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Office Phones—The MBA recently got a new telephone system. The old phones are in good working order and available for purchase. Please contact Lesia Beach ( ; 260-3275) if you are interested.


Attorney Office Space Available—Downtown, furnished, phone, fax, kitchen and receptionist included. Opportunity for case referrals. 246.2163

Downtown law firm has office space available (lawyers and staff) with spectacular river view in secure building within walking distance to all courthouses. Contact office manager at with questions or inquiries.

Two Downtown Offices Available Now, either for two attorneys or attorney and secretary. Excellent location for criminal or civil practice. Rent includes parking, reception, phone, conference room. Contact Ellen Fite or Frank Holloman, 901.526.1088.

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



Bench Bar Brochure is Coming!

The 2011 Bench Bar Conference brochure should reach your desk next week...but if you can’t wait, you can go online ( and register now! And make plans to attend the pre-Conference event – a Happy Hour with the YLD on March 24 at Sharky’s. There will be free drinks (until the money runs out!) and a chance to network with your colleagues – and make plans to attend the Conference. This event is open to all attorneys and judges, whether you’re a young lawyer or not!

Circuit Court, Division III, Notices

Beginning March 15, 2011, Division III of Shelby County Circuit Court will hear Uncontested Divorce on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. to accommodate the reduced staff in the Referee's office.
     Additionally, Judge Karen Williams is having knee surgery and will be off the bench for a period of six to ten weeks beginning April 6, 2011. Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark has designated Judge Lorrie K. Ridder as a special judge, and she will hear the dockets until Judge Williams returns.

Bankruptcy Moot Court Team Receives Honors at National Competition

The University of Memphis Law School Bankruptcy Moot Court Team, consisting of Lauren Siegel (3L), Randall Noel (2L), Bill O’Connor (2L) and Jennifer Sutch (2L), competed this past weekend in the 19th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition hosted by St. John’s University and the American Bankruptcy Institute. The team was honored with 3rd place in the competition as well as Honorable Mention for Best Brief. The team of Jennifer Sutch and Randall Noel advanced to the Final Four before being eliminated by the University of Houston, the eventual champion. The team of Lauren Siegel and Bill O’Connor were awarded with Honorable Mention Best Brief, meaning that their brief was among the top 5 of the 48 teams in the competition. Although the University of Memphis Law School has twice before advanced as far as the Final 8, this was the first team to reach the semi-finals.
     The team is sponsored by the MBA Bankruptcy Section and is coached by attorney Mark Wright (himself a former Duberstein competitor.) Many of the local bankruptcy judges and practitioners assisted with practice sessions, reviewed the briefs, and offered support and encouragement. As Coach Wright said so eloquently, “From having the privilege of working with these students for a few months and spending the last 5 days together in New York, I can tell you these students are genuinely as happy for being able to give something back to the Bar and the Section as they are for their team accomplishments. These are students that we will one day be proud to welcome in to the local Bar.” Congratulations to the team members and Coach Wright – and thanks to the Bankruptcy Section for supporting such a worthwhile effort!

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2011 Summer Law Intern Program are now available on either the MBA’s website, or by calling the MBA office (527.3573). Completed applications, which include an essay and a letter of reference, are due by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2011. The program is open to minority high school students in good standing who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August 2011 and who are residents of Shelby County. Internships are for a period of four weeks, June 13-July 8; interns must work a minimum of 60 hours during that period and, if they successfully complete the internship, they will receive a stipend.
     The Summer Law Intern Program seeks to develop and nurture an interest in the legal profession among young people from underrepresented groups, with the long-term goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Interns will get personal experience in the daily legal workplace of private law firms, corporate legal departments or government agencies. Interns also will participate in group activities on Friday afternoons during the program; these typically include a meeting with local judges; a Q&A with local attorneys; and a college/financial aid session for both the interns and their parents/guardian. 
     The MBA also is seeking workplaces to participate in this year’s program. If you or your firm is interested, please contact MBA Executive Director Anne Fritz at 527.3573 or

Johnson Named City’s Chief Ethics Officer

Attorney Monika Johnson has been named the city’s chief ethics officer. Johnson, most recently served as director of contract services for Memphis City Schools. She was appointed Feb. 28 by Mayor A C Wharton to her full-time role assisting the city’s eight-member ethics board and running the ethics office. To read more from The Commercial Appeal, click here.


The Memphis Bar Association is in the process of forming a new Technology Section. The goal of this proposed Section is to provide attorneys of the Memphis Bar with the resources and tools necessary to understand technology. CLEs and other resources will be aimed at understanding technology, eDiscovery, use of technology in the courtroom, answering your client’s law-related technology questions, data security, cloud computing, eCommerce, social networking, and more. If you are interested in being involved with this Section or want additional information, please contact Blake Gibson, Pietrangelo Cook PLC (; 685-2662).

IOLTA Participant Membership in Foundation

The Tennessee Bar Foundation Board of Trustees has announced that lawyers licensed in Tennessee who participate in the IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program, whether as an individual or as a member (principal, employee, or other member) of a law firm, and who are not currently a Fellow of the Foundation, are eligible to serve as a voting “Participant” member of the Foundation. To enroll as a “Participant” member and for more information, visit the Foundation’s website at

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Free Saturday Legal Clinic, March 12

Attention Attorneys! Volunteer this Saturday, March 12 from 9:30 to noon at the monthly Saturday Legal Clinic at the main library (3030 Poplar Ave). For more more information on the clinics, click here. To volunteer, contact Linda Warren Seely at

Signing for Judge McCalla's New Book, March 12

On Saturday, March 12th, a book signing will be held at 1 p.m. at Davis-Kidd Booksellers (387 South Perkins Extd) for Judge Jon P. McCalla's book, "Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County." Judge McCalla edited the book along with Managing Editor Penny Saucier Gloves and Co-Editors Ruth Blakey Billingsley and Louise Wooldridge Rhodes. The book begins with a brief sketch of the pre-history of the area and, through a series of articles and interviews, tells in detail the story of the people, enterprises and churches of the area. The book serves as the first comprehensive history of the towns and farms of this largely rural area.  All proceeds go to a not-for-profit, Historic Archives of Rosemark and Environs, Inc., for the preservation of historic information and archival material from teh northeast Shelby/southeast Tipton County area.
     For more information regarding the event, visit, and for more information regarding the book, visit

Deadline for Public Interest Award, March 14

The deadline for the American Constitution Society's David Carliner Public Interest Award is Monday, March 14. This award recognizes excellence in mid-career public interest lawyers, whose work best exemplifies its namesake's legacy of courageous, uncompromising and innovative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people, with a $10,000 cash prize and a distinguished award to be presented at the ACS's National Convention this June. To be eligible, applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday March 14, 2011. For full requirements of all applications, please see the application process section below. To learn more and obtain an application, click here.

Bench Bar Happy Hour March 24th at Sharky's!

The MBA Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with the 2011 Bench Bar Committee is bringing the beach to the bar on Thursday, March 24th with a pre-conference Happy Hour at Sharky's in east Memphis. Whether you plan to attend the conference or not, you don't want to miss this night out with the Memphis legal community. Sponsored by BankTennessee and IPSCO, free drinks will be offered for a portion of the event. Look for more details soon and read more about the 2011 Bench Bar Conference below!

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.

Camp TLAP 2011 Scheduled from April 1-3

Camp TLAP 2011 will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park from Friday night, April 1 through Sunday morning, April 3. Topics include anger management for trial lawyers and others; healing a devastating grief; and everything you ever wanted to know about TLAP and discipline. The Saturday night banquet speaker is Michael Cohen, Executive Director of the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program, and a member of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. The registration fee is $100, which includes 3 hours of E&P CLE credit. For more information, contact the TLAP office ( ; 615-741-3238; 877-424-TLAP).

Race Judicata, April 9

Mark your calendar for the Race Judicata 5K on Saturday evening, April 9th at the University of Memphis School of Law. Proceeds from the race go to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. More details coming soon!

Law Week 2011

Mark your calendars for Law Week, April 25-29. More details coming soon!

Register Now for the 2011 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference!

The Bench Bar Conference has changed its name—to the Bench, Bar & Boardroom Conference! We want transactional attorneys to know that they are welcome and encouraged to attend and join in four days of excellent CLE programming, social and sports events, and relaxation time. This is a great opportunity for all attorneys to interact with each other—and with judges—in a casual atmosphere. It is the Bench Bar Committee’s belief that building relationships increases professionalism and camaraderie in the legal community. This year's conference will be held May 4-8 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort. For more details and to register now, click here.

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

DUI Legislative Update
Thursday, March 24, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Stephen Leffler, Leffler Law Office
1.0 hr general CLE credit
The Chandler Bankruptcy Amendments
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, March 25, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 pm
200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speaker: Hon. David S. Kennedy, U. S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
1.0 hr general CLE credit
RPC 2.0: The 2011 Revisions to Tennessee's Legal Ethics Rules
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
1:00 - 4:15 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speakers: Lucian Pera, Adams and Reese, LLP; Bruce Smith, Apperson Crump, PLC; and James A. Vick, Board of Professional Responsibility
3.0 hrs dual CLE credit

Bench Bar Conference
May 4-8, 2011
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
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