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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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Changes to Friday's Circuit Court Schedule

Please note the following amended schedule for Shelby County Circuit Court on Friday, November 12, 2010.

  • Division I — Not holding Court
  • Division II — Holding Court from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - recessing until 2:00 p.m.
  • Division III — Holding Court from 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. - recessing until 2:00 p.m.
  • Division IV — Holding Court from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - recessing until 2:00 p.m.
  • Division V — Holding Court at 9:00 a.m., adjourning for remainder of day when docket is complete.
  • Division VI — Holding Court from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - recessing until 2:00 p.m.
  • Division VII — Not holding Court
  • Division VIII — Holding Court from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - recessing until 2:00 p.m.
  • Division IX — Not holding Court

Services Friday for Robert Mathews

Reverend Robert John Mathews, Jr., died November 4, 2010. The retired Circuit Court Deputy Administrator of 36 years, currently served as Pastor of New Hope Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He served in the U.S Army for three years with honorable discharge. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. at M.J. Edwards -Elvis Presley. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 12, at First Chapel, corner of Hacks Cross and Hwy. 178. M J Edwards Funeral Home 901-332-3164.

Regional Moot Court Competition Starts Today at U of M Law School

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host the regional competition for the 2010 National Moot Court Competition this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11-13. Sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New York City Bar, the competition will bring law students, law professors, attorneys, and judges from throughout the region to the U of M Law School. The region includes law schools from Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Attorneys and judges will serve as Moot Court judges. Participating schools will include the U of M, Cumberland School of Law, Faulkner University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University (New Orleans), the University of Mississippi, Mississippi College School of Law, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University. For more information, e-mail the University of Memphis Moot Court Board at or Jodi Wilson at

MBA Elections 2010, Voting Will Begin Friday

Click here to view the final slate of candidates for the 2010 MBA Board of Directors. Online ballots will be sent Friday, November 12th and must be returned by Friday, November 26. Results of the election will be announced at the MBA Annual Meeting luncheon on Thursday, December 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m. 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! Contact the MBA office, 901.527.3573, to reserve your seat. 
       If you do not receive the ballot or have trouble accessing the online form, please contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573.

YLD Annual Meeting & Elections Next Week!

Absentee ballots now available.

The candidates for the 2011 MBA Young Lawyers Division Officers and Board of Directors are as follows: YLD Vice President/President-Elect: Abby Webb and David McKinney; YLD Board of the Directors: Annie Christoff, Maggie Cooper, Jake Dickerson, Kristin Dunavant, Malcolm “Macky” B. Futhey III, Nicole Grida, Sheria Holmes, Irwin Magevney, David McKinney, Keisha Moses Richardson, Zayid Saleem, Amber Griffin Shaw, and Abby Webb. Judge Donna Fields of Circuit Court and U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo are up for the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award honoring the Outstanding Judge of the Year. To read more about the candidates, click here.
     YLD members can cast their ballots at the 2010 YLD Annual Meeting & Elections on November 18, 2010 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Alfred's on Beale. The event is moving to a new location after many years and is bringing with it a whole new feel, including live music! To read more about the event, click here. If for some reason you are unable to make it to the meeting, absentee ballots are now available. Click here to read about the candidates and then download a ballot.

Celebrate Pro Bono Month 2010 a Success!

This year’s Celebrate Pro Bono Month drew in more lawyers and served more clients statewide than last year’s efforts! In total, 452 volunteers, including 291 lawyers and 161 non-lawyers (such as paralegals, law students, social workers and interpreters) helped meet the legal needs of 1159 Tennesseans. Last year, 217 lawyers and 66 non-lawyers provided assistance to 416 people. In addition, 3 free CLE programs provided training to 115 lawyers who have agreed to provide pro bono service either through a clinic or by taking on pro bono cases. Photos from many of the events are posted on TBA Connect

Barrister's Breakfast Raises Over $10,000!

The Annual Barrister’s Pancake Breakfast held on October 15th at Calvary Episcopal Church raised more money and had more volunteers than any of the previous years. The total amount raised through the Breakfast was $10,867.00, and 100% of this money has been donated to The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The local Foundation will distributes75% of the money through local grants to provide services and education in our community and the remaining 25% to Komen National for research. Special thanks to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and Wolff Ardis for sponsoring the Breakfast, and to Leo Bearman, Jr. for his leadership on the project.

Support Law School Alternative Spring Break Conference

The Public Action Law Society and the University of Memphis will be hosting Memphis students and out-of-state students as they engage in pro bono legal and volunteer work in the Memphis community as part of the Memphis Alternative Spring Break Conference 2011. This Conference will combine educational discussion with real-life client interaction for thirty law students. Students can choose between three tracks: Advance Directives (Estate Planning), Pro Se Divorce or Non-Profit Advocacy (non-legal). Attorneys and non-profit professionals are needed to supervise, educate and mentor law students. The Conference will be March 7 – 11 in Memphis, Tennessee at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Click here to download the Alternative Spring Break Partner Packet. Applications can be sent to Grace Whiting via email at or US Mail to University of Memphis School of Law, c/o Public Action Law Society, 1 N. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

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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.

Seminar for New Attorneys, November 18

The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association present: Transitional Legal Education “Nuts and Bolts” Seminar, wherein newly licensed attorneys will gain insight on how to manage client’s and partners’ expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel, and ultimately avoid the kind of mistakes young lawyers can make that will expose them to disciplinary actions or even claims from their clients. The seminar will consist of four topics: Beginning and Ending the Lawyer Client Relationship, Civility and Professionalism, Keeping Clients Happy and Staying out of Trouble, and Resources and Services. “Nuts and Bolts” will be held on November 18, 2010 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Supreme Courtroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Shelby County Courthouse. Not only is this seminar essential for new admittees to the Bar, but every practicing attorney will find this seminar both entertaining and useful. For more details and to register now, click here.

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

by Annie T. Christoff, YLD Board Member & Annual Meeting Chair

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!

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. Contact the MBA office, 901.527.3573, to reserve your seat. 

MATA Proposals for Legal Services Due December 9

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.

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

November 11 through November 19

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

New 2010 Tennessee Community Property Trusts and Other Changes in Tennessee Trust Law
Sponsored by the Wills & Probate Law Section
Friday, November 12
1:30-4:45 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speaker: Steve McDaniel
3.0 hours general credit

The Legacy Family . . . A Family For the Generations
Friday, November 12
10-11 am
Evans Petree, 1000 Ridgeway Loop Rd., #200
Speakers: Lee Hausner, Ph.D. and Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M
1 hour general credit.

Professional Development for Success and Satisfaction: Individual Coaching for Attorneys
Monday, November 15
12-1 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Kathy Story, MA JD and Mary Jo Greil, EdD and certified master coach
1 hour dual credit

Living with Subpoenas
Sponsored by the Government Lawyers Section
Tuesday, November 16
12-1 pm
160 N. Main St., #660
Speaker: Eugene C. Gaerig
1 hour general credit

Giving Above and Beyond, The Power of Charitable Giving
Estate Planning Series - Sponsored by the Wills & Probate Law Section
Tuesday, November 16
1:30 - 4:45 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speakers: Landon Mills and Jim Whitehead, Shoemaker Financial
3 hrs general credit

Ownership Transition Planning
Wednesday, November 17
2-4 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: A. Neal Graham, Brent McDade and Tom Decosimo
2 hours general credit

Transitional Legal Education: Nuts & Bolts
Sponsored by the YLD and the TBA
Thursday, November 18
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave, Room 330
Various speakers
3 hours dual credit

Intellectual Property Section Seminar
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property & Entertainment Lawyers Section
Friday, November 19
4-5 p.m.
Memphis Music Foundation, 431 S. Main, #201
Speakers: Melody McAnally & John Miller
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. 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