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Memphis is #1 in Mock Trial!

White Station High School repeated as State High School Mock Trial champion, defeating St. Mary’s Episcopal School, also of Memphis, in the final. Jeanette Baker of White Station was named best advocate in the competition. White Station will now represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Philadelphia, May 5-9. The White Station team is coached by attorney Buddy Bernstein; Gordon Pera, son of attorney Lucian Pera, is one of the team members.
     That of the 14 teams competing, two Memphis teams went head-to-head in the finals is a testament to the strong High School Mock Trial program in Memphis and the regional competition sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division. Nicole Grida of Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan and Abby Webb of Shuttleworth Williams spearheaded the regional competition, assisted by hundreds of attorneys who volunteered as coaches and judges. Our thanks to you for all your efforts. Go White Station.

Moot Court Board Needs Judges

The University of Memphis Moot Court Board is hosting its Freshman Moot Court Competition and needs volunteers to serve as judges during the final rounds. Judges are needed for: March 26 and 27, March 30 and 31, and April 1. Rounds start at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. A round lasts one hour, with a critique afterwards. This year’s problem addresses the third-party consent doctrine and the interpretation of 18 U.S.C. Section 924(c)(1)(B)(ii) as either an element of the crime or a sentencing factor.
If you are interested in judging or would like additional information, please contact Thomas Moncrief at or (615) 238-4509. 

Correction—Circuit Court Notice

Judge Charles McPherson will be hearing all matters in Circuit Court, Division III, until the return of Judge Karen Williams.

Attention Family Law Attorneys

Community Legal Center (CLC) is in need of attorneys to take pro bono divorces. They are running over with them and need extra help. CLC is a non-profit, legal services agency incorporated in 1994 to provide legal services to people of limited means in Memphis and Shelby County and to educate them as to their rights and responsibilities under the law.  If you are interested in assisting, please contact CLC Executive Director Meg Jones or Yolanda Elder at 901.543.3395 or e-mail

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.

Only 35 Days to the Bench Bar Conference!

It’s hard to believe, but the Bench Bar Conference will be here in less than five 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!

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)                          David Louis Simpson, III (5/21/2009) 
Robert Patrick Dempsey (3/8/10)                     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

Click here for a complete schedule of events.—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.

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.

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 25-April 2

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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