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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.

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


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



Join Us Tonight 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. All members of the Memphis legal community are invited to come get ready for the beach whether you plan to attend the 2011 Bench Bar & Boardroom 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, and door prizes will be awarded, including $100 off Bench Bar registration!
      Offering 15 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit, the Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference will be held May 4-8, 2011 at Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort in beautiful Destin, Florida. Register for the conference before April 15 and receive the official Bench Bar & Boardroom T-shirt.  To learn more about the conference, visit

Bench Bar Bargain Alert!

Board your dog at BrownDog Lodge during the 2011 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference May 4-8 in Destin, Florida and receive 10% off your pet's stay! Make your reservations now. Call BrownDog Lodge at 901.767.1187 and be sure to tell them you are attending the Bench Bar Conference. Established in 2007, BrownDog Lodge is a luxury dog hotel, daycare and spa located in the heart of East Memphis at 4953 Black Road, near the intersection of Poplar and Mendenhall. Hotel suites offer flat panel TVs and comfortable bedding, and webcams throughout the facility offer live video of daycare and hotel guests. For more information, visit

2011 Annual Memorial Service, April 26

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Tues., April 26, noon, Calvary Episcopal Church. This year's honorees include:

James E. “Jeb” Blount (2/22/2011)                Sylvia Abraham Holder (9/28/2010)
Frederick T. Carney (11/19/2010)                  James Bishop Johnson (8/16/2020)
Charles Pittman Cobb (6/1/2010)                  Paul E. Lewis (4/30/2010)
Pamela Cobb (12/21/2010)                           Crawford McDonald (2/26/2011)
Ray Michael Collins (3/13/20 l1)                   Henry Warren Miller, Jr. (1/1/2011)
Charles R. “Ronnie” Curbo (9/10/2010)          Dan Stewart Murrell (12/5/2010)
Charles Metcalf Crump (8/9/2010)                 William Ernest Norcross (1/1/2011)
Don A. Dino (10/17/2010)                              William Wheeler Parish (1/15/2011)
Francis E. Dichtel (12/31/2010)                     Philip L. Peeler (5/13/2010)
Wayne Emmons (9/10/2010)                         Robert Everett Rose (2/7/2011)
B.R. “Bill” Hester (8/6/2010)                           Father Joseph Laughlin Tagg III (3/19/2011)
William H.D. Fones, Sr. (12/23/2010)             James Minor Tait, Jr. (5/8/2010)
If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.

Fundraising Continues for Judge Pugh Portrait

Money is being raised to commission a portrait of retired General Sessions-Criminal Court Judge Ann Pugh. The estimated cost is $5,000. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. The checks can be made payable to and mailed to either Randall Pierce; Attorney at Law; 294 Washington Avenue; Memphis, TN 38103; or Linda L. Holmes; Attorney at Law; 202 Adams Avenue; Memphis, TN 38103.

MBA Technology Section Meeting March 29

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. The Section will hold its first meeting on Tues., March 29 at 4 p.m. at the MBA (80 Monroe Ave, Suite 220) to approve the section’s bylaws, discuss CLEs, and confirm the section’s visions and goals. Anyone interested in the section is welcome to attend. For additional information, please contact Blake Gibson, Pietrangelo Cook PLC at; 901.685.2662.

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

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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BLSA HOPE House Collection Drive, March 24

The Black Law Students Association from the University of Memphis is sponsoring a Collection Drive for the HOPE House. The event will run through March 24th. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Hope House, it is a facility that is designed to meet the unique needs of children affected by HIV. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to the efforts of the HOPE House and to help make their job a little easier. Click here to view a wish list of items from Hope House. Items or donations may be dropped off at the University of Memphis School of Law or contact Angela Harris for pickup at

Freshmen Moot Court Competition Needs Judges, March 23-April 6

The Moot Court Board of The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is hosting its final competition of the year -- The Freshmen Moot Court Competition. This year’s problem addresses the First Amendment and specifically, school sponsored speech and content/viewpoint neutral regulation. The Moot Court Board would be honored if you would consider judging during the later rounds of the competition. Judges are needed March 23-April 6. If you are interested in judging a round, contact LaChina Algers at  for more information.

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.

MBA Technology Section Meeting, March 29

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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).

Circuit Court, Division III, Notice

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.

Race Judicata, April 9

Race Judicata 5K Run/Walk benefiting Memphis Area Legal Services will be held Saturday, April 9 at 5 pm, Downtown - Riverside Drive. Register or Volunteer Now! Visit for details. There will be live music and food after the race. Strollers and dogs are welcome!

Family Law Day Experts, April 11

On Monday, April 11, the MBA Family Law Section will present "Family Law Day Experts" at the MBA office. Join the MBA Family Law Section for 6 hours CLE from various divorce/family law experts, including financial professionals, technology and investigative professionals, mental health professionals and child counseling specialists. FREE iPad drawing! (Compliments of DIRT - Divorce Information Retrieval Technology, LLC) Drawing at the seminar. Registration limited to MBA Conference Room, but available via webinar (and you may be entered in the IPAD drawing if you attend via webinar). Breakfast sponsored by DIRT, LLC and lunch sponsored by Federated P.I., LLC. The registration fee is $180 for MBA Family Law Section members paid by April 7. Look for more information soon or contact Lesia Beach to register.

Bike Ride Along the Greenline, April 16-17

Bring your family and friends and join the Wellness Committee for a bike ride along the Greenline to Shelby Farms to enjoy the new playground and Earth Day activities during the weekend of April 16-17. More details to follow. For more information, please email Christy Washington at

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.

TN Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner, October 4

Save the Date for the Sixth Annual Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Hilton Downtown Nashville (121 4th Avenue South) featuring Sam Elliott on Tennessee’s Confederate Courts.

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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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