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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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The MBA office will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ballots for MBA Election Due Friday

Election Results will be announced December 2nd at The Racquet Club.

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.

YLD Annual Meeting Posters Still Available

Posters from the 2010 Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting & Elections held at Alfred's on Beale on November 18th are still available for $20. The signed posters feature artwork by Memphis artist David Lynch ( and proceeds will help offset the costs of the annual event. To purchase a poster, stop by the MBA office at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, or call 901.527.3573.

MBA Helps Food Bank, Youth Villages

Last week, the MBA responded to the Mid-South Food Bank’s call for turkeys to serve needy families this holiday season, donating $2,500 to help meet the need. A check was delivered to the Food Bank on Friday to help the organization acquire over 500 turkeys. To offset the cost, the MBA is seeking donations from its members: a donation of $15 would cover the cost of turkeys for 3 families; $25 would cover the cost of 5 turkeys. If you would like to donate, please make your check payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation and send it to Anne Fritz at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103 . The Memphis Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions.
     In addition, the Board voted to be “Holiday Heroes” for a cottage of 12 boys at Youth Villages. “Holiday Heroes” provide presents for each child from his “wish list”; the presents will be distributed at a party on Dec. 16 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please make your check payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation and send it to the address above.

Judge Donald to Receive ABA Honor

The American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession will present its 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award to Judge Bernice B. Donald of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The award will be presented Feb. 12, during the 2011 ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta. "Her accomplishments as a jurist, and as a woman of color in a challenging, competitive profession have demonstrated a commitment to excellence, and to promoting a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession," Commission Chair Fred W. Alvarez said. "She has held herself to the highest standards, and modeled a dedication to justice to which every lawyer can and should aspire." Donald has served as a federal district court judge since 1996, and was the first African American female named a federal district court judge in the Western District of Tennessee. She is the current secretary of the ABA. To read more, visit This story is from the TBA Today.

Access to Justice Holiday Party

On December 11th, the MBA Access to Justice Committee will host a holiday party from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for Saturday Legal Clinic and Attorney of the Day volunteers. The event will be held on the first floor of the Ben Hooks Public Library. There will be no official program at the event, just food and fellowship. For more information, contact Nancy Morrow at

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.

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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.

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 Dec. 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!

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!

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CLE Seminars

November 24 through December 3

Internet Search Engine Marketing - Client Development: How to Use The Internet to Grow Your Practice
Wednesday, December 1
12-1 pm
MBA Office
Speaker: Brian Farrell, LexisNexis
1 hour general credit

Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar
Friday, December 3
8:45 am – 4 pm
FedEx Institute of Technology-The Zone
University of Memphis, 330 Innovation Dr
Various Topics & Speakers
6 hours total credit: 2 dual / 4 general

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.
Click here to register for online course and to purchase ALI-ABA products:  
Click here to view the available ALI-ABA live courses and webcasts:

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

Pro Bono & Volunteer Opportunities

Public Resources - Legal

Attorney Career Center

Memphis Mediator Search 

Quick Links

The Bar Bulletin

CLE Information

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

Leadership Forum

MBA Membership Application

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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