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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 & Boardroom a Success!

by John Cannon, MBA President

I have just returned from a very successful Bench Bar and Boardroom Conference in Destin. If you did not attend, you missed a number of great seminars, wonderful receptions, and beautiful weather on the beach. The conference ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of the MBA staff—Anne Fritz, Lesia Beach, Mary Lynes, and Charlotte Gean. I wish to thank our attendees, sponsors, and most importantly the Bench Bar and Boardroom Conference Committee, chaired by Judge Donna Fields and Cindy Pensoneau, as well as the co-chairs of the CLE portion of the conference, Erin Shea and Judge Charmiane Claxton. I also want to thank Tim Johnson for tolerating everyone at the hospitality suite and for organizing the beach volleyball tournament and Maureen Holland for organizing and presiding over the fun run/walk.
     The golf tournament was won by the team of George Emerson, George Stevenson, Charlie Rich, and Robert Clyburn. Second place went to the team of Steve Black, Shon Johnson, and Chris Webb. The volleyball tournament was won by the team of Tim Johnson, Bobby Martin, Carey Webb, and Estelle Winsett. If you did not attend this year, I hope you do so next year.

Sheree Hoffman has shared her photos from the conference with us. Click here to view her album, and thank you Sheree! More photos from the conference coming soon on the MBA Facebook page

A to J Committee Gears Up for Flood Relief Assistance

The Access to Justice Committee is preparing to assist area residents affected by the flood with their legal needs, including filing for disaster relief through FEMA. A 2-hour seminar to train volunteer attorneys will be scheduled later this month; the seminar will be free for those willing to provide 3 hours of pro bono service. The TBA will host a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13 that will discuss issues related to contractor/home repairs in Tennessee. This free webinar, which will help attorneys handle disaster-related pro bono cases, is accredited for 1 hour of CLE credit. To register, click here.
     If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or It is expected that the volunteers will be needed for the Saturday Legal Clinic on June 11; additional clinics for flood victims may also be scheduled.

Visitation Today for William Walsh

Attorney William Maginnis Walsh, 90, passed away on Wednesday. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 12, at Canale Funeral Directors, with the rosary at 6:45. The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 13 at St. Peter Catholic Church with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery.
     He was a lifetime Memphian who graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1938 and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama in 1942. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in World War II. He was fortunate to have survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School. He passed the Tennessee bar exam and obtained his law license from the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 1947 while still attending law school. Mr. Walsh began the practice of law in 1948 when he joined Joseph and David Hanover. For virtually all of the next 58 years, he practiced law at Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak & Blair, PLLC and then Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC until his retirement in January 2007. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Recipient of the Memphis Bar Association's Lawyer's Lawyer Award (1994). He was an honorary affiliated member of the order of Christian Brothers and a member of the Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Tullis Walsh. He leaves his son William M. Ross, his daughter Kay Walsh, his son Kevin Walsh (Elaine), his daughter Eileen Henry (Chuck); his six grandchildren, Allison Walsh, Carrie Ross, Patrick Walsh, John Walsh, Kathleen Henry, Griffin Henry, and three great-grandchildren.
      The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee or the Alzheimer’s Association. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400

U.S. Attorney Stanton Announces New Appointments

Ed Stanton, U.S. attorney for the Western Division of Tennessee, has completed a reorganization of the federal prosecutor's office that began last year with creation of a civil rights unit and hiring of additional lawyers to handle appeals. In the new appointments, Stanton named veteran federal prosecutor Larry Laurenzi as executive assistant U.S. attorney, Michell Kimbril-Parks as first assistant, Joe Murphy as Criminal Division chief, Jerry Kitchen as chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, Kevin Ritz as special counsel and criminal appellate chief, and Vic Ivy as branch chief of the Jackson office. Harriett Halmon continues as chief of the Civil Division.
     Click here to read more from The Daily News.

Online Tennessee Justice Website Is Now Active, a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association, is now up and running, with more than 250 attorneys signed up to answer legal questions online. The website is based on the walk-in clinic or dial-a-lawyer model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Lawyers provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. The website was created to eliminate barriers to lawyer pro bono, such as geographical location, work schedule or family obligations, expand pro bono to rural areas of Tennessee, and provide assistance to eligible Legal Aid clients who are turned away because of a lack of resources.
     The online system screens potential clients for eligibility and, if qualified, allows them to post a legal question to a private messaging system. The questions are answered by private attorneys volunteering their time. Only the client’s name is shared with the volunteer attorney; the lawyer’s name is not shared with the client. Lawyers have the ability to log into the site 24 hours a day and answer questions at a time that best suits their schedules. Participating lawyers will receive CLE credit for the time they spend researching and answering questions and will be covered by professional liability insurance maintained by TALS.
     For more information or to sign up as a volunteer lawyer, go to or contact Sarah Hayman, the TBA’s Access to Justice/Public Education Coordinator, at 615.383.7421 or 800.899.6993;

SLIP Workplaces Needed!

More workplaces are needed for the Summer Law Intern Program, June 13-July 8. Interns – minority high school students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school -- are required to work 15 hours a week during that 4-week period and to adhere to the other requirements of the program. If they successfully complete the internship, they receive a $500 stipend, which is usually paid by the workplace. Workplaces are asked to mentor the intern and let him/her “shadow” attorneys to learn about the real world practice of law. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or If you can provide a workplace, but can’t pay the $500 stipend, some money is available to cover that cost.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Bike Ride on the Greenline, May 14

Open to all levels of bikers! Bike part or all of the Greenline as you join the Wellness Committee for a bike ride on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Friends and families are welcome. Meet Christy Washington at 10:00 a.m. at the High Point Terrace Entrance. For more information, please email Christy Washington at or call (901) 371-9197. If it rains, the bike ride will be cancelled. Come and enjoy a scenic ride through the heart of Memphis!

AWA Fashion Show Set for May 19

The AWA’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at Roadshow BMW Mini, 405 N. Germantown Parkway. Food and libations begin at 6 p.m., with the show starting promptly at 8 pm. (Rumor has it that MBA President John Cannon is one of the models!) There will be a cash bar and complimentary valet parking. The MBA has purchased a table for this event; if you are interested in sitting at it, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or

Rockin' Running Tour of Downtown, May 21

Come join the MBA wellness committee on a running tour of downtown Memphis Saturday May 21 at 9:00am. The run will cover about 3 miles starting at The Peabody Hotel and will pass by some of the greatest landmarks, tourist attractions and points of interest Memphis has to offer. The tour guide will be provided by Rockin' Running Tours and includes a t-shirt, photo, and post run refreshment. Cost is $20-25 depending on number of participants. For more information or to register please call Nelson Adrian 684-3209 or email Ashley Jones at

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

Part of the Irving Younger Video Series
Wednesday, June 8
12:30 - 4:45 pm
The University of Memphis School of Law, 
1 North Front, Rm 127
4 hrs general CLE credit

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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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