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YLD Appeal—Summer 2012



President's Update

YLD Special Project

Sports Update

Summer CLE Line-Up

Social Calendar

Community Service Report

Leadership Forum


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YLD CLE Calendar

YLD Triple Threat
Practicing Workers'
Compensation in Tennessee: An Overview of the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act

Thursday, July 12th
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Bleu, inside the Westin Hotel
complimentary valet parking
Speaker: Nicole Grida, Associate, Leitner, Williams, Dooley, & Napolitan
Happy Hour to follow.


If you have comments or suggestions for an upcoming issue of The Young Lawyers' Appeal, contact Newsletter Co-Chairs Matt May at or Nicole Bermel at




President’s Update

by Abby Webb, YLD President

Thanks to all of you who came to Destin for Bench Bar this year! A great time was had by all and some very interesting and timely legal topics were presented. On behalf of the Young Lawyers Division, I would like to say a special thanks to Joe Leibovich for presenting the YLD Sunset CLE. The Sunset CLE has traditionally been a laid back seminar and Joe, who moonlights as a stand-up comedian, put on a perfect performance entertaining while at the same time enlightening us on how to use comedy to improve our professional careers. After reflection, the key thing that I took away from Joe’s lighthearted presentation was that we all need to laugh more and take ourselves a little less seriously. I am certainly not advocating that we do not work hard to protect our clients’ interests, but having some balance and perspective can certainly help us recharge our batteries and become better lawyers.
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YLD Special Project

by Abby Webb & Annie Christoff

As many of you are aware from the first newsletter, the ABA has an initiative this year called Project Salute to educate veterans on their benefits and assist them in obtaining those benefits. The YLD is in the process of planning a legal clinic for veterans, partnering with Memphis Area Legal Services and possibly other local organizations. Viewing the statistics on veterans who are not receiving benefits to which they are entitled is disheartening to say the least. Many of them do not understand or know how to navigate the system to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. Serving the men and women who first served us is the least we can do to show our appreciation.
     So to get this project rolling, we are looking for attorneys interested in either sitting on a core committee to implement the project or who are interested in volunteering to work at a legal clinic with a focus on veteran benefits.
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Golf Tournament Set for September,
B-Ball Champs Crowned

by Jake Dickerson & Irwin Magevney, Sports Committee Co-Chairs

Based on the responses the YLD received from its online survey a few months ago, the YLD Sports Committee has moved the annual MBA YLD golf tournament to Friday, September 28th at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington. Managed by the Navy Golf Program, Glen Eagle Golf Course features rolling hills, magnificent fairways, and well-maintained greens. The course provides exciting play for golfers of any skill level. Whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament is for you. Click here to register online now or here to download a PDF of the form.
    Finally, congrats to PC Old School, who prevailed in the playoff finals by 2 points and won this year’s MBA YLD Basketball League Championship. This year’s basketball league was very exciting and competitive, with four team tied for the lead at the end of the regular season. Thanks to everyone who played and made the season such a success.
    If you have any questions or suggestions for the Sports Committee, please feel free to contact Jake Dickerson at or Irwin Magevney at

"Practicing Workers' Compensation" on July 12

by Keisha Richardson & Janika White, CLE Committee Co-Chairs

The YLD has had an eventful couple of months in the realm on CLE's. In May, Brian Faughnan of Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johson, and Mitchell, PLLC, presented an Ethics CLE entitled "Their Problems Are Your Problems." The CLE was crucial to today's practice because with the increased emphasis on specialization in the legal profession comes the increased likelihood that lawyers will find themselves referring matters for clients or potential clients to other attorneys.  
    In June, the YLD sponsored E-Filing in Chancery and Circuit Courts, in preparation for the Circuit Court and Chancery Court of the 30th Judicial District's transition to e-filing on Monday, June 25, 2012. 
    And, the fun doesn't stop there! On July 12, 2012, Nicole Grida, an associate with Leitner, Williams, Dooley, & Napolitan, will present "Practicing Workers' Compensation in Tennessee: An Overview of the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act." The Seminar will be held from 4:30pm-5:30pm at Bleu, located in the Westin Hotel, and will be directly followed by a Happy Hour. Click here to register.
    As always, the CLE committee strives to provide CLE courses that meet the needs of the Young Lawyers Divison. As such, we welcome your comments and/or suggestions regarding future CLE seminars. Feel free to contact Keisha Richardson at or Janika White at relative to the same.

Bowling Night A Success,
Next Happy Hour July 12

by Annie Christoff & Maggie Cooper, Social Committee Co-Chairs

The YLD social calendar is busy, as always! On Thursday, June 14, we held our annual Bowling Night at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes in East Memphis. The good people at Counsel on Call sponsored the event, and due to their generosity, the first twenty people to sign up were able to bowl for free. Those twenty spots went fast, and we had a great turnout! Click here to view photos from the event.
    Next, on July 12, we are presenting a Triple Threat CLE and happy hour at Bleu, presented by our own Nicole Grida. Bleu is offering complimentary valet parking for this event, so be sure to stop by!  In August, we look forward to again hosting a Redbirds game night with our friends at the University of Memphis Law School Student Bar Association. Look for more details coming soon.
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Legal Lines - LIVE from WREG-TV Studios

by Nicole M. Grida & Jonathan Nelson, Public Service Committee Co-Chairs

On April 19, 2012, the Young Lawyers’ Division coordinated the Annual Legal Lines Event held at WREG-TV by staffing a total of eight (8) phone lines for 2.5 hours and providing free legal advice to the News Channel 3 viewing area. Usually held during Law Week each year, the YLD was asked to hold this event earlier in the spring in light of the television station’s schedule. As usual, the phones began ringing off the hook as soon as the event began and did not stop until well after the conclusion of the event. This year a total of 30 local attorneys, including members of the YLD, manned the phone lines.
    We would like to thank all the attorneys who volunteered for this worthwhile event. Also, please be sure to mark your calendar for YLD day at the Access to Justice Saturday Legal Clinic on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30pm at the Main Library. Dozens of volunteers will be needed!
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Leadership Forum Applications Now Available

If you are an attorney in your third to eighth year of practice, apply now for the MBA’s award-winning Leadership Forum at or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; The deadline to apply is July 31.
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