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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.

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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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Law Week 2012 - April 27-May 4

  • Friday, April 27th - Law Week Launch Party in Court Square - 5-7 pm - All members of the Memphis legal community are invited to this family-friendly event. The event will feature live music by WALRUS, food by the BBQ Shop, ice cream, beer, wine and more! It's a FREE event, but as always, we encourage all to bring a monetary or canned good donation for the Mid-South Food Bank. 
  • Monday, April 30th - Naturalization Ceremony - 10 am - The Cannon Center - Come witness hundreds of new citizens be sworn in before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. 
  • Wednesday, May 2 - Annual Memorial Service - 12 pm - Calvary Episcopal Church - Read more details under Calendar below.

Legislative Affairs Committee: Tennessee Plan

The Tennessee Senate is in the final stages of considering two constitutional amendments regarding the Tennessee Plan. The first, SJR183, proposes an amendment to Section 3 of Article VI of the Tennessee Constitution to unequivocally authorize the general assembly, by statute, to establish a system of merit-based appointments with retention elections for appellate court judges. The second, SJR710, proposes an amendment to Article VI, Section 3 in order to constitutionally enshrine a system for selection of each appellate court judge by means of merit-based gubernatorial appointment with legislative confirmation and, thereafter, contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation, retention election by the voters of the state. The Memphis Bar Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee encourages MBA members to contact legislators and urge them to keep the present system and resist any effort to change it by constitutional amendment. The Tennessee Plan has twice been ruled constitutional by special Supreme Courts. Contact information for legislators can be found at

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Fowlkes Nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved the nomination of Criminal Court Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. for the vacant federal judgeship in the Western District of Tennessee. The next step is a confirmation vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate, a vote that has not been scheduled. Click here to read the entire article from The Commercial Appeal.

YLD Legal Lines on WREG and Happy Hour at Earnestine & Hazel's Today!

Members of the MBA Young Lawyers Division will answer legal questions live on WREG Ch. 3 today from 4-6:30 during Legal Lines. Those with legal questions can call 1-800-753-WREG (9734) to speak with an attorney during the broadcast.
     Also today, the YLD will host its monthly Happy Hour at Earnestine & Hazel's (531 South Main). Sponsored by The Hotels of Court Square, all members of the MBA are invited to come out and enjoy soul burgers and free drinks for a portion of the event. 

Calling All Entertainers! Casting April 24th for Entertaining Motions

A casting call for Entertaining Motions will be held next Tuesday, April 24 at 5:45 pm at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Ste 220).  Anyone who is interested in appearing in this year’s show, which will be held May 31 at the Buckman Performing Arts Theater, should attend.  Entertaining Motions is a longstanding tradition in the Memphis legal community. The legal community's finest singers, actors, comedians, dancers and those who just like to have a good time come together to present a parody of legal life in Shelby County. It's always good for a laugh and funds raised through the performance support Access to Justice initiatives. Those with questions can contact Mary Lynes at 901.271.0660 or  

Smith Featured in Commercial Appeal, Speaks with WMC-TV Staff

MBA President Gary Smith has been hard at work this week promoting and presenting the "Law Rules: The Importance of the American Legal System" initiative. On Tuesday, a guest column by Gary was published in The Commercial Appeal, and on Wednesday morning, Gary (pictured) spoke to the staff at WMC-TV Ch. 5 about the importance of a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law.
     Visit the Law Rules webpage to learn more about the program and help spread the word about this fantastic program throughout our community. If you would like to volunteer as a speaker or if you are hesitant about speaking but would like to assist with our efforts by serving on the Law Rules committee, contact Dottie McCallen at or Anne Fritz at

Bench Bar Bargain Alert!

First, take a few minutes to browse the official Bench Bar & Boardroom 2012 brochure at  and register now. Among the impressive list of speakers are Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Judge Bernice Bouie Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton, Chief Judge Jon McCalla of the U.S. District Court,  U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo, Criminal Court Judge Christopher Craft, and Circuit Court Judges Gina Higgins and Robert Weiss—to name a few. 
     While you soak up some rays and get 15 hours of CLE, your best friend can also be living in luxury at BrownDog Lodge. Board your dog at BrownDog Lodge during the conference May 9-12 and receive 10% off your pet's stay! Established in 2007, BrownDog Lodge is a luxury dog hotel, daycare and spa located in the heart of East Memphis at 4953 Black Road, near the intersection of Poplar and Mendenhall. Hotel suites offer flat panel TVs and comfortable bedding, and webcams throughout the facility offer live video of daycare and hotel guests. For more information, visit and call 901.767.1187 today to make your Bench Bar reservation. Be sure to tell them you are attending the Memphis Bar Bench Bar Conference.

Sponsor a Summer Law Intern!

Around 200 applications were received by the deadline for the 2012 Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP). Now, it's time to secure their workplaces for the summer. If you are interested in sponsoring an intern June 4-29, 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 (901.527.3575; To learn more about the program, click here.

Legal Summer Intern Positions in Nashville

The Tennessee Department of Treasury has two vacant summer intern positions available in its Legal division. The positions are in Nashville, and the work hours are Monday –Friday 8 am- 4:30 pm. The hourly rate of pay is $12.00, and candidates must be high school graduates or hold a GED and current enrollment in law school or an accredited paralegal studies program is preferred. Click here to read more. Interested applicants should email their resumes to by Friday, April 27, 2012.

Spring Cleaning? Justice for All Silent Auction Wants Your Items!

Legal organizations in Memphis have joined together to support an online silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Memphis Area Legal Services.  The organizations are planning a series of three online silent auctions, the first of which will “go live” on Monday, June 4. How can you help? It’s easy – just donate one (or more) items for the silent auction! Have a garage full of “stuff”? Does your firm have unused furniture in good condition? Then donate it!  story continued here

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Pro Bono Schedules: 
Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic
& Saturday Legal Clinic

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Before You Volunteer, Watch...

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
3.5 hrs Total Credit: 1.25 Dual / 2.25 General
Free to those who volunteer!

Important 2012 MBA Dates

Add these important dates to your calendar:

  • 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

YLD Legal Lines Live from WREG Studios & Happy Hour at Earnestine & Hazel's, April 19

Read more under Headlines above.

Benjamin Hooks Documentary Premiere, April 20

The Benjamin L. Hook Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis invites you to the Red Carpet Premiere of "Duty of the Hour," a documentary on the life of Benjamin L. Hooks, on April 20th from 5:30 – 8 pm at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $127.50. The event is part of the Hooks Institute Annual Civil and Human Rights Conference, April 18-29. For more information about the documentary, go to, and visit to learn more about the conference. Or, contact the Hooks Institute at (901) 678-3974.

Law Week 2012 - April 27-May 4

Read more under headlines above.

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
Professor Francis A.Gabor—3/10/2012
James Leonard Garthright, III—4/14/2012
Stephen Hale—5/27/2011
Eugene L. Heffernan—8/5/2011
James W. Hodges—2/25/2012
Valerie Walsh Johnson—1/31/2012
Col. Robert G. Kissling, Jr.—4/14/2012
James Hunter Lane, Jr.—4/22/2012 
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

Take a few minutes to browse the official Bench Bar & Boardroom 2012 brochure at  and register now. Among the impressive list of speakers are Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Judge Bernice Bouie Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton, Chief Judge Jon McCalla of the U.S. District Court,  U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo, Criminal Court Judge Christopher Craft, and Circuit Court Judges Gina Higgins and Robert Weiss—to name a few. Soak up some sun and get 15 hours of CLE credit at this 4-day conference in beautiful Destin, Florida. Click here to read more.

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.

Comments on “Plain Language” General Sessions Forms Due June 11

The Tennessee Supreme Court is seeking comments on the following forms originally proposed by the Tennessee General Sessions Conference and reviewed by the Access to Justice Commission. If adopted by the Court, the forms would be “universally acceptable and legally sufficient for use in civil cases before the General Sessions Courts in Tennessee.” The forms are: (1) Protected Income and Assets (Affidavit of Claim Exemptions);(2) Request to Make Payments (Motion and Affidavit for Installment Payments);(3) Request Not to Pay Fees for Appeal (Pauper's Oath in Lieu of Appeal Bond); (4) Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order (Uniform Civil Affidavit of Indigency);(5) Request to Protect Income and Assets (Motion to Quash Garnishment/Execution and Claim Exemption Rights); and(6) Sworn Denial (Sworn Denial on Account). The deadline for comments is June 11. To view the forms, go to; they are listed under SC Rule 52.

YLD Bowling Tournament, June 14

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a bowling tournament on June 14th at Billy Hardwick's on Quince Rd in East Memphis. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

Bankruptcy Section Golf Tournament, June 22

MBA Bankruptcy Section will host its golf tournament on Friday, June 22 at Stonebridge; shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and look for more details in the coming months.

Project Homeless Connect, July 12

Volunteers will be needed to provide on-site legal assistance to the homeless on July 12th at the Cook Convention Center. Mark your calendar for this important event and look for more details in the coming months! Click here to read an article about the 2011 event. 

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:

Must Have CLE for the Family Law Practitioner in 2012
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Tuesday, April 24
9:00am - 4:50pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe, Ste 220
Various speakers & topics
6 hrs general CLE credit

Live Webcast:
Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
Co-sponsored with Periaktos Productions, LLC
Wednesday, April 25
11:00am - 1:15pm
2.25 hrs dual CLE credit

Techniques Hackers Use to Attack Law Firms 
Sponsored by Technology Section
Wednesday, April 25
12:00 – 1:00 pm * Lunch included
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe, Ste 220 
Speaker: James F. Ruffer, III 
1 hr dual credit

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

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

Managing Your Online Presence to Grow Your Practice
1 hr dual credit

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 register for online course and to purchase ALI-ABA products:  
Click here to view the available ALI-ABA live courses and webcasts:

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

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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