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About Our Sponsors

Enjoy Customized Banking from BankTennessee
Great solutions for you & your firm. From the Downtown Memphis BankTennessee Team. --Estate • Guardianship • Conservatorship --Dual Control • Escrow • Personal & Business --IOLTA • Merchant Card Services --Treasury Management • Remote Capture
Call Barbara Robbins at 901.316.2186.

IPSCO—Title Sponsor for Your Insurance Needs
IPSCO offers a full array of business insurance coverages underwritten by A+ A.M. Best-rated carriers. We also offer individual insurance coverages to meet the needs of members, their families, and their employees. Special disability and long-term care policies offer discounts available only through IPSCO. Phone - 901.761.2440, .

Alpha Reporting is the largest court reporting firm in the area, with offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, TN and Tupelo, MS. In addition to court reporting, Alpha offers realtime depositions, deposition/video streaming, nationwide scheduling, conference room and electronic transcripts. Alpha Legal Solutions provides litigation support and videography services.

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seeks research, writing and consultation assignments. Contact Mary Whitaker at (901) 818-3040.


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



MBA Welcomes Alpha Reporting Corp./Alpha Legal Solutions as a Title Sponsor

The MBA is pleased to announce that Alpha Reporting Corp. and Alpha Legal Solutions are now title sponsors, joining BankTennessee and IPSCO. “Alpha is a long-time supporter of the MBA and the legal community, and we are pleased to have them as our newest title sponsor,” said MBA President John Cannon. Alpha Reporting is the largest court reporting firm in the area, with offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, TN and Tupelo, MS. In addition to court reporting, Alpha offers realtime depositions, deposition/video streaming, nationwide scheduling, conference room and electronic transcripts. Alpha Legal Solutions provides litigation support and videography services. We encourage our members to check out their services and to say “thanks” to Kathy May and her staff when you see them!

Help Flood Victims at Saturday Legal Clinic This Week 

This month's Saturday Legal Clinic is geared, primarily but not entirely, to assisting victims of the recent storms and subsequent floods. The clinic will be from 9:30 to noon at the main library (3030 Poplar) on the 3rd floor. If you would like to volunteer this weekend, we have some materials that will help you prepare for assisting the victims. Click here to download the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Disaster Assistance Manual and here to view a powerpoint which focuses on important sections of the Disaster Assistance Manual. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Linda Warren Seely at or 901.523.8822.

Attorney of the Day Program Needs You!

If your schedule doesn’t allow you to help with the Saturday Legal Clinics—or you’re just looking for another way to meet the 50-hour pro bono aspirational rule—the Attorney of the Day Program might be for you! Each Thursday afternoon from 1:30-3:30 p.m., three volunteer attorneys gather in Room 134 of the Courthouse to answer questions from pro se litigants in General Sessions Court. Ken Jones of Bourland Heflin Alvarez & Minor is a long-time volunteer for the program and offers these words of encouragement:
     “I have found participating in the clinic to be very satisfying. Many clients come with questions about a pending General Sessions lawsuit in which they are a party or how to draft a civil warrant. The volunteer attorney can explain to the client the basic procedures in General Sessions. Clients who are not familiar with the 10-day deadline for appealing a case to Circuit Court are assisted with preparing and filing a timely notice of appeal. Many clients are defendants in a consumer debt action and the volunteer attorney can draft a brief letter to the creditor challenging the alleged debt and requesting verification and documentation. Other clients may have already obtained a judgment and want to know how they can collect it.
     “As volunteer attorneys, we offer dignity to these clients merely by offering a listening ear to their stories, which most have not had before. Most clients are extremely appreciative. Please sign up to work a couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon. As with many volunteer activities, you may leave feeling that you experienced a greater reward from your act of service than the clients attending the clinic.”
     If you are interested in volunteering for the Attorney of the Day program, please contact Linda Warren Seely at 255-3417 or

What’s The State of Your Well-Being?

The recent deaths of several Memphis attorneys have prompted MBA President John Cannon to look for ways to encourage everyone to take care of themselves—physically and mentally. The MBA Wellness Committee is working on an informational seminar for members of the legal community and their families on these issues. Watch the Bar Bulletin for more details.
     Men, especially, are notorious for not having regular physical check-ups. Monday’s Commercial Appeal had an article on how men can make a big difference in their own well-being. Click here to read the article.

Our Condolences

Judge Kay Robilio lost her mother, Ann Spalding, to breast cancer on May 31. She was 92. Our condolences on her loss.

Jeff Smith Named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Memphis attorney Jeffrey C. Smith of Adams and Reese, LLP, will be honored as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Tennessee Justice Center at a reception on June 17th from 5-6:30pm. In conjunction with the Tennessee Bar Association Convention, the Tennessee Justice Center and the Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee are having a joint reception at Legal Aid’s new Chattanooga office, 535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360. Jeff Smith is being honored for his work handling pro bono TennCare cases and setting up a partnership between his firm, TJC, and the University of Memphis School of Law to serve the needs of low income families on TennCare. RSVP to

Cameras will roll in federal Western District pilot program

The federal courts of the Western District of Tennessee have been selected to experiment with cameras in civil proceedings, one of 14 districts around the country chosen to take part in the three-year pilot program. The announcement was made by the Judicial Conference of the United States in Washington today. Cameras will be limited to civil proceedings in which all parties have consented to their presence. The decision of the five active and one senior status judge to participate in the pilot program was not unanimous, so there may be a judge or judges who elect not to participate, Clerk Thomas M. Gould said. Click here to read more from The Commercial Appeal.
Story from the TBA Today.

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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.

First Technology Section Seminar, June 16

Apple will be on hand with their latest devices!

Join the newly formed MBA Technology Section for its inaugural CLE seminar, “Integrating Mobile Devices In Your Law Practice,” with WilliamJones IV. The seminar will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm on Thursday, June 16th at Regions Bank, 6263 Poplar Avenue, and a reception will follow from 5:30-6:30 pm. Enjoy a complimentary drink and catering by Off the Square, and try out the latest from Apple, Inc. The company will be at the reception to show off their latest iPads and iPhones and answer any questions you may have as you enjoy the food and drinks. Click here for more information and to register now.

Senator Norris to speak to Real Estate and Environmental Section

Senator Mark Norris (of TN District 32) will be speaking on recent legislative actions for the Real Estate and Environmental Section on Wed., June 22nd. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Check in and lunch will begin at 11:30. Attendees will qualify for 1 hr general CLE credit. Registration will be opening soon.

YLD Golf Tournament, June 24

Register Now!

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.

 Wellness Event at Memphis Farmer's Market, June 25

Join the MBA Wellness Committee at the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday, June 25 at 9 am for shopping, networking, recipe exchange and fun! Meet at the corner of Front and GE Patterson. For more information, contact Jay Brenner at or Christy Washington at, and click here to view the official flyer.

Association of Transportation Law Professionals Annual Meeting, June 24-28

Association of Transportation Law Professionals will hold its 82nd Annual Meeting June 24-28, 2011 in Memphis at The Peabody Hotel. The keynote speaker will be William J. Logue, President and CEO, FedEx Freight. For complete details and registration information, click here.

Intro to Commercial Investment Real Estate Analysis, July 21-22

The CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute will present “CI Intro: Introduction to Commercial Investment Real Estate Analysis” in Memphis on Thursday, July 21 - Friday, July 22. The course will be held at the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® (6393 Poplar Ave) from 8:30 am-5:30 pm, both days. This introductory course teaches you the fundamentals of the commercial investment real estate industry and demonstrates how to apply these skills using real-world examples and case studies. You’ll have the confidence to answer your clients’ questions, anticipate their concerns, and plan for their needs when you have a solid commercial foundation from which to start. For more information, click here to download the flyer.

ADR Section Happy Hour, August 25

Look for more details soon!

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.

ADR Annual CLE Seminar, December 7

Look for more details this fall!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Jury Selection
Part of the Irving Younger Video Series
Wednesday, June 15
1:00 - 4:15 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
3 hrs gen CLE Credit

Integrating Mobile Devices in Your Law Practice
Sponsored by the Technology Section
Thursday, June 16
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Regions Bank, HQ, 6200 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: William Jones, IV
1 hr gen CLE credit

Everything You Need to Know About The Means Test and More
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, June 17
12:00 - 1:30 pm
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
Speaker: Carrie Ann Rohrscheib
1.5 hrs gen CLE credit

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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