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Law Rules Program Off to Great Start

The MBA "Law Rules" program got off to a great start this week with close to 40 volunteers in attendance at the first speaker training session held Monday at the MBA office. For those who missed it, a video of the program will soon be posted on the "Law Rules" page of our website. We are now busy booking speaking engagements throughout the city but still need your help in spreading the word about this ambitious effort.  Please take a moment to read this great write-up by Andy Meek in today's edition of the Memphis Daily News regarding the program and share it with a group you think might be interested in hosting a "Law Rules" presentation. For more information, click here, or to volunteer or schedule a speaking engagement, contact Anne Fritz at or 901.527.3573. 

YLD Happy Hour Tonight at The Blind Bear

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). Come enjoy drink specials and networking with your Memphis Bar colleagues. 

YLD Survey Responses Due Tomorrow

Chance to win $50 to Restaurant Iris

All members of the Memphis Bar Young Lawyers Division should have received two emails over the past week from regarding a 2012 YLD Member Survey. It contains a link to an online survey regarding YLD social, CLE and service events. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and help us better serve as a resource to you and your practice in 2012. Survey responses are due Friday, February 3, and all those who complete the survey and include their contact information in response to the last question, will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Restaurant Iris. For more information, contact Dottie McCallen at

Women Lawyers’ Retreat at St. Columba on Monday

The MBA is sponsoring “Reflection, Resilience, Renewal: A Retreat for Women Lawyers” on Monday, Feb. 6 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 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.

Training for "Mediator of the Day" Volunteers This Monday

On Monday February 6, 2012, the MBA ADR Section will hold a training session for persons interested in serving as "Mediator of the Day" in either General Sessions Court, Civil Division and/or for pro bono hearings before the Shelby County Divorce Referee. The General Sessions program is underway and the Divorce Referee's program is anticipated to begin soon. You will receive CLE credit for attending the training as well as CLE credit for serving as "Mediator of the Day." This is a really great way for the Bar to assist the Courts in providing access to justice for pro se litigants. The session will be held from 3:30- 5 pm at the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, 515 Erin Drive. Please RSVP to Lesia Beach at if you plan to attend.

Judges Still Needed for High School Mock Trial Tournament Next Week

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 still needed to serve as judges for the first week of competition. If you are interested in assisting with the competition, please contact Nicole Grida at or Jonathan Nelson at

U of M Law Names First Public Interest Counselor

Callie Caldwell has been named as the first public interest counselor in the Office of Career Services at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She will assist with the implementation of the mandatory pro bono requirement that goes into effect with the entering class of 2012. Among her duties, she will identify existing pro bono opportunities, develop additional such opportunities by reaching out to the bench and bar, and assist each student in locating pro bono opportunities to help develop legal skills relevant to the student’s planned career path. She will also inform and advise students about public interest, government, and judicial clerkship opportunities, coordinating with the faculty advisor for judicial clerkships on the latter objective. She will also work with Assistant Dean Estelle Winsett on matters relating to career placement in general, including reviewing students’ resumes and cover letters, conducting mock interviews, and career counseling. Caldwell is a 2010 graduate of the University of Memphis law school. Following graduation she spent a year as a judicial clerk for Federal Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Important 2012 MBA Dates

Add these important dates to your calendar:

  • 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

First YLD Happy Hour of 2012, February 2

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MBA Women Lawyers' Retreat, February 6

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

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U of M Law School Welcomes "Bargaining with the Devil" Author, February 8

Harvard Law Professor Robert Mnookin will speak on “Bargaining with the Devil” at the University of Memphis law school in downtown Memphis on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. His talk will be in the Wade Auditorium of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, located at 1 N. Front Street. Guests are invited to a reception immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public, the lecture is co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves. One of the country’s most eminent practitioners of the art and science of negotiation, Mnookin is the author of Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight. In the book he explores the challenge of making critical decisions and bargaining with adversaries you do not trust, who may harm you, or whom you consider evil incarnate. The head of Harvard’s famed Program on Negotiation, Mnookin provides tools for confronting devils of all kinds – in business, law, politics, and family life. In his speech, he will discuss how to make wise decisions about whether to negotiate or fight. Drawing on examples from business, from family disputes, and from historical examples – including Winston Churchill’s fateful decision not to negotiate with Hitler and Nelson Mandela’s decision to initiate negotiations with the apartheid government in South Africa – Mnookin develops a method for how to avoid emotional, strategic, and political traps. A leading expert in the field of conflict resolution, he has mediated many complex commercial disputes that involved advanced technologies and intellectual property. He has written or edited nine books and many scholarly articles. He has also taught workshops for corporations, governmental agencies, and law firms throughout the world and trained executives and professionals in negotiation and mediation skills. For more information, contact Chelsea Dubey at

Commercial Property Forecast Summit, February 8

Want to put your finger on the pulse of the national and local economies and find out where we're headed? Make plans to attend the MAAR Commercial Property Forecast Summit, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Loren C. Scott, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Louisiana State University. You'll also hear from local speakers about the retail, industrial, office, land, and multifamily markets, as well as a local perspective on the financial sector, and information on Memphis economic development from Reid Dulberger, the new President of EDGE . The event is Wednesday, February 8, at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre (1801 Exeter Road). Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m. and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $40 for MAAR members and $60 for the general public before January 27, and $50 for MAAR members and $70 for the general public after January 27. Click here to register, or contact Katie Shotts at or (901) 818-2435.

Daily News Social Media Seminar, February 9

The Memphis Daily News will present a social media seminar on February 9 that covers social media in highly regulated industries with the large focus being on law. The keynote speaker is Glen Gilmore, lawyer, former prosecutor and former mayor of Hamilton, NJ. This is a "do not miss" learning opportunity for attorneys and professionals within corporate, legal, healthcare, finance, etc. For more information, click here.

"For the Love of Pam" Breakfast, February 14

On Tuesday, February 14, Baker Donelson will be hosting "For the Love of Pam," a Valentine's Day breakfast benefiting the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund. Pam was a paralegal at Baker Donelson from 2004 until 2010, when she passed away after bravely battling colon cancer for several years. Pam was a leader, a pioneer and a champion of the paralegal profession who tirelessly lobbied for certification and recognition of paralegals in a positive light. She taught paralegal studies classes at Southwest Tennessee Community College and was a member of the Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance (GMPA), where she served as chair of every committee and in every office, including two terms as President. 
     In recognition of that reputation and Pam's dedication to clients, co-workers and the legal profession, in 2010 Southwest Tennessee Community College and the GMPA established the Pam Cobb Paralegal Scholarship Fund for students who need a hand up to study, to grow and to contribute to the legal profession that Pam loved and championed. 
     Baker Donelson hopes to make "For the Love of Pam" an annual event that shows our continued support for this worthy cause and our love and respect for Pam. To do so, we need to make this inaugural event a success. Please spread the word to your clients, colleagues and friends and invite them to join us for a wonderful breakfast benefiting a great cause. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Charlotte Gean at the MBA office, or 901.527.3574.  Checks should be made payable to "Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation" with the memo "Pam Cobb Scholarship Fund." Anyone who can't attend the breakfast can still show their support through donations to the scholarship fund. 

All MBA Sections Happy Hour, February 16

Please join all of the MBA sections for a joint social and networking event on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Circa, 6150 Poplar Ave. in the Regalia Shopping Center. The event begins at 5:30 pm and the first 40 people will receive a ticket for one beer or glass of wine. A cash bar will also be available, and delicious appetizers will be served. All section members or those interested in joining a MBA section are invited to attend. To RSVP or for more information, contact Lesia Beach at 901.260.3275 or

Federalist Society Seminar, February 16

The Memphis Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society will present “The Role of the Courts in our Constitutional System” with Professor Ronald D. Rotunda of Chapman University School of Law on Thursday February 16, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at The Madison Hotel. The cost is $25.00 for Federalist Society Members and $30.00 for Non-Members. Lunch is included. The Program has been submitted for one hour Tennessee General CLE Credit. To register, contact Greg Grisham at 901.312.9413 or by February 14.

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.

Renew MBA Dues by March 1, Receive $20 CLE Discount

If you pay your 2012 MBA dues by March 1, you will receive a $20 discount card that you can use for any MBA CLE program (including the Bench Bar Conference and sections' seminars)! Click on the following link to be taken to your profile page on the MBA website: You will need to log in and then you can access your dues invoice and either pay it online using a Visa or MasterCard, or print and return it to the MBA with your check. If you have trouble accessing your profile page, please contact Membership Coordinator Charlotte Gean at 527.3574 or

Assist Law Students with Alternative Spring Break

Memphis Area Legal Services has partnered with students at the University of Memphis School of Law on its Alternative Spring Break project during the week of March 6th. During that week, teams of students will be sent to senior centers, churches, libraries and other locations to assist senior citizens by preparing and executing various advance directives. The goal is to have three teams consisting of 4 students each who will go to a different venue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week to conduct a community education presentation to the seniors on the basics of these documents for a few minutes and then meet with individuals who want to have one prepared and executed. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals and notary publics are needed to go with the teams on one (or all) of those days. If you would like to volunteer, suggestion for a location or place that would be willing to host one of the clinics, or would like more information, contact Linda Warren Seely at

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

2012 Summer Law Intern Program Applications Due March 23

Applications 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;

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:

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

Thurgood Marshall's Coming!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
3.0 hours dual 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 hour dual credit
Manage Your Online Presence to Grow Your Practice
Sponsored by the Technology Section
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch is included
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Jabez LaBret, Get Noticed Get Found, Inc.
1 hour dual credit

Lincoln on Professionalism
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1.0 hour dual

How to Spot a Product Liability Case, The Dynamics of Trucking Litigation and Navigating Medicare
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
February 29, 2012
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Bank Tennessee, 150 Court Ave.
Speakers: Hank Didier, Joseph A. Fried and Rob Davis 
2 hours general credit

The Art of Advocacy - What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
3.0 hours general 

Telephone Seminars

Use the code “phonecle” to receive a discount
Register at:

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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