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Resolution Resource Center of the Mid-South, LLC (RRC) is a unique center in the historic Memphis Central Station with mediators serving the Mid-South resolving disputes of all kinds through high quality, innovative and cost-effective strategies. RRC’s offerings include mediation, group and organizational facilitation, training and workshops, and community building.
     RRC is available for use by all mediators, arbitrators, and community members for business gatherings. 901.527.7577
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Office Space Available for Rent or Purchase: Downtown area, located at 191 Jefferson Ave. Walking distance to Shelby County Courthouse. Fully furnished. Approx 2,300 sq ft of space available. Competitive rate or will consider any reasonable offer. Contact Brenda Shepherd, 731-423-3300 or Christopher Taylor, 901-333-8200,

Collierville Law Firm Seeks Associate.
Established firm seeks an associate to share space with other attorneys. Offering a furnished office in a prominent location. Associate will have a dedicated office, access to conference rooms, use of equipment, live receptionist, clerical assistance, use of network computer system with legal database and billing arrangements. If interested, please send information to

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!

Paralegals/Legal Assistants—Mary at the Memphis Bar Association is accepting applications for qualified and experienced Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Please send resume and salary requirements to or fax 901 527-3582.

Immediate opening for a paralegal in downtown Memphis Law Firm specializing in civil defense litigation. The partner would like for the candidate to have legal experience, and also possess excellent organizational, language and communication skills, with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. The candidate must also have a degree in paralegal studies or certificate. Please send resume to or fax to Mary at 901 527-3582.

Part-time Immigration Attorney—The Community Legal Center is looking for a part-time immigration attorney (approx. 22 hours / week) to work 2 - 3 months beginning in August 2012. This is a temporary position but could lead to F/T ongoing employment. The duties include: 1) coordinating immigration intake clinics and helping to schedule clients and attorneys to help with clinics. 2) assigning clients to pro bono attorneys. 3) represents clients in immigration court as needed. 4) maintains and organizes records of services performed and prepares monthly statistical reports for Exec. Director. Must be a licensed attorney in the U.S. If interested, send resume to

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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” 


Seven Apply for Criminal Court Vacancy

Seven attorneys have applied to fill the Criminal Court vacancy created by the appointment of Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr. as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. The candidates include: Glenda Adams, Assistant District Attorney; John W. Campbell, Deputy District Attorney General; Dean T. DeCandia, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney; Robert Price Harris, Corporate General Counsel/Part-time Municipal Judge; Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Federal Prosecutor for the Western District of Tennessee; Michael R. McCusker, Assistant District Attorney General; and Kevin R. Rardin, Assistant District Attorney General. A public hearing will be held on Fri., Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, during which attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.

BPR Issues Formal Ethics Opinion on Employment of Lawyers Not Admitted to Practice in Tennessee

The Board of Professional Responsibility has issued Formal Ethics Opinion 2012-F-91(c) which responds to an inquiry regarding the ethical propriety of employment of lawyers admitted to practice in other jurisdictions but not admitted to practice in Tennessee. The opinion amends and modifies Formal Opinion 2002-F-91(b). The opinion notes that the two categories into which non-resident lawyers licensed to practice in other jurisdictions fall are (1) lawyers applying for admission in Tennessee by comity pursuant to SCR 7, Art. V; and (2) lawyers applying for admission in Tennessee by examination pursuant to SCR 7, Art. III, but who are not eligible or not permitted to practice in Tennessee on a limited basis pursuant to SCR 7, Sec. 10.04. In the first category, the BPR finds that SCR 7, Sec. 5.01 specifically prohibits lawyers from commencement of law business or employment as a lawyer in Tennessee until the application for comity has been approved. Such lawyers may, however, provide legal services in Tennessee as permitted by RPC 5.5(d). In the latter category, the BPR finds that lawyers who are applying for admission in Tennessee by examination, but who are not permitted to practice in Tennessee on a limited basis pursuant to SCR 7, Sec. 10.04, cannot commence law business or be employed as a lawyer in Tennessee until admission by examination in Tennessee is approved. Such lawyers may, however, provide legal services as permitted by RPC 5.5(d). To see the full Formal Ethics Opinion, click here.

Current List of Approved Parent Education Seminar Providers Available on Shelby County Website

Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 36-6-408, in an action where a permanent parenting plan is or will be entered, each parent must attend a parent education seminar. To get the most up-to-date list of providers for which the Circuit Court Judges and Chancery Court Chancellors will accept a certificate of completion, go to

Our Condolences

Little Rock attorney Robert M. Wilson, Jr. died on Aug. 3, 2012 at the age of 60. After graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law, he began a legal career that spanned five decades, and which ultimately grew into Wilson & Associates, PLLC, one of the largest law firms in Arkansas with additional offices in Tennessee. During his legal career, he received many awards and was also an accomplished author and public speaker. He had a lifelong passion for history, starting with his collection of military memorabilia as a youth and culminating with the creation in 2006 of the Wilson History & Research Center, a non-profit museum dedicated to loaning, acquiring, authenticating and disseminating military headgear of the 20th Century. He was a member of many organizations and associations, including the Memphis Bar Association. He was a private pilot and an accomplished scuba diver and loved spending time on his boat. He is survived by his children, Robert Wilson III and Jillian Wilson, his brother, Charles A. Wilson, former wife and law partner, Jennifer Wilson-Harvey, and his stepmother, Jane McGehee Wilson. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wilson History & Research Center, Inc., 27 Rahling Circle, Suite D-14, Little Rock, AR 72223 or UAMS Cancer Institute, 4301 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205.

Leadership Forum Application Deadline Extended to August 21

The application deadline for the MBA's award-winning Leadership Forum has been extended to August 21st. Applications are available at or by contacting Anne Fritz (901.527.3573; 
     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.

Department of Treasury Seeks Compliance Officer

The Tennessee Department of Treasury is seeking a Compliance Officer for Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit . This position will be responsible for the regulatory and other compliance needs of our Investment Division. The Compliance Officer function includes reviewing investment contracts, identification of financial and non-market risks, legal and regulatory compliance, ethics compliance and coordination of external legal and procurement functions. Interested applicants should submit a resume to by Friday, August 31, 2012. To read more details about the position, click here.

YLD-SBA Redbirds Event Tonight

The MBA Young Lawyers Division and the Student Bar Association of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are hosting a night of food, fun and baseball at AutoZone Park tonight. Sponsored by BankTennessee & Alpha Reporting Corp., the event starts at 6:30 pm with a buffet and beer. The game will get underway at 7:05 pm. Tickets are sold out! Those who registered may pick up their ticket(s) at will call prior to the game tonight. Tickets will be under the name you registered them under online. Proceeds from the event will benefit Memphis Area Legal Services. 

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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 Dates

With 2012 half way over, we're gearing up for Fall here at the MBA. Below are some important dates to add to your calendar as you make plans for the rest of 2012. 

  • Law Rules Reception with Justice Holder—August 13
  • YLD-SBA Redbirds Game Night—August 16
  • Retreat for Women Lawyers—August 20
  • YLD Golf Tournament—September 28
  • Celebrate Pro Bono Month—October
    Look for complete schedule of events soon!
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

FBA Trial Practice Summer Seminar, August 24

The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present its 2012 Memphis Trial Practice Summer Seminar on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Memphis. For more details and to register, click here.

Better Business Bureau Legal Program Series, September 11

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:
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

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. Sponsored by IPSCO, BankTennessee, Alpha Reporting Corp. and The Marston Group, the tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at 1 pm. For more details and to register online now, click here

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.

U of M Law Review's Annual Symposium, March 22

The University of Memphis Law Review’s annual Symposium will be held on March 22, 2013. The full-day event will take a close look at key areas of human trafficking in the court system on both a national and statewide level. Human trafficking is often viewed as a distant, international issue. However, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other forms of human trafficking occur every day right outside our backdoor. Tennessee recently passed some of the strongest anti-trafficking laws in the country, and the passage of this legislation guarantees that the issue will arise with increasing frequency in our state courts. For more information, contact Memphis Law Review Symposium Editor Jessica Bradley at

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2013

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.

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars:

Common Mistakes in Preparing Tennessee Inheritance Tax Returns
Sponsored by the Estate Planning & Probate Law Section
Thursday, August 16
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included
Sharky’s Grill, 6201 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Bobby Dye, Tennessee Dept. of Revenue
2 hrs general credit

Avoiding Ethics Conundrums
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Tuesday, August 21
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave.
Speaker: Mark Vorder-Bruegge, Jr., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP
1 hr dual credit

Addressing Today’s Advanced Threats
Sponsored by the Technology Section
Wednesday, August 22
12:00 – 1:00 pm. Lunch is provided
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Speaker: Jason Riddle, Director of Risk & Compliance, Sword & Shield
1 hr dual credit

Busted! Local and National Criminal Law Issues
Co-sponsored by the MBA and the University of Memphis Alumni Assoc.
Thursday, August 23
8:30 am – 4:20 pm
University of Memphis School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
6 hrs total credit: 1 dual / 5 general 
Topics to be covered include:
—Tennessee Issues – Local Practice
—National Issues – 4th & 5th Amendment
—Protective Orders
—Tennessee Issues – Local Practice
—Death Penalty – Appeals – Requests for Relief

Family Law Resources at the Jewish Family Service
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Wednesday, August 29
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service, 6560 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Mr. Hirsch Serman
1 hr general credit

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

NEW! Collaborative Law: The Secret Is To Gang Up on the Problem, Not Each Other
1 hr general CLE credit

NEW! Does Hawk Still Fly? An Analysis of Grandparent Visitation Rights in Tennessee
1 hr general CLE credit

NEW! Juvenile Court Practice Tips
1 hr general CLE credit

NEW! QDROs: What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know & Understand About Dividing Retirement Plan Benefits
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

ALI-ABA Online Webcasts & Seminars:  
*Enter the code MBA10 and get a 10% discount.*


Commercial Leasing- Office Leasing
Thursday, August 16
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr general credit

Commercial Leasing – Retail Leasing
Friday, August 17
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr general credit

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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