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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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Find a Memphis Mediator Online!

As of October 1, 2010, the MBA website will offer a section for Mediator Profiles! The section will help mediators highlight their qualifications and should be helpful to both attorneys and the general public in trying to find a mediator. Fees for the Mediator Profile listing will be $50 annually for MBA members (Jan-Dec) and $100 for non-MBA members. Non-attorney mediators may participate as long as they have been approved as a Supreme Court Rule 31 mediator. The Mediator Profiles will be searchable based on qualifications (Rule 31 civil and/or Family, Arbitration or Federal Court), subject area experience and mediator last name. To preview the search, go to To place your listing, please complete this form and return it to the MBA office with payment. If you have questions, please contact Linda Warren Seely at or Dottie McCallen at

Legal Community Forum with Mayor Wharton on Oct. 18

Mayor A C Wharton has passionately shared aspects of his vision for Memphis with citizens throughout the community. On Monday, Oct. 18, he will share his vision with the legal community in a forum jointly sponsored by the Association for Women Attorneys, the Memphis Bar Association and the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association. The forum will be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers and will be followed by a reception, sponsored by the Memphis Bar Foundation, in the Hall of Mayors. Mayor Wharton's theme for his vision, "Creating a City of Choice ," emphasizes that all of us are stakeholders and can participate in creating a community that is desirable and enjoyable. After discussing his vision, the Mayor will engage in a question & answer session based on the results of a survey that will be sent to all lawyers next week. The survey will help identify the areas of most concern to the legal community.
      We hope that you will participate by completing the online survey and by attending the Oct. 18th forum. More details about the forum will follow. Please take a moment to view a video invitation from Mayor Wharton, and please mark your calendar and plan to join your colleagues as we engage in an important discussion about the future of our city.

First-Ever “Animal Law & Cruelty” Seminar on Sept. 21

As part of the 6th Annual Tennessee Week for the Animals, an “Animal Law & Cruelty” seminar will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Spain Auditorium at Christian Brothers University . A distinguished group of panelists, including Criminal Court Judge Chris B. Craft, Rep. G.A. Hardaway, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin, and advocates Cindy Sanders and Jackie Johns will discuss legal efforts to protect animals and prevent cruelty. The seminar is free and has been approved for 2 hours of CLE credit. To register, call the MBA office at 527.3573 or email Lesia Beach at
     The 6th Annual Tennessee Week for the Animals is scheduled from Sept. 18-26. During this week, community leaders and humane organizations across Tennessee will be hosting animal-related events to save lives, build relationships, help animals and strengthen communities. Educators, students, community leaders, businesses and caring citizens will join together to celebrate and help animals. Events include adoption and low-cost & free spay/neuter events, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, animal care presentations, pet food donations, and therapy animals visiting hospitals and living-assisted homes. For more info or to schedule an event, call 901-454-0807 or email Go to to view the list of activities and learn how to become involved.

Memorial Service Sept. 25 for Wayne Emmons

A memorial service will be held September 25th at Memorial Park for attorney Wayne Emmons, 72, who died Friday at Saint Francis Hospital following complications from pneumonia. The family will greet friends following the service.
     Emmons, who earned his law degree from Memphis State University, served as district attorney general for Dyer and Lake Counties from 1978 to 1980. He was also well known as an actor, best known for his role as a topless club owner in "The Rainmaker," the 1997 film based on the John Grisham novel.
     Click here to read more about Emmons from The Commercial Appeal.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Mock Trial Coaches Needed, September 16

The YLD has made a commitment to recruit local attorneys to serve as coaches for high school mock trial teams in an effort to increase the number of area high schools participating in mock trial. We are pleased to present a CLE with Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein, who has coached the White Station High School mock trial team since 1981 and led them to many local and state championships over the years. He will draw upon his 30 years of experience coaching mock trial to help attorneys and teachers learn how to run a successful mock trial team. At the CLE, Buddy will offer valuable insight into what has and has not worked for him over the years and will also provide attendees with many of the forms he has created to assist him. The YLD encourages all attorneys who are interested in coaching a mock trial team in the upcoming year to attend this CLE Seminar. Please email Nicole Grida ( or Abby Webb ( with any questions or if you are interested in coaching a high school mock trial team but are unable to attend the CLE Seminar. For more seminar details and to register, click here.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, Sept. 16

The YLD will present "The Benefits of Community Engagement" with speaker Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein from 4-6 pm on Thursday, September 16th at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220) followed by the monthly YLD Happy Hour at McEwen's on Monroe from 6-8 pm. The Happy Hour will be sponsored by Summit Document Services. Read more about the seminar in the article above entitled "Mock Trial Coaches Needed" or click here.

Free Safety & Self Defense Seminar, Sept. 28

On Tuesday, Sept. 28th, the MBA will present Fundamental Crime Prevention and Safety Training from noon - 1:00 pm at the MBA office (80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220). The FREE seminar is open to ANYONE. The information presented provides excellent defense for workplace violence as well as individual, home, and automobile safety and can help reduce an individual's chance of becoming a victim of crime by as much as 70%. For more details and to RSVP, contact Lesia Beach at or 901.527.3573.

Juvenile Court to Celebrate 100th Anniversary, Sept. 30

The Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County is planning several events to commemorate its 100th anniversary. On Thursday, Sept. 30, a formal ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the court, followed by a reception and a documentary viewing under a tent on the court grounds. The current and past Chief Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Cornelia Clark and Janice Holder, are expected to attend. On Friday, Oct. 1, the Tennessee AOC will conduct a CLE seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Urban Child Institute. On Sat., Oct. 2, an inaugural 5K, the “Right Road Run,” will begin at 9 a.m. , followed by a homecoming picnic open to the public.
     The first Memphis Juvenile Court was comprised of a judge and five probation officers and began hearing cases on Jan. 26, 19 10 . Since its inception, the Court has been actively engaged in improving the juvenile justice system and has been recognized nationally for specific efforts to improve children’s services, child support collection and enforcement, and rehabilitation programs for delinquent youth.

Annual Red Mass at St. Peter's, October 1

The St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Guild of West Tennessee cordially invites all attorneys, Judges, governmental officials, and priests and religious of the Diocese of Memphis to the annual Red Mass celebrated to invoke the blessing of the Holy Spirit on the legal profession, judiciary, and the administration of government. The 2010 Red Mass will be held on Friday, October 1st at 12 pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at the intersection of Third St. and Adams. A luncheon will be held in the Parish Hall immediately following Mass. To reserve your lunch, please RSVP to

Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner, October 5

The Fifth Annual Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner featuring honored guests, Governor Phil Bredesen and First Lady Andrea Conte will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue in Nashville. Tickets are $135.00 per person or a table of ten can be reserved for $1350.00. Complimentary self-parking. To secure a reservation, please contact Joy Day at 615.771.5008 or

ALA Annual Breakfast, October 6

The Memphis Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is celebrating Professional Legal Management Week at their annual breakfast & CLE seminar on October 6, 2010. The event will be held from 8:00 am-10:00am at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Avenue. Kathy Story will present an "Experiential Workshop on Networking." The seminar is approved for 1 hour of CLE credit. The registration fee is $25 to non-ALA members (attorneys) and free to legal administrators. For more details and to register, contact  Kim Harden, 901-526-0431, or . The event is sponsored by Yuletide Office Solutions, BankTennessee and Alpha Reporting Corporation.

MALS 40th Anniversary – A Time to Celebrate, October 14

The staff and board of Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS) are especially excited this year because 2010 is our 40th Anniversary. A reception will be held on October 14th from 5 to 7pm at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, located at 1 North Front Street in downtown Memphis. The theme is “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present & Looking Forward to the Future.” The 40th Anniversary Committee Chair is the Honorable John W. Fowlkes and Honorary Chairs are City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, the Honorable Janice M. Holder, the Honorable George H. Brown Jr. and W. J. Michael Cody.
      Please join MALS on October 14th to celebrate this significant milestone. For additional information, please contact Harrison D. McIver III at 901-255-3447 or . Learn more about MALS by visiting its website at

ABA Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities Conference in Memphis, Oct. 21-23

Join members and friends of the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities in Memphis this fall for three days of CLE programming, networking, and entertaining social events at The Peabody Hotel. The “More to Overcome: Civil Rights in the 21st Century, An Action Agenda for Lawyers & the Legal Profession” conference will be held October 21-23. Participants will have the opportunity to attend over 12 hours of interactive CLE programming addressing cutting-edge issues of the day presented by nationally renowned speakers. Attendees can explore the work of Section committees and network with colleagues and experts in the fields of civil rights, individual rights, human rights, and social justice.
      Conference presenters include D’Army Bailey, Civil Rights Activist; Honorable U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN); Honorable Earnestine Hunt Dorse, Memphis City Court; Honorable Janice Holder, Tennessee Supreme Court; John Payton, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative; and Honorable Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Section’s website at or contact the Section office at 202/662-1030.

Legal Tech Expo, November 4

The MBA will host its annual Legal Tech Expo on November 4, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, and the seminar will run from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. CLE seminars include: “Practical eDiscovery: Understanding Technology” with Blake H. Gibson, IV, Pietrangelo Cook, PLC; “Terror: If Twitter and the Internet ‘Went Away’” with Amy Howell, Howell Marketing Strategies; “Productivity Solutions” with Thomson Reuters; “Digital Forensics” with Ted Scott, Certified computer examiner, Verity Investigations & forensics; “Emerging Field of Electronic Discovery” with Jay Brenner, Counsel on Call; and “Preparing for your First Use of Technology in the Courtroom” with Alpha Reporting Corp. Look for more details in the coming months! 

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CLE Seminars

September 16 through September 27

Complete Insurance Planning for Solos and Small Firms
Sponsored by the Solo Small Firm Section
Thursday, September 16
5:00- 7:00 pm
Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar
Speakers: IPSCO Representatives
2.0 hours general credit
Hot dogs, soft drinks and cookies will be served!

The Benefits of Community Engagement
Sponsored by the YLD and part of the "Triple Threat" Series
Thursday, September 16
4:00-6:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
2.0 hours dual credit
Happy Hour to follow at McEwen’s

Why Won't They Just Do What I Say?
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, September 17
12:00- 2:00 pm
Bankruptcy Court, 200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speaker: Robert Clyburn
2 hours dual credit
Understanding Basic Financial Statements & Accounting Fraud Schemes
Wednesday, September 22
12:00-1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: William W. Acuff, CPA/CFF, CFE
1 hour general credit
Hellhound on His Trail
Monday, September 27
12:00-1:00 pm
Burch Porter & Johnson, 130 N. Court
Speaker: author Hampton Sides
1 hour general credit

Strategies for Jury Selection
Wednesday, September 29
1:30 - 4:45 pm
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speakers: Taylor A. Cates & Eddie Bearman
3 hours total credit: 1.5 general & 1.5 dual

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