TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 26, 2014

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD held its 2014 Spring Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 15-17. Based in the historic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, the conference included an 80's-themed dinner dance, the annual International Oratory Competition and a reception at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The group meets next in Boston Aug. 7-9. For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online or contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa at (615) 810-8438.

Taking a break from the ABA YLD Conference, Tennessee delegates (from left) Matt Potempa, Aimee Miller Luna, Rachel Moses and Troy Weston visit Frank Lloyd Wright's 1935 architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD has held elections for the new bar year. The group’s new president is Nick Black, an attorney with Ralls & Wooten in Maryville. Other officers elected were Vice President Ashley Bentley, Treasurer C. John Chavis and Secretary Michael Tabler. For more information about the group contact Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD will be hosting its summer social July 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Universal Joint. All summer associates and young lawyers are invited to attend. The second quarter “Coffee Talk with the Judges” brought together young lawyers and circuit court judges. The next event will feature a session with the criminal court judges. The local bar also is planning a night out at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball stadium. 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, (423) 266-7327.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – The group is set to hold elections next month. For more information contact current President Josh Dougan, (731) 437-0469.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers have several activities planned for the summer and early fall. These include:

School Supplies Drive – The Barristers' Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee is sponsoring the group's annual school supplies drive July 7-21. Items requested include backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, crayons, paper, notebooks, scissors, glue and calculators. Contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500, or Samantha Parris, (865) 342-1040, for more information.

Barristers' Summer Party – The group will hold a summer party July 18 at the home of 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.

Contact Barristers President Jay Moneyhun, (865) 546-0500 or visit the Barristers online for more information about the group and any of its activities.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information about the group contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The MBA YLD will host a night of bowling and fun at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes July 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For $10, each participant gets shoe rental and two hours of bowling. The group also will sponsor a happy hour on July 30 after the Tennessee Bar Exam.

This fall, the group will host its Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 10 at the Links at Galloway in East Memphis. Located on Walnut Grove just east of Highland, Galloway provides exciting play for golfers of any skill level. More information concerning team/player registrations and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon. If you have any questions about the event contact Jonathan Nelson or Jonathan May.

Finally, the group reports that its basketball league has come to an exciting conclusion, with the AUSA team knocking off the team from FedEx in a great championship game! Nine teams participated this year, making it one of the most competitive seasons in MBA YLD basketball history. It also announced that it raised more than $3,500 for Memphis Area Legal Services at a fundraiser held last week to kick off the annual MALS Campaign for Equal Justice.

For more information about the MBA YLD contact President Jake Dickerson, (901) 577-8236.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – For information about the group contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.

Nashville Bar Association YLD – The NBA YLD will hold the 17th Annual Carbolic Smoke Ball July 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Reverb Room at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville. The event will feature a cocktail party with live music from the 90s cover band, "My So Called Band," heavy hors d'oeuvres, casino gaming and an open bar. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit two non-profit organizations:  CASA Nashville & Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Tickets are $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door. Online ticket sales end July 18. Learn more or get tickets. Contact ball co-chairs Lindsay Schenk or Will Hicky with any questions. For more information about the group contact President Erin Palmer Polly, (615) 313-6013.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – For more information about that event or about the group in general, contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group contact President Tessa Lawson, (931) 372-1972.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The Williamson County YLD held its annual meeting earlier this month and elected new officers. They are: President Katie Zipper, Secretary/Treasurer Cort Bethmann, Member at Large Ben Signer and Member at Large Wes Southerland.

The group will host a networking event on July 17 at 5:15 p.m. at Puckett's Boathouse in downtown Franklin. All young attorneys who practice in the county are invited to attend. For more information about the Williamson County YLD contact President Katie Zipper, (615) 320-0600.