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Congratulations Summer Law Interns!

The Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Summer Law Intern Program was held on Friday, July 9, 2010 at the Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis campus. More than 60 minority high school students graduated from the program this year. Congratulations to the interns and thank you to the Memphis legal community for making this possible! For more information on the program, click here.

Calling All Techies!

The MBA is planning a Legal Tech Expo during the first two weeks of November. We are looking for topics and/or speakers for the expo, which will feature hour-long seminars plus an exhibitor area. Proposed topics are:
• 60 iPhone Apps in 60 Minutes
• Windows 7 – Should You Finally Upgrade?
• Google Tools for Lawyers
• Taking Your Practice on the Road
If you would like to suggest other topics – or would like to speak on one of the topics listed above – please contact CLE Director Lesia Beach (527.3573;

CLE Speaker Development Workshop

The Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization will host its Fourth Annual Speaker Development Workshop September 9-11 at Montgomery Bell State Park. It will start on Thursday at 4:00 pm and go to 6:30, then Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and Saturday 8:30 to 12:30.
     This workshop is for Tennessee attorneys who have spoken at CLE programs in the past, enjoy it and do a good job of it but want to do better. The workshop will make the participants better CLE speakers, but it goes beyond this. Participants will gain insight into their personal learning style, how other styles differ, and what this means not only for teaching, but also for working with and leading others. Yes, they will become better speakers, but also better lawyers and leaders!
     This workshop is absolutely free. The CLE Commission will pay for the lodging and meals. It is their investment in both the participants and the quality of CLE programming in Tennessee. But, enrollment is limited! The class will be filled in the order responses are received. 
     For additional information and to sign up, contact the Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization at (615) 741 – 3096.

400-plus Use Disaster Legal Services Hotline

According to the TBA Today, more than 400 flood victims to date have contacted the Disaster Legal Services Hotline. Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) Executive Director Erik Cole reports that many callers have requested assistance with landlord/tenant issues with insurance assistance being the second highest need. More than half of the callers are Davidson County residents, followed by those in Shelby and Rutherford counties.
     The MBA partnered with TALS, the Tennessee Bar Association and other legal organizations throughout Tennessee to provide the hotline. For more details, click here.

Judicial Qualification Poll Results Are In

The Memphis Bar Association has released the results of its Judicial Qualification Poll for the candidates in contested judicial elections on the August 5th ballot. The poll was sent to nearly 3,000 attorneys in Shelby County, including both members and non-members of the MBA. 795 attorneys responded.
     The poll asked attorneys to select the one candidate in each race whom they felt was best qualified to serve as judge. If an attorney did not know the candidates’ qualifications or had no opinion, he/she was instructed to mark “no opinion.”
     The Memphis Bar Association has conducted a poll of candidates in contested judicial elections for more than 20 years, in the belief that local attorneys are in the best position to know a candidate’s qualifications and that the MBA has a responsibility to inform the voting public of attorneys’ opinions about the candidates.
     To view the results, click here.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Submit Recipes for Legal Cookbook Today!

Alpha Reporting Corporation is compiling a cookbook to raise funds for Memphis Area Legal Services. The book, “Cooking Up Justice with Cooking by the Law,” will include recipes from lawyers, judges, secretaries, paralegals and more from the Memphis legal community. There are several ways you can participate: 1. Submit your favorite recipe by July 15, 2010. E-mail it to or fax it to 901-523-8975. 2. Place an ad in the recipe book. Click here to download the advertising form. (Artwork must be camera-ready). 3. Once the book is published, simply buy a copy. (Price not yet determined) 4. Help sell the books: Contact Doni May Mills ( or Karen Byars ( or call 523-8974 for more information. Click here to download a flyer about the fund raiser.

AWA Seminar on Drug Testing, July 20

On July 20th, the Association for Women Attorneys will host “Drug Testing: The Legalities of How it can Impact Your Case and Your Client” presented by Kelly Dobbins, MA, R-CPCT, BAT, owner of Mid-South Drug Testing. The seminar will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Jim’s Place East (5560 Shelby Oaks Drive). The event is $45, includes lunch and two hours of CLE credit (pending). To register, contact Laurie Christensen at 901.227.6685 or RSVPs must be received by July 14th!

Federal Bar to Present "Appeals A to Z," July 29

The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present “Summer Seminar: Appeals A to Z” on Thursday, July 29th from 1:30-4:30 pm in the Jury Assembly Room of the Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building (167 North Main, 11th Floor). All sessions will be moderated by United States Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham. Topics and speakers include: Preserving and Identifying Issues for Appeal with U.S. District Judges Samuel H. Mays (W.D. Tenn.) and Brian S.Miller (E.D. Ark.); Tips for Effective Brief Writing with Donald Capparella of Dodson, Parker Behm & Capparella in Nashville and Kevin Ritz, Assistant United States Attorney; Effective Oral Advocacy: Views from the Bench with Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice M. Holder and Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals Judge Camille R. McMullen. For more details and to register, click here.

Memphis Bar Foundation Grant Applications Due July 30

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Memphis Bar Association, is seeking grant applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for law-related programs or projects. Grant applications are available at (go to the Bar Foundation page under “About the MBA”) or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; ). The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on July 30, 2010.
     The MBF funds programs and projects that furthers its objectives and purposes, which are to advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education; and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar. The MBF Grants Committee will initially review the applications; the full MBF Board will determine the grants to be funded and the amount of funding.

Leadership Forum Applications Due July 31

Applications are now available for the MBA’s award-winning Leadership Forum at or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; The deadline to apply is July 31.
     The Leadership Forum’s mission is to develop the leadership skills of young attorneys (between the 3rd and 8th year of practice); empower young attorneys to use their skills to make greater contributions to the Memphis community and the legal profession; model and practice the highest standards of the legal profession; and build relationships among attorneys of diverse backgrounds. The Forum accomplishes this mission through a full-day retreat on October 1, where leadership concepts are introduced, followed by monthly meetings on topics such as the attorney’s role in the greater community, work/life balance, and communication skills. The monthly sessions are held at various community organizations around the community, such as MIFA, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Bridges, to acquaint the participants with their services and programs. In addition, the participants are assigned to small groups to develop and implement a community service project, which is showcased at the graduation ceremony in May.
     Tuition is $550, which covers more than a full year of CLE credit. A limited number of scholarships are available. Now in its 7th year, the Leadership Forum has helped hone the leadership skills of over 130 attorneys. The forum received an E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the ABA in 2006; the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program.

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

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CLE Seminars

July 15 through July 27

Reducing Your Liability By Knowing the Correct Numbers: Understanding Pension Balances and Determining Life Insurance Needs in Mediation
Thursday, July 15, 2010
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Jim Whitehead, Shoemaker Financial
1 hour general credit

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales: Part 1
Monday, July 19, 2010
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Michael P. Cash, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Houston, TX
3 hours general credit

A Financial Expert’s Overview of Lost Profits Damages For Attorneys
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
12-1 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speakers: Mike Costello & Sharon P. Hamrick, Decosimo Advisory Services
1 hour general credit

Health Care Reform Seminar
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speakers: Philip Johnson & Tom Merriam - Argyle Benefits Consultants
3 hours general credit

Ten Things You May Want to Consider When Representing a Client Who Has Been Abused
Sponsored by Sovereign Wealth Management
Thursday, July 22, 2010
12-1 pm
Sovereign Wealth Management, Inc.,
999 S. Shady Grove Rd., #301
Speaker: Dr. Janice Dieber
1 hour dual credit

Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales: Part 2
Friday, July 23, 2010
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Michael P. Cash, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Houston, TX
3 hours general credit

Criminal Law: Current Cases & Issues
Sponsored by the U of M Law Alumni Chapter & the MBA
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
1:00 - 5:25 pm
U of M Law School, 1 N. Front St., Wade Auditorium
Speakers: Leslie Ballin, William Massey, Steve Mulroy & Brian Faughnan
4.0 hours total credit: 1.0 dual / 3.0 general

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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.