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 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 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.
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
April 6-20, 2015: Professional Clothing 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
Law & Liberty Award Nominations Closed April 13, 2015
As you may know, 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
Impact Our Community by Visiting a Third Grade Classroom in April or Early May
The Knoxville Barristers Law Week & School Outreach Committee needs your help to visit Knox County third grade classrooms and discuss a video titled, "Junior Judges: Helping Kids Make Smart Choices." Plus, answer the students' (often hilarious) questions about the legal system and being a lawyer! The presentation lasts 45 minutes to an hour. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Matt Sherrod at email@example.com for more information or to schedule a presentation.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Outreach Committee Activities
Click to view the "When You Turn 18" book which the School Outreach Committee helped distribute in area high schools.
Volunteer Breakfast Committee Activities
Volunteers are needed to serve breakfast at the Volunteer Ministry Center on the fourth Thursday of the month. Volunteer Breakfast is a great way to "get your feet wet" in the Barristers because you're only committing a couple hours of your time! Complete our online form or contact the Committee Chairs to pick a date to help.