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Real Estate Closer/Legal Secretary -- East Memphis law firm has immediate opening for Real Estate Closer/Legal Secretary with experience in commercial and residential closings.  Please send resume with salary history and requirements to Mary Lynes at or fax to 901.527.3582

Debate Coach -- The Memphis Grizzlies Prep Charter School, an all-boys middle school located in downtown Memphis, is seeking a practicing attorney to teach a debate class. This is a paid position. If interested, contact Ben Crowe at

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 3 years of experience within the business practice area. Current or recent experience in Business Transactions is preferred. This position requires a professional with solid organizational and interpersonal skills. Must have excellent administrative skills and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Please forward resume to Jeff Graham at

Real Estate Closer—Murphy, DeZonia & Webb, an Association of Attorneys, has an immediate opening for a real estate closer with 3 or more years of experience in preparing HUD-1 settlement statements and the complete set of documents for residential real estate closings. Experience in closing residential transactions in Tennessee and using the SoftPro software system is preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Outlook is also preferred. Salary is negotiable and level of experience will be a factor. Please send resumes to J. Michael Murphy at 6389 Quail Hollow Road, Suite 102, Memphis, TN 38120;


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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 Kristen Stewart at 



Judge Breen Named New Chief United States District Judge of the Western District

Effective Aug. 26, the Hon. J. Daniel Breen assumed the position of chief judge of the United States District Court of the Western District of Tennessee. He replaces the Hon. Jon P. McCalla, who has assumed senior status. Chief Judge Breen began his judiciary career in 1991 as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Western District, serving in both the Eastern and Western divisional offices. He was nominated by then President George W. Bush to a seat on the district court bench on Jan. 7, 2003. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1975 and his Bachelor of Arts from Spring Hill College in 1975.

Tennessee Supreme Court Issues Several Orders, Including Complete Overhaul of Rule 9

The Supreme Court has issued a flurry of new orders, including a comprehensive amendment overhauling the rules governing disciplinary enforcement for attorneys. Among changes that take effect Jan. 1, 2014 to Rule 9 are:
•  Adoption of a comprehensive set of rules and enumeration of obligations and protections for attorneys and clients alike to permit court-appointment of “receiver attorneys” to step into the breach when a lawyer unexpectedly dies or becomes disabled;
•  Inclusion of recusal standards for hearing panel members tied directly to the Code of Judicial Conduct;
•  Removal of violations of the “attorney oath of office” as a basis for attorney discipline;
•  Application of more consistent treatment of both types of private discipline;
•  Prohibition against anonymous disciplinary complaints against attorneys; and
•  Imposition of a suspension when an attorney has been determined to be in default on repayment of any federal family education loan, a student loan guaranteed or administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, or any other state or federal educational loan or service-conditional scholarship program.  

In addition, the court adopted an order making changes to Rules 21, 33 and 43 to make them consistent with the revised Rule 9.

The Supreme Court also issued orders:
•  Asking for comments by Jan. 15, 2014 to proposed amendments to the ADR provisions contained in Rule 31;
•  Broadening the scope of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection so all attorneys who practice in Tennessee, regardless of the state granting licensure, must support it through annual fees. They also extended from one to three years, the time for a client to make a claim for reimbursement. The amendments take effect Oct. 1. 
•  Adopting an amendment to excuse continuing part-time judges and pro temporare part-time judges from the reporting requirements of Rule 10.

Apply by Monday, Sept. 9 for ESQ.BUILD: The MBA Solo Practitioner Incubator 

In partnership with the MBA Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the Memphis Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of an incubator for new solo practitioners, ESQ.BUILD. ESQ.BUILD is designed for new attorneys who are in their first three years of practice to receive training regarding not only how to practice law, but how to manage a law office. The program was developed to offer recent law school graduates tangible help including office space at a greatly reduced price, mentoring, CLE and other services to assist them in learning how to start and run a solo or small law firm practice. Participation in this program is limited to eight to ten attorneys who are graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and were admitted to practice in Tennessee within the past three years. Applications are due September 9, 2013 and the program will begin in October. For more information and an application, click here, visit the Career Services Office at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law or contact Anne Fritz at the MBA (527.3575;

MALS Auction Begins Sept. 15, Donations Still Welcome

If you have not done so already, please consider donating items to the “WE’RE ALL IN” online auction benefitting Memphis Area Legal Services. All donations are tax-deductible and will be listed on a nationally viewed website noting that you are the donor (unless you wish to remain anonymous). Click here for more information or download a donor form. The auction will open Sept. 15, but donations will continue to be accepted until the auction closes on Oct. 15. If you have any questions, email and look for a link to the auction in the coming weeks. 

Lawyer’s Lawyer and Myar Award Nomination Forms Now Available

Nominations are now being accepted for the MBA’s two highest honors – the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award and the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award. Forms are due October 1, and both will be presented at the MBA’s Annual Meeting on Thurs., Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. 

The Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who has been practicing law for at least 15 years and who, during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. The Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award is given to an attorney, 40 years of age or younger, who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. More information about the awards, including a list of past recipients and the nomination forms, are available by clicking here.

Register Now for the YLD Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the Young Lawyers Division Golf Tournament on October 4th, which will be held at Glen Eagle, the naval golf course just 20 minutes from downtown in Millington. Tee time is at 1:00 p.m. for this “shotgun start.” Proceeds from the Tournament will go to benefit the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club. Prizes will also be awarded to the top finishers, as well as for the longest drive and closet to the pin, just to name a few. Whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament for you. View the flyer for more information or register online by clicking here.


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

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Want a Virtual Law Office? Register for the Sept. 12th Technology Section CLE!

The MBA Technology Section is sponsoring a live webcast on Thurs., Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m.  on “The Virtual Law Office.” Taurus Bailey of the Walter Bailey Law Firm will discuss such topics as mobile apps for personal and business organizations; hardware/software for trial practice; presentation tips and software; time management technology for the courtroom and office; and tech tips to impress your jury, not bore them. The registration fee for Technology Section members is $30 on or before 9/10 and $40 after that; $40/$50 for non-section members; $15/$25 for those who don’t need CLE credit. To register, go to Upon completion of your online registration, you will receive an email with the information to access the webcast. You will need to log in at least 5 minutes prior to the seminar.

Project Homeless Connect Needs Volunteers on Sept. 19

Project Homeless Connect brings together a large variety of resources and services in one place to help people struggling with homelessness. Dozens of nonprofit agencies, service providers and other organizations join together to break down the barriers that can make it more difficult to escape homelessness. As part of those services, a “street clinic”, sponsored by the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, will be offered to help those with unpaid court costs and fines. In addition, a civil legal clinic will be held to assist people with issues such as child support, collections, and landlord/tenant. The next Project Homeless Connect will be held on Sept.19 (originally scheduled for Aug. 22) at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Attorneys are needed to assist with the civil legal clinic for a 2-hour shift. We particularly need attorneys familiar with family law issues. If you can help, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or

Introduction to Criminal Practice at 201 Poplar, Sept. 25

The Government Lawyers Section of the MBA will present "Introduction to Criminal Law Practice at 201 Poplar" on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Presenter Patrick Stegall built a criminal defense practice following his graduation from the University of Memphis School of Law. Mr. Stegall will explain the procedures in the general sessions court, the criminal court downtown, aka "201," as well as the procedures in the suburban courts, including Bartlett, Collierville, and Germantown. This seminar will also help you answer those questions posed by family and friends who find themselves in criminal court, including how to keep a conviction off a person’s record, and the penalties someone can expect for a first offense. Mr. Stegall will also provide lessons learned from starting The Stegall Law Firm. In addition, Mr. Stegall can answer your questions about guns and gun laws. As part of his practice, Mr. Stegall drafts firearms trusts for individuals and families who wish to own federally regulated weapons such as sound suppressors and machine guns. He is licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Government Tort Liability Act Seminar on Sept. 26

The Government Lawyers Section of the MBA will present a seminar addressing issues of notice under the Government Tort Liability Act on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the MBA office at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 80 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The speaker will be Assistant City Attorney Robert Ratton III. Contact the Memphis Bar Association or the Government Lawyers Section for additional information.  

Wills for Heroes Needs Volunteers on Oct. 12

This year, the TBA YLD is proud to make the Wills for Heroes program available to Tennessee’s first responders. We need volunteer attorneys, notaries and witnesses in order to provide free basic Wills, Living Wills, Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. The event will be held at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Saturday October 12, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Wills for Heroes program ( started shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Moved by the tragedy and the heroic actions of New York’s first responders, Anthony Hayes, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, in Columbia, South Carolina, emailed the Columbia Fire Department asking what lawyers could do to help firemen. During the conversations that followed, it became clear that there was a glaring need for estate planning services. Since then, Wills for Heroes programs have provided more than 7,000 free estate planning documents for first responders. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joann Coston-Holloway of the law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz (901.577.8223; Please note that you are not required to volunteer for the entire program, please tell us what hours you are available.

ADR Section Annual Seminar, October 16

Save The Date for the ADR Section Annual Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The featured speaker will be Nina Meierding, M.S., J.D., a national leader in the field of conflict resolution.

STRUT! Memphis, October 24

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

Unveiling of Tennessee Judicial Museum, December 5

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society will unveil Phase II of the Tennessee Judiciary Museum on December 5, 2013. The evening will feature a short program with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Hermitage Hotel followed by a tour of the museum. If you would like to become a sponsor of this event or purchase tickets, please contact Linda Knight at or 615-244-4994.

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CLE Seminars


Live Seminars:

Thursday, Sept. 12
Class & Collective Actions: A View From the Trenches
3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 
The Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave.
2.5 hours general

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Probate Court Policies
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 
Shelby County Courthouse, 3rd Fl. Supreme Courtroom
1.5 hours general

Thursday, Sept. 19
Social Security Disability Benefits: A Primer
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave. #220
1.5 hours general

Telephone Seminars

Friday, Sept. 6
Franchise Agreements: A Practical Guide to Reviewing & Negotiating
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour general

Wednesday, Sept. 11
Picking the Right Trust
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour general

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Employee Separation Agreements
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour general

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

Covenants Not-To-Compete 
1 hr general

Discharge of Guaranteed Student Loans & Related Issues 
.75 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

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

Lien Avoidance 
1 hr general

Preferred Practices of Bankruptcy Judges in the Western District
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

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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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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