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Congrats To the 2012 MBA Officers & Board of Directors & 2011 Award Recipients

At the MBA Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 1st at The Hilton Hotel in East Memphis, Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell, PLC, officially took reign as the 2012 MBA President.  Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., and Kirk A. Caraway of Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, PLLC, automatically succeeded to the positions of Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Tommy Parker of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, was announced as the 2012 Secretary.
     New members of the MBA Board of Directors include Lucie Brackin, The Landers Firm, PLLC; Don Donati, Donati Law Firm, LLP; Tim Hayes, The Hardison Law Firm, PC; Bobby Martin, Morgan & Morgan-Memphis, LLC; Andre Wharton, The Wharton Law Firm; Lang Wiseman, Wiseman Bray, PLLC; and Abby Webb, Shuttleworth Williams, PLLC, MBA Young Lawyers Division President. story continued here 
Pictured are the 2012 MBA Officers. From left to right: Tommy Parker, Kirk Caraway, Linda Warren Seely, Gary Smith and John Cannon. Look for all of the photos from the event to be posted on the MBA Facebook page this week. 

MBA Helps Law Students During Exam Week

More than 250 law students and staff received a special treat on Monday, the first day of finals—lunch and massages provided by the MBA! The effort is part of the association's on-going outreach to the law school and students. Students enjoyed free pizza and fruit, plus a 5-minute massage from Massage on the Go, to relieve the stress of the first exam day. Dean Kevin Smith expressed the law school's appreciation: "Please permit me to join in praising the MBA [and staff] for making possible the lunch and massages for the students (and some of the staff.) I have heard nothing but wonderful comments from the students. It is tremendously kind of the provide such a good beginning to the exam period." Special thanks to MBA staff members Mary Lynes and Lesia Beach for overseeing this effort.

Litigation Section Annual Meeting & CLE Next Week

The MBA Litigation Section Annual CLE and Meeting will take place next week on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis campus from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and cocktail hour with appetizers included in price. The seminar offers 7.5 credit hours and a host of topics and speakers. Click here for complete details and to register.

Law Rules!

The MBA, led by 2012 President Gary Smith, Secretary Tommy Parker and member Porter Feild, is developing a community outreach program entitle "Law Rules: The Importance of the American Legal System." The goal of the program is to put members of the MBA before hundreds of classrooms, civic and church groups, and business/professional organizations to educate the general public on the importance of our justice system and what it means in our daily lives and work. Currently, the MBA is looking for volunteers to lead the discussions as well as venues and groups for "Law Rules" speakers to address. Help us reach our goal of 200 visits! If you would like to volunteer or would like to schedule a speaker for your group or organization, please contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573. Please note that a training session will be held in early 2012 to prepare speakers for the presentations and provide them with materials to use as reference.

Position Available: Judicial Assistant to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting resumes for the position of Judicial Assistant to a United States Bankruptcy Judge. This position is located in the Bankruptcy Judge’s Chambers in Memphis and reports directly to the Bankruptcy Judge. The Judicial Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day operations of judicial chambers and provides administrative support to the Bankruptcy Judge. Applications are due no later than close of business of December 16, 2011. Click here to learn more. 

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Federalist Society Debate, December 9

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present "A Debate Over The Federal Model Judicial Selection Proposal for Tennessee-SJR 475" with State Senator Brian Kelsey (R. Germantown) and Danny Van Horn, President of the Tennessee Bar Association. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton will serve as moderator. The event will be held on Friday, December 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at The Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis. Cost is $25.00 for Federalist Society Members and $30.00 for Non-Members. Lunch is included. The program has been approved for one hour CLE credit. To register contact Greg Grisham at 901-312-9413 or by December 6.

Litigation Section CLE & Annual Meeting, December 15

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YLD Presents "Legal Ethics in the Movies" December 28

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "Legal Ethics in the Movies" with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC, on Wednesday, December 28th from 3-5 pm in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street in the medical district. This will be a discussion of current and local ethical issues using clips from popular movies. Click here for more details and to register.

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 & Boardroom 2012

Save the Date for the 2012 MBA Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference. The event will be held May 9-12, 2012, at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida. Look for the complete schedule of topics and speakers in early 2012, but go ahead and book your condo now by calling the ResortQuest Reservations Department at 1-800-380-4808 and identifying yourself as part of the Memphis Bar, customer code X1015. An advance payment of 15% of the total rent will be required by credit card when you call. The remaining balance will be due four days prior to arrival. Visit for more details.

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:

Family Law Section Annual Seminar 
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Thursday, December 8
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
6.0 hours total credit: 2.0 dual / 4.0 general

Federal Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 
Sponsored by the Government Law Section
Thursday, December 8
12:00 to 1:00
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Gene Gaerig
1.0 hour general credit

Elvis’ Estate: The Legal Odyssey 
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section
Friday, December 9
3:30 to 5:00
Rhodes College, Orgill Room at Clough Hall, 2000 N. Parkway
Speaker: C. Barry Ward
1.5 hours general credit

Dec. 12 - Recovery of Attorney Fees Under Federal Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C, Section 1988

Dec. 13 - Recovery of Expert Fees Under Federal Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C, Section 1988

Dec. 14 -Thurgood Marshall's Coming!  - Live webinar

Dec. 15 - Litigation Section Annual Seminar 

Dec. 16 - Why Pro Bono is Good Business 

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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