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IPSCO—Title Sponsor for Your Insurance Needs
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,

Alpha Reporting
is the largest court reporting firm in the area, with offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, TN and Tupelo, MS. In addition to court reporting, Alpha offers realtime depositions, deposition/video streaming, nationwide scheduling, conference room and electronic transcripts. Alpha Legal Solutions provides litigation support and videography services.

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Excellent East Poplar office space.
Suitable for two + attorneys/staff. Furnished reception, conference rooms, kitchen. Contact Jim McMahon. 901.289.4195

Office Space Available
-The Administrative Office of the Courts has surplus office space available for sublet at i bank Tower (formerly White Station Tower) at 5050 Poplar Street. Approximately 1200 square feet under lease through 2015. Below market at $16.50 per square foot or will consider any reasonable offer. Contact David Haines, AOC general counsel, at (615) 741-2687.

Two Offices for Rent, individually or all two.
Excellent rate and location downtown near Shelby County Courthouse and Criminal Justice Complex. Includes parking, reception/light secretarial, phone, utilities. Contact Ellen Fite or Frank Holloman, 901.526.1088.


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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.

Construction Expert—Over 35 year’s experience. Completed hundreds of projects. Hands on in every aspect of construction. Currently have residential and commercial construction companies licensed and operating in Mississippi. Will save you time and money by helping develop your case; consulting, testimony, estimating, cost analysis, inspections and investigations. Have a mechanical engineering background. Experience with: Accidents – Deaths, Slip and Fall; Defects and Disputes – Various kinds; Cost Overruns and Over Drawn Jobs; Foundations – Expansive soils and movements; Drainage - foundation effect; Contract Disputes; Water Intrusion – mold, rot. Have worked cases involving: Apartment Complexes; Casinos; Convenience Stores; Churches; Hospitals; Hotels; Restaurants; Residences. Contact: Jodie Morgan at J Morgan Consulting, LLC, P. O. Box 1303, Madison MS 39130, (601) 856-2089 or . REFERENCES AVAILABLE

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.

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



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




19 Attorneys Graduate from the Leadership Forum

A graduation ceremony was held yesterday for 19 young attorneys who participated in the 2012-2013 Leadership Forum. In addition to attending monthly sessions on various leadership topics, the participants were divided into four small groups, each of which had to develop and present a community service project. Once again, they amazed us with the depth and scope of their projects. Three groups made presentations in schools: 1) an interactive presentation to middle school kids based on real-life cases arising from a fight between Chris Brown and Drake (and if you have to ask yourself, “who are they?”, you’re officially old); 2) a presentation to over 250 Overton High School students on how to become a lawyer; and 3) teaching leadership skills to those in the city schools’ W.I.N. Program – sort of a “mini” Leadership Forum. The other group was in charge of the April 23rd Veteran’s Legal Clinic, including a training session for lawyers immediately prior to it.
     The graduates of the 2012-2013 Leadership Forum are: David Biggers, U.S. Attorney’s Office; Anne Davis, Butler Sevier Hinsley & Reid; Jake Dickerson, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Amber Floyd, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Lisa Gill, Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink; Adam Johnson, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz; Brooks Kostakis, Boyle Brasher; Christina Kurdilla, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston; Gabrielle Lewis, Bass Berry & Sims; Omar Malik, DA’s Office; Laura Martin, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; Michael C. McLaren, Butler Snow; Melisa Moore, Burch Porter & Johnson; Ruchee Patel, sole practitioner; Shayla Purifoy, MALS; Robert Ratton and Maya Siggers, City Attorney’s Office; Tony Silva, Donati Law Firm; and Mary Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton.
     Our thanks also to the mentors, speakers and steering committee members: Ahsaki Baptist, Steve Barlow, Lucie Brackin, Richard Chotard, Laurie Christensen, Mike Cody, Craig Conley, Freeman Foster, Hon. John Fowlkes, Lee Harris, Dr. Katherine Hendrix, Kim Hodges, Iyona Hilliard Houston, Justin Joy, Richelle Kidder, Chris Lareau, Connie Lewis Lensing, Jeana Littrell, Hon. Dan Michael, Justin Mitchell, Paul Morris, Lisa Overall, Hon. Curtis Person, Edd Peyton, Kevin Ritz, Larry Scroggs, Kathy Story, Jim Strickland, Trey Thacher, and Van Turner.
     Click here to see more photos from the graduation ceremony.

Summer Law Intern Program Needs You!

More than 130 minority high school students – rising juniors and seniors – interviewed for the 2013 Summer Law Intern Program, which runs from June 3-28, 2013. We need more workplaces! If you can sponsor an intern, either by having them work in your office or by paying the $500 stipend so they can work at a government or non-profit agency, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575;

Bench Bar a Resounding Success!

More than 160 attorneys, judges, and guests gathered at Tops’l Beach Resort last week to enjoy high-quality CLE programs, the beach and shopping, and relaxed interaction with their colleagues. Although the week began with somewhat chilly and cloudy, the weather was beautiful by the end. Attendees could learn everything from the latest on social media and its impact on the law (and lawyer advertising) to the newly proposed local federal rules. Friday morning was spent on jury selection including a demonstration by Kirk Caraway and Bryan Smith.
     Our thanks to MBA sponsors The Marston Group and RocketFuel, and as always, the MBA’s title sponsors – Alpha Reporting, BankTennessee, and IPSCO—for their support. And a special thanks to Morgan & Morgan—Memphis for sponsoring the hospitality suite (and your sign wasn’t stolen this year!) We appreciate all of the other sponsors of the Conference—we couldn’t do it without you!
     Visit the MBA Facebook page to see photos from the conference.
     The Conference returns to Tops'l next year from May 7-10, 2014. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Open for Comment: Proposed Changes to Chancery Court Rules

Pursuant to Rule 18 of the Tennessee Supreme Court regarding local rules of practice in the trial courts of Tennessee, proposed amendments to the Local Rules of the Chancery Court of Shelby County, Tennessee are being published for a three-week public comment period to solicit and consider input from members of the public and attorneys concerning the proposed rules or amendments. These proposed rules or amendments can be viewed on the Chancery Court website. Comments or questions on the proposed amendments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013. LOCAL RULES WILL BE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013.

Installation of Doris Randle-Holt as Chief Federal Defender, May 24

You are cordially invited to attend the installation of Ms. Doris Randle-Holt as the new Chief Federal Defender for the Western District of Tennessee. The event will take place Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in Judge John T. Fowlkes's courtroom on the ninth floor of the Federal Building at 167 North Main Street in Memphis. Please inform your colleagues and members of this event, which is open to the public. Click here to view the official invitation.

Register Now! 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 To see the event flyer, click here.

Memphis Student Wins TBA Video Contest

Memphis student Jeff Carter won first place in the high school category of the Tennessee Bar Association's 2013 YouTube Video Contest. The contest, offered as part of the national Law Day celebration, challenged students to produce three-minute videos on a topic related to the law. This year's theme asked students to reflect on the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Carter, who was sponsored by White Station High School, wins $500 for his video "Hamilton and the Holocaust." The school also will receive $500. In addition, Carter will be invited to attend the TBA's Annual Meeting in Nashville on June 14 and have his winning video shown to leaders of the state's legal community. Click here to watch his video and congrats Jeff!


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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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

Professional Privilege Tax Due June 1

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.

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

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MBA Young Lawyers Division Golf Tournament, October 4

Mark your calendar for this ever popular golf tournament to be held on Friday, October 4th at Glen Eagle Golf Course at 1 pm. Look for details later this summer!

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:

Live webcast – Thurgood Marshall’s Coming
Wednesday, May 29
11:00 a.m.
2.5 hours Dual CLE

Mediator Of The Day Training
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Wednesday, May 29
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
6750 Poplar Ave, Forum 1 Bldg., 1st Fl. Conf. Room
2 total hrs – 1.67 General / .33 Dual

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


ALI-ABA Online Webcasts & Seminars:  
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