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Congrats to the New Bar Admittees!
Seventy-seven new attorneys were sworn in before the Tennessee Supreme Court this morning at Memphis City Hall. MBA President John Cannon was on hand to welcome those in attendance, and MBA YLD President Shon Johnson sponsored several new admittees during the ceremony. And, a special thanks to our volunteers, Maggie Cooper and Nicole Grida, from the MBA YLD who were on hand to greet the new admittees and usher during the ceremony.
Watch for Election Ballot Next Week
Online voting for the MBA Secretary and Board election will begin next week. An email will be sent to voting members with an email address, directing you to the following website: https://eBallot4.votenet.com/memphisbar. The email will also contain a randomly generated username and password that you will need to access the ballot. Voting ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
YLD Elections Are Underway
Judges Stokes, Thompson Nominated for Rond Award
The candidates for the 2012 MBA Young Lawyers Division Officers and Board of Directors were announced last week via The Young Lawyers' Appeal newsletter. Annie Christoff is running unopposed for YLD Vice President/President-Elect, and the candidates for the 9 seats on the Board of the Directors are Nicole Bermel, Tracy Bradshaw, Maggie Cooper, Jake Dickerson, Nicole Grida, Irwin Magevney, Matt May, Jonathan Nelson, Ruchee Patel, Keisha Moses Richardson, Janika White, and Brian Yoakum. Judge Jerry Stokes of Circuit Court and Judge Lonnie Thompson of General Sessions Civil Court are up for the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award honoring the Outstanding Judge of the Year. Also on this year's ballot are proposed revisions to the YLD By-Laws.
Learn How to Get Healthy at the Annual John Dice Seminar!
The MBA Wellness Committee invites you to attend the Annual John Dice Seminar/Health & Wellness Fair on Nov. 10 from 1:00-4:45 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel (I-240 & Poplar interchange). As President John Cannon noted in his message last week, the seminar has been expanded to include various methods to help you handle the stresses of the profession. There will be sessions on using meditation and laughter to reduce stress; eating healthy; learning to recognize when depression, stress or burnout is more than the “usual”; and dealing with difficult clients. In addition, there will be vendors on hand where you can learn more about these topics. The registration fee includes a flu or B-12 shot and a 5-minute massage! For more information or to register, click here. The seminar is approved for 3 hours of dual CLE credit.
Women Attorneys: Want to Improve Your Negotiating Skills?
The MBA and Association for Women Attorneys are co-sponsoring a seminar on Friday, Nov. 18 from 1:00-4:45 p.m. on “Negotiation Skills for Women Lawyers: Getting Results for You and Your Clients.” Speakers include Jill Steinberg, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, and Connie Lewis Lensing and Jeana Littrell from Federal Express. In addition, a panel consisting of Dottie Pounders, Pounders Coleman, Sara Hall, ALSAC/St. Jude, and Monica Wharton, The Regional Medical Center, will discuss what they have learned about negotiating. The seminar is approved for 3 hours of CLE credit. For more information or to register, click here.
Photos from Celebrate Pro Bono Reception
The photos from the Celebrate Pro Bono Reception on Tuesday, October 25th are now posted on the MBA Facebook page. To view them, click here.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; 576.1848) or David McKinney (email@example.com; 634.1906).
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.
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.
Catholic Lawyer's Guild Ethics Seminar, November 16
The St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyer’s Guild will present “Ethics and Professionalism: Issues and Answers,” featuring an overview of proposed amendments to the code of judicial conduct on Wednesday, November 16th from 1 – 4:15 pm at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 Front Street. The seminar offers 3 hours of dual CLE credit. Speakers include Justice Janice Holder, Supreme Court of Tennessee; Judge Alan Glenn, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and Chairman, Tennessee Judicial Ethics Committee; Laura Chastain, Esq., Corporate Counsel, Harper Industries, Inc., Former Dep. Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Tenn. Board of Professional Responsibility; and Sandy Garrett, Esq., Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Registration prior to the seminar is $75.00 or $85 the day of the seminar.
"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!
ADR Annual CLE Seminar, December 7
Look for more details soon!
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.
YLD Presents "Legal Ethics in the Movies" December 28
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "Legal Ethics in the Movies" with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC, on Wednesday, December 28th from 3-5 pm in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street in the medical district. This will be a discussion of current and local ethical issues using clips from popular movies. Mark your calendar and look for registration information coming soon.
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!