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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.

Legal Nurse Consultant with over 13 years nursing experience available to review medical records, screen cases for merit, assist with discovery, conduct research, identify standards of care, create demonstrative evidence and more. Contact Valerie K. Harwood, LNC at or 901.515.8701. As a member of your litigation team, I will bring specialized healthcare education and clinical experience to the medically related issues of the litigation process. 


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




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!

Sponsored by BankTennessee & Alpha Reporting Corp.

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,, or Maggie Cooper,

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: 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 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 or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3575; 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.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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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 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.)

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:

  • 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

"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 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 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

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:

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

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

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

Hot Topics in Employment Law
1 hr general CLE credit

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