Young Lawyers Division

The TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is comprised of lawyers in their first five years of practice or under 36 years of age. It is dedicated to serving the professional needs of young lawyers and serving the public as the “service arm of the bar.”

YLD President
Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
PO Box 3740
Kingsport, TN 37664
YLD President Elect
FedEx Express
3620 Hacks Cross Road
Memphis, TN 38125
YLD Vice President & Long Range Planning Committee Chair
Barker Nashville, PLLC
P.O. Box 128167
Nashville, TN 37212
YLD Immediate Past President
Legal Aid Society
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501

YLD Election Petitions Due Feb. 15

Young lawyers interested in running for leadership positions within the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) have until February 15, 2017 to file a nominating petition with YLD Secretary Joshua B. Dougan. Positions open for the 2017-2018 bar year include the following:
• Vice President (must be from the Eastern Grand Division; ascends to presidency in 2019-2020)
• East Tennessee Governor
• Middle Tennessee Governor
• West Tennessee Governor
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Odd-numbered District Representatives:
District 1: Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties
District 3: Knox County
District 5: Hamilton County
District 7: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford and Sequatchie counties
District 9: Davidson County
District 11: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne and Williamson counties
District 13: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties
Those individuals who may be interested in seeking to serve as either a YLD delegate to the TBA House of Delegates or a TBA YLD delegate to the ABA House of Delegates are reminded that they must express such interest to the TBA Executive Director, via either a signed petition or declaration of candidacy, in accordance with TBA bylaws.
Be reminded that candidates for Executive Committee positions must complete a nominating petition signed by at least 25 TBA members in good standing. These positions include: vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the three grand division governors. Candidates for district representative seats may file the standard nomination petition.
Ballots will be submitted electronically. Guidelines adopted by the YLD Board of Governors dictate that all YLD members will be presumed to have opted for voting via electronic ballot unless a members expresses a desire for paper ballot in either a separate writing or by selecting this option in the member profile section in the TBA membership database. Such preference must be designated by February 1, 2017. For more details about the electronic voting process instituted last year, see the TBA website.
For all YLD positions, candidates must be members of the division at the time of their nomination. Petitions should be submitted to Dougan by email no later than February 15, 2017. Questions about the election should be directed to Dougan by email or phone, (731) 300-0932 
Read the full election notice and download nominating petitions or visit the YLD’s election webpage for details about length of term and qualifications for office.
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YLD Elects Barker for Vice President


The Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association has elected a new vice president to serve for the 2016-2017 bar year. Christian Barker, of Barker Nashville PLLC, was voted the winner, and will go on to serve as the eventual president of the Young Lawyers Division during the 2018-2019 bar year.
Barker has been an active member of the TBA YLD board, serving as the division’s Public Service Committee Chair for the 2015-2016 bar year. His practice is in entertainment, copyright and trademark law.
For the first time, the election was held via electronic ballot, to make voting more accessible to all young lawyers in the TBA.
Barker's bio:
A future-oriented music industry professional possessing a comprehensive business and legal acumen, Christian Barker is a practicing attorney with Barker Nashville PLLC, the Nashville-based entertainment, copyright and trademark law firm he founded in 2012. 
"Empowered by strategic and deliberate planning rooted in the importance of developing strong interpersonal organizational relationships, I feel a calling to bring a more casual, goal-oriented, creative viewpoint to the next four years that will hopefully 1) drive increased TBA membership amongst young lawyers, 2) discover new ways to serve citizens of the state, and 3) bring a camaraderie to the division that will encourage networking and collaboration amongst young lawyers across the state so that we may rise in success in the profession together."
Affluent in the dynamics of using strengths-based leadership to influence and inspire, Christian has served the Young Lawyers Division as Mock Trial volunteer in 2012, Mock Trial Committee member in 2013 (writing the entertainment-related copyright infringement problem), vice chair of the Public Service Committee in 2014, and chair of the Public Service Committee in 2015. Throughout this experience, he's continued to excel at the maximization of existing infrastructure and balancing numerous project-based initiatives simultaneously.  
In addition to his main practice, Christian is also co-founder and current co-owner of three music industry start-ups: Capri Nashville, an artist management firm representing American Idol's Matt Giraud; Tour Solutions & Agency, a national talent agency for touring musicians; and the Surviving the Music Industry Podcast, which is set to begin nationwide distribution in May 2016. Outside of Nashville, Christian regularly provides court-appointed guardian ad litem and criminal defense representation to clients in rural Marshall County, Tennessee and serves as adjunct professor of Business Administration and Music Business at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee.
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