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Part-Time Position—The MBA is seeking a part-time person to help grow its online CLE presence. Duties include taping and editing live seminars for later playback online and arranging webinars. The number of seminars varies by month; most are held during the day. Person should be familiar with audio-visual equipment, including taping and editing; background in media a plus. Pay is $15/hour. Send a resume to Lesia Beach, CLE/Sections Director, at

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—Downtown Law Firm has immediate opening for a Legal Assistant for one senior partner and one junior partner. Candidate must be motivated, organized and self-sufficient. Will work primarily in labor and employment law (arbitrations, civil service) and federal court (lawsuits) based. Knowledge of Federal court is a must. Knowledge of state courts is a plus. Position would involve, but not limited to, updating and tracking two calendars, opening and organizing files (computer and paper files), drafting letters and simple pleadings, finalizing briefs and court filings with proper citations, etc., drafting discovery and responses to discovery. Experience is a must as well as familiarity with at least some of their programs/software: WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Needles, and the concept of billing your time. Salary will be based on experience. Position is full-time and includes benefits. Qualified candidates send resume to Mary at


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Respond to CLE Survey by Tomorrow, Win Gift Certificate to Restaurant Iris!

Attention members of the Memphis legal community! Please assist us in planning the best line up of CLE seminars for you by completing the MBA CLE Survey at Everyone who responds by tomorrow will be entered in a drawing to receive a $50 gift card from Restaurant Iris!

New Judicial Disqualification Rules Topic of Seminar Today!

Early this year, the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted the first comprehensive rewrite of the Rules of Judicial Conduct in more than 20 years. One of the major new emphases in the Rules is giving better guidance on when a judge should recuse him or herself or be disqualified from hearing a matter. The rules not only address substantive standards for recusal, including the amount of support a judge or the judge’s opponent might receive during a campaign, but also establish a procedure for independent, expedited review of judges’ decisions on recusal and disqualification.
     This aspect of the new Rules is the topic of an MBA seminar on Thurs., March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the MBA Conference Center. A distinguished panel of speakers – Judge Joe Riley, Lucian Pera, and Bruce Smith – will discuss what the new rules mean for practitioners and judges and how they will be implemented.
     The registration fee is $55 for MBA members, $70 for non-members and $40 for non-attorneys or those who don’t need CLE credit. The seminar is approved for 1.5 hours of dual CLE credit. To register, click here or call the MBA office at 527.3573.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour at Brass Door Today!

At 4:30pm today, the YLD will host its first Triple Threat of the year! The YLD's Triple Threat Series is an opportunity for lawyers to (1) leave work early, (2) earn low-cost CLE credit, and (3) socialize on our tab. This Triple Threat will be held at The Brass Door located at 152 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38103. The CLE, entitled "Deciphering Assets: Understanding Individual and Small Business Tax Returns...You Have to Read One Eventually", will be presented by Robert Vance of Forensic and Valuation Services, PLC. Through this CLE, Robert Vance will demonstrate how to: reconcile reported income with true income, read the following forms: W-2, K-1, 1040, 1065, 1120S, deconstruct a Form 1040 for income and hidden assets, and identify the major aspects of a business’ financial statements and how they end up on a corporate tax return. Ultimately, if you deal with damages, this CLE will undoubtedly be helpful to your practice. The CLE will be followed by a Happy Hour beginning at 5:30 pm also at the Brass Door. For more details and to register for the seminar, click here.

Tomorrow's Law Symposium Will Discuss Death Penalty Issues, Including the "West Memphis Three" Case

The 2012 University of Memphis Law Review Symposium on “Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty” will be held at the University of Memphis School of Law on Friday, March 30 from 9am until 5pm. The symposium will analyze well-known stories such as the West Memphis Three and Guantanamo. The speakers will address timely cases involving foreign nationals, intellectual disability, jury selection, gangs, and the prosecutor's perspective. There will also be a special Shelby County panel discussion of the issue. Among the speakers will be Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three. Read more about the program below under "Calendar."

Bench Bar Happy Hour on April 5

Let the celebration begin early! Join your colleagues at a Bench Bar Happy Hour on Thurs., April 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cortona, 948 S. Cooper. There will be free appetizers and drinks—until the limit is reached! After that, you can still order drinks at the happy hour price of $5. In addition, there will be drawings for U of M basketball “goodies” signed by Coach Josh Pastner. However, to be eligible, you must have already registered for the Conference, or register during the happy hour. For more information about the Conference, including reservation, registration, and schedule information, go to

Nonprofit Seeks Volunteer Attorney

The Bobby Lanier Farm Park in Germantown needs an attorney to help it achieve 501(c)(3) status. The park will include a community garden and educational activities for the public. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or

Application Deadline for Summer Law Intern Program Tomorrow!


Applications for the 2012 Summer Law Intern Program, which introduces minority high school students to the “real world” practice of law, are due tomorrow. 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;
      Former intern Josiah Owens, a junior at Arlington High School, and Judge Gina Higgins of Circuit Court discussed the program on Fox 13's Good Morning Memphis on Wednesday. Click the video above to watch. 


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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Before You Volunteer, Watch...

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
3.5 hrs Total Credit: 1.25 Dual / 2.25 General
Free to those who volunteer!

Important 2012 MBA Dates

Add these important dates to your calendar:

  • YLD Legal Lines on WREG-TV—April 19
  • 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 Golf Tournament—September 28
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, March 29

Read more under Headlines above.

Application Deadline for Summer Law Intern Program, March 30

Read more under Headlines above.

Law Symposium Will Discuss Death Penalty Issues, Including the "West Memphis Three" Case, March 30

The 2012 University of Memphis Law Review Symposium on “Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty” will be held at the University of Memphis School of Law on Friday, March 30 from 9am until 5pm. The symposium will analyze well-known stories such as the West Memphis Three and Guantanamo. The speakers will address timely cases involving foreign nationals, intellectual disability, jury selection, gangs, and the prosecutor's perspective. There will also be a special Shelby County panel discussion of the issue. Speakers include:

• Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three
• District Attorney General Amy Weirich
• Richard Broughton (Assistant Prof. of Law at University of Detroit and former Capital Case Unit Lawyer at USDOJ and former Assistant Attorney General of Texas for Capital Litigation)
• Danalynn Recer (Executive Director of Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Houston, Texas)
• Judge Dan Stidham (West Memphis Three defense attorney)
• Scharlette Holdman (Executive Director of Center for Capital Assistance)
• Bradley MacLean (TN Office of the Post Conviction Defender and Vanderbilt Law School adjunct professor)
• Bidish Sarma (Deputy Director of Capital Appeals Project, New Orleans, Louisiana)
• Judge John T. Fowlkes (Shelby County Criminal Court)
• Jeff Usman (Assistant Professor of Law, Belmont Law School)

Registration is $125 for attendees seeking CLE credit; $40 for attendees not seeking CLE credit; free for students, professors, university staff, and government employees. Program attendees will be eligible for 6.25 hours of general CLE credit. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments for the duration will be provided. For additional information and online registration, please visit or contact Isaac Kimes at 901-678-2097 or

Bench Bar Happy Hour on April 5

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Federalist Society Seminar, April 12

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present “An Overview of the Oral Arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cases” with The Honorable Gregory G. Katsas, Esq., of Jones Day on Thursday April 12th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at The Madison Hotel. Cost is $25 for Federalist Society Members and $30.00 for Non-Members. Lunch is included. The Program has been submitted for one hour of Tennessee general CLE credit. To register contact Greg Grisham at 901-312-9413 or by April 10.

YLD Legal Lines Live from WREG Studios, April 19

Happy Hour at Earnestine & Hazel's

The MBA Young Lawyers Division and WREG Channel 3 are working together again to bring our community Legal Lines, a live legal help call-in program, on Thursday, April 19th. Traditionally held during Law Week, the YLD is instead hosting it earlier in April and will pair the community service event with a networking Happy Hour afterward at Earnestine & Hazel's! For more information or to volunteer for the event, please contact Nicole Grida ( or Jonathan Nelson (

Law Week 2012 - April 23-May 4

  • Monday, April 23rd - Volunteer at the Mid-South Food Bank - Volunteer shifts are from 9:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:30 pm. If you would like to help out, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.
  • Friday, April 27th - Law Week Launch Party in Court Square - 5-7 pm - All members of the Memphis legal community are invited to this family-friendly event. The event will feature live music by WALRUS, food by the BBQ Shop, ice cream, beer, wine and more! It's a FREE event, but as always, we encourage all to bring a monetary or canned good donation for the Mid-South Food Bank. 
  • Monday, April 30th - Naturalization Ceremony - 10 am - The Cannon Center - Come witness hundreds of new citizens be sworn in before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. 
  • Wednesday, May 2 - Annual Memorial Service - 10 am - Calvary Episcopal Church - Read more details in the story below.
  • Look for more Law Week details in April!

2012 Annual Memorial Service Set for May 2

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Wed., May 2, 2012, at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. This year's honorees include:

Grady Whitman Agee—7/23/2011
Arch Boyce Boyd—11/25/2011
A.J. Cook—4/20/2011
Jess David Ewing—11/9/2011
William “Bill” Domico—5/15/2011
Professor Francis A.Gabor—3/10/2012
Stephen Hale—5/27/2011
Eugene L. Heffernan—8/5/2011
James W. Hodges—2/25/2012
Valerie Walsh Johnson—1/31/2012
Hon. Hosea T. Lockard—12/12/2011
John Evans McKee—11/21/2011
John Chelsea Moore—5/3/2011
Bishop J. O. Patterson, Jr.—6/25/2011
Rev. Glenwood Paris Roane, Sr.—2/30/2011
Patricia Penn—9/2/2011
Seymour S. “Sy” Rosenberg—7/23/2011
Annie Benita “Bonnie” Schledwitz—10/5/2011
James Robert Smoot, Dean Emeritus —7/12/2011
Edward Preston Acker Smith—2/28/2012
Atty. General Hugh Wright Stanton, Jr.—5/23/2011
Henry Von Sutton—2/27/2012
Russell X. Thompson—11/24/2011
William E. Walsh, Jr.—12/20/2011
William M. Walsh—5/11/2011

If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2012

Registration is now online 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. Go to for details on how to book your condo and to view the conference schedule and register now to get the early bird discount.

AWA Golf Tournament, June 1

The Association of Women Attorneys will host its first annual golf tournament fund raiser on Friday, June 1st at Mirimichi Championship Course in Millington, TN. There will be a shotgun start at 1 pm. In addition to or instead of swinging the sticks, please come out and join an environmental tour of the Nation’s First Audubon Classic Sanctuary Certified Golf Course, led by Mirimichi staff . The AWA welcomes all comers to “The Place of Happy Retreat." Mark your calendar and look for more details in the coming months.

Comments on “Plain Language” General Sessions Forms Due June 11

The Tennessee Supreme Court is seeking comments on the following forms originally proposed by the Tennessee General Sessions Conference and reviewed by the Access to Justice Commission. If adopted by the Court, the forms would be “universally acceptable and legally sufficient for use in civil cases before the General Sessions Courts in Tennessee.” The forms are: (1) Protected Income and Assets (Affidavit of Claim Exemptions);(2) Request to Make Payments (Motion and Affidavit for Installment Payments);(3) Request Not to Pay Fees for Appeal (Pauper's Oath in Lieu of Appeal Bond); (4) Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order (Uniform Civil Affidavit of Indigency);(5) Request to Protect Income and Assets (Motion to Quash Garnishment/Execution and Claim Exemption Rights); and(6) Sworn Denial (Sworn Denial on Account). The deadline for comments is June 11. To view the forms, go to; they are listed under SC Rule 52.

Bankruptcy Section Golf Tournament, June 22

MBA Bankruptcy Section will host its golf tournament on Friday, June 22 at Stonebridge; shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and look for more details in the coming months.

Project Homeless Connect, July 12

Volunteers will be needed to provide on-site legal assistance to the homeless on July 12th at the Cook Convention Center. Mark your calendar for this important event and look for more details in the coming months! Click here to read an article about the 2011 event. 

YLD Golf Tournament, September 28

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual golf tournament on Friday, September 28th at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington, Tenn. There will be a shotgun start at 1 pm. Mark your calendar and look for more details this summer. 

Learn by Doing at the Trial Academy, October 19-21

The MBA’s Litigation Section is sponsoring The Trial Academy from Oct. 19-21 (during Judicial Conference) at the Shelby County Courthouse. The Academy is a “learn by doing” seminar designed to hone the trial skills of young attorneys. Participants will receive a civil trial problem in advance, for which they will have to prepare, just as for an actual trial. At the Academy, the participants will conduct trial exercises while being videotaped and will receive a constructive critique of their performance from some of the finest trial lawyers in Memphis and the surrounding area. This is an invaluable and cost effective way to get courtroom training when the opportunities for trial experience are dwindling.
     The registration fee is $750, a bargain when compared to similar programs. More information, including a schedule, will be available in the next month. Check for the latest information and mark your calendar now to attend!

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars:

New Judicial Disqualification Rules
Thursday, March 29
11:30 am – 1 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speakers: Hon. Joe G. Riley; Lucian Pera, Adams & Reese; and Bruce Smith, Apperson Crump
1.5 Hours Dual Credit

Deciphering Assets: Understanding Individual & Small Business Tax Returns
Thursday, March 29
4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Brass Door, 152 Madison Ave.
Speaker: Robert Vance, Forensic and Valuation Services, PLC
1 hour general credit
This is part of the YLD Triple Threat and will be followed by a Happy Hour.

Lexis Advance & Lexis for Microsoft Office Technology Update
Sponsored by the MBA Technology Section
Thursday, April 5 
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220 
Speaker: Philip Lewis, LexisNexis
1 hour general credit

Telephone Seminars

Presented by TRT CLE
Use the code “phonecle” to receive a discount and click here for course listings and registration.

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

Managing Your Online Presence to Grow Your Practice
1 hr dual credit

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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