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Posted by: Stephanie Vonnahme on Aug 14, 2018

The American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting recently took place from August 2 – 4 in Chicago.  Several members of the TBA YLD (and newly trained deep-dish pizza food critics) proudly represented the Volunteer State at the annual meeting.   


From left to right:  John Rice, Allyson Lumpkin, Troy Weston, Debbie Zimmerlee Boudreaux, and Todd Skelton
The Tennessee YLD delegation served us well by attending the ABA YLD Assembly and voting on resolutions that will shape the future of our profession.  Key resolutions included admitting Puerto Rico to the YLD Assembly; encouraging courts, bar associations, prosecutors, and public defenders to analyze and share existing data about alternatives to criminal prosecution and arraignment; and endorsement of the report entitled A Way Forward:  Transparency in 2018, which calls for young attorney representation in the law accreditation process.  More information on the resolutions presented can be found here.
Troy Weston, the young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, represented young lawyers across Tennessee in the House, which convened on Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7. The House considered a myriad of resolutions over its two-day convocation, including measures to make the model rules governing lawyer advertising more uniform, a unanimous adoption of a resolution urging Louisiana and Oregon to require unanimous jury verdicts in felony cases, and a resolution urging Congress to enact immigration reform addressing children separated from their families. The House also heard remarks from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.