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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.

Assistant Federal Defender—The Office of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Defender at the Jackson, Tenn. branch office. Assistant Federal Defenders provide legal representation to indigent persons charged with federal criminal offenses at both the district court and appellate levels. Applications are due January 7. To learn more about the position and how to apply, click here.

Paralegal—Litigation defense firm in Memphis, TN is seeking full-time paralegal with 2+ years experience. Applicant must have strong communication skills both written and oral; proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to work independently; excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task. Excellent benefits including insurance, 401k, and paid parking. Please visit this link and submit your application and resume online.

Interested in placing an ad in the Bar Bulletin? Click here to download the ad rate sheet and contract.



The MBA Office will be closed December 24th for the Christmas holiday.

MBA Provides Gifts to Teens at Youth Villages

On Thursday, MBA Treasurer Linda Warren Seely delivered dozens of gifts to Youth Villages on behalf of the 2010 MBA Board of Directors. Each gift fulfilled an item on the wish list of one of 12 boys supported by the MBA. Board Members Ricky E. Wilkins, Linda Warren Seely, Frank Cantrell, Laurel Williams, Gary Smith, John Cannon, Mike Fletcher, Elizabeth Collins, Asia Diggs, Porter Feild, Marc Reisman and Anne Fritz shopped for and wrapped each item. Sherry Brooks contributed the wrapping paper and bows. Photos  from the Youth Villages Christmas Party are featured at left. 
     Founded in Memphis in 1986, Youth Villages is a national leader in offering the most effective programs and services to help emotionally troubled children and their families. The organization provides a fully integrated continuum of services, including residential treatment, in-home services, foster care and adoption, mentoring and a transitional living program for young adults aging out of foster care.

TN Supreme Court Amends Procedure Rules

The Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure and Evidence effective July 1, 2011, subject to approval by resolutions of the General Assembly. To view the amendments, visit  

Our Condolences - Visitation Today for Pam Cobb

Longtime Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, employee and MBA member Pamela Cobb, 56, died December 21 at her home in Millington. Mrs. Cobb attended Hope Presbyterian Church, was a CLA for Baker Donelson, member of National Association of Legal Assistants, Greater Memphis Legal Alliance, and the Memphis Hog Chapter. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and a service Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Millington Chapel, with interment in Memory Gardens. She leaves her husband, Ronald Cobb; sons, Corey Cobb of Olive Branch, MS, Lee Cobb of Atoka, TN, Joe Cobb of Horn Lake, MS; father, Maurice Riddick of Dresden, TN; brother, Michael Riddick of Dresden, TN; three grand-children, Mackenzie Cobb, Addisyn Cobb, and Xoey Cobb. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Southwest TN Community College Foundation, Attn: Rose Landey, 5983 Macon Cv., Memphis, TN 38134 in her memory. To read more from The Commercial Appeal, click here.

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

Click here to view photos from the MBA Annual Meeting held on December 2, 2010 at The Racquet Club.

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.

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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.

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 22 through December 31

Lawyering - Why It’s Tough and What We Can Do
Wednesday, December 22
1:30-4:45 pm
International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave
Speaker: David E. Shearon
3 hrs dual credit

Legal Ethics in the Movies
Sponsored by the YLD
Tuesday, December 28,
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 S. Dudley
Speaker: Mike McLaren
2 hrs dual credit

Last Minute ‘Buy the Hour’ Seminar
Thursday, December 30
8:30 - 4:35 p.m.
Calvary Church, 102 N. Second, Mural Rm
6.0 total hours: 2.0 dual / 4.0 general
You can purchase as many hours as you need at this seminar.
—8:30 - Is the Collateral Source Rule About to Change in Tennessee?
Speaker: Joe Lee Wyatt
—9:40 - Ethics Potpourri
Speaker: Brian Faughnan
—10:50 - Basic Employment Laws to Know
Speaker: Jeff Weintraub
—1:15 - Child Welfare Issues
Speaker: Tom Coupe
—2:25 - Ethics Update 2010: The Year in Review
Speaker: Bruce Smith
—3:35 - IP Topics
Speaker: William “Bill” Parks
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. Resources

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