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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic in Nashville on Feb. 23

Volunteers are needed for an upcoming expungement clinic in Nashville. The Music City Community Court is hosting an the clinic and resource fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Napier Community Center, 72 Fairfield Ave. Only pre-registered clients will be allowed to take part. For more information, contact Amber Floyd.
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YLD Names New Officers for 2019-2020 Bar Year

Several positions for the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) 2019-2020 bar year were certified this month via uncontested election results, including that of vice president. Cookeville lawyer Jason Hicks was deemed elected vice president, and he will serve as TBA YLD president in 2021-2022. 

Filings for YLD Officer positions were due Feb. 15. Pursuant to the TBA YLD Bylaws, the following Executive Committee members are deemed elected:

• Secretary: John Wilks

• Treasurer: Justin Faith

• Middle Tennessee Governor: Nina Kumar

• East Tennessee Governor: Brittany Faith

In addition, five district representative positions were filled by election without opposition, as follows:

• District 1 : Curt Collins

• District 5 : Logan Threadgill

• District 7:  Kelly Gray

• District 9: Ann Ralls Niewold

• District 11: Sean Aiello

Congratulations to these young lawyers!

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YLD CATALYST Program- Legislation Update

Earlier this month Sen. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, and Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville, introduced SB0837/HB1002, which is legislation submitted through the YLD CATALYST program that requires every person applying for a driver’s license or photo identification card to be automatically registered to vote upon the applicant’s 18th birthday.  
 
The CATALYST program was created by the YLD to help teach high school students about their state government, and to provide them with the knowledge and skillset to draft legislation addressing significant issues in their respective communities.  The YLD leadership selected legislation submitted by students from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and worked with sponsors, Akbari and Beck, to have it introduced. The students will meet with the sponsors and track their legislation as it makes its way through the General Assembly committee process. 
 
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DLI March Workshop

The Diversity Leadership Institute will be hosting its March programming for the 2019 Class on March 22 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. During the programming, the DLI will conduct mock interviews and resume critiques from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that Friday.  The DLI is in need of volunteer attorneys to help with the mock interviews and resume reviews. If you are interested in helping, please contact DLI Chair Alicia Teubert.  

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Last Chance to Register for International Forum

 
Early bird registration for the TBA's International Law Forum ends on Feb. 16. Three international business panels make up this Feb. 22 Nashville program and include a stacked line-up of speakers. Register now before it's too late!
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TBA Legislative Agenda – YLD CATALYST Legislation

 
Sen. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, and Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville, this week introduced SB836/HB1002, which requires every person applying for a driver license or photo identification card to be automatically registered to vote upon the applicant's 18th birthday. This legislation is a result of the TBA Young Lawyers Division's Civic Achievement Through Activism in the Legislature by Young Students in Tennessee (CATALYST) program. The CATALYST program was created and implemented by the YLD and teaches high school students about their government by providing curriculum to the students, which in turn helped them draft legislation directly addressing issues in their communities. The YLD leadership selected legislation submitted by students from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and worked with sponsors, Akbari and Beck, to have it introduced. The students will meet with the sponsors of the bill and follow its progress as it moves through the General Assembly committee process.
 
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TBAToday Legislative Update

This week the House and Senate were both in session, and legislators were primarily focused on preparing bills to be filed before the Feb. 6 bill filing deadline next week. Committee meetings this week were mostly organizational, but next week they will start to consider legislation. The TBA is in the process of having the TBA legislative initiatives introduced. This year’s TBA legislation was drafted by the Adoption Law Section, the Creditors’ Practice Section, the Probate Study Group, and the Construction Law Section. We are also working closely with the Juvenile Court judges and the trial judges on a bill clarifying subject matter jurisdiction on family law matters before the trial courts. And finally we are working with the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) to help introduce legislation drafted by Tennessee high school students participating in the YLD Civic Achievement Through Activism in the Legislature by Young Students in Tennessee (CATALYST) program.
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MBA YLD 2019 Kickoff Event

The MBA YLD is hosting a Kickoff Event at Aldo’s, 100 S. Main St #101, Memphis, TN 38103, on Feb. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drinks and food will be provided. For more information, contact Natalie Bursi.  

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Grey at Leadership Conference: 'Protect Those Who Seek Justice'

“We need to protect those individuals who seek justice,” Robert Grey Jr. said in his keynote speech at the TBA’s Public Service Luncheon Jan. 19 in Nashville. “It’s not just an idea – it is a reality that we need to make happen.” A former American Bar Association president, Grey is the president and executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a member of the board of the Legal Services Corporation. “Lawyers are the trustees of our legal system,” he told the packed room. “We didn’t ask for that role, but we assumed the responsibility when we take the oath.” The luncheon also celebrated the TBA’s Public Service Award honorees and capped off the TBA’s Leadership Conference, which included programming about Young Lawyers Division initiatives, legislative tools and resources, and more. Meeting at the two-day conference were the House of Delegates, TBASCUS, committee and section leaders, YLD, the Law Student Diversity Leadership Institute, and the Board of Governors. See photos from the 2019 TBA Leadership Conference.
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Services for Lisa Richter Planned for Feb. 2

Services for Robertson County attorney Lisa Sherrill Richter, who passed away Dec. 19, will be held Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at Springfield First United Methodist Church, 511 S Oak Street. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Springfield First United Methodist Church's My Father’s House, 521 S Oak Street, or Springfield High School Mock Trial, 5240 Highway 76E.
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Deadline Approaching to Apply for Chattanooga Minority Clerkship Program

The Chattanooga Legal Diversity Consortium (CLDC) is again sponsoring a Minority Clerkship Program (MCP) for Summer 2019. This is a competitive summer program for rising second-year law students intended to help advance the CLDC’s goal of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the Chattanooga legal community. Law firms participating may include Baker Donelson, Chambliss, Husch Blackwell, and Miller & Martin, while in-house legal departments and government agencies may include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the City of Chattanooga, Electric Power Board, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Unum. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and transcript (if available) to Megan Hagerty by Jan. 25.
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Webcasts: Transactional Practice Series (Parts 1 and 2)

New for 2018! Every lawyer experiences transactional law at some point in the year, and this all-in-one online video series features up to six dynamic hours of valuable content providing lawyers in various areas of the law with the information, tools, and tips needed to successfully handle transactional, traditional business, and probate matters. Perfect for General, Solo, Small Firms, Real Estate Law, Entertainment Law, Health Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy Law or Young Lawyers Division attorneys. Earn up to five general (online) CLE hours and one dual (online) hour. Part 1: Earn up to 3 general (online) CLE hoursPart 2: Earn up to 2 general and 1 dual (online) CLE hours.

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TBA YLD Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Board Positions

The TBA Young Lawyers Division is now accepting applications for appointed board positions for the 2019-2020 bar year, serving under future TBA YLD President Troy Weston. To be eligible to submit an application, you must be 36 or younger on June 14, 2019, or be in the first five years of your practice. Attorneys appointed to positions will be required to attend all mandatory meetings. Submissions are due by Feb. 28. Read more and view the full application here.

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Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2019-2020 Elections

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division elections for the 2019–2020 bar year will take place between March 1 and April 1, 2019. Nominating petitions are due on February 15, 2019.

 

Election Calendar

Paper Ballot Preference Due+

Feb. 1

Nomination Petitions Due &
Uncontested Candidates Deemed Elected

Feb. 15

Notice of Contested YLD Elections

February issue of E-DICT

Emailing of Electronic Ballots

March 1

Mailing of Paper Ballots

March 1

YLD Nominating Committee to Recommend Candidates If None File

March 15

All Voting Ends

April 1

Announcement of Election Results

As Soon as Possible After Electronic Voting Ends


Elections will be held for vice president, secretary, treasurer, East Tennessee governor, Middle Tennessee governor, and West Tennessee governor. Additionally, district representatives for odd-numbered districts will be elected for two-year terms. For more information, go to the YLD Election Guidelines webpage.

 

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2019-2020 Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board Applications

 
The Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association is excited to formally announce the opening of the 2019-2020 leadership appointments process. Please familiarize yourself with the 2019-2020 Young Lawyers Division appointed positions and descriptions. The online application is due by February 28. 
 
For more details, please click here or contact Troy Weston, YLD President-Elect, with any questions. 
 
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!
 
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Join Us Today: LAW TECH

Today's the day! Discover the newest technology for your law practice and law office at this year's Law Tech Blast at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville!

The flexible open house format allows you to create your own schedule. You can attend CLE sessions, enter to win prizes, network with attendees, visit with sponsors and interact with speakers. Take as many or as few CLE hours as you need. Only those seeking to be awarded CLE Credit will be charged. The registration desk will be open all day, so you can come and go for the hours you need when it is convenient for you. Attendees can earn up to 6.5 hours of Dual CLE credit.

CLE TOPICS:
  • GDPR, Cloud and Technological Competency
  • The Bill and Phil Tech Show 2019: BEAT THE CLOCK
  • Best Practices: Information Security for Firms
  • Judicial Panel: Technology in the Courtroom
  • Know When to Hold 'Em
  • Digital Evidence – A Technical Life Raft for the Legal Mind
  • Make it Rain: Ethics Guidelines and Practice Essentials

ATTEND TO WIN: Attendees will have a chance to win prizes, including an iPad Pro. The tech prize drawing will be held at the 10:30 a.m. break. Must be present to win.

TAKE A LYFT: TBA has partnered with Lyft to offer attendees a discounted ride.

  • New to Lyft?: Get $5 off 2 rides at http://lyft.com/i/lawtech5 or download the app and enter code LAWTECH5
  • Already Have Lyft?: Save 10% off 2 rides to or from Law Tech Blast with code LAWTECH

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS:


 

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2019 Diversity Leadership Institute Class Selected

The TBA Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee recently selected 13 law students for the 2019 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for law students. Now in its ninth year, the program is designed to help law students develop skills to succeed both as a students and attorneys, and empower them to contribute more to the legal community. It also matches students with mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas and helps them build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds.
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Meet the Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2019

The YLD Diversity Committee recently selected 13 law students for the 2019 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for law students. Now in its ninth year, the program is designed to develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney, empower students to contribute more to the legal community, match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds.
 
Congratulations to the 2019 DLI Class!
 
Jessica Butler
Bianca Chavez Baker
Elena Ferguson
Taylor Flake
Charlene Gates
Charlton Guffey
Adriona Horton
Elton Hutton
Jenna Macnair
Kathleen Reed
Miranda Stoltz
Robert Dillon Sykes
Melissa Tribue
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2019-2020 Young Lawyers Division Board Information

Application Process for the 2019-2020 Leadership Positions


The mission of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, as the state organization of young lawyers, is to provide leadership in serving the public and the profession and to promote excellence and fulfillment in the practice of law.
 
Dear Tennessee Young Lawyer:
 
I am excited to serve as the president of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for the 2019–2020 bar year. The YLD has been in the vanguard of service to Tennessee’s legal community for nearly 100 years. During that time, we have served the community and the bar association. We are proud of programs like the Diversity Leadership Institute that has trained the emerging leaders in Tennessee’s legal community while garnering national attention and awards. Our high school mock trial competition—now in its 39th year—has consistently incubated nationally competitive teams, including two national championship- winning teams. The YLD has made service its mission. 
 
The TBA YLD is governed by a board of elected officers. Additionally, there are several other positions the president appoints to serve during the bar year. If you are interested in running for one of the officer positions, you should familiarize yourself with that process here. The application process below is only for individuals interested in serving in an appointed position. To be eligible to submit an application, you must be 36 or younger on June 14, 2019, or be in the first five years of your practice. Additionally, you must either be a member of the TBA, or become a member of the TBA by February 28, 2019 (the date on which the application process will close).
 
In the coming year, I will ask all the members of the YLD board to double down in our commitment to being the standard bearer in Tennessee when it comes to professional leadership. We will focus on initiatives that promote lawyer well-being, while at the same time using our talents to benefit Tennesseans through our complement of service-based initiatives. We will work to modernize our approach to communication with our members and the public, and we will expand our discussions to address broad issues of public policy and substantive legal issues. Below, you will find a list of positions for the 2019–2020 YLD board. While prior service on the YLD board is not a prerequisite to your application, I do expect all the leaders who ultimately populate the board to gain institutional knowledge of the YLD and its prior work, as well as demonstrate self-motivation and initiative. I want all board members to come to the spring planning meeting with a solid foundation to begin a busy year. I encourage you to spend time researching the position for which you are applying, including prior projects, and I also encourage you to reach out to current board members with questions. Current board members may be found here. Of course, I am always happy to chat with you, and you may reach me at tweston@eblaw.us
 
This year, we will have five in-person meetings at which your attendance will be mandatory. Those meetings are:
 
  • Spring Planning Meeting, April 26–27, 2019 in Abingdon, Virginia
  • YLD Annual Meeting, June 14–15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee
  • YLD Fall Meeting, the week of October 13 or 20, 2019. Precise dates and location will be announced in Spring 2019,
  • TBA Leadership Conference, January 2020. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the TBA’s Leadership Conference. The dates of that conference will announced later in 2019.
  • YLD High School Mock Trial Competition, March 20–21, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a member of the board, you will be eligible to be reimbursed for expenses relating to your attendance at these meetings subject to the TBA reimbursement policy in effect at the time of the meeting. Additionally, throughout the year, you will be expected to participate in ad hoc conference calls and virtual meetings to carry out your obligations. The position description document has specific time commitment expectations.
 
In reviewing applications, I will be looking for candidates who not only have demonstrated leadership experience, but also who are able to effectively communicate their background and motivation. Moreover, I am looking for individuals who have a coherent plan for the position(s) for which they apply. Again, prior experience is not necessary, but having intent and vision are. Lastly, you will see questions designed to get a feel for the personality you would bring to the board; I am interested in bringing a diverse and vibrant group of people together over the next year to tackle the central issues facing the legal industry in Tennessee, and I want to measure how you will fit both within your prospective role and as a member of the larger board.
 
Your decision to apply for a position on the YLD board recognizes your commitment to leadership and innovation within the practice of law. That is a commitment I appreciate. During my tenure on the YLD board, I have been privileged to work on initiatives that have made a difference in the community, but I have also had the matchless opportunity to meet people who have become close friends. I expect that your time on the board will generate the same boons for you. Thank you for making service within the practice a priority.
 
Best wishes,
Troy S. Weston,
2019–2020 YLD President

 
Below is more information about the 2019-2020 YLD Board composition and application. You must read all documents below before proceeding to complete an application. 
For more information or questions, please contact Troy Weston

APPLY NOW FOR AN APPOINTMENT

 


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2019 State High School Mock Trial Problem Revealed

The case for the 2019 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial competition was officially released today. This year's problem, a criminal case, involves the murder of a college student and the arrest of the student's best friend, who was accused of the crime. This year’s competition will be held in Nashville on March 22-23, following regional competitions across Tennessee. Chairing the YLD Mock Trial Committee this year is Rob Sands, with Vice Chair Kati Goodner.

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Application Deadline Extended for 2019 Diversity Leadership Institute

The deadline to apply for the TBA's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) has been extended to Nov. 30, giving law students extra time over the holidays and next week to complete and submit their bids to join the 2019 class. Now in its ninth year, the DLI is designed to develop skills to succeed as an attorney, empower students to contribute to the legal community, match students to mentors in a variety of practice areas and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. Interested applicants must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school and must be in their second, third or fourth year of study. To be accepted into the program, students must be TBA law student members.

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Court Welcomes New Attorneys During Admission Ceremonies

About 200 new attorneys were welcomed to the practice of law during ceremonies Tuesday in Nashville. Between the two Nashville programs conducted by the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Bar Association hosted a welcome reception at the Music City Center to introduce the new lawyers and their families to the Tennessee legal community. Ceremonies were also held Monday in Knoxville and will be held in Jackson on Wednesday and in Memphis on Thursday.

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Applications Open for 2019 Diversity Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 class of the Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI), the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's six-month training and development program for law students. Now in its ninth year, the DLI is designed to develop skills to succeed as an attorney, empower students to contribute to the legal community, match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. Interested applicants must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school and must be in their second, third or fourth year of study. To be accepted into the program, students must be TBA law student members.
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State’s First Law Incubator Launched in Knoxville

A new, American Bar Association-recognized law incubator — the first of its kind in the state — has launched in Knoxville this year. Called the Tennessee Law Lab Inc., the non-profit organization aims to provide a “solid foundation for new attorneys, solo practitioners and small firms.” The Law Lab is membership-based, and provides workspace and other offices services like parking, receptionist services and conference rooms. Contact Michael J. Stanuszek at (865) 766-4171 for more information.
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