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Court Proposes Amendments to Rules of Practice & Procedure
On Friday, the Tennessee Supreme Court released proposed 2012 amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure, with a comment deadline of Oct. 28. Proposed changes include the following:
Tip Fund for Little Tea Shop Employees
Due to the recent hospitalization of Suhair Lauck’s husband, Jimmy, the Little Tea Shop has been closed the past few days. Plans are for it to reopen on Tues., Sept. 6. When the restaurant is closed, the employees receive no tips so a fund has been established with the Memphis Bar Foundation to assist them while the restaurant has been closed. If you would like to contribute to that fund, send a check, payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation, to Anne Fritz, 80 Monroe, #220, Memphis, TN 38103; please note on the check that it’s for the Little Tea Shop Fund. You can make cash donations at the MBA office (80 Monroe, Suite 220) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The MBF is a 501(c)(3) organization so contributions to it are tax deductible.
Tort Reform Act Subject of Sept. 13th Seminar
The Tennessee Civil Justice Act recently passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Haslam makes sweeping changes to the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act, the Consumer Protection Act, and the Product Liability Act. Most notably, the bill caps non-economic and punitive damages in medical malpractice cases and bans class-action lawsuits under the Consumer Protection Act. The bill’s provisions become effective Oct. 1 and apply to all actions accruing on or after that date.
Former Tennessee Bar Association President Larry Dean Wilks died suddenly Tuesday at his home. Wilks, 56, was president of the TBA in 2006-2007. Visitation will be held Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 511 Oak Street, Springfield TN 37172. Internment will take place at the Robertson County Memorial Gardens. From the TBA Today
Services for Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr., who died Aug. 25, were held Tuesday in Nashville. Birch, the first African-American elected to a Nashville judgeship and the first to lead the Tennessee Supreme Court, was 78. Memorials may be sent to: Justice A. A. Birch, Jr.; Legal Education Fund; P. O. Box 331487; Nashville, TN 37203.
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Mathis Tire is offering 10% off tires/services of $250.00 or more to attorneys in the Memphis area. All you have to do is show your bar card from the BPR! The offer does not expire and is indefinite. Mathis Tire is located in the Cloverleaf Shopping Center at 5112 Old Summer Road in the Cloverleaf Shopping Center.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
Coffee & Karate with Justice (Sensei) Holder!
A Wellness Committee of the MBA Supported Program
Classes are open to attorneys, their support staff, family and friends. No prior experience is required. Cost: $5.00 per person, per class. Location: Ground floor of the 55 South Main Street Building, Memphis. 55 South Main Street is between Union and Monroe. Schedule: Classes are from 7-8:00 AM and vary as to the day of the week conducted. Contact Cathy Collier at 901.543.2440 or email@example.com with questions or for a complete schedule listing classes through December 2011.
Notice from Circuit Court, Division VI
Judge Jerry Stokes of Circuit Court, Division VI, will be hearing motions on Friday, September 2, 2011.
What Attorneys & Actors Have in Common, September 7
The MBA will present a live webcast entitled "The Art of Advocacy – What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors?" on September 7th at 11:00 a.m. Attorneys and actors share a common goal...to create a compelling drama that demands the listener’s attention and convinces him or her of the credibility of the client’s story, approved for 3 hours of dual credit. Click here to learn more and register now.
IOLTA Grant Applications Due September 9
The Tennessee Bar Foundation, through the IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program, provides grant awards to organizations that provide direct civil legal services to the indigent or that seek to improve the administration of justice. Applications for those grants, to be paid during 2012, are now available on the Foundation’s website: www.tnbarfoundation.org. Completed applications must be returned by United States Postal Service, postmarked no later than midnight, Friday, September 9, 2011. For more information, contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615.242.1531 or 800.634.2516.
"Taxes, Titles & Trusts" Seminar, September 14
Real Estate and Environmental Section presents "Taxes, Titles and Trusts" on September 14th at the Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar. Seminar begins at 11:45 (**NOTE NEW START TIME**) with registration and lunch beginning at 11:30. Speakers include: David Lenior, Shelby County Trustee, giving an overview of services offered by the Shelby County Trustee's Office; Mary Alissandratos, Underwriter for First American Title Company, speaking on insuring foreclosures under the new statute, and Mac Bailey, The Bailey Law Firm, speaking on the intersection between real estate and probate/estate planning. Get a great deal on 3.5 hours of general CLE credit and lunch! Click here to learn more and to register now.
Study How Technology Has Changed Jury Trials with Alpha Reporting, September 16
Alpha Reporting Corp. will present "Road to the Jury Box: How Technology Has Changed" on September 16, 2011, at its offices, 236 Adams. Lunch will be provided and seating is limited to 10. Learn about Realtime reporting and receive 1 hour of general credit. Click here to learn more.
Author of "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen" To Speak at Rhodes, September 21
Internationally renowned Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will be lecturing at Rhodes College on the subject of his recent book, "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen". Dr. Appiah will discuss his award-winning book on Wednesday, September 21, in McCallum Ballroom at 7:30pm. His lecture will be free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Rhodes College Office of Student Conduct, Phi Beta Kappa, the Dean's Office, and African American Studies, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, Philosophy, the Writing Center, and the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy. Those with specific inquiries can contact Professor Scott L. Newstok at email@example.com or consult the Phi Beta Kappa website at Rhodes College.
Discounts Available for Disney on Ice, September 23-25
Discount tickets are available for MBA members for all 6 performances of Disney on Ice Presents Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey at the FedEx Forum. Show times are 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 24; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 25. To take advantage of the discount, click here. Use the password "Latonya" and follow the steps to order tickets. For more information, contact Dan Dial at 901.205.1473.
Nominations Now Open for Myar and Lawyer’s Lawyer Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award. The awards will be presented at the MBA Annual Meeting in December. The Myar Award is presented annually to a young lawyer (age 40 or less) who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. The Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award is presented annually to a lawyer who has practiced for 15 years or longer and who, during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. Click the links below to download the nomination forms for each award or contact Charlotte Gean (527.3574; firstname.lastname@example.org) in the MBA office. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2011.
Celebrate Pro Bono Month in October!
Join the MBA and others in celebrating pro bono during the month of October. Look for a detailed calendar of events coming soon!
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.
Trial Academy Coming in 2012!
If you’re a young attorney who needs/wants trial experience, mark your calendar now for the Trial Academy, Oct. 17-19, 2012. Sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and its Litigation Section, this 3-day event will provide an opportunity for attorneys to practice their trial skills in front of experienced trial attorneys and receive constructive feedback. Watch for more details!