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IPSCO offers a full array of business insurance coverages underwritten by A+ A.M. Best-rated carriers. We also offer individual insurance coverages to meet the needs of members, their families, and their employees. Special disability and long-term care policies offer discounts available only through IPSCO. Phone - 901.761.2440, .

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Associate Attorney—Well-established, mid-sized, full-service law firm in East Memphis seeks to hire a full-time associate, preferably with one to four years' experience. Work would focus on litigation but also include probate, corporate, employment, and bankruptcy law. Must have excellent academic record and interpersonal skills. This law firm offers competitive salary and benefits, with good prospects for partnership in a highly professional, truly collegial practice with strong, diverse client base. Send resume and letter describing qualifications, experience, and objectives to: “Firm 100,” c/o Mary Lynes, Memphis Bar Association, 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103, or

—Downtown law firm has immediate opening for a paralegal with worker’s comp experience. Candidate needs to be able to manage files and good organizational skills is a must. The firm uses WordPerfect, Work, Outlook, Adobe, and Needles. Send salary requirements and resume to Mary at or fax to 527-3582.

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

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




We wish everyone a happy holiday season! Please note that the MBA office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

RENEW Your MBA Membership Dues Now

The beginning of a new MBA membership year is upon us, and it’s time to renew your membership in order to continue receiving the benefits of your MBA membership, such as discounts on CLE seminars, networking opportunities, unrestricted access to the MBA website and member database, and much more!
     Paper dues statements are being mailed today. However, your dues statement is now available to you online as an invoice when you log on to the MBA website and enter the member portal.
     Members who renew their membership by January 31, 2012, will receive a coupon good for $20 off any MBA CLE seminar, including the 2013 Bench Bar Conference
     Please click here to learn how to renew your MBA membership online now

Help MALS This Holiday Season

A Message from Memphis Area Legal Services

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) needs your help! So far, we have raised more than $240,000 for our annual campaign. This is far short of the $350,000 goal that we set for this year. Without your support, MALS will be forced to reduce services even more than it has in the past few years. We continue to experience an overwhelming demand from eligible clients. The We’re All In theme of the 2012 Campaign for Equal Justice is directed to every attorney in MALS’ four-county service area. We need for you to be ALL IN. If you have not contributed, please do so by the end of the year or shortly thereafter and help us meet the urgent need that exists within our community. You can contribute online through our secure website at, call 901-523-3452 for a contribution envelope or simply mail your check to our office which is located at 109 North Main, Suite 200, Memphis, TN 38103.

Title Sponsors Add Value to the MBA

A Message from MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz

For the past several years, the Memphis Bar Association has strengthened its financial condition due to sponsorships received from our Title Sponsors. The Title Sponsors provide Membership Benefits that are visible in several ways:

  1. Monetary contributions from our Title Sponsors enables the Memphis Bar Association to reduce the cost of special events;
  2. Provide a source for a superior level of service; and
  3. Provide a source for vetted products with unique benefits and discounts.

     To provide the maximum benefit to our Title Sponsors, it is important that MBA members give them the opportunity to provide quotes regarding what services they can offer. In particular, Insurance Planning and Service Company, LLC. (IPSCO) provides innovative insurance products tailored for lawyers, dentists, physicians and accountants. IPSCO has a 60 year track record and has been a friend and Title Sponsor Partner of the Memphis Bar Association since 2006. The MBA uses IPSCO for its insurance needs, and they have consistently provided superior service in addition to saving us money!
      As we strengthen our partners, we will strengthen our association. I encourage you to find one line of insurance, i.e., auto, home owners, medical insurance, disability, life insurance, workers’ compensation, professional liability, business office package, EPLI or cyber liability and ask IPSCO to give you a quote. continued here

Let the MBA Help You Complete Your CLE Hours

Click here to see the list of MBA seminars on tap for the remainder of the year or review the comprehensive list in the column at right. 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 40 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 regularly. 

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.

High School Mock Trial Tournament, February 11-20, 2013

MBA Young Lawyers Division Needs Volunteer Judges

The MBA Young Lawyers Division is busy preparing for the 2013 Memphis and Shelby County High School Mock Trial Competition, which will be held February 11-13 and 18-20 at the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Avenue in downtown Memphis. Attorneys and judges are needed to serve as judges. If you are interested in assisting with the competition, please contact Nicole Grida at or Jonathan Nelson at

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.

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

PHOTOS: MBA Annual Meeting 

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

AWA Annual Banquet, January 17

The Association for Women Attorneys will host its 33rd Annual Banquet and Silent Auction on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Tower Center at Clark Tower (5100 Poplar Avenue). Cocktail hour (cash bar) and the silent auction will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner and the program at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $60 for AWA members; $70 for nonmembers; and $40 for law students. For more details and tickets, contact AWA Banquet Co-Chair Keating Lowery at or call, 901-844-4438.

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

National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament in Memphis, March 22-24

The Opening Round of the American Mock Trial Association’s 29th National Intercollegiate Tournament will again be held in Memphis at the Shelby County Courthouse, Friday, March 22, Saturday, March 23, and Sunday March 24,2013. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national tournament by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. A judges’ informational session will be held one hour prior to each round. Volunteering at the trial has been approved for up to 9 hours of CLE credit in Tennessee and will likely be approved in Arkansas and Mississippi for up to 14 hours. To volunteer or for more information, contact Barbara Pohlmann, 901-624-0309 or, or Marcus Pohlmann, 901-843-3843 or

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:

Seminar Analyzing 42 U.S.C. §1985 & 1986
Sponsored by the Government Law Section
Friday, Dec. 21
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker:  Eugene Gaerig
1.0  Hour General CLE

Mediating the High Risk, High Reward Case
Friday, Dec. 21
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers:  John Cannon, Jerry Potter, Gary Morrell & Mike Robb
2.0  Hours Dual CLE

Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes & the Courtroom
Live webcast – no travel required
Wednesday, Dec. 26
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
3.0 Hours Dual CLE

Legal Ethics in the Movies
Sponsored by the YLD
Thursday, Dec. 27
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Memphis Bioworks, 20 Dudley St.
Speaker: Mike McLaren
3.0  Hours Dual CLE
*Free parking in the garage at the corner of Dudley and Monroe.*

Last Minute ‘Buy the Hour’ Seminar
Friday, Dec. 28
8:30 – 4:20 p.m.
You can pick and choose the sessions you want to attend. Various topics and speakers.
Memphis Bioworks, 20 Dudley St.
6.0 total hours: 3.0 Dual  / 3.0 General
*Free parking in the garage at the corner of Dudley and Monroe.*

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.



Ethics in Employment Law & Practice
Teleseminar – no travel required
Friday, Dec. 21
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Speakers:  William Freivogel and Gregg Lemley
1.0   Hour Dual CLE


Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

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

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

Collaborative Law 
1 hr general

Covenants Not-To-Compete 
1 hr general

Discharge of Guaranteed Student Loans & Related Issues 
.75 hr general

Does Hawk Still Fly? An Analysis of Grandparents Visitation Rights
1 hr general

Domestic Relations Issues in Bankruptcy 
.75 hr general

Easy Way to Find Medical Expert Witnesses 
.63 hr general

E-Filing in Shelby County Circuit & Chancery Courts 
1 hr general

Employment Law Issues in Education 
1 hr general

Ethical Issues in all Chapters, Real Life Scenarios, Problems & Discussions in Ch. 7, 11, 13 
.75 hr dual

Ethics of Lawyer Advertising in a 4G World  
.83 hr dual

Hot Topics from the U.S. Trustee’s Office
1 hr general 

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
3.5 hrs total credit: 1.25 dual / 2.25 general

Immigration Law Update 
1 hr general

IT Solutions Every Attorney Needs in 2012 
1 hr general

Juvenile Court Practice Tips
1 hr general

Labor & Employment Section 2011 Annual Seminar - Pt. 1 of 3
State Law Update/Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA
1.75 hrs general

Labor & Employment Section 2011 Annual Seminar - Pt. 2 of 3 
Update from the NLRB Acting General Counsel
1 hr general

Labor & Employment Section 2011 Annual Seminar - Pt. 3 of 3 
Review of Significant Decisions and Jury Verdicts in 2011
2.25 hrs general

Lien Avoidance 
1 hr general

Manage Your Online Presence to Grow Your Practice 
1 hr dual 

New Judicial Disqualification Rules 
1.5 hrs dual

Preferred Practices of Bankruptcy Judges in the Western District
1 hr general

QDRO’s - What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know 
1 hr general 

RPC 2.0: The 2011 Revisions to Tennessee’s Legal Ethics Rules 
3 hrs dual 

Rule 3001.2, Proofs of Claim, Chapter 13 Trustee 
1 hr general

Supreme Court Rule 31 Update
.60 hr general

Tax Sales & The Land Bank 
1 hr general - Approved for credit in TN & MS

Techniques Hackers Use to Attack Law Firms
1 hr dual

The Lawyers of Watergate
2 hrs dual

Uncontested Divorces: How to Do it Right 
1 hr general

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law 
1.25 hr general


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

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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