About the KBA:
Organization's Who’s Who
Leaders of the Knoxville Bar Association.
Barristers- the Young Lawyers Division
2015 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 2015! 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 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.
Phone: (865) 687-8744
M. Samantha Parris
Law Office of Samantha Parris
4610 Central Avenue Pike, Suite 102
Knoxville, TN 37912-
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
Canned Food Drive - Over $25,000 Donated!!
Believe it or not, the Knoxville Bar was more generous this year than last year! Thanks to you, we met and exceeded the goals that we set. Sixteen firms participated and donated over 4,570 pounds of food and over $25,014.00, exceeding our goal of $25,000.00*.
Thank you so much to the following firms that participated:
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Butler, Vines & Babb, P.L.L.C.
Eldridge & Blakney, P.C.
Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C.
Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP
Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC
Jones, Meadows & Wall, PLLC
Kramer Rayson LLP
Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC
Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.
London & Amburn, P.C.
Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP
Pitts & Lake, P.C.
Sobieski, Messer & Associates, PLLC
Tarpy, Cox, Fleishman & Leveille, PLLC
Wagner, Myers & Sanger, P.C.
Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC
The results are in:
Most Total Raw Pounds:
1. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz (974 pounds)
2. Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC (305 pounds)
3. Tarpy, Cox, Fleishman & Leveille, PLLC (193 pounds)
Bonus Pounds Competition:
1. Kramer Rayson LLP (12,422 pounds)
2. Hodges Doughty & Carson, PLLC (7760 pounds)
3. Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. (7057.50 pounds)
Pounds per Attorney:
1. Wagner, Myers & Sanger, P.C. (461.54/attorney)
2. Kramer Rayson LLP (443.64/attorney)
3. London & Amburn, P.C. (376.67/attorney)
Thank you so much and we look forward to a successful competition again next year!
*Please note that the figures for the total pounds and money donated are doubled as Second Harvest is counting our donations in their annual Double Your Donation Day.
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.
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 14 and February 28. This year’s problem involves charges of vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment against the driver of a car, who may have been texting when a motorcycle rider is hit and killed. The case comes down to discrepancies in eyewitness reports, physical evidence at the scene and the vehicle’s event data recorder.
- -More About the Problem
- -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 email@example.com.
School Outreach Committee Activities
Click to view the "When You Turn 18" book which the School Outreach Committee helped distribute in area high schools.