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Join Us in Celebrating Pro Bono October 25th!
Other Events Throughout Pro Bono Month - October 2011
The MBA Access to Justice Committee invites you to "Celebrate Pro Bono" on Tuesday, October 25th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Lexus of Memphis, 2600 Ridgeway Road. Join your colleagues for hors d'oeuvres and drinks as we celebrate the many attorneys who provide pro bono services to the community and enjoy a special appearance by the Entertaining Motions troupe! Please RSVP to Mary at 901.271.0660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bar Foundation Awards Nearly $50,000 in Grants, Inducts 35 New Fellows
At its annual Fellows reception on Wednesday, October 5, the Memphis Bar Foundation (MBF) awarded grants of almost $50,000 to eight non-profit organizations and inducted 35 new Fellows. The amount awarded tops last year’s total—previously the highest amount ever awarded— by $7,000. In addition, the Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award and Bogatin Scholarship were presented at the event. To read complete details of the event and view photos, click here.
Judge Pugh Portrait Unveiling Today
The portrait of retired General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Ann Pugh will be unveiled today, Thursday, October 13th. All MBA members are invited to attend the ceremony to be held at 3 pm in the auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center (201 Poplar, 1st floor).
Technology Section Secures Apple Store Discount for MBA Members
Thanks to the MBA Technology Section, members of the Memphis Bar Association now receive discounts on computers, laptops, iPads and Apple accessories at the Apple store at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown, Tenn. There are also discounts on bulk purchasing and etching (e.g., logos) on iPads and iPods, and Apple will arrange for private meetings with MBA members to help them select the appropriate Apple systems, devices, and configurations. For more details on the discounts and how to take advantage of them, visit the new MBA Vendor Marketplace.
Chancery Court Seeks Applicants for Clerk & Master
The Shelby County Chancery Court is seeking applicants for the position of Clerk and Master. The position of Clerk and Master is by appointment of the Court for a period of six (6) years. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the duties and responsibilities of the Clerk and Master set out in T.C.A. §18-5-102 et seq. Please submit your resume to: John C. Robertson, Interim Clerk and Master, 140 Adams Ave., Room 308, Memphis , TN 38103. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. to be considered.
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 email@example.com with questions or for a complete schedule listing classes through December 2011.
Celebrate Pro Bono Month in October!
Join the MBA and others in celebrating pro bono during the month of October. Click here for a calendar of events.
Memphis Law Participates in the White House Champions of Change Event
On Thursday, October 13, from 1-2:30 p.m., in Room 326 at the University of Memphis School of Law, The Public Action Law Society and the Student Bar Association will host an event to watch a live-streaming video of the White House Champions of Change Program. The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Access to Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice will honor 16 exemplary public interest lawyers in an online broadcast from the White House encouraging law students around the country to pursue a career in public interest advocacy. This national, online conversation among law students and faculty, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder, seeks to get thousands of future agents of legal change talking about what lawyers can do to close the justice gap. Students, faculty, staff and the local legal community are invited to this exciting event. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Professor Christina Zawisza at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Public Action Law Society, click here.
Bankruptcy Section Golf Tournament Set For October 14
The 27th Annual Nancy Cannon/Bankruptcy Section Memphis Bar Association Golf Tournament will be held Friday, October 14th at Stonebridge Golf Course. The entry fee before October 12th is $60.00 ($12.00 for lunch only). The late fee (after October 12th) will be $65.00. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A barbeque lunch will be provided and prizes will be awarded when all teams have finished approximately 1:00 p.m. Click here to download the registratoin form.
"Legal Education & Community Service Through Mock Trial" Seminar, October 18
Kingsbury High Needs Mock Trial Coach
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host "Legal Education & Community Service Through Mock Trial" to help guide attorneys in teaching high school students about the rules of law and raising public knowledge about the rules of law. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 18th from 4 - 6 pm and offers 2 hours of dual CLE credit. For more details, click here.
Assist The CLC Immigration Call-In Clinic
On October 19th from 5:30 to 7:30, the Community Legal Center Immigrant Justice Program will host a telephone clinic as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. During the clinic, immigration attorneys will screen applicants from other parts of the state and give them advice. Gumbo will be served. Interested attorneys who have not already signed up should call Alicia Triche at 901.543.3395.
Nominations for Outstanding Judge of the Year Due October 21
In 1976, the MBA Young Lawyers Division established an annual award to be given to the outstanding Judge in Shelby County in honor of the late Chancellor Charles A. Rond. Chancellor Rond was known for his intelligence, fairness, wise decisions, integrity and great wit. This year, the award will be presented at the YLD Annual Meeting and Elections on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at Alfred’s on Beale (see event listing below). All judges in Shelby County are eligible to receive this award. In casting your vote, you should consider the ability, demeanor, integrity and diligence of each judge. Click here to download an official nomination form and a list of eligible judges. Nomination forms must be returned to the MBA office by 5 pm, Friday, October 21st. Only Young Lawyers Division members may submit nominations.
Celebrate Pro Bono Event, October 25
Read more under "Headlines" above.
Federalist Society Seminar, October 25
The Memphis Lawyers' Chapter and University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will present “The Federalization of Crime: A Look at the Case of Gibson Guitar and Beyond” with Professor John S. Baker, Jr., on Tuesday, October 25th from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm at The University of Memphis School of Law. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided. The program sponsors are applying for 1 hour of general CLE credit. To register, contact Greg Grisham at 901-312-9413 or at email@example.com.
Law School Admissions Workshop & Recruitment Fair, October 25
The University of Memphis Law School's admissions department will be hosting a law admissions workshop and recruitment fair on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Representatives from 12 schools will be available to talk to interested students. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Court of Appeals Seeks Comments by October 25
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit seeks comments from persons who are in a position to evaluate the performance of Stephen B. Shankman, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee, as well as the quality of services provided by the Federal Public Defender organization for that district. Federal Public Defenders are appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for a term of four years. The current term of Stephen B. Shankman, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee will expire on July 14, 2012. Any person wishing to offer written comments may address them to: Western District of Tennessee Public Defender Evaluation Committee; c/o Clarence Maddox, Circuit Executive; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; 503 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse; 100 East Fifth Street; Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Comments are due no later than October 25, 2011. To read the complete notice from the court, click here.
Annual Federal Practice Seminar, October 26
The Federal Bar Association’s Memphis/Mid-south chapter invites you to its Annual Federal Practice Seminar at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on Wednesday, October 26. The featured presentation will be a Supreme Court discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse. Other sessions include a Sixth Circuit update with Judge Julia Gibbons and Judge Samuel H. Mays; "Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner" with Chief Judge David Kennedy of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Jeb Bailey, and Bettye Bedwell; "Trial Technology Tips" with Bill Ramsey and Phillip Hampton; "Clerk’s Corner" with Tom Gould; "Ethics of Contacting the Opposing Party’s Current and Former Employees" with Professor Ernie Lidge, Shea Wellford, and Doug Janney; and a judicial panel featuring district and magistrate judges of the Western District of Tennessee addressing a wide variety of topics. Additionally, an admissions ceremony for attorneys wishing to be admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee will be held and a judicial reception will follow the day's events. A full agenda and registration materials may be found here.
GMPA Paralegal Seminar, October 26
The Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance is hosting a paralegal CLE seminar on Wed., October 26th from 11:30 am - 4 pm at The University Club, 346 Central Ave. Topics and speakers include Real Estate - T. Kevin Bruce, Esq., Brittenum Bruce, PLLC; Road to the Jury Box - Alpha Reporting; and Ethics - Brian Faughnan, Esq., Thomason Hendrix. NALA approved for 2 general and 1 ethics CLE credits. The cost is $45 for paralegals, buffet lunch, refreshments and door prizes included. In celebration of Pro Bono Week, GMPA will hold a fundraiser to help support Memphis Area Legal Services. Visit www.memphisparalegals.org for details and reservation form.
YLD CLE on Minor Settlements , October 27
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host "Everything You Need to Know About Minor Settlements" with Lewis Lyons of Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle, & Cox, P.C. and Kevin Bernstein of Spicer, Rudstrom, PLLC, on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 -5:30pm at The Brass Door, 152 Madison Ave. Click here for more details.
Strut! Memphis, October 27
What is Strut! Memphis? Not sure if we’re referring to walking with a swagger or the car part? Well, actually, we’re referring to both. October 27th will be the date to go to Mercedes-Benz of Memphis and be part of Laurelwood Shopping Center’s version of New York Fashion week. This special event, unprecedented in our fair city, will feature our own Mayor Wharton, Mearl Purvis from Fox 13, Mike Matthews from WREG TV3, and Jerry “The King” Lawler tending bar to help raise funds for the Community Legal Center. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening, you can enjoy two hours of unparalleled pleasure as you sip wine, nibble hors d’oeuvres, catch up on the world of fashion, dance, and network or gossip, whichever you prefer. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at Booksellers at Laurelwood (formerly Davis Kidd). Watch the Community Legal Center website for additional ticket locations and for information on the Grand Prize.
16th Annual Stone Award Ceremony, October 29
The 16th Annual Stone Award Ceremony, presented by Ma’ and 9 Mustard Seeds Production and House of Mtenzi Museum, will pay tribute to former Judge, Dr. D'Army Bailey. The Stone Awards honors community activists, dignitaries, entertainers, and community leaders in the Memphis area at this annual black-tie event. It is a 12-category award show, and the public is responsible for selecting the winners through an online ballot. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at 901-690-2883 from the House of Mtenzi Museum. For more information, visit www.stoneawards.org.
Swearing-In Ceremony for New Attorneys, Nov. 3
The local swearing-in ceremony for newly admitted attorneys before the Tennessee Supreme Court will be held on November 3rd at 10 am at Memphis City Hall.
Barrister’s Ball Set for Nov. 5
The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association is hosting the 2011 Barrister’s Ball on Sat., Nov. 5 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens (Hardin Hall), beginning at 7 p.m. The black-tie event will honor Judge Bernice B. Donald and Gregory Duckett as the 2011 A.A. Latting Award recipients. Tickets are $100; a table of 10 is $1,000. If you are interested in tickets or sponsorship, contact Andre Mathis (email@example.com; 576.1848) or David McKinney (firstname.lastname@example.org; 634.1906). The MBA has purchased a table for this event; if you are interested in sitting at the MBA’s table, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575; email@example.com).
"Transitional Legal Education" Seminar for New Attorneys, November 17
The MBA Young Lawyers Division and the Tennessee Bar Association will present the annual "Transitional Legal Education” seminar for newly admitted attorneys on Thursday, November 17th from 1-4 pm in the Supreme Courtroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Shelby County Courthouse. The seminar provides newly licensed attorneys with insight on how to manage client’s and partners’ expectations, effectively communicate with opposing counsel, and ultimately avoid the kind of mistakes young lawyers can make that will expose them to disciplinary actions or even claims from their clients. Look for more details on speakers and registration soon!
YLD Annual Meeting & Elections, November 17
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its Annual Meeting & Elections on Thursday, November 17th from 4:30-7:30 pm at Alfred's on Beale. Look for more details coming soon and read "Run for Office" under Headlines above to learn how you can get involved in the YLD.
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!
Litigation Section CLE & Annual Meeting, December 15
The Litigation Section CLE and Annual Meeting will take place on December 15, 2011 at the Fogelman Executive Center from 8-5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and cocktail hour with appetizers included in price. 7.5 credit hours available. Watch for more information.
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.
Bench Bar 2012
Save the Date for the 2012 MBA Bench Bar Conference. The event will be held May 9-12, 2012, at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida.
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!