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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.

Paralegal—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.

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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




Our Condolences

Judge Audrey M. Scott, 65, died on Feb. 26 at Methodist University Hospital. She was a long-time judge serving the local EEOC and Social Security Administration Memphis Hearings Office. Judge Scott grew up in Memphis and graduated from Hamilton High School. She began college at LeMoyne-Owen, and then transferred to Howard University where she graduated with honors. She received her J.D. degree from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She returned to Memphis and began her legal career with Memphis Area Legal Services.
     She is survived by her husband, O.C. Scott; daughters, Daphne L. Scott and Lauren J. Scott; a granddaughter, Clarke Mary-Katherine Smith; and siblings, Lillie Ruth Cheeks, Christine Bishop, Attorney Verilie Elliott, Hettie S. Gibbs, M.D., Rev. Mary L. Edwards, Emma W. Rose, and Pamela L. Morris. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pillow Street C.M.E. Church, Youth Department, 1590 Pillow St., Memphis, TN 38106.

Edward “Eddie” and Mavis Caraway, the parents of MBA Vice President Kirk Caraway, passed away on Fri., March 1, and Mon., March 4, respectively. They were married for 55 years and had three sons, Duane, Derek (Shannon) and Kirk (Anne), and four grandsons. Donations may be made to the Fire Museum of Memphis, Engraved Bricks Fund, 118 Adams Ave., Memphis, TN 38103.

Law School Mediation Team Wins Regional Competition

Under the direction of attorney Steve Shields, the University of Memphis School of Law’s Mediation Team, comprised of students Tom Williams and Chris Martin, has won the regional competition for the second year in a row. Facing the University of Tennessee team in the championship round, it is reported that the U of M was “flawless.” They now go to the National Competition in Chicago on April 3 and 4.
     Sheree Hoffman and David Wade of the MBA’s ADR Section are co-chairing the fundraising activities for the University of Memphis team. Due to budget constraints, the law school is not in a position to help with expenses (estimated at $5,000 for the Regionals and $4,000 for the National Competition) so the ADR Section has become the primary source for funding and support. You may send your donation to David Wade at 6410 Poplar Ave., Suite 1000, Memphis, TN 38119. Please make the check payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation and note that it is for the U of M Mediation Team. Every donation in any amount is important and appreciated and is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Burch Porter & Johnson Receives Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Award

The Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson was recognized for its commitment to providing free legal services at the 7th Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala last Saturday in Nashville. This firm received the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Law Firm Award for a partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that is meeting critical needs for low-income families managing treatment of their children at the hospital. For the past year, the Memphis firm has helped patients and their families cope with a unique but critical issue: what to do when a minor child reaches the age of majority but is too neurologically impaired to consent to his or her own treatment in an informed manner. The firm has responded to that challenge by helping low-income families establish conservatorships for the benefit of the patient, which allow parents and other caring family members to direct treatment for the patient. Each year, the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Law Firm Award is given to a Tennessee law firm that best exemplifies extraordinary commitment to access to justice ideals, pro bono service and the Corporate Counsel Covenant of Service.

You’re Invited to the Professionalism Committee Meeting Tomorrow

David Cook, chair of the MBA’s Professionalism Committee, invites all interested members of the legal community to attend the committee’s first meeting of 2013 on Friday, March 8 at noon at the MBA. Among the items the committee will be discussing are creating a system whereby law students can shadow or be mentored by a practicing attorney and planning for the Annual Professionalism Seminar this fall.

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. Click here to see the schedule of clinics and locations. If you are willing to supervise a group of students, please contact Linda Warren Seely at

Volunteers Needed for New Veterans’ Legal Clinic on March 26

The MBA Veterans’ Committee, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services, is starting a monthly legal clinic to assist veterans with their civil legal needs, including child support/visitation, landlord/tenant, employment, and debtor/creditor issues. No special expertise with VA benefits or system is needed. The first clinic will be held on Tues., March 26 from noon until 2 p.m. at 1407 Union Ave., Suite 815 (the building next to the Krystal’s on Union.) Parking is available in the building’s garage and will be validated. The committee hopes to hold a training session prior to the March 26th clinic; watch the Bar Bulletin for more information. If you are interested in volunteering at this clinic – or for future clinics – please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575;

Online Registration for Bench Bar Now Available

The Bench Bar Committee is finalizing the topics and speakers for the 2013 Conference, May 8-11, at Tops’l Beach Resort. On Wed. afternoon, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder will give a “State of the Supreme Court” presentation. The Thursday morning plenary session will focus on social media and its impact on various areas of the law, such as labor/employment, family, and criminal. Friday morning’s sessions are geared toward jury selection. Jason Bloom, a jury consultant from Dallas, Texas, will talk on “Building Rapport with a Jury”. A panel of judges will discuss the difference between jury selection in state and federal court and a “mock” jury selection will be presented by Bryan Smith and Kirk Caraway. Other sessions will focus on labor/employment law, family law, and health, among others. Click here to register for the conference now and make room reservations at Tops’l by calling 1.800.380.4808. Rates range from $97 for a Summit studio to $239 for a 2-bedroom gulf front at the Tides. 

Application for Probate Court, Division 1, Now Available

The Hon. Robert S. Benham, judge of Probate Court, Division 1, has announced his retirement effective March 31. The Shelby County Commission is accepting applications for this position; the application is available here. Applications may be submitted online, by mail or in person no later than Friday, March 15.

Shelby County Criminal Court Vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for the Criminal Court vacancy created by the death of the Honorable W. Otis Higgs. Interested applicants must be an attorney who is at least 30 years of age, a resident of the state for five years and a resident of their circuit or district for one year and must reside in the 30th Judicial District. Applicants must complete the designated application, which is available here, and submit it to the Administrative Office of the Courts by Monday, March 11 at 12 p.m. CST. The Judicial Nominating Commission will set a date to interview all qualified applicants. The meeting will also include a public hearing where members of the public may express their opinions about the applicants. The interview, public hearing and deliberation process will be open to the public.

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.

2013 Annual Memorial Service Set for May 1

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Wed., May 1, 2013, at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. This year's honorees include:

Harold D. Archibald, Sr.—11/30/2012
Randolph A. Ashley—7/2/2012
Earl Buckles—8/20/2012
Ross Bert Clark—11/8/2012
Sam L. Crain, Jr.—2/9/2013
Kemper Bartlett Durand—2/2/2013
John H. Harris, Jr.—2/28/2013
Hon. Otis W. Higgs—2/15/2013
Hon. Cecil G. Keltner—5/27/2012
Carl H. Langschmidt, Jr.—11/18/2012
George Michael Makris—9/3/2012
Donnie R. McFerren—10/23/2012
Alex J. Migliara—1/31/2013
Clinton Ray Pearson—2/18/2013
Emma Jean Pierotti—5/26/2012
Hon. Audrey M. Scott—2/26/2013
Herbert Wayne Vaiden, Jr.—11/12/2012
Roane Waring, Jr.—8/28/2012
Robert M. Wilson, Jr.—8/3/2012

If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour at Energy Fitness, March 20

The MBA Young Lawyers Division has partnered with Energy Fitness to present a Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The CLE, "Balancing It All: The Optimal Health and Wellness Guide for Attorneys," will be presented by Tonya Tittle and Lisa Sanchez of Energy Fitness from 4:30-5:30 pm and followed by the monthly YLD Happy Hour at 5:30 pm. Both will be held at Energy Fitness at 552 South Main Street in downtown Memphis. With the demands of practicing law, it is easy to neglect vital aspects of your life outside of work, including your health and wellness. In this CLE, Certified Personal Trainers, Tonya Tittle and Lisa Sanchez, will provide tips on how to balance it all. Demonstrations on how to stay mentally and physically fit right at your desk will also be included in the seminar! Online registration will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact Lesia Beach at to register. 

U of M Law Review's Annual Symposium, March 22

The 2013 University of Memphis Law Review Symposium, Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, will take a close look at legal solutions to human trafficking from international, national, statewide, and local perspectives. The Symposium will take place at The University of Memphis Law School, 1 N. Front St., from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 22, 2013. Admission is $125 for CLE attendees; $40 for nonprofit and government CLE attendees; $40 for members of the general public; and free to University of Memphis faculty, staff, and students. 6.0 hours of CLE credit and 2.25 hours of Dual Ethics Credit has been applied for. The event will feature distinguished speakers and panelists from the US Attorney's Office, the US Department of Transportation, Shared Hope International, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, the South Texas College of Law, Operation Broken Silence, the Memphis Police Department Sex Crimes Division, and the Indiana Attorney General's Office. For more information and online registration, click here

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 6

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

Memphis Grizzlies Game Night, April 17

The Grizzlies have teamed up with the MBA Young Lawyers Division for a night of fun at the Utah Jazz game at FedEx Forum on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00pm. YLD members may purchase Plaza II seats at $55 each which is $35 less than the gate price. For more information and to download a registration form, click here. To sit with the YLD group, please return this form to Maggie Cooper by Monday, April 1—mail to Maggie Cooper; Thomason Hendrix et al; One Commerce Square, 29th Floor ; 40 South Main; Memphis, TN 38103; email to; or fax to 901.525.6722. A Happy Hour sponsored by Mid-South Financial will be held prior to the game. Look for more details on that event soon!

Law Week Launch Party, April 26

Save the Date for the annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. More details coming soon!

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2013

Read more under headlines above.

STRUT! Memphis, October 24

 Save the date for the annual Community Legal Center fundraiser, STRUT! Memphis, on October 24, 2013.

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CLE Seminars

Live Seminars:

Wednesday, March 13 -
Friday, March 15
Trial Academy
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave 
Various topics & speakers
15 hrs total credit:
2 dual / 13 general
Read more under Events at left.

Wednesday, March 27
The State of Healthcare in America
Sponsored by the Health Law Section
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Baker Donelson, 165 Madison, #2000
Speaker:  Philip Johnson, Regions Insurance Group 
1.5 Hours General CLE Credit


Friday, March 29
Employment Investigations: Protecting You & Your Clients from Liability
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Speaker: James P. Carter
1 hour general credit

Live Webcasts:

Wednesday, March 13
Ben Franklin on Ethics
Co-sponsored with Periaktos Productions, L.L.C.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

1 hour dual credit

Wednesday, March 27
Impeach Justice Douglas!
Co-sponsored with Periaktos Productions, L.L.C.
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
3 hours dual credit

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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