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Assistant Dean for Law Career Services
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law invites applications for Assistant Dean for Law Career Services. The Assistant Dean for Law Career Services designs, implements, monitors, and documents a comprehensive career services program for law students and alumni, including, but not limited to coordination of career counseling, on- and off-campus recruitment, job skills workshops, job/career fairs, and opportunities for non-traditional careers in law.  Please submit applications to The Chair of the Recruitment Committee is Dean Kevin H. Smith (, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee 38103. The screening of applications will begin April 23, 2010 and may continue until the position is filled. While the School of Law does not treat race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation as dispositive in hiring decisions, the School has a strong institutional commitment to the diversity of its staff and is particularly interested in receiving expressions of interest from persons who will add to its diversity. The University of Memphis is an EEO/AA employer.

Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

MEMPHIS LEGAL PLACEMENT—the exclusive placement service of the Memphis Bar Association, MLP is currently accepting resumes for experienced Attorneys, Paralegals and Legal Secretaries for temporary and permanent positions. Please email resume and salary requirement to or fax to Mary at (901) 527-3582


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Law Week 2010 Kicks Off Friday!

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Two Weeks Until the Bench Bar Conference...

Click here to register before the early registration price expires!

Ed Stanton Nominated To Be U.S. Attorney

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated FedEx attorney Edward L. Stanton III to be the next U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.  The nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Of the 93 U.S. attorney posts around the country, 35 U.S. attorneys have been confirmed and 22 nominations were pending before Wednesday's announcement. Click here to read more at .

Answer Legal Questions Live on WREG Ch. 3

The Young Lawyers Division needs a few more volunteers to help answer the public's legal questions live from WREG Ch. 3 studios next Tuesday, April 20th. During all five evening broadcasts on Ch. 3 from 4:00 until 6:30 pm, the public can call 1-800-753-WREG (9734) and get their legal questions answered by our volunteer attorneys. Attorneys are asked to volunteer for one or more 30-minute shift during the program. To volunteer, contact Abby Webb at or Nicole Grida at .

Why You Should Attend the Memorial Service

by MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz

On Tuesday, April 20, at the Annual Memorial Service, we will honor more than 30 members of the legal community who have died during the past year. They range from legal administrators to judges. Some were widely known in the legal community, while others were just beginning their careers. But they all have one thing in common – they were part of the fabric of the legal community and their presence will be missed.  story continued here

Volunteer by May 3rd & Win Prizes!

Before May 3, 2010, bring one or more attorneys to take one day out of the year to assist with the pro bono projects of the MBA Access to Justice Committee (e.g. Saturday Legal Clinics & the Attorney for the Day program), and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $30 gift certificate to Jewelry Market, 43 S. Main Street. Bring the most attorneys, and you’ll win lunch for two at McEwen’s on Monroe, 122 Monroe Avenue. To register a volunteer and enter to win, click here to sign up online now.
      Entries must be received by May 3. All volunteers will be confirmed before prizes will be awarded. Volunteers do not have to be MBA members. Drawing will be held and winner announced on May 7. For more information about the contest and the programs of the MBA Access to Justice Committee, click here or call Linda Warren Seely at 901.255.3417. 
      The Access to Justice Committee is a collaborative effort of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and other nonprofit organizations providing legal services to those in need.

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Events Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

A goal set forth by 2010 MBA President Ricky E. Wilkins, "Memphis Legal Community: First to Serve" provides members of the Memphis legal community with opportunities to give back to our community throughout the year. The theme recognizes the many urgent needs of our citizens and encourages the legal community to join together to help meet those needs. Click here to view a current list of volunteer opportunities and to get involved.

National Mock Trial Competition in Memphis This Weekend

The 2010 American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament , hosted by Rhodes College, will be held in courtrooms at the Shelby County Courthouse and the Criminal Justice Complex this weekend, April 16-18. The nation’s top 48 college mock trial teams will compete. The championship round judges include Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Federal District Chief Judge Jon McCalla, Federal District Judge Bernice Donald, and Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft, and the preliminary rounds will feature the following members of the local judiciary as presiding judges or scoring judges: Judge John Fowlkes, Jr., Criminal Court; Judge Earnestine Hunt Dorse, Municipal Court; Judge Robert L. Childers, Circuit Court; Judge Rhynette Hurd, Circuit Court; Judge Lorrie K. Ridder, Circuit Court; and Judge Paula Skahan, Criminal Court. For more information on the tournament or to view a full schedule of the competition, please visit:

Law Week 2010—Events April 16-26

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Assist the Mid-South Food Bank, April 21

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 or monetary donation 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.

Register Now for the 2010 Bench Bar Conference, April 28-May 2

Hurry—Early Registration Ends April 21st!

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 Robert L. Childers, 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 .

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

Young Lawyers Golf Tournament, June 18

The Annual YLD Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 18th with a 1 pm shotgun start at North Creek Golf Club. For details on hole sponsorships and registration, click here.

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CLE Seminars

Month of April

Mediation Preparation Project
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Thursday, April 15
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Offices of Kimbrough Mullins, 668 Colonial Rd., #1
1 hour of CLE & CME credit

Days Are Days, Except When They Are Not: Traps for the Unwary in the 2009 Rules Changes
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, April 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
Speaker: Lawrence R. Ahern, II, of Burr & Forman, LLP
1 hour general credit

New Government for Memphis & Shelby County - What Will it Look Like? 
Wednesday, April 21
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Ste 220
Speakers: Julie Ellis, Jack Payne, Jr., Chris Patterson, Jim Strickland and Damon Griffin
3 hours general credit

April 28 - May 2, 2010
2010 Bench Bar Conference
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
16.5 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.