October is Celebrate Pro Bono Month. Have you provided over 50 hours of pro bono service in the last 12 months? If so, the Tennessee Supreme Court wants to recognize you at the MBA Annual Meeting on December 3.
The applications for both attorneys and law offices can be found at http://www.tncourts.gov/node/2392634.
The Nominations Committee has released its report for the 2015 MBA Elections. Nominees for Secretary/Treasurer are Maureen Holland, Holland & Associates, and Earle Schwarz, Law Office of Earle J. Schwarz. The winner will automatically become Vice President in 2017 and President in 2018.
2015 Calendar of Events
The MBA Professionalism Committee will be reviewing the proposed amendments to the Tennessee Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Procedure, and the Tennessee Rules of Evidence. The proposed amendments can be found here.
The MBA Nominations Committee will meet Wed., Sept. 16 at 12:30 p.m. to select candidates to run for the position of Secretary/Treasurer and for the Board of Directors.
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the Supreme Court Vacancy created by Justice Gary R. Wade’s retirement September 8.
The MBA is accepting nominations for its two highest honors – the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award. Both awards will be presented at the MBA Annual Meeting the evening of Thursday, Dec. 3.
That you can submit content to the Bar Bulletin, Memphis Lawyer Magazine, and the newMBA Website! Our recent survey provided us with some valuable insights. We are listening to you and will spend the next few weeks going over individual questions and talking about the results. You can continue the discussion over on our Facebook page. In the meantime, send up your updates and stories here!
The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Memphis Bar Association, is now accepting grant applications for law-related programs and projects that fall within its mission:
A 2014 study by FindLaw found that 38% of those seeking a lawyer for a legal nee looked online, a sharp increase from 7% in a similar 2005 study. The same survey revealed that consumers increasingly use the Internet to check out attorneys before hiring them.
Public Interest Counselor
University of Memphis School of Law (Downtown Memphis)
Requires a Law degree and two years of practical legal experience preferably for a public interest or government employer or similar/related experience demonstrating a commitment to public interest.
By Tim Davis, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, National Disaster Medical System, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The peak of summer is nearly here. The hottest summer temperatures for the Memphis area tend to occur from July 21-25, according to 30-year averages calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Memorial - Friday, July 17, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. - National Civil Rights Museum.
Visitation - Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon - Mississippi Blvd. Church (70 North Bellevue Blvd., 38104)
Funeral - Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 12:00 noon - Mississippi Blvd. Church (70 North Bellevue Blvd., 38104). Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
The Memphis Bar Association will honor the 60 local high school students who successfully completed their Summer Law Intern Program. The ceremony will take place at Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:30a.m. at The Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis campus.
Please join the Bankruptcy Section of the Memphis Bar Association for some cajun fun at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park featuring The Raw Oyster Cult.
From our Health Law Section: CLE: King v. Burwell and Recent ACA Updates - July 8
Join us this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at noon, for a one hour CLE presentation on King v. Burwell and Recent ACA Updates.
The Memphis Bar Association offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd.
Any Motions set on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. will be heard on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the courtroom clerk, Kim Robinson at 222-3834.
Until further notice the Division III docket will be heard on a rotating basis by the other Circuit Court Judges. This will include trials, motions, uncontested divorces and the Friday 10:00 a.m. domestic docket. Next week, June 22-26, Division V will hear Division III matters.
Attorney Lawrence M. Magdovitz, 77, of Clarksdale, MS passed away on Sunday, May 24 after a long illness.
Seven Memphis area lawyers have applied to fill the Shelby County Chancery Court judgeship made vacant by the death of Chancellor Oscar C. Carr III last month.
Until further notice the Division III docket will be heard on a rotating basis by the other Circuit Court Judges. This will include trials, motions, uncontested divorces and the Friday 10:00 a.m. domestic docket. Next week, June 1-5, Division II will hear Division III matters.
Godwin, Morris, Laurenzi & Bloomfield, P.C. is grieving the loss of our colleague and friend, Lesley J. Cook.
Marty Speak, son of former legal administrator and BankTennessee employee, Jo Speak, passed away on May 9
Mrs.Will Ella Bailey, mother of Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey and attorney & Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey, has died.
Due to the recent flood of the Circuit Court Judges Secretaries’ Office, please direct all correspondence and have runners deliver packages to room 329. All faxes should be sent to 901-222-3506
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Philip Joseph Cooper, 89, died on May 1, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee, after complications from a heart attack. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 8 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.
The mechanism for confirming judicial nominees was delayed to next year after the House and Senate could not agree on the procedure. The House and Senate proposed a compromise in which lawmakers had 60 days to confirm a judicial appointment, but 67 votes were needed to confirm or reject the nominee.
Memphis Business Journal writes about the Free Legal Clinic this weekend - click here.
All Part III cases will stay in Part III unless some official action is taken for some reason. Non-dispositive matters will be heard in the Part III Courtroom (by waiver/on consent) by Chancery Court Clerk & Master Donna Russell, sitting as Special Chancellor. We’re still defining non-dispositive because it may not be a motion to dismiss, but there may some ultimate question in play which makes something dispositive.
Since December 2013, local 501(c) non-profit Unity Solutions has been providing non-representational legal guidance to our underserved neighbors in 38126 – empowering them with the knowledge and skill they need to not only overcome current legal roadblocks, but also to choose future options through wisdom and in strength.
Three Memphis high school mock trial teams placed in the top ten at the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition this past weekend. St. Mary's Episcopal, made it to the final round and placed second.
Now accepting applications
It's that time of year again! The MBA is accepting applications for the 9th Summer Law Intern Program. If you know a minority high school student who will be a junior or senior this fall, please encourage them to apply. If you or your firm would be interested in taking an intern - or sponsoring an intern -- please download the application here or contact Mary at 901. 271-0660 or mylnes [at] memphisbar [dot] org.
EARN CLE CREDIT -- As you prepare your 2015 calendars, please consider the following:
Rhodes College is proud to once again host the Opening Round of the American Mock Trial Association's National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament.
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Win $100 off registration!
Okay, we admit it - we've run out of ideas for the t-shirt given to the Bench Bar Conference attendees! That's why we're asking you, our members, to help out.
Here's how it works: Submit your design idea (tag line and graphic) by Feb. 28 tolbeach [at] memphisbar [dot] org. Designs should be no more than four colors (it will be printed on a white t-shirt), professionally appropriate, and appeal to men and women. Submissions should be in a jpeg or pdf format, no more than 12.5 x 12.5 inches. The winner will be selected by the Bench Bar Conference Committee and will receive $100 off the registration fee for the 2015 (or a future) Conference!
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The brochure with the full schedule will be mailed in early Feb. In the meantime, you can go ahead and make your reservation at Tops'l by calling the 24-hour toll-free reservation at 1.800.380.4808 and use group code X8009. A 15% deposit on the rent will be required with the balance due four days before check-in. Rates range from $85/night for a studio in the Summit to $261/night for a two-bedroom, gulf front unit in the Tides. Topics include social media, appellate practice, domestic violence, labor & employment law, and juveniles.
The Tennessee Defense Lawyer Association (TDLA) is looking for an executive director. The part-time independent contractor will be responsible for handling the administrative aspects of the TDLA. He or she will partner with the Board and advance the association's goals and strategies while taking care of its daily administrative needs.
Responsibilities of the executive director include preparing and mailing annual dues invoices for the TDLA membership, recording payments received in the membership databases, sending follow-up notices, making bank deposits, and reviewing and updating the TDLA website.
The executive director will also review and update policies and procedures as needed, and bring any potential changes to the attention of the TDLA Executive Committee and the TDLA Board.
Other duties include assisting seminar Chairs, obtaining and working with sponsors for seminars and advertising, writing checks and reconciling checking and money market accounts; processing applications for membership; preparing documents for and attending Board meetings; sending e-mails to membership; keeping the Executive Committee informed; reviewing and updating the operations manual; working closely with committee Chairs and committee members; maintaining all public records; maintaining all insurance contracts; writing and forwarding articles about TDLA events for DRI's publication, For the Defense; and traveling for DRI meetings, TDLA seminars, and TDLA Board meetings.
Experience with Quicken, or another accounting program, and Excel are preferred.
For a full job description, or to apply, contact Phil Mischke at (901) 259-7213 or email pmischke [at] farris-law [dot] com">pmischke [at] farris-law [dot] com.
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office Invites You To This Overview Of The Shelby County Youth Court Program
Wednesday February 11 at 3:00-3:40 pm in the 201 Auditorium (free)
Ever heard of a rehabilitative program with a mere 7% recidivism rate? We have one in Shelby County – The Youth Court Program for juveniles -- and they need our help! The time commitment for attorneys is minimal and flexible – you pick the dates. The court is right down the street at Juvenile Court. There will be a 40 minute presentation on the program Wednesday February 11 at 3:00 pm in the 201 Poplar Auditorium that will explain how to volunteer. The presenters will be Mrs. Avis Allen, Shelby County Youth Court Coordinator and the State Youth Court Coordinator. The program is working extremely well in Shelby County. The only thing currently limiting the program the number of attorney volunteers. They currently have 55 but are hoping to add 40 attorneys to their program. All attorneys are invited to attend and no reservations are necessary.
Email questions to Steve.Jones [at] scdag [dot] com">Steve.Jones [at] scdag [dot] com.