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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 Launch Party Photos Now Online

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Red Cross Blood Drive, May 19-20

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Judge Pugh Announces Retirement

General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Ann Pugh has announced she will retire May 31. According to The Commercial Appeal, Judge Pugh, who began her service as a judge Sept. 5, 1978, said she originally planned to wait until August to retire, but learned that if she retired this month, her position would go on the Aug. 5 election ballot.

Bench Bar 2010: The Beach, (Some) Sun, and Volleyball

     Although challenged by weather and amid growing concerns about the oil spill in the Gulf, the 2010 Bench Bar Conference went off with only minor hitches last week. For the first time in 12 years, the outdoor “beach party” had to be converted into an indoor “pool party” due to the rain, although no one seemed to mind too much. The brave(?) volleyball players disregarded the inclement weather and went ahead with their tournament Friday afternoon;  story continued (plus photos!), click here

Court Closings Due to Flooding

      A number of Tennessee courts have closed this week due to the major flooding that has affected much of the state. As of this morning, the courts in Cheatham, Davidson and Hickman counties are still closed. Visit for a complete list of closings.

Lawyers Needed to Assist Flood Victims

     In response to the devastating flooding throughout Tennessee, Chief Justice Janice M. Holder is urging Tennessee attorneys to assist with the relief efforts by providing pro bono legal services. The Tennessee Bar Association has posted a list of ways to assist flood victims at . Memphis attorneys may also assist by volunteering at the Access to Justice Committee’s monthly free legal clinic this Saturday at the main library (3030 Poplar Avenue). The clinic runs from 9:30 am until noon, and it is expected that some of the clients may have questions relating to flood and property damage. If you are able to assist, please contact Linda Warren Seely at 901.523.8822 or .

Tennessee Trial Judge Statistics Now Available Online

      On May 3rd, the Tennessee court system published a database of trial judge statistics on its website. While the courts have long shared filing and disposition data by Judicial District, this is the first time the court system has published statistical information by individual judges. This statistical database, which is available at , allows website visitors to see the number of cases disposed or appealed by individual judge or by Judicial District during the 2008-09 fiscal year. The database provides the docket numbers for the cases that have been appealed, and also offers a link to the website’s searchable opinion database, allowing visitors to easily see the appellate court opinions that have been filed for those cases.

Interested in Coaching a Mock Trial Team?

     Each February, the MBA Young Lawyers Division hosts the local High School Mock Trial Competition. There are many eager and talented students who want to participate in mock trial, but very few lawyers available to coach them. Those lawyers who have coached will tell you how much they have enjoyed the experience and what a great opportunity it is to contribute meaningfully to the lives of promising young people.
     If you may be interested in serving as a coach but are not quite sure you have the time or talent to do so, there is help available. The YLD will host a seminar led by Buddy Bernstein, who has coached the current state champions—White Station High School—for nearly 30 years. Buddy will share with the group what it takes to be a successful coach; his method of teaching the students; and what a difference this experience can make in your life as well as the lives of the students. For more information, contact YLD Board members Abby Webb ( or Nicole Grida ( .

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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

Click here to view a current list of volunteer opportunities and to get involved.

Law School Commencement Ceremony This Sunday

     The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will hold its graduation Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Judge Ronald Lee Gilman of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will address the 115 members of the 2010 class.

Leadership Forum Graduation Ceremony Monday at Law School

     You are cordially invited to the Graduation Ceremony of the 2009-2010 Leadership Forum Class on Monday, May 10, 2010, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Reading Room (4th floor) at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Wine, beer & hors d'oeuvres will be served, and Mayor A C Wharton will address the graduates. The event is free of charge. Due to the university's alcohol policy, no one under the age of 21 is allowed to attend. Please RSVP by calling Charlotte Gean at 901.527.3573.

Notre Dame Club Presents Hesburgh Lecture on May 18

     The Notre Dame Club of Memphis, in cooperation with Christian Brothers High School, is presenting “What is the Place for Religion in the Public Square?” on Tuesday, May 18 from 7-9 p.m. at Christian Brothers High School Auditorium. The Hesburgh Lecture will be presented by Richard W. Garnett, J.D., Professor of Law and Associate Dean, of the University of Notre Dame Law School, who will discuss the recent Wisconsin District Court decision ruling that the National Prayer Day is unconstitutional. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call Dr. Charles T. Kenny at 237.7048.

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 .

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, May 20

     The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a one hour seminar followed by a happy hour at Majestic Grille (145 South Main) on Thursday, May 20th. The seminar, “Ethical Issues in E-Discovery,” with speaker Catherine Morrison Harris, a legal consultant with Kroll Ontrack, will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm with the YLD monthly Happy Hour from 5:30 – 7 pm, sponsored by Kroll Ontrack. Click here for more details and to register online today.

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.

YLD Redbirds Game Night, June 10

     Sponsored by BankTennessee & Alpha Reporting Corp. More details coming soon!

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

May 5 through May 20

Funds Transfers for Real Estate Lawyers
Sponsored by the Real Estate / Environmental Law Section
Wednesday, May 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Select, East Memphis (5795 Poplar Ave.)
Speaker: Anita Lotz
1 hour general credit

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

Ethical Issues in E-Discovery
Sponsored by the YLD
Thursday, May 20, 2010
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Majestic Grille (145 S. Main)
Speaker: Catherine Morrison Harris, Kroll Ontrack
1 hour dual credit
YLD Happy Hour to follow the seminar.
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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.  


Victims facing legal issues may call (888) 395-9297 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time Monday through Friday to request assistance. Click here for more details.
     Additionally, volunteer attorneys will be ready to answer flood related legal questions at this month's free legal clinic at the main public library in Memphis located at 3030 Poplar Avenue from 9:30 am until 12 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2010.