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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




YLD Annual Meeting & Elections Tonight!

 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. 

Reserve Your Seat Now at  the MBA Annual Meeting 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 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; 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.

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

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit 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 or

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

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:

Transitional Legal Education
Sponsored by the MBA YLD & the TBA
Thursday, November 17
1:00 – 4:15 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

2011 Annual Estate Planning Series: Elder Care/Medicaid/Special Needs
Sponsored by the Wills & Trust Section
Tuesday, Nov. 22
3:00 – 5:00 p.m
Assisi Foundation of Memphis, 515 Erin Dr.
Speaker: William King Self, Apperson Crump, PLC
2 hrs general credit

Understanding and Calculating Lost Profits Damages
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Wednesday, Nov. 30
11:30 – 12:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Sharon Hamrick and Mike Costello, Decosimo Advisory Services
1 hr general credit

Sir Thomas More – Maxims, Monarchy & Sir Thomas More
Presented in partnership with Periaktos Productions
Live Webcast featuring Graham Thatcher as Sir Thomas More
Wednesday, Nov. 30
11 am
3 hrs dual 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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