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The Germantown Chorus is seeking (4) used filing cabinets which lock. Letter or legal size. If anyone has some available, the Chorus will pay for them or someone could take a tax deduction for donating them as the Chorus is a 501(c)(3) organization. If you are interested in assisting the Chorus with this, contact Devon Gosnell at 901.448.5615 or .


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New Office Space in desirable Germantown location at Forest Hill Irene Road and Poplar Avenue. Lease or purchase up to 4000 Sq. ft. Many upgrades, first floor space with beautiful entrance, conference room and kitchen. Contact Brian White at 901.262.5575.

Two Downtown Offices Available Now, either for two attorneys or attorney and secretary. Excellent location for criminal or civil practice. Rent includes parking, reception, phone, conference room. Contact Ellen Fite or Frank Holloman, 901.526.1088.


Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

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.

Interested in placing an ad in the Bar Bulletin? Click here to download the ad rate sheet and contract.




The Memphis Bar Association Introduces a New Member Benefit

The Memphis Bar Association has recently added the Law Firm Merchant AccountTM as one of its newest member benefits. Members can now easily accept credit card payments from clients!
     The Law Firm Merchant Account is the only payment solution recommended by over 60 state and local bar associations because it complies with ABA and state requirements for managing client funds. Unlike traditional merchant accounts, it correctly handles earned and unearned fees. Thus, you can accept credit and debit card payments from your clients for services rendered or retainers.
     Through the Memphis Bar’s Member Program you receive reduced processing rates, multiple features for the client-attorney transaction and a level of personalized service not easily found elsewhere. With discounted member fees, law firms save up to 20 – 25% off standard credit card fees.
     For a limited time, open a Law Firm Merchant Account™ at NO COST!
Today through September 10, 2010 the $150 virtual terminal start-up-fee is waived for The Memphis Bar Association members. Call 866-376-0950 or visit . 
     If you are currently accepting credit cards, we encourage you to compare your current processor with The Memphis Bar Benefit program.
     Call 866.376.0950 or visit the Law Firm Merchant Account for more information.

Swearing In Ceremonies for Judges-Elect Higgins, Weiss on August 31

Judges-Elect Gina C. Higgins and Robert S. Weiss of Circuit Court will be sworn in on Tuesday, August 31st. Higgins’ ceremony will be at 9:00 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom (Room 330) with refreshments immediately following the ceremony in the Divorce Referee’s courtroom (Room 327). Weiss will be sworn in at 4:00 p.m. in the Division VIII courtroom with a reception immediately following the ceremony on the 2nd Floor, South Hallway. For more information, contact Mildred Williams at 901.545.4781.

Winsett Named an Assistant Dean at Law School

Estelle Gaerig Winsett has joined the University of Memphis as assistant dean for law career services. Winsett received her B.S. degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University in 1994 and her J.D. degree in 1997 from the U of M’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Winsett spent several years in private practice before joining Counsel on Call in 2004 as the client relations and placement director. She has spent the past six years counseling legal professionals on career-related issues and building relationships with Memphis law firms and in-house legal departments.

Don Ash Re-Elected Presiding Judge of the Court of the Judiciary

Circuit Court Judge Don Ash of the 16th Judicial District has been elected to a fourth term as presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. The 16-member panel receives complaints against judges and imposes sanctions for violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Read more from

MBA Members Appointed to Mayor-elect Luttrell's Staff

Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell has appointed Kelly Rayne as Shelby County attorney; Stephen Bush as Public Defender; and Marcy Ingram as assistant CAO. Read more from The Daily News

2011 IOLTA Grant Awards

The Tennessee Bar Foundation, through the IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts) program, provides grant awards to organizations that provide direct civil legal services to the indigent or that seek to improve the administration of justice. Applications for those grants, to be paid during 2011, are now available on the Foundation's website: . Completed applications must be returned by United States Postal Service, postmarked no later than midnight, Friday, September 10, 2010. For more information, contact the Foundation at or call 615.242.1531 or 800.634.2516.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Today is 90th Anniversary of 19th Amendment!

A celebration reception commemorating the 90th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment will be held on Thursday August 26th at 4 pm in the Hall of Mayors, Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St. The event is hosted by a bipartisan consortium of women’s organizations and Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.

Young Lawyers Happy Hour Tonight!

The Young Lawyers Division will host a Happy Hour on August 26th at Bardog Tavern (73 Monroe Avenue). The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm and will be sponsored by Morrow & Associates Court Reporters. Free drinks will be served for a portion of the event & specials include Well drinks - $3.75; $1.50 Slider Burgers; $1 off all Draft Beers; $1 off all Domestic Bottle Beers; and $1 off all Wine. Donations for the Downtown Porter Boys & Girls Club will be collected during the event.

Young Lawyers Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, September 16

On Thursday, September 16th from 4 to 6 pm, the MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "The Benefits of Community Engagement" with Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein. The seminar offers 2.0 hours of CLE credit. Buddy, who has coached the White Station High School team since 1980 and has extensive experience with the Shelby County competition as well as the state and national competitions, will talk about how lawyers can engage their local communities by volunteering through professional organizations. The YLD monthly Happy Hour will follow the event. Look for more details soon. In the meantime, contact Nicole Grida at or Abby Webb at .

Want to Show Your Support for the American Heart Association?

The MBA Young Lawyers Division is considering putting together a team for the 2010 Mid-South Start! Heart Walk to support the American Heart Associaton. The event will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. at AutoZone Park. There will be no entrance fee for your participation. If you are interested in participating, please contact Abby Webb at For more information about the walk, go to

ALA Annual Breakfast, October 6

The Memphis Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is celebrating Professional Legal Management Week at their annual breakfast & CLE seminar on October 6, 2010. The event will be held from 8:00 am-10:00am at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Avenue. Kathy Story will present an "Experiential Workshop on Networking." The seminar is approved for 1 hour of CLE credit. The registration fee is $25 to non-ALA members (attorneys) and free to legal administrators. For more details and to register, contact  Kim Harden, 901-526-0431, or . The event is sponsored by Yuletide Office Solutions, BankTennessee and Alpha Reporting Corporation.

Legal Tech Expo, November

The MBA will host its annual Legal Tech Expo on November 4, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, and the seminar will run from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. CLE seminars include: “Practical eDiscovery: Understanding Technology” with Blake H. Gibson, IV, Pietrangelo Cook, PLC; “Terror: If Twitter and the Internet ‘Went Away’” with Amy Howell, Howell Marketing Strategies; “Productivity Solutions” with Thomson Reuters; “Digital Forensics” with Ted Scott, Certified computer examiner, Verity Investigations & forensics; “Emerging Field of Electronic Discovery” with Jay Brenner, Counsel on Call; and “Preparing for your First Use of Technology in the Courtroom” with Alpha Reporting Corp. Look for more details in the coming months! 

U of M’s Hooks Institute Seeks Nominations for Book Award

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis is soliciting nominations for its Book Award, which will recognize the book published in 2010 that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 and an invitation to deliver an address in the Hooks Institute Lecture Series during the 2011-2012 academic year.
      For consideration, one copy of the book should be submitted, postmarked by December 1, 2010, to Book Award Nomination, The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, 107 Scates Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152-3530.
      Finalists will be asked to submit additional copies to a panel of judges representing various disciplines and academic institutions in Memphis. For questions or comments, please contact Book Award Committee Chair Aram Goudsouzian, associate professor in the U of M Department of History, by phone at 901-678-2520 or via email at .

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CLE Seminars

August 26 through September 3

Mediating & Resolving Business Disputes
Co-sponsored by the ADR and Business Law Sections
Friday, August 27, 2010
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Office of Denise McCrary,
6750 Poplar Ave., #204
Speakers: Pat Arnoult, Denise McCrary
& Allen Blair
Moderator: Laurel Williams
1.0 hour general CLE
& 1.0 hour mediation ethics

Avoiding Claims by Proper Understanding & Utilization of the Mutual Indemnification Agreement
Sponsored by the Real Estate/Environmental Law Section
Friday, September 3, 2010
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Regions Bank HQ, 6200 Poplar
Speaker: Mary K. Alissandratos
1 hour general CLE
Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.
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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.