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Excellent East Poplar office space.
Suitable for two + attorneys/staff. Furnished reception, conference rooms, kitchen. Contact Jim McMahon. 901.289.4195

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.

Two Offices for Rent, individually or all two.
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!

Litigation Attorney—Immediate opportunity for a litigation attorney with 7+ years of experience to work with small East Memphis law firm handling commercial litigation. The successful candidate should have immediate transferable case management skills and previous trial experience. Additional qualifications include excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. A background in commercial litigation and/or a working knowledge of finance and banking is strongly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience + benefits. Qualified candidates send resume in either Word format or PDF to

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.

Downtown law firm is searching for a real estate/corporate paralegal experienced with formation of entities, UCC-1 financing statements, UCC searches, all aspects of commercial and residential real estate closings preferred. Please send resumes to or fax to Mary at 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, 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




Summer Law Intern Program Needs You!

More than 130 minority high school students – rising juniors and seniors – interviewed for the 2013 Summer Law Intern Program, which runs from June 3-28, 2013. We need more workplaces! If you can sponsor an intern, either by having them work in your office or by paying the $500 stipend so they can work at a government or non-profit agency, please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575;

Drug Court Fundraiser, June 13

Join the Shelby County Drug Court on June 13th at River Terrace at Mud Island River Park for Rockin' on the River to benefit the Shelby County Drug Court Foundation. The event begins with cocktails at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm and live entertainment at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $125 per person. Please contact Angela Parkerson at 901.222.3555 or for more information and tickets.

Our Condolences

Attorney Bill Clifton, 79, died on May 15, 2013. He specialized in complicated criminal tax defense and had many celebrated cases over his career. His most famous case was defending Jerry Lee Lewis, the entertainer, for whom he achieved an acquittal in the l980's. Bill was a graduate of Central High School in 1953. He married his high school sweetheart, Margie Sheffield, and joined the Army where he was selected for special training and served with the National Security Agency stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Using the GI Bill, he returned home to graduate from Memphis State University and Southern Law School, attending law school at night while he worked during the day to support his family. He was briefly an attorney for the IRS and then became a partner in the Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter and Johnson. The celebrated lawyer Lucius Burch took a special interest in Bill and was his valued mentor. Subsequently he opened his own law firm which was highly successful until his retirement in the late 90's. He spent the last 10 years of his life traveling the world with his wife, Karen McCarthy, sailing up the Amazon and down the Danube, visiting such diverse corners of the world as Peru, Russia and Tahiti. A feature in the Travel Section of The Commercial Appeal recounted his and Karen's adventures living in San Miguel, Mexico for a year in 2005. He is survived by his four children Amy Anderson, Charles Clifton, David Clifton and Joseph Clifton and eight grandchildren. Bill was known for his humor, wit and charm and will be missed by family and the larger family of the Friends of Bill W. The family will hold a private memorial service by the ocean. To read more about Bill from The Commercial Appeal, click here

Register Now! 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 To see the event flyer, click here.


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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Installation of Doris Randle-Holt as Chief Federal Defender, May 24

You are cordially invited to attend the installation of Ms. Doris Randle-Holt as the new Chief Federal Defender for the Western District of Tennessee. The event will take place Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in Judge John T. Fowlkes's courtroom on the ninth floor of the Federal Building at 167 North Main Street in Memphis. Please inform your colleagues and members of this event, which is open to the public. Click here to view the official invitation.

Professional Privilege Tax Due June 1

All professional privilege tax returns filed on or after January 1, 2013, must be filed electronically. Professional privilege tax returns can be filed electronically either by individuals, or by companies who file and pay for multiple individuals. The department will not be mailing taxpayers a Professional Privilege Tax Return for the $400 tax due June 1, 2013. For a step-by-step guide to electronically file an individual professional privilege tax return, please visit If you are a company filing and paying for multiple individuals, go to To read more from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, click here.

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

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Federalist Society Seminar, June 10

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present legal affairs columnist and author Adam Freeman, Esq., discussing his latest book, “The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters” on Monday, June 10, 2013 at The Majestic Grille (145 S. Main St.). Lunch will be from 11:30am to 12 pm with the program from 12 pm to 1:00 pm. The cost is $30 for Federalist Society Members, $35 for non-members. Lunch is included. The program will be submitted for one hour Tennessee General CLE Credit. To register, contact Greg Grisham at 901-462-2616 or email at

Comments Regarding Proposed Changes to Chancery Court Rules Due June 14

Pursuant to Rule 18 of the Tennessee Supreme Court regarding local rules of practice in the trial courts of Tennessee, proposed amendments to the Local Rules of the Chancery Court of Shelby County, Tennessee are being published for a three-week public comment period to solicit and consider input from members of the public and attorneys concerning the proposed rules or amendments. These proposed rules or amendments can be viewed on the Chancery Court website. Comments or questions on the proposed amendments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013. LOCAL RULES WILL BE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013.

MBA Young Lawyers Division Golf Tournament, October 4

Mark your calendar for this ever popular golf tournament to be held on Friday, October 4th at Glen Eagle Golf Course at 1 pm. Look for details later this summer!

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:

Live webcast – Thurgood Marshall’s Coming
Wednesday, May 29
11:00 a.m.
2.5 hours Dual CLE

Mediator Of The Day Training
Sponsored by the ADR Section
Wednesday, May 29
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
6750 Poplar Ave, Forum 1 Bldg., 1st Fl. Conf. Room
2 total hrs – 1.67 General / .33 Dual

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


ALI-ABA Online Webcasts & Seminars:  
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