About the KBA:
Organization's Who’s Who
Leaders of the Knoxville Bar Association.
Barristers- the Young Lawyers Division
2017 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.
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.
Volunteer Breakfast Committee Activities
We can think of no better goal for 2017 than to have every KBA member involved so that together we can improve our community in the spirit of camaraderie and dedication to public service that has long been a hallmark of the legal profession. To that end, the Knoxville Barristers needs your help. The Knoxville Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee needs sponsors and volunteers for the upcoming year. The Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. that provides and serves breakfast at the Volunteer Ministry Center, located at 511 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. We would like to secure sponsors and volunteers for the entire 2017 year.
Sponsor a Volunteer Breakfast
What does it mean to Sponsor a Volunteer Breakfast?
To sponsor a Volunteer Breakfast the cost is $150. Sponsorship is simply a monetary donation to supply the groceries for the Volunteer Breakfast. Firms and attorneys are not responsible for picking up the supplies for the breakfast. The Volunteer Breakfast Co-Chairs, Paul Wehemier & Matt Knable will be grocery shopping for you and taking them to Volunteer Ministry. If a group or firm, or individual is interested in sponsoring, please complete the Volunteer Breakfast Sponsorship Form. Please note: If you would like to volunteer your firm or group, or yourself please click here. You must complete both the Sponsorship and Volunteer forms in order to Sponsor and Volunteer for a particular month.
Volunteer to serve at a Volunteer Breakfast
What does it mean to Volunteer to serve a Volunteer Breakfast?
Volunteering to prepare and serve at a Volunteer Breakfast means a group or firm, or individual will meet at Volunteer Ministry Center, located at 511 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917 at 6:15 a.m. to serve breakfast to approximately 30-40 individuals. Volunteers are usually done serving breakfast by 7:30 a.m. The Committee needs approximately 4-6 individuals per month to prepare and serve breakfast. If you are interested in volunteering yourself, a group, or firm please fill out the Volunteer Sign Up Form. Please note: If you signing up multiple people from your group or firm to volunteer, please add them individually to the form.
The Volunteer Breakfast is 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, involve your staff in a groups philanthropic efforts, or serve the community with your law school classmates or friends.