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Visiting Faculty Position—The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position to teach Contracts I and a litigation skills course in the fall semester, and Contracts II and a small live-client civil litigation clinic in the spring semester. For more information and to submit an application please go to The screening of applications will begin June 14 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 faculty 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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Judicial Qualification Poll Results Are In

The Memphis Bar Association today released the results of its Judicial Qualification Poll for the candidates in contested judicial elections on the August 5th ballot. The poll was sent to nearly 3,000 attorneys in Shelby County, including both members and non-members of the MBA. 795 attorneys responded.
     The poll asked attorneys to select the one candidate in each race whom they felt was best qualified to serve as judge. If an attorney did not know the candidates’ qualifications or had no opinion, he/she was instructed to mark “no opinion.”
     The Memphis Bar Association has conducted a poll of candidates in contested judicial elections for more than 20 years, in the belief that local attorneys are in the best position to know a candidate’s qualifications and that the MBA has a responsibility to inform the voting public of attorneys’ opinions about the candidates.
     To view the results, click here.

Volunteer This Saturday!

Saturday Legal Clinic 9:30 am -12 pm & Youth Villages at 1 pm

The monthly free Saturday Legal Clinic will be held this week on July 10th from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue (the main branch). To read more about the clinics, see the article below by Caren Nichol entitled "What the Saturday Legal Clinic Taught Me."
     The MBA will also be volunteering at Youth Villages on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet in the main building at Youth Villages Dogwood Campus, 2890 Bekemeyer Drive, Arlington, TN. There will be a 30-minute orientation for the volunteers. The volunteers will then participate in an activity (most likely an indoor activity due to the heat!) with the youth from one of the cottages. There also will be time for an interactive discussion between the volunteers and the youth about making choices, planning for the future, etc. We need 7-10 volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573.

What the Saturday Legal Clinic Taught Me

by Caren Nichol, Shareholder, Evans Petree PC

As a working mother with two young children, my Saturdays are sacred family days. So when I was asked to attend a Saturday Legal Clinic with my law firm, Evans Petree, I have to admit that I was less than enthusiastic. Pat Arnoult had agreed to staff the clinic with attorneys from our firm and anyone who knows Pat knows he is hard to say no to. I gave my husband, who is also my law partner, the choice—he could either go to the clinic or watch the kids. He chose the kids. The clinic at least starts at the sane time of 9:30 a.m., and so after dishing out waffles to my boys, I headed over to the library.
     There was already a divorce matter that no one else wanted to touch waiting for me when I arrived. Many of my partners and associates had already started their first case of the day. Some of the cases were like bad law school exam questions, and it was fun to watch some of the associates, who are not used to diagnosing the problems, struggle to discern the true issues from the long sordid stories. It was great to watch my partners who are used to dealing in different issues handle the true to life issues you face at the clinics. I think Bill Hendrix got the biggest laugh by watching my face when our client was talking to us about misfiring cylinders and a variety of other car parts I had never heard of. I had no idea what a cylinder did, or that there was more than one in your car.
     By teaming up, we were able to help everyone and even learned a little bit from each other and from our clients. story continued here

Supreme Court Unveils Justice for All Video

On Tuesday, June 22nd, the Tennessee Supreme Court unveiled plans to host a statewide pro bono summit as a part of the Court's effort to address access to justice in Tennessee. The pro bono summit was just one of several action items outlined by the Court, as it announced the adoption of four over-arching goals to guide its Access to Justice Initiative in the coming years. To download a copy of the remarks by Chief Justice Janice M. Holder, go to
    During her remarks, Justice Holder unveiled a video by the Court, which will be used to educate the legal community and business leaders about the civil legal needs crisis in Tennessee. The video is available at


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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Submit Recipes for Legal Cookbook by July 15

Alpha Reporting Corporation is compiling a cookbook to raise funds for Memphis Area Legal Services. The book, “Cooking Up Justice with Cooking by the Law,” will include recipes from lawyers, judges, secretaries, paralegals and more from the Memphis legal community. There are several ways you can participate: 1. Submit your favorite recipe by July 15, 2010. E-mail it to or fax it to 901-523-8975. 2. Place an ad in the recipe book. Click here to download the advertising form. (Artwork must be camera-ready). 3. Once the book is published, simply buy a copy. (Price not yet determined) 4. Help sell the books: Contact Doni May Mills ( or Karen Byars ( or call 523-8974 for more information. Click here to download a flyer about the fund raiser.

AWA Seminar on Drug Testing, July 20

On July 20th, the Association for Women Attorneys will host “Drug Testing: The Legalities of How it can Impact Your Case and Your Client” presented by Kelly Dobbins, MA, R-CPCT, BAT, owner of Mid-South Drug Testing. The seminar will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Jim’s Place East (5560 Shelby Oaks Drive). The event is $45, includes lunch and two hours of CLE credit (pending). To register, contact Laurie Christensen at 901.227.6685 or RSVPs must be received by July 14th!

Memphis Bar Foundation Grant Applications Due July 30

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Memphis Bar Association, is seeking grant applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for law-related programs or projects. Grant applications are available at (go to the Bar Foundation page under “About the MBA”) or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; ). The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on July 30, 2010.
     The MBF funds programs and projects that furthers its objectives and purposes, which are to advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education; and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar. The MBF Grants Committee will initially review the applications; the full MBF Board will determine the grants to be funded and the amount of funding.

Leadership Forum Applications Due July 31

Applications are now available for the MBA’s award-winning Leadership Forum at or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; The deadline to apply is July 31.
     The Leadership Forum’s mission is to develop the leadership skills of young attorneys (between the 3rd and 8th year of practice); empower young attorneys to use their skills to make greater contributions to the Memphis community and the legal profession; model and practice the highest standards of the legal profession; and build relationships among attorneys of diverse backgrounds. The Forum accomplishes this mission through a full-day retreat on October 1, where leadership concepts are introduced, followed by monthly meetings on topics such as the attorney’s role in the greater community, work/life balance, and communication skills. The monthly sessions are held at various community organizations around the community, such as MIFA, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Bridges, to acquaint the participants with their services and programs. In addition, the participants are assigned to small groups to develop and implement a community service project, which is showcased at the graduation ceremony in May.
     Tuition is $550, which covers more than a full year of CLE credit. A limited number of scholarships are available. Now in its 7th year, the Leadership Forum has helped hone the leadership skills of over 130 attorneys. The forum received an E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the ABA in 2006; the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program.

Kickin’ It for CASA Kickball Tournament, August 28

The YLD is supporting the Court Appointed Special Advocates’ (CASA) Advocacy Program in assuring safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children in Shelby County by participating in their 2010 Kickball Tournament. All the proceeds from the tournament benefit CASA. The Kickball Tournament is a one-day, single elimination event on August 28, 2010 at Willow Park (at Mt. Moriah and Willow Road near I-240). The YLD is forming a team which will consist of 15 members. If you are interesting in participating, please contact, Shon Johnson at or David McKinney at .

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CLE Seminars

July 8 through July 23

A Financial Expert’s Overview of Lost Profits Damages For Attorneys
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
12-1 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speakers: Mike Costello & Sharon P. Hamrick, Decosimo Advisory Services
1 hour general credit

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales: Part 1
Monday, July 19, 2010
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Michael P. Cash, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Houston, TX
3 hours general credit

Financial Expert's Overview of Pecuniary & Personal Insury Damages for Attorneys
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
12-1 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speakers: Mike Costello & Sharon P. Hamrick, Decosimo Advisory Services
1 hour general credit

Health Care Reform Seminar
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speakers: Philip Johnson & Tom Merriam - Argyle Benefits Consultants
3 hours general credit

Ten Things You May Want to Consider When Representing a Client Who Has Been Abused
Sponsored by Sovereign Wealth Management
Thursday, July 22, 2010
12-1 pm
Sovereign Wealth Management, Inc.,
999 S. Shady Grove Rd., #301
Speaker: Dr. Janice Dieber
1 hour dual credit

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales: Part 2
Friday, July 23, 2010
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Michael P. Cash, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Houston, TX
3 hours general 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.