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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.

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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



Plaudits to Saturday Legal Clinic Participants

by John Cannon, 2011 MBA President

Last Saturday, I attended the last Saturday legal clinic for this year at the library. Jessie Marshall, who coordinates the clinics for the library, congratulated the participants and announced that almost 1,200 clients were served by over 400 lawyers and 125 paralegals. As Pat Arnoult said, if you attribute one hour of time to each client at the rate of $100 per hour, approximately $125,000 in legal fees were contributed by the legal community last year at this clinic alone. This amount does not reflect the follow up work performed by the lawyers.The total number of lawyers and paralegals include those that came on more than one occasion. The clinic needs more lawyers and paralegals to help out those that come regularly. For those who believe that they will not be able to answer questions posed to them, you will be paired with a lawyer that practices in that area and will see that in most cases you probably knew the answer anyway. Special thanks go to Ms. Marshall, David Cook, Linda Seely and all the other participants for their continued work in making this clinic a success. Let's strive for even more in 2011.

Historic Courthouse Tour Today

Historian Jimmy Ogle will lead a free tour of the Shelby County Courthouse today at 12 pm. The tour starts on the southwest steps of building located at the corner of Second and Adams. Learn about the architecture of the building and the famous figures who have walked its halls. The tour is open to the public.

Ed Stanton Investiture Ceremony Tomorrow

The Investiture Ceremony of Edward L. Stanton, III, as United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee will be held Friday, December 17, 2010, at 2 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers (125 North Main St). A reception will follow the ceremony in the Hall of Mayors.

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!

While the MBA Young Lawyers Division has had an active group on Facebook for some time, the MBA as a whole now has a Facebook fan page. Please visit the page and choose "like" to receive updates from the MBA. Facebook announcements include event and CLE listings; important court notices and schedule changes; and Memphis legal community news.
     Additionally, if you aren't already on Twitter, you should be, and you should be following the Memphis Bar at! Check out the live feeds of our Twitter and Facebook accounts in the right hand column of this page.

MBA Annual Meeting Photos Posted

At the MBA Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 2nd at The Racquet Club of Memphis, John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams, PLLC, officially took reign as the 2011 MBA President. Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell, PLC, and Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., automatically succeeded to the positions of Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Kirk A. Caraway of Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, PLLC, was announced as the 2011 Secretary.   story continued here

MBA Helps Food Bank, Seeks Donations

In November, the MBA responded to the Mid-South Food Bank’s call for turkeys to serve needy families this holiday season, donating $2,500 to help meet the need. To offset the cost, the MBA is seeking donations from its members: a donation of $15 would cover the cost of turkeys for 3 families; $25 would cover the cost of 5 turkeys. If you would like to donate, please make your check payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation and send it to Anne Fritz at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103 . The Memphis Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

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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NBA Ben Jones Chapter Barrister's Ball, Dec. 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!

Comments on Magistrate Judges due Dec. 31 

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's Dunavant Award Nominees due Jan. 15

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 .

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 16 through December 17

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
Thursday, December 16
12 - 1 pm
MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Bill Hardwick, Law Office of William G. Hardwick, II
1 hr general

Litigation Section Annual Seminar
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Thursday, December 16
8:30 am – 5 pm
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
Various speakers & topics.
7.5 hrs total credit: 2.25 dual / 5.25 general

The Importance of Intellectual Property Audits for Businesses
Sponsored by the IP Section
Thursday, December 16
4 – 5 pm
International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave, Ponderosa Rm
Speaker: Roy Berkenstock, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
1 hour general credit pending.

Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
Friday, December 17
9 am - 4:30 pm
MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
(moved from Springhill Suites, 21 N. Main St.)
Presenter: Martin E. Latz.
6 hrs total credit: 1.5 dual / 4.5 general

Only 5 more seminars this month! 
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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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