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Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

Attorney—Bartlett Law Office seeking an attorney with 3 - 5 years of litigation experience. Excellent writing skills required. Please send your resume to Mary at

Litigation Paralegal—East Memphis firm seeks a highly experienced litigation paralegal. Must be organized and professional. Good salary and benefits for the right candidate. Please send your resume to Mary at

Human Resources and Systems Manager—A law firm of about 25 attorneys is seeking to hire a person with management experience to administer day-to-day non-financial operations of the firm, including supervising the legal support staff of about 15 people. This person will be responsible for organization and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency. The position comes with manager level responsibility, but will have to perform personally many day-to-day office tasks. This is a "working manager" position, and not a position from which all the work will be delegated. Compensation will be market competitive and commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. Requirements: Business degree or equivalent; minimum five years management experience; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Proven ability to motivate and manage people; Strong organizational and planning skills; Knowledge of HR management practices and procedures; Knowledge of business and management principles; Strong computer skills and knowledge of office software packages; Highest standards of person conduct and discretion. To learn more about the primary functions and responsibilities and more about the firm call Mary at 901. 271.0660 or send resume and qualifications to

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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




YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour Today!

The 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. The event will be followed by the YLD monthly Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 pm also at The Brass Door. The Happy Hour will be co-hosted by the student chapter of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association at the University of Memphis School of Law and sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Financial Group. Click here for more details.

"Strut! Memphis" To Benefit the CLC Tonight

Tonight from 6 - 8 pm, Laurelwood Shopping Center will host its version of New York Fashion week, Strut! Memphis, at  Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave. This special event will feature Mayor A C Wharton, Mearl Purvis from Fox 13, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich among the bartenders to help raise funds for the Community Legal Center. Enjoy two hours of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fashion and fun. Food for the event will be provided by Bardog, Kooky Canuck and Jason’s Deli, among others, and Buster’s Liquors has donated wine. Visit to purchase tickets to Strut Memphis. Prices are $30 for students or nonprofits and $50 for regular admission.

Pro Bono Contributions Celebrated This Week

The MBA Access to Justice Committee hosted a reception to Celebrate Pro Bono on Tuesday at the Lexus of Memphis dealership. Nearly 100 members of the legal community were on hand to enjoy food, drinks and a special appearance by the Entertaining Motions troupe (Jeff Rosenblum, Judge Karen Williams, Bruce Ralston, Carl Seely, Linda Warren Seely, Sharon Fewell, and Frank Cantrell, directed by Byron Winsett) who amused with their take on “pro bono” (pro porno; Sonny & Cher; and U2/Bono).
     Memphis Area Legal Services recognized the following for their contributions to pro bono: Jeff Smith of Adams and Reese for creating an externship/partnership to help TennCare patients; Tannera Gibson of Burch Porter & Johnson for number of hours dedicated to a single case; Gerald Green for his long-time commitment as a MALS volunteer; Jason Perryman, a law student at the U of M, for number of hours donated during the summer; The Miller Law Firm for their firm-wide commitment to pro bono; Mary Vickers, paralegal, and Kristen Wright, attorney, both with Bass Berry & Sims, and Tanya Holmes of AutoZone for their annual collaboration on the Orange Mound Senior Citizens Advance Directives Clinic; and the MBA Young Lawyers Division for having the largest number of volunteer attorneys at a Saturday Legal Clinic. The Community Legal Center recognized two pro bono attorneys of the year: Alan Crickmore and Judge Bernie Weinman (ret.)
     Thanks to the following for sponsoring this event – Alpha Reporting, BankTennessee, Counsel on Call, International Paper, IPSCO, Lexus of Memphis, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, and the Memphis Bar Foundation. A good time was had by all!

Annual John Dice Seminar & Health & Wellness Fair, November 10

A Message from MBA President John Cannon

The annual John Dice Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at the Hilton Hotel. We have attempted to expand the seminar this year from what many may have perceived as a seminar about the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. This year the Wellness Committee wanted to include methods for lawyers to recognize and handle the stresses of the profession. The program is dedicated to helping you recognize those things that may make your life, both within and outside the profession, healthier and more rewarding. I encourage you to attend and learn about techniques that may seem foreign to us all but yet beneficial. For information about the seminar, click here.

Friday is Deadline for MBA Election Petitions

The Nominations Committee has announced the following slate of candidates for the upcoming election: Secretary – Chris Campbell or Tommy Parker; Board of Directors (6 to be elected) – Imad Abullah, Phyllis Aluko, Lucie Brackin, Don Donati, Devon Gosnell, Tim Hayes, Jennifer Kiesewetter, Bobby Martin, Toni Campbell Parker, Zayid Saleem, Andre Wharton, and Lang Wiseman. Petitions to run for Secretary or the Board will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Petitions must be signed by 25 voting members of the MBA, should state the name of the nominee and the position for which nominated, and should include a statement that the nominee meets the eligibility requirements and agrees to serve if elected. The election will also include a bylaws amendment to shorten the officer track from four to three years by combining the offices of Secretary and Treasurer.
     Voting will be conducted online for voting members with an email address; those without an email address will be sent a ballot. Please make sure that we have your correct email address by logging into your profile on the MBA website. Also make sure that your spam filter will accept an email from Votenet Solutions or Eballot. Ballots will be deployed by the end of next week and must be returned by Friday, Nov. 25.

Bench Bar Committee Wants You!

Planning is underway for the 2012 Bench Bar Conference, which will be held from May 9-12 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL. The Bench Bar Conference Committee, led by 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bernice B. Donald, Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton, Circuit Court Judge Robert Weiss, and attorneys Erin Shea and Stacie Winkler, will meet next Thursday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. at the MBA. Attorneys and judges are needed to help with the CLE programming, social and sports events, and sponsorships. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3573; or Lesia Beach (260.3275; or just come to the Nov. 3rd meeting! Subcommittees will be formed so you can work in the area you choose. We need your ideas and enthusiasm!

3 Finalists Selected for Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended three finalists to fill the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the death of Judge J.C. McLin: J. Robert Carter Jr., Criminal Court judge for the 30th Judicial District in Memphis; J. Ross Dyer, senior counsel & managing attorney for the Memphis office of the Tennessee Attorney General; and Roger A. Page, Circuit Court judge for the 26th Judicial District in Medina. The governor may appoint one of these candidates or request a new slate of candidates from the Judicial Nominating Commission.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit 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 with questions or for a complete schedule listing classes through December 2011.

16th Annual Stone Award Ceremony, Oct. 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

Swearing-In Ceremony for New Attorneys at City Hall, Nov. 3

On Thursday, November 3rd, the annual Swearing-In Ceremony before the Tennessee Supreme Court for newly admitted attorneys will be held at 10 am at Memphis City Hall. Click here to see the list of individuals who successfully completed the Tennessee Bar Exam in July 2011.

Application Deadline for Chancery Court Clerk & Master Nov. 4

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.

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 (; 576.1848) or David McKinney (; 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;

Mississippi Sports Law Review Symposium, November 11

The University of Mississippi School of Law recently announced the formation of its newest law journal, the Mississippi Sports Law Review (MSLR). The bi-annual journal will address current legal issues that arise in collegiate and professional sports. The issues will be published online and in a limited amount of printed copies. Along with publishing issues, MSLR will also host symposia at the University of Mississippi Law School to discuss the most recent and relevant topics in Sports Law. The first symposium will be held November 11, 2011 with lunch at noon and the presentation at 1 p.m at the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. All bar members are invited to attend, and there is no cost to attend. The topic for this symposium is Social Media and Intercollegiate Athletics. For a list of the presenters, information about the symposium, and more information about the Review please visit or email

"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. The seminar will be presented by Memphis judges from General Sessions, Circuit, and Chancery courts and will be an opportunity for new admittees not only to hear great advice from them, but meet them as well and be sworn in to the local courts. To register, contact Lesia Beach at

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. Make plans to attend and look for more details soon!

Sun & CLE in Cozymel, Mexico—Nov. 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 soon!

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. 
More information about the symposium and the submission of Law Review articles is available at or contact Isaac Kimes at 901-678-2097

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!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars & Webcasts:

Everything You Need to Know About Minor Settlements
Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division
Thursday, October 27
4:30-5:30 pm
The Brass Door, 152 Madison Ave. 
Speakers: Lewis Lyons of Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle, & Cox, P.C. & Kevin Bernstein of Spicer, Rudstrom, PLLC
1 hr general CLE

Life Without Paper: Using Microsoft SharePoint for Managing Digital Records in Your Law Office
Sponsored by the Technology Section
Friday, October 28
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Nitin Nagar
1 hr general CLE

25th Annual MBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, October 28
8:30 - 4:45 pm
University of Memphis School of Law , 1 N. Front St.
7 hrs total credit: 1 dual / 6 general

Annual Estate Planning Series
Sponsored by the Wills & Probate Law Section
Tuesday, November 1
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Assisi Foundation of Memphis, 515 Erin Dr.
Speaker: Mike Adams, Williams McDaniel Wolfe & Womack
2 hrs general CLE

2011 Tort Reform Act
Wednesday, November 2
12:00 - 2:30 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: David Wade, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston; Mike McLaren, Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC; and Berry Cooper, Deal Cooper & Holton, PLLC
2.5 hrs general CLE

TRIALS: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales (Part I)
Live video seminar
Friday, November 4
1:30- 4:45 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Presenter: Michael P. Cash, Gardere WynneSewell LLP, Houston, TX
3 hrs general CLE

Save the Date:
6th Annual Professionalism, Civility & Courtesy Seminar – Nov. 9
Annual John Dice Seminar – Nov. 10

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

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
3.5 Hours Total Credit: 1.25 Dual / 2.25 General

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

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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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