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Three Offices for Rent — Individually or all three. Ideal for an attorney. Excellent Rate and location in Germantown near the Saddle Creek Shopping Center. Includes receptionist, phones, internet, parking, utilities and the use of two conference rooms. Contact Rose at 901-507-2146.
East Memphis Office Space — 1 Man offices to large firms at the Hobson Building - 5384 Poplar. $17.50/sf. Covered parking, Bank onsite, close to I-240. Call Jennifer Hobson at 901.679.6818
Office Space — 1-2 offices available to sublease in law office. Desirable East Memphis location. Atrium I, 1st floor, 6800 Poplar at Kirby. Affordable rent. Call John - 901.680.0101
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
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The Cochran Firm - Memphis is seeking a Case Manager to provide superior client service while professionally handling case management documentation and procedures. The position entails extensive telephone contact with clients, medical providers and adjusters. At least three years’ experience in personal injury pre-suit file management required. Must have knowledge of insurance, legal, and/or medical terminology to maximize the performance of the duties and responsibilities of this position. Submit resume for consideration to email@example.com if qualified for this opportunity.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
New Dean to Speak at Memphis Bar Foundation Luncheon on Oct. 8
Peter Letsou, who became Dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on June 1, is the featured speaker for the Memphis Bar Foundation’s luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel. Dean Letsou will discuss his vision for the law school and how that will impact the Memphis legal community. In addition, new Fellows of the Foundation will be recognized, grants given to local non-profit agencies, and the Irvin Bogatin Awards presented to University of Memphis law students. Tickets are $50 per person; $500 for a table of 10. CLE credit of .50 hours is pending. All proceeds will benefit the Memphis Bar Foundation’s grant-making program. For reservations, call Charlotte Gean at 527.3574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
There are several opportunities in the near future for the Memphis legal community to give back to the community.
• The monthly Legal Clinic at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will be held this Sat., Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed in all practice areas, but especially family law, criminal law, and employment law. Please contact Anne Fritz (527.3575; email@example.com) if you are interested in volunteering or just come Sat. morning!
• A civil legal clinic will be held during Project Homeless Connect next Thurs., Sept. 19 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Shifts are available from 8:30-11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m. Five to six attorneys are needed for the morning shifts; 3-4 attorneys for the afternoon shift. Contact Anne Fritz if you are interested in volunteering.
• In addition to the monthly Legal Clinic on Oct. 12, Wills for Heroes will be held at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wills for Heroes provides basic wills, living wills, and healthcare/financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. Shifts are available; persons to act as notaries and witnesses are also needed. To volunteer, contact Joann Coston-Holloway at 577.8223; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennessee Supreme Court Issues Several Orders, Including Complete Overhaul of Rule 9
The Supreme Court has issued a flurry of new orders, including a comprehensive amendment overhauling the rules governing disciplinary enforcement for attorneys. Among changes that take effect Jan. 1, 2014 to Rule 9 are:
• Adoption of a comprehensive set of rules and enumeration of obligations and protections for attorneys and clients alike to permit court-appointment of “receiver attorneys” to step into the breach when a lawyer unexpectedly dies or becomes disabled;
• Inclusion of recusal standards for hearing panel members tied directly to the Code of Judicial Conduct;
• Removal of violations of the “attorney oath of office” as a basis for attorney discipline;
• Application of more consistent treatment of both types of private discipline;
• Prohibition against anonymous disciplinary complaints against attorneys; and
• Imposition of a suspension when an attorney has been determined to be in default on repayment of any federal family education loan, a student loan guaranteed or administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, or any other state or federal educational loan or service-conditional scholarship program.
In addition, the court adopted an order making changes to Rules 21, 33 and 43 to make them consistent with the revised Rule 9. The Supreme Court also issued orders:
• Asking for comments by Jan. 15, 2014 to proposed amendments to the ADR provisions contained in Rule 31;
• Broadening the scope of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection so all attorneys who practice in Tennessee, regardless of the state granting licensure, must support it through annual fees. They also extended from one to three years, the time for a client to make a claim for reimbursement. The amendments take effect Oct. 1.
• Adopting an amendment to excuse continuing part-time judges and pro temporare part-time judges from the reporting requirements of Rule 10.
The Memphis Bar Association is sponsoring a seminar Nov. 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to discuss these changes. Brian Faughnan from Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell will be the speaker. He is chair of the TBA’s Standing Committee on Ethics & Professional Responsibility, which proposed the changes.
MALS Auction Begins Sept. 15, Donations Still Welcome
If you have not done so already, 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). Click here for more information or download a donor form. The auction will open Sept. 15 on the Walker Auctions website. Donations will continue to be accepted until the auction closes on Oct. 15. If you have any questions, email MALSauction@alphareporting.com.
Lawyer’s Lawyer and Myar Award Nomination Forms Now Available
Nominations are now being accepted for the MBA’s two highest honors – the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award and the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award. Forms are due October 1, and both will be presented at the MBA’s Annual Meeting on Thurs., Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn.
The Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who has been practicing law for at least 15 years and who, during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. The Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award is given to an attorney, 40 years of age or younger, who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the community. More information about the awards, including a list of past recipients and the nomination forms, are available by clicking here.
Register Now for the YLD Golf Tournament
Registration is now open for the Young Lawyers Division Golf Tournament on October 4th, which will be held at Glen Eagle, the naval golf course just 20 minutes from downtown in Millington. Tee time is at 1:00 p.m. for this “shotgun start.” Proceeds from the Tournament will go to benefit the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club. Prizes will also be awarded to the top finishers, as well as for the longest drive and closet to the pin, just to name a few. Whether you are a scratch golfer or consider making contact with the ball off the tee a personal triumph, this is the tournament for you. View the flyer for more information or register online by clicking here.
Wellness Chair Featured in Magazine; John Dice Seminar Scheduled for Nov. 13
Chair of the Wellness Committee, and current Board Member, Maureen T. Holland is featured as the running Weekend Warrior in the September issue of Memphis Health and Fitness Magazine. You can read more here.
The Wellness Committee will sponsor the Annual John Dice Seminar on Nov. 13 at Lichterman Nature Center. The seminar focuses on how to stay healthy in a stressful profession and includes 5-minute massages and flu shots from the Shot Nurse. Watch the Bar Bulletin for more information about the seminar.
Pro Bono Schedules:
Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic
& Saturday Legal Clinic
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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.
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.
Memphis Law Golf Tournament on Sat. Sept. 28
The annual SBA Golf Tournament will be held this year on Sat. Sept. 28 at Tunica National Golf Course. This event helps the Student Bar Association raise funds for important events including their Speaker Series and charitable donations within the community. The deadline to sponsor is Mon. Sept. 16 and you can download a registration form here. Please contact SBA President Chris Tutor at email@example.com with any questions.
Barristers' Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 4
The 14th Annual Barristers' Pancake Breakfast will be held Friday, October 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church. 100% of the proceeds are donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Contact Judy Birchler at 577-2243 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Health Law Section to Host Speed Networking Event on Oct. 12
The Memphis Bar Association Health Law Section will hold its inaugural Speed Networking event on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the 4th floor Reading Room at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. This event will offer the opportunity for mentees - students, new attorneys and attorneys with less than five years of experience in the practice of health law - to meet and network with mentors - attorneys who have been practicing in the field for five or more years. Mentees will spend around five minutes talking to a mentor before moving on to the next mentor. Mentors may describe their current position, past positions and areas of expertise and discuss the future of health law. Mentees likely will have specific questions about hot areas in health law, job forecasts and other related topics of interest. Attorneys interested in serving as mentors please email Kathy Steuer at email@example.com to confirm your participation. PLEASE ENCOURAGE JUNIOR ATTORNEYS IN YOUR PRACTICE TO ATTEND! Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided courtesy of BankTennessee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-244-4994.
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Thursday, Sept. 12
Class & Collective Actions: A View From the Trenches
3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave.
2.5 hours general
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Probate Court Policies
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Shelby County Courthouse, 3rd Fl. Supreme Courtroom
1.5 hours general
Thursday, Sept. 19
Social Security Disability Benefits: A Primer
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave. #220
1.5 hours general
Friday, Sept. 20
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
2.0 hours general
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Employee Separation Agreements
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
1 hour general
Friday, Sept. 20
Drafting Effective & Enforceable Promissory Notes
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
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
ALI-ABA Online Webcasts & Seminars:
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