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East Memphis Law Office along the Poplar corridor has space available for attorneys which includes receptionist and other services at competitve pricing. Call or e-mail Larry Weissman, 901-763-2134 |

Executive Office Suite for Rent
at Corporate Gardens, 9040 Garden Arbor Drive, Germantown, Tennessee. This convenient premier office space has very tasteful décor with class-A finishes, including hardwood floors. The space consists of: four offices (all with windows); reception area; access to additional library/conference room; coffee bar (with microwave, refrigerator, granite counter tops and sinks). The office is wired for security. Tenant has total control of heating and cooling.  Office includes free janitorial service, abundant parking, and paid maintenance fees. There are no additional assessments for overhead costs such as property taxes, insurance or repairs and maintenance, etc. The monthly rent is $1,900. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in this space, please contact us at (901) 761-7874.

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.



Post Your Resume, Post a Job and Browse Job Openings & Resumes at no cost!

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 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 or fax to 901.527.3582

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

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

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;


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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 Kristen Stewart at 



Volunteers Needed for Wills for Heroes this Saturday!

The Wills for Heroes clinic will be held this Saturday, October 12th as part of Celebrate Pro Bono month. Currently, we have over 140 heroes signed up to participate, but are short on volunteers (especially attorneys). The WFH event will be held at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library from 8:00-5:00. We still need volunteers for the morning shift from 8:30-12:30 and the afternoon shift from 12:30-4:30. A short training session will be held before each session.  

NO EXPERIENCE drafting wills is necessary! You’ll learn everything you need to know during the training session. We’d love to see as many volunteers as we can. If you are interested or have more questions, please contact Joann Coston-Holloway at 577.8223 or Wills for Heroes provides a wonderful and necessary service to all of our first responders and they are very appreciative.

Also, the regular Saturday Legal Clinic will be held at the Central Library from 10 a.m. to noon. The clinic provides legal advice to members of the public; if you’re interested in volunteering, contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or From noon to 2:00 p.m., the law school’s Student Bar Association will host a pro bono picnic and celebration at the park next to the library. Bring your family and come participate and celebrate in these events!

Memphis Bar Foundation Luncheon Recap

On Tues., Oct. 8, the Memphis Bar Foundation hosted its Fellows Luncheon at the Peabody. At the event, Chris Martin, a recent graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, received the Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award in recognition of his 300 hours of pro bono work during law school, and Jennifer Sneed received the Irvin Bogatin Scholarship. Both the award and scholarship are sponsored by the Bogatin Fund, created by the family and friends of the late Irvin Bogatin to honor his legacy of pursuing social justice.

In addition, $35,000 in grants were awarded to 10 non-profit organizations for law-related programs or projects and 37 new Fellows were inducted into the Foundation. Attorneys and judges are selected as Fellows in recognition of their service to the legal profession and the community, and their adherence to the highest standards of professional conduct. Peter Letsou, Dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, spoke about the challenges facing law schools and how he believes “Memphis Law” is advantageously situated to capitalize on those challenges.  He also kept mentioning the beautiful law school building! 

For a complete list of grant recipients and Fellows, click here.

Email Scam Targets IOLTA Accounts

The Tennessee Bar Foundation reports that an email scam is popping up across the country warning lawyers that their IOLTA account has “insufficient funds” to pay an outstanding check. Barri Bernstein, executive director of the foundation – which administers the IOLTA program in Tennessee – said today that the sender claims to be National Bankruptcy Services LLC of Dallas. While several different names are used to sign the email, all versions refer to a check of approximately $19,000. Anyone who receives such an email should not open it or click on the attachment, which is presumed to contain malware.

YLD Members

Please be sure note important emails this week regarding running for the YLD board and the Charles Rond Award. If you are not receiving YLD emails and ought to be, please email to be added to that list.

The MALS "We're All In" Online Auction Closes October 15th

Please join us in participating in the "We're All In" Online Auction benefiting MALS. The auction is open for a few more days. Here are three ways to get involved: (1) Donate items, (2) Bid, (3) Spread the word. Click here for more information or download a donor form. Donations will continue to be accepted until the auction closes on Oct. 15 so keep checking back for new and exciting items. If you have any questions or a donation ready to be submitted, email

Make Your Reservations for 2014 Bench Bar Conference, May 7-10!

The Bench Bar Conference Committee is busy planning for next year’s conference, which will include several new tweaks! Programs on technology, ADR, and dealing with difficult clients, opposing counsel and judges are in the works.  To reserve your room at Tops’l now, call the ResortQuest 24-hour reservations department at 1.800.380.4808; group code X8006. Room rates at the Summit are: Studio NV/CL - $87/$99; 2 bedroom NV/CL -- $141/$156; 3 bedroom NV/CL - $212/$231.  The Tide offers 2 bedroom gulf view condos for $179/night; 2 bedroom gulf front condos for $247/night; and 3 bedroom condos for $411/night.  There are also rooms available at the Beach Manor ($176/night for a 2 bedroom) and the Tennis Villa ($133/night for a 2 bedroom.)




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

Click here to view this week's schedule.


Health Law Section to Host Speed Networking Event on Oct. 10

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 to confirm your participation. PLEASE ENCOURAGE JUNIOR ATTORNEYS IN YOUR PRACTICE TO ATTEND! Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided courtesy of BankTennessee.

YLD Event at Earnestine & Hazel's Oct. 10

Come join PALS, PAD, and the YLD for a fun night of wine, music, and great silent auction items! All proceeds will go to fund our Alternative Spring Break program, which allows students to provide pro bono legal services to those in need. Thursday, October 10 at E&H from 7pm til…

Federalist Society Debate on Judicial Selection Oct. 18

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will host a debate between John L. Ryder of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump on the merits of a constitutional amendment to change Tennessee’s method of judicial selection. U.S. District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. will moderate the discussion. The event will take place Friday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Hotel.

STRUT! Memphis Oct. 24

The Community Legal Center is having their annual fundraiser, STRUT! Memphis on Thursday, October 24th from 6-8 pm at the Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Avenue. It will be an exciting evening of fashion, live auction and a huge silent auction. Food and beverages are included in your $50 ticket price! For tickets, please contact Laurie Christensen (901.227.6685 | or any other CLC board member.

Pro Bono Reception and Celebration on Oct. 29

Save the date for a reception honoring those who have made a difference in the Memphis community. This event will be held Tuesday, October 29th at Butler Snow (6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 500) from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 

Race for Grace 5K on Nov. 2 to benefit MALS

Please consider registering for Race for Grace 5K. The race is on 11/2/13 at 9:00 a.m. but runners should be there by 8:30 a.m. The more people who pick Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) on the registration form, the more money we raise for MALS. Online registration is now open at The race is only $25 if you pre-register. If you register for this race and select MALS, please email Shayla Purifoy at so that we can track our progress. 

Actress Sally Field to Speak at Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon Nov. 22

Two-time Academy Award-winning, two-time Emmy-winning, and two-time Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Field will speak candidly about her life and art, and how she balances the demands of family and career during the 12th annual Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon on Friday, November 22 at 11:45 a.m. at The Peabody Hotel. aVProceeds from this year’s luncheon will benefit The West Cancer Center, providing cancer care in collaboration with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Individual tickets start at $125 and a table of 10 starts at $1,250. Tickets are available for general, preferred, and prime seating. To reserve your seat, call 901-516-0500 or purchase tickets online at

Change of Date: Unveiling of Tennessee Judicial Museum, December 4

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society will unveil Phase II of the Tennessee Judiciary Museum on December 4, 2013 and honor Justice Janice M. Holder for her service on the Supreme Court. 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 or 615-244-4994.


CLE Seminars


Live Seminars:

Thursday, Oct. 10
Hanging in the Balance: Judicial Selection in Tennessee
11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wade Auditorium, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
2.0 hours dual credit

Monday, Oct. 14
Discovery - Irving Younger Video CLE
9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave. #220
4.0 hours general

Tuesday, Oct. 15
The Real Property Law Institute Series
8:30 a.m.-4:50 p.m.
The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin
6.5 hours - 1.0 dual / 5.5 general

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Advanced Methods for Identifying & Moving Beyond Obstacles to Settlement
8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.
6.0 hours dual CLE & CME credit

Friday, Oct. 18
Personal Injury: Damages & Other Considerations for Civil Mediators
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave. #220
1.0 hour general CLE & 1 hour general mediation credit

Monday, Oct. 21
Jury Selection - Irving Younger Video CLE
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave. #220
3.0 hours general

Monday, Oct. 21
DUI Update
2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Criminal Court, 201 Poplar Ave. Div. 8, 6th Fl.
2.0 hours general


Telephone Seminars

Friday, Oct. 11
Attorney Ethics in Real Estate Practice
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour general

Friday, Oct. 18
Ethics for Transactional Attorneys
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour dual 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

Covenants Not-To-Compete 
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

Lien Avoidance 
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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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. Resources

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