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Assistant Dean for Law Career Services
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law invites applications for Assistant Dean for Law Career Services. The Assistant Dean for Law Career Services designs, implements, monitors, and documents a comprehensive career services program for law students and alumni, including, but not limited to coordination of career counseling, on- and off-campus recruitment, job skills workshops, job/career fairs, and opportunities for non-traditional careers in law.  Please submit applications to The Chair of the Recruitment Committee is Dean Kevin H. Smith (, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee 38103. The screening of applications will begin April 23, 2010 and may continue until the position is filled. While the School of Law does not treat race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation as dispositive in hiring decisions, the School has a strong institutional commitment to the diversity of its staff and is particularly interested in receiving expressions of interest from persons who will add to its diversity. The University of Memphis is an EEO/AA employer.

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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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Law Week 2010 Kicks Off Next Week!

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Only 21 Days to the Bench Bar Conference...

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Why You Should Attend the Memorial Service

by MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz

On Tuesday, April 20, at the Annual Memorial Service, we will honor more than 30 members of the legal community who have died during the past year. They range from legal administrators to judges. Some were widely known in the legal community, while others were just beginning their careers. But they all have one thing in common – they were part of the fabric of the legal community and their presence will be missed.
     Families and friends of those being honored are invited to this service, which begins at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown. I hate to say it, but recently, the families have outnumbered the attorneys in attendance. (The judges continue to be strong participants – thank you!) That brings me to the reason for this unusual article – to encourage you, whether or not you knew one (or more) of the honorees – to attend this service. Why, you may ask, should I take an hour out of my busy day to pay homage to people I didn’t even know? My first response is that the family members are truly appreciative of those members of the legal community who attend. It makes them feel like their loved one was part of a profession that valued him or her and that their contributions to that community have not and will not be forgotten.
     More importantly, I think attending the Memorial Service is an indication that you believe in something bigger than the day-to-day “busyness” of the law...that it is still a profession, that we are bound together by our common membership in the “legal club”, that it is important to take time to remember and honor those who are no longer with us. So, I encourage you to attend the service on April 20 – it only lasts 30 minutes and there is a reception following in the Great Hall where you can mingle with judges, attorneys and family members. I hope that we have standing room only!

U of M Moot Court Team Finishes Second in National Competition

Congratulations to the University of Memphis Moot Court Travel Team who finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) in Boston last month. After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition. There are six regions in the competition; the top three teams from each region advance to the national competition. The team was coached by Andre Mathis and Kendra Tidwell, attorneys with the Glankler Brown law firm.

Volunteers Needed!  "Memphis Legal Community: First to Serve"

A goal set forth by 2010 MBA President Ricky E. Wilkins, "Memphis Legal Community: First to Serve" provides members of the Memphis legal community with opportunities to give back to our community throughout the year. The theme recognizes the many urgent needs of our citizens and encourages the legal community to join together to help meet those needs. In addition to many pro bono programs, a project to assist the community will be scheduled at least quarterly. If you have a suggestion for a community service project, please contact MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at . To view a current list of volunteer opportunities and to get involved, click here.

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 of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and other nonprofit organizations providing legal services to those in need.

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Events Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities.

YLD Happy Hour at Law School, 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.

Saturday Legal Clinic, April 10

The MBA Access to Justice Committee has an urgent need for attorneys to volunteer at this week's free legal clinic—Saturday from 9:30 am to noon at the main library (3030 Poplar). Clinics often see over 150 members of the public who show up to receive free legal advice, and therefore, dozens of attorneys are needed to assist with the efforts. The legal needs of the clients are typically very general and simple, and therefore, attorneys of all practice areas are encouraged to volunteer. If you can assist, please contact Linda Warren Seely at For additional information about the clinics, click here.

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.

Wellness Committee Offers Dog Obedience Class, April 10

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

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.

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.

Register Now for the 2010 Bench Bar Conference, April 28-May 2

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 .

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

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CLE Seminars

Month of April

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 Glassman 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.