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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.


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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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Tennessee Lawyers Report Pro Bono Hours

In the first year of voluntary reporting, approximately 18% of the lawyers with active Tennessee law licenses completed the voluntary pro bono reporting form. In all, those reporting contributed nearly 300,000 hours of pro bono service. The biggest area of service (87,312 hours) was the provision of legal services without a fee to persons of limited means (RPC 6.1(a)(1)), followed by the delivery of legal services (83,707 hours) at a substantially reduced fee to persons of limited means (RPC 6.1(b)(2)). Nearly 29% of respondents said that they had contributed financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.

Juvenile Court to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

The Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County is planning several events to commemorate its 100th anniversary. On Thursday, Sept. 30, a formal ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the court, followed by a reception and a documentary viewing under a tent on the court grounds. The current and past Chief Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Cornelia Clark and Janice Holder, are expected to attend. On Friday, Oct. 1, the Tennessee AOC will conduct a CLE seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Urban Child Institute. On Sat., Oct. 2, an inaugural 5K, the “Right Road Run,” will begin at 9 a.m. , followed by a homecoming picnic open to the public.
     The first Memphis Juvenile Court was comprised of a judge and five probation officers and began hearing cases on Jan. 26, 19 10 . Since its inception, the Court has been actively engaged in improving the juvenile justice system and has been recognized nationally for specific efforts to improve children’s services, child support collection and enforcement, and rehabilitation programs for delinquent youth.

Clark Sworn in as Chief Justice

On Wednesday, Justice Cornelia A. Clark was sworn in as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, making her the second woman in the state’s history to hold the position. More than 300 members of the public attended the swearing in ceremony, which was held at the historic Williamson County courthouse in Franklin. Outgoing Chief Justice Janice Holder administered the oath of office to Clark, who was elected by the Court to serve a two-year term as chief justice. The swearing ceremony included remarks by members of the Supreme Court, representatives from the intermediate appellate courts, and judges and clerks from all levels of the judicial branch.
     Clark was appointed to the Supreme Court in September 2005 and was elected a full eight-year term in August 2006. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Clark was appointed director of the Administrative Office of the Courts in May 1999. She held this position until she was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Phil Bredesen. Read more about the ceremony and Chief Justice Clark at .

Judge Anderson is Sworn In, Renews Vows

On Tuesday, Bill Anderson Jr. was sworn in as Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Division 7. Since the ceremony happened to fall on his 19th wedding anniversary, Judge Anderson also the opportunity to renew his marriage vows with his wife, Lisa. He was sworn in by retired Criminal Court Judge H. T. Lockard, who Anderson called his "mentor and hero." Anderson vowed to keep an open-door policy and said he would welcome all of the help he could get from lawyers and fellow judges, including longtime friend Judge Tim Dwyer who presided over the marriage portion of the program. To read more from The Commercial Appeal, click here.
     Also on Tuesday, Gina C. Higgins and Robert "Bob" S. Weiss were sworn in as judges of Circuit Court Divisions 4 and 8, respectively, during ceremonies held at the Shelby County Courthouse.

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 benefit. 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.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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"Lawyers as Peacemakers" Seminar, Sept. 9

“Lawyers as Peacemakers: Purpose & Values in the new Paradigm” with speaker J. Kim Wright will be presented on Thursday, September 9th at the home of Sam Blair and Pam Warnock Blair (321 Kenilworth). This program is opportunity for lawyers, mediators and interested participants to explore the concept of lawyers as peacemakers with an emphasis on the collaborative law process. A social hour will be held from 5:30-6:30 pm with the CLE from 6:30-7 pm. The event is sponsored by Linda Warren Seely, Carl E. Seely and Divorce Incorporated,McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC, and Lawyers as Peacemakers.
     Former trial attorney, collaborative lawyer, restorative justice facilitator and trainer, J. Kim Wright addresses these topics and more in her new book, Lawyers as Peacemaker, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law. She publishes, which celebrates lawyers who work outside the box of the current legal paradigm to solve problems, heal conflicts, and promote peace.
     For more details and to RSVP, contact Pam Warnock Blair at

Blood Drive at U of M Law School, September 15

The Black Law Student Association at the University of Memphis will sponsor a blood drive with Lifeblood on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm. The blood drive will take place in the student lounge on the main floor of the law school (1 N Front St). There will be refreshments served and gifts given to those who decide to donate blood. 
     The amount of time for donating blood will be 30-45 minutes. This is a relatively small amount of time that could lead to a great outcome of potentially saving a life in the future. The Memphis area has one of the largest trauma centers in the United States. With that being said, Memphis is in need of donors to help to save lives. The life that you could save may be a baby, a family member, or a friend in need. By donating on September 15, 2010, you are becoming one of the many people that have decided to take a step to save a life.
     To become a donor, contact

Mock Trial Coaches Needed, September 16

The YLD has made a commitment to recruit local attorneys to serve as coaches for high school mock trial teams in an effort to increase the number of area high schools participating in mock trial. We are pleased to present a CLE with Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein, who has coached the White Station High School mock trial team since 1981 and led them to many local and state championships over the years. He will draw upon his 30 years of experience coaching mock trial to help attorneys and teachers learn how to run a successful mock trial team. At the CLE, Buddy will offer valuable insight into what has and has not worked for him over the years and will also provide attendees with many of the forms he has created to assist him. The YLD encourages all attorneys who are interested in coaching a mock trial team in the upcoming year to attend this CLE Seminar. Please email Nicole Grida ( or Abby Webb ( with any questions or if you are interested in coaching a high school mock trial team but are unable to attend the CLE Seminar. For more seminar details and to register, click here.

Free Safety & Self Defense Seminar, Sept. 28

On Tuesday, Sept. 28th, the MBA will present Fundamental Crime Prevention and Safety Training from noon - 1:00 pm at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220). The FREE seminar is open to ANYONE. The information presented provides excellent defense for workplace violence as well as individual, home, and automobile safety and can help reduce an individual's chance of becoming a victim of crime by as much as 70%. For more details and to RSVP, contact Lesia Beach at or 901.527.3573.

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

Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner, October 5

The Fifth Annual Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner featuring honored guests, Governor Phil Bredesen and First Lady Andrea Conte will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue in Nashville. Tickets are $135.00 per person or a table of ten can be reserved for $1350.00. Complimentary self-parking. To secure a reservation, please contact Joy Day at 615.771.5008 or

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 4

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

September 3 through September 27

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

Complete Insurance Planning for Solos and Small Firms
Sponsored by the Solo Small Firm Section
Thursday, September 16
5:00- 7:00 pm
Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar
Speakers: IPSCO Representatives
2.0 hours general credit
Hot dogs, soft drinks and cookies will be served!

The Benefits of Community Engagement
Sponsored by the YLD and part of the "Triple Threat" Series
Thursday, September 16
4:00-6:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
2.0 hours dual credit
Happy Hour to follow at McEwen’s
Understanding Basic Financial Statements & Accounting Fraud Schemes
Wednesday, September 22
12:00-1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: William W. Acuff, CPA/CFF, CFE
1 hour general credit
Hellhound on His Trail
Monday, September 27
12:00-1:00 pm
Burch Porter & Johnson, 130 N. Court
Speaker: author Hampton Sides
1 hour 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.