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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
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Announcing the 2013 Bench Bar Line Up! 

Click here to view the Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference schedule and to register now. Among the seminar highlights is Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder on Wed., May 8. Justice Holder will give a “State of the Supreme Court” presentation. Then on Thursday morning May 9th, a plenary session will focus on social media and its impact on various areas of the law, such as labor/employment and family law. That evening, the MBA Young Lawyers Division will welcome Mayor A C Wharton as this year's speaker at its annual YLD Sunset CLE to be held poolside. The Friday morning’s sessions will be 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. 

Law Week 2013 - Events April 23-May 1

Law Week 2013 will get rolling Friday, April 26th with the 6th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square from 5-7 pm. Come enjoy free drinks, including wine and Beer, food by Central BBQ and Lickity Split Ice Cream, and music by WALRUS.  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. 
     Other events scheduled this week include:

Click here to see the complete Law Week calendar. 

Gomes Appointed Interim Probate Judge

Kathy Gomes has been selected as interim probate judge by the Shelby County Commission. The selection was announced Monday. Gomes replaces retiring Probate Court Judge Robert Benham, who has served in that role since 1997. 
     Gomes has practiced law in Tennessee since 1980 and is a partner with Peppel, Gomes & MacIntosh of Memphis. Five candidates had been in the running for the post. The interim judge will serve until the county election in August 2014.
     Click here to read more from

It's All Geek to Me

Feeling technologically challenged? Let us help you.

Do you know what DNS means? Do you find yourself scratching your head when asked for your URL? Can you really explain what your office server does and how your Firewall functions? Memphis Lawyer magazine would like to help you translate some of the tech terms (a.k.a. "Geek Speak") that sometimes leave you befuddled in an effort to improve your technological competency and simply save you a few headaches. If there is a term you would like to see included in our "Geek Speak Dictionary," please submit it to Dottie McCallen at by close of business on Friday, April 5th. There is no term too simple. All submissions will be kept anonymous. 

Spread the Word! FREE Legal Clinic April 13th

The monthly FREE Legal Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 13th 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 Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, and the MBA Bankruptcy Section, 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 our community about this valuable resource. It is likely that the receptionist at your office takes at least one call per day from a person who would benefit from the clinic. Please make sure he or she has this information to share!  Click here to download a calendar of 2013 clinics that you can forward to others in your office or print and post on your office bulletin board. 
    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!
     For more information about the clinic or to volunteer, click here.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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

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.

AWA Redbirds Night, April 9

The Association for Women Attorneys will host a Night with the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:02pm to watch the Memphis Redbirds take on the New Orleans Zephyrs. Discounted tickets are available for all members, friends and family! Click here to learn more.

Health Law Section Seminar, April 12

Are You Doing Everything You Can Do To Protect Your Client’s Confidential Information and Privacy?

Please make plans to attend the Health Law Section seminar, "Getting on Board the Omnibus: Discussion of the HIPAA Final Rule", on Friday, April 12th. The seminar will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Baptist Corporate Building, 350 N. Humphreys Blvd., 1st floor Conference Room. The speakers will be John Bailey, HIPAA Privacy Officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Janelle Burns, Corporate Privacy and Security Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation; and Loretta Hinton, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare. 
     In addition to presenting some of the recent HIPAA changes, the panelists will discuss how HIPAA may now apply to attorneys who deal with medical records in the course of their legal practice as well as attorneys who represent covered entities. The panelists will provide practical tips to attorneys on compliance steps that need to be taken in order to avoid a breach of patient information and a subsequent governmental investigation.
     If you and your staff deal with medical records in the course of your practice, this CLE is a must-attend! One of the most important aspects of HIPAA is the privacy rule. And your practice may now be subject to HIPAA because of changes to the law.
     For more information about the seminar, please click here

Grizzlies Game Night, April 17

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. The deadline to register for this event was Monday, April 1. A Happy Hour sponsored by Mid-South Financial will be held prior to the game at Bleu (221 South 3rd St) from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Federalist Society Seminar, April 18

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Students’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present “Current Proposals to Change the Electoral College System” on Thursday, April 18th from 11:30 to 1 pm at the University of Memphis School of Law. The seminar will feature panelists John L. Ryder, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; James Bopp, Jr., The Bopp Law Firm; and Associate Professor Steven J. Mulroy, The University of Memphis School of Law, with moderator Judge Jon P. McCalla, Chief United States District Judge, Western District of Tennessee. The event is free to the public. Food and Drinks will be served. The program will be submitted for 1 hour of Tennessee general CLE credit. To register, contact Greg Grisham at 901-462-2616 or email at

Law Week Launch Party, April 26

Law Week 2013 will get rolling with the 6th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. Click here to view more details. 

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

Click here to view more details about this event. 

U of M Law to Welcome Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Graduation Speaker

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will serve as the official speaker for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Class of 2013 Graduation. He will address the graduating class on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis during the ceremony, sponsored by Duncan-Williams. 
     Mr. Kennedy is an environmental business leader, lawyer and advocate. He is a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law and serves as co-director of the school's Environmental Litigation Clinic. He also serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president-at-large of the Waterkeeper Alliance, is a partner on the CleanTech investment team of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Capital Ventures, is the environmental advisor to Napo Pharmaceuticals, and serves on the board of directors for Westinghouse Solar. 
     To learn more about the event, click here.

Register Now for Bench Bar 2013

Click here for complete details. 

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:

Wednesday, April 10
Patent Law Basics
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property / Entertainment Law Section
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Rhodes College, Buckman Hall, Rm. 216, 2000 N. Parkway
Speaker: Bill Parks, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
1.5 hrs general credit 

Friday, April 12
Lien Stripping in Chapter 13
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl.
Speaker: Bruce Ralston
1 hr general credit

Friday, April 12
Getting on Board the Omnibus: Discussion of the HIPAA Final Rule
Sponsored by the Health Law Section
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Baptist Corporate Bldg., 1st fl conference Rm, 350 N. Humphreys Blvd.
Speakers: John Bailey, Janelle Burns and Loretta Hinton
2 hrs general credit

Wednesday, April 17
Tech Tips for Attorneys: Websites, Google, Email, Client Confidentiality and More
Sponsored by the Technology Section
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Jabez LeBret, Get Noticed Get Found, Inc.
2 hrs dual credit

Thursday, April 18
Amending Irrevocable Trusts Using the Tennessee Uniform Trust Code
Sponsored by the Estate Planning/Probate Law Section 
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch is included
The Grove Grille, 4550 Poplar Ave., Laurelwood Shopping Center
Speaker: Rob Malin, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
1 hr general credit

Friday, April 19
Family Law Section Seminar
Sponsored by the Family Law Section
9:00 – 4:30 p.m.
University of Memphis School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
Various speakers & topics
6.0 Total Hours - 1 Dual / 6 General
Approved for TN, MS & AR

Wednesday, April 24
Simple Estate Planning for the Normal Family
Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bank Tennessee, 30 N. Second St.
Speaker: Chasity Sharp Grice, Sharp Legal Group
1 hr general credit

Tuesday, April 30
Assistance for Immigrant Victims of Crimes: U-Visas, Violence Against Women and T-Visas
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: R. Romona Jackson, Jackson & Hurst, LLC
1 hr general credit

Live Webcasts:

Wednesday, April 10
Maxims, Monarch & Sir Thomas More
11:00 a.m. 
2.25 hrs dual credit

Wednesday, April 24
Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
11:00 a.m.
3 hrs dual credit

Thursday, April 25
Moving to the Cloud
Sponsored by the Technology Section
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Reid F. Trautz, Director, AILA Practice & Professionalism Center
0.5 hrs dual credit


Friday, April 19
Ethics & Client Confidences: An Advanced Guide
12:00 – 1:00 pm
1 hr dual credit

Friday, April 26
New Medicare Tax Impact on Business Planning for Closely Held Companies
12:00 – 1:00 pm
1 hr general 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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