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The MBA website will be down Friday evening for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Message from MBA President John Cannon
I have three questions to ask this week:
I. Do you know that the Saturday legal clinic is this Saturday at the main library starting at 9:30? Regardless of your answer, join us this weekend to help out on this important community asset.
II. Are you interested in participating in forming a new committee of the Bar Association on social networking? We now have a Facebook page for both the MBA and the YLD and we are on Twitter. If the answer is yes, please let me know and I will gauge the interest in going forward.
III. Are there lawyers who are interested in serving the community by researching the school consolidation issue on a nonpartisan, non-ideological and pro bono basis? If so, e-mail me and I will see if there's enough interest to create such a body.
Pro Bono Opportunities Abound This Spring
attorneys, mediators & notaries needed
There are many upcoming opportunities to acquire the 50 hours of pro bono legal services encouraged by the Tennessee Supreme Court. As John mentions above, the first Saturday Legal Clinic of the year will be held this weekend from 9:30 am to noon at the main library located at 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys and support staff are needed to assist members of the public with their general legal matters. This program is held the second Saturday of each month and typically more than 100 clients are served each time. Contact Linda Warren Seely (contact info below) for more information or just show up on Sat. You will be welcomed by a friendly group of attorneys who can help you get started.
Judy Bond-McKissack New Head of CLE Commission
On January 4th, Judy Bond-McKissack assumed the position of Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Specialization. Appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court, Bond-McKissack replaces David Shearon, who stepped down from the position after 23 years of service. She has worked for the state for 17 years, most recently as a Board of Review Hearing Officer with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She also held various positions within the Secretary of State’s office including Director of Business Services and Chief Legal Counsel. Prior to joining state government, Bond-McKissack served as Managing Attorney for the Clarksville Office of Legal Services of Middle Tennessee, providing legal assistance to citizens in seven counties in Middle Tennessee. Bond-McKissack earned both her undergraduate degree and Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. To learn more about Judy Bond-McKissack, visit www.tncourts.gov.
Halmon Named Vice-Chair of BPR
Memphis attorney Clarence Halmon of Archibald & Halmon has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as Vice-Chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR). He will serve a one-year term. The Board of Professional Responsibility is comprised of nine lawyer members, and three non-lawyer members who offer an enhanced and balanced perspective of the professional responsibilities of the legal profession. To read more about his appointment, visit www.tncourts.gov.
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.
MBA Annual Meeting Photos Posted
Click here to view photos from the MBA Annual Meeting held on December 2, 2010 at The Racquet Club.
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 (www.davidlynchart.com) 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.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
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 www.rotaryclubofmemphiseast.org. To read more about the award and view a list of past recipients, visit http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=54503 .
GMPA Hosts Safety Seminar, January 19
Join Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance for a special January membership meeting on January 19, 2011, 11:30 - 1:00, at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. The cost is $20, which includes a buffet
YLD Happy Hour, January 27
Save this date for the first Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour of 2011! Look for more details coming soon.
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!
Bench Bar Conference
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.
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