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East Memphis Law Office along the Poplar corridor has space available for attorneys which includes receptionist and other services at competitve pricing. Call or e-mail Larry Weissman, 901-763-2134 |

Executive Office Suite for Rent
at Corporate Gardens, 9040 Garden Arbor Drive, Germantown, Tennessee. This convenient premier office space has very tasteful décor with class-A finishes, including hardwood floors. The space consists of: four offices (all with windows); reception area; access to additional library/conference room; coffee bar (with microwave, refrigerator, granite counter tops and sinks). The office is wired for security. Tenant has total control of heating and cooling.  Office includes free janitorial service, abundant parking, and paid maintenance fees. There are no additional assessments for overhead costs such as property taxes, insurance or repairs and maintenance, etc. The monthly rent is $1,900. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in this space, please contact us at (901) 761-7874.

Three Offices for Rent 
— Individually or all three. Ideal for an attorney. Excellent Rate and location in Germantown near the Saddle Creek Shopping Center. Includes receptionist, phones, internet, parking, utilities and the use of two conference rooms. Contact Rose at 901-507-2146.

East Memphis Office Space
 — 1 Man offices to large firms at the Hobson Building - 5384 Poplar. $17.50/sf. Covered parking, Bank onsite, close to I-240. Call Jennifer Hobson at 901.679.6818

Office Space — 1-2 offices available to sublease in law office. Desirable East Memphis location. Atrium I, 1st floor, 6800 Poplar at Kirby. Affordable rent. Call John - 901.680.0101.

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.



Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

The Cochran Firm - Memphis is seeking a Case Manager to provide superior client service while professionally handling case management documentation and procedures. The position entails extensive telephone contact with clients, medical providers and adjusters. At least three years’ experience in personal injury pre-suit file management required. Must have knowledge of insurance, legal, and/or medical terminology to maximize the performance of the duties and responsibilities of this position. Submit resume for consideration to if qualified for this opportunity.

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

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 



Volunteers Needed for Sat. Legal Clinic & Wills for Heroes

Volunteers are still needed for the monthly Saturday Legal Clinic on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The MBA Young Lawyers Division is sponsoring the clinic but all lawyers are invited to help out! If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Anne Fritz at 901.527.3575 or

In addition, volunteers are needed for Wills for Heroes, which takes place the same day at the library, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Volunteers are especially needed for the afternoon shift, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. If you can help out, contact Joanne Coston-Holloway at 901.577.8223;

More Ways to Celebrate Pro Bono Month in October

Join the Memphis legal community in celebrating all the good things that lawyers do in the community! Here’s the line-up of events:
•  Thurs., Oct. 24 – Strut! Memphis to benefit the Community Legal Center, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $50. Call the CLC at 543.3395 for tickets or event sponsorship information.
•  Tues., Oct. 29 – Pro Bono Reception & Celebration, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Butler Snow. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration as we recognize members of the legal community who have given “above and beyond” this year. 
•  Sat., Nov. 2 – Race for Grace to benefit Memphis Area Legal Services, 8:30 a.m., Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sign up for this 5K and designate your entry fee for MALS.  For more information, go to

Do You Know What’s Going On With Judicial Selection in Tennessee?

If you don’t, then you need to come to “Hanging in the Balance: Judicial Selection in Tennessee” on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Wade Auditorium at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. A panel consisting of Justin Joy, Sen. Brian Kelsey, and Danny Van Horn, moderated by U.S. Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton, will debate the merits of the constitutional amendment that will be on next November’s ballot as well as other judicial selection methods. This is an issue of critical importance to the legal community, and we want everyone to be aware of what is at stake. The seminar is approved for 2 hours of dual CLE credit; the registration fee is $50.  For more information or to register, click here.

Make Your Reservations for 2014 Bench Bar Conference, May 7-10!

The Bench Bar Conference Committee is busy planning for next year’s conference, which will include several new tweaks! Programs on technology, ADR, and dealing with difficult clients, opposing counsel and judges are in the works.  To reserve your room at Tops’l now, call the ResortQuest 24-hour reservations department at 1.800.380.4808; group code X8006. Room rates at the Summit are: Studio NV/CL - $87/$99; 2 bedroom NV/CL -- $141/$156; 3 bedroom NV/CL - $212/$231.  The Tide offers 2 bedroom gulf view condos for $179/night; 2 bedroom gulf front condos for $247/night; and 3 bedroom condos for $411/night.  There are also rooms available at the Beach Manor ($176/night for a 2 bedroom) and the Tennis Villa ($133/night for a 2 bedroom.)

Three Ways to Participate in the MALS "We're All In" Online Auction

Please join us in participating in the "We're All In" Online Auction benefiting MALS. The auction is now open. Here are three ways to get involved: (1) Donate items, (2) Bid, (3) Spread the word. Click here for more information or download a donor form. Donations will continue to be accepted until the auction closes on Oct. 15. If you have any questions or a donation ready to be submitted, email

Health Care Notice Requirement is Approaching

The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires most employers to provide an Exchange Notice prior to October 1, 2013 that includes information regarding the Exchange (now called the Health Insurance Marketplace). The Department of Labor has provided two model notices. One notice applies to employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees and the other applies to employers who do not offer a health plan. The sample notices can be found at the following sites: and

Spanish versions of the notices are also available. This information is provided by IPSCO, one of the MBA’s title sponsors. IPSCO is working on a tool to help our members and their practices navigate through the complexities of the new law. We expect to announce this valuable resource to our members prior to Oct. 1. For help or additional information on compliance with the new health care law, contact IPSCO at 800.347.1009; fax 423.629.1109; email at

New Dean to Speak at Memphis Bar Foundation Luncheon on Oct. 8

Peter Letsou, who became Dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on June 1, is the featured speaker for the Memphis Bar Foundation’s luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel. Dean Letsou will discuss his vision for the law school and how that will impact the Memphis legal community. In addition, new Fellows of the Foundation will be recognized, grants given to local non-profit agencies, and the Irvin Bogatin Awards presented to University of Memphis law students. Tickets are $50 per person; $500 for a table of 10.  CLE credit of .50 hours is pending. All proceeds will benefit the Memphis Bar Foundation’s grant-making program. For reservations, call Charlotte Gean at 527.3574 or



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

Click here to view this week's schedule.


Barristers' Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 4

The 14th Annual Barristers' Pancake Breakfast will be held Friday, October 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church. 100% of the proceeds are donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Contact Judy Birchler at 577-2243 or if you have any questions.

"New Year's" Happy Hour on Mon. Oct. 7

The Memphis / Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Counsel on Call invite you to join them for a Happy Hour to kick off the start of the Supreme Court Calendar on Monday, October 7th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Cavern at the Brass Door (152 Madison.) Enjoy free drinks until the tab runs out, compliments of the FBA and Counsel on Call.

Health Law Section to Host Speed Networking Event on Oct. 10

The Memphis Bar Association Health Law Section will hold its inaugural Speed Networking event on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the 4th floor Reading Room at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. This event will offer the opportunity for mentees - students, new attorneys and attorneys with less than five years of experience in the practice of health law - to meet and network with mentors - attorneys who have been practicing in the field for five or more years. Mentees will spend around five minutes talking to a mentor before moving on to the next mentor. Mentors may describe their current position, past positions and areas of expertise and discuss the future of health law. Mentees likely will have specific questions about hot areas in health law, job forecasts and other related topics of interest. Attorneys interested in serving as mentors please email Kathy Steuer at to confirm your participation. PLEASE ENCOURAGE JUNIOR ATTORNEYS IN YOUR PRACTICE TO ATTEND! Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided courtesy of BankTennessee.

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.

Actress Sally Field to Speak at Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon Nov. 22

Two-time Academy Award-winning, two-time Emmy-winning, and two-time Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Field will speak candidly about her life and art, and how she balances the demands of family and career during the 12th annual Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon on Friday, November 22 at 11:45 a.m. at The Peabody Hotel. aVProceeds from this year’s luncheon will benefit The West Cancer Center, providing cancer care in collaboration with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Individual tickets start at $125 and a table of 10 starts at $1,250. Tickets are available for general, preferred, and prime seating. To reserve your seat, call 901-516-0500 or purchase tickets online at

Change of Date: Unveiling of Tennessee Judicial Museum, December 4

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society will unveil Phase II of the Tennessee Judiciary Museum on December 4, 2013 and honor Justice Janice M. Holder for her service on the Supreme Court. 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, Oct. 10
Hanging in the Balance: Judicial Selection in Tennessee
11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wade Auditorium, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
2.0 hours dual credit

Monday, Oct. 14
Discovery - Irving Younger Video CLE
9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave. #220
4.0 hours general

Tuesday, Oct. 15
The Real Property Law Institute Series
8:30 a.m.-4:50 p.m.
The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin
6.5 hours - 1.0 dual / 5.5 general


Telephone Seminars

Friday, Oct. 11
Attorney Ethics in Real Estate Practice
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour general


Live Web Seminars

Wednesday, Oct. 9
The Art of Advocacy-What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors?
11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 
3.25 hours 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:  
*Enter the code MBA10 and get a 10% discount.*

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

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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