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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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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!

Experienced Legal Secretaries & Paralegals—Mary Lynes at the Memphis Bar Association is now accepting resumes for experienced Legal Secretaries and Paralegals. Please send resumes to or fax to Mary at 901.527-3582.

Legal Secretary—
Burch, Porter & Johnson seeks experienced legal secretary with minimum of 5 years of experience. Current or recent experience in Estate Planning and Probate, Business Transactions or Litigation is preferred. This position requires a professional with solid organization and interpersonal skills. Must have excellent typing skills and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Please forward resume to Jeff Graham at

Legal Secretary—
Downtown Law Firm is in search of a highly experienced legal secretary. Must have working experience in litigation defense for insurance companies and their insured’s and business entities, including: manufacturers, trucking/transportation companies, construction companies, retail chains, grocery chains, pharmaceutical companies and restaurants; electronic filing in Circuit and Federal Court; file maintenance. Candidate must be able to multi-task and work well within a team. Please send resume and salary history to or fax to Mary (901) 527-3582.

Farris Bobango PLC (East Memphis Law Firm) is seeking highly motivated candidates for a Paralegal position requiring 3 + years of experience in the areas of corporate law and commercial and business transactions. Must be able to prioritize projects, have exceptional communication and organizational skills and the ability to work efficiently within a group and individually. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and based on experience. Please send resumes to Vivian Ashley at or fax to 901-259-7180.

Social Security Assistant Needed. Part-time position (mornings) in small, East Memphis firm. $18/hr. plus incentives. Must have at least one year experience in social security disability. Please email resume to

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 Trial Academy - March 13-15, 2013

Welcome RocketFuel as New Sponsor!

The Memphis Bar Association is pleased to announce that RocketFuel has become its newest sponsor! RocketFuel is a Memphis web design agency specializing in custom website design, strategic internet marketing services, and complete marketing and branding strategies. You’ll be hearing more about their services throughout the year, but if your firm needs a new website—or wants to know how to market itself on the internet—please contact them at 522.0205;
     RocketFuel joins The Marston Group, PLC, a Memphis-based CPA and business advisory group, and long-standing title sponsors BankTennessee, Insurance Planning & Service Co. (IPSCO), and Alpha Reporting/Alpha Legal Solutions . Together, they can help you with your banking, insurance, litigation support, and business needs. We encourage you to call them!

Letsou Named Dean of Law School

Peter Letsou has been named dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Currently dean of the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, Letsou will begin his duties June 1. He has been at Willamette since 2002, serving as dean and associate dean for the past seven years. Previously a professor and director of the Center for Corporate Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he also spent seven years at George Mason University School of Law and has been a visiting law professor at the University of Connecticut and Emory University. Letsou has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. In 1987, he was associate counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. He has also practiced law in New York as an associate with two private firms.

Saturday Legal Clinic This Weekend

Spread the word to those in need of advice!

The monthly FREE Legal Clinic will be held this weekend on Saturday, February 9th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library (main public library) at 3030 Poplar Avenue. This month’s clinic is sponsored by the attorneys and staff of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, PC, and is open to all members of the public in need of legal advice. Please help us spread the word to those in need in the community. It is likely that the receptionist at your office takes a call a day from a person who would benefit from the clinic. Please make sure they have this information to share! For more information about the clinic or to volunteer, click here or call Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services at 901.523.8822. 
     Initiated in October 2007, the Saturday Legal Clinic is a project of the Access to Justice Committee—a collaborative effort of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and other nonprofit organizations providing legal services to those in need. The clinics are held the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm at the main library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance to those in need on a first come, first served basis.
     A special thanks to The Marston Group for providing refreshments for the clinic volunteers!

Judges Needed Next Week for Mock Trial Tournament

The MBA Young Lawyers Division is once again sponsoring the 2013 Memphis and Shelby County High School Mock Trial Competition next month. We are still looking for attorneys and judges to volunteer to judge rounds of the Competition on February 11-13, 18, and 19. Rounds will be held at the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Avenue in downtown Memphis beginning at 5:30pm each night of the Competition. This year's problem involves a criminal case where the State has accused an auto mechanic of intentionally loosening the connections on a vehicle belonging to his investment broker who had lost the defendant's company's pension knowing that the vehicle would fail to function and ultimately crash. If you are interested in assisting with the competition or would like more information, please contact Nicole Grida at or Jonathan Nelson at

Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect on February 14

The third annual Project Homeless Connect will be held Thursday, February 14th at the Cook Convention Center. Over 40 local non-profit and public agencies will be on hand to provide services to an estimated 1,000 homeless guests. Among the services will be a street court and a civil legal clinic. If you are interested in helping with the legal clinic, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Shifts are available from 8:30-11:00 am, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, and 2:00-4:30 pm.

MBA-YLD Basketball League Kicks Off Feb. 21

The YLD is happy to announce the return of the MBA-YLD Basketball Law League. Please join us on Thursday, February 21st at the Brass Door (152 Madison) for the YLD Happy Hour/Basketball Draft. The Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (following the YLD CLE program), and the Draft begins at 6:00 p.m. Even if you do not intend to play, please come to the Happy Hour/Basketball Draft on February 21st and support your fellow colleagues as they begin their road to the championship. If you are signing up a team or if you plan to enter the Draft, please contact Nic Vescovo at as soon as possible. You do not have to wait for the Draft to sign up! But the Draft on February 21st will be your last chance to sign up a team or be placed on a team. The games will begin in early March and are usually held on Tuesday and Thursday nights. More details about the draft, game nights, times, and locations will be available in the coming weeks.
     Prior to the Draft from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, the YLD will present "Appellate Practice 101" with Hon. J. Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and Mary W. Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC . The CLE will also be held at Brass Door and offers 1 hour of general CLE credit. For more details and to register, click here. The CLE seminar and Happy Hour/Draft will be sponsored by Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC, and Flying Paper

Make Your Bench Bar Room Reservation!

The 2013 Bench Bar Conference – May 8 to 11 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Destin, FL – is fast approaching! You can make your room reservation now by calling the 24-hour reservation department at 1.800.380.4808; the group code is X8002. Rates for the Summit per night are: $97 for a studio; $154 for a 2-bedroom; and $226 for a 3-bedroom. Tides rates per night are $175 for a 2-bedroom gulf view; $239 for a 2-bedroom gulf front; and $410 for a 3-bedroom. A 2-bedroom with a coastline view at the Beach Manor is $228.65 per night. Guests will be asked for a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) for the 15% advance payment; the remaining balance is due 4 days before arrival.

Still Need CLE Credit for 2012? Check Out the MBA’s Online Seminars!

If you still need CLE credit for 2012, an easy and fast way to get it is by registering for one (or more) of the MBA’s nearly 50 online seminars. Seminar topics include ethics, bankruptcy, family law, labor & employment law, real estate, and technology. Click here to view a listing of the MBA’s online seminars (Tip: On the CLE page, select "Online" for seminar Type and click "Filter" to see only the online offerings)

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2013 Summer Law Intern Program, which introduces minority high school students to the “real world” practice of law, are now available. The program is open to students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in August 2013 and who must be a resident of, and attending school in, Shelby County. In addition to the application, students must write an essay on why they want to participate in the program, get a letter of reference from an adult, and be interviewed by a panel of attorneys. If accepted, the student will work at least 60 hours from June 3-28 and attend group activities on Friday afternoon. If the student successfully completes the internship, he/she will receive a $500 stipend.
      Click here to download an application or contact Mary Lynes (271.0660; If you know a minority high school student with an interest in the law, please encourage them to apply. If you are interested in sponsoring an intern, 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 (527.3575;

RENEW Your MBA Membership Dues Now

The new year marks another MBA membership year as well, and it’s time to renew your membership in order to continue receiving the benefits of your MBA membership, such as discounts on CLE seminars, networking opportunities, unrestricted access to the MBA website and member database, and much more!
     Paper dues statements were mailed before the holidays. However, your dues statement is now available to you online as an invoice when you log on to the MBA website and enter the member portal.
     Members who renew their membership by January 31, 2012, will receive a coupon good for $20 off any MBA CLE seminar, including the 2013 Bench Bar Conference
     Please click here to learn how to renew your MBA membership online now

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.

High School Mock Trial Tournament Begins February 11

Read more under Headlines above.

Project Homeless Connect, February 14

Read more under Headlines above.

YLD Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour, February 21

The MBA YLD will present "Appellate Practice 101" CLE followed by its annual Happy Hour & Basketball League Draft on Thursday, February 21st at the Brass Door. Read more under Headlines above. 

BLSA to Examine Juvenile Court Practices at Seminar, February 21

The University of Memphis, Black Law Student Association Chapter, will present "Juvenile Justice: Practical and Ethical Topics from the 2012 DOJ Report" on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 11:30 - 1:30 pm as part of its Black History Month programming. The seminar will feature Tom Coupe, Chair of the MBA Juvenile and Child Welfare Law Section, as the speaker and will be held in Room 127 at the U of M School of Law.  Offering 2 hours of dual CLE credit, the registration fee is $40. 
   As the Judge’s Action Center Coordinator, Coupe will discuss the 2012 report released by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Section regarding its two-year investigation of Shelby County Juvenile Court. The report brought new focus on best practices and ethical concerns for the juvenile law practitioner.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of Tennessee Code requirements for juvenile offenders
  • DOJ report findings and settlement agreement specifics
  • “How-to” section for Shelby County Juvenile Court
  • Ethics considerations focused on civil and constitutional rights

For more details and to register, please contact Corey Strong at

The MBA Litigation Section's Trial Academy, March 13-15

A 3-day "learn by doing" seminar designed to hone the trial skills of attorneys.

With the increasing disappearance of civil trials, it is harder than ever for attorneys to get “real life” trial experience, so how are they to hone their trial skills without going to court? The answer is the Trial Academy, where attorneys can practice trial skills— voir dire, opening statements, direct/cross examination, examination of experts and closing arguments— under the tutelage of some of the finest trial lawyers in Memphis and the surrounding area. Participants will receive a civil trial problem in advance and will have to prepare for it, just as they would for an actual trial. At the Trial Academy, the participants will hear presentations from faculty members and then conduct trial exercises while being videotaped. They will receive constructive critique of their performance from experienced trial attorneys. A DVD of their trial exercises will be provided to them for their future reference. 
     This is an invaluable and cost-effective way to get courtroom training when the opportunities for trial experience are dwindling. Think about it: Do you want an attorney in your office to handle a trial involving your best client – with no experience? Included with the seminar materials will be a DVD of the Voir Dire, Opening & Closing Statements from a real medical malpractice trial held in Memphis.
     The academy will be held March 13-15, 2013, at the Shelby County Courthouse. It offers 15 hours total CLE credit - 2.0 Dual / 13.0 General and is sponsored by the MBA Litigation Section. For more information and to register today, click here.

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

National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament in Memphis, March 22-24

The Opening Round of the American Mock Trial Association’s 29th National Intercollegiate Tournament will again be held in Memphis at the Shelby County Courthouse, Friday, March 22, Saturday, March 23, and Sunday March 24,2013. The Rhodes College Mock Trial Team invites you to participate in this national tournament by serving as a judge for one or more of the four rounds of competition. A judges’ informational session will be held one hour prior to each round. Volunteering at the trial has been approved for up to 9 hours of CLE credit in Tennessee and will likely be approved in Arkansas and Mississippi for up to 14 hours. To volunteer or for more information, contact Barbara Pohlmann, 901-624-0309 or, or Marcus Pohlmann, 901-843-3843 or

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

Live Seminars:

Monitoring and Disciplining Employees for Online and Social Media Activities: What's Off Limits?
Sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section
Tuesday, February 19 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Ford & Harrison, 795 Ridge Lake Blvd., #300
Speaker: Katie Parham, Associate, Ford & Harrison
1 hr dual credit

Beware the (Day after the) Ides of March: Are You and Your Business Prepared?
Sponsored by the IP Section
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Bill Parks, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
Rhodes College, McCallum Ballroom in the Bryan Center
2 hrs credit (pending)

Appellate Practice 101
Presented by the MBA YLD
Sponsored by Rice Amundsen & Caperton & Flying Paper
Thursday, February 21
4:30 - 5:30 pm
The Brass Door, 152 Madison
 Judge Steve Stafford & Mary Wagner
1 hr general credit
YLD Happy Hour & Basketball Draft immediately following the seminar. Read more at left.

Legal Writing
Tuesday, February 26
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Tiffany Johnson, QP Legal
1 hr general credit
Online registration coming soon!

Family Law Section Seminar 
Wednesday, February 27
More info coming soon!


Ethics on the Receipt & Release of Confidential Information
Monday, February 11, 2013
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Speakers: Brian Faughnan & Sue Friedberg
1 hr dual credit

Ethics of Co-Counsel & Referral Relationships
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Speakers: Brian Faughnan & Douglas Richmond
1 hr dual credit

2012 Ethics Update, Part 1 and 2
Part 1: Thursday, February 14, 2013
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Part 2: Friday, February 15, 2013
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Speakers: Lucian Pera, William Freivogel & Michael Lackey
1 hr dual credit / seminar

Live Webcasts:

Lincoln on Professionalism
Co-sponsored with Periaktos Productions, LLC
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1.25 hrs dual credit

Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

Irks & Quirks of Local Court Practice      
1.0 hr general

The Neuroscience of Negotiation: Legal Decisions & Applied Science  
6.0 hrs dual

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

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

Collaborative Law 
1 hr general

Covenants Not-To-Compete 
1 hr general

Discharge of Guaranteed Student Loans & Related Issues 
.75 hr general

Does Hawk Still Fly? An Analysis of Grandparents Visitation Rights
1 hr general

Domestic Relations Issues in Bankruptcy 
.75 hr general

Easy Way to Find Medical Expert Witnesses 
.63 hr general

E-Filing in Shelby County Circuit & Chancery Courts 
1 hr general

Employment Law Issues in Education 
1 hr general

Ethical Issues in all Chapters, Real Life Scenarios, Problems & Discussions in Ch. 7, 11, 13 
.75 hr dual

Ethics of Lawyer Advertising in a 4G World  
.83 hr dual

Hot Topics from the U.S. Trustee’s Office
1 hr general 

How To Do Good When You Don’t Have a Clue
3.5 hrs total credit: 1.25 dual / 2.25 general

Immigration Law Update 
1 hr general

IT Solutions Every Attorney Needs in 2012 
1 hr general

Juvenile Court Practice Tips
1 hr general

Labor & Employment Section 2011 Annual Seminar - Pt. 1 of 3
State Law Update/Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA
1.75 hrs general

Labor & Employment Section 2011 Annual Seminar - Pt. 2 of 3 
Update from the NLRB Acting General Counsel
1 hr general

Labor & Employment Section 2011 Annual Seminar - Pt. 3 of 3 
Review of Significant Decisions and Jury Verdicts in 2011
2.25 hrs general

Lien Avoidance 
1 hr general

Manage Your Online Presence to Grow Your Practice 
1 hr dual 

New Judicial Disqualification Rules 
1.5 hrs dual

Preferred Practices of Bankruptcy Judges in the Western District
1 hr general

QDRO’s - What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know 
1 hr general 

Rule 3001.2, Proofs of Claim, Chapter 13 Trustee 
1 hr general

Supreme Court Rule 31 Update
.60 hr general

Tax Sales & The Land Bank 
1 hr general - Approved for credit in TN & MS

Techniques Hackers Use to Attack Law Firms
1 hr dual

The Lawyers of Watergate
2 hrs dual

Uncontested Divorces: How to Do it Right 
1 hr general

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law 
1.25 hr general


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