TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 31, 2012

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held its spring meeting in Nashville earlier this month. During the weekend, Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa and Knoxville lawyer Troy Weston organized a Project Salute clinic to help veterans obtain federal benefits. Lawyers from across the country gathered at Operation Stand Down in south Nashville to serve more than 20 veterans. Also during the meeting, Memphis lawyer and YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist spoke to attendees about the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute – a six-month leadership and mentoring program for diverse law students. The program was named one of four finalists for the ABA’s Next Steps Challenge Grant. TBA YLD President Mason Wilson was on hand to accept the award for that recognition.

In addition, Tennessee lawyers turned out in force to share their professional expertise with meeting attendees. Presenters included Gail Vaughn Ashworth, George Barrett, Lisa Cole, Mark Chalos, Matthew Curley, Margaret M. Huff, Anne C. Martin, Bruce McMullen, Barbara Moss, Lucian T. Pera, E. Todd Presnell, Eli J. Richardson, Lisa Rivera, Matt Sweeney, Kendrick Vaughn and Heather Howell Wright. The capstone of the three-day meeting was a luncheon with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, Vanderbilt Law School Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, who spoke on this year’s Law Day theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

Finally, at a banquet wrapping up the conference, Matt Potempa and Memphis lawyer Stacie Winkler were named “Stars of the Quarter” for their work planning the Nashville meeting. See photos from the meeting