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Alpha Reporting
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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. Contact Jennifer Hobson at 901.679.6818 or

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 State of Tennessee-Division of Workers’ Compensation is requesting interested and qualified attorneys to apply for the position of Workers’ Compensation Judge. One of the judge positions will be designated Chief Judge. Adjudication of workers’ compensation claims involving an illness or injury that occurred on or after July 1, 2014, will be heard in the new workers’ compensation court which was established in Public Chapter 289. All interested applicants must complete a questionnaire which may be found on the division’s website by December 1, 2013. For additional information on the workers’ compensation judgeships, please contact the Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrator, Abbie Hudgens, at

The Office of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in Memphis, Tennessee. The Assistant Federal Defender must have a commitment to the representation of indigent persons in addition to excellent writing, legal research, advocacy and communication skills. In addition, experience in federal court and working knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines and of federal criminal law are also preferred. Fluency in Spanish is desirable. Must be a graduate of an accredited law school, admitted to practice in good standing before  a state bar, and licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee no later than the initial hire date. Salary is commensurate with that of an Asst. U. S. Attorney with similar qualifications and experience. Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest, resume, references, and writing sample no later than December 15, 2013 to: Doris Randle-Holt, Federal Public Defender, 200 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 200, Memphis, TN 38103.

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  Full Time  
Downtown insurance defense law firm seeks legal assistant/paralegal. Experience preferred. Typing, broad computer skills, billing, court filing procedures, telephone-reception rotation, client file maintenance, scheduling, docketing, calendaring, discovery, case system management, medical records summaries. Send resume with qualifications, employment and salary history, references, insurance requirements, and expected starting salary to Paid parking, free/sick days, and vacation.

Employment and Litigation Firm seeking associate with 0-3 years experience. Strong research and writing skills required. Licensed in both Tennessee and Mississippi preferred. Compensation and benefits competitive, based on experience. Equal Opportunity Employer. Email resume and cover letter to Ginger Shepherd at

FARRIS BOBANGO PLC Memphis law firm is growing our litigation practice. We are seeking candidates for a litigation attorney position with a minimum of 2 years of experience. Experience with business/commercial litigation, general liability, FELA/workers’ compensation, or employment law a plus. Qualified applicants are asked to e-mail their resume to Chip Forrester,  

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


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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 



MBA Moving Tonight!

It’s official – the MBA is packing up and moving to its new digs on the third floor of the BankTennessee building tonight! The office will be open today, but telephone, email, internet will be down for part or all of the day tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 22.) Our new address will be 145 Court Ave., Suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103; phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Stop by and see the new space when you’re downtown! 

Congratulations to Judge Donna Fields and the 2014 YLD Board of Directors

Congratulations to Judge Donna Fields, the 2013 recipient of the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year. The award was presented last week at the YLD Annual Meeting, where elections for the 2014 YLD Boards were also held. We are pleased to announce that 2014 YLD Board of Directors will be Jake Dickerson, President, Nicole Grida, Vice President/President-Elect, Annie Christoff, Past President and the following nine directors: Tricia Adrian, Nicole Dunlap, Adam Johnson, Christina Kurdilla, Jonathan May, Matt May, Jonathan Nelson, Keisha Richardson, and Mary Wu.

Online Voting Continues in MBA Election

Don’t forget to vote in the online election for Secretary/Treasurer and Board of Directors members. To access the ballot, go to  Your username will be the email on file with the MBA; your password is your BPR number (don’t add any zeroes to the front!) If you have difficulty accessing the ballot, contact Anne Fritz at 527.3575 or Voting ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Additional Savings for Memphis Bar Association Members 

Memphis Bar Association members can easily accept credit and debit card payments from clients! It is critical for attorneys to handle transactions between their trust and operating accounts correctly. With the LawPay program, attorneys can accept credit cards with confidence knowing their transactions are handled correctly. LawPay meets the requirements for the American Bar Association trust account guidelines as well as the Attorney’s Professional Code of Conduct. As a result, LawPay is approved and recommended exclusively by 39 state and 48 local bar associations.

Through the Memphis Bar Association Member Benefit Program you receive reduced processing rates, multiple features for the client-attorney transaction and a level of personalized service not easily found elsewhere. Now for a limited time, open a LawPay Account at NO COST and begin accepting credit card payments.  The contract is month-to-month and all standard fees associated with opening a merchant account are waived.   With discounted member fees, law firms save up to 20 – 25% off standard credit and debit card fees.  If you are currently accepting credit and debit cards, we encourage you to compare your current processor with the Memphis Bar Association Member Benefit Program.

Today through December 20, 2013 the $150 virtual terminal fee is waived for all Memphis Bar Association members. In addition, if you open a LawPay account by December 20, 2013 we will waive your program fee for 3 months! Call 866-376-0950 or visit to take advantage of this offer.



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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

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. Proceeds 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

Unveiling of Tennessee Judicial Museum, Dec. 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.

Justice Antonin Scalia to Speak at Law School and Luncheon on Dec. 16

The Honorable Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, will visit the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to speak with law school students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Memphis community on Monday, December 16th. Justice Scalia will speak at a luncheon at the Peabody Hotel from 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with a private program for Memphis Law students at the law school immediately following the luncheon. The Peabody Hotel luncheon is open to the public and tables will be available for $750 per table of ten; individual tickets will also be available for $75. For individuals or organizations interested in purchasing a table or tickets, please contact Paula Bethge at (901) 678-4922 or

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.) 

CLE Seminars


Live Seminars:

Friday, Nov. 22
Trial Skills: The Basics from Veterans
Presented in partnership with the University of Memphis Law Alumni Board
8:30 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
7.0 hours total (1.0 Dual / 6.0 General)

Friday, Nov. 22
How to Keep Pace with the Big Guys
Presented with the MBA Sole/Small Firm Section
8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lipscomb & Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Ext'd, #100
6.0 hours total (2.0 Dual / 4.0 General)

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Probate Court Policies
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
1.0 hour general

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Family Law Section Annual Seminar: The Master Series 
9:00 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
6.0 hours CLE credit pending – various topics and speakers.  Watch for more information.

Friday, Dec. 5
Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar
8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Holiday Inn, University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave
6.5 hours total (1.0 Dual / 5.5 General)


Telephone Seminars

Thursday, Nov. 21
Attorneys & Conflicts with Their Clients, Part 1
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour dual

Friday, Nov. 22
Attorneys & Conflicts with Their Clients, Part 2
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour dual

Monday, Dec. 2
Ethics & Email in the Law Office
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour dual

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Ethical Issues in Representing Elderly Clients
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour dual


Live Webcast Seminar

Wednesday, Dec. 4
The Art of Advocacy-What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors?
11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
3.25 hours 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
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


Click here to view the complete CLE calendar

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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