TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 29, 2015

American Bar Association YLD – The ABA YLD is gathering this week in Chicago for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom White, who has been serving as the district representative for Tennessee and Kentucky to the ABA YLD Council for the last two years, will conclude her service. The position will be filled by a Kentucky lawyer for the next two years. Also at the meeting, incoming ABA YLD Chair Lacy Durham will unveil her agenda for the year, which is reported to include a mental health awareness project, a child cyber safety program, a campaign to educate students about what lawyers do, and an expanded diversity initiative.

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 Blount County YLD held its monthly meeting this week. The group typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 18. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga YLD has several events planned, including a monthly social on July 30 at World of Beer, presentations to local high schools about the rights and responsibilities of turning 18 years old, and helping the local CASA plan its 30th anniversary celebration. 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 Jackson-Madison County YLD will be working with the Hands Up pre-school this year as well as several other organizations. 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 monthly meeting Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Bistro at the Bijou. The group’s summer party is scheduled for this Friday at Williamswood Castle. The event will include BBQ and beverages. 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 Aug. 15, the group will help with a fundraiser for Positively Living, a non-profit organization providing services for East Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS. Lawyers will help set up and clean up at the organization’s sixth annual fundraiser event “Summer Swing.” Local attorneys also are encouraged to attend the event. All funds raised through ticket sales and a live auction will be used to support the organization’s clients.

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.

Law School Mentoring – The Barristers will host a panel discussion this fall for law students at the University of Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University on what to expect in a solo or small firm practice. Contact Caitlyn Elam, (865) 546-4646 to get involved.

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 social gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The group hosted its Annual Bowling Night, “Motion to Strike,” July 16 at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes. The event was sponsored by Counsel on Call and Thomson Reuters. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed bowlers! The group also recently announced that registration is now open for the MBA YLD Golf Tournament, which will benefit the Downtown Porter Boys & Girls Club. The tournament will take place Sept. 18 from 1-6 p.m. at the Links at Galloway. 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 Aug. 21. To volunteer contact Peter Malanchuk or Jessica Van Dyke. 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. 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 – NETYLA is planning a Bears from the Bench Drive early this fall. Anyone interested in assisting in the drive or becoming more involved in the organization should contact President Holly Mancl, (423) 793-4800. Follow other news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – The UCYLA will be hosting a Coffee Talk with the Judges at Father Tom’s Pub in Cookeville on Aug. 10. For more information about the group contact President Kelsy Miller, (931) 528-7790, or follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD – The Williamson County YLD will host a social on Aug 11 at Puckett’s Boathouse in downtown Franklin. All lawyers are welcome to come by after work. The group is again volunteering to help Williamson County CASA with its annual playhouse raffle at Pumpkinfest in October. Watch for more details to come.
For information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.