TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 1, 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD will hold its Spring Conference 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 affiliates. 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 a Wills for Heroes clinic in Maryville on June 13. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – Members of the Chattanooga YLD will assist with two legal clinics in April. On April 11, they will assist with a Wills for Heroes clinic at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. Then on April 25, the group will assist the TBA YLD in holding a free legal clinic at the Brainerd Recreational Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of Access to Justice Week. Contact Jason Damastus for more information or to volunteer for either of these events.

Want a good read? CBA YLD member Justin Faith was recently profiled in the Hamilton County Herald. The piece highlights his involvement in the good work of the local group. For more information about the CBA YLD contact President Jeffrey Maddux, (423) 757-0296 or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD – 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. 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 April 8 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro at the Bijou. The group continues to support KBA President Tasha Blakney’s signature project for the year, which involves monthly opportunities to serve the community. On April 26, lawyers will volunteer at the Knoxville Area Urban League’s year-end banquet, which honors underserved students in the National Achievers Society.

Barristers also are gearing up for several spring projects that culminate in the annual Law Day celebration. Between now and April 13, the group is accepting nominations for the Law and Liberty Award, which recognizes members of the community who advance and protect personal, political and civil liberties. The award winner will be announced at the Law Day Luncheon.

Throughout the month of April, young lawyers will visit third grade classrooms to show and discuss a video titled, “Junior Judges: Helping Kids Make Smart Choices.” Those interested in spending an hour with these young people should contact Matt Sherrod. Finally, from April 6-20, the Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee will sponsor the annual Professional Clothing Drive. For more information about any of these activities contact President Taylor Williams, (865) 525-0880. Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

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

Nashville Bar Association YLD – The NBA YLD held the 12th Annual Land Rover Race Judicata this past weekend with all proceeds benefitting two local Nashville charities: Able Youth and Achilles International Nashville. See results and photos on Twitter @racejudicata.

Throughout the spring, the group will continue holding its Clinica Legal clinic at Casa Azafran.  Clinics are held one Friday a month from 3 to 5 p.m. Upcoming dates include April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21. To volunteer contact Peter Malanchuk or Jessica Van Dyke.

On May 27 from 6-9 p.m., the NBA YLD will again present Arts Immersion 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.

Finally, on Aug. 1, the group will hold the 2015 Carbolic Smoke Ball at the Sutler Saloon. This annual event provides an opportunity for area young lawyers to gather for fun, food and fellowship. To be part of the planning committee contact Hunter Kitchens, (662) 316-1884 or Jeremy Oliver, (615) 979-5859.

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 held a pro bono legal clinic on March 26 for Putnam County residents impacted by recent ice storms. On April 18, the group will hold a pro bono clinic in Cookeville. On May 2, the group will hold a legal clinic in Livingston. That event, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Overton County Chamber of Commerce, is part of the TBA YLD’s Access to Justice Week initiative. Contact Jason Hicks, (931) 526-3311 to get involved. 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’s next gathering will be April 9 at 5:15 p.m. on the patio at Puckett’s Boathouse in downtown Franklin. Young lawyers in the county also will gather on May 2 at 2 p.m. at Arrington Vineyards for their annual family-friendly event. To sponsor a bottle of wine for the event, contact Nathan Powers. For information about the group contact President Katie Zipper, (615) 320-0600. Follow news from the group on Facebook.