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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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Learn About New Ethics Rules!

Did you know that the Tennessee Supreme Court recently adopted amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct? Are you still having trouble with the Circuit Court Local Rules adopted earlier this year?
     Don’t worry! You can find out everything you need to know at the 5th Annual Professionalism, Civility and Courtesy Seminar on Tues., Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Three distinguished panels will discuss the new legal ethics rules (Brian Faughnan and Prof. Ernest Lidge); the new proposed Judicial Rules of Conduct (Judge John McCarroll and Tim DiScenza); and the Circuit Court Local Rules (Judge Donna Fields and Judge James Russell). The seminar, which is co-sponsored by the MBA’s Professionalism Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers, is approved for 3 hours of dual credit. The early registration fee (before Nov. 5) is $100 for MBA members and $60 for non-attorneys or those who don’t need CLE credit. Click here to register now and put your mind at ease!

Make Sure You Can Participate in Online Voting for Upcoming MBA Election

The upcoming election for MBA Secretary and Board of Directors will again be held online. To insure that you receive a ballot, please check your profile on the MBA website (log in at to make sure we have your correct email address. You can update your email address on your profile or call the MBA office (901.527.3573) with any corrections.

Lee Wilson is New Judicial Commissioner

Former General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Lee Wilson has been appointed as a Judicial Commissioner by the Shelby County Commission. He fills a vacancy in the corps of judicial commissioners, who work with judges to handle matters such as determining probable cause for arrests, setting bonds, and issuing arrest warrants.

MBA President Ricky Wilkins Honored

MBA President Ricky E. Wilkins has been named one of Tri-State Defender ‘s Men of Excellence. He is one of 50 African-American men recognized for motivating and inspiring others “through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.” An Awards Reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at The Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., for the honorees. Congratulations Ricky!

MATA Seeks Proposals for Legal Services

MATA requests proposals from firms qualified to provide legal services for a period of 5 years beginning about Feb. 1, 2011 and ending Jan. 31, 2016. Proposals will be received at MATA’s Purchasing Office, 1330 Levee Road, Memphis, TN 38108 until 10 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2010. Further information and proposal requirements may be obtained by contacting Shelia Maclin, Manager of Purchasing & Stores, at 722.7102.

YLD "They Had a Dream Too" Essay Contest Culminates in Event at Civil Rights Museum


On Thursday, October 21, 2010, 100 high school students representing the Memphis City Schools visited the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) for the culminating event of a civil rights inspired essay contest. The students answered the question “What Sacrifices Are You Willing to Make for a Cause You Believe In?” in 1000 words as part of the “They Had a Dream Too” program sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division, the Memphis City Schools, Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Mid-South and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. The winners of the essay contest were: First Place: Sashae Taylor (Ridgeway, Section A), Jack Dodson (Ridgeway, Section B) and Danielle Gore (Douglass); Second: Audrey Leggett (Douglass), Shawn Mufti (Ridgeway, Section A) and Tiara Hymon (Ridgeway, Section B). Thank you to the teachers who made this possible: Gwendolyn Ford, Matt Meador, Andrea Zimmerman and Eve Farrell. To view the ABA's "They Had a Dream Too" video, which was viewed by the students at the museum, click here.

ABA Commends U of M Law Students for Haitian Pro Bono Work

The Public Action Law Society (PALS) of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis has been recognized by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for its Alternative Spring Break Project. The ABA division commended the group for its initiative in responding to the call by the University of Miami for legal assistance to Haitian immigrants in the Miami community following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. The Memphis PALS members spent five days helping Haitian nationals obtain the U.S. government’s Temporary Protected Status, allowing them to work and live in the United States for up to 18 months. The ABA also commended PALS for raising $8,000, which covered 100% of the costs associated with the trip.

Yoga Anyone?

The MBA is hoping to form a yoga class at Midtown Yoga's downtown location, 91 S. Front St. Available class times are 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. or 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. weekdays. If you are interested in signing up for an 8-week series of classes at $8 per class, please contact Lesia Beach at A minimum of 10 people is needed to form a class, and classes will begin as soon as we reach that minimum.

Free Monthly Courthouse Tours Begin Today

Today, free public walking tours of the historic Shelby County Courthouse located at 140 Adams Avenue will begin. The tours will be available on the third Thursday of each month and will begin at noon on the Southwest steps of the building at the corner of Adams and Second St. The first tour on Thursday, October 28th, will begin with a dedication ceremony of a Cuspidor (spittoon) that is original to the Courthouse. The hallways, offices and courtrooms were originally equipped with numerous Cuspidors throughout the first half-century of operation, and removed during the 1960’s renovations. This Cuspidor was donated by Laura & Harold Robinson in memory of Russell Ozanne, a construction manager at the Courthouse during the 1960s renovation. Due to the dedication ceremony, this tour will begin in the south corridor of the building, near the bust of Andrew Jackson. Leading the first tour will be Jimmy Ogle, local historian and experienced tour guide. The tour will take guests through the hallways of the building and into courtrooms, highlighting everything from the fascinating architecture and construction of the building to the notable trials that have taken place within its walls and the grand figures who have walked its halls.

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

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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.

Pro Bono Month Reception Tonight!

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 Today

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 Today

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 Cancelled

The MBA Legal Tech Expo on November 4th has been cancelled.

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!

All are invited to join the Young Lawyers Division at its Annual Meeting and Elections on November 18, 2010, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at a new venue this year, Alfred's on Beale, and the YLD is excited to introduce this revamped format to its members and supporters. Though we are eternally grateful to the Rendezvous for hosting this event every year for as long as any of us can remember, we hope the change will shake things up a bit and increase attendance, which has been somewhat lagging in recent years. The move to Alfred's, located in the heart of historic Beale Street, has enabled us to offer new features, such as live music and a greater variety of food and libations. In addition, to commemorate the start of a new era for our largest event of the year, we have created a limited-edition poster featuring the work of local artist David Lynch, . The poster showcases Mr. Lynch's piece entitled "Beale Street - Southside," and we are delighted to offer copies signed by the artist for sale at the Annual Meeting for $20.
       If you have never attended the YLD Annual Meeting before, or if it's been a while since you've stopped by, this is the year to join us. Admission is only $10. Come out and support the YLD, and help make our Annual Meeting and Elections as success!  Look for the YLD Elections 2010 newsletter later this week for a complete slate of candidates!

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Seminar, November 19

Calling all attorneys & law students! Take the initiative and train with Memphis Area Legal Services to work in their Bankruptcy Clinics. Learn Bankruptcy basics and find out how you can participate in local pro bono work that makes a big difference in Memphis! A seminar, “What You Need to Know,” will be held on November 19th from 12-5 pm in room 326 at the University of Memphis School of Law (1 N. Front St.). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Linda Warren Seely at by Nov. 17.

MBA Annual Meeting, December 2

The MBA Annual Meeting will be held December 2, 2010, at noon at the Racquet Club in east Memphis. Not only is the meeting moving to a new venue this year, but tickets will be $35 this year, compared to $50 in years past! Hope you will make plans to join us. Look for more details next week! 

NBA Ben F. Jones Chapter Barrister's Ball, December 18

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association is excited to announce its 2010 Annual Barristers' Ball & Scholarship Award Dinner on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel on Ridgelake Blvd. This year, the chapter celebrates 50 years of service in the legal community. The President's Award this year is awarded to the Honorable H.T. Lockard and the Honorable Russell Sugarmon. Judge Lockard and Judge Sugarmon were an integral part of the group responsible for the formation of the Ben F. Chapter chapter of the National Bar Association. The Ball also serves as the organization's annual fundraiser which helps provide scholarships to law students at the Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law. The reception begins at 6:30 with dinner and program at 7:30 p.m.  Help us honor our founders and continue our legacy by joining us this year at our annual gala. Great food, fantastic music and the opportunity to honor two great legends in the Memphis legal community. Tickets are $100.00 each. Please check the website at for details or 2010 Barrister's Ball Chairman Andre Mathis at or President Barbara L. Deans @ for additional information or ticket reservations.
Seating is limited so act fast!

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 28 through November 12

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

Estate Planning Series: The Role of Life Insurance in Estate Planning and Explanation of the Different Types of Life Insurance
Sponsored by the Wills & Probate Law Section
Tuesday, November 2
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Joe Delisi, CFP, Chartwell Financial
3.0 hours general credit

In-House Perspective Regarding the Legal Market
Friday, November 5
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Panelists: Laura Sy, Methodist Hospital, Carl Morrison, First Horizon, Jeanna Littrell, FedEx, Shea Hicks, Morgan Keegan, Monica Wharton, The Med and Eric Hudson, Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada
1.0 hour general credit

5th Annual Professionalism, Civility & Courtesy Seminar
Sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers
Tuesday, November 9
9 am – 12:15 pm
U of M Law School, 1 N. Front St.
Featuring: Brian S. Faughnan, Ernest F. Lidge, III, Albert C. Harvey, Hon. John R. McCarroll, Timothy R. Discenza, Blanchard E. Tual, Hon. Donna M. Fields, Hon. James F. Russell, David M. Cook, and G. Patrick Arnoult
3.0 hours dual
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Basic Overview of Business Entities for The Real Estate Practitioner 
Sponsored by the Real Estate/Environmental Law Section
Wednesday, November 10
12 – 1 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speaker: Richard Spore, Bass Berry & Sims
1.0 hour general

Workers Compensation Bootcamp:
Back to Basics

Thursday, November 11
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Kirk Caraway & Kevin Washburn
3.0 hours general

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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