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Judges Stokes, Thompson Nominated for Outstanding Judge of the Year
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its Annual Meeting & Elections today 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! All members of the Memphis legal community are invited to attend, although only YLD members can vote. Voting via absentee ballot will close at noon today. 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. tTo read more about the event, the candidates and other items on the ballot, click here.
Seminar & Local Courts Swearing In for New Attorneys Today
The MBA Young Lawyers Division and the Tennessee Bar Association will present the annual "Transitional Legal Education” seminar for newly admitted attorneys today, 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.
Historic Courthouse Tour Today at Noon
Historian Jimmy Ogle will guide a free walking tour of the historic Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Avenue today at noon. Tours begin on the southwest steps of the building at the corner of Adams and Second.
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 will be presented to Lucie Brackin, and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award will be presented to Elizabeth Collins. Additionally, Gary Smith will assume his position as MBA President, and the new officers and Board members will be announced. To register, click here or call the MBA at 527.3574.
Voting in MBA Election Ends November 25
Online voting for MBA Secretary and Board of Directors is underway. An email was sent last week 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting closes at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 25.
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 email@example.com.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
"Transitional Legal Education" Seminar for New Attorneys, November 17
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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.
Coffee & Karate with Justice (Sensei) Holder!
A MBA Wellness Committee Supported Program
The 7:00 a.m. Coffee and Karate classes will be suspended from Thanksgiving until January 1, 2012. Students may schedule both introductory classes and regular classes on an individual, semi-private, or group basis during the interim. Classes taught by Grandmaster Patrick Wrenn are also available at LifeTime Fitness, located on Houston Levee Road, on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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!