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Headlines

Legal Community Forum at City Hall October 18th
Click here to view a video invitation from Mayor A C Wharton.

Celebrate Pro Bono Month, Volunteer This Saturday

Lend your legal expertise this Saturday to assist someone in need at this month's free legal clinic at the main library (3030 Poplar Avenue) from 9:30 am to noon. The event is one of more than 30 activities planned across the state during the month of October as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. The month's clinic is sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association (MBA), MBA Young Lawyers Division and Memphis Area Legal Services. For more information about the Saturday Legal Clinic, click here, and to volunteer, contact Linda Warren Seely at lseely@malsi.org.  

Help Plan the 2011 Bench Bar Conference!

The Bench Bar Conference Committee, led by Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton, and attorneys Cindy Pensoneau and Erin Shea will meet on Monday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 p.m. to begin planning the 2011 Conference, which will be held from May 4-8 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin. Whether you are a “veteran” conference attendee – or have never gone to a conference -- your input is needed to make this conference the biggest and best ever! If you want to join the committee, please contact Anne Fritz (afritz@memphisbar.org) or Lesia Beach (lbeach@memphisbar.org). If you can’t attend Monday’s meeting, you’ll be put on the committee roster to receive notice of future meetings. (Psst...don’t tell anyone, but we’re providing lunch for Monday’s meeting!)

Search Online for a Mediator Today!

The MBA website now offers a section for Mediator Profiles! To search for a mediator, go to www.memphisbar.org/mediators . The Mediator Profiles are searchable based on qualifications (Rule 31 civil and/or Family, Arbitration or Federal Court), subject area experience and mediator last name.
     If you would like to be listed as a mediator, complete this form and return it to the MBA office with payment. Fees for the Mediator Profile listing are $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. Listings placed now will be good through December 2011. If you have questions, please contact Linda Warren Seely at lseely@malsi.org or Dottie McCallen at dmccallen@memphisbar.org.

MALS 40th Anniversary- A Time to Celebrate, October 14 (Next Week!!)

The staff and board of Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS) are excited to invite you to a reception celebrating its 40th Anniversary on October 14th from 5 to 7pm at the University of Memphis School of Law (1 North Front St). 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 RSVP to Karen Stull at 901.255.3452 or by e-mail at kstull@malsi.org. For additional information, please contact Harrison D. McIver III at 901.255.3447 or hdmciver@malsi.org. Learn more about MALS by visiting its website at www.malsi.org.

Memphis Law School Named a "Best Value"

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis has again been recognized by a national publication for being a “best value.” The law school was ranked ninth by preLaw magazine on its list of 2010 Top 20 Best Value Law Schools. The list appears in the October issue of the magazine, which is produced by the National Jurist. Rankings are based on a recent survey by the American Bar Association.
     To be named a best value, a program must have a bar passage rate higher than the state average of 81 percent, a strong employment rate nine months after graduation (at least 85 percent), an average per-student indebtedness below $100,000 and modest tuition (less than $35,000 a year for in-state students).
     The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law had a first-time bar passage rate of 93 percent on the July 2009 exam. The employment rate for 2009 graduates was 88 percent and the in-state tuition is $13,710. The average per-student indebtedness was $49,727.

Nominations Sought for Lawyer’s Lawyer and Myar Awards

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 15 for the MBA’s two highest honors: the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award and the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award. Both awards will be presented at the MBA’s Annual Meeting on Thurs., Dec. 2. The Lawyer’s Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who has practiced for more than 15 years and who, during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. The Myar Award recognizes a young lawyer (under the age of 40) who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. To get the nomination form and list of past recipients for either award, click here or call the MBA office at 527.3573.

Buy a Cookbook to Benefit MALS!

“Cooking Up Justice,” a cookbook featuring recipes from members of the Memphis legal community, will soon be available. Proceeds from the sale of the books go to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. The cookbook is a project sponsored by Alpha Reporting Corporation. To reserve your copy today, contact Karen Byars at 901.523. 8974 or karenbyars@alphareporting.com.

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 afritz@memphisbar.org.

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Calendar

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.

MULYP "Changing the Conversation" Series Begins Tonight

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) will present “Memphis and the Paradox of Place: Globalization in the American South” on Thursday, October 7 at 5:30 pm in the National Civil Rights Museum Auditorium (450 Mulberry Street). The presentation is the first installment of the MULYP “Changing the Conversation” Speaker Series. Dr. Wanda Rushing, author of Author of Memphis and the Paradox of Place, will highlight the issues facing the city in reference to its identity, place, race, growth, economic wealth, class and gender. MULYP chose to partner with its affiliate, Memphis Urban League, for the first installment of the “Changing the Conversation” Speaker Series because both organizations recognized there was a need to take a more proactive approach to the city’ challenges and discuss more actionable, citizen-driven strategies to move the needle forward on the progress of our city. PLEASE RSVP to mulyppr.chapterrelations@gmail.com .

24th Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar, Oct. 8

The 24th Annual MBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at Memphis Botanic Garden, Hardin Hall (750 Cherry Road). The seminar offers 7.25 hours of CLE credit, 2 dual hours and 5.25 general. The seminar offers a great line-up of topics and speakers. To view the complete seminar details, click here

Judge McCalla Co-Authors History Book, Signing Oct. 9

Federal Court Chief Judge Jon McCalla has co-authored An Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County with writer Penny Glover. The book tells the history of north Shelby and south Tipton county, featuring 12 different communities, including Salem, Kerrville and Rosemark. The book recounts rural life and how it changed from the eighteen teen's to the mid-1950's. Judge McCalla will be selling and signing copies of the book this Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Richland ARP church in Rosemark. There will also be historical exhibits, maps, and other antiques at Saturday's event, which is open to the public. You can read more about the book from WMC Ch. 5 at http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13271382 .

Memphis Advanced Moot Court Competition, October 13

The University of Memphis Law School Moot Court Board is hosting its annual Advanced Moot Court Competition. The Board will need attorneys to volunteer as judges from October 13 to early November. Rounds will be scheduled for late afternoon and early evening times on weekdays and weekends. The Advanced Moot Court Competition provides second and third year law students with an opportunity to gain valuable appellate advocacy skills. Each round, participants orally advocate for a fictitious petitioner/respondent to a mock appellate bench. This year's problem deals with labor law and a ministerial exception issue, raising two questions: (1) the reach of the ministerial exception to employment discrimination claims and (2) whether undocumented aliens are eligible for back pay. Please email the Memphis Moot Court Board at MemphisMootCourt@hotmail.com or LaChina Algers at lkalgers@memphis.edu or call (901) 678-2679 if you would like to help judge this competition or future competitions.

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

Read about this event under headlines above.

"The Life & Times of Rosie the Riveter," October 14

Holistic attorney Maureen Holland, along with paralegal Nancy Morrow of the Memphis Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, will discuss “The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter” with audience members after the screening of the film directed by Connie Field. The documentary examines the icon of World War II through interviews of five former “Rosies” who recall their experiences during the first time in American history in which black women gained entry into major industrial plants as a result of the military call-up of millions of male workers. The screening, which will be preceded by two short films, “I Think I was an Alcoholic” and “Organised Lies,” will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street, on October 14, 2010, beginning at 6:00 p.m. This final presentation in the Freedom Series of films by Indie Memphis will be followed by the Indie Memphis Film Festival which will be held October 21-24, 2010, at the Playhouse on the Square and Studio on the Square. For more information, visit INDIEMEMPHIS.COM or call Nancy Morrow at 901-828-3685.

11th Annual Barristers' Pancake Breakfast, October 15

The 11th Annual Barristers’ Pancake Breakfast, which is sponsored by the entire legal community to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, will be held Friday, October 15th from 7:30 am – 9 am at Calvary Church, downtown. Tickets are $10 each for a full breakfast or a lite breakfast. Tickets are available at the door, carry-out service and breakfast deliveries downtown will be available. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Breakfast tickets sales are donated to the Memphis Mid-South Affiliate of Komen for the Cure®. If you have questions, wish to purchase tickets or make donations, please contact Judy Birchler, at 577-2243 or jbirchler@bakerdonelson.com. All checks should be payable to Komen for the Cure® and mailed to: Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; 165 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor; Memphis, TN 38103; Attn: Judy Birchler. To view a list of the distinguished servers that will provide you with your breakfast on the 15th, click here.

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 was sent to all lawyers this 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 www.abanet.org/irr or contact the Section office at 202/662-1030.

Pro Bono Month Reception, October 28

A reception honoring pro bono work in the Memphis and Shelby County area will be held on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7 pm at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Look for more details soon!

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! 

Catholic Lawyers Guild to Host CLE Seminar, November 8

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Guild will host “Professionalism in Daily Practice” from 1 – 4 pm at St. Peter Church Hall at Third and Adams. The CLE seminar is approved for 3 hours of dual credit and will feature discussion and interaction with Sandy Garret, Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Board of Professional Responsibility, and Laura Chastain, Corporate Counsel for Harper Industries, Inc. and former Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the BPR. The seminar costs $75 and serves as the Guild’s primary fundraiser of the year. Click here to download a registration form.

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CLE Seminars

October 7 through October 15

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

Elder Law Issues
Tuesday, October 12
2 – 4 pm
MBA Conference Rm
80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220
Speakers: Donna S. Harkness & William King Self
2 hours dual credit

Family Law Section CLE Day
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Friday, October 15
8:30 am – 4 pm
U of M Law School, 1 North Front
Various speakers and topics.
6 hours total credit: 1 dual / 5 general

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.
   
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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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