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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




Award-Winning Speaker Sam Hodge to Present "Anatomy for Lawyers" Today

Today at Memphis Bioworks Foundation from 9 am to 4:30 pm, award-winning Professor Sam Hodge will present "Anatomy for Lawyers." Sam, who currently chairs the Legal Studies Department at Temple University, will cover handling back, shoulder, hand and knee injury cases. He makes practical, case-clarifying sense of complicated medical injuries, terms and conditions and 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 and presented by the MBA, the seminar offers 6 hours of general CLE credit. For complete details, click here.

Facing the Aug. 10 CLE Deadline? Get Hours Online with the MBA!

Attorneys who still need CLE hours for 2010 have until August 10 to make up the deficit or face suspension of their license. If you are one of them, you can get hours easily and conveniently with the MBA’s online seminars. See the course listings in the right-hand column or click here

The Rules They are A’Changing!

Recently the Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted amendments to rules or requested public comment on proposed rule changes. These include:

  • The Court is considering an amendment to Rule 9, Section 20.2 to add a new exemption to the annual BPR registration fee for federal judges and other federal officials who are barred by federal law from practicing law. The comment deadline is Nov. 16.
  • The Court has adopted an amended Rule 40A regarding the appointment of Guardians ad Litem. The amended rule takes effect Sept. 1 and will apply to all proceedings pending or filed after the effective date.
  • The Court granted the petition of the Access to Justice Commission to adopt a set of legal forms and instructions for use in divorce cases that do not involve minor or dependent children and to approve these forms as universally acceptable as legally sufficient in all Tennessee courts. The effective date is Sept. 1.
  • The Court is considering a new section 7 to Rule 13, which would authorize the AOC Director to enter into contracts with attorneys, law firms or associations of attorneys to provide legal services to indigent persons for a fixed fee. The comment deadline is Sept. 1.
  • The Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference has filed a petition asking the Court to approve a set of uniform civil case forms for use in all Tennessee General Sessions Courts. The comment deadline is Oct. 26.

These amendments (both adopted and proposed) can be viewed at

Law School Needs Volunteers for Mock Interviews

The University of Memphis School of Law is looking for 3-6 attorneys who are willing to volunteer their time on August 24th from 5-8 pm to conduct mock interviews with the law students. The goal is to provide opportunities for the students to practice before Fall On-Campus Interviews and various job fairs. If you are interested in helping out, contact Estelle Gaerig Winsett, Assistant Dean for Career Services, at 901.678.3216 or

Bankruptcy Court Debuts New Website

After more than a year of planning, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee has debuted a new, revamped website. Visit to check it out. It offers features for attorneys, debtors and creditors as well as features educational materials about the bankruptcy process. 

Memphis Lawyers and Judges in the News

Attorney David M. Cook of The Hardison Law Firm and Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft have been reappointed to the Court of the Judiciary.

New Officers Named to UM Law Alumni Board

The University of Memphis Law Alumni Board has selected Tanja L. Thompson, a partner with Kieswetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC, as its new president and Circuit Court Judge Robert "Butch" Childers as president-elect. In addition, R. Hunter Humphreys, an adjunct professor of real estate transactions at the law school, has been named secretary/treasurer. New board members are Robert E. Craddock Jr. with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and John I. Houseal Jr. with Glankler, Brown PLLC. All are from Memphis.

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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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Coffee & Karate with Justice (Sensei) Holder!

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 with proceeds benefitting 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 Street Building, Memphis. 55 South Main Street is between Union and Monroe. 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 is required. Wear comfortable clothing or yoga attire. The karate classes will consist of 15-20 minutes of stretching and warm-up and continue with the fundamentals of stances, blocks, punches and kicks. Questions can be addressed to Sensei Holder's office 901.543.2440.
      Sensei Holder has been a student of the American Combative Arts System and of Grandmaster Patrick Wrenn since 1989 and earned her black belt in October 1997. She has been an instructor of the American Combative Arts System for nine years, teaching karate to children at the System's Cordova and Harbor Town locations and to students at the Downtown Elementary School during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years. She currently is an assistant instructor at the System's Life Time Fitness location. Sensei Holder met the requirements for her second degree black belt in July 2003 and was promoted to third degree black belt in December 2005. In August 2002, Sensei Holder was honored by the Elvis Presley Memorial Martial Arts Hall of Fame for contributions to the community and to the martial arts. 
     The August class schedule is as follows:

Friday August 5 at 7AM
Monday August 8 at 7AM
Monday August 15 at 7AM
Friday August 19 at 7AM
Tuesday August 23 at 7AM
Friday August 26 at 7AM
Monday August 29 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 pm classes or weekend classes, should there be sufficient interest.)

Anatomy for Lawyers, July 28

Read more under headlines above.

Federal Bar Seminar, July 28

The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present “Summer Seminar: Federal Discovery Practice” on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building – 167 North Main (11th Floor – Jury Assembly Room) from 1:15-4:45 pm featuring U.S. Magistrate Judges Diane K. Vescovo, Tu M. Pham and Charmiane G. Claxton among other speakers. Click here for more details.

Memorial Service for Dean Jim Smoot, August 8

The MBA joins the University of Memphis Law School in mourning the loss of James “Jim” R. Smoot, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law who passed away Tuesday, July 12th. A memorial service and reception to honor his many contributions to the law school and the greater legal community will be held Monday, August 8, with remarks beginning at 5 p.m. at the law school. Please join President Raines, Dean Kevin Smith, the Law Alumni Chapter, the University of Memphis family, and Dean Emeritus Smoot’s family and friends to remember his life and achievements. 
     A fund has been established in Jim’s memory at the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. Make checks payable to University of Memphis Foundation and mail to: Department 238, U of M Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001. Include instructions to designate your gift to the Dean Emeritus James R. Smoot Scholarship Fund. Online gifts may be made by clicking here.
     To read more about Dean Smoot from The Commercial Appeal, click here, and more from the law school, click here.

U of M Pillars of Excellence Event, August 13

The Alumni Board of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law invites you to a Celebration of Excellence in the Law as they honor their 2011 Pillars of Excellence. The event will be held on Saturday, August 13th at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The Cocktail Reception begins at 6 pm followed by Dinner and the Awards Program at 7 pm. Recipients include Leo Bearman, Jr., David E. Caywood, W.J. Michael Cody, Robert Green, John Paul Jones, Hon. Russel B. Sugarmon, and Friend of the Law School Charles Tuggle. The cost is $75 per person or $600 per table of eight. Class of 2011 Alumni may purchase tickets for $35 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

ADR Section Happy Hour, August 25

The ADR Section of the MBA will host a Happy Hour on August 25th at River Oaks Restaurant (sunroom), 5871 Poplar Avenue, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Please mark your calendars and 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.

Sun & CLE in Cozymel, Mexico—November 23-30

Join Judge Donna Fields and others for the 10th Annual Superior CLE in Cozymel, Mexico, over the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday. This year’s topic is “Focus on Children: Legal, Mental Health and Biological Perspectives on Child Custody and Child Rearing” presented by John D. “Danny” Richardson of The Richardson Law Firm. The event offers 6 hours of CLE credit during the week of November 23-30 and costs only $474 per person for 7 nights at the all-inclusive Siesta Americana in Cozymel. This price does not include flight but it is very reasonable. Diving will also be offered while there! For reservations, contact the Circuit Court, Division 7, office ASAP at for more information and to register. 

ADR Annual CLE Seminar, December 7

Look for more details this fall!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars & Webcasts

Anatomy for Lawyers
Sponsored by Themis
Thursday, July 28
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street, Auditorium
Speaker: Sam Hodge
6 hrs general CLE credit

Why Pro Bono is Good for Business
Co-Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section and Memphis Area Legal Services
Friday, August 5
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bankruptcy Court, 200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speaker: Ben Sissman
1 hr general CLE credit

How To & How Not To Use Social Media Sites as Informal Discovery
YLD "Lunch-In" Seminar
Tuesday, August 9
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, 165 Madison, 20th Fl.
Speaker: Stacie Winkler
1 hr general CLE credit

Ethical Implications of Social Media from Both a Litigator's & Employment Lawyer's Viewpoint
Sponsored by the Technology Section  
Thursday, August 11
4:00pm - 5:00pm
International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave
Speakers: Meredith Williams & Hemant Gupta
1 hr dual CLE credit

Bankruptcy Case Update
Sponsored by Bankruptcy Section
Friday, August 19
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bankruptcy Court, 200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speaker: Robin Miller
1 hr general CLE credit

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

FMLA Compliance: What Employers Need to Know
1 hr general CLE credit

Everything I Know About Neuro-Science and Conflict Resolution
1.5 hrs general CLE credit

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

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