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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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Congrats to the New Bar Admittees! The Successful List was posted on Friday.

Join Mayor Wharton at City Hall on Monday

 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. Please take a moment to view the video invitation above from Mayor Wharton. We hope that you will attend the Oct. 18th forum and engage in an important discussion about the future of our city.

Congrats to MALS for 40 Great Years!

Celebration Today at the Law School from 5-7 pm

Join the staff and board of Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. today from 5-7 pm at the University of Memphis School of Law (1 North Front St.) in celebrating its 40th Anniversary. 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 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 and Responsibilities Conference, Oct. 21-23 in Memphis

Memphis will welcome members and friends of the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities next week for three days of CLE programming, networking, and 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.

Applications Due Tuesday for Judicial Commissioner Position

Interviews will be conducted by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, October 20th at 11:00am for the vacant Judicial Commissioner position in the General Sessions Criminal Court Judges Office. Click here to read the complete job description. Interviews will be held in the Vasco A. Smith Administrative Building , 160 N. Main Street , 4th Floor Committee Room. The completed Application for Appointment to Elected Office and a resume must be either hand delivered or faxed (545-3713) by the close of business on Tuesday, October 19th to the Attention of: Steve Summerall, Chief Administrator Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

Shearon Steps Down as CLE Commission Executive Director

Dave Shearon, who has served as the first and only executive director of the Tennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization since Feb. 1, 1987, has resigned effective Oct. 31. Under his leadership, Tennessee has been a leader in online accreditation tools, distance learning standards, speaker training, attorney well-being, and many forms of non-traditional CLE credit, including the first-ever provision for CLE for pro bono work, coaching, and perhaps soon, mentoring for beginning lawyers. Shearon earned a master’s degree in positive psychology from The University of Pennsylvania and has spent the last few years speaking to groups on attorney well-being and happiness. Andrea Curl, the current assistant executive director, has been named as acting director.

Member Benefit: Get Grizzlies Tickets at a Substantial Discount!

MBA members can now save money on Grizzlies tickets by following these easy steps:

  1. Click this link:
  2. Select Game and Click on "Find Tickets".
  3. Type DAN into the "Special Offer Code" box and click "Verify".
  4. If you have an account; use your e-mail address and password. If not, go to “Create an Account” box on the right hand side, type your e-mail address and click “Sign Up Now.”
  5. Select the quantity and price level to purchase your tickets. Pay for your tickets and your tickets will be delivered via TicketFast directly to your e-mail address for you to print at home.

Tickets at the gate can range from $18 to $227. With the MBA group discount, you can purchase tickets from $15 (for a Terrace III seat) to $175 (for courtside). If you have questions, please contact Dan Dial at (901) 205-1473 or via e-mail at

Nominations Being Accepted for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors

The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association is seeking nominations for attorneys interested in running for a position on the 2011 YLD Board of Directors. The YLD is responsible for numerous events each year, including the High School Mock Trial tournament, the YLD Golf Tournament, monthly networking events, and numerous continuing legal education seminars. The YLD also works directly with the MBA officers and board of directors as the voice of the young lawyers in our community. If you would like more information and/or are interested in running, please contact current YLD President Kyle Wiggins at The elections for the 2011 YLD board will be held on Thursday, November 18 from 4:30-7:30 pm at Alfred’s on Beale. For more details, see the event listing below.

Nominations for Outstanding Judge of the Year Due October 20

In 1976, the MBA Young Lawyers Division established an annual award to be given to the outstanding Judge in Shelby County in honor of the late Chancellor Charles A. Rond. Chancellor Rond was known for his intelligence, fairness, wise decisions, integrity and great wit. This year, the award will be presented at the YLD Annual Meeting and Elections on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at Alfred’s on Beale (see event listing below). All judges in Shelby County are eligible to receive this award. In casting your vote, you should consider the ability, demeanor, integrity and diligence of each judge. Click here to download an official nomination form and a list of eligible judges. Nomination forms must be returned to the MBA office by 5 pm, Wed. October 20th. Only Young Lawyers Division members may submit nominations.

Nominations Due Friday 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.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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"The Life & Times of Rosie the Riveter," Oct. 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 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.

Southwest to Offer NALA Computerized Certified Paralegal Examination

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) has approved the Southwest Tennessee Community College‘s testing center to offer the NALA Computerized Certified Paralegal examination. Since Southwest now offers the computerized certified paralegal exam, graduates of the Paralegal Studies Program will be able to take the exam locally and more quickly than in the past. Prior to the computerized exam, paralegals sat for a two-day, written exam administered only at certain locations and dates. The Paralegal Studies Program and the Testing Center at Southwest are proud to work with the Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance, Inc. and NALA in bringing this testing opportunity to the Memphis area. An official announcement regarding this accomplishment will be made at a GMPA CLE seminar on October 15 at the Bornblum Library of Southwest. For more information, visit

Legal Community Forum with Mayor Wharton on Oct. 18

See article under Headlines above for more details.

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.

AWA CLE on the Workforce Investment Network, Oct. 20

The Association for Women Attorneys will host "Everything you ever wanted to know about the Workforce Investment Network ("WIN"), our Memphis City and Shelby County Governments and securing government employment" on October 20, 2010 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am at the Shelby County Courthouse, Supreme Courtroom, Room 330. Speakers Desi Franklin, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Network, Harvey Kennedy, Shelby County CAO, and George Little, City of Memphis CAO, will discuss a number of topics that will be of great interest not only to attorneys but the public, as well. $25 includes coffee and bagels. 1.5 hours General CLE credits have been applied for. Registration starts at 8:00 am. E-mail or call 227-6685 with questions and to register.

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

Read details about this event under Headlines above.

YLD Bowling Tournament, October 26

This year, the MBA Young Lawyers Division has partnered with the Memphis Chapter of Young CPAs on its annual Bowling Tournament. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 pm on Tuesday, October 26th at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes at the corner of Quince and White Station in East Memphis. More details coming your way soon!

U of M Law School to Host Law Admissions Workshop, October 26

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host a Law Admissions Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The admissions workshop will be conducted from 5 to 6 p.m. The U of M pre-law advisor and the dean of admissions from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will co-present this workshop. From 6 to 8 p.m., representatives from 13 law schools will be available to talk to interested students about their respective schools. In addition to Memphis, these schools include the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Belmont University, Faulkner University, Lincoln Memorial University, Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi, the Nashville School of Law, Samford University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. All attendees will be eligible to win a free LSAT preparation class from Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Interested students should make reservations online at

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!

AWA CLE on Practice & Procedure in Civil Courts, Oct. 28

The Association for Women Attorneys will host "Practice and Procedure in Civil Courts & Motion Sickness: What to do when faced with bad faith motion practice" on October 28th from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Shelby County Courthouse Supreme Court Room. $65 includes lunch and 2.5 dual CLE credit hours. Speakers include Judge Kay Robilio (moderator), Judge Phyllis Gardner, Judge Deborah Henderson, Judge Betty Thomas Moore, and Judge Karen Williams. Registration begins at 11:00 am. E-mail or call 227-6685 with questions and to register. Preregistration required for lunch.

Race for the Cure, Oct. 30–Join the U of M Law School Team!

Interested in volunteering, raising money for a great cause, and getting some exercise at the same time? Join the University of Memphis Law School Race for the Cure Team! All you need to do is visit the team page of the University of Memphis Law School, register for the Race for the Cure and click "Join a Team". This year’s race is Saturday, October 30th starting/ending in Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown. For more information, contact Jared Klepko ( or Jennifer Sutch (

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!

AWA Presents "Cooking Italian with Judge Robilio," Nov. 4

Join the Association for Women Attorneys on Thurs., November 4th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for "Cooking Italian with Judge Robilio." $35.00 includes wine, non-alcoholic beverages and spaghetti dinner. Learn how to make a delicious sauce for your Italian dishes. Contact Lucie Brackin at for more details and to RSVP.

Celebrate the 46th Anniversary of Title VII on Nov. 5

The Memphis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, and the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will celebrate the 46th Anniversary of Title VII with a seminar on Nov. 5 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum. “Ensuring the Promise of Equal Employment” will feature sessions on using the federal courts to challenge and remedy workplace discrimination, national trends in Title VII employment discrimination cases, ethical considerations for employment law practice, and tips from the bench on litigating employment discrimination cases in federal court. The seminar offers 4 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of ethics; the fee is $45. A reception and optional museum tour will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. following the seminar. For more information or to register, call Brenda Webber at 544-0122.

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.

YLD Annual Meeting Moves to Beale with a Whole New Feel!

The YLD Annual Meeting & Elections will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Alfred's on Beale. This is the first year the event will be held at Alfred's and the new venue is also bringing a new meeting format. The event will feature live music, a variety of food and drinks and a fun and lively atmosphere. Look for more details on the event coming soon! In the meantime, if you are a member of the MBA Young Lawyers Division and are interested in running for a position on the YLD Board of Directors, please contact YLD President Kyle Wiggins at by October 20th. Additionally, please see details regarding nominations for the Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge under headlines above.

Bench Bar Conference, May 4-8, 2011, Tops'l Beach Resort

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 has begun 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 ( ) or Lesia Beach (

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CLE Seminars

October 14 through October 29

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

ADR Section Annual Seminar
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Tuesday, October 19
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Dr.
Speaker: Lee Jay Berman
6.25 hours total credit: 1.0 dual 5.25 general CME Credit: 6.25

Understanding Tenn. Human Rights Act
Sponsored by the Labor/Employment & Government Law Sections
Monday, October 25
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Beverly L. Watts, Executive Director, Tennessee Human Rights Commission
2.0 hours general credit

Estate Planning for Non-estate Planning Attorneys: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Sponsored by the Wills Probate Law Section and part of the Annual Estate Planning Series
Tuesday, October 26
1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Mike Adams
3,0 hours general credit

How to Get Your Brother-in-Law Out of Jail
Wednesday, October 27
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Jim Garts and Blake Ballin
1.0 hour general credit

Social Media: IP Issues for Businesses
Sponsored by the Business Law Section
Thursday, October 28
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd
Speakers: Hemant Gupta, Douglas F. Halijan and Meredith L. Williams
1.0 hour general credit

Effectively Interviewing and Representing Survivors of Domestic Violence
Friday, October 29
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Shayla Purifoy
1.0 hour general 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. Resources

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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