TBA YLD Contested Elections Candidate Biographies & Statements

East Tennessee Governor: Brittany Thomas Faith or Kati Sanford Goodner 

 
Brittany Thomas Faith 
I am a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee who attended Penn State for college followed by the University of Tennessee College of Law. I joined Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. in 2012 and am a member of our Immigration Group. I am excited to submit my candidacy to be your East Tennessee governor.
 
My time on the YLD Board has focused on service. I was honored to win the 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award as a Law Student Volunteer. After becoming an attorney, I was appointed as East Tennessee CLE Chair in 2013. In 2014, I was selected to be TBA YLD East Tennessee Wills for Heroes Chair. I organized and planned five Wills for Heroes events with District Representatives; I also worked to add a sixth Wills for Heroes event in Maryville to serve the heroes that otherwise would have not been served. 
 
I am perhaps the proudest of being this year’s Public Education Chair, which allowed me to craft a unique project. Through my work as an immigration attorney, I discovered various communities did not know their rights. Working collaboratively with TBA YLD leadership to implement a project to bring awareness to fundamental, constitutional rights, I began the Know Your Rights program. As of today, over 1,600 people across the state have been educated through this project. I also serve on the TBA (Big Bar) Public Education Committee this year.  
 
I am also the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. In 2013, I spearheaded the reinvigoration of the South East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) and served as its president in 2015. I also serve as secretary to the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s Midsouth Chapter, which constitutes immigration attorneys in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 
 
I will take the experience I have gained over the past years to serve East Tennessee from the Tri-Cities to Chattanooga. The governor is the bridge that connects all of the different portions of the Board to East Tennessee. Each of the five YLD districts in East Tennessee are unique. I have worked with each district in my previous roles, and I am ready to take all of the puzzle pieces to create a unified East Tennessee. 
 
I will work to utilize my experience to improve East Tennessee, and I hope that I have earned your vote. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 423-602-0356 or email me.
 
 
Kati Sanford Goodner 
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, I am a civil litigator at Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office.  My practice areas include business and commercial litigation, tax controversy, estate and trust litigation, and product liability defense.  I have been fortunate to have served on the YLD Board for the past 3 years as the District Representative for District 3 (Knox County), and my experience as a district representative is what I hope to use as a foundation for serving the larger grand division of East Tennessee.  I have also served this past year as Reporter to the YLD Long Range Planning Committee, which has provided me with even greater experience understanding the process of amending and drafting our YLD Bylaws, most recently on issues related to public policy positions.  In addition to my experience as a YLD Board member, I have also served as the Membership Chair for East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women since 2014, am active in the Barristers division of the Knoxville Bar Association, and serve as Executive Editor for TortSource, which is a quarterly publication for the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA.  Supporting district representatives across East Tennessee, both in public service and in public education, and continuing to increase involvement in the YLD for young attorneys in our region are my primary goals as East Tennessee Governor.
 
Middle Tennessee Governor: Jason Charles Davis or Jason Hicks 
 
Jason Charles Davis 
Jason C. Davis, formerly of Bussart Law Firm, is a partner in Davis Law Firm located in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Mr. Davis is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and a 2011 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. Mr. Davis is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Marshall County Bar Association where he has served as President since 2011. Mr. Davis also serves as a delegate in the TBA House of Delegates where he represents the 17th judicial district. Mr. Davis was a member of the inaugural class of the TBA’s Diversity Leadership Institute and currently serves as a Character and Fitness Interviewer for students seeking admission to the practice of law in the State of Tennessee. Mr. Davis is also a graduate of Leadership Marshall County. 
 
In private practice, Mr. Davis focuses on the areas of Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Juvenile Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation, and Social Security Disability. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Davis also serves as an Assistant District Attorney for the 17th judicial district where he prosecutes cases for the City of Lewisburg, Tennessee. Mr. Davis is married to Louisa Jackson Davis, who is also a partner with Davis Law Firm, and they have three sons, Jackson Davis, William Davis, and Knox Davis.
 
Jason Hicks
Jason F. Hicks, a native of Cookeville, and a partner in the firm Moore, Rader, Fitzpatrick & York, P.C. is proud to announce that he is a candidate for Tennessee Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division, Middle Tennessee Governor.
 
His involvement with the Young Lawyers division started in high school when he competed in the mock trial tournament.  This helped to solidify his interest in the law and the dream that he would become a lawyer. 
 
After high school, he studied at The University of Tennessee.  While at UT, Hicks he was heavily involved with the Student Government Association where he was selected, by his peers, as Senator of the Year and served as Senate Chair.
 
Hicks studied at Faulkner University, Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama.  While at Jones, Hicks earned the distinction as a Public Interest Fellow by giving more than fifty hours of pro bono legal work.  Hicks completed his law degree a semester early, so he could come home and get to work.
 
Since he was young, Hicks has been active in the community, attending Cookeville First United Methodist Church; an Eagle Scout in Troop 108, and now serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster; Masonic Lodge; and bas been a member of the Board for the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.
 
Jason has been extensively involved with the Tennessee Bar Association and the Young Lawyer’s Division serving as a district representative and the public service committee co-chair.  He has also been a member of the executive councils of the Family Law and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections.  The position of governor is important because you serve as an aid to the committees and the district representatives.  This is something that is natural for Hicks as he has served in multiple positions. 
 
District 3 Representative: John Barnes or Alyssa Minge or Amanda Tonkin
 
Alyssa Minge 
Alyssa Y. Minge has served on the TBA YLD Board for the last three years, first as an invited guest for ETLAW (2014-2015), then as East TN CLE Captain (2015-2016), and currently as East TN Wills for Heroes Chair (2016-2017) where she acts as liaison and coordinator among current District representatives across East Tennessee with regard to ongoing Wills for Heroes events. Alyssa also acts as a mentor for TBA YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), has served as a scorer for the TBA YLD Mock Trial Competition, and has attended the annual meeting of TBA YLD in addition to TBA Leadership and Planning conferences for the last three years. Her working knowledge of the TBA YLD, its leadership, and the programs and offerings of the organization make her an exceptional candidate for the role of District 3 Representative. Ms. Minge is passionate about her continued involvement as a Board Member of TBA YLD and would be honored to serve as your Knox County representative.
 
Ms. Minge is actively involved in leadership roles within the legal community, presently serving as President of East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (ETLAW), as East TN Wills for Heroes Chair for TBA YLD, and as a current member of Knoxville Bar Association, Barristers, Hamilton Burnett Chapter of American Inns of Court, Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (TLAW) and DRI. Alyssa is an Associate in the Knoxville office of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, where she has practiced since graduating cum laude from UT College of Law in 2009. Her practice primarily involves representing employers and insurers in defense of workers’ compensation and tort claims. Should you wish to discuss with Ms. Minge her qualifications and/or plans and goals for this position, please do not hesitate to contact her at (865) 342-4916 or via email.
 
 
Amanda Tonkin
Hometown: Knoxville 
Firm: Appeals and Hearings Division, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Law School: Elon University School of Law ‘11
 
Amanda began her law practice at McKellar & Easter, a small firm in downtown Knoxville where she focused on criminal defense, family law, and juvenile law.  Amanda enjoyed serving as a Guardian ad Litem because she believes in the importance of ensuring all individuals, especially children, have a voice in our legal system.  
 
Amanda is currently an administrative judge for the Appeals and Hearings Division of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, where she hears appeals of administrative decisions of the Child Support, Food Stamp, Summer Food, and Families First programs, along with program fraud and other state licensing appeals.  This position requires her to adopt a neutral viewpoint to truly listen to, understand, and analyze all perspectives in contested appeals to ensure her rulings uphold fairness and justice.  
 
Amanda enjoyed participating in mock trial as a college student at Elon University, and that passion led her to become a member of the Elon Law moot court board, and to now volunteer her time judging the Knoxville area high school mock trial competition.  Amanda is a member of East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women and also of the Knoxville Bar Association, where she has served as the Barristers Habitat for Humanity committee co-chair for the past two years.
 
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys attending concerts, travelling to visit friends and family, cultivating a love for Vols football games, and spending time with her husband and their pet rabbits, Finn McCool and Mirabella.
 
Amanda is running for District 3 Representative because she is driven, passionate, and if elected to serve as District 3 Representative, she is prepared to dedicate the time and energy to the position to ensure her tenure is successful.
 
District 5 Representative: John Jolley or Alexander McVeagh
 
John Jolley 
I know, I know, another election! But this one will be short and painless, I promise. My name is John Jolley and I'm a staff attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee. As an attorney with LAET, I serve as an on-site partner with the Chattanooga Family Justice Center and represent victims of domestic violence in a variety of civil legal issues.  I'm a 2011 graduate of Tennessee Tech University and a 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. 
 
I'm running to be a TBA-YLD representative because I believe that bar associations serve a critical role by fostering the sense of service and community at the core of our profession. Prior to coming to Chattanooga, I served as the Treasurer of the Washington County Bar Association and the President of the UT Student Bar Association. 
 
If I'm chosen to represent our district in the TBA-YLD, I would work with representatives from other districts and the Chattanooga Bar Association to continue the good work of the TBA-YLD and seek out new opportunities for young lawyers in our area to come together in service and community. I'm also a member of the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga and I would like to explore opportunities for the TBA-YLD to partner with other young professional associations in Tennessee on both service and social projects. 
 
If I'm not chosen, I look forward to assisting the TBA-YLD in any way that I can. If you have questions for me, or if there are things that you'd like to see the TBA-YLD get more involved in, please don't hesitate to email me.
 
Alexander McVeagh
Alex McVeagh is the current TBA YLD District 5 representative (Hamilton County).  Alex practices civil and criminal law in Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel's litigation and risk management section in Chattanooga, TN, where he concentrates in municipal law, bankruptcy law, and product liability defense.  Prior to his time at Chambliss, Alex worked for the Public Defenders Conference in Nashville, TN, and with the state legislature as the Senate Judiciary committee research Analyst and law clerk.
 
Alex has been recognized locally and statewide for his pro bono and volunteer work.  Just last month, the Chattanooga Bar Association named him YLD Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, and last summer, he was recognized as one of the TBA YLD Stars of the Quarter.  He is also the journal editor for the Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET). 
 
In his capacity as TBA YLD representative, he has organized and held numerous legal clinics serving low-income citizens, including Chattanooga's first expungement clinic last November.  Further, he has helped serve dozens of first responders throughout Hamilton County through organizing the TBA YLD Wills for Heroes Clinic.  Alex has also helped organize the local high school mock trial competition.  Finally, Alex also serves on the board of the YMCA's Youth Community Action Program (Y-CAP), and is a member of Rotaract, where he works with high school students through the Lookout Mountain Conservancy and Howard High School.
 
Alex would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the young lawyers of Hamilton County and the State of Tennessee as District 5 representative.
 
District 9 Representative: Anthony Adewumi or Kimberly Faye
 
Anthony Adewumi 
Anthony Adewumi is an attorney at Cobb and Waites, PLLC. Anthony received his bachelors of science degree in biology from Middle Tennessee State University. Anthony received his law degree, in 2014, from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. During his time in law school, Anthony gained legal experience by working as a law clerk at Memphis Light Gas and Water and as a student attorney in the school’s Elder Law Clinic. Anthony was also a member of the law school’s Moot Court Board, Mental Health Law & Policy Journal, and Black Law Students Association.
 
After graduating law school and becoming a member of the Tennessee bar in 2014, Anthony studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, U.K. where he received his LLM. (Masters of Law) in International Commercial Law. He is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association (“TBA”), American Public Health Association (“APHA”), and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”).
 
Candidate Statement:
 
As the next TBA Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) District 9 Representative, I will ensure to bring energy, diversity, and innovation to the position. I am very dedicated to any position I hold within an organization and always strive to bring positive and productive energy. Whether it’s acting as a liaison between the YLD and the Nashville Bar Association or planning for “Wills for Heroes”, I will be fully committed to fulfilling my duties as a representative. I will also bring diversity and innovation to the position by constantly thinking of ways to improve the position and the services it provides to the organization and community. I will establish a genuine and strong relationship with fellow District Representatives, YLD leaders, and TBA members, in general, to gather new suggestions and ideas that will further the growth of the organization.
 
The YLD is an essential group of the TBA and it’s important that the YLD continues to set the standards of excellence for the association. As the next District 9 Representative, I am confident that I will uphold that standard.
 
The YLD has supported me since I was a law student and a member of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute Class. Now it’s time for me to show my gratitude by serving as the YLD District 9 Representative. I am certain that serving as the District 9 Representative will be a humbling and honorable experience. Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
#Vote4Adewumi
 
 
Kimberly Faye 
Kimberly Faye currently serves as the senior law clerk to the Honorable Frank G. Clement, Jr. of the of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association; board member of the Lawyers’ Association for Women - Marion Griffin Chapter; and an associate and executive committee member of the Harry Phillip’s American Inn of Court. Kimberly resides in Nashville and is an active member of the Nashville Bar Association, serving on the Nashville Bar Journal Editorial Committee, Social Committee, Appellate Practice Committee, Community Relations Committee, and Health and Wellness Committee. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, traveling, volunteering, and dining at Nashville's newest restaurants.
 
District 11 Representative: Sean Aiello or Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux
 
Sean Aiello
Firm: Schell & Oglesby, LLC
Practice Area: Family Law, Wills and Estate Planning, Landlord/Tenant
Location: Williamson County
 
Sean R. Aiello is a native of Franklin, Tennessee with a strong family history in the practice of law in Williamson County. An associate at Schell & Oglesby, LLC, Sean’s practice centers on divorce and post-divorce matters, wills and estate planning, and landlord/tenant disputes. As the Representative for District 11, Sean hopes to work closely with the YLD Board and the Wills for Heroes Chair and Captains to continue the outreach maintained by the current Representative and to expand the TBA’s presence in the large, twelve county district. In preparation for this election, Sean has done his due diligence in learning the responsibilities expected of the position from the current representative, Lauren Curry, and has received her support in his bid for office. 
 
Sean graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Italian Language from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, during which he worked at the Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy and served on the boards of several campus organizations. Sean subsequently obtained his Juris Doctor and Graduate Degree in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2015. While in Louisiana, Sean served on the Law Center’s Moot Court board, held office in the Student Bar Association, and organized the Law Center’s internal moot court competition. In addition, Sean clerked for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Baton Rouge and coached LSU’s Labor and Employment Law mock trial team.
 
Since returning home to Tennessee, Sean has clerked for the judges of the 21st Circuit Court in Williamson County and is actively involved with the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, the John Marshall Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and the Williamson County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division. 
 
Sean appreciates your attention to this election and respectfully requests that you consider him when voting for the position of District 11 Representative. If elected, Sean looks forward to serving the young lawyers of District 11 as well as the entirety of the TBA Young Lawyer Division. 
 
Debbie Zimmerle Boudreaux
An attorney with her law office based in a rural community in beautiful southern middle Tennessee, Mrs. Zimmerle focuses her practice primarily on all things related to family law.  She also serves as the Municipal Court Judge for Chapel Hill, Tennessee overseeing traffic offenses and other city ordinance violations. She has acted in this capacity since 2013.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2008.  The following fall she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to obtain her JD from the Loyola University College of Law. 
 
Mrs. Zimmerle felt compelled to run for this position because of her great interest in helping young members of our Bar grow as attorneys and members of our communities. Mrs. Zimmerle has practiced for five years in middle Tennessee with The Law Office of David McKenzie. During that time, she has learned invaluable lessons about the basics of creating a successful practice that serves her clients, her staff, and herself well. Lawyering is the easy part; learning to run a successful practice is another beast. All too often, young attorneys get lost, not in the legal acumen they hold, but rather in the drudgery of creating a successful practice and truly connecting with clients to better serve them. 
 
We are all uniquely situated to make great differences in our communities and in the lives of our clients. Those opportunities can easily slip away if we allow young attorneys get lost in learning how to grow a successful practice. Mrs. Zimmerle is greatly looking forward to connecting with other members of the Bar across the state and raising the level of excellence for all young lawyers. 
 
TBA House of Delegates
Young Lawyer, Middle Grand Division: 
 
Franklin Graves
Candidate Statement
As young lawyers, we have an amazing opportunity to shape the future of the legal profession through both our membership and involvement with the TBA YLD. Important decisions which impact the practice of law are made by our organization through the House of Delegates, and part of our role is to assist in these policy-making activities. I am seeking your vote to serve as your Middle Tennessee Young Lawyer Delegate to the TBA House of Delegates and help shape the future of both the TBA and the legal profession. My goal is to represent the voice of the YLD alongside the East and West Young Lawyer Delegates on important policy recommendations under consideration by the House of Delegates at the annual meeting and any additional meetings held throughout the year. In the short amount of time I've been a practicing attorney, I show a proven history of dedicated involvement with bar associations. Furthermore, I've developed an ability to understand a broad range of issues within the legal profession and evaluate potential responses or solutions to those issues.
 
It would be an honor to serve as your Middle Tennessee Young Lawyer Delegate to the TBA House of Delegates for the next two years.  I am happy to answer any questions or comments, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally via email.
 
Biography
Franklin Graves is General Counsel for Naxos Music Group, the world's leading independent classical music company, and works out of the U.S. headquarters located in Franklin, TN. He received his J.D. from Belmont University College of Law, as part of the Charter Class, and his B.A. from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Franklin is actively involved in the TBA's Entertainment & Sports Law Section and will be a panelist at the upcoming 2017 Entertainment & Sports Forum (register today!). He is currently serving a three-year term as a Young Lawyer Fellow for the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law. Franklin started as law student members of the TBA, Nashville Bar Association and American Bar Association, and continues to serve in various leadership and membership capacities in each organization. Franklin can be reached by e-mail, Twitter (@FranklinGraves), or LinkedIn.
 
 
Nina Kumar
My name is Nina Kumar, and it has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Young Lawyer Delegate to the House of Delegates from Middle Tennessee since 2013. In addition, I have served as the CLE Chair and Middle Tennessee Governor for the Young Lawyers Division. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve young lawyers throughout middle Tennessee in these positions. I have worked to bring interesting and informative CLEs that appeal to transactional lawyers as well as litigators. I have also been actively involved in the public service initiatives of the Young Lawyers Division, including legal clinics such as Wills for Heroes that provides estate planning documents to our first responders. 
 
I would like to continue my service in the House of Delegates and seek to expand opportunities for young lawyers throughout the state, and ensure that young lawyers have a strong and persistent voice in policy discussions and consideration of issues directly impacting young lawyers. My involvement in the Young Lawyers Division frequently allows me to meet other young lawyers and discuss many of the concerns and issues that they face in their practice. Many of the concerns that young lawyers face are not always paramount to more senior, practicing attorneys. As such, the young lawyers who serve as members of the House of Delegates provide an invaluable, essential voice to the concerns of young lawyers throughout the state. 
 
Many of the discussions within the House of Delegates center around policy and law made by our Legislature. The composition of the Legislature has changed dramatically over the last several years in our state, and as such some of the decisions made by our Legislature have a grave, dramatic impact on our legal profession that may not always be considered or understood at times by our lawmakers. I am blessed to have a father that currently serves in the Tennessee Legislature. As such, I bring a unique perspective on the policy matters and debates before the House of Delegates. I also have many relationships with members of the Legislature that frequently allow me opportunities to discuss issues of importance and relevance to young lawyers that come before the House of Delegates.
 
My role is to represent every young lawyer- and the concerns of young lawyers. In recent years, the House of Delegates has addressed issues such as judicial selection, pro bono involvement and the creation of new sections within the TBA to better serve attorneys. I also want to help young lawyers continue to join the TBA, and see the value that TBA membership provides. Our organization will only be as strong as the members that believe in us and the work that we do!