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.

Live CLE's Cancelled

The MBA has made the difficult decision to postpone all LIVE, scheduled CLE's through mid April. If you have already submitted payment for programs, you have two options:
1. Receive a full refund in the original form of payment.
2. Keep the registration fee to be applied to another live, or on-demand CLE of your choice. 
If you are registered for an upcoming event, please email Lauren (, with your decision on refunding. If you do ask for a full refund, we ask that you be patient as we work as quickly as possible to get these requests processed.

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.

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 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


Bench Bar Conference Rescheduled for October 1-4

If you have paid your registration fee, we offer two options:

You may request a full refund by emailing Lauren Gooch at Please allow 5-7 business days for your refund to process. 

If you would like to attend the fall conference, your registration will be transferred to the new dates. 

Court Updates

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.

Tennessee Supreme Court order re suspension of in-person proceedings in all state and local courts

Juvenile Court order suspending in-person proceedings 

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 issued Friday. Regarding other common situations, the following apply:

Motions – During this period, motions must be specifically set with the Division Clerk.  Rule 5(h) is more important than ever, and strict compliance is required.

Uncontested Divorces – All uncontested divorces are suspended until March 31.

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 1 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. 

Wellness Resources

Concern EAP

During this difficult time, it is important to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing. Concern EAP is available to all MBA members (and anyone living in their household) who pay an additional $40 to their membership dues. The service includes access to counselors and help with identifying and resolving personal issues such as stress, health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, gambling, emotional and other problems. Concern has a new Video Visits service where you can use your mobile device to meet one-on-one with a counselor when it’s convenient for you. Contact (901) 458-4000 for more information.

Tips for Coping with COVID-19

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 

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)

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.

ABA Mental Health Resources


Professional Tips

How to Manage Your Law Firm Remotely During COVID-19 - The National Law Review

Resources From Our Benefit Partners

If you are looking for remote services as an alternative to appearing in court, click here for information on CourtCall, which allows attorneys, probation officers and other professionals to appear in court by phone or video. 


Dove Print Solutions is offering a remote employee bundle including:

  • PCs/Laptops and desktop printers shipped to home
  • Assets tagged and tracked
  • Online collaboration tools
  • 24/7 remote IT support
  • Easy repair program

Contact Claire Ahern at 662-671-4530



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