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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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MBA Annual Meeting Today!

The MBA Annual Meeting will be held today at 11:30 am at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin in east Memphis. At the event, the results of the MBA elections will be announced and the annual Lawyer's Lawyer Award and Sam A. Myar awards will be presented to David M. Cook and Craig C. Conley, respectively. MALS will also present the W.J. Michael Cody Pro Bono Award to Judge Jennie Latta. For more information or questions about the event, please call the MBA office at 901.527.3573.

Judge Donald Nominated for Appeals Court

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Judge Bernice Bouie Donald for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Donald currently serves as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. 
     “Judge Donald has shown an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career and as a District Judge in Tennessee,” President Obama said. “I am proud to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and I am confident she will serve the American people with distinction.” 
     Judge Bernice Bouie Donald is a distinguished jurist with over 28 years of judicial experience. For the past 15 years, she has served as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
To read more, click here.

State Appeals Court Agrees with Student Attorneys' Argument

The Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section, on Nov. 23rd issued a memorandum opinion consistent with the oral arguments presented to the Court by students of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. The case involved a custody dispute between a parent and maternal grandparents regarding custody of young twins. The legal issues involved proper service of legal process, superior parental rights, and parental unfitness. The decision upheld a decision of the Circuit Court, resulting in the children’s being permanently placed in the custody of their maternal grandmother.
     The Juvenile Court had appointed the University of Memphis Child and Family Litigation Clinic to serve as guardians ad litem to represent the best interests of the children. The Appeals Court’s opinion sided with the guardians’ ad litem recommendations on behalf of the children. Under Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 40, student attorneys in the Clinic routinely represent children as guardians ad litem in Juvenile Court proceedings. During the 2010 fall semester alone, students in the Clinic represented approximately 30 children in that capacity. Law professor Christina Zawisza serves as the students’ supervising attorney.
     To read more, click here.

Public Notice of Reappointment of Magistrate Judges Pham & Vescovo

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham is due to expire in April 2011 and the current term of office of Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo is due to expire on June 2011. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new eight year term.
     The duties of a magistrate judge position include the following: (1) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; (2)trial and disposition of misdemeanor criminal cases; (3) conduct preliminary proceeding in criminal cases; and (4) conduct various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court.
     Members of the bar and the public are encouraged to comment as to whether the Honorable Tu M. Pham and the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the Court. Comments should be directed to Thomas M. Gould, Clerk of Court, 167 N. Main St., Ste. 242; Memphis, TN 38103 or . Comments must be received by Friday, December 31, 2010.
     To view the official notices from the Court, please click here

Rotary Club Seeks Dunavant Award Nominees

The Rotary Club of Memphis East is seeking nominees for its 8th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award, an event that honors distinguished work by public officials. Honorees are selected in two categories, one for elected public officials and the other for non-elected public officials. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. Nominations can be made through forms on the Rotary website at To read more about the award and view a list of past recipients, visit .

YLD Annual Meeting Posters Still Available

Posters from the 2010 Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting & Elections held at Alfred's on Beale on November 18th are still available for $20. The signed posters feature artwork by Memphis artist David Lynch ( and proceeds will help offset the costs of the annual event. To purchase a poster, stop by the MBA office at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, or call 901.527.3573.

Looking for a Gift Idea for the Lawyer(s) in Your Life?

The MBA still has several copies of “Bluff City Barristers”, a fascinating history of the Memphis legal profession written by attorney John Thomason. This coffee-table book will make a handsome addition to any home or office, and is now selling for $25. To order a book, contact the MBA office at 527.3573.
     Also, if you’ve misplaced your Pictorial Directory (or never received one), there are many directories still available. They are free to MBA members and $5 to non-members. Call or stop by the MBA office to pick up your copy.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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MBA Annual Meeting, December 2

The MBA Annual Meeting will be held December 2, 2010, at noon at the Racquet Club in east Memphis. Read more under Headlines above.

MATA Proposals for Legal Services Due Dec. 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.

Access to Justice Holiday Party, December 11

On December 11th, the MBA Access to Justice Committee will host a holiday party from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for Saturday Legal Clinic and Attorney of the Day volunteers. The event will be held on the first floor of the Ben Hooks Public Library. There will be no official program at the event, just food and fellowship. For more information, contact Nancy Morrow at

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!

2011 Bench Bar Conference Returning to Tops’l!

You, the people, have spoken—so the 2011 Bench Bar Conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL from May 4-8! The Conference will focus on how the economy is affecting clients’ expectations of lawyers and how lawyers can adapt to meet those changing expectations. There will be programming for everyone, regardless of your practice area: civil litigation, family law, transactional law, criminal law, ADR, bankruptcy, intellectual property or labor/employment. Along with the usual (white sand beach, sparkling blue water, social and sports events, hospitality suite, etc.), there are several new “tweaks” this year, including a pre-conference “event” to build interest in the conference; room sharing and ride sharing lists to reduce the cost of attending; and “dine arounds” at the conference so you can meet and get to know your colleagues. Mark the dates now and make plans to attend the 2011 Bench Bar Conference!

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CLE Seminars

December 3 through December 10

Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar
Friday, December 3
8:45 am – 4 pm
FedEx Institute of Technology-The Zone
University of Memphis, 330 Innovation Dr
Various Topics & Speakers
6 hours total credit: 2 dual / 4 general

Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege: An Outside, Inside and International Counsel Perspective
Sponsored by Business Law Section
Monday, December 6
4-5 pm
The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin
Panelists: Greg Fletcher, Chuck Blatteis, and St. John Daugherty
1 hour dual credit

Family Law Section CLE
Tuesday, December 7
1:15 - 4:30 pm
MBA Conference Rm, 80 Monroe Ave
Speakers: Claire Reno, Melissa Berry, and Bruce Smith
3 hrs total: 1 dual and 2 general

Chapter 11 Bootcamp
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, December 10
12 – 3:15 pm
Bankruptcy Court, 200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speakers: Judge Jennie Latta, Michael Coury, Karen Dennis, Jacques H. Belet, III, Percy Baker, L. Alen Exelbierd, and Joel Giddens
3 hrs total: 2 general and 1 dual

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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