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The MBA office will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Mon., Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. In addition, the office will be closed Mon., Jan. 2 for New Year’s. We wish all of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!
Three New Attorney Positions Posted
Applicants are sought for an Associate Attorney - East Memphis Law Firm, Assistant General Counsel - Treasury Department, and Coordinator of Diversity and TIP - University of Memphis Law School. For more details, visit the MBA Career Center at http://www.memphisbar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=113 .
RENEW Your MBA Membership Dues Now
The beginning of a new MBA membership year is upon us, and it’s time to renew your membership in order to continue receiving the benefits of your MBA membership, such as discounts on CLE seminars, networking opportunities, unrestricted access to the MBA website and member database, and much more!
Mary Wharton, the mother of Mayor A C Wharton, died Tuesday at the age of 95. Services will be Friday in Lebanon, TN. Hellum Funeral Home has charge. In addition to Mayor Wharton, she is survived by two daughters: Mary Davis, a retired teacher living in Memphis, and Ruth Wharton, a retired educator living in Nashville; and a son, Dr. Kenneth Wharton, an OB/GYN in Chicago. Her youngest child, Velma Lowe, died in 2005.
Attorney William E. Walsh, Jr., 89, died earlier this week. After graduating from Christian Brothers High School, he was selected for the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program and received a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in just two years. He served in World War II as a Lieutenant JG. After his military service, he received a law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1949 and practiced law for many years in the Memphis and the Shelby County area. He was predeceased by his parents, Marguerite Breen and William E. Walsh, Sr., his brother, Hugh Michael and his sister, Marguerite Ann Walsh Kern. He did not marry, but he is survived by his nieces and nephews, Hugh Michael Walsh, William Walsh, Thomas Walsh, Virginia Walsh Holt, and Stephen Walsh, Marguerite Kern Kingsmill and Kevin Kern, and sixteen grand nieces and nephews. Visitation is today, Thursday, December 22, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 8151 Poplar Avenue, Germantown. Catholic mass to follow at 10 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed atwww.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100 - from The Commercial Appeal
Roger Page Appointed to Court of Criminal Appeals
Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Judge Roger Page, who currently serves Chester, Henderson, and Madison counties as a Circuit Court Judge for the 26th Judicial District, to fill the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section, created by the death of Judge J.C. McLin. He received his law degree with high honors from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1984 and was an assistant attorney general from 1991-1998, when he was elected circuit court judge. He was a member of the Judicial Evaluation Commission from 2004-2008 and currently serves on the Tennessee Judicial Conference Bench-Bar Committee.
President Obama Appoints Fowlkes to U.S. District Court
Judge John Fowlkes has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court created by the recent elevation of Judge Bernice Donald to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Fowlkes was recommended to the Democratic White House for the position by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis, the ranking Democrat in the state’s delegation to Washington. To read more about Judge Fowlkes and the nomination from The Memphis Daily News, click here.
General Sessions Criminal Court Judicial Commissioners Survey
The General Sessions Criminal Court Judges Office is committed to improving and evaluating the program of Judicial Commissioners in accordance to Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-1-111. MBA members who often work directly with General Sessions Criminal Court are asked to complete this survey. The goal of the survey is to give the General Sessions Criminal Court Judges an opportunity to assess the performance and the effectiveness of the system of Judicial Commissioners. Please respond to the General Sessions Criminal Court Judicial Commissioners Survey by January 13, 2012. Click here to go to the survey.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
Historic Shelby County Courthouse Tour, December 22
HIstorian Jimmy Ogle will lead a free, walking tour of the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Avenue, today, December 22, at noon. Those interested in joining Jimmy should meet him on the southwest steps at Adams and Second at noon or just inside the southwest entrance if it is raining. Jimmy leads a Courthouse tour at noon on the fourth Thursday of each month. To see the official tour flyer and a calendar of upcoming Courthouse tours, click here.
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, and guest Brian Faughnan 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, Jan. 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.
AWA Annual Banquet, January 31
The Association for Women Attorneys cordially invites you to their Annual Meeting and Banquet honoring Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich as the 2011 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award Recipient. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Avenue. Tickets are $55 for AWA Members, $65 for non-members and $30 for law students. Silent auction at 5:30 pm and dinner and program at 6:45 pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.821.0044 or mail check payable to AWA, Attn: Leah Hillis; 530 Oak Court Drive, Suite 355; Memphis, TN 38117.
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 & 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 www.memphisbar.org/benchbar 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!