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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to Mary at 901.527.3582.
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Goodbye, So Long, Farewell!
For those who have not renewed their membership in the Memphis Bar Association for 2011, this will be your last edition of the Bar Bulletin! You will no longer receive discounts on MBA CLE programs (including online seminars) and membership in the MBA’s 14 sections is no longer an option. You also will not receive any future editions of Memphis Lawyer magazine or any of the other benefits of MBA membership. If you have not yet renewed your membership, there’s still time to renew online or call the MBA at 901.527.3575.
Memphis Lawyers, Law Firms in the News
Lucian Pera, a partner with Adams & Reese, was installed as treasurer of the American Bar Association at its recently concluded annual meeting. He will serve a 3-year term overseeing the ABA’s $200 million budget. U.S. District Judge Bernice B. Donald’s term as ABA Secretary ended at the annual meeting. She awaits confirmation to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
To preserve the legacy of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks and to promote diversity within the legal profession, the law firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs has established a scholarship in memory of the civil rights activist, who died last year at the age of 85. The first recipient of the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks law scholarship, created in conjunction with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is Corey Strong. Strong hopes to specialize in contract law and promote the city’s entrepreneurial community. The scholarship will cover full tuition, books, supplies and other fees during law school; Strong also will be offered a summer associate’s position at the firm next year.
Only 2 Tickets Left for YLD, SBA Redbirds Game Tonight!
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Tonight, the MBA Young Lawyers Division is partnering with the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis law school for the Redbirds v. Las Vegas 51s game at Autozone Park. The event will take place as part of the law school’s orientation for new students. BankTennessee and Alpha Reporting Corporation have generously offered to sponsor the event on behalf of the YLD. The festivities will begin at 6:05 p.m. with the game at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are free to MBA members and their guests, with a suggested donation of $5 per ticket, proceeds going to MALS. Your ticket will include entrance to AutoZone Park, food, soft drinks, and beer. There are only two tickets left! Contact Annie Christoff, email@example.com, or Maggie Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trial Academy Coming in 2012!
If you’re a young attorney who needs/wants trial experience, mark your calendar now for the Trial Academy, Oct. 17-19, 2012. Sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and its Litigation Section, this 3-day event will provide an opportunity for attorneys to practice their trial skills in front of experienced trial attorneys and receive constructive feedback. Watch for more details!
2012 IOLTA Program Grant Awards
The Tennessee Bar Foundation, through the IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program, provides grant awards to organizations that provide direct civil legal services to the indigent or that seek to improve the administration of justice. Applications for those grants, to be paid during 2012, are now available on the Foundation’s website: www.tnbarfoundation.org. Completed applications must be returned by United States Postal Service, postmarked no later than midnight, Friday, September 9, 2011. For more information, contact the Foundation at email@example.com or call 615.242.1531 or 800.634.2516.
Discounts Available for Disney on Ice
Discount tickets are available for MBA members for all 6 performances of Disney on Ice Presents Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey at the FedEx Forum. Show times are 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 24; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 25. To take advantage of the discount, click here. Use the password "Latonya" and follow the steps to order tickets. For more information, contact Dan Dial at 901.205.1473.
Memphis Bar Fundation Grant Applications Now Available
Applications for grants from the Memphis Bar Foundation are now available at www.memphisbar.org or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3575; firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Grants will be awarded, at the discretion of the MBF Board of Directors, for law-related programs or projects that fulfill the Foundation’s mission to advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education; and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar. Last year, the MBF awarded over $43,000 in grants to 7 different organizations. In existence since 1981, the MBF was formed to be a vehicle for attorneys and others in the legal profession to give back to the community through tax deductible contributions.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
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 practice of karate teaches concentration,focus, and proper breathing. Please come and join us!
YLD, SBA Redbirds Night, August 18
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MALS Phone-A-Thon, August 24
Memphis Area Legal Services will be conducting a phone-a-thon on Wednesday, August 24, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the MALS Offices. We are looking for volunteers to “man the phones” during that time. If you can give any time to make calls, please contact K. Stull at 255-3452 and schedule a time slot. Thanks so much for your support!
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!
Comment on Proposed Rule Changes by September 1
Recently the Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted amendments to rules or requested public comment on proposed rule changes. These include:
These amendments (both adopted and proposed) can be viewed at tncourts.gov.
"Taxes, Titles & Trusts" Seminar, September 14
Real Estate and Environmental Section presents the "Taxes, Titles and Trusts" on September 14th at the Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar. Seminar begins at 11:45 (**NOTE NEW START TIME**) with registration and lunch beginning at 11:30. Speakers include: David Lenior, Shelby County Trustee, giving an overview of services offered by the Shelby County Trustee's Office; Mary Alissandratos, Underwriter for First American Title Company, speaking on insuring foreclosures under the new statute, and Mac Bailey, The Bailey Law Firm, speaking on the intersection between real estate and probate/estate planning. Get a great deal on 3.5 hours of general CLE credit and lunch!
Author of "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen" To Speak at Rhodes, September 21
Internationally renowned Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will be lecturing at Rhodes College on the subject of his recent book, "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen". Dr. Appiah will discuss his award-winning book on Wednesday, September 21, in McCallum Ballroom at 7:30pm. His lecture will be free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Rhodes College Office of Student Conduct, Phi Beta Kappa, the Dean's Office, and African American Studies, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, Philosophy, the Writing Center, and the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy. Those with specific inquiries can contact Professor Scott L. Newstok at email@example.com or consult the Phi Beta Kappa website at Rhodes College.
Celebrate Pro Bono Month in October!
Join the MBA and others in celebrating pro bono during the month of October. Look for a detailed calendar of events coming 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 Circuit.Division7@shelbycountytn.gov for more information and to register.
ADR Annual CLE Seminar, December 7
Look for more details this fall!