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Real Estate Closer/Legal Secretary -- East Memphis law firm has immediate opening for Real Estate Closer/Legal Secretary with experience in commercial and residential closings. Please send resume with salary history and requirements to Mary Lynes at email@example.com or fax to 901.527.3582
Debate Coach -- The Memphis Grizzlies Prep Charter School, an all-boys middle school located in downtown Memphis, is seeking a practicing attorney to teach a debate class. This is a paid position. If interested, contact Ben Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or fax to Mary at 901.527.3582
Legal Secretary—Burch, Porter & Johnson seeks experienced legal secretary with minimum of 3 years of experience within the business practice area. Current or recent experience in Business Transactions is preferred. This position requires a professional with solid organizational and interpersonal skills. Must have excellent administrative skills and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Please forward resume to Jeff Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Real Estate Closer—Murphy, DeZonia & Webb, an Association of Attorneys, has an immediate opening for a real estate closer with 3 or more years of experience in preparing HUD-1 settlement statements and the complete set of documents for residential real estate closings. Experience in closing residential transactions in Tennessee and using the SoftPro software system is preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Outlook is also preferred. Salary is negotiable and level of experience will be a factor. Please send resumes to J. Michael Murphy at 6389 Quail Hollow Road, Suite 102, Memphis, TN 38120; email@example.com.
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 Kristen Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Plan the 2014 Bench Bar Conference!
If you would like to help in planning the 2014 Bench Bar Conference, which will be held from May 7-10, at Tops’l Beach Resort in Destin, come to the first committee meeting on Mon., Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m. at the MBA. This is a brown bag lunch meeting; cookies & soft drinks will be provided. The main purpose of this meeting is to divide into subcommittees (CLE, Social, Sports, etc.) that will handle the bulk of the work. U.S. District Court Judge John Fowlkes, General Sessions Judge Phyllis Gardner, and Blair Evans from Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz are in charge of the CLE programming. They are joined by Magistrate Judge Tu Pham, Circuit Court Judge Gina Higgins, and Amy Pepke from Butler Snow, who are chairs of the overall conference. If you can’t attend the meeting, but want to be on the committee, contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or email@example.com. If you can’t attend in person, there is a call-in number; contact Anne for that information.
Now Accepting Applications for ESQ.BUILD: The Memphis Bar Association Solo Practitioner Incubator
In partnership with the MBA Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the Memphis Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of an incubator for new solo practitioners, ESQ.BUILD. ESQ.BUILD is designed for new attorneys who are in their first three years of practice to receive training regarding not only how to practice law, but how to manage a law office. The program was developed to offer recent law school graduates tangible help including office space at a greatly reduced price, mentoring, CLE and other services to assist them in learning how to start and run a solo or small law firm practice. Participation in this program is limited to eight to ten attorneys who are graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and were admitted to practice in Tennessee within the past three years. Applications are due September 9, 2013 and the program will begin in October. For more information and an application, click here, visit the Career Services Office at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law or contact Anne Fritz at the MBA (527.3575; firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Donations Needed for MALS Auction
Please consider donating items to the “WE’RE ALL IN” online auction benefitting Memphis Area Legal Services. All donations are tax-deductible and will be listed on a nationally viewed website noting that you are the donor (unless you wish to remain anonymous). Donations are needed by September 1, 2013. Click here for more information or download a donor form. If you have any questions, email MALSauction@alphareporting.com.
Memphis Bar Foundation Soliciting Grant Applications
The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the MBA, is now soliciting grant applications from non-profit organizations. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations for law-related programs and activities that further the Foundation’s mission to advocate and support public awareness of the legal profession; promote social justice; promote legal education, and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar. The typical grant award is less than $10,000; the deadline to apply is August 23, 2013. To get a grant application, contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575; email@example.com or click here.
Attorney Paul D. Leitch, 63, died unexpectedly of natural causes while at home on August 12, 2013. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. at Buntyn Presbyterian Church, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the same location. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, a master’s degree from Florida State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis. Over the years, he worked in human resources, practiced law, and taught college sociology classes. While teaching on a U.S. Navy base in the Philippines in 1979, he met his future wife, Soledad Alip. He loved spending time with his children and his pet dogs, Motown music, running in races, and Peeps candy. He is survived by his wife, Soledad; children, Duncan Leitch and Sally (Jared) Woodruff; three siblings and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Memphis Zoo, any research or charitable organization addressing physical or mental health issues, or Buntyn Presbyterian Church. Read more in the Commercial Appeal.
Rev. William H. Haltom, Sr., 89, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16. The father of attorney and past MBA President Bill Haltom, he was a retired Southern Baptist minister and certified public accountant. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee. In addition to his son, he leaves a sister, Aileen Barry of Jackson, TN; a daughter-in-law, Claudia Swafford Haltom; and three grandchildren, William H. Haltom, III and Margaret Grace Haltom of Memphis and Kenneth Galbreath Haltom of Boston. The family held a private memorial service; donations may be made to the Church Health Center or the Step Ahead Foundation. Read more in the Commercial Appeal.
George Webster, Jr., 79, died on Thursday, Aug. 1 after a long illness. The father of Probate Court Judge Karen Webster, he was born in Blackfish Lake, AR to George Webster, Sr. and Ceola B. Webster. His funeral was held on Saturday, Aug. 10; memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association at https://donations.diabetes.org.
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Wills for Heroes Needs Volunteers on Oct. 12
This year, the TBA YLD is proud to make the Wills for Heroes program available to Tennessee’s first responders. We need volunteer attorneys, notaries and witnesses in order to provide free basic Wills, Living Wills, Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. The event will be held at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Saturday October 12, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Wills for Heroes program (http://willsforheroes.org) started shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Moved by the tragedy and the heroic actions of New York’s first responders, Anthony Hayes, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, in Columbia, South Carolina, emailed the Columbia Fire Department asking what lawyers could do to help firemen. During the conversations that followed, it became clear that there was a glaring need for estate planning services. Since then, Wills for Heroes programs have provided more than 7,000 free estate planning documents for first responders.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joann Coston-Holloway at 901.577.8223 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you are not required to volunteer for the entire program, please tell us what hours you are available.
Government Tort Liability Act Seminar on Sept. 26
The Government Lawyers Section of the MBA will present a seminar addressing issues of notice under the Government Tort Liability Act on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the MBA office at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 80 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The speaker will be Assistant City Attorney Robert Ratton III. Contact the Memphis Bar Association or the Government Lawyers Section for additional information.
Federal Bar Association Hosts Trial Practice Seminar on Aug. 23
The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is sponsoring a “Memphis Trial Practice Summer Seminar” on Friday, August 23 at the Federal Courthouse. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m.; the seminar ends at 12:15 p.m. The focus of the seminar is federal criminal practice but there are also presentations and demonstrations on technology. The cost is $25 for FBA members and $40 for non-members; CJA panel members, judicial law clerks, law students and 2013 law graduates may attend for free. The seminar has been approved for 2 hours of general and 1 hour of dual CLE credit; the registration deadline is Aug. 15; seating is limited. For more information, contact Ben Scott at Butler Snow, email@example.com.
Project Homeless Connect Moved to Sept. 19
Project Homeless Connect brings together a large variety of resources and services in one place to help people struggling with homelessness. Dozens of nonprofit agencies, service providers and other organizations join together to break down the barriers that can make it more difficult to escape homelessness. As part of those services, a “street clinic”, sponsored by the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, will be offered to help those with unpaid court costs and fines. In addition, a civil legal clinic will be held to assist people with issues such as child support, collections, and landlord/tenant. The next Project Homeless Connect will be held on Sept.19 (originally scheduled for Aug. 22) at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Attorneys are needed to assist with the civil legal clinic for a 2-hour shift. We particularly need attorneys familiar with family law issues. If you can help, please contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Criminal Practice at 201 Poplar, Sept. 25
The Government Lawyers Section of the MBA will present "Introduction to Criminal Law Practice at 201 Poplar" on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Presenter Patrick Stegall built a criminal defense practice following his graduation from the University of Memphis School of Law. Mr. Stegall will explain the procedures in the general sessions court, the criminal court downtown, aka "201," as well as the procedures in the suburban courts, including Bartlett, Collierville, and Germantown. This seminar will also help you answer those questions posed by family and friends who find themselves in criminal court, including how to keep a conviction off a person’s record, and the penalties someone can expect for a first offense. Mr. Stegall will also provide lessons learned from starting The Stegall Law Firm. In addition, Mr. Stegall can answer your questions about guns and gun laws. As part of his practice, Mr. Stegall drafts firearms trusts for individuals and families who wish to own federally regulated weapons such as sound suppressors and machine guns. He is licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi.
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!
ADR Section Annual Seminar, October 16
Save The Date for the ADR Section Annual Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The featured speaker will be Nina Meierding, M.S., J.D., a national leader in the field of conflict resolution.
STRUT! Memphis, October 24
Save the date for the annual Community Legal Center fundraiser, STRUT! Memphis, on October 24, 2013.
Unveiling of Tennessee Judicial Museum, December 5
The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society will unveil Phase II of the Tennessee Judiciary Museum on December 5, 2013. The evening will feature a short program with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Hermitage Hotel followed by a tour of the museum. If you would like to become a sponsor of this event or purchase tickets, please contact Linda Knight at email@example.com or 615-244-4994.
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Wednesday, Aug. 28
Workplace Harassment Investigations
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave.
1 hour general
Friday, Aug. 30
ECF Filing: How To and Updates
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Fl
1 hour general
Thursday, Sept. 5
Estate Esoterica: The Secrets Revealed
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Grove Grill, 4550 Poplar Ave.
1 hour general
Friday, August 23
Attorney Ethics in Adding Lawyers to a Firm
1 hour general
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
Business Tax Tips: How to Nickel & Dime the IRS to Death
1 hr general
1 hr general
Discharge of Guaranteed Student Loans & Related Issues
.75 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
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
1 hr general
Preferred Practices of Bankruptcy Judges in the Western District
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
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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You can register online for these seminars by clicking on a seminar name above. If you have trouble registering online, a link to download a PDF version of the registration form can be found on the right side of each seminar web page. This form can be printed and either faxed (901.527.3582) or mailed to the MBA.
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