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First to Service—Volunteer Opportunities

"Memphis Legal Community: First to Serve" provides members of the Memphis legal community with opportunities to give back to our community throughout the year. The theme recognizes the many urgent needs of our citizens and encourages the legal community to join together to help meet those needs. In addition to many pro bono programs, a project to assist the community will be scheduled at least quarterly. If you have a suggestion for a community service project, please contact MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at .

Judges Needed for High School Mock Trial, Feb. 15-24

The Young Lawyers Division of the MBA is again looking forward to hosting the 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition at the Shelby County Courthouse. The YLD public service committee with the help of local White Station High School mock trial coach, Buddy Bernstein, has made an effort over the past year to encourage more schools to participate in the competition and to pair them up with local attorney coaches to teach them about legal issues and trial techniques. This effort has paid off with this year’s competition having 28 teams competing from 20 local high schools. This is a total of 6 more schools from last year’s competition, which also includes more public schools than in years past. More teams will also allow for more teams to advance to state competition than last year.
     However, with more schools in the competition, the YLD needs more help from local attorneys than in years past! So please sign up today to judge a round of the competition by contacting Abby Webb, at, 901-328-8223. The YLD needs volunteer judges on the following dates: February 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Feel free to volunteer for more than one evening if you have time. While judging a round is a very interesting and fun way to spend some down time away from work, it is also a very worthwhile and great way to give back to your community. Mock trial is a excellent program that not only gives many high school students their first glance at the legal community, but also helps them develop skills and confidence making them successful in whatever profession they chose.

Judges Needed for College Mock Trial , March 25-27

This year Memphis has been selected to host the Opening Rounds of the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held Friday, March 25th, Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th in the Shelby County Courthouse. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national event by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. This is a great opportunity to serve your profession, earn CLE credit, and have an enjoyable time watching talented young people wrestle with the complexities of the law. For more information, click here.

Courthouse Tour Guides Needed

Free walking tours of the Shelby County Courthouse are held at 12 pm on the third Thursday of each month. If you would like to learn about the architecture of the building and the famous figures who have walked its halls, you can volunteer as a tour guide. Historian Jimmy Ogle will teach you all you need to know. For more information, contact Dottie McCallen at or 901.237.3241.

MBA Speakers Bureau

The MBA Speakers Bureau is a list of volunteer attorneys and judges who are willing to speak to groups in Memphis & Shelby County, such as non-profits, schools and churches, regarding various areas of the law. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dottie McCallen at 901.527.3573 or

Check back throughout the year as more opportunities will be added!

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