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Introducing the New Bar Bulletin!

We hope you enjoy our new format for the MBA Bar Bulletin! Among the advanced features offered by this format is the ability for our readers to view past issues and to even search for specific topics in past issues. Currently the Archives contains no previous issues, as only newsletters in this format will be included, but we hope the new format will prove to be a valuable resource to our members as the Archives build in the coming weeks. If you have questions or comments on the new format, please contact Dottie McCallen at

Labor & Employment Law Symposium at New Law School This Friday

On February 19, 2010, the University of Memphis Law Review with support from Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, the MBA Labor and Employment Law Section and the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will host its annual spring symposium at the new, downtown location of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The symposium is entitled “Labor and Employment Law Today: Evolution or Revolution?” The labor and employment law symposium will be the first CLE-accredited event to be held at the new law school.
    The program will feature over 30 nationally prominent speakers who will discuss emerging legal and policy issues in labor and employment law and will cover a variety of labor and employment related issues including affirmative action, the Americans with Disabilities Act, retaliation, FLSA, and many others. For more information about the symposium or to register for the event, email or visit

Applications for Summer Law Intern Program Now Available

Now in its fourth year, the Summer Law Intern Program seeks to encourage minority high school students to consider law as a career by introducing them to the “real world” practice of law. Students accepted into the program will be placed with local law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies for a four-week period, June 7 to July 2. Group activities will let the interns interact with lawyers and judges and learn about financial aid and the college admissions process. Interns who successfully complete the program will receive a stipend at the end.
     The program is open to students who reside in Shelby County and who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2010. The application deadline is March 19, 2010. Applicants will be assigned to a group interview session in April where they will make a brief presentation about themselves and their interest in the program before a panel of attorneys. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in May. To download an application, click here.
     The program has grown from 6 interns placed in its first year, to 100 interns in 2008 and 73 in 2009, thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Memphis legal community. Law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies interested in hosting an intern should contact Anne Fritz at .

Cary Woods Appointed Divorce Referee

Attorney Cary C. Woods has been appointed Divorce Referee of the 30th Judicial District by Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford. Also, effective March 1, Division 9 of Circuit Court will set its own uncontested divorces. You can either email or drop by Division 9 (Room 236) to place an uncontested divorce on the calendar.

2010 Memorial Service Honorees

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Tues., April 20, noon, Calvary Episcopal Church. This year's honorees include:

Charlie R. Ashford (1/5/10)                           Martha B. Ishee (7/18/09)
Thomas Alvin Banta (10/3/09)                      Ernest Agee Jetton (7/9/09)
Joseph Walker Barnwell, Jr. (9/22/09)        Hon. George D. McCrary (10/29/09)
Kathy Stanley Burnett (7/23/09)                    W. Emmett Marston (1/6/10)
Stephanie Lynn Calvert (11/2/09)                Donna T. Matlock (5/16/09)
Kate Collins (2/2/10)                                      Ora Lee Mitchell (9/12/09)
Melinda Enix Blancett (7/30/09)                    Hon. Patricia A. Odell (10/19/09)
Michael Scott Davis (4/15/09)                        Timothy A. Ryan, III (12/13/09)
Pamela Dawn Emerson (10/11/09)             Hon. Neal Small (1/9/10)
Stanley Fink (9/8/09)                                      Thomas Andrew Stroud (1/19/10)
Melvin Fleischer (1/21/10)                             John T. Wilkinson, Jr. (9/5/09)
Marvin C. Goff, Jr. (5/13/09)                            R. Lee Winchester (10/24/09)
E. James House, Jr. (11/27/09)

If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees -- or if you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees -- please contact Mary Lynes at or 527.3573.

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Events Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Recruiting Luncheon for New Legal Clinic for Homeless, Feb. 23

Homeless Experience Legal Help (HELP) is a new volunteer legal clinic being started in Memphis. HELP clinics, which are already operating in 15 other cities, provide legal advice and assistance to the homeless. Along with Memphis Area Legal Services and the Community Legal Center, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz is launching HELP in Memphis with a volunteer recruiting luncheon on Feb. 23 at noon in Baker Donelson's office, 165 Madison, #2000. All interested members of the bar are invited to atend. To learn more about HELP clinics, visit .

Wellness/Professional Development Committee to Meet Feb. 24

The MBA Wellness/Professional Development Committee, co-chaired by Amy Amundsen and Elizabeth Collins, will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 24 at the Grove Grill, 4550 Poplar Ave. (in Laurelwood Shopping Center). The committee will plan events for the year, such as cooking classes with Judge Karen Williams, tap dancing for lawyers, and business etiquette. Any MBA member is invited and welcome to attend this meeting. If you wish to be added to the Wellness/Professional Development Committee, contact Lesia Beach ( or Mary Lynes (

Law School Annual Diversity Outreach Program, March 11

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the Law School Admissions Council and will host its Annual Diversity Outreach Program for high school and college students on March 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Rose Theatre on the University of Memphis main campus. The annual event provides high school and college students information on career paths in law, what law school is really like, the law school admissions process, how to become a qualified candidate for law school and summer internship programs. If you and/or your students and parents would like to participate in this years’ upcoming Diversity Outreach Program, please RSVP by Monday, March 1st to Natasha Hughes at 901-678-2528 or Seats are Limited!! The first 50 students will receive a free book bag from LSAC.

Race Judicata 2010—April 10

The 5K Charity Run/Walk, sponsored by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, will begin and end downtown at the park located at 51 N. Front St. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration: $15 by March 20; $20 after March 20; $25 on race day. T-shirts will be guaranteed to all participants who register by March 20; and will be available on a first come, first served basis to those who register after March 20. To register, go to . Race Judicata benefits Memphis Area Legal Services, which provides free legal services to the elderly and low-income families.

Memphis to Host Final Round of National Mock Trial Tournament

Memphis has been selected to host the final round of the American Mock Trial Association’s 26th Annual National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament on April 16-18, 2010. Memphis will be only the 4th city to host the finals. This is a great opportunity to showcase both Memphis and Tennessee to 500 of the most talented students in the nation. The competition will be held at both the Shelby County Courthouse and the Criminal Justice Center. Several judges are needed for the competition. A judges’ informational session will be held one hour prior to each round. To download additional information about the tournament and judging opportunities, click here. If you have questions, please contact Whitney Faust, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3818 or , or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or .

Register Now for the 2010 Bench Bar Conference!

The Annual Bench Bar Conference will be held from April 28 – May 2, 2010 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. For more details or to register now, go to .

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CLE Seminars

February 15-26

Friday, February 19
Recent Developments for Chapter 13 Practitioners
12:00-1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson Ave., 6th Floor.
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section.
Speaker: Hon. Jennie D. Latta
1.0 hour general CLE credit

Tuesday, February 24
Healthcare Reform
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Philip Johnson & Tom Merriam, Argyle Benefits Consultants
1.0 hour general credit

Thursday, February 25
Managing Change and Transforming Your Legal Career
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Kathy Story, M.A., J.D., Story Consulting
3.0 hours dual credit

April 28 - May 2, 2010
2010 Bench Bar Conference
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
17.5 hours of CLE credit
Register Now!

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You can register online for these seminars by clicking on a seminar name above. If you have trouble registering online, a link to download a PDF version of the registration form can be found on the right side of each seminar web page. This form can be printed and either faxed (901.527.3582) or mailed to the MBA.  

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