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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.

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


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



New MBA Website To Debut Next Week

Behind the scenes over the last few months, a new MBA website has been under construction. Next Thursday morning, the revamped will debut. Due to the switch, the site will temporarily be down beginning Wednesday afternoon and will reappear on Thursday morning. The new homepage will serve as a one-stop shop for all your MBA news, including upcoming events and CLE seminars, as well as state and national news. One of its most interesting and unique features is a live Twitter feed, and not just your typical Twitter feed. You will not only be able to follow our Twitter and Facebook posts live from our homepage, but you will also be able to see the feeds of those we follow categorized by "Legal News" and "State/National News." Among the organizations we follow are all the major news outlets both local and national, the TBA and the ABA, and local leaders such as Mayor A C Wharton. We are excited to bring you this new site and hope that it will be a valuable resource to you and your practice.

Volunteer During Law Week 2011

Events April 21- May 2

Law Week Calendar of Events

Law Week 2011 will get rolling Thursday, April 21st with the 4th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. The party will be held from 5-7 pm and attendees will enjoy free drinks, including Bosco's Beer; food by Just for Lunch;  and music by the Paul Taylor Jazz Trio.  All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Mid-South Food Bank to the event. There are three volunteer opportunities during Law Week 2011. The first is Monday, April 25th at the Mid-South Food Bank's sorting warehouse.  Volunteers are needed to help sort canned goods during 1/2 day shifts. Then on Wednesday, April 27th, members of the Young Lawyers Division will answer the public's legal questions live on WREG News Channel 3 from 4-6:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to take calls. Law Week will wrap up with the Naturalization Ceremony at the Cannon Center on Monday, May 2nd at 10 am. At the ceremony, hundreds of new citizens will be sworn in, and volunteers are needed to hand out programs and American flags to the participants. To volunteer to assist with any of these events, please see the complete Law Week schedule for details.

Memorial Statements Needed for Law Week Service

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Tues., April 26, noon, Calvary Episcopal Church. This year's honorees include:

Jim Balentine (3/31/2011)
James E. “Jeb” Blount  (2/22/2011)
Frederick T. Carney  (11/19/2010)
Charles Pittman Cobb  (6/1/2010)
Pamela Cobb  (12/21/2010)
Ray Michael Collins  (3/13/20 l1)
Charles R. “Ronnie” Curbo  (9/10/2010)     
Charles Metcalf Crump  (8/9/2010)
Don A. Dino ( 10/17/2010)
Francis E. Dichtel  (12/31/2010)
Wayne Emmons  (9/10/2010)
B.R. “Bill” Hester  (8/6/2010)
William H.D. Fones, Sr.  (12/23/2010) 
Sylvia Abraham Holder  (9/28/2010)
James Bishop Johnson  (8/16/2010)
Paul E. Lewis  (4/30/2010)
Eugene D. Lyne  (11/27/2010)
Crawford McDonald  (2/26/2011)
Henry Warren Miller, Jr.  (1/1/2011)
Dan Stewart Murrell  (12/5/2010))
William Ernest Norcross  (1/1/2011)
William Wheeler Parish  (1/15/2011)
Philip L. Peeler  (5/13/2010)
Robert Everett Rose  (2/7/2011)
Father Joseph Laughlin Tagg III  (3/19/2011)
James Minor Tait, Jr.  (5/8/2010)


If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes or 901.527.3573.

Access to Justice Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

The Memphis Bar Association's Access to Justice (A2J) Committee is one of the collective winners of the library's Civic Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was presented last weekend in a ceremony at the main library in recognition of the monthly Saturday Legal Clinic held at the library. Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., and the Memphis Paralegal Association jointly received the award alongside the A2J Committee.
     The A2J Committee connects legal professionals with those in need in our community. In addition to the pro bono services given to dozens of Memphians through the Saturday Legal Clinic each month, the A2J Committee also sponsors the weekly Attorney for the Day program, the Advance Directives Initiative, and case-by-case pro bono assistance. Its programs help people keep their housing, settle custody cases, create parenting plans, handle financial distress, prepare wills and much more. Legal professionals who volunteer through A2J programs are covered by professional liability insurance, select the cases and time commitment that appeal to them, follow up at their discretion, have the opportunity to train in a new legal specialty, network in a collegial atmosphere, and receive CLE credit. For more information on the A2J Committee and to get involved, contact the MBA office at 901.527.3573 and ask for A2J.

Group Savings–2011 Grizzlies Playoff Home Games 1 & 2

The Grizzlies is offering MBA members discounted prices on Grizzlies 2011 NBA Playoff tickets with no service charge by following the simple steps below. Since the game date and opponent won’t be known until later, you can still secure the best seats by selecting your desired Round 1 home game 1 or 2 to attend. As the Grizzlies advance, more games will be added to our link. It’s time to get behind your team and believe Memphis! The discounted prices are below. To order your tickets online, go to and type <Memphis> into the "Special Offer Code" box and click "Verify." If you have an account; use your e-mail address and password. If not, go to “Create an Account” box on the right hand side, type your e-mail address and click “Sign Up Now.” Select your seats and tickets will be e-mailed to you. No Ticketmaster fees. If you have questions, please contact Dan Dial at 901.205.1473 or via e-mail at

Location            Gate Price     Your Price
Courtside          $252              $200
Plaza III              $90                $75
Plaza IV             $68                 $55
First TN Club    $109              $85
Terrace I            $52                $40
Terrace III          $19                $15

Two Reasons to Register Now for the Bench Bar Conference!

If you register on or before April 22, you will receive a free 2011 Bench Bar Conference t-shirt…plus you’ll save $50 by registering before the “late fee” kicks in! You can use the registration form in the brochure or go to to register online. And remember, if you paid your dues early and received the $20 CLE discount coupon, you can use it for the Conference!
     Also, if you plan to attend the Conference, make your room reservation at Tops’l ASAP. Call 1.800.380.4808 and use the code X1012. Contact Lesia Beach (260.3275; if you are interested in sharing a ride or condo. 

Summer Intern Program Deadline Tomorrow

The deadline to submit applications for the 2011 Summer Law Intern Program has been extended until tomorrow, April 15th at 5 pm. Please help us spread the word. For more information on the program and to download an application, click here.

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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.

Bike the Greenline to Shelby Farms for the Earth Day Festival, April 17

Open to all levels of bikers! Bring your family and friends and join the Wellness Committee for a bike ride along the Greenline to Shelby Farms to enjoy the new playground and Earth Day Festival.  There will be two guided bike rides to Shelby Farms:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Meet Christy Washington at the Tillman Street Entrance. For more information, please email Christy Washington at or call (901) 371-9197.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Meet Tim and Erin Hughes at the High Point Terrace Entrance. For more information, please email Erin Hughes at

Christy, Tim, and Erin have been biking the Greenline since it opened, and they want to share the experience with you. Come join us! For more information about the Earth Day Festival, go to . Shelby Farms is even offering bicycle valet parking! For information about the Greenline, go to . For bike rentals, call Midtown Bike Co. at (901) 522-9757 or go to

Event Salutes Dr. Hooks' Legacy, April 17

Greater Middle Baptist Church invites members of the Memphis Bar Association to “A Light Burns on the Legacy of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks” on Sunday, April 17th at 3:30 pm. Hosted by Reverend Robert L. Mason, the event will be held at the church located at 4982 Knight Arnold Road.

“Business Entities: 101” Paralegal CLE on April 20

Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance welcomes Michael Flynn, Esq. who will present “Business Entities: 101” on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 11:30 - 1:00. You and your paralegal can benefit from this informative CLE even if you do not practice in corporate or business law. Mr. Flynn will discuss business entity formation; considerations of entity type; required documents for filing; name and trademark considerations; foreign jurisdiction qualifications/registrations; amendments to original formation documents; dissolution/withdrawals; annual reports; and mergers. Mr. Flynn is an account executive with CT Corporation who assists clients with corporate compliance and governance. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago-School of Law. The cost is $20 for GMPA members and $25 for non-members, which includes a buffet lunch at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave., Memphis, Tenn. One hour of NALA approved general CLE credit is offered. Email for reservations. Visit for more information.

Law Week 2011

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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.

Community Legal Center 11th Annual Fundraiser, June 2

Join the Community Legal Center on June 2nd at Theatre Memphis (630 Perkins Ext.) for the performance of “Crazy For You.” Starting at 6 pm, there will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The play begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go to the Community Legal Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation in civil matters to persons who are not able to afford private legal counsel, as well as educational programs to help clients understand more about their legal rights and obligations. For more information and to purchase a ticket, contact Meg Jones at 901-544-7000.

TN Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner, October 4

Save the Date for the Sixth Annual Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Hilton Downtown Nashville (121 4th Avenue South) featuring Sam Elliott on Tennessee’s Confederate Courts.

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Social Branding: The Client Experience
Sponsored by the IP/Entertainment Law Section
Thursday, April 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Tim Nicholson, Bigfish Creative
1 hr dual CLE credit

Understanding Basic Financial Statements and Accounting Fraud Schemes
Tuesday, April 19
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: William W. Acuff, Decosimo Advisory Services
2 hrs general CLE credit

FMLA Compliance: What Employers Need to Know
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Wednesday, April 20
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Whitney Harmon, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
1 hr general CLE credit

Immigration Issues in Litigation
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Monday, April 25
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Allison Wannamaker and Rehim Babaoglu, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell
1 hr general CLE credit

Law Practice Management for All Lawyers
Sponsored by the YLD
Thursday, April 28
4:30 - 5:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Larry Rice, Rice Amundsen & Caperton
1 hr CLE credit (pending)
A Happy Hour will follow at Felicia Suzanne's. This event is sponsored by the MBA Access to Justice Committee as part of Law Week 2011. Click here for more Law Week details. 

Bench Bar Conference
May 4-8, 2011
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.
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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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