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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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Volunteers Needed at Saturday Legal Clinic!

     The Access to Justice Committee needs attorneys to volunteer at this week's free legal clinic—Saturday from 9:30 am to noon at the main library (3030 Poplar). Clinics often see over 150 members of the public who show up to receive free legal advice, and therefore, dozens of attorneys are needed to assist with the efforts. The legal needs of the clients are typically very general and simple, and therefore, attorneys of all practice areas are encouraged to volunteer. Due to the storms this weekend and the ensuing damage, it is possible that this week's client may see additional clients with insurance and/or property damage issues. If you can assist, please contact Linda Warren Seely at . For additional information about the clinics, click here.

Judge Ronald Gilman Taking "Senior Status"

    Sixth Circuit Judge Ronald Lee Gilman has notified President Obama that he will be taking “Senior Status” as of November 21, 2010, at which point he will have completed 13 years of active service as a judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Although Judge Gilman will then be eligible for full retirement, he intends to simply reduce his caseload by 25% and continue hearing cases both within the Sixth Circuit and as a visiting judge with other circuits. His primary chambers are in the Clifford Davis-Odell Horton Federal Building in Memphis. Judge Gilman was president of the Memphis Bar Association in 1987.

Judge Colton Announces Retirement

    Judge John Colton Jr. of Criminal Court, Division III, announced last week that he will retire as of June 30th. Colton, who has served as a judge since 1990, will leave four years remaining on his current eight-year term. The seat is expected to be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 general election, but no decision has been made whether Gov. Phil Bredesen will appoint someone to the bench in the interim.

Desi Franklin Named WIN Director

     Mayor A C Wharton today named MBA member Desi Franklin as executive director of the Workforce Investment Network, a branch of the Memphis Area Career Center that assists the unemployed. Currently a shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Desi will assume her new position May 15.

Law Week 2010 A Grand Success!

     Law Week 2010 came to a close on Monday with the swearing in of 306 new citizens at the annual Naturalization Ceremony. The event marked the end to a very successful week of events.
     "I really appreciate all the work and effort expended by everyone in making Law Week a resounding success,” said MBA President Ricky E. Wilkins.
     Among the highlights of the week was the Law Week Launch Party on April 16th in Court Square. At the event $554.24 and 312 lbs of food were collected on behalf of the Mid-South Food Bank. The donation will feed 1,358 people in the Mid-South their next meal.
     “I applaud you for making a difference and I look forward to working with you during the balance of my term as we continue to fill the gap where our individual and collective service, talent and energy is needed in our city.” 
     To read more about Law Week 2010 and to view photos from the events, click here

Join the MBA Young Lawyers Division on Facebook!

     Go to!/group.php?gid=119184645289 to join the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division group on Facebook. Connect with other MBA members and be the first to hear about YLD news and events. 

Golf Anyone?

     With the beautiful weather we've been having, more than a few of you have likely been daydreaming about spending your afternoons on the golf course! Well, why not do it and network with your colleagues in the legal community at the same time. If you are interested in playing regularly with an afternoon golf group, contact Barbara Robbins at or 901.316.2186.

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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.

2010 Bench Bar Conference, April 28-May 2

     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, go to .

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.

Leadership Forum Graduation Ceremony, May 10

Look for details 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 from 10 am until 3:30 pm. For more information and to sign up now, contact Mary Lynes at .

CLC Fundraiser, "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on June 2nd

    The Community Legal Center will host its 10th Annual Fundraiser at Theatre Memphis (630 Perkins Extended) on Wednesday, June 2nd. The event will feature the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The party begins at 6 p.m. with an open wine and beer bar and hors d’oeuvres, plus a silent auction. The play will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the party and play are $40, $25 for students. For tickets, information, or to make a contribution to Community Legal Center, contact:
Bob Winfield / 901-725-3904 or Meg Jones / 901-544-7000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, click here for details.

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

April 28 through May 14

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

Review of Significant Labor & Employment Law Decisions & Verdicts of the U.S. District Court
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Thursday, May 13
3:30  - 4:30 p.m.
Napa Cafe (5101 Sanderlin Ave.)
Speaker: David Rudolph
1 hour general credit

Panel Discussion on Modifications of Child Support & Alimony
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Friday, May 14, 2010
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave (3rd Floor, Supreme Court Courtroom)
Speakers: Referee Cary Woods and Assistant Referees
1.5 hours general 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.