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The MBA Nominations Committee, chaired by Art Quinn, is accepting nominations for the position of Secretary and the 6 open board seats. Nominees must be voting members of the MBA in good standing. The Nominations Committee must nominate at least 2 people to run for Secretary (whoever is elected will become MBA President in 4 years) and 12 people to run for the Board. If you are interested—or have someone you would like to nominate—please contact Art Quinn at 302.4868 or email@example.com.
MBA Seminars In Focus
The MBA has dozens of live and online seminars to assist you in completing your 2011 CLE hours. Here are just two of the many upcoming seminars:
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host "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 procedures that are used during the Saturday Legal Clinics, Attorney for the Day program and other pro bono projects. 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 CLE details. The seminar will be followed by the monthly YLD Happy Hour sponsored by The Marston Group 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.
On October 6th, the MBA, Burch Porter & Johnson, The Marston Group, and the University of Memphis Law Alumni Chapter team up to present "Protecting the Vulnerable: Demystifying Probate." Offering 7.5 hours of total CLE credit (1 dual and 6.5 general), the day-long seminar will be held from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in the Wade Auditorium at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 North Front. There will be a variety of topics covered throughout the day with a panel discussion featuring Hon. David S. Kennedy, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of TN; Hon. Robert L. Childers, Shelby County Circuit Court, Div. IX; Chancellor Arnold B. Goldin, Shelby County Chancery Court, Part II; Hon. Robert Benham, Shelby County Probate Court, Div. I; Hon. Karen D. Webster, Shelby County Probate Court, Div. II; Polly Hagedorn, Bond Specialist, Shelby County Probate Court; and Gary Harshman, Administrator, Shelby County Probate Court, among the highlights. Click here for a complete schedule and to register.
Lawyers in the News
MBA Secretary Kirk Caraway, a partner at Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC, has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumni of the University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences. The Award recognizes graduates who have achieved notable success in their profession since graduation, and whose dedication to their vocations and/or avocations reflects the overall mission of the College and University.
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 School of Law on Friday at noon to discuss her take on the criminal justice system, her newest bookDevil'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 and to RSVP, please contact Steven Medlock or visit http://www.facebook.com/Memphis.SBA.
U.S. Court of Appeals Seeks Comments by October 25
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit seeks comments from persons who are in a position to evaluate the performance of Stephen B. Shankman, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee, as well as the quality of services provided by the Federal Public Defender organization for that district. Federal Public Defenders are appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for a term of four years. The current term of Stephen B. Shankman, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee will expire on July 14, 2012. Any person wishing to offer written comments may address them to: Western District of Tennessee Public Defender Evaluation Committee; c/o Clarence Maddox, Circuit Executive; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; 503 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse; 100 East Fifth Street; Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Comments are due no later than October 25, 2011. To read the complete notice from the court, click here.
Barrister’s Ball Set for Nov. 5
The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association is hosting the 2011 Barrister’s Ball on Sat., Nov. 5 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens (Hardin Hall), beginning at 7 p.m. The black-tie event will honor Judge Bernice B. Donald and Gregory Duckett as the 2011 A.A. Latting Award recipients. Tickets are $100; a table of 10 is $1,000. If you are interested in tickets or sponsorship, contact Andre Mathis (firstname.lastname@example.org; 576.1848) or David McKinney (email@example.com; 634.1906). The MBA has purchased a table for this event; if you are interested in sitting at the MBA’s table, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, September 29
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Annual Red Mass at St. Peter, September 30
The Twenty-first Annual Red Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Church, 190 Adams Ave., on Friday, September 30, at noon. The tradition of the Red Mass can be traced back many centuries in Rome, Paris, and London. It is celebrated to invoke the blessings of the Holy Spirit upon public officials, judges and lawyers of all faiths at the commencement of the judicial year. In the United States, the tradition began in 1928 and continues in several cities to this day, most notably in the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C., where Supreme Court Justices and other government officials are regularly in attendance. The Red Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyer's Guild of West Tennessee, Inc., which was reconstituted under the direction of Archbishop Daniel Beuchlein, OSB, the Bishop of Memphis, in 1990 and has been in continuous existence and service since that time. The Liturgy will be celebrated by J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee. Deacon Jeff Drzycimski, host of The Catholic Café, will serve as homilist. The Mass will be concelebrated by priests of the Diocese of Memphis, and Father Robert Marshall will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Nominations for Myar and Lawyer’s Lawyer Awards Due September 30
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!
Student Bar Golf Tournament, October 1
The Student Bar Association of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host its Annual Law School Golf Tournament at North Creek Golf Course (8770 North Creek Blvd.; Olive Branch, MS) on Saturday, October 1st. The event is a 4 man scramble, beginning at 1pm. Lunch will be provided at 12pm and FREE beverages will be served throughout the day. Participants include students, alumni, friends, family, and members of the Memphis legal community. For more information, click here. Be sure to ask about Mulligans, or purchase them online (limit 4 per team).
BLSA Professional Auction, October 4
On October 4th, the Black Law Students Association will host a Professional Auction from 5:30-8:30 pm at Felicia Suzanne’s on Main St. in downtown Memphis. The Auction is designed to allow law students the opportunity to network with local attorneys and judges. Participants include Amy Weirich, District Attorney General for the Western District of Tennessee; Judge John Fowlkes, Criminal Court, Division VI; Linda Warren Seely, MALS Director of Pro Bono Projects and MBA Treasurer; Bruce McMullen, shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, and many others! The event is sponsored by Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, PLLC. For more information, contact Angela Harris at email@example.com or Shalonda Grandberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Applications For Appeals Court Vacancy Due October 7
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 www.tncourts.gov.
Annual Federal Practice Seminar, October 26
The Federal Bar Association’s Memphis/Mid-south chapter invites you to its Annual Federal Practice Seminar at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on Wednesday, October 26. The featured presentation will be a Supreme Court discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse. Other sessions include a Sixth Circuit update with Judge Julia Gibbons and Judge Samuel H. Mays; "Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner" with Chief Judge David Kennedy of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Jeb Bailey, and Bettye Bedwell; "Trial Technology Tips" with Bill Ramsey and Phillip Hampton; "Clerk’s Corner" with Tom Gould; "Ethics of Contacting the Opposing Party’s Current and Former Employees" with Professor Ernie Lidge, Shea Wellford, and Doug Janney; and a judicial panel featuring district and magistrate judges of the Western District of Tennessee addressing a wide variety of topics. Additionally, an admissions ceremony for attorneys wishing to be admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee will be held and a judicial reception will follow the day's events. A full agenda and registration materials may be found here.
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:
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 Circuit.Division7@shelbycountytn.gov 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.
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!