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2012 Summer Law Intern Program Applications Now Available

2011 Summer Intern Program Closing CeremonyApplications for the 2012 Summer Law Intern Program, which introduces minority high school students to the “real world” practice of law, are now available. The program is open to students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in August 2012 and who are residents of Shelby County. In addition to the application, students must write an essay on why they want to participate in the program, get a letter of reference from an adult, and be interviewed by a panel of attorneys. If accepted, the student will work at least 60 hours from June 4-29 and attend group activities on Friday afternoon. If the student successfully completes the internship, he/she will receive a $500 stipend.
      Click here to download an application or contact Mary Lynes (271.0660; If you know a minority high school student with an interest in the law, please encourage them to apply. If you are interested in sponsoring an intern, either by having them work in your office or by paying the stipend so they can work at a government or non-profit agency, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575;

Women Lawyers’ Retreat on Feb. 6

The MBA is sponsoring “Reflection, Resilience, Renewal: A Retreat for Women Lawyers” on Monday, Feb. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Columba Retreat Center in Bartlett. The retreat will combine hands-on experiential learning with cutting edge research to provide a time for women lawyers to step back and reflect upon their lives, explore the key components of resilience and change, and recommit to their own personal and professional growth and development. The retreat is led by facilitator Kathy Story who has developed and presented these workshops nationally to hundreds of attorneys and judges.
     The retreat is approved for 6.5 hours of dual CLE credit and the registration fee is $250. A limited number of half-price scholarships for young women attorneys are available. For more information about the retreat, click here.

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 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 or 901.527.3573.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit 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
  • High School Mock Trial—February 7-16
  • 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

TABL Conference Cancelled

The Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers, Inc. (TABL) Law Students Conference scheduled for January 27-28, 20112 at the University of Memphis School of Law has been cancelled.  For more information, please contact Keith Dobbs at 901.292.1800.

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. The MBA has purchased a table for the banquet. If you are interested in sitting at the MBA table, please contact Charlotte Gean (527.3574; Otherwise, please RSVP to 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

Sponsored by Empire Imaging, the first Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour of 2012 will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 2nd at The Blind Bear (119 S. Main, formerly Bar None). Mark your calendar and come enjoy drink specials and networking with your Memphis Bar colleagues. 

Judge the High School Mock Trial Tournament, February 7-16

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

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 sponsored by Flying Paper. 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 as soon as possible. You can also contact Irwin Magevney at or Jake Dickerson 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.

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

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, or Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science, Rhodes College, at 901-843-3843 or .

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:

Legislative Update and How to Develop Relationships with Your Legislators
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Angie Thies-Huber, Field Director, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
1.0 Hour General CLE Credit

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

A Retreat for Women Lawyers
Monday, February 6, 2012
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
St. Columba Retreat Center
Speaker: Kathy Story
6.5 Hours Dual CLE Credit

Property Tax Matters
Sponsored by the Real Estate/Environmental Law Section
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided at 11:30 am
Speaker: Andrew H. Raines, Evans Petree
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave.
1.0 Hour General CLE Credit

Mobility and Ethics
Sponsored by the Technology Section
Thursday, February 9, 2012
4:00 – 5:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Meredith Williams, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
1.0 Hour Dual CLE

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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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. Resources

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