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40 Young Lawyers on the Rise

The TBA's Young Lawyers Division has not one, but TWO young lawyers honored by the ABA as Top 40 Young Lawyers On The Rise. Brittany Faith (pictured below left) and Bailey Schiermeyer (pictured below right) are both from East Tennessee. For more details on the honorees, please visit the ABA site

 

Brittany Faith   Bailey Schiermeyer

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Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition Report

For the past two years, the TBA YLD has partnered with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) to help shorten the gap to access legal services to immigrant and refugee families in Tennessee. Together, this was our impact:

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We Have Pride (Yes, We Do!) - Nashville Pride Recap

The Nashville Pride Festival took place at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville on June 22 and 23. The 31st annual festival featured over 200 vendors, three stages, a kids and family zone, youth area, dance tent, and more. We were happy to show our pride and work the Tennessee Bar booth at the festival. Missed out? Go ahead and mark your calendar for next year! This could be the first item on you new year bar resolution.  
 
Pictured Below: TBA YLD Members Patrick Morrison, Ross Smith, Troy Weston, and Cole Rogers man the TBA’s Booth at Nashville Pride.
  
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Happy New (Bar) Year!

New Bar Year, who this? The TBA YLD may have a new look, but we are still the same young lawyers you have come to love through your inbox. But there is so much more to the TBA YLD. We hope that you explore all that the TBA YLD has to offer and get more involved this new bar year. So, let’s make a bar resolution! How do you plan to stay or become more involved in the TBA YLD this year? Let us know on Facebook!
 
Plus, this edition of the TYL is full of information on how you can resolve to get your bar year going!
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TBA House of Delegates Seeks to Fill 13 Open Positions

 
In accordance with Article 29 of the TBA Bylaws, the officers of the House of Delegates will fill 13 open positions in the House. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please submit a declaration of candidacy that includes your name, principal place of law practice, district of interest and contact information to TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson by July 15. Read a list of open positions here.
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Tag Cloud Tool Used in Legal Research

Quickly identify words that appear more frequently in your search results using the tag cloud in Fastcase 7. The tag cloud appears at the bottom left of your search results. The larger the word, the more frequent the appearance in your results. Simply right click on any word to include or exclude it from your search. Learn more about TBA’s upgrade to Fastcase 7. As a member of the TBA you have full and unlimited access to Fastcase.

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TBA Podcasts Are Here!

The TBA Podcast Network has finally launched! You can now find Sidebar and BarBuzz wherever you get your podcasts or via the TBA website.

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2 Tennessee Attorneys Named ABA On the Rise Award Winners

Brittany Faith, an attorney with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison PC’s Immigration Practice Group in Chattanooga, and Bailey Schiermeyer, an attorney at Elder Law of East Tennessee in Knoxville, were named to the American Bar Association's 40 under 40 list, called On the Rise. The On The Rise Award program provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.
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Lower Your Student Loan Interest Rates in 2 Minutes

Lower your interest rate or reduce your monthly payment. TBA Members can compare prequalified rates from multiple, vetted lenders in two minutes. Get your final offer in as little as one business day. Checking your rates won't affect your credit score and receive a $50 bonus for refinancing. Start your savings now.

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Student Loan Management — Start Saving Now!

Credible makes it quick and easy for TBA members to save on their student loans. Credible is a multi-lender marketplace, members can receive competitive loan offers from vetted lenders. Simply fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose the one that best serves their individual needs. Visit TBA’s Credible and receive a $50 member bonus after refinancing!

TBA Debuts New Podcast Network

The Tennessee Bar Association Podcast Network launched today with the premiere of two shows-- Sidebar and BarBuzz. Sidebar is a magazine podcast featuring compelling stories from attorneys across the state. BarBuzz is a monthly rundown of TBA news and upcoming events at the local and state bar levels. Both shows are now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and the TBA's website. Simply search the show title or "Tennessee Bar Association" wherever you listen to podcasts. Do you have a story lead you'd like to submit for a future episode? Submit your ideas here!

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Full Upgrade to Fastcase 7 Coming July 22

The TBA will be upgrading to Fastcase 7 — the latest in legal research technology — on July 22. Start the transition by reviewing the helpful resource page to learn new and advanced research tools and view training videos and reference guides. Did you know that as a member benefit Fastcase also offers research assistance? Use the LiveChat feature located on the Fastcase website, email support@fastcase.com or call 866-773-2782, Option 2, to speak with a research attorney.

Learn more about the transition.

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2019 TBA Convention Recap

The TBA YLD recently held its Summer Annual Meeting during the TBA Annual convention June 13-15 in Nashville at the Renaissance Hotel. Former YLD President Christian Barker passed the gavel to new President Troy Weston and welcomed the incoming 2019-2020 YLD Board. The President and new board are very excited about the plans for the upcoming year!

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New TBA Logo!

 
 
 
The Tennessee Bar Association unveiled a new look and identity during the 2019 TBA Annual Convention.
 
“The logo is a small part of a larger technology, website and information systems overhaul at TBA,” outgoing TBA President Jason Pannu said while unveiling the new logo to members at the Lawyers Luncheon. 
 
The new mark itself is made up of three bars, or columns, that dually nod to courthouse structures, while also showing equal representation of West, Middle and East Tennessee. The secondary mark brings in the tri-stars found on the Tennessee flag to further fortify the mission of Tennessee Bar Association as a statewide organization.
 
The type is angular and modern, allowing for a feeling of relevance and innovation. The deep orange and navy colors create high-visibility and makes TBA stand out in a lively, current way. The new identity for the TBA was developed by Proof, a Nashville-based firm that specializes in rebranding work. It replaces a teal and gold logo featuring Lady Justice that served the TBA for 24 years. Below are examples of the new TBA brand. 
 
    
  
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Nashville Bar Association YLD News

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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Looking for a Career Move? TBA JobLink is Here!

 
Joblink is the Tennessee Bar Association’s portal for attorneys seeking employment, as well as employers seeking qualified candidates.  JobLink is a tremendously helpful TBA member benefit and is available to members at no cost!  Just this year, 70 new job postings have been posted in the portal!    
 
Whether you are a job seeker, an employer, or just interested in seeing what opportunities are out there, JobLink is easy to use.  Learn more about JobLink
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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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