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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 30, 2012

The 2012 YLD Annual Meeting & Elections will be held Friday, June 8, at 4 p.m. Central in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel. The hotel is located at 149 Union Avenue, Memphis 38103.

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 4 of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bylaws, contested elections will be decided by secret ballot at the division's annual meeting. A successful candidate must receive a plurality (the greatest number) of votes. In the event of a tie vote of the membership, the YLD Board elects the candidate. In the event of a tie vote of the board, the YLD president breaks the tie.

Members will consider two contested elections at the meeting. Candidates are listed below in alphabetical order.

Sunny Sandos

Candidate: Sunny R. Sandos
Hometown: Greeneville
Firm: Milligan & Coleman
Law School: Mercer University School of Law (2009)

Sunny Ricker Sandos is an associate at Milligan & Coleman in Greeneville. She has been with the firm since August 2009. Sandos earned her bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2006. She then attended Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga., where she graduated in 2009. While at Mercer, Sandos earned the Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing award, served as the ABA Representative for the school, was founder and president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and was a member of the Moot Court Negotiation Team.

Sandos now lives with her husband and daughter, born April 2012, in Johnson City. She is on the executive board of the non-profit Gifts for Kids and a member of the Greeneville Women's Club. Sandos primarily practices civil litigation defense. 

Paul Whitt

Candidate: William "Paul" Whitt
Hometown: Knoxville
Firm: Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC
Law School: University of South Carolina School of Law (2005)

Paul Whitt is an associate attorney with the Knoxville office of Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop PC and is a member of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of construction law and litigation, including professional liability defense of design professionals such as engineers, architects and surveyors. He also has experience representing insurance carriers in first party actions related to coverage matters, claims of bad faith, insurance fraud and other extra-contractual matters, as well as commercial litigation matters and general civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before all Tennessee state courts, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee.

Whitt is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association, and has served as an adjunct instructor of business law at Union University. In 2008, Whitt was awarded the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President's Award for his work as the chair of the Wills for Heroes Committee (along with Vice Chair Chris McCarty), which developed, organized and implemented a state-wide program for the provision of free estate planning services to first responders and their families. In its first year, the program provided basic estate planning documents to nearly 400 first responders and their spouses, and saw over 200 attorneys volunteer for the project. By the end of the program's first year, every TBA YLD district had held a Wills for Heroes event.

Whitt's other contributions and service on the TBA YLD Board includes the following:

  • Member, Long Range Planning Committee (2007-2008)
  • Chair, Wills for Heroes Committee (2008-2009)
  • West Tennessee Governor (2009-2010)
  • West Tennessee Young Lawyer Delegate to the TBA House of Delegates (2009-2010)
  • Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2010-2011)
  • East Tennessee Governor (2011-2012)
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2011-2012)

Mary Beth Haltom

Candidate: Mary Beth Haltom
Hometown: Nashville
Firm: Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC
Law School: University of Tennessee College of Law (2005)

Mary Beth Haltom is an attorney in the Nashville office of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation with an emphasis in commercial transportation litigation and franchise litigation.

Haltom has been actively involved with the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division since beginning her practice in 2005. She has held several positions on the executive board of the YLD, including most recently the positions of secretary and Middle Tennessee governor.

Haltom also is involved in the Nashville community. In addition to her YLD activities, she is a volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a volunteer mentor for Preston Taylor Ministries, an inner city youth ministry. She also is a volunteer basketball coach for elementary, middle school and high school basketball teams.

Lynne Ingram

Candidate: Lynne T. Ingram
Hometown: Nashville
Firm: Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee
Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2003)

Lynne T. Ingram is currently employed as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Middle District of Tennessee. She first joined the Department of Justice when she began working as an AUSA in the District of Arizona in April 2007. Prior to that, she worked as a Deputy County Attorney in Maricopa County, Ariz. Ingram currently handles a variety of federal cases, assigned to the Narcotics Unit. As an AUSA, she has conducted various trainings for local, federal and international law enforcement. A native of South Carolina, Ingram currently lives in Mount Juliet. 

Prior to moving to Tennessee, Ingram served on the State Bar of Arizona's Public Lawyers Executive Council from 2007-2009. She also was actively involved in the Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, where she served on the board of directors from 2006-2009 and served as treasurer from 2008-2009. She was named Member of the Year in 2008. She also volunteered over 100 hours at the Phoenix Children's Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.

Ingram actively participates in several organizations to stay involved in the community and the legal profession. For example, she coaches two high school mock trial teams and led one of the teams to fifth place in a regional competition. She volunteers as a judge in Vanderbilt Law School's formal trial advocacy courses. Finally, she has demonstrated the ability to mentor others as she volunteers within her current office to help coordinate the Law Student Intern Committee, assisting with the selection of interns, overseeing their work and providing mentoring for the students.