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Associate Attorney—Bass, Berry & Sims is seeking an associate attorney with 2 to 4 years solid ERISA and/or employee benefits experience. Ideal candidates have worked for at least 2 years in a law firm or actuarial firm, or have a background in tax. Must have interest in working in a highly collaborative environment that encourages associates to work directly with clients. The successful candidate is a self-starter with a strong work ethic who prefers a team approach to the practice of law and considers providing excellent service and results to clients their primary goal. Requires excellent written and verbal communication ability and excellent undergraduate and law school academic credentials. For consideration, please submit resume and transcript by e-mail to

—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




MBA Annual Meeting Is Today!

The results of the MBA election will be announced at the MBA Annual Meeting luncheon today at 11:30 am 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. To register, call the MBA at 901.527.3574 or see us at the door.

Come to Bench Bar Meeting Today at 4 p.m.

The next Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference Committee meeting will be held today, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. at the MBA office. If you are interested in helping to plan the 2012 Conference, which will be held from May 9-12 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Destin, please join us at this meeting.

Our Condolences – Russell X Thompson

Civil rights lawyer Russell X “Tommy” Thompson died Thanksgiving night of cancer. He was 84.
     Mr. Thompson was born into a poor family during the Depression, which is one reason why he dropped out of school in the 8th grade and ran away from home – to get a job and make his own way. He worked on a ranch breaking horses until a horse broke him. He later married and he and his wife had two sons and a daughter. The family came to Memphis in 1962, where Mr. Thompson earned his law degree.
     He was the first white lawyer for the local chapter of the NAACP and the only lawyer for the group who could examine white witnesses in court, as black lawyers were not allowed to do so. When a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in support of striking sanitation workers turned riotous, he represented the men called the Invaders, the ones who allegedly broke windows and caused chaos. His work and later his formation of the first integrated law firm in Memphis did not sit well with a lot of the public; he received handwritten notes that said the Ku Klux Klan was watching him.
     He was still working a week before his death when his daughter convinced him to go to the doctor who told him that he had cancer in his liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. He is survived by his son, Tommy Thompson, and his daughter, Peggy Nance. Another son, Russell Thompson, died in the Vietnam War at age 19 in 1968.

Pro Bono Legal Aid Makes Real Difference

By Arthur E. Quinn, MBA Access to Justice Committee Chair

The following editorial by Arthur E. Quinn, MBA Past President and current chair of the Access to Justice Committee, appeared in the November 26, 2011, edition of  The Commercial Appeal on behalf of the AtoJ Committee and the MBA.

Lawyers are in a unique position to level society's playing field and improve people's lives, yet there is often a wide economic gulf between demand and supply for our services. Rather than blindly accepting this inequity, the legal profession in Memphis has a long tradition of providing free or reduced-fee services on a volunteer (pro bono) basis.
     Attorneys often help a friend, a favorite waitress or even an unpopular brother-in-law without expecting payment for their time. The Access to Justice Committee of the Memphis Bar Association extends this helping hand to the people who don't know an attorney able to assist with the problems that life presents, such as a landlord who expects rent for an uninhabitable home or a garnishment for hospital bills that wipes out an already meager paycheck.
     Last month, new census figures showed that the metropolitan Memphis area had the highest poverty rate among metro areas in the U.S. with populations of at least 1 million. Of the 1.3 million people in our eight-county metro area, 19.1 percent lived in poverty last year.
     While economic development officials, community organizations and social service agencies are prominently engaged in the battle to fight poverty, many may not realize just how important access to legal services is in this battle. In Memphis and Shelby County, hundreds of attorneys provide pro bono services, supplementing the work done by Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) and the Community Legal Center (CLC).
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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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

Federalist Society Debate, December 9

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present "A Debate Over The Federal Model Judicial Selection Proposal for Tennessee-SJR 475" with State Senator Brian Kelsey (R. Germantown) and Danny Van Horn, President of the Tennessee Bar Association. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton will serve as moderator. The event will be held on Friday, December 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at The Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis. Cost is $25.00 for Federalist Society Members and $30.00 for Non-Members. Lunch is included. The program has been approved for one hour CLE credit. To register contact Greg Grisham at 901-312-9413 or by December 6.

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 & Boardroom 2012

Save the Date for the 2012 MBA Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference. The event will be held May 9-12, 2012, at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida. Look for the complete schedule of topics and speakers in early 2012, but go ahead and book your condo now by calling the ResortQuest Reservations Department at 1-800-380-4808 and identifying yourself as part of the Memphis Bar, customer code X1015. An advance payment of 15% of the total rent will be required by credit card when you call. The remaining balance will be due four days prior to arrival. Visit for more details.

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:

Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar 
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Friday, December 2
8:45 to 3:45
Hilton Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.
Featured speakers: Chai Feldblum and Lafe Solomon
6.0 hours total credit: 1.0 dual / 5.0 general
Also approved for HRCI credit

ADR Section Annual Seminar 
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Wednesday, December 7
8:45 to 4:30
Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Deloach St.
Featured speaker will be Larry Bridgesmith
6.25 hours total credit: 1.5 dual / 4.75 general
Also approved for 6.25 hours CME

Family Law Section Annual Seminar 
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Thursday, December 8
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
6.0 hours total credit: 2.0 dual / 4.0 general

Federal Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 
Sponsored by the Government Law Section
Thursday, December 8
12:00 to 1:00
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Gene Gaerig
1.0 hour general credit

Elvis’ Estate: The Legal Odyssey 
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section
Friday, December 9
3:30 to 5:00
Rhodes College, Orgill Room at Clough Hall, 2000 N. Parkway
Speaker: C. Barry Ward
1.5 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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