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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.

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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Office Administrator—A small Memphis law firm is seeking an individual to perform receptionist duties; general secretarial duties; responsible for TABS (billing software); enter time, expenses and payments; run pre-bills and send monthly bills; allocate payments. Those interested should send a resume to Mary Lynes at

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

Interested in placing an ad in the Bar Bulletin? Click here to download the ad rate sheet and contract.





Law Week Begins Tomorrow!

Law Week 2012 will get rolling tomorrow with the 5th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square from 5-7 pm. Come enjoy free drinks, including wine and Bosco's Beer, food by The Bar-B-Q Shop, and music by WALRUS.  All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Mid-South Food Bank to the event. Feel free to bring your family and even your dog. There will be ice cream for the kids and treats by Hollywood Feed for your dogs.
     Other events scheduled this week include:

Click here to see the official Law Week calendar, and click here to read about the history of Law Week and more from The Memphis Daily News.

Bench Bar is Less Than Two Weeks Away!

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.

Casting Next Week for Entertaining Motions

Casting calls for Entertaining Motions will be held next Monday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 2 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 30 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  

Volunteers Needed for Courthouse Advice Clinic, May 3

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Courthouse Advice and Counsel Clinic next Thursday, May 3, at 1:30 pm at the Shelby County Courthouse. Click here for more details and contact Linda Warren Seely ( / 901.523.8822) for more information and to sign up.

Judge Stotts’ Portrait Unveiling Set for May 4

A ceremony to unveil a portrait of Judge Rita Stotts will be held on Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in the south hallway of the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave.  A reception will follow the ceremony.  Judge Stotts was Judge of Circuit Court, Division IV, from May 2000 until her death in January 2009.  All members of the legal community are invited to attend the ceremony and reception to honor Judge Stotts.

Mental Health Law & Policy Journal Seeks Symposium Proposals

The University of Memphis Mental Health Law & Policy Journal is sponsoring a symposium, “New Voices in Mental Health & Drug Courts”, on Friday, Oct. 19 from 1-5 p.m. at the law school.  The symposium will be held  concurrently with the 2012 Conference: Lawyers as Problem Solvers: New Directions, New Voices.  The Journal is seeking proposals for symposium presentations and publications, specifically in the following areas:  the role Mental Health & Drug Courts should play in the justice system; how Mental Health & Drug Courts should operate; and treatments/alternative processes, such as restorative justice or collaborative law.  The deadline to submit an abstract (limited to 1,000 words) is April 29, 2012; a brief biography or curriculum vita should be included with the abstract.  Accepted authors will be required to submit a well-researched and footnoted manuscript with a minimum of 7,000 words and present a correlating seminar at the Oct. symposium.  Proposals may be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief at

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

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.

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

Law Week 2012 - April 27-May 4

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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. Please join us in honoring those who have died in the past year. Click here to see a list of honorees.

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2012

Click here 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.

Entertaining Motions, May 30

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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 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Billy Hardwick's on Quince Rd in East Memphis. Look for more details in the coming soon!

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:

Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference 
Wednesday, May 9-Saturday, May 12
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida 
Various speakers and topics.
15 Total Hours of CLE Credit
Credit approved in TN, MS & AR
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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