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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 Growing List of Online Video & Interactive Text Seminars at Right!

Photos from YLD Golf Tournament, Courtesy of Alpha Reporting

Click here to view photos from the YLD Golf Tournament at Glen Eagle Golf Course on June 24th. 

YLD Happy Hour Tonight at Hunt Phelan

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its June Happy Hour on June 30th at Hunt Phelan (533 Beale St), sponsored by Gerald Emerson with Chartwell Financial Group. Join Gerald and the YLD for free drinks and fun!

Pro Bono Reporting Increases

According to the BPR, 7,745 attorneys voluntarily reported pro bono information for 2010, an increase of more than 100% from the number of attorneys who reported for 2009. Of those reporting, 6,598 resided in Tennessee; the number includes 213 in-house and 286 government attorneys. They provided a total of 567,734 hours of pro bono service. In addition, 3,202 attorneys reported that they voluntarily contributed money to organizations that provide legal services.
     If you want to join these attorneys in providing pro bono service, please click here for volunteer opportunities.

Memphis Lawyers and Judges in the News

Danny Van Horn, an attorney with Butler Snow, became the 129th president of the Tennessee Bar Association at its Lawyers Luncheon on June 17. He promised a year of “All Access”, including access to justice, civics education, and professional development. In addition, Mason Wilson, an attorney with Baker Donelson Bearman Calwell & Berkowitz, became president of the TBA Young Lawyers Division.
     Criminal Court Judge James C. Beasley was elected president of the 183-member Tennessee Judicial Conference, which includes all state appellate and trial court judges. Beasley has served as a Criminal Court Judge since 1995. Prior to taking the bench, he served as an assistant district attorney general for 17 years. He earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Memphis.
     Elizabeth Collins, an attorney with Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, has been appointed to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. The 17-member commission nominates candidates for Tennessee judgeships to the governor. She is a past president of the YLD and currently serves on the MBA Board of Directors. She has an undergraduate degree from Millsaps College and earned her J.D. from the University of Memphis School of Law.

Anatomy for Lawyers, July 28

With Award-Winning Speaker Sam Hodge

Make plans to attend this highly educational seminar with award-winning Professor Sam Hodge, who currently chairs the Legal Studies Department at Temple University. In plain-English, and with a sharp focus on the challenges you face in your law practice, Sam covers handling back, shoulder, hand and knee injury cases. He makes practical, case-clarifying sense of complicated medical injuries, terms and conditions. he provides the essential tools that you need to properly evaluate and articulate your case to make it persuasive to 1) your client 2) opposing counsel 3) the judge and, if need be, 4) the jury. Sponsored by Themis, legal nurse consultants, and presented by the MBA, the seminar will be held from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street. The seminar offers 6 hours of general CLE credit. Click here for more details and to register.

Coffee & Karate

A Wellness Committee of the MBA Supported Program

Justice Janice Holder (Sensei Holder) will continue her low-cost, low-key karate classes for attorneys, their support staff, family and friends, during the month of July(and beyond, if there is sufficient interest). Proceeds from July Classes will benefit Memphis Area Legal Services.
     The cost is $5.00 per person,per class; and the location is the ground floor of the 55 South Main StreetBuilding, Memphis. Classes are from 7-8:00 AM and include coffee by Besso’s(opening soon next door at 59 South Main Street). No prior experience isrequired. Wear comfortable clothing or yoga attire. The karate classes willconsist of 15-20 minutes of stretching and warm-up and continue with thefundamentals of stances, blocks, punches and kicks.
     Sensei Holder has been a student of theAmerican Combative Arts System and of Grandmaster Patrick Wrenn since 1989 andearned her black belt in October 1997. She has been an instructor of theAmerican Combative Arts System for nine years, teaching karate to children atthe System’s Cordova and Harbor Town locations and to students at the DowntownElementary School during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years. She currentlyis an assistant instructor at the System’s Life Time Fitness location. SenseiHolder met the requirements for her second degree black belt in July 2003 andwas promoted to third degree black belt in December 2005. In August 2002,Sensei Holder was honored by the Elvis Presley Memorial Martial Arts Hall ofFame for contributions to the community and to the martial arts.
     The class schedule for July is as follows:

JULY 2011
Friday, July 1 at 7AM
Tuesday July 5 at 7AM
Thursday July 7 at 7AM
Tuesday July 12 at 7AM
Thursday July 14 at 7AM
Tuesday July 19th at 7AM
Thursday July 21 at 7AM
Tuesday July 26 at 7AM
Thursday July 28 at 7AM

     The practice of karate teaches concentration,focus, and proper breathing. Please come and join us!
(Sensei Holder is also available for 6:00 PMclasses or weekend classes, should there be sufficient interest.)

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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.

YLD Happy Hour, June 30

Read more under Headlines above.

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 Live Seminars & Webcasts

Everything I Know About Neuro-Science and Conflict Resolution
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Thursday, June 30
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speakers: Stephen L. Shields, Jackson Shields Yeiser and Holt and Linda Warren Seely, Memphis Area Legal Service
1.5 hrs general CLE credit

How to Manage Receivables in Today’s Economy
Tuesday, July 12
12:00 – 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: David Mendelson, Mendelson Law Firm.
1 hr general CLE credit

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

Family Law Forum Experts
Sponsored by the MBA Family Law Section
6 hrs total credit: 4 gen / 2 dual

RPC 2.0: The 2011 Revisions to Tennessee's Legal Ethics Rules 
3 hrs dual CLE credit

Disaster Legal Assistance
Co-sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services
1.5 hrs general CLE credit

Effective Presentations
1 hr general 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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