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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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YLD Annual Meeting & Elections Today!

All are invited to attend the 2010 Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting & Elections today from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Alfred's on Beale (197 Beale St. at Third St.). The event features live music, dinner, wine, beer and well drinks. At the event, YLD members will cast their ballots for the 2011 Officers and YLD Board of Directors as well as select either Judge Donna Fields or Judge Diane Vescovo as the recipient of the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year. The polls will close at 6:30 pm and the results will be announced shortly thereafter. To read more about the event, click here. If for some reason you are unable to make it to the meeting or you are afraid you might not make it there before the polls close, absentee ballots are available. Click here to read about the candidates and then download a ballot.
     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. To read more about the candidates, click here.

MBA Annual Meeting, December 2

Event Moves Out East to The Racquet Club, Election Ballots Due Nov. 26

Join the MBA on Thursday, December 2nd for the 2010 Annual Meeting. The event will be held from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin) in east Memphis. Tickets for the seated lunch are $35, and tables of 10 are available. At the event, the results of the MBA elections will be announced and the annual Lawyer's Lawyer and Sam A. Myar awards will be presented. To reserve your seat now, click here.
       If you are a MBA member and have not yet voted in the election, be sure to submit your online ballot by 5 pm on Friday, November 26, 2010. The ballots were emailed to all MBA members last Friday. If you did not receive the ballot or are having trouble accessing the online form, please contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573. Click here to view the final slate of candidates for the 2010 MBA Board of Directors. 
       For more information or questions about the event, please call the MBA office at 901.527.3573.

2011 Bench Bar Conference Returning to Tops’l!

You, the people, have spoken—so the 2011 Bench Bar Conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL from May 4-8! The Conference will focus on how the economy is affecting clients’ expectations of lawyers and how lawyers can adapt to meet those changing expectations. There will be programming for everyone, regardless of your practice area: civil litigation, family law, transactional law, criminal law, ADR, bankruptcy, intellectual property or labor/employment. Along with the usual (white sand beach, sparkling blue water, social and sports events, hospitality suite, etc.), there are several new “tweaks” this year, including a pre-conference “event” to build interest in the conference; room sharing and ride sharing lists to reduce the cost of attending; and “dine arounds” at the conference so you can meet and get to know your colleagues. Mark the dates now and make plans to attend the 2011 Bench Bar Conference!

Looking for a Gift Idea for the Lawyer(s) in Your Life?

The MBA still has several copies of “Bluff City Barristers”, a fascinating history of the Memphis legal profession written by attorney John Thomason. This coffee-table book will make a handsome addition to any home or office, and is now selling for $25. To order a book, contact the MBA office at 527.3573.
     Also, if you’ve misplaced your Pictorial Directory (or never received one), there are many directories still available. They are free to MBA members and $5 to non-members. Call or stop by the MBA office to pick up your copy.

Historic Courthouse Tour, Today at Noon

At noon today, historian Jimmy Ogle will lead a tour of the Shelby County Courthouse (140 Adams Avenue). The tour is open to the public and lasts about an hour. Tours begin on the southwest steps of the Courthouse at Second and Adams, just outside the main entrance. Please spread the word! Public tours of the Courthouse are held at noon on the third Thursday of each month.

Congratulations to Judge Kennedy on 30 Years of Service!

On Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David S. Kennedy was surprised by his staff and fellow judges with a party to celebrate his 30 years on the bench. Appointed in 1980, Judge Kennedy spoke to Jonathan Devin of The Commercial Appeal about the dramatic changes in bankruptcy law over the past three decades, noting the 2005 changes in particular. "The legislation that was enacted in October of 2005 was very significant," Kennedy said. "It was over 500 pages of legislation that made overwhelming changes in our nation's bankruptcy laws. Many of them were controversial." To read more from The Commercial Appeal, click here.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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 today 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 30

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