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Collierville Law Firm Seeks Associate. Established firm seeks an associate to share space with other attorneys. Offering a furnished office in a prominent location. Associate will have a dedicated office, access to conference rooms, use of equipment, live receptionist, clerical assistance, use of network computer system with legal database and billing arrangements. If interested, please send information to

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.


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Part-time Immigration Attorney—The Community Legal Center is looking for a part-time immigration attorney (approx. 22 hours / week) to work 2 - 3 months beginning in August 2012. This is a temporary position but could lead to F/T ongoing employment. The duties include: 1) coordinating immigration intake clinics and helping to schedule clients and attorneys to help with clinics. 2) assigning clients to pro bono attorneys. 3) represents clients in immigration court as needed. 4) maintains and organizes records of services performed and prepares monthly statistical reports for Exec. Director. Must be a licensed attorney in the U.S. If interested, send resume to

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Justice For All Online Auction Ends July 31

Check out the Justice for All On-Line Auction benefitting Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS). Bidding open now through Tuesday, July 31. Items offered include jewelry, housewares, art, furniture, and certificates for goods and services.
Trying to plan a vacation? How about Deep Sea Fishing in the Destin Fishing Rodeo in October 2012 with Captain Kent Hardin, 5-time winner? And we have a week at a Destin condo available, so you’ll be good to go. Need to be sure your pup is in good hands while you are gone? Got it covered—pet boarding, grooming, even a dog pawty to let fido and friends get in on the fun. Need some car repairs before you hit the road? Got it - $500 worth of labor on car repairs. Want to stay home but need some new toys? How about a pool table? Or a balalaika? Or an acrobatic kite? Steiff Teddy Bears and Whiskey Mink Earmuffs? We have it all and more. To access the auction site, click here.
     MALS has lost one-fourth of its staff and 15% of its funding as a result of cuts in federal funding. Its attorneys and staff provide legal services to help indigent people with housing, domestic, and elder issues. Your Good Deal is a GREAT Deal for Memphis!

"Law Rules" Volunteer Reception with Justice Holder

On Monday, August 13th at 4 pm, members of the Memphis legal community are invited to attend a reception to hear about the progress we've made through the "Law Rules" program. Initiated in January 2012, the goal of the program is to educate the public about the importance of a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law through visits to schools, businesses, civic groups, and professional organizations in Memphis and Shelby County. We set out to visit 200 groups and we're about one-fourth of the way there. At this reception, you will hear from Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. All current volunteers and anyone interested in getting involved are invited to attend. Please RSVP to
     To learn more about the program and to schedule a visit, click here. To view a partial list of the groups "Law Rules" presenters have visited, click here

Leadership Forum Applications Due July 31

Applications are now available for the MBA’s award-winning Leadership Forum at or by contacting Anne Fritz (527.3573; The deadline to apply is July 31.
     The Leadership Forum’s mission is to develop the leadership skills of young attorneys (between the 3rd and 8th year of practice); empower young attorneys to use their skills to make greater contributions to the Memphis community and the legal profession; model and practice the highest standards of the legal profession; and build relationships among attorneys of diverse backgrounds. The Forum accomplishes this mission through a full-day retreat on September 14, where leadership concepts are introduced, followed by monthly meetings on topics such as the attorney’s role in the greater community, work/life balance, conflict resolution, and communication skills. The monthly sessions are held at various locations around the city, to acquaint participants with the services and programs offered by community organizations. In addition, the participants are assigned to small groups to develop and implement a community service project. 
     Tuition is $575. A limited number of scholarships are available. Now in its 8th year, the Leadership Forum has helped hone the leadership skills of over 150 attorneys. The forum received an E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the ABA in 2006; the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program. To learn more, click here.

Memphis Bar Foundation Grant Applications Due August 10

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the MBA, is now soliciting grant applications from non-profit organizations.  Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations for law-related programs and activities that further the Foundation’s mission to advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education, and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar.  The typical grant award is less than $10,000; the deadline to apply is August 10, 2012.  To get a grant application, contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575; or click here.

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

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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 Golf Tournament—September 28
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

Applications for Criminal Court Vacancy Due August 2

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for the Shelby County Criminal Court vacancy created by Judge John Fowlkes Jr.'s appointment to the U.S. District Court for Western Tennessee. Interested applicants must apply by Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 12 p.m. CST. For more information about the position and the procedures for applying, click here.

Book It 5K for Kids, August 5-September 29

Church of the Holy Communion is hosting the 2nd Annual Book It 5k for Kids ( The race benefits Shelby County Books from Birth and the Emmanuel Episcopal Center. Attorneys Blair Evans and Lewis Lyons are helping spread the word about the event and would like to encourage participation from the legal community. For more information, click here. If anyone is interested in forming a legal community team, please contact Blair Evans at

Better Business Bureau Legal Program Series, August 14

For the past couple of years, the MBA Labor & Employment Law Section has provided speakers for a series of legal education programs at the Better Business Bureau. While the programs are meant for business owners and managers, they would be useful for lawyers who specialize in areas other than labor and employment law or for beginning lawyers. The programs are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the BBB’s offices located at 3693 Tyndale Drive (just east of Winchester & Forest Hill Irene junction). The cost is $10 for BBB or MBA members, $15 for non-members, and includes lunch. No CLE credit is offered for these programs. To make a reservation, contact Cheryl Stewart at the BBB, 757.8603; Upcoming topics and speakers are:
Aug. 14 – Tennessee Employment Law Update – Whitney Harmon, Baker Donelson
Sept. 11 – Hiring Contractors Without Breaking the Law and Other Common Wage Payment Questions – Joyce Margulies, Margulies Employment Law Consulting
Oct. 30 – Surviving the Legal Minefield of Managing Employee Absenteeism – Tim Bland, Ford & Harrison

Apply for MBA Rep to ABA House of Delegates by August 15

Al Harvey, the current MBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, will reach his “term limit” following the conclusion of the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in August. The MBA is currently seeking members who are interested in serving as MBA Delegate. The delegate serves a 2-year term and can be re-appointed for two consecutive terms, for a total of 6 years. Due to budget constraints, the MBA is unable to offer financial assistance in underwriting the delegate’s attendance at the ABA mid-year and annual meetings.

If you are interested in being considered by the MBA Board for this position, please send a statement of interest, along with your resume or curriculum vitae, to Executive Director Anne Fritz at 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103 or by Aug. 15, 2012. You must be an ABA member; please include the details of your involvement with the ABA over the years.

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. For more details, click here to download the event flyer. To register online now, click here

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!

Strut! Memphis, October 25

Save the date for Strut! Memphis to benefit the Community Legal Center on October 25th.

U of M Law Review's Annual Symposium, March 22

The University of Memphis Law Review’s annual Symposium will be held on March 22, 2013. The full-day event will take a close look at key areas of human trafficking in the court system on both a national and statewide level. Human trafficking is often viewed as a distant, international issue. However, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other forms of human trafficking occur every day right outside our backdoor. Tennessee recently passed some of the strongest anti-trafficking laws in the country, and the passage of this legislation guarantees that the issue will arise with increasing frequency in our state courts. For more information, contact Memphis Law Review Symposium Editor Jessica Bradley at

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2013

Mark your calendar for the 2013 Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference in Destin, Florida, May 8-11, 2013 at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort. Visit for updates about the conference throughout the year.

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CLE Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars:

Disability Benefits & Workers' Compensation Benefits As Marital Property
Presented by the MBA Family Law Section
Happy Hour sponsored by BankTennessee
Thursday, July 26
5:30 – 6:30 pm
The Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave.
Speaker: Darrell Blanton
1 hr general credit

Tax Sales & The Land Bank
Sponsored by the Real Estate/Environmental Law Section
Wednesday, August 8
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave
Speaker: Shelby County Trustee’s Office
1 hr general credit (approved for TN, MS & AR)

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

NEW! Collaborative Law: The Secret Is To Gang Up on the Problem, Not Each Other
1 hr general CLE credit

NEW! Does Hawk Still Fly? An Analysis of Grandparent Visitation Rights in Tennessee
1 hr general CLE credit

NEW! Juvenile Court Practice Tips
1 hr general CLE credit

NEW! QDROs: What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know & Understand About Dividing Retirement Plan Benefits
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 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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