New Organization Brings Attention to Civil Rights Crimes in Tennessee

Former TBA President and Alamo lawyer Jim Emison has launched Tennesseans for Historical Justice, a new organization dedicated to revealing historical truth regarding civil rights crimes in Tennessee and striving for restorative justice and healing. Emison was instrumental in bringing attention to the unsolved 1940 murder of civil rights activist Elbert Williams in Brownsville in his book “Elbert Williams: First to Die.” The group has applied for nonprofit status and is awaiting final approval. There are opportunities to volunteer with the group and support it financially.

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Report Looks at Impact of Millennial Attorneys

The 2019 Millennial Attorney Report explores changing law firm dynamics and highlights generational differences between younger lawyers and their more experienced counterparts. The report finds that millennials now make up the largest cohort of the legal profession and their unique working style has shifted workplace dynamics and brought major change to the field of law. Other major findings include: (1) work-life balance remains the top priority for millennial lawyers, (2) 45 percent of women strongly agree that law firm culture is sexist, and (3) 66 percent believe partnership in a law firm is less desirable than it was a generation ago. Download the full report prepared by Above the Law and Major, Lindsey & Africa.

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University to Celebrate Anniversary of Memphis State 8

The University of Memphis will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Memphis State Eight at an event Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theatre. A reception will follow. The Memphis State Eight – Luther McClellan, Marvis Kneeland Jones, Sammie Burnett Johnson, Ralph Prater, Eleanor Gandy, Rose Blakney Love, Bertha Rogers Looney and John Simpson – were the first African Americans to integrate the school in September 1959. Five members will be in attendance at the event. The other three – Johnson, Gandy and Love – are deceased. The event is free and open to the public, the Daily Memphian reports.

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Learn Leadership Skills, Plus Get 5.75 Hours of Dual Credit

The Leadership Academy is full of opportunities for lawyers to gain effective leadership skills and strategies while earning ethics hours. Leadership is explored through an interactive curriculum examining the challenging characteristics needed in today’s leaders. On Nov. 19, learn from today’s leaders how to develop these skills, build characteristics of effective leadership and identify strategies to overcome challenges. 
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TBA YLD Diversity Leadership Institute Accepting Applications for 2020 Class

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is still accepting applications for its 2020 Class. The DLI is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. Now celebrating its 10th 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.
If you know a qualified and interested individual, please encourage them to apply to be a part of the 2020 DLI class. Applications are due Nov. 15. More information on the DLI and the application instructions can be found here.
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Deadline Extended for Law Student Leadership Program

The deadline for law students to apply to the Diversity Leadership Institute, the TBA's six-month leadership development and training program, has been extended to Dec. 21. The program, now in its seventh year, is open to all 2L, 3L and 4L students attending a Tennessee law school. The goal of the institute is 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. For a downloadable application and instructions visit the TBA website.

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Memphis Lawyer to Lead YLD in 2017

Memphis lawyer Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs will lead the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2017-2018. She will take office in June as vice president, and then assume the office of president-elect in 2016 and president in 2017. Baptist, who will be the first African American woman to lead the group, was deemed elected yesterday after the filing deadline passed with no opposition. Baptist has been active in the YLD since 2008, serving as the liaison from the Lawyers Association for Women, co-chair of the Diversity Committee for one year and chair of the committee for four years. Under her leadership, the YLD developed the award-winning Diversity Leadership Institute. YLD members will decide several contested races at the group's Annual Meeting June 19 in Memphis.

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