About the KBA:
Organization's Who’s Who
Leaders of the Knoxville Bar Association.
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 2014! 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 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
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
The Knoxville Barristers have again partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee for our Fourth Annual Canned Food Drive Competition. Firms and attorneys may compete in three separate competitions:
Items of special need:
Peanut Butter, Cereal, Meat/Fish & Vegetables/Fruit
Total Items Competition - This competition is for the firm or attorney who can collect the most pounds of food. Money donations are counted at a $1:5 lb. ratio.
Peanut Butter / Bonus Competition - This competition awards points for firms and attorneys who collect the most containers of peanut butter.
Pounds/Attorney Competition - Solo practitioner? Small firm? No problem! This competition measures the amount of canned food items collected per attorney.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP
Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC
Kramer Rayson LLP
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.
Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, PLLC
London & Amburn
Paine, Tarwater & Bickers, LLP
Wagner, Myers, & Sanger, P.C.
Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback P.L.C.
Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen, & Carpenter, PLLC
Weekly standings will be published!
As always, cash donations are accepted if you are short on time to shop but would still like to be a sponsor.
Please contact Kati Goodner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 865-525-0880 to sponsor a child from this year's Angel Tree.
View photos from the Barristers Cornhole Tournament which was held on Thursday, October 24.
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.
Join the Barristers for the HAPPY HOUR on Thursday, September 26 at the Bearden Beer Market.
The Barristers are hosting an informal cocktail hour to welcome the NEW ADMITTEES of the Bar
Monday, November 4, 2013
John Black Photography Studio
501 Union Avenue
Help us welcome our newly admitted attorneys to the Knoxville Bar Association! There is no charge for KBA members or new bar admittees but please RSVP by October 30
at www.knoxbar.org (click on November 4 in the Event Calendar).
Members are encouraged to attend this festive occasion. Wine, beer and some light snacks will be provided. KBA members will enjoy mixing and mingling with colleagues of all ages
and stages of practice in a relaxed, informal environment.
RSVP by Friday, October 30.
Mock Trial Committee Activities
Barristers MocK Trial Competition
The Barristers will hold its district Annual Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, February 22. The Mock Trial Committee needs volunteers to help with set-up and to serve as judges for our high school teams. Those interested in serving should contact Kathryn Ellis (637-0484 or email@example.com or Karrah Leary (566-0125 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professionalism Outreach Committee Activities
Speakers needed for Business Law Class
The Barristers School Outreach Committee is seeking volunteers to speak about different areas of law to a class of juniors and seniors at Hardin Valley Academy. The Business Law class meets daily from 8:30 to 9:52 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact Catherine Anglin at (865) 525-0880 or email@example.com.