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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.
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 email@example.com . 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.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.racesonline.com . 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda
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 email@example.com , or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Law Week 2010—Events April 16-26
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 email@example.com or 901.527.3573.
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 www.memphisbar.org/benchbar .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Month of April
Legal Malpractice: How Not to Do It
Productivity Solutions for Litigators
Mediation Preparation Project
Days Are Days, Except When They Are Not: Traps for the Unwary in the 2009 Rules Changes
ALI-ABA ONLINE WEBCASTS & SEMINARS
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.