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Administrative Manager to a Federal Circuit Judge—The Administrative Manager provides administrative and secretarial support to a federal circuit judge and is responsible for the day-to-day operations management of the judge’s chambers. Click here to learn more about the position.

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, commercial, residential 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” 

If you have any questions, please email Dottie McCallen at




Bench Bar Is Next Week - Have You Registered? 

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 Photos!

Law Week 2013 was a great success! Click here to view photos from the events. Thanks especially to all who weathered the rain and wind to celebrate with us at the 6th Annual Law Week Launch Party! We were thrilled by the turnout despite the inclement weather. And, thanks to BankTennessee for opening their doors to us and hosting the party inside their downtown branch after the storm clouds rolled in!

YLD Basketball League Finals Next Monday

The MBA Young Lawyers Division Basketball League will complete its season next Monday, May 6th with the final game at 7:15 pm in the gym at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church,  246 S Belvedere Blvd. Come out and cheer on your favorite team! 

Services for Susan Clark Next Tuesday

MBA Past President Susan McEwen Clark passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 surrounded by her family and friends.
     Susan was born in Forest, Mississippi on September 16, 1952 and attended Memphis and Nashville public schools. She graduated with Distinction from Rhodes College in 1974, where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and tennis. She was later inducted into the Rhodes College Sports Hall of Fame. Following college, she taught English and coached four sports at St. Mary's Episcopal School. She returned to Rhodes College in 1981, where she served as Assistant Director of Admissions until entering law school in 1988. 
     She graduated first in her class from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, in 1991, where she was an Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Susan served as a judicial clerk to then U.S. District Judge Julia S. Gibbons from 1991-92. She joined Burch, Porter and Johnson, PLLC, in 1992, where she practiced employment law and complex commercial litigation. She also served on the firm's management committee and chaired the recruiting committee for five years.
     Susan's leadership, legal and interpersonal skills earned her the respect of colleagues and clients. The Association for Women Attorneys, for which she served as president, recognized her with its highest honor, the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award, in 2004. After many years of service to her profession, her peers elected her President of the Memphis Bar Association in 2005. That same year she was inducted as a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. She also served for several years as a hearing officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
     After her 2001 diagnosis of metastatic ocular melanoma, and the grim prognosis, Susanbravely participated in a series of clinical trials over the next 11 years at the National Cancer Institute and other medical centers around the country. Two of those trials resulted in break-through treatments for both melanoma and liver cancer. Throughout these years, she never allowed cancer to define her and she maintained an active and meaningful life. Her husband, Mark, was her partner every step of the way and she credited him, and the rest of her family, with the quality of life she enjoyed.
     Susan left full-time law practice in 2006 and used her exceptional talents to benefit the community and her church, St. John's United Methodist Church, where she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and an Elder. She was a longtime board member of Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood and was instrumental in the establishment of Harrah's Hope Lodge for out-of-town adult cancer patients undergoing treatment in Memphis.
     To every experience and challenge, Susan brought intellect, depth, thoughtfulness, perspective, kindness and love. She was an extraordinarily gifted and graceful person, with a world-class sense of humor.
     Susan was the daughter of retired United Methodist Bishop Roy C. Clark and the late Esther Maddox Clark. She is survived by her beloved husband, Mark A. Jones; three children in whom she gloried, Michael Taylor (Nicole), Andrew Taylor (Jordan), and Meghan Doyle (Wes); and her greatest joys, three grandchildren, McEwen Taylor, Olivia Doyle and Gaines Taylor. She is also survived by her dear sister, Lynn Clark, of Jackson, Mississippi and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
     Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, with the memorial service following at 3:30 p.m., both at St. John's United Methodist Church, on the corner of Peabody and Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. John's United Methodist Church.
     To read more about Susan, click here.

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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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

Sole/Small Firm Seminar, May 30

The MBA Sole/Small Firm Section is sponsoring an all-day seminar on Thurs., May 30 at Fogelman Conference Center. Titled “How to Keep Pace With the Big Guys,” the seminar will cover topics such as building and retaining a client base, lowering overhead and improving efficiency, avoiding malpractice, and maintaining a well-balanced life. The seminar is approved for 6 hours of CLE credit (3 dual and 3 general). Watch the bulletin for more details or check our CLE listings for details as they become available.

St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends, June 4

On Tuesday, June 4th, St. Jude will help tee-off the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament with an exclusive concert hosted by country artist John Rich, featuring a dazzling array of special guests. Enjoy the intimate acoustic concert while you mingle with your favorite PGA Tour players and bid on one-of-a-kind items. All proceeds from this exclusive evening will support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where no family pays for anything. The event will be held at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

AWA Golf Tournament, June 7

The Association of Women Attorneys will host its second annual golf tournament benefiting the AWA Scholarship Fund on Friday, June 7th with a shotgun start at 1 pm at Mirimichi Championship Course in Millington, TN. All are welcome to come play for great prizes in this 4 person scramble. Registration is $150 per player, which includes scramble entry, prizes and lunch. For non-golfers, environmental tours are available during the event that will provide a unique experience to learn about the only golf course in the world recognized with both Audubon International Classic Sanctuary and Golf Environmental Organization certifications. Tours are $20 per person, benefiting the AWA Scholarship Fund. For more information and registration, please contact Jennifer Himes at 901.529.3009 or To see the event flyer, click here.

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:

Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference

Wednesday, May 8-Saturday, May 11
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort
Destin, Florida
Various speakers and topics.
15 Total Hours of CLE Credit
Credit approved in TN, MS & AR

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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