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Experienced Legal Secretaries & Paralegals
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Only 19 Days Until Bench Bar- Register Now! 

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. 

Veterans' Legal Clinic, April 23

Volunteer Training 11am-12pm; Clinic 12- 2pm; 

The next Veterans’ Legal Clinic will be held this Tuesday, April 23rd, from 12:00-2:00 pm at 1407 Union Ave., Suite 815. April’s VA Clinic is being coordinated by the MBA Leadership Forum small group of Anne Davis, Gabrielle Lewis, Maya Siggers, Tony Silva, and Jake Dickerson. A training session for volunteers will be held immediately prior to the clinic, from 11 am-12 pm, at the same location. We are working to obtain CLE credit for the one-hour training session. Lunch will be provided to the volunteer attorneys who attend the training session. A big thanks to Bank Tennessee for providing lunch!
     The training session will cover the legal issues that were raised most often in the first VA Clinic, namely expungement of a criminal record; handling fines, tickets, and court costs; and child support and other family law issues. You do not need to be certified by the VA to participate in the training and/or clinic. The issues that concern veterans are the same as those seen at the MALS Saturday Legal Clinic. If you are interested in attending the training and/or volunteering for the April Veterans’ Legal Clinic on Tuesday, please contact one of the members of the Leadership Forum group above, or you can contact Anne Fritz at 901.527.3575;

Volunteers Needed for Legal Lines on WREG, April 23

Please consider volunteering to work a 30-minute shift between 4:00 and 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 23rd to answer the public’s legal questions over the phone during Legal Lines, a legal help call-in program, on WREG Ch. 3. Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division, volunteers can expect to answer the simplest of legal questions and will be given a list of resources to provide callers who they cannot assist over the phone. If you are camera shy, the 5:30-6:00 pm shift will not be televised as the station will broadcast the national news during that time. Volunteers will need to be on hand at WREG Studios located on Channel 3 Drive, just off Riverside Drive in downtown Memphis. For more information or to volunteer for the event, please contact Jonathan Nelson (
     Also, please share the call-in number with members of the public who would like to have their legal questions answered. Members of the public may call 1-800-528-9734 between 4:00 and 6:30 pm next Tuesday afternoon. 

A Big Thank You from MALS!

from Harrison McIver, MALS Executive Director

On Tuesday, Sen. Randy McNally withdrew his budget amendment that would have stripped all of the state funding—$3.3 million—from legal aid including MALS, transfered responsibility for administration of all appointed counsel and guardians ad litem to the state public defenders conference; and eliminated funds included in the Governor's budget amendment to make up for chronic underfunding of the Davidson and Shelby County Public Defenders' offices.
     Thanks to all of you who worked and communicated with Sens. Norris and Kyle for their support.

Memorial Service Set for Richard Fields

Attorney Richard Fields died Saturday, April 13, 2013.  A memorial service has been planned for Richard at the Church of the River (292 Virginia Ave W) on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at noon.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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

Lawyers vs. Doctors Basketball Game, April 20

The Annual NBA Lawyers vs. Bluff City Medical Society Fund-raiser Basketball Game will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The game will be held at the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium located at 620 South Lauderdale. Game time starts at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. for pre-game activities, community activities and team warmups. Community members will be admitted for free, while lawyers and doctors are expected to give donations. The proceeds from the game will support the Downtown Boys and Girls Club's summer educational programs. This year's fund-raising goal is to surpass $5,000, so please consider a donation to this great cause! If you have questions or want to know more about making a donation, please contact Kenneth Anderson at, Asia Diggs at, or Imad Abdullah at  If you are interested in lacing up your Air Jordans and playing for the Ben F. Jones Chapter team, please contact Imad Abdullah or Rod Holmes at Players are required to make a $50 donation this year to participate on the team and to support the fund-raising goal.

Reception for New Probate Judge, April 22

You are cordially invited to a reception in honor of new Probate Court Judge Kathy Gomes on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Burch Porter & Johnson, 130 N. Court Ave. Please RSVP to Mary Lynes at the MBA (271.0660;  The reception will be sponsored by the MBA Probate & Estate Planning Section but all members of the Memphis Bar are invited to attend. 

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. 

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. 

Free Civil Justice Training, May 7

A free training seminar for criminal justice practitioners, victim advocates, mental health therapists and other allied professionals on “Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Tennessee” will be held in Memphis on May 7th. The seminar will explore how victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child sex abuse, drunk driving, homicide, workplace violence, terrorism, elder abuse, identity theft and financial and property crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives. The program will cover resources and strategies for victims considering civil lawsuits, and will include a panel of attorneys to answer specific questions of Tennessee law.
     The seminar will be held from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Continental breakfast and a complimentary lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited, so please reserve your space today. To register online, click here.
     The seminar is presented by The National Center for Victims of Crime, in conjunction with the Sexual Assault Center, University of Memphis Center for Research on Women, Metro Nashville Police Department, Behavioral Health Services Division, Domestic Violence Counseling Unit, Victim Intervention Program (VIP), Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, Tennessee Voices for Victims, and Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee.

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. 

Workshop on Combatting Human Trafficking, May 23

On Thursday, May 23rd, a workshop entitled “Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the Mid-South: Practical Tools for an Effective Response,” will be held from 9 am to 4 pm in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway). This comprehensive training is designed for people who are service providers, medical professionals, religious leaders, translators, law enforcement, immigrant advocates, Department of Labor employees or a person concerned with the growing problem of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation. This training will equip you to become a community partner in assisting victims and addressing these terrible crimes. $15 includes all materials and lunch. Seating is limited to 100 attendees. For more information contact: Bonnie Blair at 901-752-0328 or

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, 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 / 5 General
Approved for TN, MS & AR

Tuesday, April 23
The Basics of Trade Secret Law: Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property/Entertainment Law Section
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Burch Porter & Johnson, 130 N. Court Ave.
1.5 hrs general CLE

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 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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