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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

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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



Law Students “Give Back” During Spring Break

Last week, instead of taking time off to relax, 34 law students participated in an “alternative spring break” hosted by the University of Memphis Law School and the Public Action Law Society. 20 of the students were from the U of M; others hailed from law schools across the country including Gonzaga University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Tulsa, Loyola Chicago, University of Toledo, Campbell University, Chase College of Law, and Vanderbilt. The students had the choice of three different “tracks”: pro se divorce, advance directives and non-profit advocacy. The Community Legal Center partnered with PALS on the first track in which students assisted 34 pro se divorce couples. Memphis Area Legal Services partnered with PALS on the second track, which assisted over 60 elderly people needing advance directives at 6 different locations. Students in the third track developed a domestic violence prevention project for Court-Appointed Special Advocates; a protocol for doing criminal background checks for volunteers with Mid-South Literacy; and a proposal for Bank On Memphis with the RISE Foundation to encourage low-income people to use banks instead of pay-day lenders. The students worked under the supervision of licensed attorneys and also participated in workshops and tutorials in a number of legal subjects. The week concluded with a banquet featuring Mayor A C Wharton as the keynote speaker. The MBA’s Access to Justice Committee assisted with the recruitment of volunteer attorneys.
     This is the second year that PALS and the law school have used spring break to assist people who need legal help. Last year, 15 U of M students traveled to Miami, at their own expense, to help Haitians, who were stranded in the U.S. after the earthquake, apply for temporary protected status. Congratulations to PALS and the law school for a successful program!

“Day in the Life” Series Begins Thursday at the Law School

The “Day in the Life” series, sponsored by the MBA’s 13 sections, has its first program Thursday, March 17 from 4-5 p.m. at the law school. A happy hour will follow at the MBA office. The series features speakers from various sections talking about what they do during a typical day; the purpose is to acquaint law students with various types of practice and to offer them networking opportunities with Memphis lawyers. The Government Lawyers and Litigation Sections are providing speakers for Thursday’s program; the Bankruptcy and Business Law Sections will spearhead the April 21st program. The series is part of the MBA’s effort to work more closely and cooperatively with the law school. All attorneys (whether or not you are members of the Government Lawyers and Litigation Sections) are invited to the happy hour from 5-6 p.m. at the MBA. Law students are eager to talk to and learn from “real life” lawyers so please plan to come!

Our Condolences: Ray Michael Collins

Attorney Ray Michael Collins, who was a political science instructor and mock trial coach at the University of Memphis, died Sunday night, two days after his 57th birthday, after battling a long illness. A 1976 alumnus of the then Memphis State University, he began teaching at the U of M in 1999 and served as the undergraduate political science advisor for the past two years. Collins, who was still practicing law until his final days, often fought for fair housing and other social causes during his career. Funeral services will be held in his hometown in Middle Tennessee, but details are not yet finalized. The U of M mock trial team is also planning an on-campus memorial service for his students, colleagues and friends and will announce details as soon as those plans are confirmed.

Memphis in Mock Trial Spotlight!

U of M Team Takes National Title
The University of Memphis Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team won first place in the National Black Law Student Association's national mock trial competition. Instead of resting over spring break, the team traveled to Houston last week to compete against the top 18 teams from 6 different regions of the country. They went undefeated, beating teams from Texas Wesleyan, DePaul, Seattle, St. Mary's and Harvard on their way to winning the National Championship! This is the first time the school has ever won a mock trial competition and it is the school's first national championship in 15 years. The team members are LaChina Algers, Angela Harris, Chandra Madison, and Joseph McKinney. The team is coached by Melanie Stovall Murry and Bridgett Stigger.

White Station to Represent Tennessee at Nationals
Congrats to White Station High School's Green Team for finishing 1st at the Tennessee High School Mock Trial competition. They will represent Tennessee at the National Competition in Phoenix May 5-8. White Station's Gray Team finished 3rd and St. Mary's finished 9th. The WSHS Green and Gray teams are led by Buddy Bernstein, Head Coach; Jeremy Alpert & Mark Erskine, Prosecution Coaches; and Michelle Bernstein and Nicole Bermel, Defense Coaches.

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2011 Summer Law Intern Program are now available on either the MBA’s website, or by calling the MBA office (527.3573). Completed applications, which include an essay and a letter of reference, are due by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2011. The program is open to minority high school students in good standing who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August 2011 and who are residents of Shelby County. Internships are for a period of four weeks, June 13-July 8; interns must work a minimum of 60 hours during that period and, if they successfully complete the internship, they will receive a stipend.
     The Summer Law Intern Program seeks to develop and nurture an interest in the legal profession among young people from underrepresented groups, with the long-term goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Interns will get personal experience in the daily legal workplace of private law firms, corporate legal departments or government agencies. Interns also will participate in group activities on Friday afternoons during the program; these typically include a meeting with local judges; a Q&A with local attorneys; and a college/financial aid session for both the interns and their parents/guardian. 
     The MBA also is seeking workplaces to participate in this year’s program. If you or your firm is interested, please contact MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at 527.3573 or


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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

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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!

BLSA Collection Drive for HOPE House, March 24

The Black Law Students Association from the University of Memphis is sponsoring a Collection Drive for the HOPE House. The event will run through March 24th. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Hope House, it is a facility that is designed to meet the unique needs of children affected by HIV. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to the efforts of the HOPE House and to help make their job a little easier. Click here to view a wish list of items from Hope House. Items or donations may be dropped off at the University of Memphis School of Law or contact Angela Harris for pickup at

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).

Circuit Court, Division III, Notice

Judge Karen Williams is having knee surgery and will be off the bench for a period of six to ten weeks beginning April 6, 2011. Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark has designated Judge Lorrie K. Ridder as a special judge, and she will hear the dockets until Judge Williams returns.

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!

Family Law Day Experts, April 11

On Monday, April 11, the MBA Family Law Section will present "Family Law Day Experts" at the MBA office. Join the MBA Family Law Section for 6 hours CLE from various divorce/family law experts, including financial professionals, technology and investigative professionals, mental health professionals and child counseling specialists. FREE iPad drawing! (Compliments of DIRT - Divorce Information Retrieval Technology, LLC) Drawing at the seminar. Registration limited to MBA Conference Room, but available via webinar (and you may be entered in the IPAD drawing if you attend via webinar). Breakfast sponsored by DIRT, LLC and lunch sponsored by Federated P.I., LLC. The registration fee is $180 for MBA Family Law Section members paid by April 7. Look for more information soon or contact Lesia Beach to register.

Law Week 2011

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

Register Now for the 2011 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference!

The Bench Bar Conference has changed its name—to the Bench, Bar & Boardroom Conference! We want transactional attorneys to know that they are welcome and encouraged to attend and join in four days of excellent CLE programming, social and sports events, and relaxation time. This is a great opportunity for all attorneys to interact with each other—and with judges—in a casual atmosphere. It is the Bench Bar Committee’s belief that building relationships increases professionalism and camaraderie in the legal community. This year's conference will be held May 4-8 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort. For more details and to register now, click here.

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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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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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