TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 26, 2016

This year, the YLD will hold one contested election, which will be for the office of vice president. The vice president will go on to lead the YLD as president in the 2018-2019 bar year. The election will be held via electronic ballot, between March 1 and April 1.

The candidates are:

Christian Barker

Firm: Barker Nashville PLLC

Practice Area: Entertainment, Copyright,
Trademark Law

Barker's bio:
A future-oriented music industry professional possessing a comprehensive business and legal acumen, Christian Barker is a practicing attorney with Barker Nashville PLLC, the Nashville-based entertainment, copyright and trademark law firm he founded in 2012.  On his plans for the Young Lawyers Division if he were to be elected:
"Empowered by strategic and deliberate planning rooted in the importance of developing strong interpersonal organizational relationships, I feel a calling to bring a more casual, goal-oriented, creative viewpoint to the next four years that will hopefully 1) drive increased TBA membership amongst young lawyers, 2) discover new ways to serve citizens of the state, and 3) bring a camaraderie to the division that will encourage networking and collaboration amongst young lawyers across the state so that we may rise in success in the profession together."
Affluent in the dynamics of using strengths-based leadership to influence and inspire, Christian has served the Young Lawyers Division as Mock Trial volunteer in 2012, Mock Trial Committee member in 2013 (writing the entertainment-related copyright infringement problem), vice chair of the Public Service Committee in 2014, and chair of the Public Service Committee in 2015. Throughout this experience, he's continued to excel at the maximization of existing infrastructure and balancing numerous project-based initiatives simultaneously.  
In addition to his main practice, Christian is also co-founder and current co-owner of three music industry start-ups: Capri Nashville, an artist management firm representing American Idol's Matt Giraud; Tour Solutions & Agency, a national talent agency for touring musicians; and the Surviving the Music Industry Podcast, which is set to begin nationwide distribution in May 2016. Outside of Nashville, Christian regularly provides court-appointed guardian ad litem and criminal defense representation to clients in rural Marshall County, Tennessee and serves as adjunct professor of Business Administration and Music Business at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee.

Mike Sandler

Firm: Mike Sandler Law PLC

Practice Area: Automotive,
Insurance, Family Law

Sandler's bio:
"My name is Mike Sandler and I’m running to be the next vice president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA).  Born and raised in Nashville, I have lived, worked or attended school in all 3 of our state’s Grand Divisions.  These experiences have given me a deep appreciation of the history and cultural diversity of our great state.
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (B.S.), Lipscomb University (M.S.), Nashville School of Law (J.D.), the TBA’s Diversity Leadership Institute (2013), and the Tennessee Bar Journal's Law Launch Project (2014), I served as a judge for the MTSU National Mock Trial Competition and a bailiff for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, and volunteered as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. As a Listed Rule 31 Civil and Family Mediator, former member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, current member of the TBA Insurance and Tort Committee, and the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, I understand the challenges we face as new lawyers and that is why I am running to be your next vice president.
A successful businessman prior to pursuing my dream of becoming a lawyer, I possess valuable experience in many areas. After serving on several governing boards and charitable organizations, co-founding and running a non-profit foundation, and managing over 300 employees, I understand governance and what it takes to keep an organization like the YLD moving forward. I see a future where all new lawyers across Tennessee can say that the YLD was a pillar upon which their practice was built."