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Two Downtown Offices Available Now
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Paralegal—Memphis Legal Placement is accepting paralegal resumes with a corporate background. Please send resumes to Mary at

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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




Applications Accepted For Appeals Court Vacancy

The Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting application for the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the recent death of Judge J.C. McLin. The Commission will select 3 candidates to recommend to Gov. Bill Haslam, who will fill the vacancy. Applicants must be licensed attorneys who are least 30 years old, have lived in the state for the last 5 years, and reside in the Western Division. The deadline for applications is Oct. 7 at noon. The application can be found at

Volunteer Your Time Friday To Help End Homelessness

Join the Community Alliance for the Homeless as it launches a crucial component of the Mayors' Action Plan to End Homelessness on Friday, September 16th at the Liberty Fairgrounds. 
     Project Homeless Connect is a nationwide service event being conducted in Memphis for the first time. It is a one-day event offering homeless individuals a variety of services and resources at one location.
     Our generous legal community is conducting a pro bono legal clinic. Volunteer attorneys will partner with the University of Memphis School of Law, the Shelby County Public Defender's Office, Baker Donelson, Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center and others to provide free legal consultations at the inaugural Memphis version of this inspiring event.
     Sign up with the Community Alliance for the Homeless and contact Josh Spickler ( / 901.545.5835) with questions. Lawyers will be asked to commit to a 2 1/2 hour shift. (9-11:30; 11:30-2:00; 2-4:30).

Law School To Welcome Acclaimed Author Mara Leveritt, September 23

Arkansas news reporter and author, Mara Leveritt, will be coming to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on Friday, September 23 at noon to discuss her take on the criminal justice system, her newest book Devil's Knot, and the recent release of the West Memphis Three. Devil's Knot is Ms. Leveritt’s examination of the legal irregularities that followed the sensational murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The police arrested three local teenagers, known today as the West Memphis Three, and charged them with the murders. Library Journal “highly recommended” Devil's Knot, which it called “an indictment of a culture and legal system.” Ms. Leveritt has won two Booker Worthen Prizes, has been named Arkansas Journalist of the Year and Arkansas Abolitionist of the year. Please join the Student Bar Association to welcome Ms. Leveritt at the law school in Wade Auditorium at noon Friday, September 23. Refreshments will be provided. To find out more about Ms. Leveritt, click here. For more information about the event, please contact Steven Medlock or visit

Lawyers in the News

Memphis lawyers serving on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center for 2011-2012 are Carl Carter, International Paper, and Ellen Vergos, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP.

MBA Past President Al Harvey of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Midtown Memphis Rotary Club. 

New Phone Numbers for Shelby County Government Offices

The more than 8 different exchanges for county offices which include 545, 377, 379, 544, and others are changing to 222. The first phase involvilng 800 phone numbers at the Shelby County Health Department will begin tomorrow. On October 7th-9th, 3,000 numbers at the Shelby County Justice Center and Shelby County Administration Building will be switched to the new 222 exchange. The final 1,500 numbers will be converted November 4th-6th at the administrative offices at 1075 Mullins Station Road and other county bureaus throughout the east Memphis area. During the change, callers will be routed to the new county government numbers, which will be published in the 2012 Blue/White/Yellow Pages.

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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.

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 with questions or for a complete schedule listing classes through December 2011.

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, . 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.

Paralegal Ethics – GMPA CLE on Sept. 21, 2011

Join Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance to hear Olivia (Libby) Roleson, ACP, speak on Paralegal Ethics on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. The cost is $20 for GMPA members and $25 for non-members, which includes a buffet lunch. One hour of ethics CLE credit is offered. Email for reservations or more information or visit

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 Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall, 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 or consult the Phi Beta Kappa website at Rhodes College.

MBA Government Lawyers Section To Meet September 22

The MBA Government Lawyers Section will meet on September 22nd at 4:30 pm at Bayou Bar & Grill on Madison Avenue. The section will conduct business from 4:30-5:00 pm followed by a networking social from 5:00 to 6:30 pm with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. From 5:30-5:45 pm, Harrison McIver, Executive Director of Memphis Area Legal Services, will make a special presentation to the group. All current section members and those interested in joining the section are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Discounts Available for Disney on Ice, Sept. 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. 

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, September 29

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a seminar entitled "How To Do Good When You Don't Have a Clue" on Thursday, September 29th from 2:00 - 5:45 pm.  Co-Sponsored by the YLD and Memphis Area Legal Services, the seminar will prepare lawyers for the types of cases they can expect and the procedures that are used during the Saturday Legal Clinics. Offering 3.5 hours of CLE credit (1.25 Dual / 2.25 General), attendees are not charged a registration fee if they volunteer to do pro bono work. Click here for more details. 
    The seminar will be followed by the monthly YLD Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bardog Tavern on Monroe. All members of the Memphis Bar Association are welcome to attend the YLD Happy Hour that will follow the seminar. 

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; in the MBA office. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2011.

Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer's Lawyer Award Nomination Form
Past Recipients of the Lawyer's Lawyer Award
Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award Nomination Form
Past Recipients of the Myar Award

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.

Save the Date – October 26th GMPA Seminar

The Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance will host a luncheon seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Specific details TBA.

Strut! Memphis, October 27

What is Strut! Memphis? Not sure if we’re referring to walking with a swagger or the car part? Well, actually, we’re referring to both. October 27th will be the date to go to Mercedes-Benz of Memphis and be part of Laurelwood Shopping Center’s version of New York Fashion week. This special event, unprecedented in our fair city, will feature our own Mayor Wharton, Mearl Purvis from Fox 13,  Mike Matthews from WREG TV3, and Jerry “The King” Lawler tending bar to help raise funds for the Community Legal Center. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening, you can enjoy two hours of unparalleled pleasure as you sip wine, nibble hors d’oeuvres, catch up on the world of fashion, dance, and network or gossip, whichever you prefer. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at Booksellers at Laurelwood (formerly Davis Kidd). Watch the Community Legal Center website for additional ticket locations and for information on the Grand Prize. 

Proposed Amendments to Rules of Practice & Procedure, Comments Due October 28 

Comments regarding the Tennessee Supreme Court's proposed 2012 amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure are due Oct. 28. The Proposed changes include the following:

Rules of Appellate Procedure

– Give an appeal as of right from an order correcting an order under Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure 3;
– Provide that the first party to file a notice of appeal in a civil action is the appellant for purposes of the rules;
– Clarify the manner of appeal of a T.R.A.P. Rule 10 extraordinary appeal from an intermediate appellate court; and
– Clarify that the time period for an extraordinary appeal of a Court of Criminal Appeals matter is not jurisdictional and may be waived by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Rules of Civil Procedure
– Extend the time for filing a motion to strike from 30 to 90 days; and
– Impose a new notice requirement for subpoenas that a motion to quash must be filed within 14 days.

Rules of Criminal Procedure
– Set a new time period for an appeal as of right from any corrected judgment or order.

Rules of Juvenile Procedure
– Update terminology from "referee" to "magistrate"; from "Department of Human Services" to "Department of Children's Services"; and from "mentally retarded" to "intellectually disabled."

To see all the proposed amendments, go to, click on “attorneys” and then on “court rules”.

Sun & CLE in Cozymel, Mexico—November 23-30

Join Judge Donna Fields and others for the 10th Annual Superior CLE in Cozymel, Mexico, over the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday. This year’s topic is “Focus on Children: Legal, Mental Health and Biological Perspectives on Child Custody and Child Rearing” presented by John D. “Danny” Richardson of The Richardson Law Firm. The event offers 6 hours of CLE credit during the week of November 23-30 and costs only $474 per person for 7 nights at the all-inclusive Siesta Americana in Cozymel. This price does not include flight but it is very reasonable. Diving will also be offered while there! For reservations, contact the Circuit Court, Division 7, office ASAP at for more information and to register. 

ADR Annual CLE Seminar, December 7

Look for more details this fall!

Law Symposium Will Discuss Death Penalty Issues, Including the "West Memphis Three" Case

“Cultural competence,” a new concept in the legal defense of persons accused of a crime for which the death penalty is allowed, will be the focus of a March 2012 symposium sponsored by the Law Review of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. The Hon. Dan Stidham, an Arkansas judge who was a lawyer on the original defense team for accused murderers the “West Memphis Three,” has agreed to write an article for the symposium, and event organizers are seeking other articles for the review. Authors of articles selected for inclusion in the law review will be invited to speak at the symposium, which will be held March 30, 2012. 
More information about the symposium and the submission of Law Review articles is available at or contact Isaac Kimes at 901-678-2097

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!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars & Webcasts:

Ensuring You (and Your Clients) Succeed: We All Know Lots of Businesses Fail, But Do We Know Why?
Thursday, September 15
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Marty Harshberger
1.0 hour general CLE credit

Road To The Jury Box: How Technology Has Changed
Friday, September 16
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Alpha Reporting, 236 Adams Ave.
Presented by Alpha Reporting
1.0 hour general CLE credit

Bankruptcy Judges’ Preferred Practices
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, September 16
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Ave.
Various speakers
1.5 hours general CLE credit

Discovery Issues in the Social Media Age
Sponsored by the MBA Technology Section
Wednesday, September 28
4:00 – 5:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Avenue, Ste 220
Speaker: Stacie Winkler, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
1 hr general CLE credit

Impeach Justice Douglas!
Co-sponsored with Periaktos Productions, L.L.C.
Wednesday, September 28
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
Live Webcast
3 hrs dual CLE credit

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
Co-Sponsored by the YLD, MALS and the Saturday Legal Clinic Free Pre-Clinic Training Seminar volunteer to do pro bono work)
Thursday, September 29
2:00 – 5:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Avenue, Ste 220
Various Speakers
3.5 hrs total CLE credit:
1.25 dual / 2.25 general

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

Disaster Legal Assistance
Co-sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services
1.5 hrs general CLE credit

Effective Presentations
1 hr general CLE credit

Everything I Know About Neuro-Science and Conflict Resolution
1.5 hrs general CLE credit

Family Law Forum Experts

Sponsored by the MBA Family Law Section
6 hrs total credit: 4 gen / 2 dual

FMLA Compliance: What Employers Need to Know
1 hr general CLE credit

Hot Topics in Employment Law
1 hr general CLE credit

RPC 2.0: The 2011 Revisions to Tennessee's Legal Ethics Rules 
3 hrs dual CLE credit

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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