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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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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



Pay MBA Dues by 1/31, Get CLE Discount!

Remember that if you pay your MBA dues by Jan. 31, you will receive a coupon good for $20 off any MBA seminar (including section-sponsored seminars and the 2011 Bench Bar Conference!) If you have not received a dues statement, please contact Charlotte Gean at 527.3573;

Pro Bono Survey Responses Due Feb. 4

On Wednesday, the 2011 Pro Bono Survey was sent to all attorneys in the Memphis area. If you did not receive the survey via email, please click here to access it - The survey only takes a few minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous unless you choose to provide us with your personal information at the end of the survey.
     Developed by the MBA Access to Justice Committee, the goal of the survey is to gain insight into the attorney perspective on pro bono and the programs currently in place. The Access to Justice Committee not only wants to make it easier for attorneys to obtain the 50 hours of pro bono encouraged by the Tennessee Supreme Court but also to provide legal assistance to as many people in need as possible.  We know that many of you already meet and exceed this hourly goal in various capacities in our community. Please share your experiences and opinions with us in this brief survey. Thank you.

Join Us Monday in Welcoming ABA President to Memphis

Please join us at a reception on Mon. evening to welcome ABA President Steve Zack to Memphis. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Gordon Ball Scenic Reading Room on level four of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. President Zack, the first Hispanic attorney to lead that association, will be in town Monday and Tuesday of next week. On Monday afternoon, he will meet with interns from the MBA’s Summer Law Intern Program and talk to students at the law school, and on Tuesday, he will address the Rotary Club at noon. For more details on these events, contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573.

Divorce Referee Office Has Moved

The Divorce Referee Office has moved to Rm. 327, 3rd floor, 140 Adams, Memphis, TN 38103. There is no change to the phone number, (901) 545-4036. All divorces can be proctored in this court room as well as issuance of dates for hearings before the Divorce Referee. All Divorce Referee(s) are available to proctor divorces on Monday mornings and Wednesday mornings after Uncontested Divorce hearings. Hearings before the Divorce Referee are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1:00 pm. There will be a tray in Rm. 327 to leave Complaints to be proctored.

Judges Needed for Mock Trial Tournament

by Nicole M. Grida, Co-Chair of the YLD Public Service Committee

The Young Lawyers Division of the MBA is again looking forward to hosting the 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition at the Shelby County Courthouse. The YLD public service committee with the help of local White Station High School mock trial coach, Buddy Bernstein, has made an effort over the past year to encourage more schools to participate in the competition and to pair them up with local attorney coaches to teach them about legal issues and trial techniques. This effort has paid off with this year’s competition having 28 teams competing from 20 local high schools. This is a total of 6 more schools from last year’s competition, which also includes more public schools than in years past. More teams will also allow for more teams to advance to state competition than last year. 
     However, with more schools in the competition, the YLD needs more help from local attorneys than in years past! So please sign up today to judge a round of the competition by contacting Abby Webb, at, 901-328-8223. The YLD needs volunteer judges on the following dates: February 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Feel free to volunteer for more than one evening if you have time. While judging a round is a very interesting and fun way to spend some down time away from work, it is also a very worthwhile and great way to give back to your community. Mock trial is a excellent program that not only gives many high school students their first glance at the legal community, but also helps them develop skills and confidence making them successful in whatever profession they chose.

Make Your Hotel Reservation for the Bench Bar Conference!

The 2011 Bench Bar Conference will be here in a little over 3 months from now! By popular demand, the conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort. You can make your hotel reservation now by calling 800.380.4808 and using the reservation code X 1012. Rates begin at $106/night for a Summit studio and go up to $385 for a Tides 3-bedroom condo. All condos have a fully stocked kitchen and a private bathroom for each bedroom. There will be a sign-up list for those wishing to share a condo to reduce expenses.
     The Conference will again offer a full year’s worth of CLE credit – 15 hours including 3 hours of ethics credit. There will be “tracks” for bankruptcy attorneys, family law practitioners, trial attorneys, and transactional attorneys – everything from recognizing intellectual property issues to handling difficult discovery issues! Historian James H. Jones, who wrote the definitive book on the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment, will be on hand to discuss how good people end up doing bad things. In addition, there will be ample rest and relaxation time on the beach or the golf course for you and your family. Watch for the brochure in mid-February and make plans now to attend!

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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YLD Happy Hour Tonight!

The first Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour of 2011 will be held on Thursday, January 27th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bar None, located on Main where Circa used to be. The event is sponsored by Alpha Reporting Corp. This event is open to all members of the MBA.

Black Student Association to Honor Judge Bernice Donald, Feb. 1

The University of Memphis Black Student Association invites all members of the legal community to the 2011 Black History Month Opening Reception and Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony honoring Judge Bernice Donald on Tues., Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m., at the Michael D. Rose Theatre. The event is free and no RSVP is needed; however, the Multicultural Affairs Office (678. 2054) is keeping a list if you want to call and confirm your attendance.

MBA Publications Committee Meeting, February 3

The MBA Publications Committee will hold its first meeting of 2011 on Thursday, February 3 at 8:30 am at the MBA office (80 Monroe Ave, Suite 220). The Publications Committee is responsible for the content of Memphis Lawyer magazine, and any member interested in serving on the committee is welcome to attend.

Estate Planning Seminar, February 3

SunTrust Private Wealth Management, the Memphis Bar Association and MIFA cordially invite you to an Estate Planning Seminar on Thursday, February 3rd from 4:30-6:30 pm at The Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin). Steve Salley and Jay Cloud of GenSpring Family Offices will present “Fiduciary Liability and Trust Ownership of Family Businesses.” The seminar offers 1.5 CLE credit hours. Please respond to or 901.681.4178.

AWA Banquet Rescheduled for February 3

The AWA Annual Banquet originally scheduled for Thursday, January 20 has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 3 at the Racquet Club (5111 Sanderlin). The event was cancelled last week due to the inclement weather. At the banquet, Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields will be presented with the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award, and the AWA Scholarship Recipients will be introduced. The silent auction and cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:45 p.m.

U of M Law Review Spring Symposium, February 11 

The University of Memphis Law Review proudly announces its 2011 Spring Symposium, "Memphis in the Law." The symposium is scheduled for Friday, February 11, 2011 from 9-5 at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The exciting event will highlight how Memphis' legal professionals have made an impact on the greater legal community. Attendees will be eligible for 5.92 hours of CLE credit. More information about the symposium, including registration information, is available at

Local High School Mock Trial, February 14-23

The 2011 Local High School Mock Trial Competition will be held February 14-23 at the Shelby County Courthouse. Look for more details under Headlines above.

Judges Needed for College Mock Trial , March 25-27

This year Memphis has been selected to host the Opening Rounds of the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held Friday, March 25th, Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th in the Shelby County Courthouse. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national event by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. This is a great opportunity to serve your profession, earn CLE credit, and have an enjoyable time watching talented young people wrestle with the complexities of the law. For more information, click here.

2011 Bench Bar Conference Returning to Tops’l!

The 2011 Bench Bar Conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL from May 4-8! Read more under Headlines above.

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Friday, January 28, 2011
12 - 1:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: John "Jack" S. Richbourg
1.5 hrs general CLE

Bench Bar Conference
May 4-8, 2011
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
More details & registration coming soon!
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