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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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Downtown, River Views — We offer three levels of newly remodeled offices sure to accommodate any of your needs.  We provide breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, state of the art VOIP telephone system, incredible high speed internet, closed circuit security camera system, 24 hour building access with private entry codes, ample parking, kitchen, and much more! We have multiple conference and meeting rooms for our tenants and their clients to enjoy. Lease rates range from $450-$800 per month, depending on size. We are located in the historic Candy Factory building on the corner of Wagner and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Call Wes Fowler at (901) 870-0950 or Misty Nelson (901) 322-8018 to schedule a time to view these exceptional offices. 

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.



Martin W. Brown – Experienced attorney (much in business and transactional law) seeking part-time, full-time or contract employment.  901-216-7257 or



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Special Assistant Federal Defender (uncompensated position) – The Office of Federal Defender, Western District of Tennessee, is seeking attorneys to participate in the Legal Fellows Program, working in a litigation or appellate writing capacity. Appointments are for one year, subject to renewal; work schedules are generally established on a full-time basis. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post-J.D. legal experience, and not be engaged in the compensated practice of law outside of the Federal Defender’s Office. Please see their website for more details.

Paralegal/Legal Assistant 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. Paid parking, free/sick days, and vacation. Send cover letter and resume with qualifications, employment and salary history, references, and expected starting salary to

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.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for a Secretary to the Federal Defender. Please see their website for more details.


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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 



Reception Tomorrow for the Tennessee Supreme Court

A reception for the Tennessee Supreme Court will be held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St., in the 4th Floor Gordon Ball Reading Room, on Friday April 11, 2014, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The reception is being jointly hosted by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the Judges of the 30th Judicial District. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Volunteers Needed for Legal Lines on Thurs. Apr. 17

Please consider volunteering to work a 30-minute shift between 4:00 and 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 17th to answer the public’s legal questions over the phone during Legal Lines, a legal help call-in program, on WREG Ch. 3. Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division, volunteers can expect to answer the simplest of legal questions and will be given a list of resources to provide callers who they cannot assist over the phone. If you are camera shy, the 5:30-6:00 pm shift will not be televised as the station will broadcast the national news during that time. Volunteers will need to be on hand at WREG Studios located on Channel 3 Drive, just off Riverside Drive in downtown Memphis. For more information or to volunteer for the event, please contact Mary Wu ( or Nicole Bermel Dunlap (

Also, please share the call-in number with members of the public who would like to have their legal questions answered. Members of the public may call 1-800-528-9734 between 4:00 and 6:30 pm next Thursday afternoon. 

Change for This Week's Saturday Legal Clinic

Just this week, the Saturday Legal Clinic will be held on the third floor. Volunteers can still use the side door and go thru the foyer into the lobby, then up the elevators to the third floor. The SLC will return to its usual spot in May. Thank you to every attorney who volunteers to make the Saturday Legal Clinic possible. 

Applicants Sought for Court of Appeals

Applicants are being accepted for the position on the Court of Appeals, Western Section, being vacated by the elevation of Judge Holly Kirby to the Supreme Court.  Applicants must reside in the Western Grand Division; the application deadline is April 30.  A hearing will be held in Memphis on May 16. For more information or to download the application form, go to

Register Now for Bench Bar, Now With a Beach Carnival

The Bench Bar Committee is proud to announce a new addition to the Bench Bar line-up – the first ever Bench Bar Beach Carnival! The event will be held on Friday afternoon, May 9, 2014 starting at 3:30 pm. The beach carnival will bring out the kid in everyone as the sound of laughter and games fill the ocean air. Kids of all ages can enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and beach crafts. There will also be a sandcastle building contest and a buried treasure hunt right on the beach.  You won’t find any better entertainment on the beach for the whole family! 

Also, BankTennessee, one of the MBA’s long-time partners, wants to encourage more young lawyers to attend the Bench Bar Conference, which will be held May 7-10 at Tops’l Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. To that end, they are providing an incentive for young lawyers who have never attended a Bench Bar Conference. Here’s how it works: Young lawyers (5 years of practice or less) who will be first-time attendees at this year’s Conference and who register for the Conference by Friday, April 18 will be entered in a drawing to receive $100 off the registration fee. Five $100 awards will be given. If you have any questions, please contact Lesia Beach ( or Anne Fritz ( Our thanks to BankTennessee for offering this incentive!

Reminder – We Have a New Address!

Please remember to change your records to reflect the MBA’s new address: 145 Court Ave., Suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103. We are still getting mail addressed to the old place!




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

Click here to view this week's schedule. 

Luncheon to Honor Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft on Mon. Apr. 21

Judge Chris Craft will receive the 2014 Dunavant Public Service Award in the elected official category at a luncheon on Monday, April 21, 11:30 am, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will deliver the keynote address. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Memphis, the Dunavant Awards recognize outstanding career service by one elected and one non-elected public servant in Shelby County. They are named in memory of former Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant, who was widely acclaimed as a humble and outstanding civil servant.  Luncheon tickets are $50 for an individual; $400 for a table of 10. To make a reservation, go to or contact Lee Hughes, Rotary East executive director, at 754-1615;

Law Week 2014 – Mark Your Calendars

Law Week 2014 will get rolling Friday, April 25th with the 7th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square from 5-7 pm. Come enjoy music, free drinks, including wine and beer, food by Central BBQ and Lickity Split Ice Cream. All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Mid-South Food Bank to the event. Feel free to bring your family and even your dog. 

Other events scheduled this week include:

  • Thursday, April 17th - Legal Lines - 4-6:30 pm - Live from WREG
  • Friday, April 25th - Law Week Launch Party - 5-7 pm - Court Square
  • Monday, April 28th - Naturalization Ceremony - 10 am - The Cannon Center 
  • Friday, May 2 - Annual Memorial Service - 12 pm - Calvary Episcopal Church

Mark Your Calendars for Thurs. May 1st – The Health Law Section is Sponsoring a CLE in Conjunction with the Peabody Hotel Rooftop Party!

The program, “Health Reform Goes Live – Issues and Ramifications,” will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and immediately following the program, all paid registrants will receive free entrance into the Peabody Rooftop Party and one free drink.  Phillip Johnson, Employee Benefits Practice Leader at Regions Insurance Group, and Dick Cowart, Chair of the Health and Public Policy Department at Baker Donelson, will review ongoing activities regarding the Affordable Care Act, issues regarding the implementation of, and many other issues affecting employers, health care providers and organizations, insurers/payors and patients. Detailed information on the program is located here on the registration page.  Space is limited, so register today for this exciting event!

2014 Memorial Service Set for May 2, 2014

The Annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. This year's honorees include:

Fred Acuff
Alex Barnett
Howard R. “Roy” Berkenstock, Jr
James Clark Blackburn
Malford Allen Blankenship
Leo Joseph Buchignani
Susan McKwen Clark
Bill Clifton
Elizabeth Tansil Collins
Clarence J. Colbert, Jr.
Thomas E. “Tommy” Crawford
Lundy Webb Daniel
David Michael Discenza
Gayden Drew, IV
Lyman Christian “Chris” Harrell, III
Leroy Lemayne Hidinger, Jr.
Evie Randolph Horton
W. Thomas “Tom” Hutton
Paul Duncan Leitch
Col. Paul J. McClure, Jr.
James “Jim” McMahon
Etandra Fenae Miller Douglas
Charles A. Sevier
G. Donald Siemer
William J. Simmons
Sonja White-Simpson
Cecil Douglas Smith
Frank Tamble Stegbauer
Stephen K. Tapp
Richard Scott Wade
William Clarence “Bill” Wilson

If you know a member of the Memphis legal community who should be included among the honorees or you would like to write a memorial statement about any of the honorees, please contact Mary Lynes at or 901.527.3573. 

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.) 

Save Friday, May 30th for the AWA Golf Tournament

Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Association for Women Attorneys Foundation Golf Tournament at Mirimichi Golf Course on Friday, May 30, 2014. Entry fee includes scramble entry, lunch and drink tickets, prizes, a gift bag, and a chance to win a new Lexus from Lexus of Memphis. An Environmental Tour of Mirimichi is also available. For more information and registration, please visit

The YLD Golf Tournament Returns to East Memphis This Fall

Save the date for the YLD Golf Tournament which will be held at The Links at Galloway on Friday, October 10th. Registration will be open soon, but please mark your calendar for this exciting event.


CLE Seminars


Live Seminars:

Monday, Apr. 14
The Electronic Litigation Lifecycle
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, PLC, 5400 Poplar Ave., #300
1.0 hour general

Wednesday, Apr. 16
Dealing with Other Lawyers
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
2.0 hours dual

Thursday, Apr. 17
Full Day Family Law Seminar
8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
MBA Office, 145 Court Ave. #301
7.0 hours total (6.0 general / 1.0 dual)

Tuesday, Apr. 22
Accounting 101 for Attorneys
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
MBA Office, 145 Court Ave. #301
1.0 hour general

Tuesday, Apr. 22
Mediator of the Day Training & Access to Justice
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Butler Snow, 6075 Poplar Ave., #500
1.0 hour general CLE & CME Credit


Current Online Video
& Interactive Text Seminars:

NEW - Ethics - 1.0 dual 

NEW - Update from the EEOC - 1.25 general 

NEW - Review of Significant L&E Decisions  - 1.0 general 

NEW - Lunch with the Judges - 1.0 dual  (Juvenile Ct.)

NEW - Ins & Outs of Circuit Court - Lunch w/the Judges - 1.0 dual  

NEW - Veterans' Benefits - 3.0 general 

Supreme Court & Sixth Circuit Update – 1.5 hours general 

Tennessee State Law Update
- .5 hours general 

What Labor & Employment Lawyers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
– 1.0 hour general 

Law & Literature
– 1.0 hour general 

Tech Tips for Attorneys: Websites, Google, Email, Client Confidentiality and more
- 2.0 Dual 

Admissibility of Exert Testimony & Opinions - 1.0 General

Hague Convention Highlights
- 1.0 General 

Attorney Liens & Other Helpful Information
- 1.0 General

Civility in the Courts
- .75 Dual

Unique QDRO Issues
- 1.0 General 

Divorce in the Shadows of an Affair
- 1.0 General 

The State of Healthcare in America
- 1.0 General

Update on E-Filing & Other Matters in Circuit Court
- 1.25 General

Appellate Advocacy
- 1.0 General

Lawyer Advertising & Social Media
- 1.0 Dual 

Social Media from A to Z
- 1.5 Dual

Medical Malpractice Update
- 1.25 General

Navigating Juvenile Court
- 1.25 General 

What the Family Lawyer Needs to Know About Social Security - 1.0 General 

All Things Housing
- 6 total: 1.0 Dual / 5.0 General

How to Do Good When You Don't Have a Clue
- 3.5 total: 1.25 dual / 2.25 general

Bankruptcy Issues
- 0.75 general

Commercial Real Estate Issues
- 0.75 general

Foreclosure Issues
- 0.75 general

Land Use & Zoning
- 0.75 general 

Environmental Issues
- 1.0 general

Federal Forfeiture of Real Property
- 0.75 general 

Title Examination Issues
- 1.0 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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