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Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

Experienced Legal Secretaries & Paralegals—Mary Lynes at the Memphis Bar Association is now accepting resumes for experienced Legal Secretaries and Paralegals. Please send resumes to or fax to Mary at 901.527-3582.

Legal Secretary—
Burch, Porter & Johnson seeks experienced legal secretary with minimum of 5 years of experience. Current or recent experience in Estate Planning and Probate, Business Transactions or Litigation is preferred. This position requires a professional with solid organization and interpersonal skills. Must have excellent typing skills and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Please forward resume to Jeff Graham at

Legal Secretary—
Downtown Law Firm is in search of a highly experienced legal secretary. Must have working experience in litigation defense for insurance companies and their insured’s and business entities, including: manufacturers, trucking/transportation companies, construction companies, retail chains, grocery chains, pharmaceutical companies and restaurants; electronic filing in Circuit and Federal Court; file maintenance. Candidate must be able to multi-task and work well within a team. Please send resume and salary history to or fax to Mary (901) 527-3582.

Farris Bobango PLC (East Memphis Law Firm) is seeking highly motivated candidates for a Paralegal position requiring 3 + years of experience in the areas of corporate law and commercial and business transactions. Must be able to prioritize projects, have exceptional communication and organizational skills and the ability to work efficiently within a group and individually. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and based on experience. Please send resumes to Vivian Ashley at or fax to 901-259-7180.

Social Security Assistant Needed. Part-time position (mornings) in small, East Memphis firm. $18/hr. plus incentives. Must have at least one year experience in social security disability. Please email 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” 

If you have any questions, please email Dottie McCallen at




 Trial Academy - March 13-15, 2013


Breakfast Benefiting the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund is this Friday!

The 2nd Annual Valentine Breakfast – For the love of Pam – will be held on Fri., Feb. 15 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Horizon Room on the M level in the First Tennessee building, 165 Madison Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Baker Donelson (Andrea Holley at 577.2253 or or the Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance (Gail Butler at 222.2120 or Proceeds will go to the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund at Southwest Tennessee Community College. If you are unable to attend the breakfast, please consider making a donation to the scholarship fund. Donations may be made payable to “Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation” with the memo, “Pam Cobb Scholarship Fund” and sent to Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, Attn: Rose Landey, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134. Pam was a long-time paralegal in the Memphis legal community before her untimely death from breast cancer.

Tennessee Supreme Court to Recognize Attorneys Statewide for Pro Bono Work

In an effort to increase the number of attorneys and law offices providing pro bono services to those who cannot afford legal costs, the Tennessee Supreme Court is launching an extensive recognition program. The Court will honor all attorneys providing at least 50 hours of service annually, with a goal of increasing statewide pro bono work to 50% participation. Presently, it is estimated that only 45% of the more than 17,000 Tennessee attorneys offer pro bono services. In the program, attorneys meeting the Court’s minimum goal of 50 pro bono hours annually will be named “Attorneys for Justice” by the Court. The program is entirely voluntary and based on self-reporting. Attorneys’ pro bono work must be primarily for persons of limited means and/or organizations serving such clients. Recipients will be honored in regional events throughout the state, where they will receive certificates signed by all five Justices. Each honoree’s name will be included in an Honor Roll published on the Court’s website, and recipients also will be able to download a seal indicating the honor, which may be used on firm websites or marketing materials. Information on how attorneys will report pro bono service and the law office application process will be made available on the Administrative Office of the Courts’ website, To find out the different ways you can provide pro bono services in the Memphis area, go to the MBA website, or contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575;

BPR Proposes Amendment to RPC 8.4 Concerning Discriminatory Conduct

The Board of Professional Responsibility has filed a petition with the Tennessee Supreme Court, asking the Court to amend RPC 8.4 to add a new paragraph (h), making it professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage, in a professional capacity, in certain discriminatory conduct. The proposed new subsection 8.4(h) states “[i]t is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:...(h) engage in conduct, in a professional capacity, manifesting bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. Legitimate advocacy respecting the foregoing factors does not violate this provision.” Written comments may be submitted to Mike Catalano, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407 by April 1, and should reference docket #M2013-00379-SC-RL1-RL. To view the BPR’s petition, go to

Local High School Mock Trial Off to Great Start!

The MBA Young Lawyers Division has completed the first week of the 2013 District 1 High School Mock Trial Competition which featured 21 teams representing 16 area high schools. A special thank you goes to all the local attorneys who volunteered their time to judge thus far. The YLD is happy to report that the following schools have advanced to the Quarter Finals: Briarcrest Christian School, Germantown High School (Red Team), Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, St. George's Independent School, St. Mary's Episcopal School, Westminster Academy (Purple Team), and White Station High School (Gray Team & Green Team). The Competition resumes on Monday, February 18th with the Semi Finals scheduled for Tuesday, February 19th and the Championship Round slated for Wednesday, February 19th. The top two teams from District 1 will advance to the State Competition in Nashville next month. Please contact Nicole Grida at or Jonathan Nelson at for more information this worthwhile event.

The Young Lawyers Division Newsletter

 Click here to read the latest edition of The Young Lawyers' Appeal - the quarterly newsletter of the MBA Young Lawyers Division.

MBA-YLD Basketball League Kicks Off Feb. 21

The YLD is happy to announce the return of the MBA-YLD Basketball Law League. Please join us on Thursday, February 21st at the Brass Door (152 Madison) for the YLD Happy Hour/Basketball Draft. The Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (following the YLD CLE program), and the Draft begins at 6:00 p.m. Even if you do not intend to play, please come to the Happy Hour/Basketball Draft on February 21st and support your fellow colleagues as they begin their road to the championship. If you are signing up a team or if you plan to enter the Draft, please contact Nic Vescovo at as soon as possible. You do not have to wait for the Draft to sign up! But the Draft on February 21st will be your last chance to sign up a team or be placed on a team. The games will begin in early March and are usually held on Tuesday and Thursday nights. More details about the draft, game nights, times, and locations will be available in the coming weeks.
     Prior to the Draft from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, the YLD will present "Appellate Practice 101" with Hon. J. Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and Mary W. Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC . The CLE will also be held at Brass Door and offers 1 hour of general CLE credit. For more details and to register, click here. The CLE seminar and Happy Hour/Draft will be sponsored by Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC, and Flying Paper

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2013 Summer Law Intern Program, which introduces minority high school students to the “real world” practice of law, are now available. The program is open to students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in August 2013 and who must be a resident of, and attending school in, Shelby County. In addition to the application, students must write an essay on why they want to participate in the program, get a letter of reference from an adult, and be interviewed by a panel of attorneys. If accepted, the student will work at least 60 hours from June 3-28 and attend group activities on Friday afternoon. If the student successfully completes the internship, he/she will receive a $500 stipend.
      Click here to download an application or contact Mary Lynes (271.0660; If you know a minority high school student with an interest in the law, please encourage them to apply. If you are interested in sponsoring an intern, either by having them work in your office or by paying the stipend so they can work at a government or non-profit agency, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575;

MALS Needs Your Help

A Message from Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.

As members of the legal profession, hopefully you are aware of Memphis Area Legal Services and the work that the firm performs on behalf of the indigent and elderly, children, victims of domestic abuse, those who are facing the loss of their homes and others who are unable to pay for essential legal services. During the past year, we have called upon all attorneys to demonstrate their support of our clients through the We’re All In Campaign. We set a goal of raising $350,000 dollars for the 2012 Campaign. Unfortunately, we have not yet attained it. Our current fundraising total stands at approximately $280,000. MALS is asking that everyone consider the fact that a decrease in fundraising revenue could result in a drastic reduction in the amount of services that MALS provides. In the past year, for every person that MALS served, two individuals were unable to obtain help because of overstretched resources. Reductions in unrestricted revenue could mean that a higher percentage of needy individuals are turned away because of a lack of funding. If you have not contributed to the Campaign, please do so by February 28, 2013. If you have already contributed to the 2012 Campaign and would like to make an additional gift, we would greatly appreciate your generosity. Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of those who are unable to afford legal assistance elsewhere. You can mail your tax-deductible contribution to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.; 109 North Main Street; Suite 200; Memphis, TN 38103 or visit our secure website at

Ryder Named RNC General Counsel

Memphis attorney John Ryder of Harris, Shelton, Hanover & Walsh has been appointed as General Counsel for the Republican National Committee (RNC). Ryder was first elected as the National Committeeman from Tennessee in May of 1996 and served from 1996-2004 and from 2008 to the present. He was the chairman of the Redistricting Committee and the RNC Presidential Nominating Schedule Committee. He was a delegate for the 1984, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions. Ryder served on the Temporary Delegate Selection Committee and currently serves on the Rules Committee. Previously, Ryder was the co-chairman of the Southern Region and director of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. He is vice President for Judicial Affairs for the Republican National Lawyers Association and serves as Senior Advisor to the Memphis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.

RENEW Your MBA Membership Dues Now

The new year marks another MBA membership year as well, 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 were mailed before the holidays. 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.
     Please click here to learn how to renew your MBA membership online now

Still Need CLE Credit for 2012? Check Out the MBA’s Online Seminars!

If you still need CLE credit for 2012, an easy and fast way to get it is by registering for one (or more) of the MBA’s nearly 50 online seminars. Seminar topics include ethics, bankruptcy, family law, labor & employment law, real estate, and technology. Click here to view a listing of the MBA’s online seminars (Tip: On the CLE page, select "Online" for seminar Type and click "Filter" to see only the online offerings)

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

High School Mock Trial Tournament Begins February 11

Read more under Headlines above.

Ben F. Jones Chapter To Meet February 19

The monthly meeting of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Ave. At the meeting, Mary Bright of the Office of Contract Compliance for the City of Memphis will be discussing minority business participation with the City of Memphis and the importance of becoming a certified MWBE vendor.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, Feb. 21

The MBA YLD will present "Appellate Practice 101" CLE followed by its annual Happy Hour & Basketball Leaque Draft on Thursday, February 21st at the Brass Door. Read more under Headlines above. 

BLSA to Examine Juvenile Court Practices at Seminar, February 21

The University of Memphis, Black Law Student Association Chapter, will present "Juvenile Justice: Practical and Ethical Topics from the 2012 DOJ Report" on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 11:30 - 1:30 pm as part of its Black History Month programming. The seminar will feature Tom Coupe, Chair of the MBA Juvenile and Child Welfare Law Section, as the speaker and will be held in Room 127 at the U of M School of Law.  Offering 2 hours of dual CLE credit, the registration fee is $40. 
   As the Judge’s Action Center Coordinator, Coupe will discuss the 2012 report released by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Section regarding its two-year investigation of Shelby County Juvenile Court. The report brought new focus on best practices and ethical concerns for the juvenile law practitioner.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of Tennessee Code requirements for juvenile offenders
  • DOJ report findings and settlement agreement specifics
  • “How-to” section for Shelby County Juvenile Court
  • Ethics considerations focused on civil and constitutional rights

For more details and to register, please contact Corey Strong at

"Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Pitfalls Of Residential Loans And Predatory Lending Issues" February 28

On Thursday, February 28th, Memphis Area Legal Services, West Tennessee Legal Services, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development, and Tennessee Housing Dvelopment Agency will present a training CLE on Predatory Lending, The Fair Housing Act, and Rights and Remedies from 9 am to 4 pm at Memphis Bioworks Foundation (20 South Dudley, First Floor Conference Center). The seminar is approved for 5.5 CLE credit hours. For complete details, click here

The MBA Litigation Section's Trial Academy, March 13-15

A 3-day "learn by doing" seminar designed to hone the trial skills of attorneys.

With the increasing disappearance of civil trials, it is harder than ever for attorneys to get “real life” trial experience, so how are they to hone their trial skills without going to court? The answer is the Trial Academy, where attorneys can practice trial skills— voir dire, opening statements, direct/cross examination, examination of experts and closing arguments— under the tutelage of some of the finest trial lawyers in Memphis and the surrounding area. Participants will receive a civil trial problem in advance and will have to prepare for it, just as they would for an actual trial. At the Trial Academy, the participants will hear presentations from faculty members and then conduct trial exercises while being videotaped. They will receive constructive critique of their performance from experienced trial attorneys. A DVD of their trial exercises will be provided to them for their future reference. 
     This is an invaluable and cost-effective way to get courtroom training when the opportunities for trial experience are dwindling. Think about it: Do you want an attorney in your office to handle a trial involving your best client – with no experience? Included with the seminar materials will be a DVD of the Voir Dire, Opening & Closing Statements from a real medical malpractice trial held in Memphis.
     The academy will be held March 13-15, 2013, at the Shelby County Courthouse. It offers 15 hours total CLE credit - 2.0 Dual / 13.0 General and is sponsored by the MBA Litigation Section. For more information and to register today, click here.

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

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2013

The 2013 Bench Bar Conference – May 8 to 11 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Destin, FL – is fast approaching! You can make your room reservation now by calling the 24-hour reservation department at 1.800.380.4808; the group code is X8002. Rates for the Summit per night are: $97 for a studio; $154 for a 2-bedroom; and $226 for a 3-bedroom. Tides rates per night are $175 for a 2-bedroom gulf view; $239 for a 2-bedroom gulf front; and $410 for a 3-bedroom. A 2-bedroom with a coastline view at the Beach Manor is $228.65 per night. Guests will be asked for a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) for the 15% advance payment; the remaining balance is due 4 days before arrival.  Visit for updates about the conference throughout the year.



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CLE Seminars

Live Seminars:

Tuesday, February 19
Beware the (Day after the) Ides of March: Are You and Your Business Prepared?
Sponsored by the IP/Entertainment Law Section
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Rhodes College, McCallum Ballroom in the Bryan Center, 2000 N. Parkway
Speaker: Bill Parks, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
2 Hours General credit

Tuesday, February 19
Monitoring and Disciplining Employees for Online and Social Media Activities: What's Off Limits?
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Ford & Harrison, 795 Ridge Lake Blvd., #300
Speaker:  Katie Parham, Ford & Harrison
1 Hour Dual credit

Thursday, February 21
Appellate Practice 101 
Sponsored by the YLD and part of the "Triple Threat" CLE & Happy Hour Series
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
The Brass Door, 152 Madison 
Speakers:  Hon. J. Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and Mary L. Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC
1 Hour General credit
Happy Hour will follow the seminar - all are invited.

Tuesday, February 26
Legal Writing
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker:  Tiffany Johnson, QP Legal
1 Hour General credit

Wednesday, February 27
Family Law Section seminar to be announced 


Friday, February 15
2012 Ethics Update, Part 2
1.0 Hour Dual CLE credit
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19

Ethics, Technology & Solo Practitioners
1.0 Hour Dual CLE credit
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21

2012 Ethics in Civil Litigation, Part 1
1.0 Hour Dual CLE credit
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Friday, February 22
2012 Ethics in Civil Litigation, Part 2
1.0 Hour Dual CLE credit
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Live Webcasts:

Wednesday, February 20
Clarence Darrow, Crimes Causes and the Courtroom
3.0 Hours Dual CLE credit
11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 27

The Art of Advocacy, What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors
3.33 Hours General CLE credit
11:00 a.m.

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

Irks & Quirks of Local Court Practice      
1.0 hr general

The Neuroscience of Negotiation: Legal Decisions & Applied Science  
6.0 hrs dual

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 

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


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