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IPSCO—Title Sponsor for Your Insurance Needs
IPSCO offers a full array of business insurance coverages underwritten by A+ A.M. Best-rated carriers. We also offer individual insurance coverages to meet the needs of members, their families, and their employees. Special disability and long-term care policies offer discounts available only through IPSCO. Phone - 901.761.2440,

Alpha Reporting
is the largest court reporting firm in the area, with offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, TN and Tupelo, MS. In addition to court reporting, Alpha offers realtime depositions, deposition/video streaming, nationwide scheduling, conference room and electronic transcripts. Alpha Legal Solutions provides litigation support and videography services.

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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 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 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.

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.

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 



Kirby Appointed to the TN Supreme Court

Court of Appeals Judge Holly Kirby of Memphis has been appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court by Gov. Bill Haslam. Kirby will succeed Janice M. Holder when Justice Holder retires in September 2014. Judge Kirby is a fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation and has served on the Western Section of Tennessee Court of Appeals since 1995. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Kirby was a partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson in Memphis. 

It’s Not Too Late!

If you need CLE hours for this year, there’s still time!  The MBA is offering 15 hours of live seminars, plus a 1-hour telephone seminar and 2 live webcasts…not to mention the more than 25 online seminars available 24/7.  For more information about upcoming seminars, click on the links in the bulletin or go to

Services for Jim McMahon

Visitation for attorney Jim McMahon, who died unexpectedly on Dec. 17, is Sat., Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m., at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Ave.  Burial will follow in Edmondson Cemetery in Southaven, MS.  Jim is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sue Hilderbrand McMahon; sister Anne (Raymond) Gilliam of South Carolina; brother, Art (Bing) McMahon of Virginia; his sisters-in-law, Pat (Jack) Nichols, Beth (David) Kelley, and Fran (Jack) Swain and several nieces and nephews.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

2014 Dues Statements

Due to the move to the new office space, mailing of 2014 MBA dues statements is later than usual.  Dues statements will be mailed early next week, but if you want to pay your dues before year’s end, you can go to your attorney profile online and renew, either by using a credit card, or by printing the invoice and sending it with your check.  Remember our new address:  145 Court Ave., Suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103! If you have difficulty renewing your membership, contact Charlotte Gean (527.3574; or Anne Fritz (527.3575; 

Office Closed for Holidays 

The MBA office will be closed Tues., Dec. 24, Wed., Dec. 25, Tues., Dec. 31 (at noon) and Wed., Jan. 1 for the holidays.  We wish you a safe, joyous and peaceful holiday season!



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

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Save the Date! National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament 3/21-3/33

We are proud to once again host the Opening Rounds of the American Mock Trial Association’s National Intercollegiate Mock Trial tournament.  Each year our competition continues to improve thanks to those of you who volunteer your time to give valuable feedback to the students.  This is a great opportunity to serve the profession, earn CLE credit, and have an enjoyable time watching talented young people wrestle with the complexities of the law. This four-round intercollegiate competition promises to be an exciting event.  Your willingness to consider serving as a judge for one or more rounds of this tournament is greatly appreciated! 

CLE CREDIT:  We have applied to offer a total of 8 hours of CLE credit in TN for participation in the four rounds/CLE sessions, and 16 hours in MS and AR for the same. The charge will be $10 per hour which covers recruitment, presentations, and filing fees.

CONTACT PERSONS: Barbara Pohlmann, c/o Department of Political Science; Rhodes College; 2000 N. Parkway; Memphis, TN  38112. Phone: 901-624-0309 (home) or 901-233-1248 (cell). Fax: 901-843-3798. E-mail: OR Marcus Pohlmann, Department of Political Science; Rhodes College; 2000 N. Parkway; Memphis, TN  38112. Phone: 901-843-3843 (office), 901-233-1236 (cell). E-mail:

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, Dec. 20
Section 1981
Sponsored by the Government Law Section
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
1.0 hour general

Friday, Dec. 20
Damages in Employment Mediation
Sponsored by the ADR Section
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
1.0 hour general & 1.0 general mediation credit

Friday, Dec. 20
Copyright Law Basics
Sponsored by the Intellectual Property/Entertainment Law Section
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
1.5 hours general 

Friday, Dec. 27
Last Minute "Buy The Hour" Seminar
At this seminar you can purchase as many hours as you need
8:30 a.m.-4:20 p.m. 
Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St.
up to 6.0 Total Hours: 3.0 dual & 3.0 general

Monday, Dec. 30
Trials: Tips, Tactics & Practical Tales
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
3.0 hours general 

Monday, Dec. 30
Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices & Life Lessons from the White House
Video Seminar
1:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. 
*NEW* MBA Office, 145 Court Ave., #301
3.0 hours dual


Telephone Seminars

Monday, Dec. 23
Ethics & Dishonest Clients
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
1 hour dual


Live Webcast Seminar

Monday, Dec. 30
Ben Franklin on Ethics
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1.0 hour dual

Monday, Dec. 30
Lincoln on Professionalism
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1.25 hour 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

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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