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Bench Bar & Boardroom a Success!
by John Cannon, MBA President
I have just returned from a very successful Bench Bar and Boardroom Conference in Destin. If you did not attend, you missed a number of great seminars, wonderful receptions, and beautiful weather on the beach. The conference ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of the MBA staff—Anne Fritz, Lesia Beach, Mary Lynes, and Charlotte Gean. I wish to thank our attendees, sponsors, and most importantly the Bench Bar and Boardroom Conference Committee, chaired by Judge Donna Fields and Cindy Pensoneau, as well as the co-chairs of the CLE portion of the conference, Erin Shea and Judge Charmiane Claxton. I also want to thank Tim Johnson for tolerating everyone at the hospitality suite and for organizing the beach volleyball tournament and Maureen Holland for organizing and presiding over the fun run/walk.
A to J Committee Gears Up for Flood Relief Assistance
The Access to Justice Committee is preparing to assist area residents affected by the flood with their legal needs, including filing for disaster relief through FEMA. A 2-hour seminar to train volunteer attorneys will be scheduled later this month; the seminar will be free for those willing to provide 3 hours of pro bono service. The TBA will host a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13 that will discuss issues related to contractor/home repairs in Tennessee. This free webinar, which will help attorneys handle disaster-related pro bono cases, is accredited for 1 hour of CLE credit. To register, click here.
Visitation Today for William Walsh
Attorney William Maginnis Walsh, 90, passed away on Wednesday. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 12, at Canale Funeral Directors, with the rosary at 6:45. The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 13 at St. Peter Catholic Church with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery.
U.S. Attorney Stanton Announces New Appointments
Ed Stanton, U.S. attorney for the Western Division of Tennessee, has completed a reorganization of the federal prosecutor's office that began last year with creation of a civil rights unit and hiring of additional lawyers to handle appeals. In the new appointments, Stanton named veteran federal prosecutor Larry Laurenzi as executive assistant U.S. attorney, Michell Kimbril-Parks as first assistant, Joe Murphy as Criminal Division chief, Jerry Kitchen as chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, Kevin Ritz as special counsel and criminal appellate chief, and Vic Ivy as branch chief of the Jackson office. Harriett Halmon continues as chief of the Civil Division.
Online Tennessee Justice Website Is Now Active
OnlineTNJustice.org, a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association, is now up and running, with more than 250 attorneys signed up to answer legal questions online. The website is based on the walk-in clinic or dial-a-lawyer model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Lawyers provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. The website was created to eliminate barriers to lawyer pro bono, such as geographical location, work schedule or family obligations, expand pro bono to rural areas of Tennessee, and provide assistance to eligible Legal Aid clients who are turned away because of a lack of resources.
SLIP Workplaces Needed!
More workplaces are needed for the Summer Law Intern Program, June 13-July 8. Interns – minority high school students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school -- are required to work 15 hours a week during that 4-week period and to adhere to the other requirements of the program. If they successfully complete the internship, they receive a $500 stipend, which is usually paid by the workplace. Workplaces are asked to mentor the intern and let him/her “shadow” attorneys to learn about the real world practice of law. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can provide a workplace, but can’t pay the $500 stipend, some money is available to cover that cost.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
Bike Ride on the Greenline, May 14
Open to all levels of bikers! Bike part or all of the Greenline as you join the Wellness Committee for a bike ride on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Friends and families are welcome. Meet Christy Washington at 10:00 a.m. at the High Point Terrace Entrance. For more information, please email Christy Washington at email@example.com or call (901) 371-9197. If it rains, the bike ride will be cancelled. Come and enjoy a scenic ride through the heart of Memphis!
AWA Fashion Show Set for May 19
The AWA’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at Roadshow BMW Mini, 405 N. Germantown Parkway. Food and libations begin at 6 p.m., with the show starting promptly at 8 pm. (Rumor has it that MBA President John Cannon is one of the models!) There will be a cash bar and complimentary valet parking. The MBA has purchased a table for this event; if you are interested in sitting at it, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockin' Running Tour of Downtown, May 21
Come join the MBA wellness committee on a running tour of downtown Memphis Saturday May 21 at 9:00am. The run will cover about 3 miles starting at The Peabody Hotel and will pass by some of the greatest landmarks, tourist attractions and points of interest Memphis has to offer. The tour guide will be provided by Rockin' Running Tours and includes a t-shirt, photo, and post run refreshment. Cost is $20-25 depending on number of participants. For more information or to register please call Nelson Adrian 684-3209 or email Ashley Jones at email@example.com.
Conflict Resolution Center of the Mid-South Grand Opening, May 27
The Conflict Resolution Center of the Mid-South is located in Central Station, 545 South Main, and its grand opening is scheduled for Friday, May 27 from 5-9 pm during the monthly South Main Trolley night. The festivities also include a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Adelman Law Firm. Rebecca Adelman is the principal of Adelman Law Firm, and she is also launching the mediation practice.
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.
YLD Golf Tournament
On June 24, 2011, the YLD will host its annual Golf Tournament at Glen Eagle Golf Course located in Millington, Tennessee. Tee time is at 1:00 p.m. for this “shotgun start.” Managed by the Navy Golf Program, Glen Eagle Golf Course features rolling hills, magnificent fairways, and well-maintained greens. The course provides an exciting play for golfers of any skill level. At only 20 minutes from downtown Memphis and a registration fee of $65 per person, the Golf Tournament is both conveniently located and affordable. Plus, proceeds from the Tournament will go to benefit the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club. Prizes will also be awarded to our top finishers, as well as for the longest drive and closet to the pin, just to name a few. So, whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament for you, as good times will be had by all.
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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