In this issue...



About Our Sponsors

Enjoy Customized Banking from BankTennessee
Great solutions for you & your firm. From the Downtown Memphis BankTennessee Team. --Estate • Guardianship • Conservatorship --Dual Control • Escrow • Personal & Business --IOLTA • Merchant Card Services --Treasury Management • Remote Capture
Call Barbara Robbins at 901.316.2186.

IPSCO—Title Sponsor for Your Insurance Needs
IPSCO offers a full array of business insurance coverages underwritten by A+ A.M. Best-rated carriers. We also offer individual insurance coverages to meet the needs of members, their families, and their employees. Special disability and long-term care policies offer discounts available only through IPSCO. Phone - 901.761.2440, .

Classified Ads


Downtown law firm has office space available (lawyers and staff) with spectacular river view in secure building within walking distance to all courthouses. Contact office manager at with questions or inquiries.

Two Downtown Offices Available Now, either for two attorneys or attorney and secretary. Excellent location for criminal or civil practice. Rent includes parking, reception, phone, conference room. Contact Ellen Fite or Frank Holloman, 901.526.1088.

Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

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.

Interested in placing an ad in the Bar Bulletin? Click here to download the ad rate sheet and contract.



Seats Available at MBA Table for Tonight's AWA Banquet

The Memphis Bar Association has purchased a table for the AWA Annual Banquet on Thurs., Jan. 20 at the Racquet Club. There are 3 spaces still available, so if you are interested in attending the banquet and sitting at the MBA’s table, please email Anne Fritz at At the banquet, Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields will be presented with the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award and the AWA Scholarship Recipients will be introduced. The silent auction and cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:45 p.m.

Meeting Wednesday for Potential Mediator of the Day Volunteers

Mediators interested in participating in the Mediator of the Day Pilot Project are invited to a meeting next Wednesday, January 26th in the courtroom of Judge Deborah Henderson at 9 a.m. The Mediator of the Day program will function as a special docket each Wednesday in Judge Henderson’s Courtroom and will offer pro bono mediation services to those in need. It will be a great way for mediators to satisfy their pro bono mediator requirement! If you would like more information and are interested in attending, please contact Linda Warren Seely at 901.523.8822 or

YLD Needs Judges for Mock Trial Tournament

by Nicole M. Grida, Co-Chair of the YLD Public Service Committee

The Young Lawyers Division of the MBA is again looking forward to hosting the 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition at the Shelby County Courthouse. The YLD public service committee with the help of local White Station High School mock trial coach, Buddy Bernstein, has made an effort over the past year to encourage more schools to participate in the competition and to pair them up with local attorney coaches to teach them about legal issues and trial techniques. This effort has paid off with this year’s competition having 28 teams competing from 20 local high schools. This is a total of 6 more schools from last year’s competition, which also includes more public schools than in years past. More teams will also allow for more teams to advance to state competition than last year. 
     However, with more schools in the competition, the YLD needs more help from local attorneys than in years past! So please sign up today to judge a round of the competition by contacting Abby Webb, at, 901-328-8223. The YLD needs volunteer judges on the following dates: February 14, 15, 16, 17 and 22. Feel free to volunteer for more than one evening if you have time. While judging a round is a very interesting and fun way to spend some down time away from work, it is also a very worthwhile and great way to give back to your community. Mock trial is a excellent program that not only gives many high school students their first glance at the legal community, but also helps them develop skills and confidence making them successful in whatever profession they chose.

MBA Dues Reminder

CLE Coupon When Dues Paid by 1/31/11

Remember that if you pay your MBA dues by Jan. 31, you will receive a coupon good for $20 off any MBA seminar (including section-sponsored seminars and the 2011 Bench Bar Conference!) If you have not received a dues statement, please contact Charlotte Gean at 527.3573;

Make Your Hotel Reservation for the Bench Bar Conference!

The 2011 Bench Bar Conference will be here in a little over 3 months from now! By popular demand, the conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort. You can make your hotel reservation now by calling 800.380.4808 and using the reservation code X 1012. Rates begin at $106/night for a Summit studio and go up to $385 for a Tides 3-bedroom condo. All condos have a fully stocked kitchen and a private bathroom for each bedroom. There will be a sign-up list for those wishing to share a condo to reduce expenses.
     The Conference will again offer a full year’s worth of CLE credit – 15 hours including 3 hours of ethics credit. There will be “tracks” for bankruptcy attorneys, family law practitioners, trial attorneys, and transactional attorneys – everything from recognizing intellectual property issues to handling difficult discovery issues! Historian James H. Jones, who wrote the definitive book on the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment, will be on hand to discuss how good people end up doing bad things. In addition, there will be ample rest and relaxation time on the beach or the golf course for you and your family. Watch for the brochure in mid-February and make plans now to attend!

Black Student Association to Honor Judge Bernice Donald

The University of Memphis Black Student Association invites all members of the legal community to the 2011 Black History Month Opening Reception and Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony honoring Judge Bernice Donald on Tues., Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m., at the Michael D. Rose Theatre. The event is free and no RSVP is needed; however, the Multicultural Affairs Office (678. 2054) is keeping a list if you want to call and confirm your attendance.

Weirich Sworn In as District Attorney General

Amy Weirich was sworn in Tuesday as Shelby County District Attorney General. Weirich, the first woman to be the county’s top prosecutor, was sworn in by Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter. Governor Haslam will formally swear her in a public ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Memphis City Council Chambers. Weirich, 45, a state prosecutor since 1991, has been a division leader for the Special Prosecution Unit and the chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit. Click here to read more from The Commercial Appeal.

CLC Annual Report

The Community Legal Center, which provides pro bono legal services, as well as educational programs and clinics concerning legal issues, to persons of limited means in Shelby County, has published its 2010 Annual Report. Click here to download a copy.

back to top


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.

Historic Courthouse Tour, Today at Noon

Historian Jimmy Ogle will lead a free tour of the Shelby County Courthouse today at 12 pm. Learn about the architecture of the building and the famous figures who have walked its halls. The tour is open to the public. The tour starts on the southwest steps of building located at the corner of Second and Adams. However, if the weather is bad, the tour will begin just inside the southwest entrance near the security post.

AWA to Honor Judge Fields Tonight

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. The MBA has purchased a table for this event and still has a few seats available. Contact Anne Fritz at

"Conversations with Local Lawyers of Distinction" 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!

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!

The 2011 Bench Bar Conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL from May 4-8! Read more under Headlines above.

back to top

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!
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

MBA on Facebook


MBA on Twitter