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Barristers- the Young Lawyers Division
2013 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 Communications & Public Relations Committee is responsible for raising public awareness regarding Barrister's activities.
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.
The Knoxville Barristers are lawyers who are members of the Knoxville Bar Association and who are under 36 years of age or who have been practicing law less than five years. Probably no other local bar association and group of young attorneys work harder or have a more diverse list of public service opportunities than those right here in Knoxville. While providing valuable and appreciated public service, these young lawyers have fun enjoying each other and enjoying serving others. For more information about the Barristers, please contact any member of the Barristers Executive Committee or feel free to contact the Chairs of the Barristers Committees.
Get involved in 2013! 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 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 Long Range Planning & New Projects Committee evaluates opportunities for new projects for the Barristers to implement and promote in the community.
The Membership Services Committee coordinates various membership services for the Barristers including assisting in the planning of Barrister functions and social events. One of the larger responsibilities is welcoming new admittees to the bar.
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
Friday, September 20, 2013
Avalon Landmark Golf Club
The Barristers and the Knoxville Bar Association are joining forces to co-host the annual four-person golf scramble. The entry fee of $100 per player includes green fees, cart, range balls, box lunch, a commemorative tournament gift, 2 tickets for beverages during the tournament, great prizes, and a delicious cook-out following the tournament. All entries & payments must be received by September 5.
The proceeds will benefit the various charitable endeavors of the Knoxville Barristers.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration, Practice Range Privileges & Box Lunch
Participants may sign up as individuals or teams, but each team must include at least one lawyer. Sign up today!
Is your law firm interested in becoming a hole sponsor?
Sponsorship opportunities available!
Communications & Public Relations 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.
Barristers Diversity Committee
YWCA Race Against Racism
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, the YWCA held their annual Diversity Day and Race Against Racism 5k at the Phyllis Wheatley Center, located off of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The Knoxville Barristers fielded a team of runners including, Attorneys Amy Benner, Caitlin Elam, Leah McClanahan, and John Rice, as well as KBA Law Student Members Alexander Waters and Taylor Askew.
View photos of the race.
Habitat for Humanity Activities
Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee Activities
Knoxville Barristers Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee
Fifth Annual Canned Food Drive Competition Results
A special thank you to the law firms of Hagood, Tarpy & Cox; Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Lewis, King, Krieg, & Waldrop; Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers; and London & Amburn for contributing to this year's drive.
Without further ado, here are the winners:
Total Pounds Per Attorney:
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Total Pounds + Bonus Pounds:
Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop
Peanut Butter Crown:
Hagood, Tarpy & Cox
Again, thank you for helping this great organization at this time of year. Next year, we'll shoot for an even bigger turnout.
Law School Mentor Committee Activities
Check this section in the future for activities.
Law Week Committee Activities
Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin Wins Law & Liberty Award
The Barristers were honored to recognize Judge Tim Irwin with the Law & Liberty Award this year. Judge Irwin's 25th annual bass fishing tournament was held the same day as the Law Day Luncheon which is why he was presented the award earlier by Judge Dale Workman. The bass tournament has been very successful having raised more than $800,000 for the Boys and Girls Club to date.
View the presentation
Judge Irwin attended Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a 3-year letterman, a 2 year starter, a captain, and team offensive MVP as a senior at the University of Tennessee. He graduated with honors majoring in political science (1976-1980). In 1981 Judge Irwin was the 74th player selected in the draft by to the Minnesota Vikings. In 1994 he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphin. Judge Irwin Tim graduated from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1990. He was in private practice until he was appointed to the position of Knox County Juvenile Court Judge and was officially elected to the position in August 2006.
Winners of Knoxville Bar Association's Law Day Contests
Caroline Julie Rodgers, a tenth grader at Bearden High School, was the winner of the Law Day Essay Contest and Jackson Steven James Ahern, a fourth grader at Cedar Bluff Elementary School, was the winner of the Law Day Poser Contest. Both students went on to win in the statewide competition.
This year's theme was "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All."
View photos from Law Day held on May 3, 2013.
Long Range Planning & New Projects Committee Activities
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.