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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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Paralegal—Large Plaintiff Personal Injury Law Firm with excellent salary and benefits seeks an experienced and highly qualified litigation paralegal to support trial lawyer. Paralegal must have significant experience and knowledge answering written discovery and supporting trial lawyer with depositions, scheduling, and pleadings. Only highly qualified applicants need apply. Fax confidential resume to 901-462-3350 or email to

Administrative Assistant—
Mary at the Memphis Bar Association is accepting resumes for a Legal Administrative Assistant with the following qualifications: Run conflicts; open cases, printing, copying and scanning documents; typing memos from voicemails; creation of files and file management; Assist in review/edit monthly billings; survey sheet management; screening, filing of mail, most important when attorney is out of office; generation of documents in Word, Excel; ability to combine PDFs using Adobe Acrobat 9, Mail documents; schedule meetings, reserve conference rooms, typing letters from dictation; entering lawyer time daily; E Filing in US District Court, applicable in Shelby County Courts; Other assistance as required. Please send resume to or fax to 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” 


Nominations Committee Releases List of Candidates for MBA Board

The MBA Nominations Committee, chaired by past president Ricky E. Wilkins, has put forth the following individuals to run for the 6 open positions on the Board of Directors:

  • Kenneth Besser, sole practitioner
  • Carl Carter, International Paper
  • Thomas Coupé, Juvenile Court
  • Asia Diggs, Ford & Harrison
  • Sara Flowers-Dent, AutoZone
  • Freeman Foster, Maximus
  • Damon Griffin, Shelby County Government
  • David Harris, Burch Porter & Johnson
  • Jana Lamanna, Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee
  • Emily Landry, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Mike Robb, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell
  • Marc Sorin, McNabb Bragorgos & Burgess
  • Kay Turner, Turner & Associates
  • Abby Webb, Shuttleworth Williams
  • Shea Wellford, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston

     Due to the bylaws change approved by the membership last year, there will be no election for Secretary this year as the positions of Secretary and Treasurer have been combined. Tommy Parker, the current Secretary, will become Secretary/Treasurer. Vice President Linda Warren Seely will automatically succeed to the position of President and Treasurer Kirk Caraway to the position of Vice President.
     MBA bylaws provide that any 25 voting members of the association may nominate, by petition, any other voting member in good standing for a general membership position on the Board. The petition must include the name of the nominee, the position for which nominated and a statement that the nominee meets the eligibility requirements as required in the bylaws and has agreed to serve if elected. Petitions should be addressed to Executive Director Anne Fritz and must be submitted by next Thursday, Oct. 25. Voting will be conducted online and will begin no later than Nov. 6.
     Other members of the Nominations Committee were Scott Crosby, Ellen Fite, Brian Faughnan, Marcy Magee, Linda Harris, Lisa Overall, and Zayid Saleem.

Health Law Is Newest MBA Section

The new Health Law Section held its organizational meeting at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on October 17. Robyn Diaz, Deputy General Counsel at St. Jude, who led the effort to form the section, was nominated as the first Chair. Other officers include Vice Chair- Steve West, General Counsel Emeritus at Methodist and of counsel at Glankler Brown; Secretary – Bill Bomar, member of Glankler Brown; and Treasurer – Mary Ann Jackson, shareholder of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz.   In addition to the officers, the following board members were selected: Mary Margaret Petrinjak, Burch Porter & Johnson; Cindy Reisz, Bass Berry & Sims; Walt Schuler, UT Health Science Center; Scott Shanker, Butler Snow; and Kathy Steuer, St. Jude.
     Section dues are $15 per year; section membership is free for law students. For more information about the section, contact Robyn Diaz at 595-2288; To join the section, contact Charlotte Gean at the MBA (527.3574;

Law Rules Speakers Needed!

A Message from Porter Feild, Co-Chair, Law Rules Committee

Please take part in this valuable and informative program for the education of the public, including many Memphis City Schools students. We are in need of speakers to speak at Law Rules events. The materials are provided and you can watch a video of Gary Smith speaking prior to speaking yourself. Anyone who is interested in serving as a speaker at a Law Rules event, please contact Anne Fritz or me (524-5126; Click here to learn more about the Law Rules initiative.

Law Rules Public Forum, November 8

On Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the MBA will host a Law Rules Public Forum to discuss the importance of a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law in American society. Judge Gina Higgins of Shelby County Circuit Court and attorneys Porter Feild and Tommy Parker will be on hand to lead the discussion. Please help us spread the word to members of the public. Click here to download a simple black and white flyer that you can print and post in your office, place of business, church, or other venue or simply forward to your friends and colleagues via email. The purpose of the discussion is to serve as a part history, part civics lesson to help the general public better understand the daily operations of our legal system and the important role it plays in every day lives. Click here to learn more about the Law Rules initiative.

Our Condolences

Joe A. Dycus, 70, retired attorney, passed away Oct. 15 at his home after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Dyersburg, he graduated from Central High School, received his B.A. from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and his J.D. from Memphis State University. He began in the private practice of law before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office. For 28 year, he was with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, retiring as Chief of the Civil Division in 2006.
     He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he led small group studies and held many different leadership roles. An Eagle Scout at age 14, he spent many years working as an adult Scouter with Boy Scout Troop 13. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Irene Dycus; sons, John P. Dycus (Chrissy) of Atlanta, GA and James A. Dycus (Jessica) of Memphis; and sister, D. Jeanne Dycus of Germantown. Memorial services will be held on Sat., Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway Ave., with visitation prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Memphis Theological Seminary.

Pro Bono Month: Crescent Club Happy Hour Tonight

Promote, Provide, Proclaim, Pro Bono - October 2012

Pro Bono Month continues tonight with a Happy Hour at the Crescent Clubt to benefit Access to Justice.  Here's a calendar of all upcoming events with more details:

  • Thursday, October 18th—The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour at The Crescent Club featuring live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Donations to benefit Access to Justice will be collected at the event. Click here for details and to sign up for the CLE.
  • Thursday, October 25th—Celebrate pro bono efforts at the Community Legal Center's second annual Strut! Memphis fundraiser at Mercedes Benz of Memphis on October 25th. Click here for more details. 
  • Friday, October 26th— Conservatorship Training, 2 p.m., International Paper; If you’re interested in assisting with conservatorships (a growing area of need), join this training session at IP. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, October 27th— A special legal clinic will be held in connection with the Community Bible Church's Heather Fair at the Lewis Senior Center (1188 North Parkway) from 9 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information.

Memphis Bar Foundation Inducts New Fellows

At its annual Fellows reception on Thursday, October 11, the Memphis Bar Foundation (MBF) awarded grants totaling $30,000 to nine non-profit organizations and inducted 42 new Fellows. Organizations receiving grants were CASA of Memphis & Shelby County Inc.; Community Legal Center; Exchange Club Family Center; Mediation and Restitution/Reconciliation Services (M.A.R.R.S.); Memphis Area Legal Services; Memphis Bar Association Diversity Committee for the Summer Law Intern Program; National Civil Rights Museum; and the Public Action Law Society at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. story continued here

Entertaining Motions Provides Lots of Laughs at Pro Bono Reception

On Tuesday, October 16th, the MBA presented Entertaining Motions 2012, a parody of Memphis legal life, in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation to benefit Access to Justice and in memory of attorney and longtime Entertaining Motions cast member Earl Buckles. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres by Lucchesi's, and Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and the MBA Access to Justice Committee honored their outstanding volunteers with an awards ceremony. story continued here

Another Successful Year for the Barristers' Breakfast

A message from Leo Bearman, Jr.

The 13th Annual Barristers' Pancake Breakfast was another big success. Because all the supplies needed for the Breakfast are donated by its generous sponsors, we are forwarding the total amount raised, $10,452.00, to the local Komen Affiliate in the fight against breast cancer. I want to thank each of you for your support and participation of this worthy cause. We could not do it without you. We hope to see you at the 14th Annual Barristers’ Pancake Breakfast next October.

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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. 

  • Celebrate Pro Bono Month—October
  • YLD Annual Meeting—November 15, Alfred's on Beale
  • MBA Annual Meeting—December 6, Holiday Inn on Central Ave. with "Undefeated" Coach Bill Courtney

Fall CLE Calendar Taking Shape

Click here to see the list of MBA seminars on tap for the Fall CLE season. Online registration for many of these seminars is available now on the MBA website. And, the MBA's growing library of online seminars currently offers more than 10 hours of CLE, including 4-plus hours of dual credit. Get all 8 hours of your all distance CLE credit at from the convenience of your home or office at whatever time of day that works for you! Check our website frequently as more seminars are added frequently. 

Lawyers as Problem-Solvers, October 18-19

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Mental Health Law and Policy Journal will present "Lawyers as Problem-Solvers: New Directions, New Voices" October 18-19, 2012, at the law school. The program will include an afternoon symposium, "New Voices in Mental Health and Drug Courts." To learn more and register online, click here.

Alberto Gonzales to Speak at SBA Seminar, October 24

Hon. Alberto R. Gonzales will serve as the first speaker in this year's SBA Speaker Series. The event will be held in conjunction with the University of Memphis International Law Students Association at 12:00pm in the law school’s Historic Courtroom on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. This will be Judge Gonzales’s first trip to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and he will be speaking on “Public Service and the Law.” Judge Gonzales is the 80th United States Attorney General, and notably the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General. He served in this capacity from February 2005 until September 2007 under President George W. Bush. Judge Gonzales is a graduate of Rice University, and Harvard Law School. He served as Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1999 through 2000, and later as White House counsel to President Bush from 2001 through 2005. Judge Gonzales has a distinguished record as a public servant and the Student Bar Association is proud to host him as part of the Speaker Series. The SBA Speaker Series began in the Fall of 2011 and hosted U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, and noted reporter and author Mara Leveritt last year. 

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). Read more under Headlines above.

Nuts & Bolts of Practice for New Attorneys, November 15

Attention new attorneys! The MBA Young Lawyers Division is presenting a new and improved version of the annual "Nuts & Bolts of Practice in Shelby County Courts" on Thursday, November 15th from 1-4 pm at the Shelby County Courthouse. The seminar will feature local attorneys and judges providing practice tips on how to navigate the clerks offices and courts, including General Sessions, Juvenile, Criminal and civil courts. The goal is to provide new attendees the tools they need to successfully practice now, solely or in a practice. Topics will include the "Dos & Don’ts of Practicing Law"; "Getting and Maintaining Client Relationships"; "General Sessions Criminal and Civil and Juvenile Court" with information on how to get appointed to these cases; and much more. Newly admitted attorneys will also have the opportunity to be sworn in before the local courts. More details and online registration will be available soon. For more information, contact Janika White at or Keisha Richardson To sign up now, email Lesia Beach at

MBA ADR Section Annual Seminar: “The Neuroscience of Negotiation”, November 28

The MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is bringing noted speaker Professor Richard Birke to Memphis on Wednesday, November 28th for the ADR Section Annual Seminar: “The Neuroscience of Negotiation”. 
     This seminar is a once in a career opportunity and promises to add tremendous value to your practice and your understanding of how decisions are made. This program is offered to all members of the Bar, and is not just for mediators. If it would help you to understand the neuroscientific underpinnings of decision making, this is the program for you!
     In this day-long workshop, award-winning author Professor Richard Birke will help illuminate the ways to use neuroscience and psychology to improve the ways we make decisions and also to better understand the reasons why our clients, partners, opponents and colleagues think and act the way they do.  This workshop will be practical and theoretical, informative and interactive.  Professor Birke will help us understand why it is difficult to get someone to change their mind, how best to persuade others, how the brain can be lured into accepting or rejecting an offer based on how the offer was phrased, how to recognize and avoid traps associated with formulating or evaluating proposals, and more. 
     The seminar offers 6 hours of CLE/CME (including ethics). The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. Registration is $200 by November 9th or $215 after November 9th. For more details and to register, contact Lesia Beach at or 901.527.3573 or Kim Mullins at 901.527.2000 ext. 22. Online registration is coming soon!

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

Trial Academy Rescheduled for March 2013

The MBA Trial Academy, sponsored by the MBA Litigation Section, will be held March 13-15, 2013, 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. For more information or to sign up to receive further details closer to time, contact Lesia Beach 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:

Bankruptcy Essentials for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners
Sponsored by the YLD
Thursday, October 18
4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., #909
Speaker:  Irwin A. Magevney, Gilreath & Associates
1 hr general credit

Ethics & Dishonest Clients

Telephone seminar – no travel required
Friday, October 19
12:00 pm
Speakers: Brian Faughnan, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, and Thomas E. Spahn, McGuire Woods, LLP, McLean, VA.
1 hr dual credit

The Irving Younger Video Series: Credibility & Cross-Examination
Video Seminar
Monday, October 22
1:30 – 4:45
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
3 hrs general credit

Covenants Not-to-Compete
Tuesday, October 23
12:00 - 1:00 pm
MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Danny Van Horn, Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
1 hour general credit

Estate Tax Uncertainty for 2013 and Estate Planning Ideas for 2012
Sponsored by the Estate Planning & Probate Law Section
Thursday, October 25
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Sharky's Gulf Grill, 6201 Poplar Ave.
Speakers: A. Stephen McDaniel, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP, and George Nassar, Glankler Brown, PLLC
2 hrs general credit

26th Annual MBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar
Friday, October 26
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
U of M Law School, 1 N. Front St.
Various speakers & topics
7 hrs total credit: 1 dual/6 general

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

New: Business Tax Tips: How to Nickel & Dime the IRS to Death
1 hr general

New: Uncontested Divorces: How to Do It Right
1 hr general

New: Are We Speaking The Same Language? How Bankruptcy Impacts Domestic Law Practice
0.75 general

New: E-Filing in the Circuit & Chancery Courts
1 hr general 

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

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

Juvenile Court Practice Tips
1 hr general CLE credit

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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