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Administrative Manager to a Federal Circuit Judge—The Administrative Manager provides administrative and secretarial support to a federal circuit judge and is responsible for the day-to-day operations management of the judge’s chambers. Click here to learn more about the position.

Litigation Attorney—Immediate opportunity for a litigation attorney with 7+ years of experience to work with small East Memphis law firm handling commercial litigation. The successful candidate should have immediate transferable case management skills and previous trial experience. Additional qualifications include excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. A background in commercial litigation and/or a working knowledge of finance and banking is strongly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience + benefits. Qualified candidates send resume in either Word format or PDF to

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.

Downtown law firm is searching for a real estate/corporate paralegal experienced with formation of entities, UCC-1 financing statements, UCC searches, all aspects of commercial and residential real estate closings preferred. Please send resumes to or fax to Mary at 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, commercial, residential 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




Bench Bar Conference in Destin This Week

The 2013 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference got underway yesterday at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida. To view the conference schedule, please visit and conference attendees may download the conference materials here (with the password provided by CLE Director Lesia Beach). Conference materials are now available for download individually or as one large file. And, for more pictures from the conference, check out Alpha Reporting Corp.'s Bench Bar 2013 album on Facebook.

Spread the Word! FREE Legal Clinic Saturday

The monthly FREE Legal Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library (main public library) at 3030 Poplar Avenue in the 3rd Floor Reading Room. This month’s clinic is sponsored by the attorneys and staff of Evans Petree and FedEx and is open to all members of the public in need of legal advice.
     Please help us spread the word to those in need in our community about this valuable resource. It is likely that the receptionist at your office takes at least one call per day from a person who would benefit from the clinic. Please make sure he or she has this information to share!  Click here to download a calendar of 2013 clinics that you can forward to others in your office or print and post on your office bulletin board.
    Initiated in October 2007, the Saturday Legal Clinic is sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services and is a project of the Access to Justice Committee, a collaborative effort of local bar associations and non-profit organizations to provide legal services to those in need. The clinics are held the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm at the main library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance to those in need on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the clinic or to volunteer, click here.

New Electronic Filing Requirements for Professional Privilege Tax

All professional privilege tax returns filed on or after January 1, 2013, must be filed electronically. Professional privilege tax returns can be filed electronically either by individuals, or by companies who file and pay for multiple individuals. The department will not be mailing taxpayers a Professional Privilege Tax Return for the $400 tax due June 1, 2013. For a step-by-step guide to electronically file an individual professional privilege tax return, please visit If you are a company filing and paying for multiple individuals, go to To read more from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, click here.

April Veterans’ Clinic A Great Success

The MBA Veterans’ Committee, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services, held its second monthly Veterans’ Legal Clinic on Tuesday, April 23rd at the VA Medical Center on Union Avenue. Dozens of veterans obtained legal assistance in the areas of child support/visitation, driver’s license suspensions, landlord/tenant, employment, and debtor/creditor issues, among other areas. The roughly 20 volunteer attorneys and paralegals who helped provided a great service to our community and to the veterans. Many of the volunteers were also able to take advantage of the free 1-hour CLE/training that proceeded the Veterans’ Clinic.
    Thanks to the MBA Leadership Forum small group of Anne Davis, Gabrielle Lewis, Maya Siggers, Tony Silva, and Jake Dickerson for coordinating the April Veterans’ Clinic. And thanks to Bank Tennessee for providing lunch for the volunteers! If you are interested in helping out at a future clinic, please contact Anne Fritz at 901.527.3575 or No special expertise with VA benefits or system is needed to volunteer.

Nunc Pro Dunk Edges Out FedEx to Win the 2013 MBA YLD Basketball Championship

Nunc Pro Dunk (Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs) outlasted Fedex on Monday night, May 6th to win a hard fought game and take home the 2013 MBA YLD Basketball Championship. The players on Nunc Pro Dunk were Sumpter McGowin, Lee Harkavy, Ed Autrey, Jordan Reifler, JB Reafsnyder, Corey Strong, Trent Williams, Robert Ashby, and Bryson McCabe. Congrats to the Champs!
     Thanks to everyone who played this season. With the inclusion of local law students on the rosters this year, the league saw an increase of two teams, bringing the league to 9 total teams. Players this year have commented that the league enjoyed more parity in the competition and better games thanks to a successful draft. Thanks to Nic Vescovo for serving as league commissioner this year. And thanks to Tim Johnson, who oversaw the league for numerous years until handing off the reins to Nic during the off season.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

U of M Law to Welcome Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Graduation Speaker

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will serve as the official speaker for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Class of 2013 Graduation. He will address the graduating class on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis during the ceremony, sponsored by Duncan-Williams. 
     Mr. Kennedy is an environmental business leader, lawyer and advocate. He is a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law and serves as co-director of the school's Environmental Litigation Clinic. He also serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president-at-large of the Waterkeeper Alliance, is a partner on the CleanTech investment team of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Capital Ventures, is the environmental advisor to Napo Pharmaceuticals, and serves on the board of directors for Westinghouse Solar. 
     To learn more about the event, click here.

Workshop on Combatting Human Trafficking, May 23

On Thursday, May 23rd, a workshop entitled “Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the Mid-South: Practical Tools for an Effective Response,” will be held from 9 am to 4 pm in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway). This comprehensive training is designed for people who are service providers, medical professionals, religious leaders, translators, law enforcement, immigrant advocates, Department of Labor employees or a person concerned with the growing problem of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation. This training will equip you to become a community partner in assisting victims and addressing these terrible crimes. $15 includes all materials and lunch. Seating is limited to 100 attendees. For more information contact: Bonnie Blair at 901-752-0328 or

Sole/Small Firm Seminar, May 30

The MBA Sole/Small Firm Section is sponsoring an all-day seminar on Thurs., May 30 at Fogelman Conference Center. Titled “How to Keep Pace With the Big Guys,” the seminar will cover topics such as building and retaining a client base, lowering overhead and improving efficiency, avoiding malpractice, and maintaining a well-balanced life. The seminar is approved for 6 hours of CLE credit (3 dual and 3 general). Watch the bulletin for more details or check our CLE listings for details as they become available.

St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends, June 4

On Tuesday, June 4th, St. Jude will help tee-off the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament with an exclusive concert hosted by country artist John Rich, featuring a dazzling array of special guests. Enjoy the intimate acoustic concert while you mingle with your favorite PGA Tour players and bid on one-of-a-kind items. All proceeds from this exclusive evening will support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where no family pays for anything. The event will be held at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

AWA Golf Tournament, June 7

The Association of Women Attorneys will host its second annual golf tournament benefiting the AWA Scholarship Fund on Friday, June 7th with a shotgun start at 1 pm at Mirimichi Championship Course in Millington, TN. All are welcome to come play for great prizes in this 4 person scramble. Registration is $150 per player, which includes scramble entry, prizes and lunch. For non-golfers, environmental tours are available during the event that will provide a unique experience to learn about the only golf course in the world recognized with both Audubon International Classic Sanctuary and Golf Environmental Organization certifications. Tours are $20 per person, benefiting the AWA Scholarship Fund. For more information and registration, please contact Jennifer Himes at 901.529.3009 or To see the event flyer, click here.

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:

Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference

Wednesday, May 8-Saturday, May 11
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
Various speakers and topics.
15 Total Hours of CLE Credit
Credit approved in TN, MS & AR

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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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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