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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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Three Offices Plus One Full Separate Suite with 4 Offices. 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.

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.



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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Hoffman Law and Mediation Office seeks an Administrative Legal Assistant. Duties include general office tasks; scheduling appointments, mediations & court hearings; client and opposing counsel contact; organizing, maintaining & closing legal files; efiling legal pleadings; keeping the calendar; drafting correspondence and some documents; and client billing & bank deposits. Requires a proficiency in Word, Excel and Google Docs; and excellent communication, organizational & writing skills. Family law experience a plus. Please send resume to

Legal Secretary—
Burch, Porter & Johnson seeks an experienced legal secretary with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a law firm supporting  2-4 attorneys. Candidates must possess strong organizational skills being able to manage changing priorities and will serve as back-up to other team administrative assistants when needed. Duties include work processing, calendar management, paper and electronic filing, etc. Please forward resume to Jeff Graham at

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 



T-Shirt Sponsorship Due Tomorrow

Friday, April 18 is the deadline to submit your request and logo for the upcoming 2014 Annual Bench Bar & Boardroom Conference t-shirt. If you do want you company (or personal) logo on the shirt, please submit the request form along with a pdf or tiff copy of your logo to All artwork must be sent to the printer by Monday, April 21st.  Each registered attendee at the Conference will receive a t-shirt as part of their registration.

Law Week Launch Party Next Friday, Apr. 25

Law Week 2014 will get rolling Friday, April 25th with the 7th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. The party will be held from 5-7 pm and attendees will enjoy free drinks including soft drinks, wine and beer, food by Central BBQ, Lickity Split Ice Cream, and music. 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. 

Young Lawyers – Register for Bench Bar By Tomorrow & Get Entered in a Drawing for $100 off the Registration Fee

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!

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

MBA Office Will Close at Noon Friday

The MBA Office will close at noon tomorrow and reopen on Monday. 



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:

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

Thursday, Apr. 24
Planning with Large Exemptions & Planning for Income Tax Basis
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave.
1.5 hours general

Thursday, Apr. 24
How to Series: Brief Writing 101
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
MBA Office, 145 Court Ave. #301
1.0 hour dual credit

Friday, Apr. 25
Boot Camp Basics for Filing
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
200 Jefferson, 6th fl.
1.0 hour general


Live Online Webinar:

Wednesday, Apr. 30
Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
11:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. 
3.0 hours dual


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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