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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



Shelby County Circuit, Bankruptcy, Chancery, Probate, General Sessions & Memphis City Courts are closed today. The MBA office is closed as well.

Volunteers needed to judge the local High School Mock Trial Tournament on 2/15, 2/16 & 2/17. Read more under Calendar below.

Chief Justice Braves Snowstorm for Memphis Area Legal Services

Chief Justice Cornelia Clark was the keynote speaker at Memphis Area Legal Services' 2011 campaign kickoff luncheon in Memphis on Wednesday. Chief Justice Clark praised MALS for serving such a large community so efficiently and for its successful pro bono programs. Quoting from an Abraham Lincoln speech and from the Beatles song "Help" she reminded the audience of our moral obligation to look after our neighbors. She also reminded the audience of multiple references in the Code of Professional Conduct which call for lawyers to support the cause of equal acess to justice. She was introduced by former Chief Justice Janice Holder, who stressed Justice Clark's lifetime of community service. Demonstrating the depth of her committment, the Chief Justice drove to Memphis Wednesday morning just before the arrival of a winter storm, and endured a seven hour drive home in the snow Wednesday afternoon.

AWA Honors Judge Donna Fields, Awards Scholarships

At its Annual Banquet on Feb. 3, the AWA presented the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award to Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields. The award was established in 1989, on the 10th anniversary of the AWA’s founding, to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to women in the legal profession. (To read David Caywood’s introduction of Judge Fields and her remarks, click here.) Judge Fields administered the oath of office to the new AWA officers and board members, who include Lucie Brackin, President; Fran Riley, Vice President and MBA Representative; Emily Campbell Taube, President-Elect; Brittan Robinson, Treasurer; and Jennifer Himes, Secretary and Mentor Program. In addition, Anita Lotz, chair of the Scholarship Committee, recognized the law students who received a total of $7,000 in scholarship money. They are Amanda Floyd, recipient of the Miss Dorothy Scholarship (named in honor of Dorothy Osradker); Jessica Farmer, recipient of the Judge Rita Stotts Scholarship; Madeline Bertasi, Jennifer Haile, and Elisabeth Toecker.

Our Condolences

Attorney Robert E. Rose, 74, died at his home on Feb. 7, 2011. He attended Southside High School and played on the 1954 state championship baseball team. He attended college at Southwestern at Memphis where he played football and baseball and was a champion Golden Glove boxer. After earning his degree, he signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs; following a season with their minor league team in Paris, IL, he returned to Memphis and entered Southern Law School. Upon graduation, he joined the FBI, but after 5 years of service, returned to Memphis to practice law. A member of Mullins United Methodist Church, Mr. Rose is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn; a daughter, Sharon Rose, and a son, Robert Scott Rose (Joni) of Memphis; and four grandchildren as well as a sister, Dorothy Ann Dickey, a brother, George Rose (Judy), sister-in-law, Ann Rose and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Mullins United Methodist Church, with visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Day Service or Mullins United Methodist Church.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Application Now Available

The 2011-2012 application for the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship is now available. The Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to the scholarship recipients. The Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 annually to each recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student’s time in law school. Click here to download the scholarship application. Completed applications are due by March 1, 2011. Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship and not on the law school they plan to attend.

Bench Bar Bargain Alerts!

As we hear about them, we are posting deals on airfare and more relating to the Bench Bar Conference on our Facebook page. Become a "fan" of our page to learn more. The Conference will be held May 4-8 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort. Read more under Calendar below.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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U of M Law Review Spring Symposium, Feb. 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

Volunteer at High School Mock Trial, Feb. 15-23

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.

*Dual Credit*- Real Estate and Environmental Section Seminar, Feb. 16

Bob Pinstein, Partner at Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor and Matthews, PLC will be speaking on "Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing". The seminar will be held in the Marsh conference room at 1000 Ridgeway Loop Dr. on Wednesday, February 16th. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30.  The seminar offers 1 hour of dual CLE credit. For more information, click here.

Chili Cook-off to Support Pam Cobb Scholarship Fund, Feb. 19

In November, 2010, paralegal Pam Cobb was honored with the formation of a scholarship fund in her name by Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance (GMPA). Pam passed away in December after a long illness. She was a long time member and past president of GMPA and of the Memphis Harley Owners Group (HOG). Pam was passionate about the paralegal profession and Harleys! To honor Pam and support the Pam Cobb Scholarship Fund, Memphis HOG along with Bumpus Harley-Davidson are holding their Annual Chili Cook-off and Men's Dessert Bake-off, where all proceeds will benefit the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund. The event will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis, 2160 Whitten Rd.

NALA’s President Speaks at GMPA’s February CLE

Join Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance to hear Karen McGee, President, National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals speak on “Growing Your Career through Professional Development” on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:30 - 1:00, at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. The cost is $20 for GMPA members and $25 for non-members, which includes a buffet lunch. One hour of general CLE credit is offered. Email for reservations or more information, or visit

YLD Happy Hour and Basketball Draft, February 25th

On February 25th, the YLD will host its Basketball League Draft in conjunction with a YLD Happy Hour at The Flying Saucer. The Happy Hour will begin at 5:30, and the draft will be held at 6:00. The YLD and the event's sponsor will buy drinks for a short period of time. Anyone interested in signing up for the draft or entering a new team should contact Tim Johnson at 685-2662, Jake Dickerson at 577-8236 or, or David McKinney at 634-1906 or before the close of business on Monday, February 22nd. Captains of existing teams should also contact Tim or Jake and indicate whether they will participate again this year. Failure to contact one of these individuals before the 22nd will result in your exclusion from the league. League games will begin in early March and end in early May. Games are typically held on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the league fee is normally around $350. The fee and number of games will vary depending on the number of teams participating.

American Mock Trial Association National Championship, 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.

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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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Client Due Diligence
Sponsored by Real Estate / Environmental Law Section
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
12 - 1:00 pm
1000 Ridgeway Loop Dr., Meeting Room
Speaker: Bob Pinstein, Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor and Matthews, PLC
1.0 hr dual CLE

Home Loan Modifications for Debtors in Bankruptcy
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, February 18, 2011
12 - 3:15 pm
200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Panelists: Sapna Raj, Memphis Fair Housing Center; Lee Weber, Morton and Germany, PLLC and Bruce Ralston, Esq.
1 hr general CLE

The Nuts & Bolts of Medicare Set Asides
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
12 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Will Shapiro, Plaintiff's Resource
1 hr dual CLE

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