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Public Notice for Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Jennie Latta

The current 14-year term of Bankruptcy Judge Jennie D. Latta is due to expire on March 5, 2011. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit is presently considering whether to reappoint her to a new 14-year term. Members of the bar and public are invited to submit comments to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for its consideration. All comments received by the Court of Appeals will be kept confidential, should be marked “Confidential”, and directed to Clarence Maddox, Circuit Executive, 503 Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, 100 East Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. All comments must be received no later than April 21, 2010.

Help Us Assist the Mid-South Food Bank

Wednesday, April 21 will be MBA Volunteer Day at the Mid-South Food Bank. Members of the MBA are asked to sort canned and packaged foods at the Food Bank’s sorting warehouse located at 1269 Heistan Place (off of Bellevue, south of Lamar) from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. An initiative by MBA President Ricky E. Wilkins, the Volunteer Day will be held in conjunction with Law Week 2010 (see details below under Events Calendar). If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Bank on April 21, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.
    If you want to assist the Food Bank but are not able to volunteer on April 21, you can make a difference by bringing a canned good to the Law Week Launch Party in Court Square on Friday, April 16th. See the Law Week listing on the Events Calendar for more details.

Learn How to Plan and Present a CLE Seminar!

The MBA is hosting a 1-hour seminar next Wed., March 24, on how to plan and present a CLE seminar. The session is primarily geared toward MBA section leaders, but all members of the bar are welcome to attend. Steve Shields and Jennifer Sisson will discuss how to identify topics and speakers, logistics and publicity. Kathy Story will offer tips on effective CLE presentations, including how to use the MBA’s Mediasite recorder. The seminar will be held from noon-1:00 p.m. in the MBA’s conference room; approval is pending for 1 hour of general CLE credit. The cost (for non-section attendees) is $15. For more information or to register, contact Lesia Beach at 527.3573;

Court of the Judiciary Seeks New Chief Disciplinary Counsel

The Court of the Judiciary, the body charged with overseeing the ethical conduct of judges, is seeking applicants for its chief disciplinary counsel position. Steve Daniel, who currently holds the position, will be stepping down when his contract ends on June 30, 2010. The chief disciplinary counsel is responsible for reviewing and screening complaints against judges, conducting preliminary and full investigations, making recommendations to the Court’s investigative panel and prosecuting formal charges. The chief disciplinary counsel is not a state employee, but rather a contractor who is appointed by the Court of the Judiciary. Applicants must be licensed attorneys who have practiced law for at least 10 years. Interested applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample by Friday, April 9. The job description and application procedure are available at

Only 42 Days to the Bench Bar Conference!

It’s hard to believe, but the Bench Bar Conference will be here in less than six weeks! The 2010 conference – April 28 to May 2 – at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort features plenary sessions on social networking, judicial mediation, and bankruptcy issues for state court practitioners as well as concurrent sessions on everything from family law to the global financial system’s meltdown. Among those speaking at the conference are Chief Justice Janice Holder, Tennessee Supreme Court (who also will lead an all-level karate class!); U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Emerson; Judge Patricia Cottrell, Court of Appeals, and Judge Thomas Woodall, Court of Criminal Appeals; Circuit Court Judges James Russell, Kay Robilio, Donna Fields, Lorrie Ridder, and Jerry Stokes; General Sessions Judges Phyllis Gardner and Lee Wilson; and Juvenile Court Referee Sheldon McCall. For more information about the conference, including how to reserve a room, or to register, go to .
     Congratulations to Bobby Martin whose name was drawn as the winner of a free registration to this year’s conference from among those who returned forms indicating their interest in attending the conference!

Interested in Obedience Class for Your Dog?

The Wellness committee will be offering a Puppy/Dog Obedience Class in the next few weeks. We would like to have an idea of who and how many would be interested. Iva Darnall will be the instructor and has taught classes for Shelby County Obedience Club and had begun teaching for the University of Memphis (before they dropped their extensive continuing ed classes from the budget). The purpose of the class is to learn how to teach your dog the basic requirements of obedient behavior, including but not limited to, how to heel on leash, sit, stand, lie down, stay and come when called; to learn the basics of dog behavior and to have fun while training your dog. The classes will be held on Saturdays (or week nights) and will last about an hour. We are looking at holding the classes at Shelby Farms or other park location. If you are interested, please contact Lesia Beach, or Mary Lynes, Once we have a list of those who are interested, Ms. Darnall will put the class together and contact everyone.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Litigation Section Seminar on New Local Rules, March 25

The MBA Litigation Section is planning a CLE seminar on the New Local Rules. The seminar will be held March 25 from 3:00-5:00 p.m in the Horizon Room at First Tennessee Bank (Level M of the First Tennessee Bldg at 165 Madison). Drinks and a social hour will be held following the seminar at the offices of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz on the 20th floor. For more information and to register, see the seminar listing under CLE Seminars at right.

Pro Bono Volunteer Appreciation Reception, March 26

The Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, the Memphis Area Legal Services' Pro Bono Projects, Morgan Keegan & Company, and Sun Life Financial invite you to attend a Pro Bono Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the Regions Bank Headquarters, 6200 Poplar Avenue on Friday, March 26th from 5:30 until 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to Linda Warren Seely at by Friday, March 19, 2010.

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

Judges Needed for National Mock Trial Tournament in Memphis

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 Mid-South 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. Wednesday, April 21 will serve as MBA Volunteer Day at the Mid-South Food Bank and volunteers are needed to sort canned goods from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Food Bank's sorting warehouse. 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. To volunteer to assist with any of these events, please contact the MBA office at 901.527.3573.

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 17-26

Friday, March 19
How to Calculate a Chapter 13 Plan (Including Priority Insurance)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
Speakers: Nancy Rigell, Brenda Dickerson & Anita Morton
1 hour general credit

ADR Section Lunch & Learn Seminar 
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Tuesday, March 23
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Panelists: Federal Magistrate Charmaine Claxton, Chancellor Arnold Goldin and Hon. Lorrie Ridder
1.0 hour general credit

Who's Your Client? A Corporate Counsel's Dilemma 
Sponsored by the Business Law Section
Thursday, March 25
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Ridgeway Country Club, 9800 Poplar Ave., Germantown
Panelists: Sheri Lipman, Kevin Kern, Jef Feibelman, Ted Raynor and Matt Heiter
1.0 hour dual credit

The New Local Rules of Practice
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Thursday, March 25
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
First Tennessee Bldg., Horizon Room, M Level, 165 Madison
Panelists: Hon. Robert L. Childers, Hon. James F. Russell & Hon. Lorrie Ridder
2.0 hours dual credit

April 28 - May 2, 2010
2010 Bench Bar Conference
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
17.5 hours of CLE credit
Register Now!

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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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