COVID-19 Response

The MBA takes the health and safety of our staff and members seriously; it is our first priority.

The MBA is monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. state and local health authorities, and, when appropriate, public health authorities in other nations, for the latest updates and recommendations affecting our operations and programming.

 

Tennessee CLE Requirement Update

Lawyers may earn all or any portion of the required continuing legal education hours for 2020, or for purposes of seeking reactivation or reinstatement in 2020, through approved Distance Learning completed through December 31, 2020.  Click here to read order.

Mississippi CLE Requirement Update

For the 2019-2020 CLE reporting year, attorneys may complete their CLE obligations set forth in Rule 3 through online, webinars or live, in-person programs. Such CLE courses must comply with the remaining provisions of Rules 3 and 4. The completion deadline set forth in Rule 5 is extended to September 30, 2020; and the reporting deadline is extended to October 15, 2020. Click here to read order.

Free On-Demand CLE's

"Tips and Tricks for Setting up a Remote Practice" with attorney Zack Glaser of Tech4Lawyers. 
This is an On-Demand course, meaning you can access it from the comfort of your own space! You have the ability to access this course ANYTIME between today and 5/24, at 11:59pm. 
Register here

Once registered, you will receive two emails:
1. Payment confirmation
2. Information on how to enter the program and the course handout. 

IMPORTANT: If you are seeking CLE credit, once you have completed viewing the program, please notify lgooch@memphisbar.org. Be sure Include in your email your BPR #. Tracking has been enabled for this program for CLE credit purposes.

"COVID-19: The Impact on Employees and Employers"  This presentation will be focusing on workplace rights in these unprecedented times. Specifically, it will include an examination of the application of FMLA and ADA in the current climate as well as employee rights and employer obligations as to leave benefits. This is an On-Demand course, meaning you can access it from the comfort of your own space! You have the ability to access this course ANYTIME between today and 5/24, at 11:59pm. 
Register here

 

MALS Volunteers Needed

MALS has had many requests for wills and powers of attorney. If you are able to assist MALS' clients by drafting these needed documents, please contact Danielle Woods. Governor Lee's recent order permits notarizing of documents virtually during COVID-19. 

MALS is also in need of volunteer attorneys to provide legal advice over the phone. If you are able to help, please contact Danielle Woods and indicate what type of cases you may be able to assist. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the following types of cases:
Conservatorships 
Landlord/Tenant
Employment
Divorce 
 

 

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund assists students facing financial hardships which could interfere with their success at U of M.  All gifts are 100% tax deductible and go toward the Student Emergency Fund.  Almost 90% of U of M students work while going to school. Many worked in the service industry and have lost jobs due to COVID-19.  To donate or learn more about the Student Emergency Fund, please click the link below:

https://momentum.memphis.edu/project/20758utm_source=scalefunder&utm_campaign=amb_share&utm_content=dygcez7xdd5x3qy916utte6&utm_medium=plain

 

Court Updates 

Face Mask Order Effective Monday, July 13, 2020

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 and the recommendations of federal and state authorities ��ith respect to the use of face coverings, and under the constitutional, statutory, and inherent authority of the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Court no�� further orders the mandatory use of face coverings as follo��s��
1) Except as other��ise expressly provided herein, all persons ��ho, for the purpose of conducting court-related ��usiness, enter a courthouse or other ��uilding in ��hich court facilities are located shall ��ear a face covering over the nose and mouth. The face covering shall ��e ��orn at all times ��hile inside the ��uilding.
2) Children aged t��elve (12) years or less are not re��uired to ��ear a face covering. Parents or caregivers shall supervise the use of face coverings ��y children to avoid misuse.
3) Persons ��ho have trou��le ��reathing due to an underlying health condition or ��ho have another ��ona fide medical or health-related reason are not re��uired to ��ear a face covering.
4) Face coverings are not re��uired in situations in ��hich a face covering poses a safety or security ris��.
The re��uirements of this order are in addition to those of any applica��le executive orders issued ��y the ��overnor or authori��ed local officials. This order applies state��ide
 
to all courts and court cler��s�� offices except administrative courts ��ithin the Executive Branch and federal courts and federal court cler��s�� offices located in Tennessee.
Under the terms of this order, the courts of Tennessee remain open, consistent ��ith the Judicial Branch��s o��ligation to mitigate the ris��s associated ��ith COVID-19. Judges should ��or�� ��ith local la�� enforcement and other county officials to ensure that, to the extent possi��le, courthouses remain accessi��le to carry out essential constitutional functions and time-sensitive proceedings.
This order shall  ��e effective on Monday, July 13, 2020, and shall remain in effect until further order of the Court.
It is so ORDERED.

 

Criminal Court Update - 6/16/20

Division IX Preferences Amended - 6/2/20

ALL Courts Reopening Plan - 5/28/20

General Sessions Contact Info
General Sessions Clerk’s Office: 901-222-3400
Beverly Morris (General Sessions Judges’ Assistant): 901-222-3414
Suzette Mink (General Sessions Judges’ Assistant): 901-222-3447

District Attorney General Contacts

Order Extending State of Emergency & Cares ACT - 5/26/20

Juvenile Court Safety Plan - 5/27/20  Amendment 

General Sessions Criminal Court Order - 4/30/20

Governor Lee's Order Extending Remote Notarization of Documents through June 30 - 5/12/20

Tennessee Supreme Court order modified re suspension of in-person proceedings in all state and local courts - 4/24/20

Judge Michael's Statement 

Update from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland - 4/22/20

General Sessions Guidelines  - 4/22/20

Chancery Court Pandemic Practice Guide

Tennessee Supreme Court Order Waiving In Person Notary Requirements

http://www.tncourts.gov/coronavirus

Governor Lee's order to stay home unless in engaging in essential activities. 

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s order shutting down non-essential businesses. Under the order, essential businesses include “professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.” 

Temporary closure of the Register of Deeds office to the public. Customers can continue to mail filings or electronically file records online.  For customers who generally come to the Register’s office, a secure document drop-off slot is available beginning today from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Shelby County Law Library is closed until further notice.

Bankruptcy Court’s orders suspending in-person hearings and excusing debtors from attending in-person meetings of creditors.

Juvenile Court order modified 

In light of recent developments, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has extended and modified its March 12th Administrative Order No. 2020-11 as follows:

  • All civil judicial proceedings currently scheduled are continued until after April 17, and will be rescheduled.
  • All currently scheduled criminal judicial proceedings other than initial appearances, arraignments, bond and detention hearings and other in-person criminal proceedings presided over by magistrate judges, are continued until after April 17, and will be rescheduled. 
  • All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence now through April 17 are continued until further notice.  All grand juries already selected will not meet until after April 17.
  • The time period of the continuances under this modified order will be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.

To read the full text of the order, click here.

Circuit Court Guidance for Common Situations

All in-court matters are suspended in compliance with the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Order. Regarding other common situations, the following apply:

  • All uncontested divorces Uncontested Divorces and Motions must be specially set in each Division. To receive a setting, please see the Division preferences First. Those can be found here: https://shelbycountytn.gov/2465/Rules-of-the-Court. If a Division does not have preferences listed, please contact the Division via the Division email. 
     
  • Orders – Consent orders may be submitted electronically via individual division email or physically in Room 208 if in compliance with TRCP 58. All other orders, including competing orders, may be submitted for the court’s review in the same manner as consent orders.
     
  • Fiat and Date Requests – Contact the clerks of individual divisions. 

Circuit Court Division I Preferences

Circuit Court Division III Preferences

Circuit Court Division V Preferences

New Case Settings for General Sessions Civil Courts

Coronavirus Screening for Attorneys Entering Jail

Attorneys seeking to enter the Shelby County Jail to talk to clients will have to answer a series of questions. You will not be allowed to the enter the jail if:

You have had close contact with anyone known to have traveled from Wuhan, Japan, India, Iran or Italy within the past 14 days.

You, or anyone with whom you have had close contact, have been exposed to or quarantined for coronavirus.

You have fever, cough, shortness of breath or systems of lower or upper respiratory illness. 

 

Resources That Help Decrease Social Isolation While Increasing Social Distancing

Talking to Kids About the Virus

Taking Care of your Behavioral Health During Infectious Outbreak

Calming Anxiety in 30 Seconds

Tennessee Lawyer Assistance Program 

ABA Mental Health Resources

Stress Reducing Practices 

1.  Daily Affirmation

Inhale and silently repeat "I am safe."

Exhale and silently repeat "I am well". 

Repeat affirmation while taking slow deep breaths.

2.  Box Breathing (also called Square Breathing or 4x4 Breath)

https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/sama-vritti-pranayama

https://gearpatrol.com/2020/02/18/box-breathing-navy-seals/

3.  Loving Kindness Meditation

May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be filled with loving kindness.
May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be well.
May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be peaceful and at ease.
May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be happy.

May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.

May the World be filled with loving kindness.
May the World be well.
May the World be peaceful and at ease.
May the World be happy.

 

Pre-Recorded Webinars from DHG

Cash Impacts of the CARES Act Through SBA Loans and Tax Law Changes
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27 which includes a significant number of tax and other provisions designed to support businesses and individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Join DHG for an informative webinar to learn the cash flow impacts of the CARES Act through SBA loans and tax law changes.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Join DHG as we discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was passed into law the evening of March 18th. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides food assistance support, virus test funding, Emergency Paid Sick Leave, expansion of Emergency Family and Medical Leave, tax credits for paid Sick and paid Family and Medical Leave and Unemployment Insurance stabilization.
 

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