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Exec. Office for Rent, fully furnished. Phone, utilities, reception included. Space $600 - $950. Location near courthouse. Contact L. Roane or Y. Hardaway at 901-526-1889.
Office Space Available-The Administrative Office of the Courts has surplus office space available for sublet at i bank Tower (formerly White Station Tower) at 5050 Poplar Street. Approximately 1200 square feet under lease through 2015. Below market at $16.50 per square foot or will consider any reasonable offer. Contact David Haines, AOC general counsel, at (615) 741-2687.
Suite of three offices available. Excellent rate and location downtown near Shelby County Courthouse and Criminal Justice Complex. Includes parking, reception/light secretarial, phone, utilities. Contact Ellen Fite or Frank Holloman, 901.526.1088.
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Attorney—The MBA is looking for an attorney to assist with its online CLE. Candidates should be comfortable with technology and be self-starters. Hours will vary depending on the number of seminars during the week, but the schedule is flexible. This is a paid position. Interested persons should send their resume to CLE/Sections Director Lesia Beach at email@example.com
Attorney—Law Office seeking an attorney with 3 - 5 years of litigation experience. Excellent writing skills required. Please send your resume to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Receptionist—Immediate opening for Receptionist at small East Memphis Law Firm. Position is full-time and will be paid on an hourly basis. Interested candidates send resume to Mary at email@example.com.
Legal Assistant—Downtown Law Firm has immediate opening for a Legal Assistant for one senior partner and one junior partner. Candidate must be motivated, organized and self-sufficient. Will work primarily in labor and employment law (arbitrations, civil service) and federal court (lawsuits) based. Knowledge of Federal court is a must. Knowledge of state courts is a plus. Position would involve, but not limited to, updating and tracking two calendars, opening and organizing files (computer and paper files), drafting letters and simple pleadings, finalizing briefs and court filings with proper citations, etc., drafting discovery and responses to discovery. Experience is a must as well as familiarity with at least some of their programs/software: WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Needles, and the concept of billing your time. Salary will be based on experience. Position is full-time and includes benefits. Qualified candidates send resume to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YLD Happy Hour & Basketball League Draft Tonight at Flying Saucer
The 2012 season of the MBA Young Lawyers Division Basketball League will get started Thursday, February 23, 2011, at the Flying Saucer downtown (130 Peabody Place) with the annual Happy Hour and Basketball Draft sponsored by Flying Paper. The Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm, and the Draft begins at 6:00 pm. Even if you do not intend to play, please come to the Happy Hour and Basketball Draft and support your fellow colleagues as they begin their road to the championship. If you are signing up a team or if you plan to enter the draft, please contact Tim Johnson at 685-2662 or email@example.com as soon as possible. You can also contact Irwin Magevney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jake Dickerson at email@example.com if you are interested in playing. You do not have to wait for the draft to sign up a team or to register for the draft! But the draft on February 23rd will be your last chance to sign up a team or be placed on a team. First time players should attend and participate in the draft, even if you already have a preferred team. The games will begin in March, usually one game a week, and will likely be held at Grace-St. Luke's Church. More details about game nights, times, and locations will be available in the next few weeks.
Bench Bar Is Coming to the Courthouse, Tomorrow
Representatives from the planning committee for the 2012 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference, May 9-12 in Destin, Florida, will be on hand at the Shelby County Courthouse on Friday, February 24th from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The committee members will debut the conference schedule, answer your questions, and give you the opportunity to register while there. Discounts apply for early registration and the committee will have stickers and other goodies to help you show your support for the conference. If you can't make it to the Courthouse tomorrow, visit www.memphisbar.org/benchbar for more information.
Congrats St. Mary’s, 2012 Mock Trial Champs!
Please join us in congratulating St. Mary's Episcopal School who won the 2012 District 1 Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, February 16th at the Shelby County Courthouse. In an extremely close round, St. Mary's bested the Red Team from St. George's Independent School. Both teams will represent District 1 in the State Competition sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division next month. Presided over by Judge Phyllis Gardner, the Championship Round was also judged by Immediate Past MBA President, John Cannon, and Current MBA YLD President, Abby Webb. The judges also recognized Sukriti Mohan and Tara Schultz as the Best Attorneys from St. Mary's and St. George's respectively. Additionally, Ashley Moody from St. George's and Priyanka Moolchandani from St. Mary's received recognition as Best Witness from each of their schools. The MBA YLD would like to thank everyone who made this year's Mock Trial Competition possible, especially YLD board members Nicole Grida and Jonathan Nelson who chaired the competition; all the judges who allowed use of their courtrooms; the volunteers who judged the rounds; and all members of the courthouse staff who provided us with access to the courthouse for the past two weeks. Best of luck to St Mary's and St. George's at State - let's keep the title here in Shelby County for another year!
Renew MBA Dues by March 1, Receive $20 CLE Discount
If you pay your 2012 MBA dues by March 1, you will receive a $20 discount card that you can use for any MBA CLE program (including the Bench Bar Conference and sections' seminars)! Click on the following link to be taken to your profile page on the MBA website: https://m360.memphisbar.org/frontend/portal/Main.aspx. You will need to log in and then you can access your dues invoice and either pay it online using a Visa or MasterCard, or print and return it to the MBA with your check. If you have trouble accessing your profile page, please contact Membership Coordinator Charlotte Gean at 527.3574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spread the Word—Law Rules Speakers Ready to Go!
The MBA "Law Rules" program is off to a great start with close to 40 volunteers trained and ready to go. For those who missed the training session last week, a video of the program will soon be posted on the "Law Rules" page of our website. We are busy booking speaking engagements throughout the city but still need your help in spreading the word about this ambitious effort. Please take a moment to read this great write-up by Andy Meek of the Memphis Daily News regarding the program and share it with a group you think might be interested in hosting a "Law Rules" presentation. For more information, click here, or to volunteer or schedule a speaking engagement, contact Anne Fritz at email@example.com or 901.527.3573.
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Pro Bono Schedules:
Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic
& Saturday Legal Clinic
Click here to view this week's schedule.
Important 2012 MBA Dates
Add these important dates to your calendar:
- YLD Legal Lines on WREG-TV—April 19
- Law Week 2012—April 27 (Launch Party) through May 4
- Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference, Destin, FL—May 9-12
- Summer Law Intern Program—May 30, Orientation; June 4-29, program; July 12, Closing Ceremony
- YLD Golf Tournament—September 28
- YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
- MBA Annual Meeting—December 6
Happy Hour and Basketball Draft Tonight
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Support the Law School’s Public Action Law Society on February 23
The Public Action Law Society at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host a fundraising luncheon for Alternative Spring Break on Thursday, February 23, from 12-1pm in the law school Student Lounge, and a benefit show at Earnestine & Hazel's that night at 9pm. Tickets are $10 for the luncheon and donations will be accepted at the door during the show. Food will be provided by numerous local donors, and all members of the downtown business and legal communities are invited to attend. A silent auction will also be held during the luncheon with bidding items donated by Memphis businesses. Come enjoy some local Memphis cuisine, and support the law school's ASB pro bono service projects!
Unveiling of Judge D’Army Bailey’s Portrait, February 24
You are cordially invited to a Portrait Presentation for the Honorable D‘Army Bailey on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Division 8 - Circuit Court. A reception, sponsored by Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., will immediately follow in Room 227 of the Courthouse.
Glass Ceiling Initiative Focus Group, February 28
The Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW) and the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) have teamed together to launch the Glass Ceiling Initiative. The Glass Ceiling Initiative is an intensive examination of issues facing women in the practice of law with particular focus on retention and advancement of women in the profession. To confidentially and freely discuss issues, practical solutions, and tips for women and management concerning compensation, flex time, maternity leave issues as well mentoring, sponsorship and networking issues, TLAW is facilitating focus groups comprised of a diverse background of women lawyers. Focus groups are being held all across the state with an overwhelming response from participants. The information provided in the focus groups will be confidential and no information will be attributable to any participant. The Memphis focus group will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on February 28, 2012 in the Wade Auditorium at the University of Memphis School of Law which is located at 1 North Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103. TLAW will provide light refreshments. Because space is limited, please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to attend. When you confirm, we will send you some written information to facilitate the discussions.
Mississippi Sports Law Review Spring Symposium, March 2
The 2012 Mississippi Sports Law Review spring symposium will be held March 2 at 1 p.m. in room 1078 of the University of Mississippi School of Law. The symposium will address the legal topics associated with the Bowl Championship Series and Conference Realignment/Expansion. For more information, click here.
U of M Law Alternative Spring Break, March 5-9
For the third year in a row, the Public Action Law Society (PALS) and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will sponsor Alternative Spring Break (ASB), an opportunity for law students from around the country to perform community service in lieu of vacationing. This year the event will be held March 5-9 at the Law School in Downtown Memphis. Sixty-two law students from eight law schools, including 29 students from the University of Memphis, will participate in four service tracks. They will also attend a series of tutorials and presentations on “hot topics” in the law. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of Mississippi each will send eight students. Other schools participating are the University of Toledo, Valparaiso, Southern, Nova Southeastern, and George Washington University. Click here to read more from the University of Memphis School of Law.
Luncheon Honoring Jocelyn Wurzburg with Public Service in Mediation Award
On March 9, 2012, Memphis mediator Jocelyn Wurzburg will receive the 2012 Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award at a luncheon jointly sponsored by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee and the Tennessee Association for Professional Mediators. The luncheon will be at the Lipscomb University Ezell Center, Nashville TN. For more information, go to http://www.tennmediators.org/pg17.cfm.
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 http://www.memphis.edu/mediaroom/releases/aug11/lawsymposium.htm or contact Isaac Kimes at 901-678-2097 email@example.com.
2012 Summer Law Intern Program Applications Due March 23
Applications for the 2012 Summer Law Intern Program, which introduces minority high school students to the “real world” practice of law, are now available. The program is open to students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in August 2012 and who are residents of Shelby County. In addition to the application, students must write an essay on why they want to participate in the program, get a letter of reference from an adult, and be interviewed by a panel of attorneys. If accepted, the student will work at least 60 hours from June 4-29 and attend group activities on Friday afternoon. If the student successfully completes the internship, he/she will receive a $500 stipend.
Click here to download an application or contact Mary Lynes (271.0660; firstname.lastname@example.org). If you know a minority high school student with an interest in the law, please encourage them to apply. If you are interested in sponsoring an intern, either by having them work in your office or by paying the stipend so they can work at a government or non-profit agency, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575; email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or email@example.com .
YLD Legal Lines Live from WREG Studios, April 19
The MBA Young Lawyers Division and WREG Channel 3 are working together again to bring our community Legal Lines, a live legal help call-in program, on Thursday, April 19th. Traditionally held during Law Week, the YLD is instead hosting it earlier in April and will pair the community service event with a networking Happy Hour afterward (location to be announced). Look for more details coming soon!
2012 Annual Memorial Service Set for May 2
The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Wed., May 2, 2012, at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. This year's honorees include:
Grady Whitman Agee—7/23/2011
Arch Boyce Boyd—11/25/2011
Jess David Ewing—11/9/2011
William “Bill” Domico—5/15/2011
Stephen Hale— 5/27/2011
Eugene L. Heffernam—8/5/2011
Valerie Walsh Johnson—1/31/2012
Hon. Hosea T. Lockard—12/12/2011
John Evans McKee—11/21/2011
John Chelsea Moore—5/3/2011
Bishop J. O. Patterson, Jr.—6/25/2011
Rev. Glenwood Paris Roane, Sr.—2/30/2011
Patricia Penn— 9/2/2011
Seymour S. “Sy” Rosenberg—7/23/2011
Annie Benita “Bonnie” Schledwitz—10/5/2011
James Robert Smoot, Dean Emeritus —7/12/2011
Atty. General Hugh Wright Stanton, Jr.—5/23/2011
Russell X. Thompson—11/24/2011
William E. Walsh, Jr.—12/20/2011
William M. Walsh—5/11/2011
If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.527.3573.
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 www.memphisbar.org/benchbar for more details.
YLD Golf Tournament, September 28
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual golf tournament on Friday, September 28th at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington, Tenn. There will be a shotgun start at 1 pm. Mark your calendar and look for more details this summer.
Learn by Doing at the Trial Academy, October 19-21
The MBA’s Litigation Section is sponsoring The Trial Academy from Oct. 19-21 (during Judicial Conference) at the Shelby County Courthouse. The Academy is a “learn by doing” seminar designed to hone the trial skills of young attorneys. Participants will receive a civil trial problem in advance, for which they will have to prepare, just as for an actual trial. At the Academy, the participants will conduct trial exercises while being videotaped and will receive a constructive critique of their performance from some of the finest trial lawyers in Memphis and the surrounding area. This is an invaluable and cost effective way to get courtroom training when the opportunities for trial experience are dwindling.
The registration fee is $750, a bargain when compared to similar programs. More information, including a schedule, will be available in the next month. Check www.memphisbar.org for the latest information and mark your calendar now to attend!
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Upcoming Live Seminars:
How to Spot a Product Liability Case, The Dynamics of Trucking Litigation and Navigating Medicare
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
February 29, 2012
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Bank Tennessee, 150 Court Ave.
Speakers: Hank Didier, Joseph A. Fried and Rob Davis
2 hours general credit
The Art of Advocacy - What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
3.0 hours general
Use the code “phonecle” to receive a discount
Register at: www.trtcle.com
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
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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