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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,

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Associate Attorney—Well-established, mid-sized, full-service law firm in East Memphis seeks to hire a full-time associate, preferably with one to four years' experience. Work would focus on litigation but also include probate, corporate, employment, and bankruptcy law. Must have excellent academic record and interpersonal skills. This law firm offers competitive salary and benefits, with good prospects for partnership in a highly professional, truly collegial practice with strong, diverse client base. Send resume and letter describing qualifications, experience, and objectives to: “Firm 100,” c/o Mary Lynes, Memphis Bar Association, 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, Memphis, TN 38103, or

—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

Transactional Attorney—East Memphis law firm seeks experienced transactional attorney at the senior associate/junior partner level. The successful applicant should have experience in some or all of the following practice areas: finance, corporate, loan closings, general contract, office/retail leasing and commercial real estate is preferred. For consideration, please forward resume to Dee Dee Dunehew at

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

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Voting Ends Nov. 30th in MBA Board Election

Winners to be announced Dec. 6 at Annual Meeting, Lewis Donelson to Receive Lawyer's Lawyer Award, Marcy Magee to Receive Sam Myar Award

Voting continues until 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 30 for general membership and section representative positions on the MBA Board of Directors. If you are a voting member of the MBA and have not yet voted, go to There, you will be given instructions on how to enter your username and password. If you have tried unsuccessfully to vote, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or Also, please vote for exactly 2 candidates for the section representative positions.
     Winners will be announced at the MBA Annual Meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn (3700 Central Avenue). Manassas High School football coach Bill Courtney of the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated” is the featured speaker, and the 2013 Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award will be presented to Lewis Donelson of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Marcy Magee of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell will be honored with the Sam A. Myar Award. Tickets are $40 per person; tables of 10 are $400. To make a reservation, contact Charlotte Gean at 527.3574 /, or click here to reserve your seat online.

Congrats to Chancellor Armstrong & the New YLD Officers & Board!

On Thursday, November 15th, the YLD hosted its Annual Meeting and Elections. At the event, Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong received the 2012 Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year, and the 2012 YLD Officers & Board of Directors were announced. They are Annie Christoff, President; Jake Dickerson, Vice President/President-Elect; and board members Nicole Bermel, Maggie Cooper, Nicole Grida, Christina Kurdilla, Irwin Magevney, Matt May, Jonathan Nelson, Keisha Richardson and Janika White. Additionally, 2012 YLD President Abby Webb presented the Porter Goodwill Branch of the Memphis Boys & Girls Clubs with a $4,000 donation. The YLD raised money for the Club throughout the year at its annual golf tournament, CLE seminars and social events. Visit the YLD Facebook page to view more photos from the event.

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!

YLD Phone-A-Thon for MALS, December 5

A Message from YLD Community Service Chairs Nicole Grida & Jonathan Nelson

The MBA Young Lawyers Division would like to thank those volunteers who assisted with the Memphis Area Legal Services Phone-A-Thon back on September 20, 2012. Due in part to the assistance of our YLD volunteers and others who made phone calls that day, a total of $5,300.00 in pledges were received following over 1,000 phone calls made. Let's be sure this Second Phone-A-Thon is an even bigger success!
     The YLD is again calling on all its members to assist with a second Phone-A-Thon for MALS. This time, we will focus on calling young lawyers in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Volunteers are needed between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Wednesday December 5, 2012. The Phone-A-Thon will take place at MALS' Office (109 North Main Street #200).
     The MALS fundraising theme this year is "We're All In!" which signifies its mission of ensuring that all members of the local legal community support their capital campaign. So please join the YLD Board in continuing to show MALS that we are truly a part of their cause by giving a moment of your time to make some phone alls. If you are able to volunteer your time, please contact Nicole Grida, Young Lawyers Chair for the Memphis Area Legal Services 2012 Campaign for Equal Justice and YLD Public Service Committee Co-Chair at or 901.527.0214.

Calling All Veterans!

The new Veterans’ Committee, chaired by Al Harvey and Bob Green, wants to compile a list of all MBA members who have ever served in the military.  If you are a veteran or know someone who was (living or dead), please provide their name, branch of service, years of service and rank to Anne Fritz (527.3575;  In addition, the committee is gathering materials to display at the Shelby County Courthouse.  If you have pictures, maps, caps, or other memorabilia that you’re willing to share, please let Anne know.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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. 

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

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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

YLD Presents "Legal Ethics in the Movies" December 27

The MBA Young Lawyers Division will present "Legal Ethics in the Movies" with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC, on Thursday, December 27th from 3-5 pm in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street in the medical district. This will be a discussion of current and local ethical issues using clips from popular movies. Click here for more details and to register.

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:

Practicing Before the Chancery Courts of the 25th Judicial District
Sponsored by the Estate Planning/Probate Law Section
Tuesday, Nov. 27
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
The Grove Grille, 4550 Poplar Ave., Laurelwood Shopping Center
Speaker:  Chancellor William Cole, 29th Judicial District of TN
1 hr general credit
Happy Hour will follow the seminar.

The Neuroscience of Negotiation
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Wednesday, Nov. 28
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, University of Memphis Central Ave.
Speaker:  Professor Richard Birke
6 hrs dual credit and CME credit

The Employer Penalties Under Health Care Reform
Sponsored by Evans Petree
Thursday, November 29
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Stephen T. Dunavant, Mayer Hoffman McCann, PC
Evans Petree, 1000 Ridgeway Loop Rd, #200
2 hrs general credit

Tennessee's New Expungement Law
Friday, Nov. 30
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker:  Josh Spickler, Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
1 hr general credit

Click here to view the complete CLE calendar.


Ethics for Supervising Attorneys
Friday, November 23
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

Ethics, Technology & Solo Practitioners
Thursday, November 29
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr. dual credit

Live Webcasts:

Lincoln on Professionalism
Wednesday, Nov. 28
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1 hr dual credit

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

New: Uninsured-Underinsured Motorist Law
1.25 hr general

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

Uncontested Divorces: How to Do It Right
1 hr general

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

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

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.*

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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