Young Lawyers Division of the CBA

          The purposes of Young Lawyers Division shall be to promote a better understanding of the law and the legal profession to the general public; to sponsor community, educational and professional programs for the general public and the legal profession; and to encourage fellowship among the young lawyers of Hamilton County, Tennessee.  All licensed attorneys of Hamilton County, Tennessee, who are members of the Chattanooga Bar Association and who are under 36 years of age, or within the first five years of their practice of law, shall be eligible for membership in this organization.  

            Each year, the YLD sponsors quarterly CLE seminars, titled on “Coffee Talks With The Judges”. The intent of the seminars is to get acquainted with the judges in an informal setting and learn what they expect from lawyers in their courtroom to foster good Bench and Bar relations.

            Every month, YLD hosts a social event after hours for networking purposes, including socials to welcome summer interns from various firms, and events to highlight local venues, events, such as Lookouts. The Fall social benefits CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – held in November.   CASA for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in fostercare.  

            In February of every year, the YLD hosts the High School Mock Trial Competition.  Mock Trial Competition involves students to take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and present their case against teams from other schools. It has been running annually since 1991 with regional tournaments and the national finals.

            This Fall, the Young Lawyers will coordinate with the Legal Aid of East Tennessee to sponsor a Legal Clinic.  Volunteer attorneys who staff Legal Advice Clinics meet with clients who have routine legal questions. If the client’s legal problem cannot be resolved at the Clinic, the volunteer has no further obligation to the client. LAET may be able to offer the client additional assistance later, depending on the nature of the legal issue.   Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2 allows a lawyer to limit the scope of representation offered to a client if the client is properly informed of the limitation. Legal Advice Clinic clients sign an acknowledgment explaining the limited scope of representation available to at the Clinic. Volunteers may not have an opportunity to check conflicts before meeting with a client, but Rule of Professional Conduct 6.5 relieves lawyers from compliance with the standard conflict-of-interest rules when volunteering at an advice clinic conducted by a legal aid program.

              If you would like to be part of the YLD, contact the CBA Office at 602-9430. You can follow the YLD on Facebook @ Chattanooga Bar Association YLD; Twitter @ChattBarYLD; or Instagram@ chattbaryld.