Memphis Bar Association
The Young Lawyers' Appeal - Spring 2013

President’s Update

by Annie Christoff, YLD President

Spring is my absolute favorite time of year. There is nothing that makes me feel more at home than driving down Poplar on a bright, sunny Memphis day with the windows down and the music loud. Spring is also the season when even the most begrudging of us come to appreciate what this city has to offer: Memphis in May, concerts at the Shell, Trolley Tours, the patios of Overton Square, the farmers markets . . . so get outside and enjoy before it gets too hot.

The YLD is certainly busy planning a slew of activities to keep your spring calendar full. We have happy hours, CLEs, and Lawyers League basketball games, all of which you can read more about in this issue. We are also in the process of staffing Legal Lines, which is another great way to see your friends while answering legal questions from the public, so please sign up to participate. And of course, we are all excited about attending Bench Bar from May 8 to 11, and we are particularly thrilled that the Sunset CLE, presented by the YLD each year, will feature none other than Mayor AC Wharton. Register now and join us on the beautiful beaches of Destin!

Whatever your plans are for the season, try to schedule some time with your colleagues from the legal community. Whether it’s an MBA or YLD event or just lunch, make plans to catch up with an old friend, or get to know a new one better. No matter how local or national our practices, no matter how broad or specialized, we will always find value in the camaraderie of our fellow members of the bar. The collegiality among the attorneys in this city is a privilege that we must all work to nourish and protect. It will only make your experience in this profession better, and it is part of what makes the Memphis bar special. Now, enough of the lofty rhetoric (spring always puts me in an idealistic state of mind), let’s go have some fun!


YLD to Host Legal Lines on WREG-TV During Law Week

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

The Young Lawyers Division will once again sponsor Legal Lines on WREG Ch. 3 on Tuesday, April 23rd from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. During this event, local attorneys will provide legal advice to members of the public who will have the opportunity to call in to the news station free of charge. The YLD needs to staff a total of eight (8) phone lines throughout this event and is looking for lawyers to sign up for one or more of the available thirty (30) minute shifts. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jonathan Nelson no later than Friday, April 19th at





Grizzlies Game & Happy Hour, April 17

by Maggie Cooper & Christina Kurdilla, Social Committee Co-Chairs

The YLD Social Committee is planning another busy spring full of great events! First up is the MBA Night at the Grizzlies Game on April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Hope you’re planning to come support our Grizzlies at their last game of the season! If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, please email Maggie Cooper at to see whether there are any extras available for purchase. You can’t make the game? Join us for a happy hour prior to tip off at Bleu in the Westin Hotel from 5-7 p.m. sponsored by our friends at Mid-South Financial!

We would also like to thank everyone for coming out to our events this winter. The happy hour and CLE in March given by Energy Fitness on “Balancing It All” was a great success. In February, the YLD basketball draft and happy hour  sponsored by Flying Paper and Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLC was a lot of fun—we signed-up the greatest number of basketball teams this year since we started the draft! As always, big thanks to our generous sponsors! Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Law Week which starts April 22—more details to follow! 


Lunch-In "Simple Estate Planning" CLE, April 24

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

On Wednesday, April 24th at 12:00pm, the YLD will host its first Lunch-In of the year! The YLD's Lunch-In Series is an opportunity for lawyers to (1) leave work (for a short while, at least), (2) earn low-cost CLE credit, and (3) eat lunch on our tab. This Lunch-In will be held at Bank Tennessee located at 30 North Second Street, off Court Square in downtown Memphis. The CLE, entitled "Simple Estate Planning for the Normal Family", will be presented by Chasity Sharp Grice, Esq. of Sharp Legal Group. This CLE is perfect for those with little or no experience in handling estate planning matters. Through this CLE, Grice will demonstrate how to gather necessary information, determine the appropriate estate planning documents and provisions which will form the estate plan, and offer practical tips on how to draft a cost effective plan for middle income families. Lunch will be provided by Bank Tennessee. We hope to see you there.

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 at or Janika White at relative to the same.


2013 MBA-YLD Basketball League in Full Swing; YLD Golf Tournament Set for October 4th

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

The YLD basketball league is off to a great start. With the inclusion of local law students on the rosters this year, the league saw an increase of two teams, bringing the league to 9 total teams. Players this year have commented that the league is enjoying more parity in the competition and better games thanks to a successful draft.

Based on the success of last year’s golf tournament, the YLD will once again host its Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4th 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 for you, so please mark your calendars now for the golf tournament on October 4th.

In addition to the MBA-YLD Basketball Law League and the Annual Golf Tournament, the YLD Sports Committee is planning a number of other events, including a bowling tournament in the summer. If you have any questions or suggestions for the Sports Committee, please feel free to contact Jake Dickerson at or Irwin Magevney at


Westminster Academy & Germantown Represented Shelby County at the 33rd Annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition

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

This year’s District 1 Regional High School Mock Trial Competition was held over the course of six (6) nights between February 11, 2013 and February 20, 2013 at the Shelby County Courthouse. As in prior years, the YLD sponsored the Local Competition, and we were pleased to have twenty one (21) teams from sixteen (16) Shelby County high schools compete. Due to the ongoing support of local attorneys, we had two (2) scoring judges and one (1) presiding judge for each of the first five (5) nights of the Local Competition. This year’s mock trial problem involved a criminal case where the State of Tennessee accused Cameron Paul, the owner of Cameron’s Cars, of tampering with connections on a vehicle belonging to Thor Brush leading to a deadly car wreck that claimed the life of both Brush and his passenger. The State charged Paul with first degree murder and attempted to show he had the motive to kill the victim since Brush had been his investment broker and had lost the Cameron’s Car’s pension.

In the Championship Round of the Local Competition, Westminster Academy’s Purple Team (pictured) bested the Red Team from Germantown High School. Judge Chris Craft served as the Presiding Judge for the Championship Round, while Gary Smith, Immediate Past President of the Memphis Bar Association, and Abby Webb, Immediate Past President of the Young Lawyers’ Division, served as Scoring Judges. Following the Local Competition, Westminster Academy and Germantown participated in the 33rd Annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, which was held on March 15th and March 16th in Nashville. Germantown finished in Third Place while Westminster Academy finished in Seventh Place. Additionally, Magi Higazi from Germantown High School took Third Place in the Best Advocate for the Prosecution category. Rachel Dufour (Germantown) and Amy Hall (Westminster) were named Team’s Most Valuable Player (“MVP”) for their respective schools.

The YLD would like to offer a special thank you to all the local attorneys who volunteered their time to judge the Local Competition, as well as all the Judges, Chancellors, and Court Clerks who allowed us to use their courtrooms, and last, but certainly not least, the courthouse personnel and security officers who allowed us access to the courthouse after hours. Thanks also goes to all those attorneys and judges who volunteered their time to coach teams competing in this year’s Local Competition. We hope to see even more teams participating next year.

Click here to view photos from the local competition.
Click here to view photos from the state competition.


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