Each year, the Fellows Executive Council considers nominations for membership in the Fellows organization. The council consists of the five officers of the Fellows (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and immediate past president) as well as the president and immediate past president of the Young Lawyers Division. Once the council approves a slate of candidates, the names are submitted to the membership for approval at the annual meeting. New fellows are inducted at the YLD Board & Fellows Dinner during TBA's annual convention.
Any current fellow may nominate any eligible person. Individuals may be nominated in three categories:
Fellows: Members of the TBA who are no longer young lawyers, but who served as officers, directors, committee chairs or members of the executive committee of the TBA YLD, or who otherwise demonstrated support for young lawyers.
Lifetime Fellows: Fellows who have paid the aggregate amount of at least $500 in the form of dues or contributions. Lifetime Fellows owe no further dues.
Honorary Fellow: The Fellows may annually elect up to two Honorary Fellows from the legal profession, who need not be members of the Tennessee Bar Association and who may be elected from a state other than the state of Tennessee. Honorary Fellows are not required to pay dues and are automatically members for life.
The president of the Young Lawyers Division and the president of the Fellows extend a joint invitation to each person chosen for membership. To acceptance the invitation, an inductee must make his/her first annual dues payment of at least $50. Inductees receive a membership certificate signed by the president of the Young Lawyers Division and the president of the Fellows, as well as an engraved pewter cup noting the year of induction.