YLD Committees

YLD Committees

2017-2018 Committee Leadership

Public Service Committees


The Children’s Issues Committee focuses on the partnership between the YLD and the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, selects a CASA volunteer to honor each year, and facilitates public service programs that benefit children and youth in Tennessee.

Charlotte Mattingly, Chair
TN Department of Children's Services
2703 Ralph Buckner Boulevard
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 243-7467
Jennifer Sneed, Vice Chair
Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews
5400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis TN 38119
(901) 683-3526
Committee Includes: Brittany Thomas Faith, Executive Committee Liaison; Brittany Dinaso, Lauren Callins, Brittany Williams, Sonia Boss


The Disaster Relief Committee trains lawyers on how to provide legal assistance to those affected by natural disasters and takes on pro bono cases of its own. It also maintains the YLD’s Disaster Legal Assistance Manual and updates it as necessary.

Evan Anderson, Chair
Committee includes: Christian Barker, Executive Committee Liaison


The Mock Trial Committee oversees the high school mock trial program, in which teams of students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a hypothetical trial. The committee hosts the state competition and recruits volunteers to serve as coaches, jurors, scorers and bailiffs.

Rob Sands, Chair 
Dix & Associates PLLC
805 S. Church Street, Suite 18
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 494-4941
Kati Sanford Goodner, Vice Chair 
Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, PC
P.O. Box 2425
Knoxville, TN 37901 


The Mock Trial Committee Long Range Planning Committee oversees the long-term operations of the mock trial competition, including procedural and rules changes and redistricting.

Zachary Walden, Chair 
Eldridge & Blackney, P.C.
P.O. Box 418
Jacksboro, TN 37757
(423) 563-7169
Committee includes:
Rob Sands, Mock Trial Committee Chair
Kati Goodner, Mock Trial Committee Vice Chair
Josh Dougan, Executive Committee Liaison, John Jolly, Ashley Waddle, Michell Raines, Charles Ferguson.


The Public Service Committee organizes lawyers from across the state to mount a major volunteer effort for the year. The committee also coordinates YLD involvement in the annual Celebrate Pro Bono Month events and helps implement law-related programs for students and the public.

Heather Good, Chair
Ritchie, Dillard, Davies and Johnson, P.C.
606 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Committee includes:
Justin Faith, Executive Committee Liaison


The Wills for Heroes Committee produces legal service projects across the state that provide basic estate planning to first responders, including police, sheriff’s deputies and fire fighters.

Garrett Knisely, Chair
Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC
2122 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 800-7096
Erica Marino, Volunteer Liaison
Henry & McCord
506 Carter Blake Road
Tullahoma, TN 37388
(615) 653-5576
Committee includes: Jason Hicks, Executive Committee Liaison

Member Service Committees


The TBA YLD annually produces a number of educational seminars designed for young lawyers. The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee is responsible for identifying course topics, arranging speakers, preparing materials and moderating programs.

Aaron Kandel, Chair
Tennessee Department of Human Services
910 Park Valley Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Committee includes:
John Wilks, Executive Committee Liaison; James Cobb, Jesyca Westbrook-Pettes, Lee Magnum, William Gibbons, Chasity Grice


The Diversity Committee is responsible for proposing and executing programs designed to increase racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, geographic and practice area diversity within the leadership and membership of the TBA YLD. It also runs the Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership program for Tennessee law students.

Alicia Teubert, Chair 
Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC
5616 Kingston Pike, Suite 301
Knoxville, TN 37919
Ariel Anthony, Vice Chair
Husch Blackwell
735 Georgia Avenue Suite 300
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Committee includes: All Invited Guests; Ahsaki Baptist, Executive Committee Liaison


The Sponsorship Initiatives Committee will be in charge with representing the Division in securing sponsorships for the programs including, but not limited to the CATALYST public education project, the Diversity Leadership Institute, Wills for Heroes ON DEMAND, Tennessee State Mock Trial Competition, Continuing Legal Education events and regional membership events. 

Cole Rogers, Sponsorship Coordinator
Rogers Law
100 Bluegrass Commons Blvd Ste 330 
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Kent Francis, Sponsorship Coordinator
Committee includes: Christian Barker, Executive Committee Liaisons


The Long Range Planning Committee is responsible for developing and amending the division’s long range plan, which sets out the goals and objectives for the YLD for the next five years. The committee is chaired by the current YLD vice president.

Terica Smith
Office of the District Attorney General
225 Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 320
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 423-5805

Committee includes:
President Christian Barker 
President-Elect Troy Weston
Reporter Will Holloway
East Tennessee Member: Brittany Thomas Faith 
West Tennessee Member: Josh Dougan
Middle Tennessee Member: Jason Hicks


The Membership Committee is charged with encouraging young lawyers in the state to join the TBA and get involved with its Young Lawyers Division. Activities include staffing a TBA information table at the swearing in ceremonies for new admittees and membership social events in key cities.

Judd Taback, Chair 
Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance & Administration
310 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37243
Committee includes: Terica Smith, Executive Committee Liaison; Tiffani Pope, Ross Smith, Matt Brock


The Government Relations Committee's purpose for the 2018-2019 bar year will be to liaise with the TBA Governmental Affairs Committee, oversee the CATAYLST public education project, coordinate public policy activities on behalf of the Division, and support the TBA Public Service Academy Initiatives. The TBA Governmental Affairs committee is involved in one of the core missions of the association- advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice. The YLD will support that mission by devoting resources and energy to quality programming in this realm. As such, the CATAYLST- Civic Achievement Through Activism in the Legislature by Young Students in Tennessee- public education project will be the predominant focus of the 2018-2019 bar year. The goal of the project will be to increase the familiarity of high school students with the state legislative process through a variety of educational opportunities. Additionally, via the leadership of the Public Policy Coordinator, the Division will continue to participate in policy engagement, resolution, and development discussions and via TBA and ABA channels. Finally, the Division aims to support the TBA's new Public Service Academy- a new program designed to insprire attorneys throughout the state to run for elected office, and will devote resources needed to get young attorneys across the state involved. 

Ross Boudreaux, Chair 
Office of the District Attorney General
22nd Judicial District
Washington Square, Suite 500
(615) 862-5500
Committee Includes: Christian Barker, Executive Committee Liaison; Patrick Morrison, East TN CATALYST Coordinator; Todd Skelton, Middle TN CATALYST Coordinator; Amber Floyd, West TN CATALYST Coordinator; Debbie Zimmerle-Boudreaux, CATALYST Curriculum Specialist; John Rice, Public Education Coordinator; Cherrelle Hooper, TBA Public Service Academy Liaison


Historically, the Publications Committee produced educational publications, including Basic Legal Resources, a guide to the law for social service agencies and an elder law handbook. The committee now focuses on internal communications products designed to keep YLD members informed of on-going projects and up-coming news through its monthly electronic newsletter and social media.

Logan Threadgill, TN Young Lawyer Editor
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel
605 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37450
(423) 757-0267
Allyson Lumpkin, Publications Chair 
Committee includes: Troy Weston, Executive Committee Liaison; Corey Shipley, Press Coordinator; Anne Weier, Social Media Coordinator; Lauren Fisher, National Outreach Editor


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