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MEMPHIS LEGAL PLACEMENT—the exclusive placement service of the Memphis Bar Association, MLP is currently accepting resumes for experienced Attorneys, Paralegals and Legal Secretaries for temporary and permanent positions. Please email resume and salary requirement to or fax to Mary at (901) 527-3582

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Volunteer by May 3rd & Win Prizes!

Before May 3, 2010, bring one or more attorneys to take one day out of their year to assist with the pro bono projects of the MBA Access to Justice Committee, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $30 gift certificate to Jewelry Market, 43 S. Main Street. Bring the most attorneys, and you’ll win lunch for two at McEwen’s on Monroe, 122 Monroe Avenue. To register a volunteer and enter to win, click here to sign up online now.
      Entries must be received by May 3. All volunteers will be confirmed before prizes will be awarded. Volunteers do not have to be MBA members. Drawing will be held and winner announced on May 7. For more information about the contest and the programs of the MBA Access to Justice Committee, click here or call Linda Warren Seely at 901.255.3417.
      The Access to Justice Committee is a collaborative effort with Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. Earlier this month, the Committee debuted its new logo (as shown above in black and white) designed by Ben Johnson of Tactical Magic who volunteered his design services pro bono to the project. A big thanks to Ben!

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, April 8

 On Thursday, April 8th, the MBA Young Lawyers Division will host “Legal Malpractice: How Not to Do It” with Richard Glassman of Glassman Edwards Wade & Wyatt from 4:30-5:30 pm at the University of Memphis School of Law, Level 2, Outside Terrace (1 North Front St). The seminar offers 1 hour of dual CLE credit. The YLD monthly Happy Hour will follow the seminar on the terrace. The event will be sponsored by Westlaw - Thomson Reuters and attendees will enjoy complimentary beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres. All lawyers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more details, click here.

Wellness Committee Offers Dog Obedience Class

The Wellness Committee will offer a Puppy/Dog Obedience Class beginning Saturday, April 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Shelby Farms. The instructor, attorney Iva Darnall, has taught classes for Shelby County Obedience Club and the University of Memphis. The purpose of the class is to learn how to teach your dog the basic requirements of obedient behavior, including but not limited to, how to heel on leash, sit, stand, lie down, stay and come when called; to learn the basics of dog behavior and to have fun while training your dog. The classes will be held for 6 to 8 weeks on Saturdays (taking off Saturday, April 17th for the National Mock Trial Tournament) and will last about an hour. The classes are $80. If you are interested, click here to download an application and send it to Iva Darnall at

Attention Family Law Attorneys

Community Legal Center (CLC) is in need of attorneys to take pro bono divorces. They are running over with them and need extra help. CLC is a non-profit, legal services agency incorporated in 1994 to provide legal services to people of limited means in Memphis and Shelby County and to educate them as to their rights and responsibilities under the law.  If you are interested in assisting, please contact CLC Executive Director Meg Jones or Yolanda Elder at 901.543.3395 or e-mail

Only 28 Days to the Bench Bar Conference!

It’s hard to believe, but the Bench Bar Conference will be here in less than four weeks! The 2010 conference – April 28 to May 2 – at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort features plenary sessions on social networking, judicial mediation, and bankruptcy issues for state court practitioners as well as concurrent sessions on everything from family law to the global financial system’s meltdown. Among those speaking at the conference are Chief Justice Janice Holder, Tennessee Supreme Court (who also will lead an all-level karate class!); U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Emerson; Judge Patricia Cottrell, Court of Appeals, and Judge Thomas Woodall, Court of Criminal Appeals; Circuit Court Judges James Russell, Kay Robilio, Donna Fields, Lorrie Ridder, and Jerry Stokes; General Sessions Judges Phyllis Gardner and Lee Wilson; and Juvenile Court Referee Sheldon McCall. For more information about the conference, including how to reserve a room, or to register, go to .
     Congratulations to Bobby Martin whose name was drawn as the winner of a free registration to this year’s conference from among those who returned forms indicating their interest in attending the conference! 

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Events Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, April 8

See details under "Headlines" above.

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.

Free Seminar on TennCare, April 12

On April 12th, the Tennessee Justice Center and Memphis Area Legal Services will present a CLE on handling TennCare. The training will begin at 3 pm with sign-in from 2:30 to 3 pm. Participants will earn 3 hours of free dual credit CLE, and the only thing that they will be asked in return is to handle one TennCare appeal on a pro bono basis. The seminar will be held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 North Front St. For more details and to sign up, contact the Tennessee Justice Center at (615)255-0331 or or Linda
Warren Seely at (901) 255-3417 or

Judges Needed for National Mock Trial Tournament in Memphis

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 .

Law Week 2010—Events April 16-26

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

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. Click here to view a list of this year's honorees. 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.

Help Us Assist the Mid-South Food Bank

Wednesday, April 21 will be MBA Volunteer Day at the Mid-South Food Bank. Members of the MBA are asked to sort canned and packaged foods at the Food Bank’s sorting warehouse located at 1269 Heistan Place (off of Bellevue, south of Lamar) from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. An initiative by MBA President Ricky E. Wilkins, the Volunteer Day will be held in conjunction with Law Week 2010 (see details below under Events Calendar). If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Bank on April 21, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.
    If you want to assist the Food Bank but are not able to volunteer on April 21, you can make a difference by bringing a canned good or monetary donation to the Law Week Launch Party in Court Square on Friday, April 16th. See the Law Week listing on the Events Calendar for more details.

Red Cross Blood Drive, May 19-20

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220) on May 19th and 20th. You will be able to register for the blood drive and speak with representatives of the Red Cross during the Law Week Launch Party on Friday, April 16th. For more information and to sign up now, contact Mary Lynes at

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

Month of April

Top 5 Things Every Small Business Should Have (But Generally Doesn't) 
Wednesday, April 7
12:00-1:00 p.m.
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Ste 220
Speaker: Alan Crone, Crone & Mason
1 hour general credit

Legal Malpractice: How Not to Do It 
Sponsored by the YLD
Thursday, April 8
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
University of Memphis Law School, 1 N. Front St.,
Level 2 Outdoor Terrace, Southside
Speaker: Richard Glassman of Glass Edwards Wade & Wyatt
1 hour dual credit

IRA's and Roth Conversions for 2010 and Beyond
Friday, April 9
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Ste 220
Speaker: Mark Winburne, Financial Consultant with Southern Investment Professionals
1 hour general credit

Capital Crimes Defense Issues & Opportunities for Solo & Small Practice Attorneys
Sponsored by the Solo & Small Firm Section
Tuesday, April 13
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Ste 220
Speaker: Latonya Burrows, Supervisor of the Shelby County Capital Defense Team
.5 hours general credit

Productivity Solutions for Litigators
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
Wednesday, April 14
2 Sessions: 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Ste 220
1 hour general credit

Mediation Preparation Project
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Thursday, April 15
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Offices of Kimbrough Mullins, 668 Colonial Rd., #1
1 hour of CLE & CME credit

Days Are Days, Except When They Are Not: Traps for the Unwary in the 2009 Rules Changes
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, April 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
Speaker: Lawrence R. Ahern, II, of Burr & Forman, LLP
1 hour general credit

New Government for Memphis & Shelby County - What Will it Look Like? 
Wednesday, April 21
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Ste 220
Speakers: Julie Ellis, Jack Payne, Jr., Chris Patterson, Jim Strickland and Damon Griffin
3 hours general credit

April 28 - May 2, 2010
2010 Bench Bar Conference
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
16.5 hours of CLE credit
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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.