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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thanks for making 2011 a great year for the Memphis Bar. We are busy making plans for 2012 and look forward to seeing you at the many events and seminars we have planned. Here are some important dates to put on your calendar:
Supreme Court Adopts Revised Code of Judicial Conduct
The Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted a Revised Code of Judicial Conduct effective July 1, 2012; the revised Code will have prospective application only, applying to all relationships existing on and conduct taken from that day forward. The revisions include a new Rule 10B, which establishes procedures for filing motions for disqualification or recusal of a judge and for appeals from denials of such motions; this new rule also takes effect July 1 and has prospective application only. In addition, the revised Code provides greater guidance on judicial disqualification and recusal; prohibits judges who participate in judicial settlement conferences from presiding over the trial or other contested issues in that matter, clarifies a judge’s responsibility to report violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Code of Judicial Conduct by lawyers and judges; and makes it clear that campaign committees and judges must fully comply with campaign finance disclosure statutes and that such activities may lead to disqualification. The revised Code is the result of work by the TBA’s Task Force on Judicial Conduct Rules whose members include Memphis lawyers Al Harvey, Lucian Pera and Buck Lewis, and Judge Alan Glenn. To view the revised Code, go to www.tncourts.gov.
Rev. Glenwood P. Roane, Sr., attorney and pastor of Second Congregational United Church of Christ, died on Dec. 30 at the age of 81, after a long illness. A native Virginian, he received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1957 and did graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1970-71, and at Georgetown University in 1990. He loved the law and was a proud member of the bar in Washington, DC, Virginia and Tennessee. He was a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department/U.S. Agency for International Development for 26 ½ years, serving in Kenya, Egypt, Liberia, Ghana, Vietnam and the Far East. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lucie Porter Roane; a son, Glenwood P. Roane, Jr.; two daughters, Dr. Karen Roane Jones (Dr. Mark) and Rosemary Ly Kallaur (Daniel); six grandchildren; and two brothers. The family will receive friends on Fri., Jan. 6 from 4-7 pm at Second Congregational United Church of Christ, 764 Walker Ave. The funeral service will be held on Sat., Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the building fund at Second Congregational.
Grizzlies Offer Special Rates to MBA Members
The Memphis Grizzlies is offering MBA members up to 35% off the regular gate price to the following games: Thursday, January 12 vs. New York Knicks; Monday, January 16 (MLK Day) vs. Chicago Bulls; and Monday, January 30 vs. San Antonio Spurs. The discounted prices are below. To order your tickets online, go to http://bit.ly/tq8aWf and type Memphis into the "Special Offer Code" box and click "Verify." If you have an account; use your e-mail address and password. If not, go to “Create an Account” box on the right hand side, type your e-mail address and click “Sign Up Now.” Select your seats and tickets will be e-mailed to you. No Ticketmaster fees. If you have questions, please contact Dan Dial at 901.205.1473 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!
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. For more information, click here.
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Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.
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.
Respond to General Sessions Criminal Court Judicial Commissioners Survey by January 13
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.
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.
High School Mock Trial Tournament, February 7-16
MBA Young Lawyers Division Needs Volunteer Judges
The MBA Young Lawyers Division is busy preparing for the 2012 Memphis and Shelby County High School Mock Trial Competition, which will be held February 7-9, 13, and 15-16 at the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Avenue in downtown Memphis. Attorneys and judges are needed to serve as judges. If you are interested in assisting with the competition, please contact Nicole Grida at email@example.com.
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.
Judges Needed for Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament, March 23-25
Memphis is again one of eight sites selected to host post-regional opening rounds of the American Mock Trial Association’s 28th Annual National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament. This is a great opportunity to showcase both Memphis and Tennessee to more than 200 of the most talented students in the nation. The competition will be held Friday, March 23; Saturday, March 24; and Sunday March 25. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national tournament by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. Thanks to the generous efforts of Judges James Russell, the tournament will be held in the Shelby County Courthouse and at 201 Poplar. A judges’ informational session will be held one hour prior to each round. To download additional information about the tournament and judging opportunities, click here. If you have questions, please contact Barbard Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-624-0309 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or email@example.com .
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!