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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.


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

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

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





Memphis Bar Foundation Soliciting Grant Applications

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the MBA, is now soliciting grant applications from non-profit organizations.  Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations for law-related programs and activities that further the Foundation’s mission to advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education, and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar.  The typical grant award is less than $10,000; the deadline to apply is July 31, 2012.  To get a grant application, contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575; or go online to the MBA’s website,

Volunteers Needed for Project Homeless Connect on July 12

The MBA’s Access to Justice Committee will have a table and provide legal advice at the upcoming Project Homeless Connect at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on Thurs., July 12. Volunteers are needed to assist with this informal advice clinic. Shifts are available from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and 2 to 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Linda Warren Seely at 255.3417; or Anne Fritz at 527.3575;

Our Condolences

Randolph Alexander “Ray” Ashley, Jr., former Tennessee State Attorney General, died Monday afternoon at the age of 84.  A native of Dyersburg, Mr. Ashley practiced law in his hometown beginning in 1952 when he joined the family law firm founded by his father in 1903, now known as Ashley Ashley and Arnold.  He was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he played and lettered one year before being drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps.  After his discharge in 1947, he graduated from Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) before entering law school at the University of Tennessee. From 1974-76, he served as Tennessee Attorney General.  Under his leadership, the AG’s office was instrumental in halting the TVA’s planned Hartsville nuclear plant and the AEC’s proposed Clinch River Breeder Reactor and in reforming the Tennessee Claims Commission to make it more consumer-friendly. He was interested in civic affairs and politics and was a co-founder and co-owner of Dyersburg’s first commercial TV station. 
     Mr. Ashley is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Betty Sue Volz; a sister, Mary Ashley Bickford of Roanoke, VA; two daughters, Jane Hill (Mark) and Anne Craig Bobo (Kirk); and five grandsons, Estes, Winston, Alexander, and Barret Folk and Holman Moores. He was preceded in death by a brother, Barret, and a son, Randy.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Mon., July 9 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Chruch in Dyersburg; visitation will follow the service.  

The Young Lawyers' Appeal - Summer 2012

The Summer edition of the MBA Young Lawyers Division's newsletter, The Young Lawyers' Appeal, is now online. Click here to read the latest in YLD news.

Better Business Bureau Legal Programs Series

For the past couple of years, the MBA Labor & Employment Law Section has provided speakers for a series of legal education programs at the Better Business Bureau. While the programs are meant for business owners and managers, they would be useful for lawyers who specialize in areas other than labor and employment law or for beginning lawyers. The programs are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the BBB’s offices located at 3693 Tyndale Drive (just east of Winchester & Forest Hill Irene junction). The cost is $10 for BBB or MBA members, $15 for non-members, and includes lunch. No CLE credit is offered for these programs. To make a reservation, contact Cheryl Stewart at the BBB, 757.8603; Upcoming topics and speakers are:
July 10 – Employers and Employees on the Web – Have We all Gone Too Far? Lisa Leach and Tanja Thompson, Littler Mendelson
Aug. 14 – Tennessee Employment Law Update – Whitney Harmon, Baker Donelson
Sept. 11 – Hiring Contractors Without Breaking the Law and Other Common Wage Payment Questions – Joyce Margulies, Margulies Employment Law Consulting
Oct. 30 – Surviving the Legal Minefield of Managing Employee Absenteeism – Tim Bland, Ford & Harrison

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—July 11, Closing Ceremony
  • YLD Golf Tournament—September 28
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

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 Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, July 12

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "Practicing Workers' Compensation in Tennessee: An Overview of the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act" with Nicole Grida, Associate, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, on Thursday, July 12th from 4:30-5:30 pm at Bleu inside the Westin Hotel, dowtown. The seminar offers 1.0 Hour General CLE Credit and will be followed by a Happy Hour sponsored by IWP - The Patient Advocate Pharmacy. Complimentary valet parking available. Click here for more details and to register for the seminar. 

NALS Conference July 13-15

NALS – The Association for Legal Professionals will host its Region 4 Conference July 13-15 in Chattanooga. Click here to learn more and register now.

Wine & Dine for Special Olympics, July 15

Please join Special Olympics of Greater Memphis for an evening of culinary and wine delights on Sunday, July 15th at 6:30 pm at the Tower Center, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd Floor. Presented by Kirby Wine and Liquors and Chef Chair Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass, guests will mingle between tasting tables prepared by Memphis’ top chefs and enjoy fine wines selected to complement the cuisine. The event will feature food by Andrew Adams – Acre; Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman - Hog & Hominy; Daniel Studdard - Tower Center/ Wade & Company; Erling Jensen - Erling Jensen's; Felicia Willett – Felicia Suzanne’s; Ginger Honshell – Gingerly Baked; Jackson Kramer – Interim; Jeff Dunham – Grove Grill; Jody Moyt - Owen Brennan's; Ryan Trimm – Sweet Grass; and Sabine Bachmann – Fratelli‘s Café, and music by Ed Finney. For ticket information, call (901) 683-1271 or go to

Applications for Federal Public Defender Due July 16

The application deadline for Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee has been extended to July 16. 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

Apply Now for 2012-2013 Leadership Forum

Applications are now available for the MBA’s award-winning Leadership Forum at or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; The deadline to apply is July 31.
     The Leadership Forum’s mission is to develop the leadership skills of young attorneys (between the 3rd and 8th year of practice); empower young attorneys to use their skills to make greater contributions to the Memphis community and the legal profession; model and practice the highest standards of the legal profession; and build relationships among attorneys of diverse backgrounds. The Forum accomplishes this mission through a full-day retreat on September 14, where leadership concepts are introduced, followed by monthly meetings on topics such as the attorney’s role in the greater community, work/life balance, conflict resolution, and communication skills. The monthly sessions are held at various locations around the city, to acquaint participants with the services and programs offered by community organizations. In addition, the participants are assigned to small groups to develop and implement a community service project. 
     Tuition is $575. A limited number of scholarships are available. Now in its 8th year, the Leadership Forum has helped hone the leadership skills of over 150 attorneys. The forum received an E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the ABA in 2006; the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program. To learn more, click here.

Book It 5K for Kids, August 5-September 29

Church of the Holy Communion is hosting the 2nd Annual Book It 5k for Kids ( The race benefits Shelby County Books from Birth and the Emmanuel Episcopal Center. Attorneys Blair Evans and Lewis Lyons are helping spread the word about the event and would like to encourage participation from the legal community. For more information, click here. If anyone is interested in forming a legal community team, please contact Blair Evans at

Apply for MBA Rep to ABA House of Delegates by August 15

Al Harvey, the current MBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, will reach his “term limit” following the conclusion of the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in August. The MBA is currently seeking members who are interested in serving as MBA Delegate. The delegate serves a 2-year term and can be re-appointed for two consecutive terms, for a total of 6 years. Due to budget constraints, the MBA is unable to offer financial assistance in underwriting the delegate’s attendance at the ABA mid-year and annual meetings.

If you are interested in being considered by the MBA Board for this position, please send a statement of interest, along with your resume or curriculum vitae, to Executive Director Anne Fritz at 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103 or by Aug. 15, 2012. You must be an ABA member; please include the details of your involvement with the ABA over the years.

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!

Strut! Memphis, October 25

Save the date for Strut! Memphis to benefit the Community Legal Center on October 25th.

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars:

Ben Franklin on Ethics
Co-sponsored by Periaktos Productions
Live Webcast
Wednesday, July 11
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
1.25 hrs dual credit

Practicing Workers' Compensation in Tennessee: An Overview of the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act
Presented by the MBA Young Lawyers Division
Sponsored by IWP – The Patient Advocate Pharmacy
Thursday, July 12
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Bleu, inside the Westin Hotel downtown, complimentary valet parking
Speaker: Nicole Grida, Associate, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC
1 hr general credit
Happy Hour to follow. 

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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