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Headlines

MBA Boards Welcome Additional Members

Chris Campbell of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, has been appointed as a member of the MBA Board of Directors. Chris assumes the position vacated by Tommy Parker upon his election as MBA Secretary and will fulfill the remaining two years of Tommy's term. Additionally, the MBA Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors has appointed Tricia Everitt of Farris Bobango Branan, PLC, and Pablo Varela of the Shelby County Attorney's Office as Ex Officio Directors. Welcome to all! We are glad to have you on board. 

Speaker Training for "Law Rules" January 30th

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 a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law. 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 afritz@memphisbar.org or 901.527.3573. A training session for volunteer speakers will be held on Monday, January 30, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at the MBA office, 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220.  For more information, click here.

Volunteer to Assist Law Students

In a joint effort with the University of Memphis School of Law, the MBA is compiling two lists of local attorneys willing to assist law students.  The first list will include attorneys who are able to spend 15 minutes or so of their time with a law student answering career related questions. The other list will include attorneys who are willing to allow a student to shadow them on legal matters such as motions, depositions, and the like after the student has signed a confidentiality agreement. If you are willing to assist in either manner, please contact Mary Lynes at mlynes@memphisbar.org or 901.527.3573.

2012 MBA-YLD Basketball Law League Begins in March

Happy Hour and Basketball Draft on February 23rd

The YLD is happy to announce the return of the MBA-YLD Basketball Law League. For those eager to showcase their talents on the hardwood or to relive their basketball glory days while burning a few calories before Bench Bar, please join us Thursday, February 23, 2011, at the Flying Saucer for the YLD Happy Hour/Basketball Draft. The Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm, and the Draft begins at 6:00 pm. Even if you do not intend to play, please come to the Happy Hour/Basketball Draft on February 23rd and support your fellow colleagues as they begin their road to the championship. If you are signing up a team or if you plan to enter the Draft, please contact Tim Johnson at 685-2662 or tjohnson@pcplc.com as soon as possible. You can also contact Irwin Magevney at imagevney@sidgilreath.com or Jake Dickerson at jdickerson@bakerdonelson.com if you are interested in playing. You do not have to wait for the Draft to sign up! But the Draft on February 23rd will be your last chance to sign up a team or be placed on a team. The games will begin in March and are usually held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at either Grace-St. Luke's Church or Independent Presbyterian Church. More details about game nights, times, and locations will be available next month.

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Calendar

Pro Bono Schedules: 
Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic
& Saturday Legal Clinic

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit www.memphisbar.org/volunteer for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.

Important 2012 MBA Dates

Add these important dates to your calendar:

  • Law Rules Training Seminar—January 30
  • Law Week 2012—April 27 (Launch Party) through May 4
  • Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference, Destin, FL—May 9-12
  • Summer Law Intern Program—May 30, Orientation; June 4-29, program; July 12, Closing Ceremony
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

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 lhillis@smmfamilylaw.com or 901.821.0044 or mail check payable to AWA, Attn: Leah Hillis; 530 Oak Court Drive, Suite 355; Memphis, TN 38117.

First YLD Happy Hour of 2012, February 2

Mark your calendar and look for more information regarding the first Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour of 2012 on Thursday, February 2nd.

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 nicole.grida@leitnerfirm.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. 
More information about the symposium and the submission of Law Review articles is available at http://www.memphis.edu/mediaroom/releases/aug11/lawsymposium.htm or contact Isaac Kimes at 901-678-2097 orisaac.kimes@gmail.com.

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 pohlmannb@rhodes.edu, or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or pohlmann@rhodes.edu .

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!

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CLE Seminars


Upcoming Live Seminars:

Mediator’s Forum
Sponsored by ADR Section
Friday, January 27, 2012
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Presented by the International Academy of Mediators Board of Governors
University of Memphis Law School, 1 N. Front, Wade Auditorium
2.0 Hours Dual CLE Credit & 2.0 Hours Mediation Ethics Credit
  

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


Click here to view the complete CLE calendar
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ALI-ABA ONLINE WEBCASTS & SEMINARS
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Click here to view the available ALI-ABA live courses and webcasts:
http://memphisbar.ali-aba.net/

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.
 

Memphisbar.org Resources

Pro Bono & Volunteer Opportunities
www.memphisbar.org/volunteer

Public Resources - Legal
http://legalhelp.memphisbar.org

Attorney Career Center
www.memphisbar.org/careercenter

Memphis Mediator Search
www.memphisbar.org/mediators 

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