TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 30, 2014

American Bar Association YLD – At the ABA YLD Spring meeting in Pittsburgh last month, ABA President Jim Silkenat gave a presentation about the formation of a new initiative called "The Legal Access Job Corps," which is designed to tackle the lack of legal services available to low-income individuals while addressing the increasing number of unemployed and underemployed lawyers. Also at the meeting, incoming ABA YLD Chair Andrew Schpak announced that his service project for the 2014-2015 bar year will focus on homeless youth. Details will be rolled out at the group’s annual meeting in Boston Aug. 7-9. For general information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at (615) 810-8438.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – For information about the Blount County YLD contact President Donna Ridgel at (865) 309-5291.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The CBA YLD hosted a judicial candidate forum on May 1 for all contested elections. The forum allowed candidates an opportunity to get to know young lawyers and discuss their experience with the law. The group also has been raising donations for Pro Bono Night, a fundraiser for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, which took place May 15. In addition, the group announced that the CBA recently revised the “So You’re 18” booklets and members of the young lawyers division distributed the books to every graduating high school senior in Hamilton County.

Finally, the CBA YLD has announced two upcoming events: a “Coffee Talk with the Circuit Court Judges” June 3 at 7:30 a.m. at Greyfriar’s Coffee Shop (free for CBA YLD members and $20 for non-members) and a night out at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball stadium this summer. That event will be hosted in conjunction with the TBA YLD. Watch for more details soon. For more information about the CBA YLD contact President Ellie Hill at (423) 266-7327.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – For information about the group contact President Josh Dougan at (731) 437-0469.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers will hold its next meeting on June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou, 807 South Gay St. Its next happy hour will take place June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Crown and Goose in the Old City. Contact Barristers President Jay Moneyhun at (865) 546-0500 or visit the Barristers online for more information about the group and any of its activities. Upcoming events include:

Barristers' Summer Party – The group will hold a summer party July 18 at the home of newly installed U.S. District Court Judge Pam Reeves and City of Knoxville Law Director Charles Swanson. The party is open to KBA members and their spouses and guests. Summer law clerks are also encouraged to attend. The $15 ticket price covers the cost of food and drinks. A low country shrimp boil and other food offerings will be available. Register online.

Charity Golf Tournament – The KBA and Barristers' Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 12 at Avalon Golf & Country Club. The entry fee of $100 per player includes green fees, cart, range balls, box lunch, commemorative gift, two drinkk tickets, prizes and a BBQ cookout. Tee times start at 11:30 a.m. with an official shotgun start at 1 p.m. Save by registering before Aug. 1. A discounted rate also is being offered to law students and attorneys licensed five years or less. All entries and payments must be received by Aug. 22. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Barristers' charitable endeavors. Participants may sign up as individuals or teams, but each team must include at least one lawyer. Contact Brad Craig or Adam Moore for more information or download this flyer.

Volunteer Breakfast – Volunteers are needed to serve breakfast at the Volunteer Ministry Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Contact Alan Moore at 406-9788 or Paul Wehmeier at 546-7000 to get involved.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD has elected a new president. Travis Jones, a lawyer in Columbia, takes over from Jake Hubbell. Jones earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2012. He works part-time as a solo general practice lawyer and part-time as an assistant public defender in the 22nd Judicial District. Jones can be reached at (931) 797-2344 or travis@travisjoneslaw.com.

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The MBA YLD continues to hold a monthly Veterans' Pro Bono Clinic at the Memphis VA on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from noon to 2 p.m. The next clinic will take place June 24. For more information about the clinic or any of the following upcoming events, contact MBA YLD President Jake Dickerson at (901) 577-8236.

MALS Fundraiser – On June 24, the MBA YLD is co-sponsoring a fundraiser for the 2014 Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign for Equal Justice. The event will take place at Wiseacre Brewery, 2783 Broad Ave. More details will be available soon.

Bowling Tournament – The group will hold its annual bowling tournament July 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Billy Hardwick's All-Star Lanes, located at 1576 S. White Station Rd.

The YLD Golf Tournament – Save the date for the MBA YLD Golf Tournament, which take place Oct. 10 at The Links at Galloway. Registration will open soon.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – The Montgomery County YLD has elected a new president. Justin Sensing, an attorney with Phillips Law PLLC in Clarksville, takes over from Jacob Mathis. Sensing is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He practices in the areas of civil rights, criminal defense, torts, general civil litigation and family, intellectual property, military, science and technology and entertainment law. For information about the group contact Sensing at (931) 552-5670.

Nashville Bar Association YLD – The NBA YLD will hold its annual Carbolic Smoke Ball July 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Reverb Room at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville. Watch for more details coming soon. For more information about the group contact President Erin Palmer Polly at (615) 313-6013.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – The group will hold a Wills for Heroes clinic tomorrow, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell St. in Bristol. To volunteer, contact Rachel Ralston Mancl at (423) 378-8871. The YLA also will hold a membership social after the clinic at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol. For more information about that event or about the group in general, contact President Holly Mancl at (423) 793-4800.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will meet next on June 5 at the Foglight Food House in Walling. The group held a swearing in ceremony for four new attorneys on May 2. For more information contact President Tessa Lawson at (931) 372-1972.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD – For information about the group contact President Kristen Corn at (615) 550-6603.