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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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Deadline Reminders 

JULY 30—Deadline for Memphis Bar Foundation Grant Applications.
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JULY 31—Leadership Forum Application Submission Deadline.
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Complete 2009 CLE Hours by August 10 to Avoid Suspension

Final orders of suspension will be mailed August 10 to attorneys who lack hours from 2009. Hours should be completed by August 5 in order to beat the deadline. The MBA is offering several courses so you can make up your deficit and avoid suspension. Those of you who are not 'under the gun' are also welcome to come and complete your hours early! Click here to view our CLE course calendar.

MBA Now Offering Telephone Seminars

The MBA is now offering telephone seminars! You can get CLE credit from the convenience of your office . . . without having to travel. The first telephone seminar is scheduled for August 5 at 10:00 a.m. It features attorney Bruce Smith from Apperson Crump & Maxwell speaking on Ethics Update: A Lawyer's Professional Responsibility. For more information and to register, 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;

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.

Summer Law Intern Program Closing Ceremony Photos

Click here to view photos from the ceremony held July 9, 2010.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Attorney of the Day Volunteers Needed! Contact Linda Warren Seely at or 901.523.8822 for more details.
Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

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FBA 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

FBA Annual Federal Practice Seminar, Oct. 20

The Federal Bar Association will host its Annual Federal Practice Seminar on October 20, 2010 at the University of Memphis School of Law. The seminar will feature General William Suter, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, who will be present to conduct an admissions ceremony for attorneys who wish to become members of the Supreme Court Bar. Click here to download instructions for applying for admission. All application materials must be submitted by August 14 for those seeking Supreme Court Bar admission.
     The seminar will also featue Jeffrey Rosen, author of The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America, whom the Los Angeles Times has called “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.”
     District judges and magistrate judges of the Western District of Tennessee will participate in the annual Judges’ Panel, discussing their federal practice preferences and taking questions from attendees. The seminar will also include a presentation about recent developments in Sixth Circuit jurisprudence, a discussion of the practical aspects of e-discovery and changes to the Local Rules, additional CLEs, and a judicial reception. To download the full schedule and registration materials, click here.

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CLE Seminars

July 22 through August 5

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

Circuit Court Local Rules
Tuesday, August 3
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speakers: Circuit Court Judges Lorrie Ridder and Rhynette Hurd
1.0 hour general credit

FMLA Update
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Wednesday, August 4
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Lisa Leach, Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, PLLC
1.0 hour general credit

Criminal Law For Civil Lawyers
Thursday, August 5
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave #220
Speaker: Devon Gosnell, Associate General Counsel, University of Tennessee
1.5 hour general credit

Ethics Update: A Lawyer's Professional Responsibility 
Thursday, August 5
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Telephone Seminar
Speaker: Bruce Smith, Apperson Crump & Maxwell
1.0 hour dual 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.