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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.

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Administrative Assistant—Mary at the Memphis Bar Association is accepting resumes for a Legal Administrative Assistant with the following qualifications: Run conflicts; open cases, printing, copying and scanning documents; typing memos from voicemails; creation of files and file management; Assist in review/edit monthly billings; survey sheet management; screening, filing of mail, most important when attorney is out of office; generation of documents in Word, Excel; ability to combine PDFs using Adobe Acrobat 9, Mail documents; schedule meetings, reserve conference rooms, typing letters from dictation; entering lawyer time daily; E Filing in US District Court, applicable in Shelby County Courts; Other assistance as required. Please send resume to or fax to 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” 


Law Rules Public Forum, November 8

On Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the MBA will host a Law Rules Public Forum to discuss the importance of a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law in American society. Judge Gina Higgins of Shelby County Circuit Court and attorneys Porter Feild and Tommy Parker will be on hand to lead the discussion. Please help us spread the word to members of the public. Click here to download a simple black and white flyer that you can print and post in your office, place of business, church, or other venue or simply forward to your friends and colleagues via email. The purpose of the discussion is to serve as a part history, part civics lesson to help the general public better understand the daily operations of our legal system and the important role it plays in every day lives. Click here to learn more about the Law Rules initiative.

YLD Annual Meeting & Elections, Nov. 15th

Click here to view the candidate bios and download an absentee ballot.

YLD members will gather at Alfred's on Beale on Thursday, November 15th from 4:30-7:30 pm for the YLD Annual Meeting and Elections, featuring live music, light dinner, and drinks. Those on the ballot this year include Jake Dickerson, who is running unopposed for YLD Vice President/President-Elect, and the candidates for the 9 seats on the Board of the Directors, who are Nicole Bermel, Maggie Cooper, Nicole Grida, Christina Kurdilla, Irwin Magevney, Matt May, Jonathan Nelson, Keisha Moses Richardson, Jennifer Sutch, and Janika White. The nominees for the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award honoring the Outstanding Judge of the Year are Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong, Shelby County Chancery Court, Part III; Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; and Judge John R. McCarroll, Shelby County Circuit Court, Division I. To learn more about all of the candidates and to vote absentee if you will not be able to make it to the meeting on November 15th, click here.

Judges McCalla, McCarroll & Chancellor Armstrong Up for Rond Award

In 1976, the MBA Young Lawyers Division established an annual award to be given to the outstanding Judge in Shelby County, Tenn., in honor of the late Chancellor Charles A. Rond. Chancellor Rond was known for his intelligence, fairness, wise decisions, integrity and great wit. Last year’s recipient was Circuit Court Judge Jerry Stokes. This year the award will be presented at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting, Thursday, November 15th. Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; Judge John R. McCarroll of Shelby County Circuit Court, Division I; and Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong of Shelby County Chancery Court, Part III, have been nominated for the 2012 award. Now, it’s up to YLD members to make the final decision and vote for the most deserving judge when you vote in the 2012 YLD elections (read more about the elections above).

Our Condolences

Attorney Donnie McFerren, 55, died on Tues., Oct. 23 after a long illness. He practiced in the Public Defender’s Office for a number of years. After leaving the PD’s office, he practiced in both the civil and criminal areas. Visitation will be held on Fri., Nov. 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 12 S. Parkway West. The memorial service will be held on Sat., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
     Donations are being accepted through today to help defray the funeral expenses. Contact Carolyn Watkins (494-2965/222-1104) or Viola Johnson (355-3269) if you can donate; checks should be made payable to N.J. Ford Funeral Home.

Judge George Brown Portrait Unveiling, Nov. 15th

A ceremony to unveil a portrait of retired Judge George H. Brown, Jr. will be held on Thurs., Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Brinkley Plaza. Hors d’oeuvres from Felicia Suzanne’s will be served. Judge Brown was the first African-American Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court and served as a Circuit Court Judge for the 30th Judicial District from 1983-2005. Since his retirement, he has been an active neutral in both mediation and arbitration cases. All members of the legal profession are invited to attend the ceremony.

Ben F. Jones Chapter Elects New Officers

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association has elected new officers and board members for 2013. They are: President – Imad Abdullah; Vice President/President Elect – Alicia Washington; Treasurer – James Jones; Corresponding Secretary – Amber Floyd; Recording Secretary – Shayla Purifoy; Parliamentarian – Rod Holmes. New Board members are Andre Wharton and Joanne Coston-Holloway.
     The Chapter’s Annual Barristers’ Ball will be held this Sat., Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Racquet Club. Proceeds from the ball will support scholarships for minority students at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Memphis Area Legal Services. There are still seats available at the MBA’s table for this event. If you are interested in sitting at the MBA’s table, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575;

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Pro Bono Schedules: 
Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic
& Saturday Legal Clinic

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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. 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. 

Mississippi Sports Law Review Fall Symposium, November 9

This year the Mississippi Sports Law Review Second Annual Fall Symposium will be held on November 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm. All bar members are invited to attend, and there is no cost to attend. Two FREE hours of CLE will be offered. The topic for the symposium is the impact of
concussion lawsuits on the future of football. The panel includes a former NFL player, the lead attorney in the suit against NFL in Mississippi, a head of the Concussion Center at Vanderbilt University, and two leading scholars in the sports law academic community. Dr. William
Berry III will moderate the panel. For a list of the presenters, information about the symposium, and more information about the Review, please visit or contact

Nuts & Bolts of Practice for New Attorneys, November 15

Attention new attorneys! The MBA Young Lawyers Division is presenting a new and improved version of the annual "Nuts & Bolts of Practice in Shelby County Courts" on Thursday, November 15th from 1-4 pm at the Shelby County Courthouse. The seminar will feature local attorneys and judges providing practice tips on how to navigate the clerks offices and courts, including General Sessions, Juvenile, Criminal and civil courts. The goal is to provide new attendees the tools they need to successfully practice now, solely or in a practice. Topics will include the "Dos & Don’ts of Practicing Law"; "Getting and Maintaining Client Relationships"; "General Sessions Criminal and Civil and Juvenile Court" with information on how to get appointed to these cases; and much more. Newly admitted attorneys will also have the opportunity to be sworn in before the local courts. Click here to register online now. 

MBA ADR Section Annual Seminar: “The Neuroscience of Negotiation”, November 28

The MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is bringing noted speaker Professor Richard Birke to Memphis on Wednesday, November 28th for the ADR Section Annual Seminar: “The Neuroscience of Negotiation”. 
     This seminar is a once in a career opportunity and promises to add tremendous value to your practice and your understanding of how decisions are made. This program is offered to all members of the Bar, and is not just for mediators. If it would help you to understand the neuroscientific underpinnings of decision making, this is the program for you!
     In this day-long workshop, award-winning author Professor Richard Birke will help illuminate the ways to use neuroscience and psychology to improve the ways we make decisions and also to better understand the reasons why our clients, partners, opponents and colleagues think and act the way they do.  This workshop will be practical and theoretical, informative and interactive.  Professor Birke will help us understand why it is difficult to get someone to change their mind, how best to persuade others, how the brain can be lured into accepting or rejecting an offer based on how the offer was phrased, how to recognize and avoid traps associated with formulating or evaluating proposals, and more. 
     The seminar offers 6 hours of CLE/CME (including ethics). The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. Registration is $200 by November 9th or $215 after November 9th. For more details and to register, contact Lesia Beach at or 901.527.3573 or Kim Mullins at 901.527.2000 ext. 22. Online registration is coming soon!

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:

Mediating the High Risk, High Reward Case
This seminar has been moved to Friday Dec. 21 from Tuesday, November 6.
1:30 – 4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: John Cannon, Jerry Potter, Gary Morrell and Mike Robb
3.0 hours dual credit

Ethics of Lawyer Advertising in a 4G World
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 – 5:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Brian Faughnan
1 hour dual credit

Dealing with Sovereign Citizens in Court
Wednesday, November 7
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams, 3rd Fl.
Speaker:  Michael J. Baloga
1.0 hour general credit

Michael P. Cash Video – Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales – Pt. 1
Monday, November 12
1:30 – 4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
3 hours general credit

Annual John Dice Wellness Seminar/Fair
Wednesday, November 14
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Lichterman Nature Center, Quince Road
3.0 hours dual credit
Topics include: Healthy Lifestyle; Effects of Depression on the Body; Nutrition; diffusing Difficult Clients; Finding Humor in Your Life and Just Say No to Family & Friends

Nuts & Bolts of Practice for New Attorneys
Thursday, November 15
1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave., 3rd fl.
Speakers:  Jonathan Hancock, Kirk Caraway and Irma M. Stratton
3.0 hrs. general credit 

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

New: Uninsured-Underinsured Motorist Law
1.25 hr general

Business Tax Tips: How to Nickel & Dime the IRS to Death
1 hr general

Uncontested Divorces: How to Do It Right
1 hr general

Are We Speaking The Same Language? How Bankruptcy Impacts Domestic Law Practice
0.75 general

E-Filing in the Circuit & Chancery Courts
1 hr general 

Collaborative Law: The Secret Is To Gang Up on the Problem, Not Each Other

1 hr general CLE credit

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

Juvenile Court Practice Tips
1 hr general CLE credit

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

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:  
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Practical Ethics for Business Lawyers
Friday, November 9
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

2012 Ethics Update, Part 1
Thursday, November 15
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

2012 Ethics Update, Part 2
Friday, November 16
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

Ethics for Supervising Attorneys
Friday, November 23
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

Ethics, Technology & Solo Practitioners
Thursday, November 29
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

Live Webcasts:

Impeach Justice Douglas!
Wednesday, November 7
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
3 hrs. dual credit

Maxims, Monarchy & Sir Thomas More
Wednesday, November 14
12:00 – 2:15 p.m.
2.25 hrs. dual 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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