Memphis Bar Association
The Young Lawyers' Appeal - Fall 2012

President’s Update

by Abby Webb, YLD President

I always dread the end of summer as it usually means that I have to actually start getting ready for jury trials, and that my next beach vacation is probably over 6 months away. But this year, there is one thing that I still have to look forward to: the YLD Golf Tournament. In the past years, this has been an event on my “summer fun” list that I am sad is over, but this year since we moved it to the fall, I at least have one more thing to look forward to as the days grow shorter. 

While I do not play golf, I always enjoy driving (or riding on) the “beverage” cart as it seems that people always are happy to see us coming (which I know has nothing to do with me at all). And some folks are happier than others, but all and all, the beer cart is always well received. 

Thinking of being well received, reminded me that sometimes as lawyers we feel exactly the opposite. For instance, I know I have made phone calls to people, thinking I am going to be the last person this gal/guy wants to hear from so I better make this short and to the point. “Hello, my name is Abby and I am an attorney with….” Should I say more? This is usually enough to draw a deep sigh from the other end of the phone. Look, I know that I am not Ed McMahon telling you that you won the sweepstakes, but really people, is it always so bad to hear from a lawyer. 

Preparing for trial, I can remember how unhappy witnesses are to see you as it means they likely have to go to Court soon, a place I have found most non-lawyers have strong aversions to for one reason or another. How many times have I heard, “can’t I just write a letter or sign an affidavit,” and then there I am giving someone a lecture on the rules of evidence. Purely delightful, I tell you! 

Needless to say, every once in a while, it is good for our spirit for someone to actually be happy to see or hear from us. In my world, this usually happens outside of lawsuits. However, upon settling a case, winning a trial, or obtaining a good result, I have on occasion heard someone jump with joy on the other side of the phone just because they do not have to see me again. I know, that has to make you feel good, right!

So on a lighter note, please take a day off work and get out of the office to spend some time with the Young Lawyers at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington, Tennessee on Friday, September 28, 2011. (see details below). We will make sure you have a good time and stay hydrated!


Golf Tournament Next Friday at Glen Eagle

by Irwin Magevney & Jake Dickerson, Sports Committee Co-Chairs

Based on the responses the YLD received from its online survey earlier this year, the YLD Sports Committee has moved the annual MBA YLD golf tournament to Friday, September 28th at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington. Managed by the Navy Golf Program, Glen Eagle Golf Course features rolling hills, magnificent fairways, and well-maintained greens. The course provides exciting play for golfers of any skill level. Whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament is for you. Click here to register online now or here to download a PDF of the form.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Sports Committee, please feel free to contact Jake Dickerson at or Irwin Magevney at


Happy Hour at Alchemy Tomorrow!

by Annie Christoff & Maggie Cooper, Social Committee Co-Chairs

The YLD Social Committee is planning another busy fall full of great events! First up is a happy hour on September 20 at Alchemy (940 S. Cooper) in Cooper-Young, made possible with a generous sponsorship by The Meeks Financial Group, Northwestern Mutual. We are cohosting this event with the University of Memphis Law Alumni Association, so we are planning to see a lot of old friends and new faces. Next, on October 18, we are planning a Triple Threat with a CLE presentation by our own Irwin Magevney (read more under CLE above). 

We would also like to thank everyone for coming out to our events this summer. The Triple Threat at Bleu in July, sponsored by Injured Workers’ Pharmacy, was a great success. Nicole Grida’s presentation on workers’ compensation law was enlightening, and the happy hour afterwards was a lot of fun. In August, we attended a Redbirds game with the U of M SBA in what is becoming an annual event. Sponsored by Alpha Reporting and BankTennessee, the game was a quick sellout—so be sure to sign up early next year! Big thanks go to our wonderful sponsors!


MALS Phone-A-Thon Tomorrow, YLD Legal Clinic November 10th

by Nicole M. Grida & Jonathan Nelson, Public Service Committee Co-Chairs

The YLD will be conducting a “Phone-A-Thon” to contact local attorneys in an effort to increase contributions to Memphis Area Legal Services as part of the MALS “We’re All In” Campaign. The Phone-A-Thon will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the YLD’s monthly happy hour at Alchemy (940 S. Cooper - read more above). If you are interested in participating in the Phone-A-Thon, please contact Jonathan Nelson ( or Nicole Grida ( 

In addition, the YLD will be sponsoring MALS’ monthly Saturday Legal Clinic on November 10, 2012, which will be held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The clinic will provide the opportunity for members of the community to meet with an attorney to discuss their legal issues. The YLD and MALS are looking for attorneys—not just young lawyers—to come out and participate in this rewarding community service event. Please visit the MALS website (, or email Jonathan Nelson ( or Nicole Grida (, if you are interested in participating as a volunteer attorney.


CLE & Jazz at the Crescent Club, October 18th

Newly admitted attorneys mark your calendar for "Transitional Legal Education" on November 15th!

by Keisha Richardson & Janika White, CLE Committee Co-Chairs

On October 18, 2012, Irwin A. Magevney of Gilreath & Associates will present a CLE on bankruptcy. It is essential for attorneys of all levels and in all practice areas to become familiar with the fundamental tenets of bankruptcy law as well as its effects on other areas of the law. Whether you are just starting out in your career, thinking about broadening your practice area to include this field, or want to be able to spot the issues when advising your clients, this CLE will provide you with an essential foundation. Our presenter will provide you with the practice tips and basic concepts every bankruptcy attorney needs. This CLE will be held from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Crescent Club located at 6075 Poplar Ave. #909, and will will be directly followed by a Happy Hour with drinks and hor d'oeuvres. 

The MBA Young Lawyers Division is also excited about our upcoming annual seminar for newly admitted attorneys. The seminar entitled "Transitional Legal Education” a.k.a. The Nuts & Bolts of Practice in the Shelby County Courts will be held on on Monday, November 15th from 1-4:15 pm in the Supreme Courtroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Shelby County Courthouse. The seminar provides newly licensed attorneys with insight on how to manage client’s and partners’ expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel, and ultimately avoid the kind of mistakes young lawyers can make that will expose them to disciplinary actions or even claims from their clients. The seminar will be presented by Memphis judges from General Sessions, Circuit, and Chancery courts and will be an opportunity for new admittees not only to hear great advice from them, but also to meet them and be sworn in before the local courts.

Look for online registration for these seminars to be available soon. If you would like to go ahead and put your name on a list so that you are the first to hear when registration becomes available, please contact Dottie McCallen at

As always, the CLE committee strives to provide CLE courses that meet the needs of the Young Lawyers Divison. As such, we welcome your comments and/or suggestions regarding future CLE seminars. Feel free to contact Keisha Richardson or Janika White at relative to the same.


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