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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; email@example.com. Voting closes at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 25.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. Contact Kathleen Gomes for information and registration, email@example.com , 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!