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IPSCO—Title Sponsor for Your Insurance Needs
IPSCO offers a full array of business insurance coverages underwritten by A+ A.M. Best-rated carriers. We also offer individual insurance coverages to meet the needs of members, their families, and their employees. Special disability and long-term care policies offer discounts available only through IPSCO. Phone - 901.761.2440, .

Alpha Reporting is the largest court reporting firm in the area, with offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, TN and Tupelo, MS. In addition to court reporting, Alpha offers realtime depositions, deposition/video streaming, nationwide scheduling, conference room and electronic transcripts. Alpha Legal Solutions provides litigation support and videography services.

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     RRC is available for use by all mediators, arbitrators, and community members for business gatherings. 901.527.7577
      Conflict Resolution. It Should Be Better. It Can Be Better.


East Memphis, established general practice firm seeks associate to share space with three attorneys. Arrangement will include a receptionist, office, conference room, use of general office equipment and more. Great location with easy access. Contact, Larry Weissman, 901.763.2134 or

Office Space Available-The Administrative Office of the Courts has surplus office space available for sublet at i bank Tower (formerly White Station Tower) at 5050 Poplar Street. Approximately 1200 square feet under lease through 2015. Below market at $16.50 per square foot or will consider any reasonable offer. Contact David Haines, AOC general counsel, at (615) 741-2687.

Three Offices for Rent, individually or all three.
Excellent rate and location downtown near Shelby County Courthouse and Criminal Justice Complex. Includes parking, reception/light secretarial, phone, utilities. Contact Ellen Fite or Frank Holloman, 901.526.1088.


Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

Executive/Legal/Assistant to General Counsel—Long time privately-held Memphis corporation has opening for experienced Executive/Legal/Assistant. Candidate must be professional, highly organized and willing to work in different capacities as needed. Job duties include, but are not limited to, assisting General Counsel in typing and revising legal documents, managing extensive filing system, coordinating multiple outside counsel, handling frequent travel arrangements and organizing business meetings, both on and offsite. Great salary and benefits to right candidate. Please send resume and salary history to or fax to Mary (901) 527-3582.

Office Administrator
—A small Memphis law firm is seeking an individual to perform receptionist duties; general secretarial duties; responsible for TABS (billing software); enter time, expenses and payments; run pre-bills and send monthly bills; allocate payments. Those interested should send a resume to Mary Lynes  

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

Interested in placing an ad in the Bar Bulletin? Click here to download the ad rate sheet and contract.





Make a Difference - Sponsor a Summer Law Intern!

Around 200 applications were received by the deadline for the 2012 Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP). Now, it's time to secure their workplaces for the summer. If you are interested in sponsoring an intern June 4-29, 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 (901.527.3575; To learn more about the program, click here.

Circuit & Chancery Courts Propose E-Filing Rules

Comments Due Tomorrow!

The Circuit Court and Chancery Court of the 30th Judicial District have proposed amendments to their local rules to allow for e-filing in their respective courts.  These proposed rules and amendments can be found on their websites: and Comments are being solicited from attorneys and members of the public and are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18.  The proposed amendments will take effect on June 25, 2012 unless prior to that date, either court amends, modifies or withdraws them.  Comments on the proposed Chancery Court rules can be submitted via email to or in writing to Donna L. Russell, Clerk & Master, Chancery Court of Shelby County, Tennessee, 30th Judicial District, 140 Adams Ave., Room 308, Memphis, TN 38103.  Comments on the proposed Circuit Court rules can be submitted via email to or in writing to Jimmy Moore, Clerk, Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee, 30th Judicial District, 140 Adams Ave., Room 320, Memphis, TN 38103.

2012 Bench Bar Recap

Another successful Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference was held last week at Tops’l Beach Resort in Destin, FL. Although the number attending was down from last year, those who came enjoyed beautiful weather (with some rain on Wed.), interesting CLE programs, and time to relax and socialize with their colleagues and families. District Attorney General Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton provided insights into their offices and, in Ed’s case, the latest news on the Bain kidnapping case, which broke just after he arrived at the conference. Memphis attorney and comedian Joe Leibovich managed to get lawyers and judges to participate in improvisational skits (with only minor humiliation), showing how the techniques of improvisational comedy can help in your law practice. Judge Bob Weiss, Chancery Court Clerk & Master Donna Russell, and Van Sturdivant, C.A.O. of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office provided an overview of the proposed new e-filing rules in their respective courts and Jabez LeBret, co-author of How to Turn Clicks Into Clients, gave helpful tips on how to get your website at the top on Google searches.
      Our thanks to the MBA’s title sponsors – Alpha Reporting, BankTennessee and IPSCO – for their support of the conference and to the other sponsors and vendors: Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, The Marston Group, PLC, Thomson Reuters, Martindale-Hubbell, Injured Workers Pharmacy, Flying Paper, Argent Trust Co., Counsel on Call, Brown Dog Lodge, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Huey’s Restaurant, Hobson Realtors, LawPay, MBA Labor & Employment Law Section and MBA Technology Section. A big thanks to Morgan & Morgan-Memphis for sponsoring the hospitality suite (we have no idea who stole your sign!)
      Even if you didn’t attend the conference, you can still get a t-shirt for only $5! Small, medium and large sizes are available; you can pick one up at the MBA office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
     And, visit the MBA Facebook page to see photos from the conference.

Federal Public Defender: Notice of Vacancy

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is soliciting applications from persons interested in appointment as Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee. This vacancy was created by the retirement of Steve Shankman, the current Federal Public Defender. Application forms and further information may be obtained from the Office of the Circuit Executive, 503 Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, 100 East Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202-3988; (513) 564-7200, or from any office of the Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, or online at Applications must be received in the Office of the Circuit Executive no later than June 15th.

U of M Law School Names Coordinator of Diversity Programs

Jacqueline O’Bryant is the new coordinator of diversity programs at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She will oversee the Tennessee Institute for Prelaw, the state’s only summer diversity access program for law school. She also will actively recruit and support diverse law students, while developing additional diversity outreach initiatives for the school. Before joining the law school’s staff, she was deputy prosecuting attorney for Pulaski County (Little Rock) in Arkansas and was an adjunct professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. She holds a law degree from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and a B.A. degree in political science from Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Supreme Court Waives Fee for Pro Bono CLE Credits

On April 30th, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order amending Supreme Court Rule 21, Section 4.07(c) to waive the per-hour fee for any ethics & professionalism credits earned by attorneys who provide pro bono legal representation through court appointment, an organized bar association program or legal services organization, or pro bono mediation services as required by Supreme Court Rule 31 or the Federal Court Mediation Programs established by the U.S. District Courts in Tennessee. The number of billable hours required for credit remains 5 hours for 1 hour of CLE credit.

MBA President Guest on Lipscomb Pitts Radio Show

MBA President Gary Smith was a guest on The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Radio Show on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Click here to hear Gary speak about the goals of the MBA and our plans for 2012, including the Law Rules initiative

Install MBA Website Icon on Android, iPhone

Did you know the MBA website has its own iPhone and Android home screen icon? This means that you can add our website's icon to your phone and pull up our site more easily to access CLE course listing, search our member and mediator databases, and much more. Here is how it can be setup:

1. Pull up your website in your phone browser
2. Select the bookmark icon, on an iphone it is at the bottom of the screen in the middle
3. Choose “add to home screen” 
If you have any questions, please email Dottie McCallen at

Justice for All Silent Auction Wants Your Items!

Legal organizations in Memphis have joined together to support an online silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Memphis Area Legal Services.  The organizations are planning a series of three online silent auctions, the first of which will “go live” on Monday, June 4. How can you help? It’s easy – just donate one (or more) items for the silent auction! Have a garage full of “stuff”? Does your firm have unused furniture in good condition? Then donate it!  story continued here

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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:

  • 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 Happy Hour & CLE, May 24 at Circa

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour on Thursday, May 24th at Circa (6150 Poplar Avenue #122). The seminar, "Their Problems are Your Problems – Ethics of Co-Counsel" with Brian Faughnan of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & MItchell, will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm with a Happy Hour to follow from 5:00-7:00 pm. For more information and to register, click here

Memorial for Professor Francis Gabor, May 24

The Cecil C. Humphreys Law School will honor Professor Gabor’s many contributions to the law school and the greater legal community at a memorial service on Thursday, May 24, 2012, with remarks beginning at 5 p.m. at the law school in downtown Memphis. The Memphis Law School extends an invitation to the entire community to join Professor Gabor’s family and his many friends to remember his life and achievements.
      Professor Gabor was a Holocaust survivor who came from his native Budapest to the United States in 1968. In addition to receiving his first law degree in Budapest, he received an LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and a J.D. degree from Tulane.Professor Gabor joined the law school faculty in 1976. 
     A fund has been established in Francis’ memory at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Make checks payable to University of Memphis Foundation and mail to: Department 238, U of M Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001. Include instructions to designate your gift to the Professor Francis Gabor Fund.

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." For more information and to register, click here. For sponsorship information, click here

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.

Register Now! YLD Bowling Tournament, June 14

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a bowling night on Thursday, June 14th, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Billy Hardwick’s All-star Lanes, 576 S. White Station Rd, Memphis, TN 38117 (corner of White Station & Quince). The cost is $10 per person, which includes shoe rental and bowling for 2 hours. Drinks will be provided. As a result of a generous sponsorship from Counsel on Call, the first 20 people to register for the event will be able to bowl for free. The free spots are going fast so click here to register now.

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 Developments in Mortgage Company Claims
Sponsored by the MBA Bankruptcy Section
Friday, May 18
12:00- 1:00 pm
200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speakers: Sylvia Ford Brown, Chapter 13 Trustee, Joel Giddens, Wilson & Associates, PLLC and Chontele McIntyre, Chapter 13 Trustee's Office
1 hr general credit

The Evolving Payment in Lieu of Tax – PILOT – Program in Memphis & Shelby County
Sponsored by the Real Estate/Environmental Law Section
Monday, May 21
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speakers: Harry Skefos & Liz Keough
1 hr general credit

Substance Abuse & Depression in the Law Office: Role of Office Managers & Managing Partners
Wednesday, May 23
12:00 – 3:15 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220
Speakers: Hon. Robert L. Childers, Elizabeth Collins, Andy Branham and Laura Gatrell McClendon
3 hrs dual credit

Do We Pay For That? Advising In-House Counsel on Wage/Hour Law
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Thursday, May 24
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ford & Harrison, 795 Ridgelake Blvd., #300
Speaker: David Prather
Lunch is included – 1 hr general credit

Their Problems Are Your Problems – Ethics of Co-Counsel
Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division
Thursday, May 24
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Circa Restaurant, 6150 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Brian Faughnan
1 hr dual credit
Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

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
Click here to register for online course and to purchase ALI-ABA products:  
Click here to view the available ALI-ABA live courses and webcasts:

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

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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