TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 30, 2015

American Bar Association YLD – Tennessee’s own Justin Sensing has been named editor of the ABA YLD’s newsletter The Affiliate. Sensing is managing partner of the Clarksville law firm of Sensing & Clemons PLC. He also serves as president of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers Division and sits on the TBA YLD Board. Congratulations Justin! To learn more 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 typically meets for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month. For more information contact President Nick Black, (865) 238-0665.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga YLD recently held an event to raise money for its local CASA chapter to throw a 30th anniversary party. The party is set for Nov. 5. The group also has been providing local high schools with the “So You’re 18” booklets and presenting information to inform students of their rights and responsibilities after turning 18 years old. For more information about the group contact President Jeffrey Maddux, (423) 757-0296, or follow the group on Facebook or Twitter @ChattBarYLD.

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 are seeking candidates to serve as officers in 2016. The following positions are open for nominations: vice president, secretary/treasurer and two at-large Executive Committee seats. To date, one candidate, Samantha Parris, has filed for vice president and one candidate, Mitchel Panter, has filed for secretary/treasurer. Troy Weston and Heather Ferguson have filed for the at-large seats. The individual elected vice president will automatically become the Barristers president for the 2017 bar year. Please notify KBA Executive Director Marsha Wilson by Nov. 2 if you would like to nominate someone or are interested in running for a Barristers office. Elections will be held Dec. 9. The group also have several activities scheduled for the fall, including:

New Admittees Welcome Reception – The Barristers are hosting an informal cocktail hour on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. to honor new admittees of the bar. The event will be held at Calhoun’s on the River. Learn more or RSVP

Canned Food Drive – The group will hold its Sixth Annual Canned Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest. Law firms wishing to participate must register by Nov. 5 for this friendly competition. This year, canned foods, peanut butter and cereal are specifically needed. Contact Aaron Spencer, (865) 215-1000 or Lindy Harris for more information.

Law Student Mentoring – The Barristers Law School Mentor Committee is looking for volunteers to welcome new law school admittees. Those interested should contact Caitlin Elam.

Open Service Project – The Barristers continue to support the KBA’s Open Service Project. On Nov. 7 lawyers will perform general upkeep at the Knoxville Zoo. Please RSVP to Greg McMillan if you would like to volunteer.

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 drinks and lively discussions. For more information contact President Travis Jones, (931) 797-2344.

Memphis Bar Association YLD – The Memphis YLD will hold its Annual Meeting & Elections Nov. 12 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Central BBQ Downtown. The following individuals have been nominated for elected positions:

Vice-President/President Elect: Adam Johnson
Board of Directors: Greg Allen, Josh Baker, Natalie Bursi, Sam Fargotstein, Abbey Hall, Aaron Kandel, Julia Kavanagh, Jonathan Lindsey, Gary Peeples, Shayla Purifoy, Jared Renfroe, William Terrell, Parker Trotz and Mary Wu

The group also will present the annual Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award at the meeting. This award honors the legacy of the late chancellor who known for his intelligence, fairness, integrity and witt. 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 group will host a local swearing in ceremony for new admittees on Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the AA Birch Building's Jury Assembly Room. A reception with local judges will follow at 4:30 p.m. Contact Traci Hollandsworth, (615) 242-9272 with any questions. 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 this fall to collect stuffed bears for court personnel to use in comforting young people who interact with the court. 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 hosted a local swearing in ceremony for new admittees on Oct. 29. 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 group is hosting a social at Drake’s in Cool Springs on Nov. 16 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and also is seeking volunteers to help with upcoming legal clinics being held in partnership with the Legal Aid Society and Mercy Community Healthcare. Clinic dates are Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. For information about the group contact President Cort Bethmann, (615) 591-4002 or follow news from the group on Facebook.