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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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Resolution Resource Center of the Mid-South, LLC (RRC) is a unique center in the historic Memphis Central Station with mediators serving the Mid-South resolving disputes of all kinds through high quality, innovative and cost-effective strategies. RRC’s offerings include mediation, group and organizational facilitation, training and workshops, and community building.
     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.


Office Space Available for Rent or Purchase: Downtown area, located at 191 Jefferson Ave. Walking distance to Shelby County Courthouse. Fully furnished. Approx 2,300 sq ft of space available. Competitive rate or will consider any reasonable offer. Contact Brenda Shepherd, 731-423-3300 or Christopher Taylor, 901-333-8200,

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.


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

Paralegals/Legal Assistants—Mary at the Memphis Bar Association is accepting applications for qualified and experienced Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Please send resume and salary requirements to or fax 901 527-3582.

Immediate opening for a paralegal in downtown Memphis Law Firm specializing in civil defense litigation. The partner would like for the candidate to have legal experience, and also possess excellent organizational, language and communication skills, with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. The candidate must also have a degree in paralegal studies or certificate. Please send resume to or fax to Mary at 901 527-3582.

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

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


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” 


Play Golf with Your Colleagues, September 28th

On September 28, 2012, the MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual Golf Tournament at Glen Eagle Golf Course located in Millington, Tennessee. Tee time is at 1:00 p.m. for this “shotgun start” and all members of the Memphis legal community are invited to take part. Managed by the Navy Golf Program, Glen Eagle Golf Course features rolling hills, magnificent fairways, and well-maintained greens. The course provides an exciting play for golfers of any skill level. At only 20 minutes from downtown Memphis and a registration fee of $65 per person, the Golf Tournament is both conveniently located and affordable. Plus, proceeds from the Tournament will go to benefit the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club. Prizes will also be awarded to our top finishers, as well as for the longest drive and closet to the pin, just to name a few. So, whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament for you, as good times will be had by all. We'd like to thank the title sponsors of this year's tournament—Alpha Reporting Corp., BankTennessee, IPSCO - Insurance Service & Planning Co., and The Marston Group. To register online now, click here.

Our Condolences

As our email informed you earlier this week, attorney Earl C. Buckles, 69, died on August 20, 2012. A memorial service is being held this morning at 10 am at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Methodist Hospice Residence, 6416 Quince Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38119, or to a charity of your choice. To read more about Earl, please click here.

In the News

Memphis attorney John Ryder of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, has been named an assistant parliamentarian at the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, Florida. Click here to read more from The Tennessean.

Have Clients to Entertain This Month?

Take advantage of the Memphis Redbirds’ August Suite Deal. You can reserve a luxury suite for 25 people for $1,500. This includes 25 tickets, a luxury suite buffet, soft drinks and bottled water, a hospitality hostess during the game, video board recognition for your group. If 25 tickets doesn’t cover it, book 50 in a luxury suite for $3,000. For more details, contact Alex Sides at (901) 722-0270 or
     Did you know the Apple store and Sharky’s Gulf Grill also has special offers for MBA members? Visit the MBA Vendor Marketplace to see what else is in store for you.

Seven Apply for Criminal Court Vacancy

Seven attorneys have applied to fill the Criminal Court vacancy created by the appointment of Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr. as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. The candidates include: Glenda Adams, Assistant District Attorney; John W. Campbell, Deputy District Attorney General; Dean T. DeCandia, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney; Robert Price Harris, Corporate General Counsel/Part-time Municipal Judge; Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Federal Prosecutor for the Western District of Tennessee; Michael R. McCusker, Assistant District Attorney General; and Kevin R. Rardin, Assistant District Attorney General. A public hearing will be held on Fri., Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, during which attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.

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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 Dates

With 2012 half way over, we're gearing up for Fall here at the MBA. Below are some important dates to add to your calendar as you make plans for the rest of 2012. 

  • YLD Golf Tournament—September 28
  • Celebrate Pro Bono Month—October
    Look for complete schedule of events soon!
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6

FBA Trial Practice Summer Seminar, August 24

The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present its 2012 Memphis Trial Practice Summer Seminar on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Memphis. For more details and to register, click here.

Department of Treasury Seeks Compliance Officer

The Tennessee Department of Treasury is seeking a Compliance Officer for Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit . This position will be responsible for the regulatory and other compliance needs of our Investment Division. The Compliance Officer function includes reviewing investment contracts, identification of financial and non-market risks, legal and regulatory compliance, ethics compliance and coordination of external legal and procurement functions. Interested applicants should submit a resume by Friday, August 31, 2012. To read more details about the position, click here.

Better Business Bureau Legal Program Series, September 11

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:
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

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. Sponsored by IPSCO, BankTennessee, Alpha Reporting Corp. and The Marston Group, the tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at 1 pm. For more details and 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

Mark your calendar for STRUT! Memphis on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis to benefit The Community Legal Center (CLC). At last year’s event, the inaugural year of STRUT! Memphis, 300 business and community leaders hobnobbed while enjoying the latest in celebrity style and fashion. Some even snagged a really great purchase at auction—like a trip to New York for fashion week. Celebrity bartenders, such as Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr., District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Fox 13’s Mearl Purvis and Wrestling Great Jerry “The King” Lawler, topped off the festivities, pouring drinks and rubbing elbows. 
     Tickets are available and can be purchased through any CLC board member. Tickets are $50, but if purchased in advance, the board is offering a $10 per ticket discount so you may obtain tickets until the day of the event for $40. Tickets may also be purchased on the CLC website,, through Pay Pal or credit card; or at Booksellers in Laurelwood or the CLC main office at 910 Vance Ave. in the MIFA building. 
     Changing lives and strengthening the community is a good look for you and your organization! Be a STRUT! Memphis sponsor. Call the CLC at 543-3395 for more information.

75th Anniversary of Supreme Court Building in Nashville, December 4

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society will host a cocktail reception on December 4, 2012, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of the Supreme Court Building in Nashville with the opening of the Tennessee Judiciary Museum.
Reservations are limited to 250 people, so buy your ticket today.
     Attendees of the event will be given an exclusive preview of the new Tennessee Judiciary Museum and will see the original 1796, 1835 and 1870 Constitutions of Tennessee which will be on display to the public for a very limited time. A presentation will take place at the Hermitage Hotel ballroom with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m followed by the cocktail reception until 9:00 p.m. A continuous shuttle service to the museum will be provided throughout the evening so guests can tour the museum at their leisure.
     Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by sending a check to: Joy Day at Sutter, O’Connell; 341 Cool Springs Blvd, Suite 430; Franklin, TN 37067. For further information, contact Joy Day at 615-771-5008 or

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:

Busted! Local and National Criminal Law Issues
Co-sponsored by the MBA and the University of Memphis Alumni Assoc.
Thursday, August 23
8:30 am – 4:20 pm
University of Memphis School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
6 hrs total credit: 1 dual / 5 general 
Topics to be covered include:
—Tennessee Issues – Local Practice
—National Issues – 4th & 5th Amendment
—Protective Orders
—Tennessee Issues – Local Practice
—Death Penalty – Appeals – Requests for Relief

Family Law Resources at the Jewish Family Service
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
Wednesday, August 29
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service, 6560 Poplar Ave.
Speaker: Mr. Hirsch Serman
1 hr general credit

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

ALI-ABA Online Webcasts & Seminars:  
*Enter the code MBA10 and get a 10% discount.*


Commercial Leasing- Office Leasing
Thursday, August 16
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr general credit

Commercial Leasing – Retail Leasing
Friday, August 17
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr general credit

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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