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Judge Donald Confirmed to 6th Circuit
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed District Court Judge Bernice Bouie Donald to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. A graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Judge Donald is the second Memphian on the court—with Judge Julia S. Gibbons—that hears appeals from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. Judge Donald hopes to hold her swearing-in ceremony in the next 4 to 6 weeks.
Universally Accepted Divorce Forms Now Available Online
The Supreme Court’s new universally accepted court forms are now available online for Tennesseans to use in courtrooms across the state. These eight forms, which become effective today, can be used in uncontested divorce cases without minor or dependent children. The forms are written in plain language and come with a set of instructions to make it easy for Tennesseans to read and understand the information. The Supreme Court adopted these forms in July as part of its ongoing efforts to improve access to justice in Tennessee. Because the forms are approved by the Supreme Court, courts across the state are required to acknowledge and accept the submission of these forms if they are filled out properly. The forms may be downloaded from www.tncourts.gov; they also will be available on the Court’s new Justice for All website, justiceforalltn.com, which will be launched in the coming weeks.
New Phone Numbers for Shelby County Government Offices
The new phone exchange for all Shelby County Government offices will soon become 222. “Going to the new phone numbering system will save $70,000 a year in phone line usage fees and make it easier for citizens to contact us,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. County employees will also be able to reach each other faster through the new system. There are more than 8 different exchanges for county offices which include 545, 377, 379, 544, and others. 222 will take their place starting next month. The first phase will involve 800 phone numbers at the Shelby County Health Department during the week of September 16th-18th. On October 7th-9th, 3,000 numbers at the Shelby County Justice Center and Shelby County Administration Building will be switched to the new 222 exchange. The final 1,500 numbers will be converted November 4th-6th at the administrative offices at 1075 Mullins Station Road and other county bureaus throughout the east Memphis area. During the change, callers will be routed to the new county government numbers, which will be published in the 2012 Blue/White/Yellow Pages.
Look, Listen for Access to Justice
The MBA’s Access to Justice Committee has launched a publicity campaign for pro bono in advance of “Celebrate Pro Bono Week”, the last week in October. The campaign kicked off Monday with a 15-second spot on WKNO that will alternate weekly during Morning Edition and All Things Considered through Dec. 2. On Oct. 10, two billboards will debut featuring the likenesses of attorneys Jeff Smith and Tannera Gibson; one at Union and East Parkway facing east and one at Walnut Grove and Tillman facing west. The impetus behind the campaign is to encourage more attorneys to participate in pro bono and to educate the public on the good work done by attorneys. Let us know if you hear the spot or see the billboards—and what you think. You can send your feedback to Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Your Time Next Friday To Help End Homelessness
Join the Community Alliance for the Homeless as it launches a crucial component of the Mayors' Action Plan to End Homelessness next Friday, September 16th at the Liberty Fairgrounds.
Law Symposium Will Discuss Death Penalty Issues, Including the "West Memphis Three" Case
“Cultural competence,” a new concept in the legal defense of persons accused of a crime for which the death penalty is allowed, will be the focus of a March 2012 symposium sponsored by the Law Review of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. The Hon. Dan Stidham, an Arkansas judge who was a lawyer on the original defense team for accused murderers the “West Memphis Three,” has agreed to write an article for the symposium, and event organizers are seeking other articles for the review. Authors of articles selected for inclusion in the law review will be invited to speak at the symposium, which will be held March 30, 2012.
Tip Fund for Little Tea Shop Employees
Due to the recent hospitalization of Suhair Lauck’s husband, Jimmy, the Little Tea Shop has been closed the past few days. Plans are for it to reopen today, Thursday, Sept. 8. When the restaurant is closed, the employees receive no tips so a fund has been established with the Memphis Bar Foundation to assist them while the restaurant has been closed. If you would like to contribute to that fund, send a check, payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation, to Anne Fritz, 80 Monroe, #220, Memphis, TN 38103; please note on the check that it’s for the Little Tea Shop Fund. You can make cash donations at the MBA office (80 Monroe, Suite 220) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The MBF is a 501(c)(3) organization so contributions to it are tax deductible.
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
Classes are open to attorneys, their support staff, family and friends. No prior experience is required. Cost: $5.00 per person, per class. Location: Ground floor of the 55 South Main Street Building, Memphis. 55 South Main Street is between Union and Monroe. Schedule: Classes are from 7-8:00 AM and vary as to the day of the week conducted. Contact Cathy Collier at 901.543.2440 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for a complete schedule listing classes through December 2011.
IOLTA Grant Applications Due September 9
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.
Tort Reform Act Subject of Sept. 13th Seminar
The Tennessee Civil Justice Act recently passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Haslam makes sweeping changes to the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act, the Consumer Protection Act, and the Product Liability Act. Most notably, the bill caps non-economic and punitive damages in medical malpractice cases and bans class-action lawsuits under the Consumer Protection Act. The bill’s provisions become effective Oct. 1 and apply to all actions accruing on or after that date.
"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! Click here to learn more and to register now.
Study How Technology Has Changed Jury Trials with Alpha Reporting, September 16
Alpha Reporting Corp. will present "Road to the Jury Box: How Technology Has Changed" on September 16, 2011, at its offices, . Lunch will be provided and seating is limited to 10. Learn about Realtime reporting and receive 1 hour of general credit. Click here to learn more.
Paralegal Ethics – GMPA CLE on Sept. 21, 2011
Join Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance to hear Olivia (Libby) Roleson, ACP, speak on Paralegal Ethics on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. The cost is $20 for GMPA members and $25 for non-members, which includes a buffet lunch. One hour of ethics CLE credit is offered. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or more information or visit www.memphisparalegals.org.
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 Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall, 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.
Discounts Available for Disney on Ice, Sept. 23-25
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.
Nominations Now Open for Myar and Lawyer’s Lawyer Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award. The awards will be presented at the MBA Annual Meeting in December. The Myar Award is presented annually to a young lawyer (age 40 or less) who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. The Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award is presented annually to a lawyer who has practiced for 15 years or longer and who, during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. Click the links below to download the nomination forms for each award or contact Charlotte Gean (527.3574; firstname.lastname@example.org) in the MBA office. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2011.
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.
Save the Date – October 26th GMPA Seminar
The Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance will host a luncheon seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Specific details TBA.
Proposed Amendments to Rules of Practice & Procedure, Comments Due October 28
Comments regarding the Tennessee Supreme Court's proposed 2012 amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure are due Oct. 28. The Proposed changes include the following:
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!
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!