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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



Bike the Greenline to Shelby Farms for the Earth Day Festival, April 17

Open to all levels of bikers! 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 Festival.  There will be two guided bike rides to Shelby Farms:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Meet Christy Washington at the Tillman Street Entrance. For more information, please email Christy Washington at or call (901) 371-9197.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Meet Tim and Erin Hughes at the High Point Terrace Entrance. For more information, please email Erin Hughes at

Christy, Tim, and Erin have been biking the Greenline since it opened, and they want to share the experience with you. Come join us! For more information about the Earth Day Festival, go to . Shelby Farms is even offering bicycle valet parking! For information about the Greenline, go to . For bike rentals, call Midtown Bike Co. at (901) 522-9757 or go to

Volunteer Attorneys Needed for This Week's Saturday Legal Clinic

The April Saturday Legal Clinic will be held this Saturday, April 9th from 9:30 am to noon at the main library (3030 Poplar). A scheduling mix up occured and there is no longer a sponsor for the clinic. That said, volunteer attorneys and support staff are desperately needed to fill the void. If you have thought about volunteering in the past but just never got around to it, here's your chance. Attorneys of all practice areas are needed and a handful of experienced volunteers will be there to assist you if a matter arises that is out of your realm of expertise. Each month, volunteers assist 100 plus Memphians with their legal troubles. Initiated by the MBA Access to Justice Committee in the fall of 2007, the Saturday Legal Clinic has become a valuable resource to those in need in our community. If you have questions or would like further information, contact Linda Warren Seely at 901.523.8822 or

Houston High Needs Mock Trial Coach

Houston High School is looking for a local attorney to be their coach for the 2012 High School Mock Trial Competition. They have a group of interested students and a faculty sponsor on board already, but need an attorney coach to get a head start on next year's competition. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Houston High School Mock Trial Team, can contact Nicole Grida at for more information.

Two Reasons to Register Now for the Bench Bar Conference!

If you register on or before April 22, you will receive a free 2011 Bench Bar Conference t-shirt…plus you’ll save $50 by registering before the “late fee” kicks in! You can use the registration form in the brochure or go to to register online. And remember, if you paid your dues early and received the $20 CLE discount coupon, you can use it for the Conference!
     Also, if you plan to attend the Conference, make your room reservation at Tops’l ASAP. Call 1.800.380.4808 and use the code X1012. Contact Lesia Beach (260.3275; if you are interested in sharing a ride or condo. 

Law Week Events April 21-May 2

Volunteer during Law Week 2011

Law Week 2011 will get rolling Thursday, April 21st with the 4th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. The party will be held from 5-7 pm and attendees will enjoy free drinks, food and music by the Paul Taylor Jazz Trio.  All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Mid-South Food Bank to the event. For the second year in a row, the MBA will host a Volunteer Day at the Mid-South Food Bank's sorting warehouse on Monday, April 25th.  Volunteers are needed to help sort canned goods during 1/2 day shifts. On Tuesday, April 26th, 25 members of the Memphis legal community who died during the past year will be honored at the Annual Memorial Service at Calvary Episcopal Church at noon. On Wednesday, April 27th, members of the Young Lawyers Division will answer the public's legal questions live on WREG News Channel 3 from 4-6:30 pm. Then, on Thursday, April 28th, the Young Lawyers Division will salute pro bono attorneys at its monthly Happy Hour sponsored by the MBA Access to Justice Committee. All attorneys who have volunteered their time this past year to provide pro bono legal services and all those interested in learning more about local pro bono efforts and how to get involved are encouraged to attend. The Happy Hour is part of the Young Lawyers Division Triple Threat series and will be preceded by a CLE seminar. Look for location and other details soon.  Law Week will wrap up with the Naturalization Ceremony at the Cannon Center on Monday, May 2nd at 10 am. At the ceremony, hundreds of new citizens will be sworn in. To volunteer to assist with any of these events, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.

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)
Frederick T. Carney  (11/19/2010)
Charles Pittman Cobb  (6/1/2010)
Pamela Cobb  (12/21/2010)
Ray Michael Collins  (3/13/20 l1)
Charles R. “Ronnie” Curbo  (9/10/2010)    
Charles Metcalf Crump  (8/9/2010)
Don A. Dino ( 10/17/2010)
Francis E. Dichtel  (12/31/2010)
Wayne Emmons  (9/10/2010)
B.R. “Bill” Hester  (8/6/2010)
William H.D. Fones, Sr.  (12/23/2010)
Sylvia Abraham Holder  (9/28/2010)
James Bishop Johnson  (8/16/2010)
Paul E. Lewis  (4/30/2010)
Eugene D. Lyne  (11/27/2010)
Crawford McDonald  (2/26/2011)
Henry Warren Miller, Jr.  (1/1/2011)
Dan Stewart Murrell  (12/5/2010))
William Ernest Norcross  (1/1/2011)
William Wheeler Parish  (1/15/2011)
Philip L. Peeler  (5/13/2010)
Robert Everett Rose  (2/7/2011)
Father Joseph Laughlin Tagg III  (3/19/2011)
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.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.

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

Event Salutes Dr. Hooks' Legacy, April 17

Greater Middle Baptist Church invites members of the Memphis Bar Association to “A Light Burns on the Legacy of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks” on Sunday, April 17th at 3:30 pm. Hosted by Reverend Robert L. Mason, the event will be held at the church located at 4982 Knight Arnold Road.

Law Week 2011

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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.

Community Legal Center 11th Annual Fundraiser, June 2

Join the Community Legal Center on June 2nd at Theatre Memphis (630 Perkins Ext.) for the performance of “Crazy For You.” Starting at 6 pm, there will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The play begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go to the Community Legal Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation in civil matters to persons who are not able to afford private legal counsel, as well as educational programs to help clients understand more about their legal rights and obligations. For more information and to purchase a ticket, contact Meg Jones at 901-544-7000.

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

Family Law Forum of Experts
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Monday, April 11
8:30 - 4:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Various Speakers & Topics
6 hrs total CLE credit:
2 hrs dual & 4 hrs general

Social Branding: The Client Experience
Sponsored by the IP/Entertainment Law Section
Thursday, April 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Tim Nicholson, Bigfish Creative
1 hr dual CLE credit

Understanding Basic Financial Statements and Accounting Fraud Schemes
Tuesday, April 19
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: William W. Acuff, Decosimo Advisory Services
2 hrs general CLE credit

Bench Bar Conference
May 4-8, 2011
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.
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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. Resources

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