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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

Transactional Attorney—East Memphis law firm seeks experienced transactional attorney at the senior associate/junior partner level. The successful applicant should have experience in some or all of the following practice areas: finance, corporate, loan closings, general contract, office/retail leasing and commercial real estate is preferred. For consideration, please forward resume to Dee Dee Dunehew at

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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YLD Annual Meeting & Elections Tonight!

Absentee ballots due by 12 pm, Polls close at 6:30 pm

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.

Nuts & Bolts of Practice for New Attorneys Today at the Courthouse

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. 

Judge George Brown Portrait Unveiling This Afternoon at Brinkley Plaza

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.

Vote in 2013 MBA Board Election

Winners to be announced Dec. 6 at Annual Meeting
Lewis Donelson to Receive Lawyer's Lawyer Award

Voting continues until 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 30 for general membership and section representative positions on the MBA Board of Directors. If you are a voting member of the MBA and have not yet voted, go to There, you will be given instructions on how to enter your username and password. If you have tried unsuccessfully to vote, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or Also, please vote for exactly 2 candidates for the section representative positions.
     Winners will be announced at the MBA Annual Meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn (3700 Central Avenue). Manassas High School football coach Bill Courtney of the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated” is the featured speaker, and the 2013 Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award will be presented to Lewis Donelson of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Tickets are $40 per person; tables of 10 are $400. To make a reservation, contact Charlotte Gean at 527.3574 /, or click here to reserve your seat online.

Our Condolences

Herbert Wayne Vaiden, Jr. died Mon., Nov. 11 after a half-year long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He graduated from Central High School in 1954, spent two years at the University of Arizona, and graduated from Vanderbilt in 1958 with a degree in English Literature. He served two years of active duty at the Army Air Defense Missile School at Fort Bliss, TX. He then earned his J.D. at Memphis State University where he was on the Law Review; he practiced law until his death. He also attained the rank of Colonel as a reservist in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
     He is survived by his beloved companion and confidante, Jere Gerard, brother Philip Vaiden, daughters Marilee Varner of Lexington, KY and Farrow Carson of Springfield, MO and six grandchildren. Visitation will be held at noon on Fri., Nov. 16 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Salvation Army or to Methodist Hospice Residence Center in honor of the kind and compassionate care given to Wayne by their staff.

Calling All Veterans!

The new Veterans’ Committee, chaired by Al Harvey and Bob Green, wants to compile a list of all MBA members who have ever served in the military.  If you are a veteran or know someone who was (living or dead), please provide their name, branch of service, years of service and rank to Anne Fritz (527.3575;  In addition, the committee is gathering materials to display at the Shelby County Courthouse.  If you have pictures, maps, caps, or other memorabilia that you’re willing to share, please let Anne know.

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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. 

Catholic Lawyers Guild Annual Ethics Series CLE, Nov. 16

The St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Guild Annual Ethics Series CLE seminar will be held on Friday, November 16th at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The seminar offers 3 hours of dual CLE credit. The cost is $75 to attend and the speakers include Justice Janice Holder, Tennessee Supreme Court; Judge Alan Glenn, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals; Sandy Garrett, Board of Professional Responsibility; and Laura Chastain, Corporate Counsel, formerly Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, BPR. For more details, click here.

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

YLD Presents "Legal Ethics in the Movies" December 27

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "Legal Ethics in the Movies" with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC, on Thursday, December 27th from 3-5 pm in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street in the medical district. This will be a discussion of current and local ethical issues using clips from popular movies. Click here for more details and to register.

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:

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 

Analysis of Federal Civil Rights Act, Statutes 42 U.S.C. 1982 & 1987
Sponsored by the Government Lawyers Section
Friday, November 16
12:00 - 2:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Eugene C. Gaerig
2 hours general credit

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales - Pt. 2
Part of the Irving Younger Video Series
Monday, November 19 
1:30 - 4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
3 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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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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