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Tim DiScenza Named Court of the Judiciary’s New Chief Disciplinary Counsel

The Court of the Judiciary today named Timothy R. DiScenza as the new chief disciplinary counsel in charge of overseeing the ethical conduct of judges in Tennessee. Steve Daniel, who currently holds the position, will be stepping down as chief disciplinary counsel when his contract ends on June 30, 2010. Discenza has agreed to retain Patrick J. McHale as assistant disciplinary counsel, a position he has held since January 2009.
     Earlier this week, DiScenza announced that he would retire from his position as a federal prosecutor, one that he has held for 33 years, at the end of this month. He will begin his work for the Court of the Judiciary on July 1.
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New Government Lawyers Section Is Formed

In addition to the new IP/Entertainment Law Section, the MBA Board of Directors recently approved the formation of the Government Lawyers Section. As its name implies, it is designed to meet the needs of government attorneys—civil/criminal, federal, state and local—although any MBA member may join.
      The section’s first “official” meeting will be held on June 9, 4:00 p.m., in the County Attorney’s Conference Room. All those interested in the section are invited to attend. And there’s a special deal for government lawyers who are not currently MBA members—$40 membership dues will cover their MBA and Government Lawyers Section membership for the rest of the year!
Click here to read more details about the new section. To join, call the MBA office at 901.527.3573 or log in to and select the section under “View/Edit Profile.”

The MBA Proudly Introduces Its Intellectual Property / Entertainment Law Section

The Memphis area boasts a bevy of highly talented and accomplished practitioners in the entertainment and intellectual property law fields and multiple businesses and artists constantly needing counsel in these highly complex areas. As a result, the MBA has instituted the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section.
     A very strong and dedicated initial slate of officers and directors led by Bill Parks of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs is ready to promote not just the new IP/Entertainment Law Section throughout the MBA, but also to provide the Memphis business community and the Mid-South region with a legal education resource, a dedicated pro-bono group, and experts in these subject areas.
     To continue reading about the section, click here. To join the section now, contact MBA Membership Coordinator Charlotte Gean at 901.527.3573 or, or log in to and select the section under “View/Edit Profile.”

Summer Law Intern Program Needs You!

Over 50 law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments have committed to taking an intern through the Summer Law Intern Program. However, over 20 students are on a “wait list”, hoping that we can find additional places for them. The program runs from June 7 to July 2; an orientation will be held for the interns and workplaces on Friday, June 5. Interns are to work a total of 60 hours over that four-week period. While the interns can do clerical work, the goal of the program is to give them a taste of the “real world” practice of law. Participating workplaces are asked to take them to court, sit in on depositions, watch a business negotiation, etc. Group activities on Friday will introduce them to other aspects of the practice of law.
     Upon successful completion of the internship, the interns receive a $500 stipend, which is paid by the workplace. However, some sponsorship money is available for firms and agencies that can take an intern, but can’t pay the stipend. If you are interested in participating in the Summer Law Intern Program, please contact MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at 527.3573 or

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Events Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

Join the MBA Young Lawyers Division on Thursday, June 10th at AutoZone Park as the Memphis Redbirds take on the Iowa Cubs. The game starts at 7:05 p.m., and the event is open to all MBA members and their guests. Thanks to the event sponsors, Bank Tennessee and Alpha Reporting, tickets are only $10, which includes admission to the game and the Picnic Pavilion, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, and soft drinks. Money must be received by May 26th. To reserve your seat, download the registration form or contact Dottie McCallen at  All proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club.

Bankruptcy Section Hosts Annual Golf Tournament on June 11

The MBA Bankruptcy Section is hosting the 22nd Annual Nancy Cannon Bankruptcy Open Golf Tournament on Friday, June 11 at Stonebridge Golf Club. There will be a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $60 ($12 for dinner only) before May 28; $65 after May 28. To register, click here.

SURPRISE Reception for Judge McPherson, June 15

A surprise retirement reception for Judge Charles O. McPherson will be held in the Supreme Court Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse (Rm 330, 140 Adams Avenue) on Tuesday, June 15th from 12:30-2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Susan Wilson at 901.545.4784.

Young Lawyers Golf Tournament, June 18

The YLD Annual Golf Tournament presented by BankTennessee & IPSCO will be held Friday, June 18th with a shotgun start at 1 pm at Club at North Creek ( ). The Club is located only 20 minutes from downtown Memphis at 8770 N. Creek Boulevard in Southaven. The price is $65.00 per person, including cart, greens fees, range balls, soft drinks, beer, & prizes. Prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin & various door prizes will be awared. For registration and sponsorship details, click here.

Kickin’ It for CASA Kickball Tournament, August 28

The YLD is supporting the Court Appointed Special Advocates’ (CASA) Advocacy Program in assuring safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children in Shelby County by participating in their 2010 Kickball Tournament. All the proceeds from the tournament benefit CASA. The Kickball Tournament is a one-day, single elimination event on August 28, 2010 at Willow Park (at Mt. Moriah and Willow Road near I-240). The YLD is forming a team which will consist of 15 members. If you are interesting in participating, please contact, Shon Johnson at or David McKinney at .

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CLE Seminars

May 26 through June 25

Techniques for Avoiding (and/or Breaking) Impasse
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Wed., June 9, 2010
12 – 1 pm
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave, #220
Speakers: Stephen Shields and Hayden Lait
1 hour general credit

Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky
Wed., June 23, 2010
3 - 4:30 pm
CJC Auditorium, 201 Poplar, main floor
Speakers: Rehim Babaoglu, Kemper Durand and Allison Wannamaker
1.5 Hours General CLE 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.  


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