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Rumor has it that Southwest Airlines has flights from Nashville to Panama City for as low as $88 one way. Check it out at www.southwest.com and book your flight now for the 2011 Bench Bar Conference, May 4-8 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida. Look for more details on the conference and how to make hotel reservations under Calendar below. Also, check the Bar Bulletin each week for more Bench Bar Bargain alerts!
Online Scheduling for Uncontested Divorces Available Monday
As of Monday, February 7, 2011, Uncontested Divorce hearings can be scheduled on-line via the Circuit Court Clerk's website, http://circuitcourt.shelbycountytn.gov/index.htm . Most recently, during the test phase, this feature was only available at public access terminals located in room 208 at the courthouse. Contact Lynn Zills at (901)545-5057 or email@example.com for more information.
ABA President Visits Memphis
The MBA welcomed American Bar Association President Stephen Zack to Memphis on Monday with a reception at the University of Memphis School of Law. Earlier Monday, he, Rep. Steve Cohen, MBA President John Cannon, MALS Executive Director Harrison McIver and other local leaders met with interns from the MBA’s Summer Law Intern Program, encouraging them to pursue careers in the legal field.
Fundraising Begins for Judge Pugh Portrait
Money is being raised to commission a portrait of retired General Sessions-Criminal Court Judge Ann Pugh. The estimated cost is $5,000. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. The checks can be made payable to and mailed to either Randall Pierce; Attorney at Law; 294 Washington Avenue; Memphis, TN 38103; or Linda L. Holmes; Attorney at Law; 202 Adams Avenue; Memphis, TN 38103.
U of M Mock Trial Team Advances to National Finals
For the second consecutive year, a team from the University of Memphis School of Law has advanced to the national finals of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial tournament. The U of M team, consisting of law students Joseph McKinney, Chandra Madison, Angela Harris, and LaChina Algers, recently finished a close second in the regional competition, sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association. The U of M defeated teams from the University of North Carolina, Samford University, the University of Miami, and Faulkner University to reach the national finals. They were coached by Associate University Counsel Melanie Murry, aided by recent law graduate Bridgett Stigger. The team will compete in the national finals March 9-13 in Houston. The top three teams from each of the six NBLSA regions will vie for the national title.
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Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
Estate Planning Seminar, February 3
SunTrust Private Wealth Management, the Memphis Bar Association and MIFA cordially invite you to an Estate Planning Seminar on Thursday, February 3rd from 4:30-6:30 pm at The Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin). Steve Salley and Jay Cloud of GenSpring Family Offices will present “Fiduciary Liability and Trust Ownership of Family Businesses.” The seminar offers 1.5 CLE credit hours. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.681.4178.
AWA Banquet Rescheduled for February 3
The AWA Annual Banquet originally scheduled for Thursday, January 20 will be held tonight, Thursday, February 3, at the Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin). 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.
Mike Cody 4 Mile Classic, February 5
This Saturday, February 5, the Mike Cody 4 mile road race will be held at 9 am on and around the Rhodes College Campus beginning at Mallory Gymnasium. The race benefits the Rhodes College Cross Country/Track & Field Teams. For more information, click here.
U of M Law Review Spring Symposium, Feb. 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 University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The 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 http://www.memphis.edu/lawreview/symposium.php
Volunteer at High School Mock Trial, Feb. 15-23
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.
Real Estate and Environmental Section Seminar, Feb. 16
Bob Pinstein, Partner at Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor and Matthews, PLC will be speaking on "Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing". The seminar will be held in the Marsh conference room at 1000 Ridgeway Loop Dr. on Wednesday, February 16th. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30. The seminar offers 1 hour of dual CLE credit. For more information, click here.
Chili Cook-off to Support Pam Cobb Scholarship Fund, Feb. 19
In November, 2010, paralegal Pam Cobb was honored with the formation of a scholarship fund in her name by Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance (GMPA). Pam passed away in December after a long illness. She was a long time member and past president of GMPA and of the Memphis Harley Owners Group (HOG). Pam was passionate about the paralegal profession and Harleys! To honor Pam and support the Pam Cobb Scholarship Fund, Memphis HOG along with Bumpus Harley-Davidson are holding their Annual Chili Cook-off and Men's Dessert Bake-off, where all proceeds will benefit the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund. The event will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis, 2160 Whitten Rd
YLD Happy Hour and Basketball Draft, February 25th
The YLD is proud to announce the return of the MBA-YLD Basketball Law League. For those eager to showcase their talents on the hardwood or to relive their basketball glory days while burning a few calories before Bench Bar, please join us Friday, February 25, 2011, at the Flying Saucer for the YLD Happy Hour/Basketball Draft. The Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Draft begins at 6:00 p.m. Even if you do not intend to play, please come to the Happy Hour/Basketball Draft on February 25th and support your fellow colleagues as they begin their road to the championship. If you are signing up a team or if you plan to enter the Draft, please contact Tim Johnson at 685-2662 or email@example.com as soon as possible. You can also contact David McKinney at 322-4465 or Jake Dickerson at 577-8236 if you are interested in playing. You do not have to wait for the Draft to sign up! The games are usually held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at either Grace-St. Luke's Church or Independent Presbyterian Church.
American Mock Trial Association National Championship, 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.
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.
Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Client Due Diligence
Home Loan Modifications for Debtors in Bankruptcy
The Nuts & Bolts of Medicare Set Asides
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