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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.

Paralegal—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.

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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” 

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James Croom Appointed as Bankruptcy Judge

On March 20,2013, James L. Croom, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, was appointed by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as Bankruptcy Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Judge Croom’s chambers and courtroom are located in the District’s Eastern Division at Jackson, Tenn.
     Judge Croom received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee (Martin) with high honors in 1983, and his J.D. law degree from the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at Memphis State University in 1986. He served as an Estate Administrator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee in 1987 until his appointment as an Attorney/Advisor in the Office of the United States Trustee for Region Eight in 1988. After serving in this capacity for seven years, Judge Croom was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee in 1995 where he served until his Judicial appointment. Judge Croom represented various federal agencies in civil matters before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and the Second, Fifth & Sixth Circuit United States Courts of Appeal. He also prosecuted criminal cases before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Public Hearing March 27 Regarding Candidates for Criminal Court Vacancy

Ten attorneys have applied to fill the Criminal Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District created by the death of Shelby County Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs in late February. The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 am on Wednesday, March 27th at the Memphis Marriott to interview the following candidates: David Michael Bell, Assistant Federal Defender; Latonya Sue Burrow, The Burrow Law Firm; Dean Thomas DeCandia, Special Assistant United States Attorney; Garland Ingram Erguden, Assistant District Attorney General; Damon Keith Griffin, Chief Ethics Officer/Assistant County Attorney; Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Department of Justice - United States Attorney's Office; Kevin Russell Rardin, Assistant District Attorney; Carolyn Sherri Watkins, Administrator, Shelby County Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance; Glenn Wright, Law Offices of Glenn Wright; and David Michael Zak, Assistant District Attorney General. The public hearing will start at 9 and be followed by public interviews of each of the candidates.

Health Law Section Spring Meeting, March 27

The MBA's Health Law Section will hold its spring meeting on Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the offices of Baker Donelson (165 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor).  This meeting will include a presentation on “The State of Healthcare in America” presented by Philip Johnson of Regions Insurance Group.  Gain an overview of the state of healthcare in America, specifically the leading trends in employer-sponsored health plans.  Learn about the latest innovations in health plans that address the effects of inflation on premiums, healthcare costs per employee, plan types, cost and more.  Attendance is free to MBA Health Law Section members who do not need CLE credit.  Those who are interested in receiving 1.5 hours of general CLE credit and who register before March 25th will be charged $45 (Section members) or $60 (Non-Section members).  Non-Section members who do not require CLE credit may register to attend for $30.   Anyone interested in attending should register by phone (901-260-3275) or online.  Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Alpha Reporting Corporation.

Retirement Party for Judge Benham, April 8

Judge Robert S. Benham of Probate Court is retiring at the end of March. In honor of his retirement, the Memphis estate planning and probate bar is organizing a reception to be held on the 4th Floor of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on Monday, April 8, 2013, from 4 - 6 pm as Judge Benham celebrates his retirement after a 50-year career as an attorney and nearly 16 years on the bench. To RSVP or with any questions, please contact Steve McDaniel ( / 901.537.1033), Marjorie Baker ( / 901.537.1023), or Rob Malin ( / 901.537.1027).
     Those hosting the event would appreciate donations to help cover the expenses. Amounts received will go to fund the reception, and any excess amounts will go first to refund Judge Benham for his out-of-pocket expenses for his portrait (which has already been purchased by Judge Benham) and second to Memphis Area Legal Services. All checks should be made payable to Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, and mailed or delivered to Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Attn: Diane Agnew, P.O. Box 775000, Memphis, TN 38177-5000. Please reference Judge Benham on your check.

Mark Your Calendar for Law Week 2013!

Law Week 2013 will get underway on Friday, April 26th from 5-7 pm in Court Square with the 6th Annual Law Week Launch Party, a gathering of all local legal organizations. Come enjoy free drinks, including wine and Bosco's Beer, and music by WALRUS. Dinner will be served via the Central Barbeque food truck and dessert courtesy of the Lickity Split Ice Cream truck.  All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Mid-South Food Bank to the event. Feel free to bring your family and even your dog!
     Look for more details about all of the Law Week events soon, and please read more below about the annual Memorial Service to be held on May 1st.

Register Now for Bench Bar 2013

The Bench Bar Committee is finalizing the topics and speakers for the 2013 Conference, May 8-11, at Tops’l Beach Resort. On Wed. afternoon, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder will give a “State of the Supreme Court” presentation. The Thursday morning plenary session will focus on social media and its impact on various areas of the law, such as labor/employment, family, and criminal. Friday morning’s sessions are geared toward jury selection. Jason Bloom, a jury consultant from Dallas, Texas, will talk on “Building Rapport with a Jury”. A panel of judges will discuss the difference between jury selection in state and federal court and a “mock” jury selection will be presented by Bryan Smith and Kirk Caraway. Other sessions will focus on labor/employment law, family law, and health, among others. Click here to register for the conference now and make room reservations at Tops’l by calling 1.800.380.4808. Rates range from $97 for a Summit studio to $239 for a 2-bedroom gulf front at the Tides. 

Special Offer from Energy Fitness

As a thank you to the MBA Young Lawyers Division for hosting its March Triple Threat CLE & Happy Hour at their location on March 20th, Energy Fitness is offering all MBA members 2 weeks of FREE Semi-Private Personal Training with the purchase of 2 weeks at $188.50. This offer expires April 30, 2013 and is limited to new clients only. If you’re not sure you want to commit to 4 weeks quite yet, then schedule a free consult, valued at $87. Call Energy Fitness at 901-523-2348.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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

The 2013 University of Memphis Law Review Symposium, Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, will take a close look at legal solutions to human trafficking from international, national, statewide, and local perspectives. The Symposium will take place at The University of Memphis Law School, 1 N. Front St., from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 22, 2013. Admission is $125 for CLE attendees; $40 for nonprofit and government CLE attendees; $40 for members of the general public; and free to University of Memphis faculty, staff, and students. 6.0 hours of CLE credit and 2.25 hours of Dual Ethics Credit has been applied for. The event will feature distinguished speakers and panelists from the US Attorney's Office, the US Department of Transportation, Shared Hope International, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, the South Texas College of Law, Operation Broken Silence, the Memphis Police Department Sex Crimes Division, and the Indiana Attorney General's Office. For more information and online registration, click here

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

Summer Law Intern Program Applications Due March 25

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;

Volunteers Needed for New Veterans’ Legal Clinic on March 26

The MBA Veterans’ Committee, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services, is starting a monthly legal clinic to assist veterans with their civil legal needs, including child support/visitation, landlord/tenant, employment, and debtor/creditor issues. No special expertise with VA benefits or system is needed. The first clinic will be held on Tues., March 26 from noon until 2 p.m. at 1407 Union Ave., Suite 815 (the building next to the Krystal’s on Union.) Parking is available in the building’s garage and will be validated. The committee hopes to hold a training session prior to the March 26th clinic; watch the Bar Bulletin for more information. If you are interested in volunteering at this clinic – or for future clinics – please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575;

Memorial Service for Kemper Durand, March 29

A memorial service for Kemper B. Durand who passed away on February 2, 2013, will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey , Johnson & Mitchell (One Commerce Square, 29th Floor). Please click here to view the invitation from the firm. 

Memphis Grizzlies Game Night, April 17

Tickets must be purchased by April 1

The Grizzlies have teamed up with the MBA Young Lawyers Division for a night of fun at the Utah Jazz game at FedEx Forum on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00pm. YLD members may purchase Plaza II seats at $55 each which is $35 less than the gate price. For more information and to download a registration form, click here. To sit with the YLD group, please return this form to Maggie Cooper by Monday, April 1—mail to Maggie Cooper; Thomason Hendrix et al; One Commerce Square, 29th Floor ; 40 South Main; Memphis, TN 38103; email; or fax to 901.525.6722. A Happy Hour sponsored by Mid-South Financial will be held prior to the game. Look for more details on that event soon!

BPR Proposes Amendment to RPC 8.4 Concerning Discriminatory Conduct

Comments Due by April 1

The Board of Professional Responsibility has filed a petition with the Tennessee Supreme Court, asking the Court to amend RPC 8.4 to add a new paragraph (h), making it professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage, in a professional capacity, in certain discriminatory conduct. The proposed new subsection 8.4(h) states “[i]t is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:...(h) engage in conduct, in a professional capacity, manifesting bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. Legitimate advocacy respecting the foregoing factors does not violate this provision.” Written comments may be submitted to Mike Catalano, Clerk, Tennessee Appellate Courts, 100 Supreme Court Building, 401 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219-1407 by April 1, and should reference docket #M2013-00379-SC-RL1-RL. To view the BPR’s petition, go to

Support Law School Mediation Team's Trip to Nationals, April 3-4

Under the direction of attorney Steve Shields, the University of Memphis School of Law’s Mediation Team, comprised of students Tom Williams and Chris Martin, has won the regional competition for the second year in a row. Facing the University of Tennessee team in the championship round, it is reported that the U of M was “flawless.” They now go to the National Competition in Chicago on April 3 and 4.
     Sheree Hoffman and David Wade of the MBA’s ADR Section are co-chairing the fundraising activities for the University of Memphis team. Due to budget constraints, the law school is not in a position to help with expenses (estimated at $5,000 for the Regionals and $4,000 for the National Competition) so the ADR Section has become the primary source for funding and support. You may send your donation to David Wade at 6410 Poplar Ave., Suite 1000, Memphis, TN 38119. Please make the check payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation and note that it is for the U of M Mediation Team. Every donation in any amount is important and appreciated and is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Race Judicata Scheduled for April 6

Race Judicata, sponsored by the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis School of Law, will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m. The race will take place at Mississippi River Park, located at 51 North Riverside Drive. The race is open to the public and runners, walkers and strollers are welcome! There will be food and live music following the race, the proceeds from which benefit Memphis Area Legal Services. For more information – or to sign up as a sponsor, go to

Law Week Launch Party, April 26

Save the Date for the annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. More details coming soon!

TALS, MLSA CLE Program, April 27

Legal Professionals of Memphis: MLSA and TALS-Legal Professionals of Tennessee will present "Child Abuse: The Child - The Abuser - The System" on Saturday, April 27th, at the downtown Courtyard Marriott  The seminar costs $50 for attorneys and offers 3 hours of general CLE credit. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The presenters will be Daphni Ishak, Program Director of Elisa Webb Hill, Board Member and Volunteer CASA of Memphis and Shelby County, Inc.; Lt. Wilton Cleveland, Supervisor of Memphis Police Department/Sex Crimes Bureau Sex Offender Registry/Human Trafficking Internet Crimes Against Children; and Kimberly Benson, President of A Bridge of Hope. For more information and to register, contact Gail Powell at

2013 Annual Memorial Service Set for May 1

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Wed., May 1, 2013, at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. This year's honorees include:

Harold D. Archibald, Sr.—11/30/2012
Randolph A. Ashley—7/2/2012
Earl Buckles—8/20/2012
Ross Bert Clark—11/8/2012
Sam L. Crain, Jr.—2/9/2013
Kemper Bartlett Durand—2/2/2013
John H. Harris, Jr.—2/28/2013
L. Wade Harrison, Jr.—3/18/2013
Hon. Otis W. Higgs—2/15/2013
Ralph Holt—2/24/2013
Hon. Cecil G. Keltner—5/27/2012
Carl H. Langschmidt, Jr.—11/18/2012
James E. Leary—3/13/2013
George Michael Makris—9/3/2012
Donnie R. McFerren—10/23/2012
Alex J. Migliara—1/31/2013
Clinton Ray Pearson—2/18/2013
Emma Jean Pierotti—5/26/2012
Marvin Posner—3/12/2013
Hon. Audrey M. Scott—2/26/2013
Herbert Wayne Vaiden, Jr.—11/12/2012
Roane Waring, Jr.—8/28/2012
William Lee Whitman—2/12/2013
Robert M. Wilson, Jr.—8/3/2012

If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573.

Bench Bar & Boardroom 2013

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STRUT! Memphis, October 24

 Save the date for the annual Community Legal Center fundraiser, STRUT! Memphis, on October 24, 2013.

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CLE Seminars

Live Seminars:

Thursday, March 21
From the USPTO: Trademark 101
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property/Entertainment Law Section
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St.
Speakers:  Craig Morris, Pamela Kelly & Bill Parks
2 hours general CLE
Friday, March 22
This seminar has been postponed until June.
Real Estate Issues in Bankruptcy
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
1 hour general CLE (pending)

Wednesday, March 27
The State of Healthcare in America
Sponsored by the Health Law Section
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Baker Donelson, 165 Madison, #2000
Speaker:  Philip Johnson, Regions Insurance Group 
1.5 hours general CLE


Friday, March 29
Employment Investigations: Protecting You & Your Clients from Liability
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Speaker: James P. Carter
1 hour general CLE

Live Webcasts:

Wednesday, March 27
Impeach Justice Douglas!
Co-sponsored with Periaktos Productions, L.L.C.
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
3 hours 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

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 

Recent Ethical Updates from the Board of Professional Responsibility
1 hr dual

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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