Death Sentences and Racism'

Joseph Ingle will discuss and sign his book, Slouching Toward Tyranny: Mass Incarceration, Death Sentences, and Racism, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Parnassus Books in Nashville. As a pastor to Death Row inmates across the South, Ingle's book "is part personal experience, part history: the history of systematic destruction of minorities in America, from colonial days to now, by physical slaughter and by legal and judicial means."

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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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Napier-Looby Presents Fellows, Awards

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation celebrated its 11th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Awards Program in Nashville last night. Foundation President William Stover presented Judge Allegra Walker and Nashville lawyer Luther Wright the Justice A. A. Birch Outstanding Service Award. Newly elected Judge Kelvin Jones received the J.C. Napier Trailblazer Award and Susan Short Jones was the recipient of the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award. New Fellows introduced at the event included General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell, Charles Bone, Gordon Bonnyman, Dewey Branstetter, Ed Kindall and George Thompson III. The Foundation funds scholarships for promising students at several Tennessee law schools. To learn more  visit the NLB Foundation website.

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DLI Students Receive AWA Scholarship

Congratulations to 2015 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) class member Ariel Anthony who recently was honored by the Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) with a scholarship to help pay for law school! The award was presented at the AWA’s 35th Annual Banquet a few weeks ago in Memphis. Aurelia Patterson, a member of the 2014 DLI class, also received one of the four scholarships presented. Both are 3Ls at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

From left: Ariel Anthony, AWA Scholarship Chair Frances M. Riley, Aurelia Patterson, Rachel Cade and Meagan Jones

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YLD Presents Awards, Hosts Student Leadership Group

The Young Lawyers Division Board met in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference this past weekend. In addition to conducting its winter board meeting, the group presented the 2015 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Jane Hickman with CASA of Robertson County and recognized several volunteer lawyers for their work. The YLD Diversity Committee also held the opening session for this year’s Diversity Leadership Institute. The class of 18 law students participated in the weekend’s leadership programming and heard from U.S. District Court Judge Pam Reeves on the “10 Commandments of Leadership.” The group will meet again in March and June. See photos from the YLD’s meetings.

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Bar Leaders Convene in Nashville

The Tennessee Bar Association's annual Leadership Conference kicked off today in Nashville with meetings of the group's House of Delegates, TBASCUS (TBA Seasoned Lawyers Up to Something) and various committees. Events also included a rededication of the Tennessee Bar Center's flagship conference room, Nippert Hall, and the opening session of the Diversity Leadership Institute, a leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. On Saturday, leaders will participate in informational and group-building sessions, followed by the annual Public Service Luncheon where Rep. Chuck Fleischmann will address the group. Two lawyers and a law student will be honored for their work: Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda as the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year; Michele Johnson as the the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year; and Jennifer Mayham as the Law Student Volunteer of the Year. The rest of the weekend includes meetings of the Board of Governors, Section leaders and local bar leaders, the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation board and the board of directors of TBA Member Services Inc.

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Offers Made to 2015 DLI Class Members

The YLD Diversity Committee this month selected 18 law students for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its fifth 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. Offers to join the class are now pending with the students.

The 2015 Diversity Leadership Institute program will begin with an opening retreat Jan. 9-10 in Nashville. At the retreat, participants will learn the identity of their mentors, get to know fellow class members and be introduced to leadership and diversity concepts that will be explored throughout the program. During the six-month program, participants will be required to meet with their mentor at least twice, complete one community service activity, and attend two continuing legal education seminars, at least one of which must include a diversity component. The Institute will conclude with a final session and graduation ceremony during the TBA Annual Convention in Memphis in June.

Watch for more details about the new class and photos from their first meeting in the January issue of E-DICT.

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Deadline Extended for Law Student Leadership Program

The TBA Young Lawyers Division has extended the deadline for applying for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) until Monday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. Central. The DLI is a six-month program offering opportunities for leadership training, networking and mentoring. The program will run from January to June 2015. Participants must agree to attend three in-person meetings, complete all program requirements, and be a student member of the TBA. Learn more about the program or download an application from the TBA website.

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Deadline Approaching for Law Student Leadership Program

Tennessee law students interested in applying for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) have until Dec. 1 to get their applications in. Now in its fifth year, the program offers a six-month leadership experience for second, third and fourth-year students. The goal of the program is to have a diverse class, so selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, geographical factors and law schools attended. Student participants must be TBA members and commit to attend three in-person meetings. For more information contact YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist, (901) 537-1123.

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Law School Programs, Liaisons Announced

The TBA YLD this week announced the application process and deadlines for two programs offered to Tennessee law students: the Diversity Leadership Institute and the Judicial Internship Program. Campus liaisons also have been named. Watch for information about both programs to be distributed on law school campuses next week.

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