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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 28, 2018

Application Process for 2018-2019 Leadership Positions

 
 
The Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee bar Association is excited to formally announce the opening of their 2018-2019 leadership appointments process.  We are pleased that you are considering an application for an appointed position as we seek to engage in an unprecedented number of public service and public education activities while delivering excellent programming to young lawyers across the State of Tennessee and beyond.  
 
How to Apply:
 
1.) Familiarize yourself with the 2018-2019 YLD committees and programming initiatives (below), along with the appointed positions available in conjunction.  
2.) Confirm your eligibility for a 2018-2019 appointment.
3.) Complete an online application by the March 31, 2017 deadline.
 
Eligibility:
 
You must be a TBA member to receive an appointment.  Most TBA YLD appointments are reserved for “young lawyers,” meaning lawyers admitted to practice in their first bar within the past five years or less than 36 years old as of June 2018. Additionally, in order to be eligible, you must be able and willing to attend the following YLD events/activities, with no exceptions:
 
  • YLD Spring Planning Meeting--May 4th-5th, 2018 in Sevierville, TN
  • TBA Annual Convention--June 14th-16th, 2018 in Memphis, TN
  • YLD Fall Retreat--October 4th-6th in New Orleans, LA
  • TBA Leadership Conference--January 18th-19th, 2019 in Nashville, TN 
  • State High School Mock Trial Competition--March 22nd-23rd, 2019 in Nashville, TN
Funding:
 
If you are selected to serve in an appointed position, you will be reimbursed for your attendance at all of the aforementioned YLD events/activities, subject to the TBA YLD Reimbursement Policy.
 
Available Appointed Positions:
 
  • YLD Government Relations Committee Chair
  • CATALYST Coordinator
  • CATALYST Assistant Coordinator
  • Public Policy Coordinator
  • TBA Public Service Academy Liaison 
  • Children’s Issues Committee Chair
  • Children’s Issues Committee Vice Chair
  • Public Service Committee Chair
  • Membership Committee Chair
  • Law School Outreach Coordinator
  • New Attorney Liaison
  • Membership Event Coordinator 
  • Diversity Committee Chair
  • Diversity Committee Vice Chair
  • Mock Trial Committee Chair
  • Mock Trial Committee Vice Chair
  • Mock Trial Long Range Planning Coordinator
  • CLE Committee Chair
  • CLE Committee Vice Chair
  • Publications Committee Chair
  • Editor of Tennessee Young Lawyer
  • Press Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • National Outreach Editor
  • Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND Coordinator
  • Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND Volunteer Liaison
  • Sponsor Coordinator
  • Meetings & Disaster Relief Coordinator
 
Committees Seeking Membership:
 
  • Children’s Issues Committee* 
  • Mock Trial Committee**
  • CLE Committee***
If you are selected to serve on a committee, you are not required to attend all five YLD events/activities.  
 
*If serving on the Children’s Issues Committee, you will be eligible for a partial reimbursement for any YLD events/activities (half of the rate listed in the TBA YLD Reimbursement Policy).
 
**If serving on the Mock Trial Committee, you are REQUIRED to attend the State High School Mock Trial Competition on March 22nd-23rd, 2019 in Nashville, TN, and will be eligible for a full reimbursement in conjunction with that attendance.  You will also be eligible for a partial reimbursement for any YLD events/activities you choose to attend (half of the rate listed in the TBA YLD Reimbursement Policy).  
 
***If serving on the CLE Committee, you are REQUIRED to attend all CLE events sponsored by the YLD within your Grand Division during the bar year and will be eligible for a full reimbursement in conjunction with that attendance.  You will also be eligible for a partial reimbursement for any YLD events/activities you choose to attend (half of the rate listed in the TBA YLD Reimbursement Policy).
 
  

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2018-2019 YLD COMMITTEES & PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES

 
YLD Government Relations Committee
The Young Lawyers Division Government Relations Committee’s purpose for the 2018-2019 bar year will be to liaise with the TBA Governmental Affairs Committee, oversee the CATALYST public education project, coordinate public policy activities on behalf of the Division, and support the TBA Public Service Academy initiatives.  The TBA Governmental Affairs committee is involved in one of the core missions of the association--advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice.  The Young Lawyers Division will support that mission by devoting resources and energy to quality programming in this realm.  As such, the CATALYST—Civic Achievement Through Activism in the Legislature by Young Students in Tennessee—public education project will be the predominant focus of the 2018-2019 YLD bar year.  The goal of the project will be to increase the familiarity of high school students with the state legislative process through a variety of educational resources and experiential learning opportunities.  Additionally, via the leadership of the Public Policy Coordinator, the Division will continue to participate in policy engagement, resolution, and development discussions and via TBA and ABA channels.  Finally, the Division aims to support the TBA’s new Public Service Academy--a new program designed to inspire attorneys throughout the state to run for elected office, and will devote resources needed to get young attorneys across the state involved.  The following five appointments, plus an Executive Committee liaison, make up the Committee.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: YLD Government Relations Committee Chair, CATALYST Coordinator, CATALYST Assistant Coordinator, Public Policy Coordinator, TBA Public Service Academy Liaison 
 
Children’s Issues Committee
Each year, the Young Lawyers Division works toward providing resources that will support children involved in the legal process throughout the state.  In the coming 2018-2019 bar year, this Committee will be charged with creation of an all encompassing resource to assist in preparing any attorney across the state with the tools and understanding to be able to serve as a juvenile Guardian Ad Litem (GAL).  This activity is crucial in underserved areas of the state, as many children are in desperate need of an independent legal guardian as they navigate the waters of DCS, foster, and adoption proceedings and our judges seek more attorneys to appoint. The goal of the Division is to prepare any attorney to be able to serve in this capacity. Along with an Executive Committee Liaison, the Committee will be assembled through the appointment process consisting of the following positions.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Children’s Issues Committee Chair, Children’s Issues Committee Vice Chair, Children’s Issues Committee Member(s)*
 
Public Service Committee
The Young Lawyers Division’s Public Service Committee exists to support the initiatives of the Division in this arena.  As the TBA’s “public service arm,” the YLD prides itself in the annual public service work championed by District Representatives across the state.  This year, the Committee will continue in its support of the Reps, as we aim to facilitate a significant public service project in every district that will reach an underrepresented population’s legal needs.  TBA YLD Affiliate Representatives along with an Executive Committee liaison will serve as the members of this Committee.  AVAILABLE POSITION: Public Service Committee Chair
 
Membership Committee
The Membership Committee of the Young Lawyer Division serves as a member-generating engine of the TBA.  This year, our approach will be focused on outreach to all law schools located within the state and beyond, liaising with all new attorneys as they transition from law school into practice in a concierge-type manner, and planning member networking events across the state for young attorneys. The following four appointments, plus an Executive Committee liaison, make up the Committee.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Membership Committee Chair, Law School Outreach Coordinator, New Attorney Liaison, Membership Event Coordinator 
 
Diversity Committee
The purpose of the Diversity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division is to promote diversity in the legal profession, specifically within the young lawyer context.  The main focus of the Committee is coordination of the award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI).  DLI is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study.  Now in its eighth 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. The TBA YLD Invited Guests, along with an Executive Committee liaison, will serve as the members of this Committee.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Diversity Committee Chair, Diversity Committee Vice Chair
 
Mock Trial Committee
The Young Lawyers Division’s Mock Trial Committee is charges with the gigantic task of producing the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition.  The Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition strives to give students a fuller understanding of the American justice system by allowing them to experience the legal process first hand. Through role playing as lawyers, witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants, students develop an awareness and appreciation for the mechanism our society has chosen to resolve its disputes. Some students even have been known to choose a career in law based on their mock trial experience. The Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition is organized, hosted and judged by members of the Division.  Along with an Executive Committee Liaison, the Committee will be assembled through the appointment process consisting of the following positions.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Mock Trial Committee Chair, Mock Trial Committee Vice Chair, Mock Trial Long Range Planning Coordinator, Mock Trial Committee Member(s)**
 
CLE Committee
The Young Lawyers Division’s Continuing Legal Education Committee exists to facilitate continuing legal education opportunities to young lawyers across the state.  This year, the Committee will continue in its mission, as we aim to facilitate a significant amount of CLE opportunities in each Grand Division targeted in topic areas of interest to young lawyers.  Along with an Executive Committee Liaison, the Committee will be assembled through the appointment process consisting of the following positions.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: CLE Committee Chair, CLE Committee Vice Chair, CLE Committee Member(s)***
 
Publications Committee
The Publications Committee of the Young Lawyers Division is devoting to both communicating amongst the young lawyers across the state regarding events, initiatives, and membership benefits, as well as externally extolling the achievements and knowledge of its members and activities through which the public may be served.  During the 2018-2019 bar year, the Committee will be charged with publishing its bi-weekly email news blast to young lawyers called Tennessee Young Lawyer (formerly known as the monthly E-DICT email), facilitate a robust social media presence across all platforms, capitalize on press outreach opportunities, and ensure the presence of pieces authored by Division members in national publications and outlets. The following five appointments, plus an Executive Committee liaison, make up the Publications Committee. AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Publications Committee Chair, Editor of Tennessee Young Lawyer, Press Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, National Outreach Editor
 
Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND
The Wills for Heroes program has achieved longstanding success with the Division’s participation and guidance throughout the state over the past decade. This year, we seek to modernize the initiative by migrating from regional clinics to an “on demand” platform that first responders can use throughout the state to be paired with a local attorney and assisted, for free, in preparation of their will.  Along with the two appointed positions, an Executive Committee member will liaise concerning this program.  AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND Coordinator, Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND Volunteer Liaison
 
Other Appointed Positions Available
 
Sponsor Coordinator 
The Sponsor Coordinator will be charged with representing the Division in securing sponsorships for the programs including, but not limited to the CATALYST public education project, the Diversity Leadership Institute, Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND, Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition, Continuing Legal Education events, and regional membership events.  AVAILABLE POSITION: Sponsor Coordinator
 
Meetings & Disaster Relief Coordinator
The Meetings & Disaster Relief Coordinator is a hybrid position that will serve the Division in two capacities.  First, the Coordinator will assist the President and Young Lawyers Division Coordinator in planning and executing all Division events throughout the year.  Second, in the event of a natural disaster, act of terror, or other disruptive activity in our state, the Coordinator will convene a Disaster Relief Committee to address the legal needs of the communities affected.  AVAILABLE POSITION: Meetings & Disaster Relief Coordinator
 

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