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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 .


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.




Proposed Revisions to Local Rules Posted for Comment

Proposed revisions to the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee have been drafted for adoption by the Court and are posted on the Court's website at for review and public comment for the thirty day period of September 1-30, 2010. Comments may be emailed to: .

New Rule Allows Retired Attorneys to Provide Pro Bono Services

The Tennessee Supreme Court has established a program allowing retired attorneys to provide pro bono legal services. With the adoption of Supreme Court Rule 50A, retired attorneys will have the ability to work with legal assistance organizations that offer free services to Tennesseans who are unable to afford legal counsel. The rule will take effect on January 1, 2011. The pro bono emeritus rule gives retired attorneys the authority to perform all legal work, without pay, on behalf of a client. Pro bono emeritus attorneys may represent the client in court with the approval of the judge hearing the case. Retired attorneys who wish to participate in the program must file an application with the appellate court clerk’s office. The Supreme Court will review all applications and provide a written approval to the attorney. To read more, visit .

Baker Donelson Wins the 2010 City of Memphis Co-ed Softball Championship

Baker Donelson's co-ed softball team recently won the 2010 City of Memphis Softball Championship. Baker Donelson ended its regular season with only one loss and finished tied for First Place in its division. In the championship playoffs, the team went undefeated, winning four games in three days to take the co-ed City Championship. Baker Donelson won the semi-final game by one run and won the championship game by two runs. Following the game, the team was presented with the Memphis Softball Championship Trophy. Pictured above are (left-to-right) Paige Sanderson, Coach Jake Dickerson, Kacie Flinn, Dan Huffines, and Brad Ottinger. Congrats to Baker Donelson on their softball championship!

Legal Clinic This Saturday

The September Saturday Legal Clinic at the main library will be co-sponsored by International Paper and Butler Snow. The clinic will be held at the main library (3030 Poplar) from 9:30 to noon on Sat, Sept 11th. At the clinic, Jocie Wurzburg will offer mediation orientation to all who are there seeking divorce help. Interested individuals will be sent to a room for a lecture where Jocie will go over the anatomy of a divorce law suit, what a judge has to decide, and then compare mediation to litigation before going to meet with a volunteer attorney as part of the regular clinic. Please assist us in spreading the word about this great community resource to those in need of legal assistance!

Need CLE Speakers!

The MBA is seeking speakers for the annual "Last Minute Buy the Hour" seminar on December 30, 2010. Six speakers and topics, each 1 hour in length, are needed. If you are interested in presenting a 1-hour CLE seminar on that date, please contact Lesia Beach at or 901.527.3573 by September 28th.

Law Review Article Regarding Foster Care

The first law review article on the topic of wrongful death of children in foster care has recently been published. Click here to download a copy of the article by attorneys Daniel Pollack and Gary L. Popham, Jr.

MBA Introduces Law Firm Merchant Accounts

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.

"Lawyers as Peacemakers" Event Tonight!

“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 program 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

GMPA Monthly Meeting, September 15

The Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance will host its monthly meeting on September 15, 2010 from 11:30 am – 1 pm at The University Club (1346 Central Avenue) with speaker Linda Nettles Harris, Assistant United States Attorney. She will speak on “Employment Discrimination: A General Overview of Applicable Law.” Tickets, including an all-you-can-eat buffet, dessert, coffee and tea, are $18 for GMPA members and $25 for non-members. To reserve your seat, email or call Clara Murray at 901.379.7077 or Michelle King at 901.419.3870 by September 13.

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.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, Sept. 16

The YLD will present "The Benefits of Community Engagement" with speaker Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein from 4-6 pm on Thursday, September 16th at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220) followed by the monthly YLD Happy Hour at McEwen's on Monroe from 6-8 pm. The Happy Hour will be sponsored by Summit Document Services. Read more about the seminar in the article above entitled "Mock Trial Coaches Needed" or 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.

Juvenile Court to Celebrate 100th Anniversary, Sept. 30

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.

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 9 through September 27

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

Strategies for Jury Selection
Wednesday, September 29
1:30 - 4:45 pm
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speakers: Taylor A. Cates & Eddie Bearman
3 hours total credit: 1.5 general & 1.5 dual

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.