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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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Service Project, Graduation Wrap Up 2013 DLI Program

Law students participating in the YLD’s Diversity Leadership Institute joined lawyers across the state at the TBA Convention in Nashville this month. The group’s activities included programs on diversity on the bench and the importance of public and pro bono service. On Saturday, the group presented basic legal information about debtor/creditor issues, landlord/tenant relations, orders of protection and self-representation to women in the Nashville Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery Program. Graduates of this year’s class are Shana Berkeley, Brett Knight, Kimberlee McTorry, Daniela Quintero and Ashley Upkins from the Belmont College of Law; Aisha DeBerry from the Duncan School of Law; Anthony Adewumi, James Cobb, Jayniece Higgins and Jerry Ivery from the University of Memphis School of Law; Sonia Boss, Cynthia Brown, Cole Rogers, Mike Sandler and Tracey Williams from the Nashville School of Law; and LaToyia Trotter and Yesle Yi from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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DLI Class Holds First Session, Hears from Bar Leaders

The law student members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their first session this past weekend as part of the TBA's Leadership Conference. The group joined legal leaders from across the state to learn about legislative issues impacting lawyers, opportunities to get involved in programs educating the public about the legal system and rule of law, and how to effectively deal with conflict. Class members also held separate sessions that featured a keynote address by Gregg Ramos with North, Pursell & Ramos in Nashville and a panel discussion with Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day; Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart Bowles; Ashonti Davis, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada; Brian Frye, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Matt Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa; and William Stover, Law Office of William Stover.

TBA President-Elect Cindy Wyrick with the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson, and former YLD president Tasha Blakney with the Knoxville law firm of Eldridge, Blakney & Trant, also addressed the group. The weekend’s program was produced YLD Diversity Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist – an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. See photos of this year’s class members.

Members of the 2013 Diversity Leadership Institute met for their opening session Jan. 18-19 in Nashville.
They are (from left to right) Back Row: Cole Rogers, LaToyia Trotter, Anthony Adewumi and James Cobb.
Middle Row: Jerry Ivery, Shana Berkeley, Jayniece Higgins, Kimberlee McTorry, Sonia Boss, Tracey Williams
and Brett Knight. Front Row: Yessle Yi, Aisha DeBerry, Estefania Chavez, Cindy Brown, Daniela Quintero,
Ashley Upkins and Mike Sandler.

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2013 Law Student Leadership Class Named

The 2013 class of the TBA Diversity Leadership Institute was announced today. The six-month leadership and mentoring program for law school students is sponsored by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division. This year it is made up of 18 students who will gather for their first meeting Jan. 18 in Nashville in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference.

Class members are: Shana Berkeley, Brett Knight, Kimberlee McTorry, Daniela Quintero and Ashley Upkins from the Belmont College of Law; Aisha DeBerry from the Duncan School of Law; Sonia Boss, Cynthia Brown, Cole Rogers, Mike Sandler and Tracey Williams from the Nashville School of Law; Anthony Adewumi, James Cobb, Jayniece Higgins and Jerry Ivery from the University of Memphis School of Law; and Estefania Chavez, LaToyia Trotter and Yessle Yi from the University of Tennessee College of Law. The program is being chaired this year by Memphis attorney Ahsaki Baptist and Nashville lawyer Brian Winfrey.

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