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East Memphis, established general practice firm seeks associate to share space with three attorneys. Arrangement will include a receptionist, office, conference room, use of general office equipment and more. Great location with easy access. Contact, Larry Weissman, 901.763.2134 or

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.

Three Offices for Rent, individually or all three.
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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Executive/Legal/Assistant to General Counsel—Long time privately-held Memphis corporation has opening for experienced Executive/Legal/Assistant. Candidate must be professional, highly organized and willing to work in different capacities as needed. Job duties include, but are not limited to, assisting General Counsel in typing and revising legal documents, managing extensive filing system, coordinating multiple outside counsel, handling frequent travel arrangements and organizing business meetings, both on and offsite. Great salary and benefits to right candidate. Please send resume and salary history to or fax to Mary (901) 527-3582.

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  

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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Signed Chancery Court Rules Available Online

The Circuit Court and Chancery Court of the 30th Judicial District proposed amendments to their local rules to allow for e-filing in their respective courts. The comment period having ended on May 18th, the Chancellors signed the final local rules with a few revisions resulting from comments. The signed rules are published on the Memphis Bar Association website for your review. Click here to view them now.  The proposed amendments will take effect on June 25, 2012 unless prior to that date, either court amends, modifies or withdraws them. 

Daily News Covers Justice for All Auction

Bidding Starts Next Week!

Andy Meek of The Memphis Daily News covers the plans for the Justice for All Online Auction in today's edition. Click here to read the article. Click here to preview the auction items, and click here to learn more about this event.

Summer Law Intern Program Orientation Held Wed.

Around 70 high school students, and several parents, attended the orientation Wed. morning for the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP), which runs from June 4-29. The purpose of the SLIP is to let the interns experience the “real world” of practicing law and thus encourage them to consider the law as a career. The interns, who come from Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and several private schools, learned the rules and procedures for the program from Circuit Court Judge Gina Higgins and attorney Sherry Brooks from ServiceMaster, the co-chairs of the MBA’s Diversity Committee, and Wendy Oliver from the U.S. District Court, who is a committee member. Another committee member, Tom Campbell from ServiceMaster, gave advice to the workplaces on how to maximize the interns’ experience.
     Close to 50 workplaces are participating in the SLIP, including ServiceMaster (7 interns), Juvenile Court (6 interns), and the City Attorney’s Office (5 interns). New workplaces this year are the Blount Law Firm, the Chancery, Circuit, General Session & Probate Court Clerks’ Offices, Circuit Court Judge Jerry Stokes, International Paper, Nettles Harris Law Firm, and S L Perkins Law Group. The MBA is in need of sponsors to underwrite the cost of the interns being placed in government and non-profit settings. The cost is $500, but any amount is appreciated. Checks should be made payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation (the contribution is tax deductible) and sent to Anne Fritz at 80 Monroe, Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103.

Our Condolences

Emma Jean Pierotti, widow of Probate Judge Leonard D. Pierotti, died May 26 at the age of 87. She was a graduate of St. Agnes Academy, which later selected her as one of its outstanding graduates at the school’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, and attended Memphis State University. Mrs. Pierotti was past president of the Auxiliary to the Memphis Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association and served on several local boards including the Memphis City Beautiful Commission and the American Cancer Society. She was a member of Unico, which in 1999 honored her as the “Outstanding Italian of the Year.”
     Mrs. Pierotti is survived by her niece, Beverly Camurati Thomas, nephew, James D. Camurati, and great-niece Merry Beth Camurati, who were her caregivers, as well as another nephew, five other great-nieces and a great-nephew. The family will receive guests on Thurs., May 31 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Memphis Funeral and Memorial Gardens. Procession will then leave the funeral home for a graveside service beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Pierotti requested that any memorials be sent to the scholarship fund of St. Agnes Academy, Madonna Circle or Ave Maria Home. Online condolences and tributes may be made at

Attorney Cecil G. Keltner, co-founder of Gatti & Keltner Law Firm, has died at the age of 92. He graduated from Tech High School in 1938 and attended the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and Southern Law School (now the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law). He practiced law for 53 years and was a member of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations as well as the Federal Courts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. He served as Germantown City Judge and as a former member of the planning commission, was one of the architects of the city’s sign and tree ordnances. He was a deacon and Bible teacher at Bellevue and Union Avenue Baptist Churches and served for 22 years in the U.S. Army Active Reserve (JAG), being discharged with the rank of Lt. Col.
     He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Margarete, who died in 2007, and his daughter, Mardite Dieterian. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Arnwine (Jeff) and son, Howard (Kathy), three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. In lieu of flowers, he requested that memorials be made in his honor to Union Avenue Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made by visiting

William Kratzke Named Interim Dean of U of M Law School

Professor William P. Kratzke has been named interim dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. He will take office June 1, 2012, and will succeed Kevin Smith, who is returning full-time to teaching and research.
     In announcing Kratzke’s appointment, U of M Provost Ralph Faudree said, “Professor Kratzke not only is an internationally recognized scholar and educator, but he has substantial experience as an administrator. The University is fortunate to have a leader with his background who can assume the leadership of the law school.”
     Kratzke has taught at the U of M law school since 1979. He served as associate dean from 1989 to 1991, and in 1995 he was named Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, a J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, and an LL.M. centered on labor law from Georgetown University. At Valparaiso, he was managing editor and note editor of the law review.
     Click here to read more about Professor Kratzke.

2012 Bench Bar T-Shirts - $5

Save the Date for the 2013 Conference

Even if you didn’t attend the 2012 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference, you can still get a t-shirt for only $5! Small, medium and large sizes are available; you can pick one up at the MBA office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
     And, mark your calendar for the 2013 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference in Destin, Florida, May 8-11, 2013 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort. Visit for updates about the conference throughout the year.

Install MBA Website Icon on Android, iPhone

Did you know the MBA website has its own iPhone and Android home screen icon? This means that you can add our website's icon to your phone and pull up our site more easily to access CLE course listing, search our member and mediator databases, and much more. Here is how it can be setup:

1. Pull up your website in your phone browser
2. Select the bookmark icon, on an iphone it is at the bottom of the screen in the middle
3. Choose “add to home screen” 
If you have any questions, please email Dottie McCallen at

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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:

  • Summer Law Intern Program—June 4-29, program; July 12, Closing Ceremony
  • YLD Golf Tournament—September 28
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

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." For more information and to register, click here. For sponsorship information, click here

Tennessee Judicial Conference Event in Memphis June 6

Join The Tennessee Judicial Conference Wednesday evening, June 6, along the banks of the Mississippi River at Mud Island from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm. To learn more about the event and register (limited space available), click here.

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.

Are You Ready for E-Filing?

The Circuit Court and Chancery Court of the 30th Judicial District will transition to e-filing on Monday, June 25, 2012. The Memphis Bar Association has already begun training seminars for attorneys, paralegals, and legal office staff in preparation for the transition. The seminars are taught by administrators and IT professionals from the courts and Shelby County government. Click on the links below for more informaiton on the upcoming seminars and to register. Early registration is recommended as the seminars have been filling up quickly. Look for details on an online seminar coming soon!

Introduction to E-Filing in the Circuit & Chancery Court
Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
University of Memphis School of Law, Room 244 
Speakers: Maury Wessels, Manager of Information Services for Shelby County, and Jim Hivner, Chief Administrative Officer for Shelby County Chancery Court
1.5 hours of general CLE credit
Click here to register now.

Introduction to E-Filing in the Circuit & Chancery Court
12:00 - 1:00 pm
University of Memphis School of Law, Room 244
Speakers: Maury Wessels, Manager of Information Services for Shelby County and Van Sturdivant, Chief Administrative Officer, Shelby County 
1.0 hour of general CLE credit
Click here to register now.

For updates regarding e-filing and our seminar offerings, click here

Register Now! YLD Bowling Tournament, June 14

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a bowling night on Thursday, June 14th, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Billy Hardwick’s All-star Lanes, 576 S. White Station Rd, Memphis, TN 38117 (corner of White Station & Quince). The cost is $10 per person, which includes shoe rental and bowling for 2 hours. Drinks will be provided. As a result of a generous sponsorship from Counsel on Call, the first 20 people to register for the event will be able to bowl for free. The free spots are going fast so click here to register now.

Applications for Federal Public Defender Due June 15

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is soliciting applications from persons interested in appointment as Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee. This vacancy was created by the retirement of Steve Shankman, the current Federal Public Defender. Application forms and further information may be obtained from the Office of the Circuit Executive, 503 Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, 100 East Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202-3988; (513) 564-7200, or from any office of the Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, or online at Applications must be received in the Office of the Circuit Executive no later than June 15th.

GMPA CLE on E-Filing in Circuit & Chancery Court, June 20

Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance presents “Introduction to E-Filing in the Circuit & Chancery Court” on Wed., June 20, 2012, 11:30 - 1:00. All office staff and paralegals are welcome to attend this CLE presented by Circuit Court personnel. The cost is $20 for GMPA members and $25 for non-members, which includes a buffet lunch, located at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. Approved for 1 hour NALA CLE credit. Reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is June 18th. Email for reservations or additional information. Visit for more information about GMPA.

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:

The Art of Advocacy-What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors?
Co-sponsored by Periaktos Productions
Live Webcast
Wednesday, June 6
11:00am - 2:30pm         
3.25 hrs general credit

Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
Co-sponsored by Periaktos Productions 
Live Webcast
Wednesday, June 13
11:00am - 2:15pm
3 hrs dual credit

Introduction to E-Filing in the Circuit & Chancery Court

Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division
Wednesday, June 13
12:00pm - 1:30pm
U of M Law School, Rm 244
Speakers: Maury Wessels, Manager of Information Services, and Jim Hivner, Chief Administrative Officer for Shelby County Chancery Court
1.5 hrs general 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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