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The MBA office will be closed Mon., Jan. 2 for New Year’s. We wish all of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

Last Minute "Buy the Hour" CLE is Underway!

The MBA's last live CLE seminar of 2011 is underway in the auditorium of One Commerce Square. It's not too late to catch the last 3 hours of the event which begin at 1 pm. Click here to learn more about the seminar times, speakers and topics. While this is the last live seminar, it's not the last of our 2011 CLE offerings. We have several online seminars that you can complete right now from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. These seminars are listed in the column at right or click here to view our CLE Calendar. Please note that the current online seminars are listed under January 2012. 

Gary Smith Featured In Today's Daily News

2012 MBA President Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump, PLC, is the focus of this week's "Memphis Law Talk" section in today's edition of the Memphis Daily News. The interview focuses mostly on Smith's plans for the coming year with regard to promoting the importance of a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law through the "Law Rules" program. Click here to read the complete story.

RENEW Your MBA Membership Dues Now

The beginning of a new MBA membership year is upon us, and it’s time to renew your membership in order to continue receiving the benefits of your MBA membership, such as discounts on CLE seminars, networking opportunities, unrestricted access to the MBA website and member database, and much more!
     Paper dues statements will not be mailed this year in the hopes of renewing most dues online. Your dues statement is now available to you as an invoice when you log on to the MBA website and enter the member portal.
     Members who renew their membership by March 1, 2012 will receive a coupon good for $20 off any MBA CLE seminar, including the 2012 Bench Bar Conference
     Please click here to learn how to renew your MBA membership online now

Three Attorney Positions Available

Applicants are sought for an Associate Attorney - East Memphis Law Firm, Assistant General Counsel - Treasury Department,  and Coordinator of Diversity and TIP - University of Memphis Law School. For more details, visit the MBA Career Center at .

Law Rules!

The MBA, led by 2012 President Gary Smith, Secretary Tommy Parker and member Porter Feild, is developing a community outreach program entitle "Law Rules: The Importance of the American Legal System." The goal of the program is to put members of the MBA before hundreds of classrooms, civic and church groups, and business/professional organizations to educate the general public on the importance of our justice system and what it means in our daily lives and work. Currently, the MBA is looking for volunteers to lead the discussions as well as venues and groups for "Law Rules" speakers to address. Help us reach our goal of 200 visits! If you would like to volunteer or would like to schedule a speaker for your group or organization, please contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573. Please note that a training session will be held in early 2012 to prepare speakers for the presentations and provide them with materials to use as reference.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Seminar Featuring Israeli IP Attorney, Jan. 9 

“Israeli Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation: Perspectives from an Israeli IP Attorney” will be held Monday, January 9, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz (165 Madison Ave). The seminar is presented by the MBA, Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Jewish Federation, American Israel Educational Institute, and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce-Southeast Region and features Jeremy Ben-David, a licensed Israel patent and trademark attorney with over 20 years experience. Jeremy M. Ben-David is the owner of JMB Davis Ben-David – Patent & Trademark Attorneys. After emigrating from England in 1984, he co-founded JMB & Co. together with his father, Dr. Stanley J. Davis, who was to become one of the foremost patent attorneys in Israel specializing in life sciences. In following the family tradition, the Jerusalem IP firm of JMB Davis Ben-David is committed to excellence in furthering the interests of its clientele through the prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks, in Israel, in the United States, and in other leading jurisdictions. The seminar is $15 per person including luncheon (dietary laws observed) and offers 1 hour of CLE credit. For more details and to register, click here.

Respond to General Sessions Criminal Court Judicial Commissioners Survey by January 13

The General Sessions Criminal Court Judges Office is committed to improving and evaluating the program of Judicial Commissioners in accordance to Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-1-111. MBA members who often work directly with General Sessions Criminal Court are asked to complete this survey. The goal of the survey is to give the General Sessions Criminal Court Judges an opportunity to assess the performance and the effectiveness of the system of Judicial Commissioners. Please respond to the General Sessions Criminal Court Judicial Commissioners Survey by January 13, 2012. Click here to go to the survey. 

AWA Annual Banquet, January 31

The Association for Women Attorneys cordially invites you to their Annual Meeting and Banquet honoring Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich as the 2011 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award Recipient. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Avenue. Tickets are $55 for AWA Members, $65 for non-members and $30 for law students. Silent auction at 5:30 pm and dinner and program at 6:45 pm. RSVP to or 901.821.0044 or mail check payable to AWA, Attn: Leah Hillis; 530 Oak Court Drive, Suite 355; Memphis, TN 38117.

High School Mock Trial Tournament, February 7-16

MBA Young Lawyers Division Needs Volunteer Judges

The MBA Young Lawyers Division is busy preparing for the 2012 Memphis and Shelby County High School Mock Trial Competition, which will be held February 7-9, 13, and 15-16 at the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Avenue in downtown Memphis. Attorneys and judges are needed to serve as judges. If you are interested in assisting with the competition, please contact Nicole Grida at

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

Judges Needed for Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament, March 23-25

Memphis is again one of eight sites selected to host post-regional opening rounds of the American Mock Trial Association’s 28th Annual National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament. This is a great opportunity to showcase both Memphis and Tennessee to more than 200 of the most talented students in the nation. The competition will be held Friday, March 23; Saturday, March 24; and Sunday March 25. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national tournament by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. Thanks to the generous efforts of Judges James Russell, the tournament will be held in the Shelby County Courthouse and at 201 Poplar. A judges’ informational session will be held one hour prior to each round. To download additional information about the tournament and judging opportunities, click here. If you have questions, please contact Barbard Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-624-0309 or, or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or .

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:

Last Minute ‘Buy the Hour’ Seminar 
Thursday, December 29
8:30 am – 4:20 pm, 6 seminars 
One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main St.
Auditorium (lower level)
6.0 Hours Total CLE Credit - 2.0 Dual and 4.0 General
$40 per hour for MBA Members!

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 hrs Total Credit: 1.25 Dual / 2.25 General

Re-Thinking the Practce of Law
.75 hr general CLE credit

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

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar
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You can register online for these seminars by clicking on a seminar name above. If you have trouble registering online, a link to download a PDF version of the registration form can be found on the right side of each seminar web page. This form can be printed and either faxed (901.527.3582) or mailed to the MBA. Resources

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