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Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

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

—Law Office seeking an attorney with 3 - 5 years of litigation experience. Excellent writing skills required. Please send your resume to Mary at

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

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

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Bench Bar Registration & Schedule Is Now Online!

Go to for reservation, registration and schedule information for the 2012 MBA Bench, Bar & Boardroom Conference to be held May 9-12 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida.

Renew MBA Dues This Week, Receive $20 CLE Discount!

If you pay your 2012 MBA dues by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, March 2nd, 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: 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

Our Condolences

James W. Hodges, Jr., 58, died on February 25. He attended Memphis State University and graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1982. He joined his father’s law firm in Memphis and practiced law, with an emphasis in criminal law, for many years. He was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Optimists, and YOMCA where he was a board member for several years and currently serving as president. He is survived by his parents, James W. Hodges, Sr. and Norma P. Hodges, his four children, Kathryn Elizabeth, Shelby Madison, Bailey Allison, and James W. Hodges, III; three sisters and several nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held in the chapel of Central Church, 205 Winchester, Collierville, on Sat., March 3 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be sent to the Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Society.

Edward Preston Acker Smith, 86, passed away on February 28. A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, he practiced law in Memphis for over 50 years. He was a member and past president of the Memphis Bar Association as well as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. At age 29, he was elected to the Tennessee Senate, but it was later determined that he didn’t meet the age requirements, and he didn’t serve. He was in the Navy in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kayse C. Smith and his son, Edward Preston Smith. He leaves his daughter Marsha C. Smith and his wife Jeanne B. Smith. He leaves his three grandchildren Ian Smith, Spencer Smith and Kayse Smith. He also leaves four step-daughters Judy Oakes (Neil), Jeanne B Thoma, Debbie B. Carosella and Lisa B. Jehl (Louis) and nine step-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, March 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be on Friday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel at Second Presbyterian Church with the Entombment with military honors at Memorial Park immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army, Memphis Humane Society or the Second Presbyterian Chapel Class. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at

Henry Von Sutton, 80, died on February 27 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. After getting his law degree at Vanderbilt University in 1961, he practiced law in Memphis for 35 years and was a member of Delta Theta Pi Law Fraternity. He volunteered for the Navy during the Korean War, serving as a sonarman on a destroyer, and was discharged as a petty officer 1st class in 1955. He taught speech at Memphis State University, was co-chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, delegate to the Democratic National Convention and Elector of the Electoral College. He ran for Congress in 1966. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Doris Seymour Sutton; three sons, Michael and Joseph of Hollywood, CA, and Franklin of Memphis; a daughter, Frances Sutton Gutt (Thomas) of Memphis; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held Thurs., March 1 at 2 p.m. at Family Funeral Care. Donations may be sent to The Kirby Pines Foundation, The Henry V. Sutton Memorial Fund, 3535 Kirby Road, Memphis, TN 38115.

JP&P Committee to Meet Tuesday Morning

The Judicial Practice & Procedure Committee will meet on Tues., March 6 at 8 a.m. in the offices of Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, International Place, Tower II (6410 Poplar Ave.) The committee serves as a liaison between the Bar and the judiciary and considers policies and procedures to improve the effectiveness of the court system. If you would like to join the committee, please come to Tuesday’s meeting, or contact Anne Fritz at 527-3575;

Calvary Lenten Series Has Begun!

The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second St. in downtown Memphis, is in its second week. The Rev. Dr. Mary Lin Hudson will speak on Friday; next week’s speakers include Dr. Marcus Borg (Mon. and Tues.), The Very Rev. Tracey Lind (Wed.), The Rev. John Leach (Thurs.) and Andrew Zirschky (Fri.) For a complete schedule of speakers, go to Of course, the Waffle Shop is also open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 or 901.527.3573. 

New Career Center Listing

A Request for Qualifications for legal services for the Economic Development Growth Engine (“EDGE”) Industrial Development Board ; the Industrial Development Board; and the Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis and Shelby County has been posted to the MBA Attorney Career Center. These three organizations, which have certain board members, officers, staff, and administrative functions in common, are accepting Statements of Qualifications from legal firms interested in providing legal services. Statements of Qualifications are due by 2 pm CST on March 12, 2012. To read more, visit the MBA Attorney Career Center.

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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

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

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

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; 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;

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 .

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
A.J. Cook—4/20/2011
Jess David Ewing—11/9/2011
William “Bill” Domico—5/15/2011
Stephen Hale—5/27/2011
Eugene L. Heffernam—8/5/2011
James W. Hodges—2/25/2012
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
Edward Preston Acker Smith—2/28/2012
Atty. General Hugh Wright Stanton, Jr.—5/23/2011
Henry Von Sutton—2/27/2012
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 or 901.527.3573.

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2012

Registration is now online 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. Go to for details on how to book your condo and to view the conference schedule and register now to get the early bird discount.

AWA Golf Tournament, June 1

The Association of Women Attorneys will host its first annual golf tournament fund raiser on Friday, June 1st at Mirimichi Championship Course in Millington, TN. There will be a shotgun start at 1 pm. In addition to or instead of swinging the sticks, please come out and join an environmental tour of the Nation’s First Audubon Classic Sanctuary Certified Golf Course, led by Mirimichi staff . The AWA welcomes all comers to “The Place of Happy Retreat." Mark your calendar and look for more details in the coming months.

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 for the latest information and mark your calendar now to attend!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars:

Scope of Trustee Avoidance Power & Powers of the Bankruptcy Courts
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
March 6, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 pm
University of Memphis School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
Speakers: Mark Wright, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judges, W.D. TN
2 hours general credit

Telephone Seminars

Use the code “phonecle” to receive a discount
Register at:

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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