About the KBA:
Organization's Who’s Who
Leaders of the Knoxville Bar Association.
Barristers- the Young Lawyers Division
2016 Barristers Executive Committee
The Athletic Committee coordinates athletic and social activities as part of a joint effort with the Membership Service Committee. This Committee sponsors sporting events, such as the annual Barristers' Charity Golf Tournament.
The objective of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion are to promote and advance the full and equal particpation of attorneys of all cultural and other diverse backgrounds in the Barristers' Division of the Knoxville Bar Association and in all sectors and at every level of the legal professional through research, education, fostering involvement and leadership development in the KBA and other professional activities, and to promote knowledge of and respect for the profession in communities that historically have been excluded from the practice of law.
The Habitat for Humanity Committee has been involved in scheduling Barrister volunteer work days in conjunction with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. You need no experience to volunteer and any member of the KBA, including family and friends, are free to volunteer for any work day.
Get involved in 2016! Volunteer for a Barristers' Committee!
The Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee works tirelessly on a multitude of year-round projects including the "Firms for Food" program with Second Harvest Food, delivering Meals-on-Wheels on Mondays and Fridays at lunch, and serving as interviewers in the Knox Area Rescue Ministries job skills training program. The Committee also organizes several special "drives" each year, including participation in the Coats for the Cold campaign, Professional Clothing Drives to benefit the Career Closet, Cell Phone Drive for victims of abuse, School Supplies Drive to benefit ChildHelp USA. The Committee also organizes an annual Canned Food Drive Competition and sponsors an Angel Tree each Holiday Season to benefit local homeless shelters. Last year, the Committee also organized its first Cornhole Tournament, which raised money to benefit the Wesley House Community Center.
The Law School Mentor Committee coordinates various programs for students at the University of Tennessee College of Law, including the Mock Interview Program. The Mock Interview Program assists law students in preparing for interviews for summer associate positions by providing them with an opportunity to engage in a "practice" interview conducted by a member of the Knoxville bar, following which each student receives feedback on his or her interview performance and resume.
The Law Week & School Outreach Committee assists the KBA Functions Committee in planning the Law Day Luncheon. The Law Week Committee coordinates all Law Week activities including the Essay contest for high school students, the Poster contest for elementary and middle school students, and presenting the video: "Junior Judges: Helping Kids Make Smart Choices." The purpose of the video is to increase each student's awareness of the legal system and how it can relate to seven real-life scenarios that students may encounter, as well as, permit students to judge what options they have in tough situations and encourage them to make smart choices. The committee also handles the nomination for the Law and Liberty Award.
The Membership Committee has primary responsibility for assisting the KBA staff in all membership related functions, including designing the Membership Application and New Member packets, publishing an annual Attorneys' Directory, sustaining and pursuing membership benefits and acting as liaison to the members and sections. In 2012 the Committee published the KBA Attorney's Directory with a profit in sales revenues vs. printing costs. The Committee also fielded and dealt with many membership issues, including individual membership problems and issues brought before the Committee for recommendation to the KBA Board of Governors. The Committee also adopted several membership benefits for submission to the Board with approval for new member benefits.
The Mock Trial Committee coordinates the Knoxville area high school Mock Trial Competition, the local competition leading to the spring state competition. The Committee's activities included scheduling and providing all resources for the competition, arranging for the use of area court rooms, distributing model problem materials and obtaining attorney coaches, scorers and judges for all Mock Trial rounds.
The Professionalism Outreach Committee coordinates with other professional organizations to provide social and networking opportunities to young attorneys.
The School Outreach Committee develops and implements projects designed to educate area high schoolers regarding the justice system. This year the Committee will continue to work on the “When You Become 18” project.
The Volunteer Breakfast Committee relies upon the members of the Barristers and the Knoxville Bar Association to volunteer on the 4th Thursday of each month to provide, prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless at the Volunteer Ministry Center.
Athletic Committee Activities
Diversity Committee Activities
The Diversity Committee shall foster and report on diversity initiatives of the KBA, as well as partner with committees and sections of the Knoxville Bar Association to continue to pursue enhanced diversity and inclusion in the Association, including among the leadership of the Association.
In concluding its work, the Committee shall consult with and engage KBA Barristers' Division leaders, and other various entities and individuals with an interest in the Committee's mission and activities.
View photos of the race held on Saturday January, 19, 2013.
Habitat for Humanity Activities
The Barristers will be working with the KBA for a 2016 project. Planning for the 2016 project will begin in 2015.
Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee Activities
July 6-20, 2015: School Supplies Drive: Learn more about what's needed and where to drop off items!
2015 Events & Collection Drives to Mark on Your Calendar:
- All Year Long: Firms for Food. Your firm (attorneys, staff & their families) can volunteer one Saturday at Second Harvest Food Bank sorting food. Contact Heather for more information.
- April 6-20: Professional Clothing Drive
- May 11-25: Cell Phone Drive (benefitting the YWCA)
- July 6-20: School Supplies Drive
- Date TBD (Fall 2015): Corn Hole Tournament, in partnership with the Barristers Athletics Committee
- October 5-15: Bundle Up Knoxville Coat Drive
- November 2-16: Canned Food Drive
- December 7-21: Angel Tree Participation (Dates Subject to Change)
- Past events: Teddy Bear Drive in February - more than 200 teddy bears were donated!
View photos from the Barristers Cornhole Tournament which was held on Thursday, October 24.
Law School Mentor Committee Activities
Volunteers Needed - Law School Mock Interviews
The 2015 Mock Interview Program with law students at the UT College of Law will be held February 2-6. Each interview slot is for 30 minutes and we anticipate scheduling the interviews throughout the day. The mock interview typically lasts about 20 minutes, with about 5-7 minutes held to provide feedback to the students. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Caitlyn Elam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Week and School Outreach Committee Activities
The 2016 Law & Liberty Award- Nomination Deadline- April 15th
Nomination Deadline: April 15th
The Knoxville Barristers are soliciting your nominations for the 2016 Law and Liberty Award. The Law and Liberty Award annually recognizes members of our community who have used the legal system and process to advance and protect personal, political, and civil liberties in our community. The winner of this year's award will be announced at the Law Day Luncheon on Friday, May 6, 2016.
The criteria for determining the Law and Liberty Award recipient are as follows:
· The recipient should be visible to the legal profession and local bar association.
· The recipient should strive to foster and to maintain good relationships between the legal profession and the community.
· The recipient should work to advance the understanding of the law and legal processes in the non-legal community.
· The recipient should set an example of good citizenship.
· The recipient should give time for volunteer work, both within the legal profession and otherwise.
· The recipient should evidence high professional standards in his or her occupation.
· The recipient should express concern for the safeguard of personal, political, civil, and religious liberties.
· The recipient should not let adversity prevent him or her from striving to achieve goals.
· The recipient should be someone whose work is not normally recognized.
Please note that nominees do not have to be attorneys to qualify for the Law and Liberty Award. Consider those individuals in your firm, in local civic and religious organizations, or in the community who have worked to improve our legal system and protect our civil liberties. Finally, please pass this request to others in your firm and ask that they also submit their suggested nominees.
Membership Services Committee Activities
Monthly meetings of the Barristers are held on the 2nd Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Bistro. All are welcome to attend.
Mock Trial Committee Activities
Barristers Mock Trial Competition
The Mock Trial Competitions will be held on February 20 and February 27. The Barristers Mock Trial Committee is looking for volunteers to help as presiding judges, scoring judges, and bailiffs for this year’s KBA High School Mock Trial Competition. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, February 20 and Saturday, February 27. If you are interested in volunteering for one or both of those dates, please contact Kathryn Ellis at email@example.com as soon as possible. Volunteers will need to be available from 8:00 a.m. until roughly 2:00 p.m. (although you might get done earlier). Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch each Saturday.
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- -Case Summary
- -Competition Rules
- -Follow @tnmocktrial on Twitter or post about this year's case and competition using #tnmock15
If you have questions or would like to get involved, contact Kathryn Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Breakfast Committee Activities
The Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. We always need volunteers to serve food or sponsor. The cost is $150 for sponsoring, and we need 4-5 volunteers. If you are unable to fund the breakfast, the Barristers will subsidize the cost of the breakfast. We meet at 6:15 a.m. and serve breakfast to approximately 30-40 individuals, generally leaving the site around 7:30 a.m. It’s a great way to serve the community, and although we’re building our own legal community in the process, it’s an enjoyable break from legal activities. This is a great chance to partner with members of your firm, or law school classmates or friends or use it as an opportunity to involve staff in your office too.
Complete our online form or contact the Committee Chairs to pick a date to help.