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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.

Assistant Federal Defender—The Office of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Defender at the Jackson, Tenn. branch office. Assistant Federal Defenders provide legal representation to indigent persons charged with federal criminal offenses at both the district court and appellate levels. Applications are due January 14. To learn more about the position and how to apply, click here.

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Congrats to MALS on reaching its 2010 fundraising campaign goal!
Please see the ad in the left column for more details.

"Conversations with Local Lawyers of Distinction" Kicks Off with Houston Gordon, January 26

On Wednesday, January 26th, the MBA will host the first in a series of luncheon seminars entitled “Conversations with Local Lawyers of Distinction.” Prominent West Tennessee trial attorney, J. Houston Gordon, will serve as the first speaker in the series. The event will be held at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue,Ste 220) from noon to 1 pm, and attendees are asked to bring their lunch. The seminar will be an informal discussion with Gordon about his background, the development of his successful practice, significant cases that he has handled, his political career, and his philosophy respecting the practice of law. Among Gordon’s significant cases is the military tribunal appeal of Lt. William Calley during the Vietnam war. For more information about this seminar and to sign up, click here. Look for details regarding upcoming “Conversations with Local Lawyers of Distinction” coming soon!

Judges Needed for High School Mock Trial

The 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition will be held February 14-23 at the Shelby County Courthouse. The MBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking attorneys and judges to volunteer as judges from 5:30 pm to no later than 8 pm each evening. If you are available to judge a round, please contact Abby Webb at or 526-7399.

U of M Law School Names Scenic Reading Room for Alumnus

The fourth-floor reading room at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will soon bear a new name: the Gordon Ball Scenic Reading Room. Ball is a prominent Knoxville attorney who focuses his practice on consumer rights and antitrust class actions. Born in Cocke County, Tenn., he earned his law degree from the U of M in 1974. A formal naming ceremony for the room will be held in the near future.

Our Condolences

Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett's mother, Josephine Gaines Wade, died Thursday, January 6, 2011. Visitation will be Thursday, January 13, at St. John Baptist Church, 640 Vance Ave., from 5-7 p.m., and a funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, January 14, also at the church. Burial will be at the historic Elmwood Cemetery. For more details, click here or contact R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home at 901-526-3264.

Evelyn Lumbley Causey, the wife of retired attorney James D. Causey, died on January 12, 2011 after a long illness. Visitation will be on Friday, January 14 from 1 p.m. until service at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home with entombment to follow at Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that donations be made to the Paige Robbins Alzheimers Day Care. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at For more information, click here.

Pro Bono Opportunities Abound This Spring

attorneys, mediators & notaries needed

There are many upcoming opportunities to acquire the 50 hours of pro bono legal services encouraged by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Saturday Legal Clinics are held the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to noon at the main library located at 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys and support staff are needed to assist members of the public with their general legal matters. Typically more than 100 clients are served each time. Contact Linda Warren Seely (contact info below) for more information or just show up on Sat. You will be welcomed by a friendly group of attorneys who can help you get started.
     Attorneys are also needed each Thursday afternoon in room 134 of the Shelby County Courthouse for the Attorney for the Day program. Here, you can assist pro se litigants in General Sessions court with a variety of legal matters. Two attorneys are needed each Thursday from 1-4 pm to operate the clinic.
     Starting later this month, the Mediator for the Day program will begin in Judge Deborah Henderson’s courtroom. The program will function as a special docket each Wednesday. This offers mediators a great way to satisfy their pro bono mediator requirement and will provide pro se litigants a valuable resource to help them navigate the legal system.
     In March, the MBA Access to Justice committee, Association for Women Attorneys, Community Legal Center and Memphis Area Legal Services have teamed up with the law school to host an Alternative Spring Break program for the students. The effort is led by law student Grace Whiting who chairs the school’s Public Action Society. The group is working to develop a 3-track option for the students, offering assistance with family law issues, advance directives and non-profit research. Volunteer attorneys are needed to supervise the students, and notaries are needed to be on hand.
     Last but certainly not least, the Memphis Youth Court needs assistance from local attorneys. A project of four Memphis City Schools (Cordova, Hillcrest, Kirby & Whitehaven high schools) with help from Shelby County Juvenile Court, MALS and the MBA Access to Justice Committee—the Youth Court will provide an alternative sentencing mechanism for first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders who appear before and are sentenced by a jury of their peers.
     If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved with one of the programs described above, please contact Linda Warren Seely at 901.523.8822 or

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!

While the MBA Young Lawyers Division has had an active group on Facebook for some time, the MBA as a whole now has a Facebook fan page. Please visit the page and choose "like" to receive updates from the MBA. Facebook announcements include event and CLE listings; important court notices and schedule changes; and Memphis legal community news.
     Additionally, if you aren't already on Twitter, you should be, and you should be following the Memphis Bar at! Check out the live feeds of our Twitter and Facebook accounts in the right hand column of this page.

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.

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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.

Rotary's Dunavant Award Nominees due Jan. 15

The Rotary Club of Memphis East is seeking nominees for its 8th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award, an event that honors distinguished work by public officials. Honorees are selected in two categories, one for elected public officials and the other for non-elected public officials. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. Nominations can be made through forms on the Rotary website at To read more about the award and view a list of past recipients, visit .

GMPA Hosts Safety Seminar, January 19

Join Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance for a special January membership meeting on January 19, 2011, 11:30 - 1:00, at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. The cost is $20, which includes a buffet
lunch. Email for reservations or more information or visit
     Fundamental Crime Prevention & Safety Training (FCPST) is an independent organization of safety specialists who provide the highest standard of crime prevention education. Some of the topics covered are automobile safety; rape prevention; travel & hotel safety; abductions; home invasions; gang information and more. We encourage all members of the legal profession to join us for this informative safety presentation. (CLE credit is not offered for this meeting.)

AWA to Honor Judge Fields, January 20

The Association for Women Attorneys invites you to their Annual Meeting and Banquet honoring Judge Donna Fields as the 2010 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award recipient on Thursday, January 20th. The event will be held at The Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin Ave) starting with a silent auction and cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30 pm followed by dinner and the program at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $55 for AWA Members, $65 for Non-Members and $30 for Law Students. Please RSVP by January 17th to or (901) 524 – 5184. Mail check payable to: AWA. Mail to: Attention: Leah Hillis; 130 North Court Avenue; Memphis, Tennessee 38103.

YLD Happy Hour, January 27

The first Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour of 2011 will be held on Thursday, January 27th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bar None, located on Main where Circa used to be. The event is sponsored by Alpha Reporting Corp. This event is open to all members of the MBA.

U of M Law Review Spring Symposium, February 11 

The University of Memphis Law Review proudly announces its 2011 Spring Symposium, "Memphis in the Law." The symposium is scheduled for Friday, February 11, 2011 from 9-5 at the downtown Memphis location of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. This exciting event will highlight how Memphis' legal professionals have made an impact on the greater legal community. Attendees will be eligible for 5.92 hours of CLE credit. More information about the symposium, including registration information, is available at

Local High School Mock Trial, February 14-23

The 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition will be held February 14-23 at the Shelby County Courthouse. Look for more details under Headlines above.

Judges Needed for College Mock Trial , March 25-27

This year Memphis has been selected to host the Opening Rounds of the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held Friday, March 25th, Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th in the Shelby County Courthouse. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national event by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. This is a great opportunity to serve your profession, earn CLE credit, and have an enjoyable time watching talented young people wrestle with the complexities of the law. For more information, click here.

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

Upcoming Seminars

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Friday, January 28, 2011
12 - 1:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: John "Jack" S. Richbourg
1.5 hrs general CLE

Bench Bar Conference
May 4-8, 2011
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
More details & registration coming soon!
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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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