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Brews for Backpacks: The NBA-Young Lawyers Division’s Annual “Brews for Backpacks” happy hour is set for July 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Donate a new or lightly used backpack and any school supplies and receive a free pint of beer! This annual event — held at Craft Brewed in the Melrose neighborhood, benefits Middle Tennessee’s children in foster care with the Department of Children’s Services.   

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May 2019 Attorney Spotlight: Christian Barker

 
This month we are shining the spotlight on Nashville entertainment attorney, Christian Barker — the 2018-2019 President of the TBA Young Lawyers Division. Christian has done a superb job as YLD president, and his passion and newfangled approach to the position will be missed. However, before sailing off into the sunset, check-out the interesting facts we learned in our interview with Christian: 
 
What's the best gift you've ever received?
The summer after I graduated from high school, one of my best friends gave me a shout to let me know that his cousin and a couple of her girl friends were coming into town from North Carolina to visit for a few days and he wanted to know if I, along with a couple of other guys, would like to go with them bowling and to show them around town. What 18-year-old would turn down such an invite!?! The invitation to join him in hosting the girls was the best gift I've ever received, as it was the first night that I met Brittany, his cousin, who is now my wife.
 
How do you relax?
For me, self-reflection and space to think are key factors in achieving max relaxation. Nothing beats a long drive down Tennessee backroads with the windows down and no destination in mind to self-reflect and relax.  
 
What was the most indulgent purchase you’ve ever made?
When I was growing up, one of my most fond recollections was the bonding that my father and I had over Indy car racing. My father is a huge car enthusiast and from as early as I can remember, Memorial Day weekends revolved around gathering to watch the Indy 500. It was a date marked on our calendar that we looked forward to all year. So, shortly after graduating from college, I spent my entire first paycheck of my first ever job on tickets to take my Dad to the Indy 500. We were in the homestretch in 2006 to see the closest finish in Indy 500 history when Sam Hornish Jr. beat Marco Andretti by a fraction of a nose. It was the first time a driver successfully made a pass for the lead on the final lap for victory in history.
 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you be?
Growing up an avid basketball player and huge fan of the game, I can say that if I weren't an attorney or didn't work in the music industry, I would have found my way into coaching basketball. In fact, I initially pursued several college basketball assistant coaching positions upon graduation from college before turning my interest to other areas. Who knows what would have happened if I'd leaned harder in that direction?
 
What is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place is wherever my wife Brittany and our four children -- Emmanuelle, Lochlin, Aspen and Kellaway -- are as they ARE my world.  
 
That being said, in the summer of 2011, as part of my Master in Environmental Law & Policy program (another dream for a rainy day), I had the opportunity to spend several weeks in Montana as part of a survey course on public land management. During the program, we backpacked across several national and state parks and forests, including spending some substantial time in Glacier National Park. The views from Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier were the first time in my life I'd ever questioned what I was actually seeing in front of me as real. It was an unbelievably majestic visual that I'll never forget and hope to return to one day with my family in tow.
 
What’s next on your bucket list?
Professionally ... I have been lucky to be a part of several music industry careers and projects from either a management or legal perspective. My goal for the next decade is to win an award on the creative side. Whether that be as a publisher, producer, writer, or graphic designer, I'd like to be tied to an award-winning project creatively.
 
As for travel ... the only region of the country that I've never spent substantial time in is the Pacific Northwest -- I'd like to do that sometime soon. My top five international travel bucket list right now is Sri Lanka, Vietnam, the Swiss Alps, Japan and Egypt.
 
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Cynicism. And people that chew with their mouth open. If you're a cynical open mouth chewer, you're dead to me ... haha.
 
What fictional character do you most relate to? Why?
Although not a purely fictional character, when I was a child, I was obsessed with the Disney portrayals of Davy Crockett. A true-blue East Tennessean, he was adventurous yet introspective. A statesman with an appreciation for the wild. Rambunctious but also both in tune to and in opposition to social injustices across race classes. I'm sure that there are variances between the fictional portrayal of Davy by Disney and the actual person, but I related to the juxtaposition of his character tremendously -- always teetering between rowdy and stately.
 
What are three books that influenced your life?
The three books that have had the greatest impact on me are The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller, Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God by philosopher A.C. Grayling, and George Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow.
 
Although the first two books at first glance may seem contradictory to one another, they capture the foundation for self-reflection and existential contemplation that has long been thought-provoking for me. Keller asserts that while non-believers often key in on scientific explanations for human decision-making and feelings, that there are many unexplained appreciations -- e.g. appreciation for the minutia of nature or art -- for which there is no scientific explanation, thus evidencing clues of a higher being. On the other hand, in Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God, which houses a series of essays by Grayling, "A Moral Education," is an essay about the importance of exposure to literature and the arts as vital in the development of empathy from a young age. Both of these books are very thought provoking to me and the impact brought has been a clarifying comfort.
 
Chernow's biography of George Washington holds a spot in my top three as well. The fascinating yet fragile evolution of our democracy is astonishing when assessing through Washington's story. From surveying southwestern Virginia and running into battling Native American tribes at just the age of 14 to leading military charges with bullets whizzing by his head, Washington was absolutely fearless. He also lived his life with a tremendous deference to service over self.  

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Veterinarians Can Earn CE Credit at Animal Law Forum

The Tennessee Bar Association will host its annual Animal Law Forum at the Nashville Zoo on May 17. This unique opportunity, approved for five hours of CLE and also veterinary CE credit, will provide updates on trends and advancements of timely topics involving animals, while allowing participants to network and enjoy the fun and activities offered by the zoo. We will be joined by the organization's president and chief executive officer, and the zoo’s general counsel who will discuss conservation efforts and laws affecting procurement and care for zoo animals. Additional topics will include legal concerns for veterinarians, consideration of animals by judiciary, ethics, legislative updates in the area and the development and application of legal rules governing the treatment of nonhuman animals. A midday lunch is included, with additional time to explore the zoo, the recently added Expedition Peru exhibit and the new state-of-the-art veterinary sciences center. Don't miss this chance to fulfill necessary CE requirements while experiencing one of the top zoos in the nation.
 
When: Friday, May 17, registration at 8 a.m., CDT
Where: Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
 
Cost for Veterinarians: $245 – includes zoo admission, all programming, breakfast, lunch and course material
Register: Contact TBA Animal Law Section Coordinator Jarod Word at jword@tnbar, or by phone at 615.277.3221
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3 Sections Seeking East and West Tennessee YLD Leaders

 
The TBA Immigration Law Section, Administrative Law Section and Litigation Section are looking for young lawyers located in East and West Tennessee that are interested in joining the section and taking on an executive council leadership position. Being on the EC isn’t a huge time commitment. Generally, the EC’s have a monthly conference call, work together to plan a CLE, provide comments and recommendations for relevant legislation and produce section newsletters. However, the possibility to do more with the section is endless!
 
If you would like to find out more information or want to recommend someone for the Immigration, Administrative or Litigation Executive Councils, please contact TBA Section Coordinator, Chelsea Bennett  by May 1.
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TBA Goes to Nation’s Capital for ABA Day on the Hill

This past week a delegation of eight lawyers from Tennessee represented the TBA during this year’s ABA Day on the Hill.  The TBA group had a successful trip to D.C., which included several meetings with Tennessee Congressional members.  The main topics of discussion during the meetings were increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation and maintaining the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

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April 2019 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Robert Sands

 
This month we are shining the Spotlight on Murfreesboro civil litigation attorney — and aspiring farmer — Robert Sands.  Check-out the interesting facts we learned about Rob: 
 
 
What's the best gift you've ever received? 
A cow – and it continues to give a calf to sell every year. 
 
How do you relax? 
A beer on a patio. 
 
What was the most indulgent purchase you’ve ever made? 
A custom suit.
 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you be? 
Farmer.
 
What is your favorite place in the world? 
Any beach. 
 
What’s next on your bucket list? 
Widespread Panic at Red Rocks.
 
What is your biggest pet peeve? 
A cocktail served in a large glass.
 
What fictional character do you most relate to? Why? 
James Bond – not sure I actually relate in any way, but it is the intrigue of the adventure, guns, gadgets, cocktails and charm.  
 
What are three books that influenced your life? 
Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy; Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson; The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton (I couldn’t narrow it down to three).
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Step into the Wild Side at the 2019 Animal Law Forum's Zoo Experience

 
Register now for the TBA Animal Law Section's 2019 Annual Forum at the Nashville Zoo. This unique opportunity will provide updates on trends and advancements in animal law while allowing participants to network and enjoy all of the fun and activities the zoo offers. A midday lunch is included, with additional time to explore the zoo, the recently added Expedition Peru exhibit and new state-of-the-art veterinary medical space. Don't miss this chance to fulfill necessary CLE requirements while experiencing one of the top zoos in the nation. Here are the key details:
 
When: Friday, May 17, registration at 8 a.m., CDT
Where: Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
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Survey: Millennials OK with Less Money for Less Work, More Flexibility

In a new survey of millennial lawyers, nearly half say their workloads have increased in recent years and about 1 in 4 say they would take less money in exchange for either a more flexible work schedule, more time off or a cut in billable hours, the ABA Journal reports. The survey of more than 1,200 lawyers in law firms was conducted in conjunction with Above the Law. It also found that more than 45% of female attorneys believe there is inherent sexism in the profession and 56% strongly agreed there is a gender pay gap.

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Chattanooga YLD

New Life Job Fair – The CBA YLD is providing expungement information at the New Life Job Fair for ex-offenders on April 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be held at the American Job Center in Eastgate Mall. Please email Stephanie Rodgers, if you are interested in volunteering.

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Memphis Bar Association YLD

 
Legal Lines Event – On Thursday, April 18, from 4 - 6:30 p.m., the Legal Lines annual event will take place at News Channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee. Legal Lines is an event put on by the Memphis YLD in which attorney volunteers answer phone calls from News Channel 3 viewers with legal questions. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up. 
 
Happy Hour Event - Also on April 18  the MBA YLD will host a happy hour sponsored by Attorney Ruchee J. Patel. The social will take place at The Civil Pour, located at 409 Main St., Memphis, TN 38103. Happy hour begins at 5 p.m.! 
 
Summer Law Internship Program - Memphis Bar Association is accepting applications for its annual Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP). SLIP is an internship program that places minority high school students in legal workplaces from June 3 through 28. All Memphis area minority students who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August 2019 are eligible to apply. Click here to learn more.
 
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What’s Going Down in K-Town

 
Donate to the Professional Clothing Drive - The Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee is collecting professional clothing from April 8-22. Requested items include: slacks and skirts, suits, blouses and shirts, dresses, ties, and dress shoes. Multiple donation locations will be available, including locations on Gay Street and Main Street, at law schools, and in West Knoxville. For more info., please contact the Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee Co-Chairs, Meagan Collver or Jason Collver .
 
Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic – The next veteran clinics will be held on May 8 from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Office, 1101 Liberty Street. Volunteer attorneys are needed in order to make the clinics a success.  Register to participate by clicking on April 10 or May 8 in the Event Calendar at www.knoxbar.org.
 
Get some “Bowlable Hours” - Join the Barristers for the 1st Annual Barristers “Bowlable Hours” on April 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Main Event, 9081 Kingston Pike. There will be prizes for the highest score, most strikes, and more! Register through the KBA website by April 18.
 
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YLD Annual LOGICFORCE Race Judicata in Nashville

Come out and race for a good cause! On Saturday, April 6, the 16th annual YLD Race Judicata 5k and 10k race will take place at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville. Proceeds from the race will benefit two local charities — Able Youth and Achilles International Nashville. For more information on the 2019 YLD Race Judicata, click here.
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Montgomery County Expungement Clinic

On April 27, at 9 a.m., a non-conviction expungement clinic will be held in Clarksville, Tennessee. The clinic will take place at Loaves & Fishes, which is located at 215 Foster St., Clarksville, TN. In order to make the clinic a success, volunteer attorneys are needed! For more information on the clinic, please contact District Rep. Jamie Durrett.

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Attorney's Needed for April 27 Expungement Clinic and Resource Fair

Music City Community Courts has another Expungement Clinic and Resource Fair scheduled April 27, at Magness – Potter Community Center, located at Salvation Army’s Red Shield East Campus, 611 Stockell St. Nashville, Tennessee, 37207. The clinic will have check-in for the pre-registered participants at 9 - 9:30 a.m. and the clinic will start at 10:15 a.m. All volunteer attorneys are asked to arrive between 9:30 – 10 a.m. for orientation and the run of the day.
 
Currently, there are 72 individuals pre-registered for the clinic, so they are in need of volunteer attorneys! Please reply to Music City Community Courts if you are able to assist and provide pro-bono service to the participants. We can’t successfully host these events without you, and your support is greatly appreciated!
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Agathos Classical School Wins 2019 High School Mock Trial Competition

 
For the second year in a row, the winners of the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition is Agathos Classical School. The team will now go on to represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which will take place in May in Athens, Georgia. 
 
A monumental “thank you” to all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s Competition a tremendous success! Countless hours went into the competition, starting from putting pen to paper to create the dramatic mock trial fact pattern, to judging the intense final championship round in the Tennessee Supreme Court. The commitment and hard work from all of the volunteers did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Again, thank you!
 
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Registration Now Open for TBA Convention in Nashville, June 12-15

The TBA's annual Convention returns to downtown Nashville this summer! Mark your calendars for June 12-15 and prepare for four days of CLE, networking, entertainment and more at the Renaissance Hotel, 611 Commerce Street. Registration is officially open, with early bird rates available until April 30.
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Agathos Classical School Wins 2019 High School Mock Trial Competition

Maury County's Agathos Classical School again claimed the championship title at the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition this weekend in Nashville. Agathos sent two teams to the state competition this year, and its "Team G" was the winning squad. Harpeth Hall of Nashville met Agathos in the final round and took home the second place trophy. Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark presided over the final round. The competition is put on each year by the TBA Young Lawyers Division. Fourteen teams from across the state took part this year.
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State High School Mock Trial Competition Underway

The 2019 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition is now underway in Nashville. The competition, which is put on by the TBA Young Lawyers Division, brings together 14 teams from across the state. This year’s qualifying schools are Agathos Classical School (two teams), Beech High School, Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home School Association, Coffee County Central High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Farragut High School, Harpeth Hall, Jefferson County High School, Signal Mountain High School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, University School of Nashville and Westminster Academy. The final round will take place tomorrow afternoon, with Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark presiding.
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Attorneys Needed for April 27 Expungement Clinic & Resource Fair in Nashville

 
The Music City Community Courts have another Expungement Clinic & Resource Fair scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at Magness – Potter Community Center (Salvation Army’s Red Shield East Campus – 611 Stockell St. Nashville, TN 37207).
 
The clinic will have check-in for the pre-registered participants from 9:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m. and the Clinic will start at 10:15 a.m. All volunteer attorneys are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for orientation and the run of the day.
 
Please email if you are able to volunteer, even if you can only stay an hour.
 
The Criminal Court Clerk’s office will have computers and the ability to process the expungement paperwork right on the spot. We anticipate the clinic ending around 12:30 p.m. As usual, there will be coffee and snacks provided to the volunteers and we look forward to having another great event!
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TBA Legislative Update

 
Most of us have probably, at some point in our lives, experienced School House Rock’s classic explanation of how a bill becomes a law (if not, consider spending 3 minutes and 20 seconds on YouTube to remedy this). This simple, but accurate, ditty provides a good overview of how the executive and legislative branches of our federal government—at least in theory—co-exist and make law. But, School House Rock doesn’t offer an entirely realistic portrayal of how a bill becomes a law—it doesn’t address constitutional requirements, drafting guidelines, rules of order, committee deliberations, lobbyists, financial notes, amendments or any of the other various aspects of our law-making process. 
 
The Tennessee legislative process is likewise structured and technical. Our legislative body—the General Assembly—is comprised of two chambers, the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate, “both dependent on the people.” Like our federal system, each chamber makes use of committees and sub-committees and operates pursuant to certain rules of order. Similarly, lobbyists representation various organizations and ideas engage in efforts to educate and endorse legislative agendas to members of the General Assembly. 
 
One of the TBA’s core missions is to advocate for the profession and for our system of justice and regularly engages in efforts to include federal and state policy. This includes lobbying the General Assembly for policy issues that are of interest and concern to the legal profession. Each fall, TBA sections, committees, and divisions prepare public policy and legislative proposals for consideration by the TBA House of Delegates and Board of Governors. These proposals may be specific pieces of legislation or may be more general policy positions. If any proposal is approved by the Board of Governors, the TBA will lobby the General Assembly accordingly 
 
In this legislative session, the TBA is supporting six proposals: 
 
  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Trial Courts

HB 854 / SB 719: The TBA supports this proposal to allow a trial court to exercise domestic relations jurisdiction, regardless of the nature of the allegations, unless and until a pleading is filed or relief is otherwise sought in a juvenile court invoking its exclusive original jurisdiction. This bill is needed to clarify that circuit and chancery courts can continue to hear divorce cases, modification of parenting plans, and other domestic relations cases, even when the case involves an allegation of dependence or neglect. This legislation was drafted by the TBA in collaboration with other groups. 

This bill passed unanimously in the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

  • Changes to Adoption Law

HB 287 / SB 208: The TBA supports this proposal to clean up and make several technical corrections to existing adoption law in Tennessee. This legislation was drafted by the TBA. 

This bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate and has been transmitted to the Governor for action.

  • Contracts for Post-Adoption Contacts

HB 288 / SB 207: The TBA supports this proposal to allow enforcement of post-adoption contact agreements already agreed to by the parties. This bill gives both parties (biological parents and adopted parents) who have already both agreed to and signed a post-adoption contract allowing the biological parent to contact the adopted child a right to seek judicial enforcement of the agreement. This legislation was drafted by the TBA. 

This bill passed unanimously in the House and on a margin of 30-1 in the Senate and has been transmitted to the Governor for action. 

  • Service of Process 

HB 393 / SB 456: The TBA supports this proposal to clarify that service of process made by a constable or private process server is valid even without a return address if all of the process servers’ relevant contact information is made available to the parties by the parties’ attorneys. This bill is needed to reduce confusion over whether service of process is valid when lacking a return address. This legislation was drafted by the TBA.

This bill, as amended, passed unanimously in the Senate and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. 

  • Changes to Probate Law

HB 675 / SB 542: The TBA supports this proposal to make six necessary changes to probate law to make the law more consistent. Among other things, this bill would clarify the disposition of property under a revocable trust, protect the confidentiality of the interests of trust beneficiaries, and exempt certain transfers from recordation taxes. This legislation was drafted by the TBA. 

This bill is set to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee, Children & Families Subcommittee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

  • Construction Law Lien Legislation 

HB 875 / SB 692: The TBA supports this proposal to limit the recovery of attorney’s fees, expenses, and actual and liquidate damages to situations where a party has proved, by clear and convincing evidence, that the person claiming a lien has acted with malice. This bill will allow court to penalize fraudulent lienors, while legitimate lienors will not be under the threat of being penalized for simply pursuing their legitimate lien rights. This bill was drafted by the TBA. 

This bill has been referred to the House Commerce Committee, Business Subcommittee, and the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee. 

To learn more about the TBA’s legislative advocacy or to stay apprised on the status of these initiatives, please spend a few moments reviewing the TBA Impact website: https://p2a.co/xFc8g5z. You can also contact your representatives through this website to voice your own thoughts about these policy initiatives. 

The TBA expects that these next four weeks will be particularly important for legislative proposals before the General Assembly. We encourage you to pay attention to these important developments in Nashville. 
 
As many of you may recall, the YLD adopted a bylaw amendment in 2016 to establish a mechanism to take positions on public policy issues and present policy and legislative proposal to the TBA Board of Governors. If you have a policy idea or a legislative proposal that you would like for the TBA to consider, I would be delighted to work with you to solidify your thoughts and navigate both the YLD and TBA’s policy-making mechanisms. Legislative deadlines will start to run in mid Fall, and so we need to take advantage of these summer months and the fall planning meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact John Rice to discuss your ideas and concerns! 
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2019 State High School Mock Trial Tournament

 
This weekend in Nashville the stage will be set for the 2019 State High School Mock Trial competition finals!
 
The TBA YLD is still seeking volunteers for the State Competition, which will take place on March 22 to 23 at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville.  The Mock Trial Competition is an incredibly fulfilling and entertaining opportunity to help introduce younger generations to the practice of law. Also, these high school kids are legit! For more information on volunteering for the State Competition, click here.
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Memphis Bar Association YLD

The Memphis Bar Association is currently accepting applications for its annual Summer Law Internship Program. SLIP is an internship program that places minority high school students in legal workplaces June 3 - 28. All Memphis area minority students who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August 2019 are eligible to apply. Click here to learn more.

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DLI March Workshop

The Diversity Leadership Institute will host its March workshop for the 2019 DLI Class on March 22 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. During the workshop, the DLI class will participate in mock interviews and have their resumes critiqued from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Attorney volunteers are needed to conduct the mock interviews and critique resumes. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact DLI Chair Alicia Teubert

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NBA YLD Annual LOGICFORCE Race Judicata in Nashville

Come out and race for a good cause on Saturday, April 6. The 16th Annual Nashville YLD Race Judicata 5k and 10k races will take place at the Edwin Warner Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit two area charities — Able Youth and Achilles International Nashville. Learn more about the 2019 YLD Race Judicata.
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Update on YLD CATALYST Legislation

Sen. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, and Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville previously introduced SB836/HB1002, which is legislation that was drafted by high school students from Chattanooga School of the Art and Sciences.  The legislation — which was developed through the TBA Young Lawyers CATALYST program — requires every person applying for a driver’s license to be automatically registered to vote upon the applicant’s 18th birthday. The bill was to come before the Senate’s State and Local Government Committee today. Learn more about the bill and the CATALYST program here.

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