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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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Legal Community Forum Addresses Variety
of Issues

Lawyers and judges from across the community gathered Monday to hear Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s vision of “A City of Choice” and to offer their input on issues facing the city. The Mayor emphasized Memphis’ distinctive assets, culture and character, including creativity, logistics, natural resources, tourism, and medicine, and how they form the basis of our competitive advantage. MBA President Ricky Wilkins moderated the Q&A session that followed the Mayor’s presentation, which included questions ranging from when the Greenline will be extended west (by Dec., it will reach Toby Park) to the reuse of the old police building (future plan is to relocate a combined 911 operation there). There was also discussion on how attorneys could do more to assist people in civil court who cannot afford to pay an attorney and how to leverage U of M law school students who, starting next year, will be required to give 40 hours of pro bono/community service work as a requirement of graduation. The Mayor offered the use of space in the new Towne Center across from STAX Academy for legal clinics and stated that a liaison would be appointed in the City Attorney’s Office to assist lawyers trying to navigate city government.
     More than 580 members of the legal community responded to a survey asking their opinions about the challenges facing the city and the legal system. To view the results of that survey, click here. The bar associations who sponsored the forum—AWA, MBA and Ben F. Jones Chapter of the NBA—plan to follow up on the issues and suggestions raised in the survey and the forum.

Bar Foundation To Honor Judge H.T. Lockard

The Memphis Bar Foundation will present the Benjamin L. Hooks Award to the Honorable H.T. Lockard at its Fellows Reception next Wed., Oct. 27 in the lobby of Brinkley Plaza. The Foundation created the award in 1998 to recognize a lawyer or judge whose activities, both locally and on a national level, have significantly fulfilled the Foundation’s mission to support public awareness of the legal profession, promote social justice and legal education, and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar. The award was named in honor of Dr. Hooks, its first recipient, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the law and social justice, and his prominence on the national stage. Subsequent recipients of the award have been U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, attorney S. Shepherd Tate, Supreme Court Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, and Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.
     New Fellows of the Foundation also will be recognized. Attorneys and judges are selected as Fellows in recognition of their service to the legal profession and community and their adherence to the highest standards of professional conduct. New Fellows for 2010 are: Ray Babaoglu; Buddy Bernstein, Christopher Campbell, C.C. Drayton, Steve Farese, Richard Glassman, J. Houston Gordon, Dorsey Hopson, Linda Mathis, Mary Jo Miller, Steve Mulroy, Larry Nance, Amy Pepke, Jackie Prester, Jeff Rosenblum, Clint Saxton, Delaine Smith, Allan Wade, James Warner, Maurice Wexler, Hon. Cary Woods, and Joe Lee Wyatt. In addition, the Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award will be presented to third-year law student C. Grace Whiting and the Irvin Bogatin scholarship will be presented to first-year law student Christopher Santirojprapai. The awards were created by the family of Irvin Bogatin, who established a fund to recognize his long and devoted service to the bar and the community, especially in the area of social justice.

MBA Receives Award from MALS

At the 40th anniversary celebration for MALS last week, an award was presented to the Memphis Bar Association in recognition of its “commitment and dedication to ongoing collaboration with Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. on our Joint Goal of ‘Providing Excellent in Legal Advocacy for Those in Need.’” The award recognizes the work of the MBA’s Access to Justice Committee, which sponsors the weekly Attorney of the Day program and the monthly Saturday Legal Clinics, and the many MBA members who provide legal assistance to those otherwise unable to afford representation.

Our Condolences

Don A. Dino, retired from the District Attorney General’s Office, died on Sun., Oct. 17 at the age of 78. Mr. Dino also served as a prosecutor for the City of Memphis and as a court-appointed juvenile defender. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School and attended Christian Brothers College, Memphis State University and Southern Law University, where he received his Bachelor of Law degree. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Dino is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Terri Barnett (Bobby), Linda Gaia, and Karen Keeling (Richard); grandson Brett Barnett; and brother Sam Dino (Ann). Visitation will be held on Thurs., Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity in Bartlett with funeral mass to follow at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Poor Clare Nuns, 1310 Dellwood, Memphis or the Church of the Nativity.

Walker New Juvenile Court Magistrate

David Walker recently became the newest magistrate at Juvenile Court, succeeding Claudia Haltom, who retired after 17 years. After spending 20 years in private practice, Walker served as the Court’s first advocate for noncustodial parents, a position created by Juvenile Court Judge Curtis S. Person shortly after he took office in Sept. 2006.

Member Benefit: Get Grizzlies Tickets at a Substantial Discount!

MBA members can now save money on Grizzlies tickets by following these easy steps:

  1. Click this link:
  2. Select Game and Click on "Find Tickets".
  3. Type DAN into the "Special Offer Code" box and click "Verify".
  4. If you have an account; use your e-mail address and password. If not, go to “Create an Account” box on the right hand side, type your e-mail address and click “Sign Up Now.”
  5. Select the quantity and price level to purchase your tickets. Pay for your tickets and your tickets will be delivered via TicketFast directly to your e-mail address for you to print at home.

Tickets at the gate can range from $18 to $227. With the MBA group discount, you can purchase tickets from $15 (for a Terrace III seat) to $175 (for courtside). If you have questions, please contact Dan Dial at (901) 205-1473 or via e-mail at

Nominations Being Accepted for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors

Deadline Extended to Friday, October 22nd

The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association is seeking nominations for attorneys interested in running for a position on the 2011 YLD Board of Directors. The YLD is responsible for numerous events each year, including the High School Mock Trial tournament, the YLD Golf Tournament, monthly networking events, and numerous continuing legal education seminars. The YLD also works directly with the MBA officers and board of directors as the voice of the young lawyers in our community. If you would like more information and/or are interested in running, please contact current YLD President Kyle Wiggins at The elections for the 2011 YLD board will be held on Thursday, November 18 from 4:30-7:30 pm at Alfred’s on Beale. For more details, see the event listing below.

Nominations for Outstanding Judge of the Year Due October 22

In 1976, the MBA Young Lawyers Division established an annual award to be given to the outstanding Judge in Shelby County in honor of the late Chancellor Charles A. Rond. Chancellor Rond was known for his intelligence, fairness, wise decisions, integrity and great wit. This year, the award will be presented at the YLD Annual Meeting and Elections on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at Alfred’s on Beale (see event listing below). All judges in Shelby County are eligible to receive this award. In casting your vote, you should consider the ability, demeanor, integrity and diligence of each judge. Click here to download an official nomination form and a list of eligible judges. Nomination forms must be returned to the MBA office by 5 pm, Wed. October 20th. Only Young Lawyers Division members may submit nominations.

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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.

ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Conference, Oct. 21-23 in Memphis

Today, Memphis welcomes members and friends of the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities for three days of CLE programming, networking, and social events at The Peabody Hotel. The “More to Overcome: Civil Rights in the 21st Century, An Action Agenda for Lawyers & the Legal Profession” conference will be held October 21-23. Participants will have the opportunity to attend over 12 hours of interactive CLE programming addressing cutting-edge issues of the day presented by nationally renowned speakers. Attendees can explore the work of Section committees and network with colleagues and experts in the fields of civil rights, individual rights, human rights, and social justice. Conference presenters include D’Army Bailey, Civil Rights Activist; Honorable U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN); Honorable Earnestine Hunt Dorse, Memphis City Court; Honorable Janice Holder, Tennessee Supreme Court; John Payton, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative; and Honorable Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Section’s website at or contact the Section office at 202/662-1030.

YLD Bowling Tournament, October 26

Limited spaces available, register now!

This year, the MBA Young Lawyers Division has partnered with the Memphis Chapter of Young CPAs on its annual Bowling Tournament. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 26th at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes at the corner of Quince and White Station in East Memphis. There are limited spaces available for this event so please register soon. Contact Shon Johnson at for more information and to reserve your space now!

U of M Law School to Host Law Admissions Workshop, October 26

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host a Law Admissions Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The admissions workshop will be conducted from 5 to 6 p.m. The U of M pre-law advisor and the dean of admissions from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will co-present this workshop. From 6 to 8 p.m., representatives from 13 law schools will be available to talk to interested students about their respective schools. In addition to Memphis, these schools include the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Belmont University, Faulkner University, Lincoln Memorial University, Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi, the Nashville School of Law, Samford University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. All attendees will be eligible to win a free LSAT preparation class from Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Interested students should make reservations online at

Pro Bono Month Reception, October 28

A reception honoring pro bono work in the Memphis and Shelby County area will be held on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7 pm at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Look for more details soon!

AWA CLE on Practice & Procedure in Civil Courts, Oct. 28

The Association for Women Attorneys will host "Practice and Procedure in Civil Courts & Motion Sickness: What to do when faced with bad faith motion practice" on October 28th from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Shelby County Courthouse Supreme Court Room. $65 includes lunch and 2.5 dual CLE credit hours. Speakers include Judge Kay Robilio (moderator), Judge Phyllis Gardner, Judge Deborah Henderson, Judge Betty Thomas Moore, and Judge Karen Williams. Registration begins at 11:00 am. E-mail or call 227-6685 with questions and to register. Preregistration required for lunch.

Free Federalist Society Event, October 28

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will present “A Visitor’s Guide to an Alien Planet: Washington, D.C.” with Wall Street Journal Columnist and author John Fund. The program will be held on Thursday, October 28th from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the Wade Auditorium at The University of Memphis School of Law. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided.

Race for the Cure, Oct. 30–Join the U of M Law School Team!

Interested in volunteering, raising money for a great cause, and getting some exercise at the same time? Join the University of Memphis Law School Race for the Cure Team! All you need to do is visit the team page of the University of Memphis Law School, register for the Race for the Cure and click "Join a Team". This year’s race is Saturday, October 30th starting/ending in Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown. For more information, contact Jared Klepko ( or Jennifer Sutch (

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!

AWA Presents "Cooking Italian with Judge Robilio," Nov. 4

Join the Association for Women Attorneys on Thurs., November 4th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for "Cooking Italian with Judge Robilio." $35.00 includes wine, non-alcoholic beverages and spaghetti dinner. Learn how to make a delicious sauce for your Italian dishes. Contact Lucie Brackin at for more details and to RSVP.

Celebrate the 46th Anniversary of Title VII on Nov. 5

The Memphis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, and the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will celebrate the 46th Anniversary of Title VII with a seminar on Nov. 5 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum. “Ensuring the Promise of Equal Employment” will feature sessions on using the federal courts to challenge and remedy workplace discrimination, national trends in Title VII employment discrimination cases, ethical considerations for employment law practice, and tips from the bench on litigating employment discrimination cases in federal court. The seminar offers 4 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of ethics; the fee is $45. A reception and optional museum tour will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. following the seminar. For more information or to register, call Brenda Webber at 544-0122.

Catholic Lawyers Guild to Host CLE Seminar, November 8

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Guild will host “Professionalism in Daily Practice” from 1 – 4 pm at St. Peter Church Hall at Third and Adams. The CLE seminar is approved for 3 hours of dual credit and will feature discussion and interaction with Sandy Garret, Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Board of Professional Responsibility, and Laura Chastain, Corporate Counsel for Harper Industries, Inc. and former Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the BPR. The seminar costs $75 and serves as the Guild’s primary fundraiser of the year. Click here to download a registration form.

YLD Annual Meeting Moves to Beale with a Whole New Feel!

The YLD Annual Meeting & Elections will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Alfred's on Beale. This is the first year the event will be held at Alfred's and the new venue is also bringing a new meeting format. The event will feature live music, a variety of food and drinks and a fun and lively atmosphere. Look for more details on the event coming soon! In the meantime, if you are a member of the MBA Young Lawyers Division and are interested in running for a position on the YLD Board of Directors, please contact YLD President Kyle Wiggins at by October 22nd. Additionally, please see details regarding nominations for the Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge under headlines above.

Bench Bar Conference, May 4-8, 2011, Tops'l Beach Resort

The Bench Bar Conference Committee, led by Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton, and attorneys Cindy Pensoneau and Erin Shea has begun planning the 2011 Conference, which will be held from May 4-8 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin. Whether you are a “veteran” conference attendee – or have never gone to a conference -- your input is needed to make this conference the biggest and best ever! If you want to join the committee, please contact Anne Fritz ( ) or Lesia Beach (

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CLE Seminars

October 21 through October 29

Understanding Tenn. Human Rights Act
Sponsored by the Labor/Employment & Government Law Sections
Monday, October 25
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Beverly L. Watts, Executive Director, Tennessee Human Rights Commission
2.0 hours general credit

Estate Planning for Non-estate Planning Attorneys: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Sponsored by the Wills Probate Law Section and part of the Annual Estate Planning Series
Tuesday, October 26
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Mike Adams
3,0 hours general credit

How to Get Your Brother-in-Law Out of Jail
Wednesday, October 27
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Jim Garts and Blake Ballin
1.0 hour general credit

Social Media: IP Issues for Businesses
Sponsored by the Business Law Section
Thursday, October 28
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd
Speakers: Hemant Gupta, Douglas F. Halijan and Meredith L. Williams
1.0 hour general credit

Effectively Interviewing and Representing Survivors of Domestic Violence
Friday, October 29
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Shayla Purifoy
1.0 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. Resources

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Buy a Cookbook to Benefit MALS!

“Cooking Up Justice,” a cookbook featuring recipes from members of the Memphis legal community, will soon be available. Proceeds from the sale of the books go to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. The cookbook is a project sponsored by Alpha Reporting Corporation. To reserve your copy today, contact Karen Byars at 901.523. 8974 or