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Posted by: Anne Fritz on Sep 11, 2019

Memphis, Tenn.— September 11, 2019 – The Memphis Bar Association today released the results of its Judicial Preference Poll for the candidates in the contested City Court judicial and court clerks’ races on the October 3rd ballot.

The poll was sent to all licensed, practicing attorneys in Shelby County. Participants were not required to answer every question. The poll asked attorneys to select the one candidate in each race whom they felt was best qualified to serve. If an attorney did not know the candidates’ qualifications or had no opinion, he/she was instructed to mark “no opinion.”

“The Memphis Bar Association is pleased to provide this service to members of our community who may not have the opportunity to interact with our judiciary and candidates,” said Memphis Bar Association President Annie T. Christoff. “The poll represents lawyers’ collective opinion regarding sitting judges and candidates but is not intended as an endorsement by the Memphis Bar Association of any candidate.”

Click here to view the poll results.

Posted by: Anne Fritz on Aug 28, 2019

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Memphis Bar Association, is now accepting grant applications from 501(d)(3) organizations that provide law-related projects or programs in the Memphis area. The MBF awards grants up to a maximum of $10,000. Previous grant recipients include the Community Legal Center, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Public Action Law Society at the law school, and CasaLuz.

Click here to download the grant application, which is due by 5:00 p.m. on September 9, 2019. Questions? Contact Anne Fritz at

Posted by: Carole Doorley on Aug 20, 2019

The MBA Young Lawyers' Division is proud to host its annual Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Links at Galloway Golf Course.

Register Now!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our sponsorship opportunities range from a $250 hole sponsorship to a $1,150 Title Sponsorship. As part of the tournament, we also award prizes for “closest to the pin” and “longest drive”, team prizes and door prizes, all of which would not be possible without the generous support of local businesses. 

Learn more about sponsorship here. If you would like to discuss any of these sponsorship opportunities in greater detail, please contact Dylan Holzemer, or Chris Williams.

Posted by: Anne Fritz on Aug 16, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        August 15, 2019
For more information, contact Ann Pruitt (615) 775-9684;
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) will present Harrison D.  McIver III with the Founder’s Award, an honor it established for the purpose of recognizing McIver’s extraordinary contributions to Tennessee’s access to justice community during his twenty-year tenure as Chair of Equal Justice University and tenure as Executive Director of Memphis Area Legal Services. The award will be presented on August 29, 2019, at the Leadership Luncheon, Embassy Suites Conference Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   
Harrison D.  McIver III recently retired as CEO of Memphis Area Legal Services after more than twenty years as its leader.  His passion for diversity and inclusion, rigor in legal education programming and dedication to community building are embedded in the fabric of Equal Justice University, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Service’s annual public interest conference. Cathy Clayton, TALS’ Board Chair and Executive Director, West Tennessee Legal Services stated, “It is fitting that we are honoring Harrison’s legacy with the Founder’s Award at Equal Justice University’s Leadership Luncheon.”
McIver’s leadership has had a strong impact locally, regionally and nationally. In addition to raising MALS’ profile in all three arenas, McIver served as Chair of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Board, President of the Southeast Project Directors Association twice, and held Board memberships on the National Equal Justice Library, TALS, Latino Memphis, the Memphis Bar Association and Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association. He served on the Advisory Board of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and was a member of the University of Memphis Law School Dean Advisory Council.  He serves as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s House of Delegates, Long Range Planning Committee and Access to Justice Committee. McIver’s long history of commitment to justice has been recognized in a number of contexts. He was presented the prestigious American Bar Association’s Charles Dorsey Award for promoting equal justice. The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) recognized his life’s work during a reception at an annual American Bar Association meeting.; the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association bestowed upon him the A.A. Latting Award for legal services; TALS presented him the B. Riney Green Award in recognition of his promoting collaboration within Tennessee; and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. presented him the Jessie Turner Award for community impact.  A highlight of his career was being invited by Congressman Steve Cohen to testify, on behalf of legal aid organizations nationwide, about the importance of legal services to the poor.
How to Participate
To register for the conference, visit  
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) is a statewide non-profit organization that builds   partnerships to support the delivery of effective civil legal services for low-income and elderly Tennesseans. TALS manages a web portal providing legal information-, and staffs 1-844-HELP4TN, a toll-free civil legal services referral and information phone line. Learn more at

Posted by: Carole Doorley on Aug 8, 2019

The 36th Annual Race Judicata will be held on Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. at the UM Law School.  Last year, the MBA Wellness Committee partnered with the UM Law School Student Bar Association Wellness Committee to organize the Race, which had over 250 participants and raised nearly $10,000 for the Community Legal Center and Memphis Area Legal Services.  Our goal is to improve upon both those figures this year.  To do that, we need your help in one (or more) of the following ways: 

  1. Sign up to be a runner ($25 in advance) or spirit runner ($20) and form a running team with others in your firm or office.
  2. Consider sponsoring the Race (either yourself or your firm/business).  Sponsorship levels range from $250 (Sessions Sponsor) to Supreme Sponsor ($2,500).  Sponsorship includes a number of race entries and t-shirts.  All proceeds from the Race will benefit access to justice programs offered by the Community Legal Center and Memphis Area Legal Services. See the attached flyer for more details.
  3. Spread the word about the Race!  Like & follow Race Judicata on Facebook -, contact friends and colleagues and encourage them to participate, put up a poster (available at the MBA office) in your firm/office or places lawyers frequent.

We need your support to make this year's Race Judicata an even bigger success!  If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Christy Washington, Chair, MBA Wellness Committee, at or Anne at 901.333.0077;

Christy Washington, Chair                           Anne Fritz, Executive Director
Wellness Committee                                     Memphis Bar Association


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