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Office Phones—The MBA recently got a new telephone system. The old phones are in good working order and available for purchase. Please contact Lesia Beach ( ; 260-3275) if you are interested.


Attorney Office Space Available—Downtown, furnished, phone, fax, kitchen and receptionist included. Opportunity for case referrals. 246.2163

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.


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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



Three Memphis Teams Headed to State Mock Trial

Congrats to the Gray team from White Station High School (WSHS), winner of the 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition! St. Mary’s Episcopal School placed second with the Green team from White Station taking third. The Gold team from St. George’s Independent School placed fourth. The top three teams are headed to Nashville for the State Tournament next weekend.
     The WSHS Gray and Green teams are led by Buddy Bernstein, Head Coach; Jeremy Alpert & Mark Erskine, Prosecution Coaches; and Michelle Bernstein and Nicole Bermel, Defense Coaches. The St. Mary’s team is coached by Jennifer Nichols.
     A special thanks to Judge John Fowlkes; Judge Camille McMullen; John Cannon; Kyle Wiggins; Stacie Winkler; and Lisa Overall for judging the Championship Round. Thanks also to everyone who volunteered to judge earlier rounds, and thanks to Nicole Grida and Abby Webb, who chaired the competition. We’d also like to thank the judges at the Shelby County Courthouse who generously allowed us to use their courtrooms for the competition.
     Best of luck to these Memphis teams in Nashville!

Our Condolences—Bill Key

Bill Key, 79, who spent 16 years as the Shelby County Criminal Court clerk, died early Wednesday morning from complications related to Parkinson's disease. Details regarding the funeral arrangements are not yet available. Click here to visit The Commercial Appeal's website for more information. to Offer Pro Bono Advice

A joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association, will provide a way for attorneys to offer free legal advice and counsel to members of the public in a confidential manner. The website was created to eliminate barriers to lawyer pro bono (such as geographic location, work schedule or family obligations), expand pro bono to the most rural areas of Tennessee, and increase assistance to eligible Legal Aid clients who are turned away because of a lack of resources. 
     Members of the public must meet certain eligibility requirements before they can pose a question online about a civil legal problem. Questions are answered by private attorneys volunteering their time. Only the name of the client is shared with the volunteer attorney and the lawyer’s name is not shared with the client. Volunteer lawyers can log into the system at any time to answer questions and will receive CLE credit for the time they spend researching and answering questions. They will be covered by professional liability insurance maintained by TALS.
     The website is scheduled to go live in late March 2011. Additional information will be posted in the Bar Bulletin and the MBA website as it becomes available. Dell, Microsoft, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, and the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission have all provided critical support for this project.

Supreme Court Abolishes Mandatory Mediation in Workers’ Compensation Appeals

In an order issued March 2, the Tennessee Supreme Court has repealed Rule 37, which established a mandatory mediation program for appeals in workers’ compensation cases. In 2004, the General Assembly amended TCA §50-6-225(a) to require parties to participate in mediation prior to filing a workers’ compensation civil action. The Court had previously concluded that requiring a second mediation as a part of the appeals process was unduly burdensome on the litigants. For all pending appeals governed by Rule 37, but in which the mediation process was not completed as of the filing of the order, the mediation process may be terminated, and the mediator and the parties are relieved of their responsibility to make any post-mediation filing previously required by Rule 37, §11. Rule 37’s repeal does not relieve the parties of their liability for payment of the cost of services rendered by a mediator pursuant to the Rule; Rule 37, §10 shall continue to apply to all cases in which such payment has not been made as of the filing of this order.

Save Money on Multiple Bench Bar Registrations

A new twist for the 2011 Bench Bar Conference: When more than two people from the same firm or company register together for the Conference, you’ll save money! Here’s how it works: The first two registrants from the same firm or company will each pay the regular registration fee (the fee varies based on years of practice). The third (and subsequent) registrants from the same firm or company are then eligible for a discounted registration fee—$50 off the usual price! The only requirement is that multiple registrants must register together; this insures that we keep the bookkeeping straight. So whether you’re in a large firm, corporate legal department, or share office share with a few attorneys, get more than two to register and you can save money!


The Memphis Bar Association is in the process of forming a new Technology Section. The goal of this proposed Section is to provide attorneys of the Memphis Bar with the resources and tools necessary to understand technology. CLEs and other resources will be aimed at understanding technology, eDiscovery, use of technology in the courtroom, answering your client’s law-related technology questions, data security, cloud computing, eCommerce, social networking, and more. If you are interested in being involved with this Section or want additional information, please contact Blake Gibson, Pietrangelo Cook PLC (; 685-2662).

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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 Signing for Judge McCalla's New Book, March 12

On Saturday, March 12th, a book signing will be held at 1 p.m. at Davis-Kidd Booksellers (387 South Perkins Extd) for Judge Jon P. McCalla's book, "Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County." Judge McCalla edited the book along with Managing Editor Penny Saucier Gloves and Co-Editors Ruth Blakey Billingsley and Louise Wooldridge Rhodes. The book begins with a brief sketch of the pre-history of the area and, through a series of articles and interviews, tells in detail the story of the people, enterprises and churches of the area. The book serves as the first comprehensive history of the towns and farms of this largely rural area.  All proceeds go to a not-for-profit, Historic Archives of Rosemark and Environs, Inc., for the preservation of historic information and archival material from teh northeast Shelby/southeast Tipton County area.
     For more information regarding the event, visit, and for more information regarding the book, visit

Bench Bar Happy Hour March 24th at Sharky's!

The MBA Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with the 2011 Bench Bar Committee is bringing the beach to the bar on Thursday, March 24th with a pre-conference Happy Hour at Sharky's in east Memphis. Whether you plan to attend the conference or not, you don't want to miss this night out with the Memphis legal community. Sponsored by BankTennessee and IPSCO, free drinks will be offered for a portion of the event. Look for more details soon and read more about the 2011 Bench Bar Conference below!

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.

Camp TLAP 2011 Scheduled from April 1-3

Camp TLAP 2011 will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park from Friday night, April 1 through Sunday morning, April 3. Topics include anger management for trial lawyers and others; healing a devastating grief; and everything you ever wanted to know about TLAP and discipline. The Saturday night banquet speaker is Michael Cohen, Executive Director of the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program, and a member of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. The registration fee is $100, which includes 3 hours of E&P CLE credit. For more information, contact the TLAP office ( ; 615-741-3238; 877-424-TLAP).

Race Judicata, April 9

Mark your calendar for the Race Judicata 5K on Saturday evening, April 9th at the University of Memphis School of Law. Proceeds from the race go to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. More details coming soon!

Law Week 2011

Mark your calendars for Law Week, April 25-29. More details coming soon!

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!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

DUI Legislative Update
Thursday, March 24, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Stephen Leffler, Leffler Law Office
1.0 hr general CLE credit
The Chandler Bankruptcy Amendments
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, March 25, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 pm
200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speaker: Hon. David S. Kennedy, U. S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
1.0 hr general CLE credit
RPC 2.0: The 2011 Revisions to Tennessee's Legal Ethics Rules
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
1:00 - 4:15 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speakers: Lucian Pera, Adams and Reese, LLP; Bruce Smith, Apperson Crump, PLC; and James A. Vick, Board of Professional Responsibility
3.0 hrs dual CLE credit

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