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A revised 2012 edition of Pivnick General Sessions Court Practice in Tennessee: Bringing and Defending Civil Lawsuits is available for purchase by sending a check for $90.00 to Prof. Lawrence Pivnick, 5169 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis TN 38117.


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,

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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.

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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Paralegal—Large Plaintiff Personal Injury Law Firm with excellent salary and benefits seeks an experienced and highly qualified litigation paralegal to support trial lawyer. Paralegal must have significant experience and knowledge answering written discovery and supporting trial lawyer with depositions, scheduling, and pleadings. Only highly qualified applicants need apply. Fax confidential resume to 901-462-3350 or email to

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” 


"Undefeated" Coach Bill Courtney to Kick Off Celebrate Pro Bono Month Next Week

Promote, Provide, Proclaim, Pro Bono - October 2012

As featured in today's edition of The Daily News, the Memphis legal community will celebrate the pro bono efforts of all legal professionals during the month of October. Here's a calendar of events:

  • Tuesday, October 4th — Pro bono training seminar featuring Manassas High School football Coach Bill Courtney from the Oscar-winning documentary "Undefeated". Coach Courtney will provide attendees with a few inspirational words prior to break-out sessions that will train attendees on how to handle many different types of pro bono cases. The seminar will offer pro bono volunteers 3 hours of FREE CLE credit ($50 for non-volunteers) and will be held at the University of Memphis School of Law. Click here to read more and sign up now. 
  • Saturday, October 13th—The monthly Saturday Legal Clinic at the main library (3030 Poplar Avenue) will be held from 10 am to noon. If you have never volunteered at a clinic before, now's the time to get involved. There will be plenty of seasoned volunteers on hand to lead the way. Click here to learn more.
  • Tuesday, October 16th—The MBA will present Entertaining Motions 2012 in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation to benefit Access to Justice and in memory of Earl Buckles. Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and the MBA Access to Justice Committee will honor their outstanding volunteers. Click here for more details.
  • Thursday, October 18th—The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour at The Crescent Club featuring live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Donations to benefit Access to Justice will be collected at the event. Click here for details and to sign up for the CLE.
  • Thursday, October 25th—Celebrate pro bono efforts at the Community Legal Center's second annual Strut! Memphis fundraiser at Mercedes Benz of Memphis on October 25th. Click here for more details. 
  • Friday, October 26th— Conservatorship Training, 2 p.m., International Paper; If you’re interested in assisting with conservatorships (a growing area of need), join this training session at IP. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, October 27th—  Legal Clinic at Community Bible Church, 601 N. Bellevue, 9 a.m. to noon; A special legal clinic will be held in connection with the church’s Heather Fair. Click here for more information.

We hope you will join us at these events in October and help us spread the word about the great work of our legal community.

Nominations for Myar and Lawyer’s Lawyer Awards Due October 15

Nominations are now being accepted for the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award. The awards will be presented at the MBA Annual Meeting in December. The Myar Award is presented annually to a young lawyer (age 40 or less) who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. The Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award is presented annually to a lawyer who has practiced for 15 years or longer and who, during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. Click the links below to download the nomination forms for each award or contact Charlotte Gean (527.3574; in the MBA office. The deadline for nominations has been extended from October 1 to October 15, 2012.

Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer's Lawyer Award Nomination Form
Past Recipients of the Lawyer's Lawyer Award
Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award Nomination Form
Past Recipients of the Myar Award

Two Memphians Appointed to Special Supreme Court

Monica Wharton, chief counsel for the Regional Medical Center, and Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter were appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Special Supreme Court that will hear any appeal arising from Hooker et al v. Haslam et al, which challenges the constitutionality of a Court of Criminal Appeals appointment by the governor. The five justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court recused themselves from hearing any appeals. Others appointed to the Special Supreme Court are James R. Dedrick, who retired in 2010 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Andrée Sophia Blumenstein, a member of Sherrard & Roe PLC in Nashville; and W. Morris Kizer, who has practiced for more than 35 years, most recently with Gentry Tipton & McClemore in Knoxville.

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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. 

  • 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

Fall CLE Calendar Taking Shape

Click here to see the list of MBA seminars on tap for the Fall CLE season. Online registration for many of these seminars is available now on the MBA website. Among the seminars planned is "The Lawyers of Watergate" on October 30th, featuring journalist and lawyer Mark Curriden, Al Harvey, Lucian Pera and Professor Steve Mulroy who will to discuss how the Watergate scandal revolutionized legal ethics. You don't want to miss this discussion! Click here to learn more. And, the MBA's growing library of online seminars currently offers more than 10 hours of CLE, including 4-plus hours of dual credit. Get all 8 hours of your all distance CLE credit at from the convenience of your home or office at whatever time of day that works for you! Check our website frequently as more seminars are added frequently. 

Play Golf with Your Colleagues, September 28

On September 28, 2012, the MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual Golf Tournament at Glen Eagle Golf Course located in Millington, Tennessee. Tee time is at 1:00 p.m. for this “shotgun start” and all members of the Memphis legal community are invited to take part. Managed by the Navy Golf Program, Glen Eagle Golf Course features rolling hills, magnificent fairways, and well-maintained greens. The course provides an exciting play for golfers of any skill level. At only 20 minutes from downtown Memphis and a registration fee of $65 per person, the Golf Tournament is both conveniently located and affordable. Plus, proceeds from the Tournament will go to benefit the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club. Prizes will also be awarded to our top finishers, as well as for the longest drive and closet to the pin, just to name a few. So, whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament for you, as good times will be had by all. We'd like to thank the title sponsors of this year's tournament—Alpha Reporting Corp., BankTennessee, IPSCO - Insurance Service & Planning Co., and The Marston Group. To register online now, click here.

FBA Annual Federal Practice Seminar, October 12

The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present the 2012 Annual Federal Practice Seminar on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the University of Memphis Law School. For more details and to register, click here.

Lawyers as Problem-Solvers, October 18-19

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Mental Health Law and Policy Journal will present "Lawyers as Problem-Solvers: New Directions, New Voices" October 18-19, 2012, at the law schoo. The program will include an afternoon symposium, "New Voices in Mental Health and Drug Courts." To learn more and register online, click here.

Strut! Memphis, October 25

Mark your calendar for STRUT! Memphis on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis to benefit The Community Legal Center (CLC). Read more under Headlines above.

75th Anniversary of Supreme Court Building in Nashville, December 4

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society will host a cocktail reception on December 4, 2012, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of the Supreme Court Building in Nashville with the opening of the Tennessee Judiciary Museum.
Reservations are limited to 250 people, so buy your ticket today.
     Attendees of the event will be given an exclusive preview of the new Tennessee Judiciary Museum and will see the original 1796, 1835 and 1870 Constitutions of Tennessee which will be on display to the public for a very limited time. A presentation will take place at the Hermitage Hotel ballroom with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m followed by the cocktail reception until 9:00 p.m. A continuous shuttle service to the museum will be provided throughout the evening so guests can tour the museum at their leisure.
     Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by sending a check to: Joy Day at Sutter, O’Connell; 341 Cool Springs Blvd, Suite 430; Franklin, TN 37067. For further information, contact Joy Day at 615-771-5008 or

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

Trial Academy Rescheduled for March 2013

The MBA Trial Academy, sponsored by the MBA Litigation Section, will be held March 13-15, 2013, 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. For more information or to sign up to receive further details closer to time, contact Lesia Beach 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:

Are We Speaking the Same Language? How Bankruptcy Impacts Domestic Law Practice
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 - 6:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Irwin A. Magevney, Gilreath & Associates
1.5 Hours General Credit
Immediately following the seminar, there will be a Happy Hour at BarDog Tavern, 73 Monroe Ave. sponsored by Gilreath & Associates.

Breaking Up: Ethical Considerations When A Law Firm Dissolves
Teleseminar - No travel required - No computer required
Thursday, September 27, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speakers: Douglas Richmond, Senior VP, Professional Services Group of AON Risk Services and Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods, LLP, McLean, VA.
1.0 Hour Dual CLE

Employment Law Torts
Teleseminar - No travel required - No computer required
Friday, September 28, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Kenneth W. Gage, Paul Hastings, LLP, Chicago
1.0 Hour General CLE

Know What the Judges Know About Contempt
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Ron Krelstein, Esquire
1.0 Hour General CLE

Pro Bono Training
Thursday, October 04, 2012
8:00 am – 12 pm
U of M Law School, 1 N. Front, Ball Reading Room
Speakers: “Undefeated” Coach Bill Courtney & more
3.0 Hours Total CLE Credit: .75 Dual / 2.25 General

Uninsured-Underinsured Motorist Law
Thursday, October 04, 2012
12 – 1:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Mike Keeney, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell
1.5 Hours 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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