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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.

Interested in placing an ad in the Bar Bulletin? Click here to download the ad rate sheet and contract.




FREE Safety Seminar Sept. 28th
Click here for more details.
Legal Community Forum at City Hall October 18th
Click here to view a video invitation from Mayor A C Wharton.

Investiture of Judge Higgins Today

All members of the legal community are invited to attend the Investiture Ceremony of The Hon. Gina C. Higgins, Circuit Court Judge - Division IV, for the 30th Judicial District at Memphis. The ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the City Council Chambers, 125 N. Main St. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Hall of Mayors.

The Board of Professional Responsibility is Moving Offices

The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility is moving to 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 220, Brentwood, TN 37027. Due to the move, the telephones, fax machines and computer networks at the BPR will be down from the close of business on Wednesday, Sept. 29, until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Telephone and fax numbers, along with email addresses, all will remain the same at the new location.

Interested in a Painting of the Courthouse?

Artist Bob Brown has offered to paint a picture of the Shelby County Courthouse in honor of its 100th Anniversary last year. Reprints of the picture would be available for sale, probably for $100. Mr. Brown has painted pictures of many Memphis landmarks that have been used on holiday cards for MIFA and the Phoenix Club, among others. Before he begins, he would like to gauge the interest of the Memphis legal community in such a project. If you would be interested in purchasing a reprint, please email Anne Fritz at

Sign Up Now for Online Mediator Listing

Listings placed now are good through December 2011

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 listed 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. Listings placed now will be good through December 2011. If you have questions, please contact Linda Warren Seely at or Dottie McCallen at

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

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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, Sept. 17th 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.

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 (read more below). 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 .

Juvenile Court Seminar October 1

Juvenile Court will not schedule cases for day of seminar.

The Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County will commemorate its 100th anniversary by holding a series of events from September 30-October 2. As part of this celebration, the Court is sponsoring a CLE focusing on both ethics and juvenile justice issues. The CLE, which will be worth six hours credit, will be held at the Urban Child Institute on Friday, October 1st from 8:00 until 4:15. This event is being sponsored by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. In order to encourage greater participation among panel members, the Court will not schedule cases for Friday, October 1st. It is the Court’s hope that by doing this, panel members will be able to find time in their schedules to attend the training. This training should be informative and worthwhile for those who practice law in Juvenile Court, and the information provided in the training will provide legal, ethical, and practical insight into juvenile justice issues. If you have any questions about the training, contact Staff Attorney Thomas Coupé at 901.405.8581 or . Attorneys may register for the seminar on the Victorian Village 's web site at .

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

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.

Federal Bar 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. The seminar will also feature 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.

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

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 23 through September 29

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 Rm,
80 Monroe Ave, Suite 220
Speakers: Taylor A. Cates
& Eddie Bearman
3 hours total credit: 1.5 general & 1.5 dual

How To Do Good When You Don't Have a Clue
Co-sponsored by the MBA YLD, MALS & the Saturday Legal Clinic Free Pre-Clinic Training Seminar
Wednesday, October 6
1:00 – 4:30 pm
MBA Conference Rm,
80 Monroe Ave, Suite 220
Speaker: Various (click title for more info)
3 hours total credit: 0.5 dual & 2.5 general

24th Annual MBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, October 8
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Memphis Botanic Garden, Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road
Speakers: Various (click title for more info)
7.25 Hours total credit: 2 dual & 5.25 general

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