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Services Set for Judge Lockard; Revised Circuit Court Schedule on Friday

Visitation for former Memphis Criminal Court Judge and civil rights leader H.T. "Tony" Lockard will be held today from 2 to 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., Memphis 38126. The funeral will take place Friday at 11 a.m., also at Metropolitan Baptist Church. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the West Tennessee Veteran Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill-Irene Rd., Memphis 38125. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metropolitan Baptist Church, Boys and Girls Clubs of Memphis or LeMoyne Owen College.
Due to Judge Lockard’s funeral, all Divisions of Circuit Court, with the exception of Divisions II and V, will hear motions on Friday at 9 a.m., will call the 10 a.m. calendar, and then will adjourn until 2 p.m. Any matters not heard will be heard at 2 p.m. Division II and V will follow their normal schedule and will not adjourn.

Renew Your Membership Online!

In the next few days, MBA members will receive an email alerting them that they can renew their membership online. The email will contain instructions on how to view the renewal invoice through your portal on the MBA website. You can either pay the invoice online using your Visa or MasterCard or you can print the invoice and mail it, along with payment, to the MBA. Members who renew their membership by March 1, 2012 will receive a coupon good for $20 off any MBA CLE seminar, including the 2012 Bench Bar Conference.

Let Us Help You Get Your Last Minute CLE

by Stacie Winkler, Co-Chair, MBA CLE Committee

As the year comes to a close and the holidays approach, you are probably faced with an overwhelming number of tasks to accomplish. Hopefully for the Memphis Bar Association, one of those tasks is to get your remaining CLE hours! The Memphis Bar offers CLEs on a variety of topics in every type of format that an attorney could want or need.
     For those of you who are inclined to attend the traditional "in person" CLEs, the Memphis Bar has the "Buy the Hour" CLE scheduled for December 29. It will be held at One Commerce Square, starting at 8:30 am. For those of you who have not attended this particular CLE, it allows you to attend all day if you need the credit, or buy each individual hour as needed. The topics are varied and range from fee agreements, to conservatorships, to summary judgment in Tennessee. It also includes two hours of ethics credit. Another seminar of note is "Legal Ethics in the Movies," which is scheduled for December 28. This CLE will be presented by Mike McLaren at the Memphis Bioworks Auditorium. The CLE is certainly an entertaining one, allowing attorneys to watch movie clips depicting ethical issues in the law. It is one of the most entertaining ways to obtain ethics hours. Other seminars include Why Pro Bono is Good Business, How to Manage Receivables in Today's Economy, and Insurance Errors & Omissions.
     If you are not particularly inclined to attend these "in person" CLEs, you of course have the option to view CLEs online through the Memphis Bar Association. Tennessee attorneys are allowed to obtain 8 of their 15 hours through long distance learning, i.e. via the computer. Over the past year, the MBA CLE Committee has worked to offer additional "long distance" CLEs for the convenience of its members. Both live webcasts and online videos are available. Online videos can be watched at any time. Live webcasts, as the name suggests, are scheduled for particular times, but still provide the convenience of online viewing. story continued

Budget Cuts Make Lawyer Support for Campaign for Equal Justice Critical for Memphis Area Legal Services

by George T. "Buck" Lewis, III, 2011 Access to Justice Campaign Chair

As most members of the Bar Association know, Memphis Area Legal Services is devoted to serving members of the community who need but cannot afford a lawyer. The poverty rate in Memphis is 24%, the highest in the nation. Memphis Area Legal Services is already having to turn away approximately half of the eligible prospective clients who present themselves to MALS and ask for help.
     Congressional budget cuts have made it even more difficult for MALS to carry out its mission. In early 2011, MALS’ budget was cut $65,000. The budget for 2012 imposes an additional $235,000 in cuts. This is a total of $365,000 in cuts for 2011 and 2012. Next year, MALS will have $300,000 less money from the federal government on which to operate than it had in 2010. Now, more than ever, MALS needs the generous support of all Memphis lawyers.
     On behalf of MALS and all of the volunteers who have been part of the Campaign for Equal Justice, please allow me to thank all of you who have already given or pledged contributions this year. MALS needs everyone in the Memphis Bar to support the campaign. If you have not pledged or given and are willing to do so, you can send a check to Memphis Area Legal Services in care of Rita Gibson, Development Director, at 109 N. Main, Suite 200, Memphis, TN 38103. Or you can ask for a pledge card by emailing Karen Stull at Lawyers understand better than anyone in the community how important Memphis Area Legal Services is to Shelby County and our surrounding counties. Please include MALS in your holiday giving this year.

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.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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. 

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.

Seminar Featuring Israeli IP Attorney, January 9 

“Israeli Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation: Perspectives from an Israeli IP Attorney” will be held Monday, January 9, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz (165 Madison Ave). The seminar is presented by the MBA, Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Jewish Federation, American Israel Educational Institute, and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce-Southeast Region and features Jeremy Ben-David, a licensed Israel patent and trademark attorney with over 20 years experience. Jeremy M. Ben-David is the owner of JMB Davis Ben-David – Patent & Trademark Attorneys. After emigrating from England in 1984, he co-founded JMB & Co. together with his father, Dr. Stanley J. Davis, who was to become one of the foremost patent attorneys in Israel specializing in life sciences. In following the family tradition, the Jerusalem IP firm of JMB Davis Ben-David is committed to excellence in furthering the interests of its clientele through the prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks, in Israel, in the United States, and in other leading jurisdictions. The seminar is $15 per person including luncheon (dietary laws observed) and offers 1 hour of CLE credit. For more details and to register, click here.

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:

Litigation Section Annual Seminar
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Thursday, December 15
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Dr., University of Memphis Campus
7.25 hours total credit: 3.5 dual / 3.75 general

*Note New Location*

Why Pro Bono is Good Business
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, December 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave, Ste 220
Speaker: Ben Sissman
1.0 hour dual credit

Complex Litigation – Is it Obsolete?
Co-Sponsored with TRT
Telephone seminar - $149 
Friday, December 16
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2 hours general
How to Manage Receivables in Today's Economy
Tuesday, December 20

Insurance Errors & Omissions
Wednesday, December 21

Lincoln on Professionalism
Live Webcast
Wednesday, December 21

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 hrs Total Credit: 1.25 Dual / 2.25 General

Re-Thinking the Practce of Law
.75 hr general CLE credit

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

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