MBA Annual Meeting

December 7th, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Memphis Bar Association Annual Meeting. This year's event will be held at The Guest House at Graceland and will feature a live band & door prize raffle.*


Judge Robert L. Childers
will be honored for his 33 years of service on the bench and receive the inaugural Wellness Award. 

Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer's Lawyer Award Maurice Wexler, Baker Donelson
Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award Earl Houston, Martin Tate 


Door prizes for the raffle include tickets to the 2018 Memphis Grizzlies MLK game vs. the LA Lakers, signed Memphis Grizzlies basketball, wine & more. *Only attendees who prepay will receive a raffle ticket, must be present to win.

Individual $70 | Table of 10 $700
Admission includes dinner & self-parking

Register online or download the form - Preregistration ends December 4 at 12:00 pm

Memphis Bar Association to Honor Judge Elvis at The Guest House at Graceland

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) will hold its Annual Meeting Thursday, December 7th at The Guest House at Graceland. The evening will feature a live band and awards, but the guest of honor appropriately is Judge Elvis, Judge Robert L. “Butch” Childers.

Judge, mentor, Elvis impersonator and friend, Judge Childers is a fixture in the legal community. In 1984 at the age of 33, he was elected as a Circuit Court Judge for the 30th Judicial District. After 33 years of service on the bench, Judge Childers retired on June 30th, 2017. While he was a role model to many attorneys in the courtroom, Judge Childers took his obligations even further outside of it.   

According to the Dave Nee Foundation, lawyers rank 5th in incidence of suicide by occupation and unfortunately, this isn’t something new to the legal community. In 1987, Judge Childers helped found the Memphis Lawyers Helping Lawyers committee, which provided a resource for attorneys battling depression and other issues. Even after his retirement, Judge Childers has continued to promote mental health through seminars and programs. His efforts have inspired the Memphis Bar Association’s Wellness Award, which he will be the first recipient of.  

“In thinking of ways to honor Judge Childers for his service on the bench and to the legal community, the MBA thought that naming an award for wellness in his honor would be most fitting,” said Earle Schwarz, incoming MBA President. “Judge Childers was way ahead of the curve in understanding the deleterious impact of occupational and other stress on members of the bar. He has devoted himself to educating the legal community about mental health issues affecting attorneys and getting help for those who need it.”

Along with Judge Childers, Maurice Wexler of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. will receive the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer's Lawyer Award and Earl Houston of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. will receive the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award.

About the awards: The Lawyer's Lawyer Award is presented annually to a Memphis Bar Association member who has practiced law for more than 15 years and who during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. In 2000, the award was renamed in honor of Judge Jerome Turner, during whose presidency of the MBA, the Guidelines were developed. The Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award is given to a member of the Memphis Bar Association, age 40 or younger, who has rendered outstanding personal service to the Memphis & Shelby County legal profession and community.

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