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“Kings of Tort” Authors to Tell Inside Story of Judicial Bribery in Mississippi

The Memphis Bar Association is pleased to present Alan Lange and Tom Dawson, authors of “Kings of Tort”, for a special CLE seminar on March 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the MBA Conference Center. “Kings of Tort” tells the story of Mississippi lawyer Dickie Scruggs, who was largely credited with bringing down Big Tobacco in the early 1990s, from his ascent to a net worth of nearly $1 billion to his downfall stemming from his role in offering a $40,000 bribe to a local judge. Lange is founder of Y’all Politics, a web site that the Wall Street Journal recognized as the definitive source about the Scruggs judicial bribery scandal. Dawson is a recently retired U.S. Attorney who was on the original team that investigated and prosecuted Scruggs before his guilty pleas in 2008 and 2009.
     The seminar offers 1 hour of dual CLE credit, and the early registration fee (before March 9th) is $30 for MBA members; $40 for non-members; and $15 for non-attorneys or those who do not need CLE credit. The authors will be available for a book signing after the seminar. Plan to attend this fascinating inside look at two decades of political and legal manipulation in Mississippi.

Judges Needed for Urban Debate League City Championships, March 12-13

The Memphis Urban Debate League City Championships will be held on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at Christian Brothers University. The winning teams will go on to New York City for the national championships. Volunteer judges are needed for the following times: March 12 – 8 a.m. to noon (rounds 1 & 2) and 1 to 5:45 p.m. (rounds 3 & 4); March 13 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (round 5 and quarterfinals) and 3 to 7 p.m. (semifinals and finals). Judge training is offered from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. on March 12 and 8-9 a.m. on March 13; only those who have never competed in policy debate or judged for the Urban Debate League need to attend training. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Lori Walton at

Notice for Practitioners in Bankruptcy Court

Per the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s office, for Memphis cases only, the Official Form B23 must be filed as proof of completion of Personal Financial Management in all chapters. A scanned image of the certificate issued to the debtor is not required for Memphis cases, but may be included with the filing of the official form. If an attorney, in addition to filing the Official Form B23, wants to file a scanned image of the personal management certificate, it is preferred that it be uploaded as an attachment to the Official Form B23; however, it may be filed in each applicable case via a separate docket entry using the event code for Official Form B23.

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Due March 19

Now in its fourth year, the Summer Law Intern Program seeks to encourage minority high school students to consider law as a career by introducing them to the “real world” practice of law. Students accepted into the program will be placed with local law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies for a four-week period, June 7 to July 2. Group activities will let the interns interact with lawyers and judges and learn about financial aid and the college admissions process. Interns who successfully complete the program will receive a stipend at the end.
     The program is open to students who reside in Shelby County and who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2010. The application deadline is March 19, 2010. Applicants will be assigned to a group interview session in April where they will make a brief presentation about themselves and their interest in the program before a panel of attorneys. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in May. To download an application, click here.
     The program has grown from 6 interns placed in its first year, to 100 interns in 2008 and 73 in 2009, thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Memphis legal community. Law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies interested in hosting an intern should contact Anne Fritz at .

2010 Memorial Service Honorees

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Tues., April 20, noon, Calvary Episcopal Church. This year's honorees include:
Charlie R. Ashford Jr. (1/5/10)                         Marvin C. Goff, Jr. (5/13/09)
John Aycock (5/19/09)                                    E. James House, Jr. (11/27/09)
Thomas Alvin Banta (10/3/09)                          Martha B. Ishee (7/18/09)
Joseph Walker Barnwell, Jr. (9/22/09)                Ernest Agee Jetton (7/9/09)
James T. Bland, Sr. (2/18/10)                          Hon. George D. McCrary (10/29/09)
Melinda Enix Blancett (7/30/09)                        W. Emmett Marston (1/6/10)
Kathy Stanley Burnett (7/23/09)                       Donna T. Matlock (5/16/09)
Stephanie Lynn Calvert (11/2/09)                     Ora Lee Mitchell (9/12/09)
Kate Collins (2/2/10)                                       Hon. Patricia A. Odell (10/19/09)
Thelma Copeland (2/4/10)                                Timothy Aloysius Ryan, III (12/13/09)
Michael Scott Davis (4/15/09)                          Hon. Neal Small (1/9/10)
Pamela Dawn Emerson (10/11/09)                    Thomas Andrew Stroud (1/19/10)
Stanley Fink (9/8/09)                                      John Thomas Wilkinson, Jr. (9/5/09)
Melvin Fleischer (1/21/10)                               R. Lee Winchester (10/24/09)

If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees -- or if you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees -- please contact Mary Lynes at or 527.3573.

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Events Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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AWA 2nd Annual Fashion Show Tonight

On Thursday, March 4th, the Association for Women Attorneys will host its 2nd Annual Fashion Show Night, featuring clothes and accessories from Shelton Clothiers and Lola Boutique modeled by local attorneys and judges. The event will be held at The Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin Avenue). Drinks (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 5:30 pm with the show starting promptly at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for AWA members and $45 for non-AWA members. Tables of 10 are $375. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets today by contacting Shari Myers at or 901.737.6433.
    The MBA has reserved a table and has seats available. If you are interested in attending compliments of the MBA, contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573.

Federalist Society Seminar, March 10

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present “Perspectives on the Second Amendment: The Potential Implications of Mcdonald v. City Of Chicago” featuring Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky, PLC, on Wednesday, March 10th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Majestic Grille (145 South Main St). The event costs $20 for Federalist Society Members, $25.00 for non-members. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am - 12 pm and the program will run from 12-1 pm. The program sponsors have applied for 1 hour general CLE credit. To register contact Greg Grisham at 901-312-9413 or

Law School Annual Diversity Outreach Program, March 11

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the Law School Admissions Council and will host its Annual Diversity Outreach Program for high school and college students on March 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Rose Theatre on the University of Memphis main campus. The annual event provides high school and college students information on career paths in law, what law school is really like, the law school admissions process, how to become a qualified candidate for law school and summer internship programs. If you and/or your students and parents would like to participate in this years’ upcoming Diversity Outreach Program, please RSVP by Monday, March 1st to Natasha Hughes at 901-678-2528 or Seats are Limited!! The first 50 students will receive a free book bag from LSAC.

Litigation Section Seminar on New Local Rules, March 15

The MBA Litigation Section is planning a CLE seminar on the New Local Rules. The date and time is March 15 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.; location to be announced. Drinks and a social period will follow the seminar. Watch the Bar Bulletin for more details!

Legal Scholar To Explore Debate Over Teaching Evolution in Schools, March 16

Historian and legal scholar Edward J. Larson will be the guest speaker for the Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History on Tuesday, March 16, at the University of Memphis. He will discuss “Dayton to Dover: Darwinism on Trial, Then and Now” at 7 p.m. in the Rose Theatre Entertainment Lobby. The lecture will be based on Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.A reception will begin at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, both events are free and open to the public. For information about the McWilliams lecture, call Jonathan Judaken at 901-488-7475.

Race Judicata 2010, April 10

The 5K Charity Run/Walk, sponsored by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, will begin and end downtown at the park located at 51 N. Front St. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration: $15 by March 20; $20 after March 20; $25 on race day. T-shirts will be guaranteed to all participants who register by March 20; and will be available on a first come, first served basis to those who register after March 20. To register, go to . Race Judicata benefits Memphis Area Legal Services, which provides free legal services to the elderly and low-income families.

Free Seminar on TennCare, April 12

On April 12th, the Tennessee Justice Center and Memphis Area Legal Services will present a CLE on handling TennCare. The training will begin at 3 pm with sign-in from 2:30 to 3 pm. Participants will earn 3 hours of free dual credit CLE, and the only thing that they will be asked in return is to handle one TennCare appeal on a pro bono basis. The seminar will be held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 North Front St. For more details and to sign up, contact the Tennessee Justice Center at (615)255-0331 or or Linda
Warren Seely at (901) 255-3417 or

Memphis to Host Final Round of National Mock Trial Tournament

Memphis has been selected to host the final round of the American Mock Trial Association’s 26th Annual National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament on April 16-18, 2010. Memphis will be only the 4th city to host the finals. This is a great opportunity to showcase both Memphis and Tennessee to 500 of the most talented students in the nation. The competition will be held at both the Shelby County Courthouse and the Criminal Justice Center. Several judges are needed for the competition. A judges’ informational session will be held one hour prior to each round. To download additional information about the tournament and judging opportunities, click here. If you have questions, please contact Whitney Faust, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3818 or , or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or .

Law Week 2010—Events April 16-26

Law Week 2010 will celebrate the theme "Memphis Legal Community: First to Serve," kicking off on Friday, April 16th with the 3rd Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. The party will be held from 5-7 pm and attendees will enjoy free drinks, food and fun. All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Memphis Food Bank to the event. On Tuesday, April 20th, 28 members of the Memphis legal community who died during the past year will be honored at the Annual Memorial Service at Calvary Episcopal Church at noon. Judge John Fowlkes will serve as the speaker. That evening, members of the Young Lawyers Division will answer the public's legal questions live on WREG News Channel 3 from 4-6:30 pm. Then, on Thursday, April 22nd, pro bono efforts by Memphis attorneys will be recognized at the annual Reception Honoring Pro Bono Attorneys at BankTennessee (30 N. Second St) from 5-7 pm. Law Week will wrap up with the Naturalization Ceremony at the Cannon Center on Monday, April 26th at 10 am. At the ceremony, hundreds of new citizens will be sworn in. Look for more details on these events coming soon!

Red Cross Blood Drive, May 19-20

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220) on May 19th and 20th. You will be able to register for the blood drive and speak with representatives of the Red Cross during the Law Week Launch Party on Friday, April 16th. For more information and to sign up now, contact Mary Lynes at

Register Now for the 2010 Bench Bar Conference!

The Annual Bench Bar Conference will be held from April 28 – May 2, 2010 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. For more details or to register now, go to .

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CLE Seminars

March 1 - 12

Thursday, March 11
Kings of Tort
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Tom Dawson & Alan Lange
1 hour dual credit
(see more details under Headlines)

April 28 - May 2, 2010
2010 Bench Bar Conference
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
17.5 hours of CLE credit
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You can register online for these seminars by clicking on a seminar name above. If you have trouble registering online, a link to download a PDF version of the registration form can be found on the right side of each seminar web page. This form can be printed and either faxed (901.527.3582) or mailed to the MBA.  

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