YLD Invited Guest News for December 2017

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as a funded but non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association.  See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –  To begin the New Year, the AWA is supporting a performance of Tea for Three, a one-woman play about First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. This play will be performed at the Buchman auditorium at St. Mary's on Jan. 10. Tickets are $50, and proceeds from this performance will benefit a Memphis Suffrage Monument, featuring Marion Griffin. For any questions, please contact Eileen Kuo
The AWA's Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held on Jan. 16 at 409 S. Main St., and will begin at 6 p.m.  We invite you to join us for an evening honoring the 2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award recipient, the Hon. Claudia Haltom, as well as our scholarship recipients. Contact Jenna McDonald or Megan Warden for more information.For more information about the AWA, or if you have any questions, please email us or contact Meagan Jones.
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – ETLAW recently held its Annual Meeting Luncheon and the Holiday Toiletry Drive to benefit the YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley. For more information about the group, contact Heather Ferguson or visit
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, 731-423-5805.
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter –  The LAW Marion Griffin Chapter recently held a Holiday Mixer. For information about the group and its activities, contact Maria Campbell.
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter For information about the group and its activities, contact Taylor Eskridge.
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Latanyia Walker.
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact David Jones.
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – The group recently hosted its successful annual Holiday Party. SETLAW’s next Lunch and Learn will be at Elliot Davis on Jan. 25, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) will be hosting its annual Empowerment Conference on April 20. Save the Date! For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Connie Chadwick.
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Charles McLaurin.
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YLD Affiliate News for December 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA Mid-Year Meeting will be in Vancouver, Canada, from Feb. 2-4.  Registration can be found at To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD has a new president, Sarah Miracle.   For more information email Sarah or call at 865-705-7011.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. The group’s next meeting and elections will be January 17. For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD –For more information about the group, contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and follow news on the group's Facebook page.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers –  The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street). Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP, is the new Barristers president.
The Knoxville Barrister Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee attended the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Double Your Donation Telethon recently. The group donated over 36,000 meals to families in East Tennessee this year.
Volunteers Needed for Barristers High School Mock Trial Competition - Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.  The Barristers Mock Trial Committee is looking for volunteers to help as presiding judges, scoring judges, and bailiffs for this year’s KBA High School Mock Trial Competition. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 24. If you are interested in volunteering for one or both of those dates, please contact Sarah Watson or Amanda Tonkin as soon as possible. Volunteers will need to be available from 8 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m. (although you might get done earlier). Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch each Saturday.
Can you donate a couple of hours of your time to assist area service members and military families? The Knoxville Barristers sponsor a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.
There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Mitchell Panter for more information.  Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD recently held its annual meeting and elections. Mary Wu Tullis of Baker Donelson was elected president.

For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Mary Wu Tullis or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –  For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Nashville Lawyers Prefer Escobar for General Sessions Post

Nashville Bar Association members have recommended Assistant District Attorney Ana Escobar as their preferred candidate for the General Sessions bench, according to a poll conducted by the organization. Escobar, Newton S. Holiday and Dominic “Nick” Leonardo are nominated to take over the General Sessions seat recently vacated by Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton, who was appointed by the governor to the 20th Judicial District Criminal Court. The Nashville Metro Council will select a replacement at its Jan. 2 meeting.
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MBA Elects New Officers, Brackin to Serve as President in 2020

The Memphis Bar Association elected new officers for 2018, with Lucie Brackin being chosen as MBA secretary/treasurer. She will automatically become vice president in 2019 and president in 2020. Elected as new board members were Frank Cantrell, Maggie Cooper, Peter Gee, Tannera Gibson, Matt May and Estelle Winsett. They join returning board members Mike Adams, Megan Arthur, David Bearman, Sherry Brooks, Leslie Coleman, Amber Floyd, Nicole Grida, Doug Halijan, Earl Houston, Sean Hunt, Steve Leffler, Jim Newsom, Lisa Overall, Jill Steinberg and Alexander Wharton. Newly elected section representatives are Margaret Chesney and Jennifer Sisson. Mary Wu Tullis is the new YLD President. 
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MALS Presents B. Taylor Gray with Pro Bono Award

Memphis Area Legal Services last week presented The W.J. Michael Cody Access to Justice Award to B. Taylor Gray at the Memphis Bar Association Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a private attorney who has furthered the vision of "Justice for Those in Need" and has supported MALS' mission of providing excellence in legal advocacy for those in need. Gray represented several MALS clients in adoption proceedings and provided many hours of free legal support. He also was instrumental in establishing Bass, Berry & Sims as a Pillar Law Firm, which means the firm has agreed to be the first point of contact in MALS' efforts to place pro bono cases with private attorneys.

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Blount County Bar Association Elects New Executive Board

The Blount County Bar Association elected officers for 2018 at its December meeting. Troy Jones was elected president, Carlos Yunsan was elected vice president, Amanda Jarret was elected treasurer and Steve Ogle was elected secretary.

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Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville Hold Annual Bar Meetings This Week

The Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville Bar Associations will each host annual meetings this week. Knoxville’s will be held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street SW, and will include annual elections. The Memphis meeting will be held Thursday at the Guest House at Graceland, and will include a salute to Judge Robert L. Childers. The Nashville Bar event will also take place Thursday at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S., starting at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to be followed by dinner and awards.

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Services Wednesday for Former Chattanooga Bar President

Chattanooga lawyer Charles W. “Buz” Dooley died on Dec. 2. He was 82. A native of Lawrenceburg, he graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1952 and served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1969. In his career he was known as a dedicated pro bono volunteer, working extensively with Legal Aid of East Tennessee. He was recognized for his pro bono work by numerous organizations, including winning the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award from the TBA in 2014. He is also a past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or a charity of one’s choice. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a reception and celebration of life following.

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Nashville, Knoxville Bar Associations to Host Memorial Events This Week

The Nashville Bar and the Knoxville Bar Associations have memorial services planned for this week to honor those in the legal community lost in the past year. The NBA’s event will be held on Thursday, at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave N, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served immediately following in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The KBA event will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom, 505 Main Street on the 2nd floor.
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Meet Your New TBA Staff Members

The past few months, there have been a couple of new additions to the TBA staff. Here's a brief bio on each. 

Wil Hammond

William Hammond

Sections and Committees Coordinator
Wil Hammond is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, he works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to working for the TBA, he served as Communications Director for the Tennessee AFL-CIO, a Grant Manager the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and on many state and local political campaigns. A Martin native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Political Communications.

Jarod Word

Jarod Word

Sections and Committees Coordinator

Jarod Word is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, he works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to joining TBA, Jarod served as Project Coordinator for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While at LAS he assisted with numerous Pro Bono initiatives including legal assistance for veterans with Operation Stand Down of Tennessee, and a project to provide legal assistance to rural communities using video technology. He also established and maintained a partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools that facilitated legal clinics and developed informational sessions for families within the school system.

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SCBP in Memphis a Big Success

SCBP Elvis

Tennessee lawyers hosted more than 200 bar leaders and their guests during the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents gathering last week in Memphis. Programming for the executive directors and volunteer bar leaders in 17 Southern states ranged from "Civil Rights in the 21st Century" to "Elvis and His Impact on the Law." See photos from the programming and activities or check out details of the programming and other activities.

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MBA Announces Candidates for Upcoming Election

The Memphis Bar Association’s Nominations Committee has released a list of candidates for its upcoming election. Members will have the opportunity to choose between Lucie Brackin or Asia Diggs Meador for Secretary/Treasurer and to select six general board positions from the following candidates: Carlos Bibbs, Frank Cantrell, Maggie Cooper, Peter Gee, Tannera Gibson, Lisa Gill, Ted Jones, Matt May, Lauran Stimac, Matt Van Cleeve, Byron Winsett and Estelle Winsett.

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Services Tomorrow for Former TBA Executive Director Bethel

Former TBA Executive Director Billie Roberta Bethel died Saturday. She was 85. A native of Missouri, Bethel earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1957. She practiced in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee before joining the TBA. She managed the organization for 18 years, until she moved to Gatlinburg in 1982. Following the move, she practiced law alongside her husband, Frank Newman Bratton. Services for Bethel will be held tomorrow, with visitation at 3 p.m. and funeral services following at 4 p.m., at the Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville.
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Chief Justice Outlines Issues Facing Court at KBA Dinner

Chief Justice Jeff Bivins summarized key areas of focus for the court this year — including indigent representation reform, juvenile justice reform and access to justice challenges — during the Knoxville Bar Association's Annual Supreme Court dinner Wednesday night. Joining Bivins at the podium was keynote speaker Cassius Cash, superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cash spoke on the growth of visitors to the park, as well as his mission to reach out to young people in a more meaningful way about the importance of national parks. The Knoxville Bar Association also honored TBA Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur for his service to the profession.

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3 Chattanooga Attorneys Honored as Fellows

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation recently selected Bobby Dann of Miller & Martin, Nora McCarthy of McCarthy Murphy & Preslar and Josh Powers of Baker Donelson as new Fellows. The three were inducted during the annual Fellows Luncheon at the Mountain City Club. To be invited to become a Fellow, an attorney must have an outstanding record of service to both the Chattanooga Bar Association and the broader community, CBA Executive Director Lynda Hood writes in the Hamilton County Herald.

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KBA to Host Unveiling of Judicial Portraits

The Knoxville Bar Association will host a ceremony to unveil the portraits of Chancellor Daryl Fansler, Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz, Circuit Court Judges Wheeler Rosenbalm and Dale Workman and Fourth Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann at 2 p.m. on July 12 in the Atrium of the City-County Building. The portraits were done by Knoxville photographer Rachel Towers Brooks.

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Nashville Bar Honors Public Defender, Retired Judge

The Nashville Bar Association honored members of the legal community who have made an impact at its annual Law Day Luncheon on Friday, Metro Public Defender Dawn Deaner received the Jack Norman Sr. Award, given to an attorney who demonstrations repsect for the rights of all individuals in the criminal justice system. Deaner was the first woman to receive the honor. The Liberty Bell Award, which honors someone who has encouraged greater respect for law and contributes to good government, was presented to recently retired U.S. District Court Judge Todd Campbell. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Clement served as the event’s emcee, and Judge Sheila Calloway delivered the keynote speech. See photos.
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Chattanooga Bar President Fights Unauthorized Law Practice

Newly elected Chattanooga Bar Association President Bill Colvin was profiled by the Hamilton County Herald for his work fighting against attorneys who violate anti-solicitation rules or otherwise seek to exploit the public. Colvin cited the Woodmore school bus tragedy, in which five students died in a crash last November, as a catalyst for his crusade. As president, he said he also wants the bar to work towards educating the public on services local attorneys can provide. “We have to let people know LegalZoom is probably not the answer,” he said.
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KBA Planning Lawyerpalooza II

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will host Lawyerpalooza II from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 27 at Scruffy City Hall. The event will build on the first Lawyerpalooza, which was held in 2015. The music festival is designed to showcase the talents of lawyers and judges — and new acts are needed. If you are ready to rock, contact Rachel Hurt at 865-546-7000 to volunteer or request additional information.

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Collins, Shipley Open New Law Firm

Greene County attorneys Curt Collins and Corey Shipley have opened a new law firm in downtown Greeneville, the Greeneville Sun reports. Collins Shipley opened Jan. 1 at 128 S. Main St., Suite 102. The pair will handle criminal defense, civil cases, family law cases, property management, wills and general legal advice. Collins, who is serving as president of the Greene County Bar, earned his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. He previously was with the John Rogers Law Group and the C Collins Law Firm. Shipley earned his law degree from the Charleston School of Law. He previously was with the Terry Law Firm in Morristown and a special assistant U.S. attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office.

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Blount County Bar Elects New Leaders

The Blount County Bar Association recently elected its 2017 officers. They are: Steven L. Williams, president; Carlos A. Yunsan, vice president; Amanda Peralta Jarret, treasurer; and Stephen S. Ogle, secretary. Ogle also will continue to serve as the organization’s program director.

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Help Needed Tomorrow for Memphis Veterans’ Clinic

A free legal clinic for veterans will be held Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Veterans Center, 1407 Union Ave., 11th floor. Volunteers are still needed, especially in the practice areas of criminal defense, family law and employment law. The clinic is co-sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services and takes place the second Tuesday of the month to assist veterans with legal advice. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jake Dickerson, 901-577-8236.

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Washington County Bar Elects New Leaders

The Washington County Bar Association has announced the results of its recent election. Laurel Farrell will take over as the new president, while Richard Phillips will take over as the new president-elect. Other officers include Will Freemon, vice president; Brian Puster, treasurer; and Elizabeth Jones, secretary. Association members also selected the following board members: Brandy Balding, Lindsay Daniel, Charles London, Solange McDaniel, David Robbins, Sunny Sandos and Christina Stapleton.

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Washington County Bar Releases Election Slate

The Washington County Bar Association today announced candidates for elected offices. Members have until Friday to vote. The nominated candidates are Laurel Farrell for president, Richard Phillips for president-elect, Will Freemon for vice president, Brian Puster for treasurer and Elizabeth Jones for secretary. The association also has one position available on its board of directors. The lawyer who fills that role will join Brandy Balding, Lindsay Daniel, Charles London, David Robbins, Sunny Sandos and Christina Stapleton on the 2017 board.

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Veterans Legal Clinic Set for Jan. 11

Volunteers are needed for a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic scheduled for Jan. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. in Knoxville. The clinic is one of several planned by a group of legal organizations in the city, including the Knoxville Bar Association, the Knoxville Barristers, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the local Veterans’ Affairs office. It will take place at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty St.

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