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Attorney—Bartlett Law Office seeking an attorney with 3 - 5 years of litigation experience. Excellent writing skills required. Please send your resume to Mary at

Litigation Paralegal—East Memphis firm seeks a highly experienced litigation paralegal. Must be organized and professional. Good salary and benefits for the right candidate. Please send your resume to Mary at

Human Resources and Systems Manager—A law firm of about 25 attorneys is seeking to hire a person with management experience to administer day-to-day non-financial operations of the firm, including supervising the legal support staff of about 15 people. This person will be responsible for organization and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency. The position comes with manager level responsibility, but will have to perform personally many day-to-day office tasks. This is a "working manager" position, and not a position from which all the work will be delegated. Compensation will be market competitive and commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. Requirements: Business degree or equivalent; minimum five years management experience; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Proven ability to motivate and manage people; Strong organizational and planning skills; Knowledge of HR management practices and procedures; Knowledge of business and management principles; Strong computer skills and knowledge of office software packages; Highest standards of person conduct and discretion. To learn more about the primary functions and responsibilities and more about the firm call Mary at 901. 271.0660 or send resume and qualifications to

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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




Online MBA Election Voting Now Open!

Online voting for MBA Secretary and Board of Directors is now open! An email was sent this morning to all MBA voting members with an email address; the email includes instructions on how to access the ballot, including each voter’s randomly assigned username and password. If you have questions or problems accessing the ballot, please contact MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at 527.3573; Voting closes at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 25.
     In addition to voting for Secretary, general membership board positions and section representative board positions, the ballot includes proposed bylaws amendments that would shorten the officer track from four to three years by combining the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. To view the proposed amendments in their entirety, click here.

Mark Your Calendar for the MBA Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 1!

The MBA’s Annual Meeting Luncheon will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton (I-240 and Poplar Interchange). Tickets are $35 per person; a table of 10 is $350. At the meeting, the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award will be presented and the new officers and Board members will be announced. To register, click here or call the MBA at 527.3574.

YLD Annual Meeting & Elections Next Week at Alfred's

Judges Stokes, Thompson Nominated for Outstanding Judge of the Year

Voting has begun via absentee ballot for the 2012 MBA Young Lawyers Division Officers and Board of Directors.  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.
     YLD members can cast their ballots at the  YLD Annual Meeting & Elections on November 17, 2011 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Alfred's on Beale. There will be a $10 cover ($5 for law students) at the door. The price includes live music, wine, beer, well drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and fun! To read more about the event, the candidates and other items on the ballot, click here. If for some reason you are unable to make it to the meeting, absentee ballots are now available. Click here to read about the candidates and then download a ballot. Please note that in accordance with the current By-Laws, only those present for the Annual Meeting & Elections on November 17th can vote on the By-Laws revisions. 

Seminar & Local Courts Swearing In for New Attorneys Next Week

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 1-4:15 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 also to meet them and be sworn in before the local courts. Click here for more information and to register.

Annual John Dice Seminar This Afternoon!

The MBA Wellness Committee invites you to attend the Annual John Dice Seminar/Health & Wellness Fair today 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.

2011 Barristers' Pancake Breakfast A Huge Success!

A Message from Leo Bearman, Jr.

The Barristers' Pancake Breakfast which is held each year in October was a big success this year. Because all the supplies needed for the Breakfast are donated by its generous sponsors, we have forwarded the total amount raised, $10,316.56, to the local Komen Affiliate in the fight against breast cancer. I want to thank each of you for being a part of this worthy cause. We could not do it without your help and support. We hope to see you at the 13th Annual Barristers’ Pancake Breakfast next October.

Let the CLC Mail Your Holiday Cards for You

Assist the CLC & spread some holiday cheer at the same time!

It’s not too early to start thinking about your Holiday greeting cards! This year, send someone you care about a card that gives back. The Community Legal Center will prepare and send all your cards for you, and the $10 (or more) donated on behalf of each recipient will be used to provide legal aid to the less fortunate residents of the Memphis area. For more information, contact CLC Executive Director Meg Jones at

Photos from Annual Professionalism Seminar

Click here to view photos from the MBA Annual Professionalism Seminar on Wednesday, November 9th courtesy of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

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 or email

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. Contact Kathleen Gomes for information and registration, , or send check payable to St. Thomas More Guild to Kathleen Gomes, Esq., 474 Perkins Road Ext., Suite 205, Memphis, TN 38117.

"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

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. Read more under Headlines above.

"Negotiation Skills for Women Lawyers," November 18

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.

MBA Annual Meeting, December 1

Read more under Headlines above.

Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar, December 2

The Labor and Employment Law Section's Annual Seminar will take place on December 2, 2011 at the Memphis Hilton (Poplar & I-240 Interchange) from 8:45 am - 3:45 pm. Featured speakers include Chai Feldblum, EEOC Commissioner; Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel NLRB; and many more! 6.0 hours CLE credit available. Click here for more information and to register.

ADR Annual CLE Seminar, December 7

The MBA ADR Section will host its Annual CLE Seminar  on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center (330 Deloach). Nationally known mediator, Larry Bridgesmith will be the featured presenter. He is Founding Executive Director, Senior Fellow and Associate Professor at the Institute for Conflict Management - Lipscomb University. The seminar will provide “advanced” training for mediators and “tools” that a mediator can use to intervene at some of the most difficult times during a mediation. In addition, in the morning and afternoon, Mr. Bridgesmith will present ethical vignettes and at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions, a panel of mediators will discuss the ethical issues raised during the vignettes. Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For more details and to register, contact Lesia Beach at

Litigation Section CLE & Annual Meeting, December 15

The MBA 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 or contact Lesia Beach at

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. Click here for more details and to register.

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

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!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars & Webcasts:

Annual John Dice Seminar
Sponsored by the Wellness Committee, Counsel on Call, The Shot Nurse & Massage-To-Go
Thursday, November 10
1:00 – 4:30 pm
The Hilton Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd
Various speakers & Topics
3.0 Hours Dual Credit
Get a flu shot and free massage!

TRIALS: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales – Part II
Video seminar presented by the Professional Education Group
Friday, November 11
1:30 – 4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Moderator: Kirk Caraway, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, PLLC
Speaker: Michael P. Cash, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
3.0 Hours General Credit

2011 Annual Estate Planning Series: Avoiding Will Contests and Litigating Them If You Can’t
Sponsored by the Wills & Trust Section
Tuesday, Nov. 15
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Assisi Foundation of Memphis, 515 Erin Dr.
Speaker: Ed Autry, Williams McDaniel Wolfe & Womack
2.0 Hours General Credit

Valuation of Physician Practices in Divorce
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Wednesday, Nov. 16
12:00 – 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Mike Costello, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, ASA, Decosimo Advisory Services
1.0 Hour General Credit

Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes & the Courtroom
Live Webcast presented in partnership with Periaktos Productions
Wednesday, Nov. 16
11:00 a.m.
Features Graham Thatcher as Clarence Darrow
2.0 Hours Dual Credit

Transitional Legal Education
Sponsored by the MBA YLD & the TBA
Thursday, November 17
1:30 – 4:45 pm
Shelby County Courthouse, Rm 330
Speakers: Judges from Circuit, Chancery and General Sessions 
3.0 Hours Dual Credit

Negotiation Skills for Women Lawyers
Sponsored by the MBA & AWA
Friday, November 18
1:30 - 4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Jill Steinberg, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Connie Lewis Lensing, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Dorothy J. Pounders, Pounders Coleman; and Monica Wharton, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel - Regional Medical Center at Memphis
3.0 Hours General Credit

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

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
3.5 Hours Total Credit: 1.25 Dual / 2.25 General

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

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