The Young Lawyers' Appeal - Summer 2013
by Annie Christoff, YLD President
In addition to all of the fun events we’re known for here at the YLD, we also work hard to make our members aware of opportunities for pro bono representation and community service projects, some of which you will read about in this newsletter. I’d like to take a minute to tell you (or, hopefully, remind you) about a great service that may be just about the easiest way to get involved in pro bono work I’ve seen: Online Tennessee Justice.
Online Tennessee Justice, or OnlineTNJustice.org, is the brainchild of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the TBA. It’s a website where qualified, low-income clients can go to post legal questions or seek advice, and volunteer attorneys can review those questions, choose the ones they feel comfortable addressing, and answer them anonymously online. You can log on any time, you’re in full control of the issues you want to respond to, and there is no commitment to take on longer-term representation or even answer follow-up questions. It is, quite simply, the least intimidating way to get started in pro bono service. To make the deal even sweeter, you can earn ethics CLE credit (up to one hour for every five hours of pro bono work provided).
The TBA YLD has chosen Online Tennessee Justice as one of the programs they are supporting this year, and they are working to get access to potential clients in libraries across the state. They are doing a great job of drumming up business, but those efforts will be wasted if there are not enough participating attorneys to answer all those new questions. So my challenge to all of you is to take the simple, zero-commitment step of signing up to be an Online Tennessee Justice volunteer attorney. Once you are approved, you can peruse the questions and see if anything strikes your interest. Maybe you’ll see an issue you’ve dealt with a hundred times that you can knock out right away. Maybe you’ll never see a question you want to take on. But you won’t know until you sign up and see.
Go to OnlineTNJustice.org. Right now. Sign up. It’s the easiest thirty seconds of good karma you’ll ever earn.
by Maggie Cooper & Christina Kurdilla, Social Committee Co-Chairs
The YLD calendar is heating up with a summer full of events! On July 11, we held a well-attended Triple Threat CLE and happy hour at Flight Restaurant. Our friends at Insight Discovery, LLC sponsored the event, which had a great turnout! Next, on July 31, we will host a post-bar exam party at Aldo’s Pizza Pies downtown on Main Street, featuring food specials and free drinks until the bar tab runs dry! Please join us in a “cheers” to the 3Ls finishing the bar!
Finally, grab your socks and get ready to bowl! On August 22, we will hold our annual Bowling Night at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes in East Memphis from 6-8 p.m. Thanks to the sponsorship of Counsel on Call, the cost for MBA members will be $5/person, which includes shoe rental and 2 hours of bowling. We’ll also provide beverages while the tab lasts. Last year, the event sold out quickly, so start getting your teams together! More details on registration to follow!
by Irwin Magevney & Jake Dickerson, Sports Committee Co-Chairs
The MBA YLD will host a night of bowling and fun at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes (1576 South White Station Rd. at Quince) on Thursday, August 22nd from 6pm until 8pm. The cost for MBA members will be $5/person, which includes shoe rental and 2 hours of bowling. We’ll have more details about signing up for YLD Bowling Night in the weeks to come. Be sure to check the weekly Bar Bulletin for more info.
The YLD will once again host its Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4th 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 for you, so please mark your calendars now for the golf tournament on October 4th. More information concerning team/player registrations and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon.
If you have any questions or suggestions for the Sports Committee, please feel free to contact Jake Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Irwin Magevney at email@example.com.
by Nicole M. Grida & Jonathan Nelson, Public Service Committee Co-Chairs
On April 23, 2013, the Young Lawyers’ Division coordinated the Annual Legal Lines Event held at WREG-TV by staffing a total of seven (7) 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 a week earlier 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. Callers who had questions that could not be easily answered by volunteer attorneys were referred to other local agencies. As always News Channel 3 promoted Legal Lines in the weeks leading up to the event, and several callers stated they had to call and call to get through. Legal questions ranged from simple personal injury matters and concerns regarding domestic issues such as divorce and child support to complicated real estate and probate matters. We would like to thank all the attorneys who volunteered for this worthwhile event.
Be sure to mark your calendar for YLD day at the Access to Justice Saturday Legal Clinic on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the main library at 3030 Poplar Avenue. Dozens of volunteers will be needed!
by Keisha Richardson & Janika White, CLE Committee Co-Chairs
The YLD CLE committee is hard at work planning seminars for you this Fall. We strive to provide courses that meet the needs of all YLD members. As such, we welcome your comments and/or suggestions regarding future CLE seminars. Feel free to contact Keisha Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Janika White at email@example.com relative to the same.
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