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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.
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.
OnlineTNJustice.org to Offer Pro Bono Advice
A joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association, OnlineTNJustice.org 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.
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In an order issued March 2, the Tennessee Supreme Court has repealed Rule 37, which established a mandatory mediation program for appeals in workers’ compensation cases.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!
New MBA TECHNOLOGY SECTION Forming
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 (email@example.com; 685-2662).
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ; 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.
DUI Legislative Update
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