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Part-Time Position—The MBA is seeking a part-time person to help grow its online CLE presence. Duties include taping and editing live seminars for later playback online and arranging webinars. The number of seminars varies by month; most are held during the day. Person should be familiar with audio-visual equipment, including taping and editing; background in media a plus. Pay is $15/hour. Send a resume to Lesia Beach, CLE/Sections Director, at

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—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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Law Rules Visits Are Underway!

MBA representatives have completed eight visits thus far in the "Law Rules" initiative with five scheduled and several more in the works. However, we have a long way to go before reaching our goal of 200 visits this year. Please help spread the word to community groups, schools and professional organizations that you are affiliated with about this valuable educational opportunity aimed at spreading the word about the important role of our American legal system.
     On March 3rd, attorney Johnny Rasberry spoke at the Memphis Urban Debate League City Championship on this topic. The discussion was part history lesson and part civics lesson, addressing issues such as the Separation of Powers, the origin of judicial review, and how these concepts have contributed to better our society in areas such as civil rights. 
     "The participants were very interested in how our legal system affects their lives and had many spirited and intelligent questions concerning our law and how it is practiced in our courtrooms on a daily basis," said Rasberry. "I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to this fine group of very intelligent young people, and I look forward to more opportunities to share the positive role of our profession in society."
     If you know a group that would be interested in having a visit from a "Law Rules" volunteer, please contact Anne Fritz at, and please click here to learn more about the program and its goals. 

Informational Meeting About Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section, March 19

Tom Coupé of Juvenile Court is spearheading an effort to establish a Juvenile and Child Welfare Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association. To begin the process of creating the group, anyone interested in joining the group is invited to attend an upcoming organizational meeting on Monday, March 19th at 5:30 pm at the Bayou Bar and Grill on Madison Avenue. During this meeting, signatures will be gathered, which are necessary to form the section under the MBA by-laws, and proposed section by-laws and officer nominations will be discussed. For more information about the proposed section by-laws and the section in general, contact Tom at 901-405-8581.

Bench Bar Happy Hour on April 5

Let the celebration begin early! Join your colleagues at a Bench Bar Happy Hour on Thurs., April 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cortona, 948 S. Cooper. There will be free appetizers and drinks—until the limit is reached! After that, you can still order drinks at the happy hour price of $5. In addition, there will be drawings for U of M basketball “goodies” signed by Coach Josh Pastner. However, to be eligible, you must have already registered for the Conference, or register during the happy hour. For more information about the Conference, including reservation, registration, and schedule information, go to

District Court Appoints Standing Local Rules Committee

The judges of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee have issued an administrative order appointing a Standing Local Rules Committee to review and possibly revise the Local Rules of practice for the Western District of Tennessee. The 13-member committee consists of eight civil practitioners and five criminal practitioners, who will consider the Local Rules for both areas of practice. A judicial officer will serve as an ex officio member of the committee. The appointed practitioners to the committee are Richard Carter, Chairperson; Annie Christoff, Reporter; David Camp; Odell Horton; Jr.; Michelle Kimbril-Parks; Lorna S. McClusky; Mary Hale Morris; Thomas L. Parker; Amy M. Pepke; Doris Randle-Holt; Russell E. Reviere; William B. Ryan; and Michael Stengel.

MBA Publications Committee Meeting Today at Noon

The MBA Publications Committee will meet today, Thursday, March 8th, at noon at Martin Tate Morrow & Marston (6410 Poplar Ave, Ste 1000 International Place, Tower II). If you are interested in serving on the committee this year, please attend. If you are unable to make it but would like to be included on future Publications Committee meeting notices, please email Dottie McCallen at The primary responsibility of the committee is to direct the content of Memphis Lawyer, the bimonthly magazine of the Memphis Bar. To view the current edition of the publication, click here.

The Young Lawyers' Appeal - Spring 2012

The MBA YLD debuted a new online format for its quarterly newsletter, The Young Lawyers' Appeal, this week. Click here to read the latest in YLD news. 

Calvary Lenten Preaching Series Continues

The line-up of speakers for next week includes The Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas of Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church, Memphis; The Rev. Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms, Nashville; Dr. A.J. Levine, Prof. of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University; and the Rev. Sonia Walker, First Congregational Church, Memphis. Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel will speak on Mon. and Tues., March 19 and 20. The preaching series (and Waffle Shop) end on March 30th. For a complete listing of speakers, go to

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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

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

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 Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour

On March 29, 2012, beginning at 4:30pm, the YLD will host its first Triple Threat of the Year! The YLD's Triple Threat Series is an opportunity for lawyers to (1) leave work early, (2) earn low-cost CLE credit, and (3) socialize on our tab. This Triple Threat will be held at The Brass Door located at 152 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38103. The CLE, entitled "Deciphering Assets: Understanding Individual and Small Business Tax Returns...You Have to Read One Eventually", will be presented by Robert Vance of Forensic and Valuation Services, PLC. Through this CLE, Robert Vance will demonstrate how to: reconcile reported income with true income, read the following forms: W-2, K-1, 1040, 1065, 1120S, deconstruct a Form 1040 for income and hidden assets, and identify the major aspects of a business’ financial statements and how they end up on a corporate tax return. Ultimately, if you deal with damages, this CLE will undoubtedly be helpful to your practice. The CLE will be followed by a Happy Hour beginning at 5:30 pm also at the Brass Door. For more details and to register for the seminar, click here.

Law Symposium Will Discuss Death Penalty Issues, Including the "West Memphis Three" Case, March 30

“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 symposium sponsored by the Law Review of the University of Memphis School of Law on March 30, 2012. The Hon. Dan Stidham, an Arkansas judge who was a lawyer on the original defense team for accused murderers the “West Memphis Three,” will be among the speakers. More information about the symposium is available at or contact Isaac Kimes at 901-678-2097

YLD Legal Lines Live from WREG Studios, April 19

Happy Hour at Earnestine & Hazel's

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 at Earnestine & Hazel's on S. Main at the corner of G.E. Patterson. For more information or to volunteer for the event, please contact Nicole Grida ( or Jonathan Nelson (

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:

Impeach Justice Douglas!
Live Webcast 
Produced by Periaktos Productions
Wednesday, March 14
11:00 am
3.0 Hours Dual Credit

Ben Franklin on Ethics
Live Webcast
Produced by Periaktos Productions
Wednesday, March 28 
11:00 am
1.25 Hours Dual Credit

New Judicial Disqualification Rules

Thursday, March 29
11:30 am – 1 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Hon. Joe G. Riley; Lucian Pera, Adams & Reese; and Bruce Smith, Apperson Crump
1.5 Hours Dual Credit

Telephone Seminars

Presented by TRT CLE
Use the code “phonecle” to receive a discount and click here for course listings and registration.

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

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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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