TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 27, 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD gathered with other sections of the association in Houston on Feb. 4-6 for its Mid Winter Meeting. At the YLD Assembly, delegates debated a number of issues eventually adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, including court appointments for unaccompanied minor immigrants and the shackling of juveniles in court. The group’s Spring Conference will take place May 14-16 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The meeting will include a session specifically to help affiliate leaders plan for their leadership year. Topics to be covered include organizing and structuring an affiliate, encouraging board accountability and meaningful participation, delegating and using talent, motivating volunteers, budgeting, improving diversity and leveraging connections with the ABA and other ABA affiliates.

The ABA YLD subgrant application process will close on March 1. Awarded annually by the YLD with support from the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, subgrants provide funding for activities that benefit local communities, develop leadership skills and help young lawyers. Contact YLD Program Associate Alia S. Graham, (312) 988-5671, with any questions.

For more information about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow it on Facebook or Twitter or connect on Linkedin. To get involved with the group contact Nashville lawyer Matt Potempa, (615) 810-8438.

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The group will hold its local mock trial competition Feb. 28 after rescheduling due to inclement weather. For information about the competition contact Ashley Bentley, (865) 927-8389. For more information about the group contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – At the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) Annual Meeting, Brittany Thomas with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison received the CBA YLD Volunteer of the Year Award. She was presented the award by outgoing YLD President Ellie Hill for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the CBA and its Young Lawyers Division, the Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW) and the TBA YLD. Congratulations Brittany! Also earlier this month, the Chattanooga YLD held its Quarterly Coffee Talk with the Hamilton County chancellors and the new clerk and master.

Due to inclement weather, the mock trial competition in Chattanooga originally scheduled for Feb. 24-25 has been postponed. The group is currently working with participating teams to identify a new date. Volunteers will be needed so lawyers are encouraged to be on the lookout for updated dates and times. For more information contact Chris Collins, (423) 755-2649.

Finally, on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the group will hold a legal clinic at the Brainerd Recreational Center. All lawyers are invited to participate and volunteer. For more information about the group contact President Jeffrey Maddux, (423) 757-0296 or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – The group will hold its local mock trial competition Feb. 28. To volunteer contact Jesse Snider, (731) 660-1529. On April 18, the group will partner with the TBA YLD to host a Wills for Heroes clinic in Jackson. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, 197 Auditorium St. Attorneys, notaries and witnesses are needed. Contact Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337 to get involved. For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons at (731) 660-8810 or follow news on the group's Facebook page.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers will hold its next meeting March 11 at the Bistro by the Bijou. The group will wrap up its local mock trial competition this weekend and volunteers are still needed. Contact Kathryn Ellis for details.

The Barristers also continue to support KBA President Tasha Blakney’s signature project for the year, which involves monthly opportunities to serve the community. In March, lawyers have three opportunities to support the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation:

Donate Blankets – Blankets will be collected March 2-13 to help comfort dialysis patients during treatments. New, lap size blankets are preferred. Donation containers will be located at the Knox County City County Building, KBA office, Lewis Thomason and Baker Donelson.

Volunteer at Lucky Kidney Run – Volunteers are needed to staff the registration and snack tables, monitor the course, collect shoe tags post-race, hand out water to runners and drive volunteers to and from their course stations. Sign up at www.volunteerknoxville.org (create a profile, chose the Lucky Kidney Run, join a team, and select the Knoxville Bar Association).

Run or Walk the Lucky Kidney Race – Join Barrister and East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Auxiliary Board Member Katrina Atchley Arbogast’s team and participate in the 2K walk or 6K run. Contact Arbogast for more information.

Finally, read a profile of the Barristers in the January/February issue of the ABA YLD’s newsletter The Affiliate. The piece was written by Tennessee’s own Justin Sensing, associate editor of The Affiliate and an attorney with the Clarksville firm of Phillips Law.

Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook, or contact President Taylor Williams, (865) 525-0880 for more information.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – The local mock trial competition will take place Feb. 28 in Columbia. To volunteer contact Cara Lynn, (931) 388-8868. The group continues to hold monthly social gatherings to share libations and good conversation, according to President Travis Jones. For more information contact Jones, (931) 797-2344.

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The group wrapped up its local mock trial competition this past week and will be sending three teams to the state competition. Congratulations to Mary Wu with Baker Donelson and Josh Baker with Martin Tate Morrow & Marston for planning and hosting a successful competition that featured 24 teams! Shelby County will be represented at the state competition by first place team St. Mary’s Episcopal School, second place team White Station High School and third place team Memphis University School. For more information about the MBA YLD contact President Nicole Grida, (901) 826-3738 or visit the group's Facebook page.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD – The local mock trial competition wrapped up last week with last year’s state champion moving on to state. Congratulations to Lindsey Ralston for a great competition and to Springfield High School for its win. For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact President Justin Sensing, (931) 552-5670.

Nashville Bar Association YLD – The group is holding its local mock trial competition this weekend at the Davidson County historic courthouse. Rounds will be held Friday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. More than a dozen schools will compete with the top two teams continuing on to the state competition. To volunteer contact Rob Laser, (615) 252-2393 or Jessica Jernigan-Johnson, (615) 244-2582.

The group also has several events scheduled for the next few months. They include:

Race Judicata 5K/10K – The 12th Annual Land Rover Race Judicata will take place March 28 beginning at 8 a.m. Participants can choose between a 5K and 10K race. All proceeds will go to two Nashville charities: Able Youth and Achilles International Nashville. Volunteers are needed between 6 a.m. and noon for race setup and cleanup. Contact Mollie Gass to get involved. Individual runners and teams can register online.

Casa Azafrán Clinica Legal – Sponsored by the Legal Aid Society and the NBA YLD, the clinic provides free legal advice to residents of an underserved Hispanic community in Nashville. Cases typically include family law and custody issues, domestic violence, social security cessation cases and conservatorship cases. Translators will be on site to assist with any communication issues. Clinics are held at the Casa Azafrán building at 2195 Nolensville Pike and are scheduled for March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21. To volunteer contact Peter Malanchuk or Jessica Van Dyke.


From left: Mary Novak with the Legal Aid Society and Jessica Van Dyke with the NBA YLD help a client at a Casa Azafrán clinic.

Arts Immersion – The NBA YLD will again present Arts Immersion on May 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the W.O. Smith School. The fundraiser, which will include food, live music and a silent auction, benefits the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts. Corporate sponsorships are available for $400, which includes 10 tickets and recognition in promotional materials. Email Kelly Donley for more information. Information about individual ticket sales will be available soon.

For more information about the group contact President Ryan Levy, (615) 242-2400 or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association – Want to get more involved? NETYLA in the process of revamping and revitalizing and currently has openings on its board for representatives from Washington, Johnson, Carter, Unicoi, Hamblen, Hawkins and Hancock counties. Those interested in filling one of the open seats should contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow other news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will hold a legal clinic on March 12 in Monterey to assist victims of the recent ice storms in the Upper Cumberland. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Contact Jason Hicks, (931) 526-3311 to volunteer. For more information about the group contact President Tessa Lawson, (931) 372-1972. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  The group will hold its local mock trial competition this weekend. Contact Wes Sutherland, (615) 964-5210 to volunteer. The group also is recruiting lawyers to help with the local Wills for Heroes clinic on March 7. No experience in drafting wills is necessary as the clinic provides the software to create the documents. Email Shauna Billingsley if you are able to help. For information about the group contact President Katie Zipper, (615) 320-0600. Follow news from the group on Facebook.