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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



Check Out Our New Website!

The new homepage is a one-stop shop for all your MBA news, including upcoming events and CLE seminars, as well as state and national news. Visit We hope you like what you see!

Today's Launch Party Moved to Lincoln-American Tower

Law Week Calendar of Events

Law Week 2011 will get rolling today with the 4th Annual Law Week Launch Party. Due to rainy weather, the party will be held inside in the lobby of Lincoln-American Tower, located just off Court Square, instead of outside in the Square. The party will be held from 5-7 pm and attendees will enjoy free drinks, including Bosco's Beer; food by Just for Lunch;  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. Click here to read more about the Law Week events.

Answer Legal Questions Live on WREG-TV

Volunteers are needed to answer the public's legal questions live from WREG-TV Ch. 3 studios during the YLD's annual Legal Lines call-in program on Wednesday, April 27th. There will be 8 phone lines open during all 5 evening news programs from 4-6:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to work 30-minute shifts. WREG studios is located off Riverside Drive on Channel 3 Drive, which is the exit just before I-55 N to Arkansas if you are coming from downtown. Please consider giving a few minutes of time next week for this important program. 

Why You Should Attend the Annual Memorial Service

By Anne Fritz, MBA Executive Director

Last year, I wrote an article about why it’s important for all of us to attend the Annual Memorial Service, which honors those in the legal community who have died during the past year. I’m going to give it a “go” again this year, in the hope that you will be encouraged (gently prodded?) to attend this year’s service, which will be held on Tues., April 26 at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis.
     “Resilience” is the current buzzword when speaking of the stress encountered by members of the legal profession on a daily basis. Resilience means finding ways to cope through spiritual, physical and/or mental practices. I’m going to suggest that attending the Annual Memorial Service is a way for you to experience some resilience. Whether you knew any of the honorees or not, the service provides an opportunity to take a brief moment (it lasts for only 30 minutes) out of our hurried lives to reflect on our profession; to remember our core values; and to show our respect for the honorees and their families. You get a chance to relax, to listen to remarks by the Hon. Camille McMullen, and to see some faces that maybe you haven’t seen for a while. And did I mention that there’s free food afterwards?
     Please consider attending the Annual Memorial Service. It will mean a great deal to the family members who come…and demonstrate that we are a caring, resilient profession.

Memorial Statements are still needed for some of the individuals to be honored at the Memorial Service on Tuesday. If you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes or 901.527.3573.

Our Condolences–Jerre George Duzane

Attorney Jerre George Duzane “Papou” passed away April 19th at the age of 93. Mr. Duzane attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from the Memphis Tech High School and Memphis State College; University of Memphis (L.L.B. 1939). Admitted to the bar in 1939, he served as a Special Agent, Counter Intelligent Corp, in the United States Army 1942-1946. He became a partner of Apperson, Crump, Duzane and Maxwell Law Firm in 1955 and retired at the age of 80 to become his wife’s primary caretaker. Funeral arrangements by Canale Funeral Directors, 2700 Union Extended, Memphis, TN 38112, (901) 452-6400. Visitaition will be Monday, April 25th, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Canale Funeral Home with a church service to follow at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, Memphis, TN 38122, (901) 327-8177, with the viewing at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26th, officiated by Fr. Paul Christy and Fr. Nicholas Vieron. Interment will be at Historic Elmwood Cemetery 824 S. Dudley St. Memphis, TN 38104 immediately following the service. Donations may be made in his name to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Memphis, TN, Memphis Lions Club, and the Nuber YMCA, 5885 Quince, Memphis. Look for more about Mr. Duzane in The Commercial Appeal in the coming days.

Early Registration Fee for Bench Bar Ends April 29!

The early registration deadline for the 2011 Bench Bar Conference is Friday, April 29. After that, you will pay an additional $50 to register (and who can’t use an extra $50?) For those of you who have already made room reservations at Tops’l, don’t forget to register for the Conference also. And if you’re still debating whether to attend the Conference, there are rooms available and the weather promises to be gorgeous! Click here to register now.

Bench Bar Bargain Alert!

Fox 13 Memphis reports that Delta Airlines and Vision Airlines are offering super cheap flights to Fort Walton Beach as low as $19 one-way. Check out this article for details. 

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Law Week 2011

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Lawyers vs. Doctors Basketball Game

The Annual NBA Lawyers vs. Bluff City Medical Society Charity Basketball Game will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011. The game will be held at the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium located at 620 South Lauderdale. Game time is 3:00- 5:00 PM although doors open at 2:00 PM. Community members will be admitted for free, while lawyers and doctors are expected to give donations. A minimum donation of $3.00 is required from NBA Members to attend. Legal advice, consultation and outreach will be provided by Memphis Area Legal Services and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM to community members. Also, the doctors will provide medical screenings and consultations as well. The proceeds from the game will support the Downtown Boys and Girls Club's Summer Day Camp. The Summer Day Camp will provide educational and other activities for community youth throughout the summer as well as a meal each day. Come out and support the NBA, Girls and Boys Club and enjoy a fun afternoon of basketball and community service. If you have questions or want to know more about making a donation, please contact Kenneth Anderson at (901) 415-4394.

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.

"Real Property Law Institute: Back to Basics," May 11

Real Estate and Environmental Section presents the "Real Property Law Institute: Back to Basics" on May 11th at the Embassy Suites on Shady Grove. This seminar focuses on the current law relating to real estate topics. It will be helpful for those new to the practice of real estate law and to more seasoned lawyers looking to review the basics. Topics include what's new at the Register of Deeds' office, Title Exams, Environmental Issues, and Landlord/Tenant matters. Get a great deal on 4 hours of CLE and lunch! Click here for more information. 

Conflict Resolution Center of the Mid-South Grand Opening, May 27

The Conflict Resolution Center of the Mid-South is located in Central Station, 545 South Main, and its grand opening is scheduled for Friday, May 27 from 5-9 pm during the monthly South Main Trolley night. The festivities also include a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Adelman Law Firm. Rebecca Adelman is the principal of Adelman Law Firm, and she is also launching the mediation practice. 

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.

YLD Golf Tournament

On June 24, 2011, the YLD will host its annual Golf Tournament at Glen Eagle Golf Course located in Millington, Tennessee. Tee time is at 1:00 p.m. for this “shotgun start.” Managed by the Navy Golf Program, Glen Eagle Golf Course features rolling hills, magnificent fairways, and well-maintained greens. The course provides an exciting play for golfers of any skill level. At only 20 minutes from downtown Memphis and a registration fee of $65 per person, the Golf Tournament is both conveniently located and affordable. Plus, proceeds from the Tournament will go to benefit the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club. Prizes will also be awarded to our top finishers, as well as for the longest drive and closet to the pin, just to name a few. So, whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament for you, as good times will be had by all.
Please click here to download the registration form. For more information, please contact Jake Dickerson at or David McKinney at Please submit your registration information and fees by June 17, 2011.

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

Immigration Issues in Litigation
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Monday, April 25
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Allison Wannamaker and Rehim Babaoglu, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell
1 hr general CLE credit

Law Practice Management for All Lawyers
Sponsored by the YLD
Thursday, April 28
4:30 - 5:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Larry Rice, Rice Amundsen & Caperton
1 hr CLE credit (pending)
A Happy Hour will follow at Felicia Suzanne's. This event is sponsored by the MBA Access to Justice Committee as part of Law Week 2011. Click here for more Law Week details. 

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