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YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour Today!
The Young Lawyers Division will host "Everything You Need to Know About Minor Settlements" with Lewis Lyons of Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle, & Cox, P.C. and Kevin Bernstein of Spicer, Rudstrom, PLLC, on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 -5:30pm at The Brass Door, 152 Madison Ave. The event will be followed by the YLD monthly Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 pm also at The Brass Door. The Happy Hour will be co-hosted by the student chapter of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association at the University of Memphis School of Law and sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Financial Group. Click here for more details.
"Strut! Memphis" To Benefit the CLC Tonight
Tonight from 6 - 8 pm, Laurelwood Shopping Center will host its version of New York Fashion week, Strut! Memphis, at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave. This special event will feature Mayor A C Wharton, Mearl Purvis from Fox 13, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich among the bartenders to help raise funds for the Community Legal Center. Enjoy two hours of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fashion and fun. Food for the event will be provided by Bardog, Kooky Canuck and Jason’s Deli, among others, and Buster’s Liquors has donated wine. Visit www.clcmemphis.com to purchase tickets to Strut Memphis. Prices are $30 for students or nonprofits and $50 for regular admission.
Pro Bono Contributions Celebrated This Week
The MBA Access to Justice Committee hosted a reception to Celebrate Pro Bono on Tuesday at the Lexus of Memphis dealership. Nearly 100 members of the legal community were on hand to enjoy food, drinks and a special appearance by the Entertaining Motions troupe (Jeff Rosenblum, Judge Karen Williams, Bruce Ralston, Carl Seely, Linda Warren Seely, Sharon Fewell, and Frank Cantrell, directed by Byron Winsett) who amused with their take on “pro bono” (pro porno; Sonny & Cher; and U2/Bono).
Annual John Dice Seminar & Health & Wellness Fair, November 10
A Message from MBA President John Cannon
The annual John Dice Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at the Hilton Hotel. We have attempted to expand the seminar this year from what many may have perceived as a seminar about the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. This year the Wellness Committee wanted to include methods for lawyers to recognize and handle the stresses of the profession. The program is dedicated to helping you recognize those things that may make your life, both within and outside the profession, healthier and more rewarding. I encourage you to attend and learn about techniques that may seem foreign to us all but yet beneficial. For information about the seminar, click here.
Friday is Deadline for MBA Election Petitions
The Nominations Committee has announced the following slate of candidates for the upcoming election: Secretary – Chris Campbell or Tommy Parker; Board of Directors (6 to be elected) – Imad Abullah, Phyllis Aluko, Lucie Brackin, Don Donati, Devon Gosnell, Tim Hayes, Jennifer Kiesewetter, Bobby Martin, Toni Campbell Parker, Zayid Saleem, Andre Wharton, and Lang Wiseman. Petitions to run for Secretary or the Board will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Petitions must be signed by 25 voting members of the MBA, should state the name of the nominee and the position for which nominated, and should include a statement that the nominee meets the eligibility requirements and agrees to serve if elected. The election will also include a bylaws amendment to shorten the officer track from four to three years by combining the offices of Secretary and Treasurer.
Bench Bar Committee Wants You!
Planning is underway for the 2012 Bench Bar Conference, which will be held from May 9-12 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL. The Bench Bar Conference Committee, led by 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bernice B. Donald, Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton, Circuit Court Judge Robert Weiss, and attorneys Erin Shea and Stacie Winkler, will meet next Thursday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. at the MBA. Attorneys and judges are needed to help with the CLE programming, social and sports events, and sponsorships. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3573; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lesia Beach (260.3275; email@example.com) or just come to the Nov. 3rd meeting! Subcommittees will be formed so you can work in the area you choose. We need your ideas and enthusiasm!
3 Finalists Selected for Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy
The Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended three finalists to fill the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the death of Judge J.C. McLin: J. Robert Carter Jr., Criminal Court judge for the 30th Judicial District in Memphis; J. Ross Dyer, senior counsel & managing attorney for the Memphis office of the Tennessee Attorney General; and Roger A. Page, Circuit Court judge for the 26th Judicial District in Medina. The governor may appoint one of these candidates or request a new slate of candidates from the Judicial Nominating Commission.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for a complete schedule listing classes through December 2011.
16th Annual Stone Award Ceremony, Oct. 29
The 16th Annual Stone Award Ceremony, presented by Ma’ and 9 Mustard Seeds Production and House of Mtenzi Museum, will pay tribute to former Judge, Dr. D'Army Bailey. The Stone Awards honors community activists, dignitaries, entertainers, and community leaders in the Memphis area at this annual black-tie event. It is a 12-category award show, and the public is responsible for selecting the winners through an online ballot. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at 901-690-2883 from the House of Mtenzi Museum. For more information, visit www.stoneawards.org.
Swearing-In Ceremony for New Attorneys at City Hall, Nov. 3
On Thursday, November 3rd, the annual Swearing-In Ceremony before the Tennessee Supreme Court for newly admitted attorneys will be held at 10 am at Memphis City Hall. Click here to see the list of individuals who successfully completed the Tennessee Bar Exam in July 2011.
Application Deadline for Chancery Court Clerk & Master Nov. 4
The Shelby County Chancery Court is seeking applicants for the position of Clerk and Master. The position of Clerk and Master is by appointment of the Court for a period of six (6) years. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the duties and responsibilities of the Clerk and Master set out in T.C.A. §18-5-102 et seq. Please submit your resume to: John C. Robertson, Interim Clerk and Master, 140 Adams Ave., Room 308, Memphis , TN 38103. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. to be considered.
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 (email@example.com; 576.1848) or David McKinney (firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com).
Mississippi Sports Law Review Symposium, November 11
The University of Mississippi School of Law recently announced the formation of its newest law journal, the Mississippi Sports Law Review (MSLR). The bi-annual journal will address current legal issues that arise in collegiate and professional sports. The issues will be published online and in a limited amount of printed copies. Along with publishing issues, MSLR will also host symposia at the University of Mississippi Law School to discuss the most recent and relevant topics in Sports Law. The first symposium will be held November 11, 2011 with lunch at noon and the presentation at 1 p.m at the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. All bar members are invited to attend, and there is no cost to attend. The topic for this symposium is Social Media and Intercollegiate Athletics. For a list of the presenters, information about the symposium, and more information about the Review please visit http://mssportslaw.olemiss.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Transitional Legal Education" Seminar for New Attorneys, November 17
The MBA Young Lawyers Division and the Tennessee Bar Association will present the annual "Transitional Legal Education” seminar for newly admitted attorneys on Thursday, November 17th from 1-4 pm in the Supreme Courtroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Shelby County Courthouse. The seminar provides newly licensed attorneys with insight on how to manage client’s and partners’ expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel, and ultimately avoid the kind of mistakes young lawyers can make that will expose them to disciplinary actions or even claims from their clients. The seminar will be presented by Memphis judges from General Sessions, Circuit, and Chancery courts and will be an opportunity for new admittees not only to hear great advice from them, but meet them as well and be sworn in to the local courts. To register, contact Lesia Beach at email@example.com.
YLD Annual Meeting & Elections, November 17
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its Annual Meeting & Elections on Thursday, November 17th from 4:30-7:30 pm at Alfred's on Beale. Make plans to attend and look for more details soon!
Sun & CLE in Cozymel, Mexico—Nov. 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
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Litigation Section CLE & Annual Meeting, December 15
The Litigation Section CLE and Annual Meeting will take place on December 15, 2011 at the Fogelman Executive Center from 8-5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and cocktail hour with appetizers included in price. 7.5 credit hours available. Watch for more information.
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.
Bench Bar 2012
Save the Date for the 2012 MBA Bench Bar Conference. The event will be held May 9-12, 2012, at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida.
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!