Entertaining Motions Provides Lots of Laughs at Pro Bono Reception
On Tuesday, October 16th, the MBA presented Entertaining Motions 2012, a parody of Memphis legal life, in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation to benefit Access to Justice and in memory of attorney and longtime Entertaining Motions cast member Earl Buckles. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres by Lucchesi's, and Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and the MBA Access to Justice Committee honored their outstanding volunteers with an awards ceremony.
Memphis attorney and comedian Joe Leibovich warmed up the crowd with a performance with an improv troupe, featuring law students Danny Camper and Jeremy Armstrong, and Bruce Ralston, Byron Winsett, Sharon Fewell and Danny Camper entertained with a hilarious skit about the impact of technology in the courtroom. "Judge" Bruce Ralston had a difficult time understanding why the attorneys before him were so dependent on their iPhones and iPads. You can imagine the hilarious chaos that insued when "Judge" Ralston became infuriated and destroyed the counsel's iPhone. Fortunately, Apple's Siri, the personal assistant that interacts verbally with the phone's user, intervened and saved the day...well kind of. The skit was followed by Ted Jones as Karnac, a traditional highlight of Entertaining Motions, accompanied by Joe Leibovich who had the crowd rolling with quips about both local and national figures (if you are worried you were mentioned, you probably were). Ellen Fite closed the program with the presentation of the Lifetime Grover Achievement Award—another Entertaining Motions tradition—to Earl Buckles, who recently passed away.
After Entertaining Motions, the reception turned to more serious business, honoring the outstanding pro bono work of local attorneys. Meg Jones of the Community Legal Center presented its pro bono attorney of the year award to Monroe David for his dedication to helping others and to the Center. Harrison McIver and Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services presented the following awards.
- Maureen Holland, Esq. for taking the most difficult cases
- Lisa Leach of Littler Mendelson, P.C. for representing Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
- J. Michael Fletcher, Esq. for donating a large number of pro bono hours
- Allen Malone of Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, for donating a large number of pro bono hours
- Linda Harris, Esq., for a significant contribution to the development of Access to Justice programs
- Chris Martin, law student at the University of Memphis School of Law, for his commitment to pro bono
- James C. Warner of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C.
- Littler Mendelson, P.C. for its firm-wide commitment to pro bono
- RedRover Sales & Marketing as an Access to Justice innovator