TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 1, 2015

American Bar Association YLD – At the ABA YLD Spring Conference in Tampa, Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom White – who serves as district representative for Tennessee and Kentucky – was asked to report on the many activities of the TBA YLD, with a special focus on the division’s award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI). Congratulations to longtime Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist for her work with the DLI and to White for representing the TBA YLD so well. The ABA YLD’s next meeting will take place as part of the ABA Annual Meeting July 30 to Aug. 2 in Chicago.

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 held a Wills for Heroes clinic in Maryville on June 13. For more information about the YLD contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The group partnered with Legal Aid of East Tennessee to assist with the annual Pro Bono Night June 25 at the Bessie Smith Hall. The event, an annual fundraiser for legal aid, featured live music, libations and a silent auction. 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 – For more information about the group contact President Kortney Simmons, (731) 660-8810 or follow news on the group's Facebook page.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers – The Barristers will hold its next meeting July 8 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro at the Bijou. The group’s summer party is scheduled for July 31 at Williamswood Castle. The event will include BBQ and beverages. Tickets purchased prior to July 15 are $15 per person. The group also has a number of other activities planned for the summer and fall. They include:

Open Service Project – The Barristers continue to support the KBA’s Open Service Project. On July 11, lawyers will volunteer with the Muslim Community of Knoxville’s Hungry Hearts Program. Participants will prepare gift bags containing toiletries to distribute with lunches to area homeless. Lots of toiletry items are needed! Please donate by July 10.

School Supplies Drive – Save the date for the annual School Supplies Drive set for July 6-20. More details coming soon!

Volunteer Breakfast – Financial sponsors and volunteers are needed to provide, prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless at the Volunteer Ministry Center on Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. The group is also seeking firms to volunteer at Second Harvest.

Charity Golf Tournament – The Athletics Committee is making plans for the Knoxville Barristers Charity Golf Tournament set for Oct. 26 at Holston Hills. Tickets include a complimentary box lunch, water and sports drinks, two beer tickets, a commemorative tournament gift, great prizes and a complimentary reception following the tournament. Individual tickets are $125 and foursomes are $500. Sponsorships start at $300. Download a registration form or sponsorship packet.

For more information about any of these activities contact President Taylor Williams, (865) 525-0880, or check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – The Maury County YLD continues to hold monthly social gatherings for drinks and lively discussions. It recently hosted its annual appreciation luncheon for the local legal community, where more than 200 people were served hamburgers! For more information about the Maury County YLD contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.

From left: Julie Heffington, Jennifer Reed and Laurie Parker operate the grill for the group’s annual legal community luncheon on the square in Columbia.

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 – Throughout the summer, 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 July 17 and Aug. 21. To volunteer contact Peter Malanchuk or Jessica Van Dyke.

The Annual Law Firm Trivia Challenge to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is being held July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Crow’s Nest in Green Hills. The defending champions “Doctor and Lawyers and Suds” and team captain Bart Pickett are ready to defend their title. Teams of up to five members can enter for $250. For more information, contact Mary Beth Haltom White or Jenney Keaty.

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.

Finally, the group reports that a recent fundraiser for Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts raised $14,000 – making it the best year yet! More than 300 attended the event at the W.O. Smith Music School. For more information about the NBA YLD 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 has elected a new president for the 2015-2016 bar year. Kelsy Miller, a family law attorney in Cookeville, succeeds Tessa Lawson. For more information about the group contact Miller, (931) 528-7790, or follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The group has elected a new president for the 2015-2016 bar year. Cort Bethmann, an attorney with Independence Trust Company in Franklin, succeeds Katie Zipper. For more information about the group contact Bethmann, (615) 591-4002, or follow news from the group on Facebook.