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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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Swearing In Ceremony for New Attorneys Today

New admittees to the Tennessee Bar will be sworn in today before the Tennessee Supreme Court at 10 am at City Hall in downtown Memphis. Congratulations to the new attorneys!

Memorial Service for Sylvia Abraham Holder Tomorrow

Sylvia Abraham Holder, 90, of Memphis, formerly of McDonald, Pennsylvania, died September 28, 2010, at her home. She is survived by her daughter, Janice M. Holder, her brother, Edward Abraham (Lucille), and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Friday, November 5, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

MBA Elections 2010, Candidates Announced

On Wednesday, the MBA Nominations and Elections Committee announced its slate of candidates for the 2010 MBA Board of Directors. To view the slate, click here. Ballots will be sent next week and must be returned by Friday, November 26. Results of the election will be announced at the MBA Annual Meeting luncheon on Thursday, December 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Racquet Club in east Memphis. Not only is the meeting moving to a new venue this year, but tickets will be $35 this year, compared to $50 in years past! Contact the MBA office, 901.527.3573, to reserve your seat. 
       Since the upcoming election will be held online, please check your profile on the MBA website (log in at to make sure we have your correct email address and insure that you'll receive a ballot. You can update your email address on your profile or call the MBA office (901.527.3573) with any corrections.

YLD Elections, November 18

Candidates Announced, Judges Fields & Vescovo Nominated for Rond Award

The candidates for the 2011 MBA Young Lawyers Division Officers and Board of Directors were announced last week via The Young Lawyers' Appeal newsletter. The candidates for YLD Vice President/President-Elect are Abby Webb and David McKinney, and the candidates for the 9 seats on the Board of the Directors are Annie Christoff, Maggie Cooper, Jake Dickerson, Kristin Dunavant, Malcolm “Macky” B. Futhey III, Nicole Grida, Sheria Holmes, Irwin Magevney, David McKinney, Keisha Moses Richardson, Zayid Saleem, Amber Griffin Shaw, and Abby Webb. Judge Donna Fields of Circuit Court and U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo are up for the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award honoring the Outstanding Judge of the Year. To read more about the candidates, click here.
     YLD members can cast their ballots at the 2010 YLD Annual Meeting & Elections on November 18, 2010 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Alfred's on Beale. The event is moving to a new location after many years and is bringing with it a whole new feel, including live music! To read more about the event, click here. If for some reason you are unable to make it to the meeting, absentee ballots are now available. Click here to read about the candidates and then download a ballot.

Learn About New Ethics Rules, November 9

Did you know that the Tennessee Supreme Court recently adopted amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct? Are you still having trouble with the Circuit Court Local Rules adopted earlier this year?
     Don’t worry! You can find out everything you need to know at the 5th Annual Professionalism, Civility and Courtesy Seminar on Tues., Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Three distinguished panels will discuss the new legal ethics rules (Brian Faughnan and Prof. Ernest Lidge); the new proposed Judicial Rules of Conduct (Judge John McCarroll and Tim DiScenza); and the Circuit Court Local Rules (Judge Donna Fields and Judge James Russell). The seminar, which is co-sponsored by the MBA’s Professionalism Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers, is approved for 3 hours of dual credit. The early registration fee (before Nov. 5) is $100 for MBA members and $60 for non-attorneys or those who don’t need CLE credit. Click here to register now and put your mind at ease!

Seminar for New Attorneys, November 18

The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association present: Transitional Legal Education “Nuts and Bolts” Seminar, wherein newly licensed attorneys will gain insight on how to manage client’s and partners’ expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel, and ultimately avoid the kind of mistakes young lawyers can make that will expose them to disciplinary actions or even claims from their clients. The seminar will consist of four topics: Beginning and Ending the Lawyer Client Relationship, Civility and Professionalism, Keeping Clients Happy and Staying out of Trouble, and Resources and Services. “Nuts and Bolts” will be held on November 18, 2010 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Supreme Courtroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Shelby County Courthouse. Not only is this seminar essential for new admittees to the Bar, but every practicing attorney will find this seminar both entertaining and useful. For more details and to register now, click here.

Central High Students Seek Mock Trial Coach

Students from Central High School are seeking an attorney-coach in order to form a team for the 2011 High School Mock Trial Competition. The competition will be held at the Shelby County Courthouse in mid-February 2011. For more details, please contact Nicole Grida at

U of M Law School Ranks 8th in "Quality of Life"

The Princeton Review has ranked the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law eighth in terms of “Best Quality of Life” in its 2011 edition of Best 172 Law Schools. The rankings are based on the following criteria: whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, how aesthetically pleasing the law school is, the location of the law school, the quality of the social life, classroom facilities, and the library staff. Other law schools in the publication’s Quality of Life Top 10 include Virginia, Duke, Stanford, and Northwestern. The complete listings are available online at

Yoga Anyone?

The MBA is hoping to form a yoga class at Midtown Yoga's downtown location, 91 S. Front St. Available class times are 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. or 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. weekdays. If you are interested in signing up for an 8-week series of classes at $8 per class, please contact Lesia Beach at A minimum of 10 people is needed to form a class, and classes will begin as soon as we reach that minimum.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

Visit for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.

Legal Tech Expo Cancelled

The MBA Legal Tech Expo on November 4th has been cancelled.

AWA Cooking Class Cancelled

The Association for Women Attorneys "Cooking Italian with Judge Robilio" on Thurs., November 4th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. has been cancelled. 

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.

"Nuts & Bolts" CLE for New Attorneys, Nov. 18

Read about this seminar under headlines above.

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

by Annie T. Christoff, YLD Board Member & Annual Meeting Chair

All are invited to join the Young Lawyers Division at its Annual Meeting and Elections on November 18, 2010, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at a new venue this year, Alfred's on Beale, and the YLD is excited to introduce this revamped format to its members and supporters. Though we are eternally grateful to the Rendezvous for hosting this event every year for as long as any of us can remember, we hope the change will shake things up a bit and increase attendance, which has been somewhat lagging in recent years. The move to Alfred's, located in the heart of historic Beale Street, has enabled us to offer new features, such as live music and a greater variety of food and libations. In addition, to commemorate the start of a new era for our largest event of the year, we have created a limited-edition poster featuring the work of local artist David Lynch, . The poster showcases Mr. Lynch's piece entitled "Beale Street - Southside," and we are delighted to offer copies signed by the artist for sale at the Annual Meeting for $20.
       If you have never attended the YLD Annual Meeting before, or if it's been a while since you've stopped by, this is the year to join us. Admission is only $10. Come out and support the YLD, and help make our Annual Meeting and Elections as success!  Look for the YLD Elections 2010 newsletter later this week for a complete slate of candidates!

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Seminar, November 19

Calling all attorneys & law students! Take the initiative and train with Memphis Area Legal Services to work in their Bankruptcy Clinics. Learn Bankruptcy basics and find out how you can participate in local pro bono work that makes a big difference in Memphis! A seminar, “What You Need to Know,” will be held on November 19th from 12-5 pm in room 326 at the University of Memphis School of Law (1 N. Front St.). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Linda Warren Seely at by Nov. 17.

MBA Annual Meeting, December 2

The MBA Annual Meeting will be held December 2, 2010, at noon at the Racquet Club in east Memphis. Not only is the meeting moving to a new venue this year, but tickets will be $35 this year, compared to $50 in years past! Hope you will make plans to join us. Contact the MBA office, 901.527.3573, to reserve your seat. 

MATA Proposals for Legal Services Due December 9

MATA requests proposals from firms qualified to provide legal services for a period of 5 years beginning about Feb. 1, 2011 and ending Jan. 31, 2016. Proposals will be received at MATA’s Purchasing Office, 1330 Levee Road, Memphis, TN 38108 until 10 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2010. Further information and proposal requirements may be obtained by contacting Shelia Maclin, Manager of Purchasing & Stores, at 722.7102.

NBA Ben F. Jones Chapter Barrister's Ball, December 18

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association is excited to announce its 2010 Annual Barristers' Ball & Scholarship Award Dinner on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel on Ridgelake Blvd. This year, the chapter celebrates 50 years of service in the legal community. The President's Award this year is awarded to the Honorable H.T. Lockard and the Honorable Russell Sugarmon. Judge Lockard and Judge Sugarmon were an integral part of the group responsible for the formation of the Ben F. Chapter chapter of the National Bar Association. The Ball also serves as the organization's annual fundraiser which helps provide scholarships to law students at the Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law. The reception begins at 6:30 with dinner and program at 7:30 p.m.  Help us honor our founders and continue our legacy by joining us this year at our annual gala. Great food, fantastic music and the opportunity to honor two great legends in the Memphis legal community. Tickets are $100.00 each. Please check the website at for details or 2010 Barrister's Ball Chairman Andre Mathis at or President Barbara L. Deans @ for additional information or ticket reservations.
Seating is limited so act fast!

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

November 4 through November 12

In-House Perspective Regarding the Legal Market
Friday, November 5
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Panelists: Laura Sy, Methodist Hospital, Carl Morrison, First Horizon, Jeanna Littrell, FedEx, Shea Hicks, Morgan Keegan, Monica Wharton, The Med and Eric Hudson, Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada
1.0 hour general credit

5th Annual Professionalism, Civility & Courtesy Seminar
Sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers
Tuesday, November 9
9 am – 12:15 pm
U of M Law School, 1 N. Front St.
Featuring: Brian S. Faughnan, Ernest F. Lidge, III, Albert C. Harvey, Hon. John R. McCarroll, Timothy R. Discenza, Blanchard E. Tual, Hon. Donna M. Fields, Hon. James F. Russell, David M. Cook, and G. Patrick Arnoult
3.0 hours dual
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An Inside Look at the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Tuesday, November 9
3:15-4:45 pm
U of M Law School, 1 N. Front St
Panelists: Hon. Thomas H. Fulton, W.D., KY; Hon. Steven R. Rhodes, E.D., Mich.; Hon. Marci B. McIvor, E.D., Mich.; Hon. Marcia Phillips Parsons, E.D. TN., and Abby Little, Esq
1.5 hours general credit

Basic Overview of Business Entities for The Real Estate Practitioner 
Sponsored by the Real Estate/Environmental Law Section
Wednesday, November 10
12 – 1 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speaker: Richard Spore, Bass Berry & Sims
1.0 hour general

Workers Compensation Bootcamp:
Back to Basics

Thursday, November 11
1:30-4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Kirk Caraway & Kevin Washburn
3.0 hours general

New 2010 Tennessee Community Property Trusts and Other Changes in Tennessee Trust Law
Sponsored by the Wills & Probate Law Section
Friday, November 12
1:30-4:45 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speaker: Steve McDaniel
3.0 hours 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