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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.

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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
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3. Choose “add to home screen” 

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 Trial Academy - March 13-15, 2013

Don't Miss "Appellate Practice 101" This Afternoon

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "Appellate Practice 101" with Hon. J. Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and Mary W. Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC, this Thursday, February 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at The Brass Door (152 Madison). The seminar offers 1 hour of general CLE credit. For more details and to register, click here. Sponsored by Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC, and Flying Paper, the CLE seminar will be followed by the annual Basketball League Draft and Happy Hour also at The Brass Door.

Basketball Law League Draft & Happy Hour Tonight

Please join the MBA Young Lawyers Division tonight at the Brass Door for the annual YLD Happy Hour and Basketball Draft. The Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm (following the "Appellate Practice 101" CLE), and the Draft begins at 6:00 pm. Even if you do not intend to play, please come to the Happy Hour/Basketball Draft 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 to pre-register. You do not have to wait for the Draft to sign up! But the Draft will be your last chance to sign up a team or be placed on a team. The season will begin on Monday, March 4th, and the games will be on Monday (and possibly Tuesday) nights. More details about the season, game nights, times, and locations will be available at the Draft.

Services Tomorrow for Judge Otis Higgs

The funeral service for Criminal Court Judge Otis Higgs, who died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 15, will be held Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. Visitation will precede the service, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at the church.

U.S. District Court Vacancy

Congressman Steve Cohen is seeking persons interested in the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee created by Chief Judge Jon McCalla’s transition to senior status. Those interested should send a letter stating reasons for interest in the position and listing qualifications, along with a resume and college and law school transcripts to Congressman Cohen at The Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building, 167 N. Main, Suite 369, Memphis, TN 38103. For more information, contact Beanie Self at 544.4131; Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5 p.m. CT.

Congrats to Westminster Academy, 2013 District 1 High School Mock Trial Champs!

Please join the YLD in congratulating Westminster Academy's Purple Team for winning the 2013 District 1 High School Mock Trial Competition. In a close Championship Round, Westminster bested Germantown High School's Red Team before a packed Supreme Court courtroom. Presided over by Judge Chris Craft with assistance from scoring judges Gary K. Smith and Abby Webb, the Championship Round allowed both Westminster and Germantown to try a murder case involving a car accident allegedly caused by Defendant Cameron Paul's tampering with the victim's electric vehicle for the sixth time in two weeks.
     Filled with entertaining facts and plenty of expert testimony, this year's problem was written by the Tennessee Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Committee. Magi Higazy was recognized as the Best Attorney for Germantown, while her teammate Michael Wienhold was awarded Best Witness for his portrayal of Yuri Pereira. Westminster's Amy Hall was awarded Best Attorney, and Andrew Laurence won Best Witness for the role of Dr. Shayden Rach Tolmes.
     Both teams have earned a spot in next month's State Competition to be held March 15th and 16th in Nashville. The YLD would like to thank all local judges and attorneys who volunteered their time to judge during the past two weeks as the Competition would not be possible without your support. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to judge at the State Competition next month should contact Public Service Committee Co-Chairs Nicole Grida ( or Jonathan Nelson ( Best of luck to both Westminster Academy and Germantown High School at States!
     The MBA would also like to congratulate the YLD on another successful and well run Mock Trial Competition with a special thanks to YLD Public Service Chairs Nicole Grida and Jonathan Nelson!

Supervisory Attorneys Needed for Alternative Spring Break

The Public Action Law Society at the University of Memphis School of Law, is sponsoring Alternative Spring Break from March 11-15. One of the “tracks” offered is advance directives; groups of students will go to various senior centers on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. to talk about advance directives and provide them if needed. These groups need at least one supervisory attorney each day. The students will have been trained about the forms and how to use them, plus they will bring laptops and printers. If you are willing to supervise a group of students, please contact Linda Warren Seely at

Join the Veterans’ Committee on Feb. 26!

The Veterans’ Committee, co-chaired by Al Harvey and Bob Green, will meet on Tues., Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the MBA. General Sessions Judge Bill Anderson, who presides over the Veterans’ Court, will be present at the meeting to discuss the court’s operations. Other topics on the agenda are the creation of a legal clinic at the VA Hospital to assist veterans with their legal needs and ways to recognize attorneys who have served in the military. All MBA members – whether veterans or not – are welcome to join this committee and attend Tuesday’s meeting. If you are interested in serving on the committee, but can’t make the meeting, please let Anne Fritz know (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

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.

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

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Due March 25

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;

BPR Proposes Amendment to RPC 8.4 Concerning Discriminatory Conduct

Comments Due by April 1

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

Race Judicata Scheduled for April 6th

Race Judicata, sponsored by the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis School of Law, will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m. The race will take place at Mississippi River Park, located at 51 North Riverside Drive. The race is open to the public and runners, walkers and strollers are welcome! There will be food and live music following the race, the proceeds from which benefit Memphis Area Legal Services. For more information – or to sign up as a sponsor, go to

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:

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
Parenting Issues When A Parent is Gay or Lesbian
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Bank Tennessee, 30 N. Second
Speaker: Susan Mackenzie
1 Hour Dual credit


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

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 

Recent Ethical Updates from the Board of Professional Responsibility
1 hr 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


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