"I really appreciate all the work and effort expended by everyone in making Law Week a resounding success. I applaud you for making a difference and I look forward to working with you during the balance of my term as we continue to fill the gap where our individual and collective service, talent and energy is needed in our city."  —Ricky E. Wilkins, MBA President, 2010


3rd Annual Launch Party a Huge Success, Food Bank Donations Feed Over 1,300
      Hundreds of members of the Memphis legal community came out to Court Square on Friday, April 16, 2010, for the 3rd Annual Law Week Launch Party. Attendees enjoyed live music by Drivin' Sideways, Neely's Bar-B-Q, Ice Cream, and Bosco's beer, among other refreshments. Attendees were asked to bring a canned good or monetary donation to support the Mid-South Food Bank to the complimentary event. In total, $554.24 and 312 lbs of food were collected—a donation that will feed 1,358 people their next meal. Thank you to the Memphis legal community for your generosity!
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Young Lawyers Speak to Youth About Legal Careers
     On Saturday April 17, 2010, in conjunction with Law Week and as part of the Youth Initiative, members of the MBA Young Lawyers Division went to the Downtown Porter Boys and Girls Club and made a presentation to high school students on various aspects of preparing for college, getting into college and law school, and various careers in the legal field. Afterward, the YLD treated the participants to pizza. Special thanks to Stacie Winkler for helping to organize this well-received event!


Hundreds Attend Annual Memorial Service
      On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 32 members of the Memphis legal community were remembered during the Annual Memorial Service held at Calvary Episcopal Church. Judge John T. Fowlkes of Criminal Court, Division VI, delivered the keynote address to a church filled with the family members, friends and colleagues of the deceased. To see a list of those who were honored and to read the memorial statements remembering these individuals and their accomplishments, click here.
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 Young Lawyers Help Those in Need Through Legal Lines
     On Tuesday evening, April 20th, members of the MBA Young Lawyers Division answered the public's legal questions live from WREG TV Ch. 3 studio during the annual broadcast of Legal Lines. The volunteers took calls during all five evening news broadcasts from 4 to 6:30 pm.  Thank you to WREG TV Ch. 3 and to the many volunteers—Nolan Johnson, Janeita Lentz, Freeman Foster, Kevin Graham, Janika White, Annie Christoff, Ahsaki Baptist, Kyle Wiggins, Irwin Magevney, Nicole Grida, Miska Shaw, Robert Gatewood, Rochelle McCracken, Anna Dickerson, Van Turner, Lucie Brackin, Jake Dickerson, Lisa Gill, Sapna V. Raj, Leigh Taylor White, Shon Johnson, Leslie Isaacman , Rob Ratton, Laura Martin, Amy Hickerson, Erin Shea, Justin Joy, Zayid Saleem, Erika Roberts, Jill Mallery, Amber Griffin, Abby Webb, John Alexander, Donald Babineaux, Mary Hamm, Julia Kavanagh and Casey Shannon—for making this happen! 
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MBA Volunteers Sort Canned Goods for Mid-South Food Bank 
     On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 24 representatives of the MBA lent their time and energy to assist at the Mid-South Food Bank's food sorting warehouse located at 1269 Heistan Place. The volunteers inspected and sorted hundreds of food items for distribution to local food pantries and agencies who feed those in need. Thanks to all those who volunteered: Ricky E. Wilkins, John Cannon, George Stevenson, Harrison McIver, Frances Riley, Frank Cantrell, Genna Lutz, Robert Mitchell, Marcy Magee, Michael Fletcher, Steve Vescovo, Mary Wolff, Kim Shappley, Apryl Whitaker, Lenis Archer, Tim Wilson, Hon. Paulette Delk, Shayla Purifoy, Linda Warren Seely, Allison Wannamaker, Erika Roberts, Anne Fritz, Mary Lynes & Dottie McCallen.
     The MBA plans to host at least one more Volunteer Day at the Food Bank later this year, but in the meantime, volunteers are welcomed daily at the sorting warehouse from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. For more details, visit www.midsouthfoodbank.org.  
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Pro Bono Efforts Honored
      A reception honoring the pro bono work of local attorneys, law firms and non-profit agencies was held on Thursday, April 22nd from 5-7 pm at BankTennessee, located off Court Square. Meg Jones of the Community Legal Center and Harrison McIver of Memphis Area Legal Services recognized those who have assisted their organizations in serving the legal needs of our community during the past year. Those recognized included: Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews PLC , Burch Porter & Johnson PLC, Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada PLLC , FedEx Corporation, Ford & Harrison LLP, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP , Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz PLC , Rice Amundsen & Caperton PLLC, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, Prochaska Thompson Quinn & Ferraro, The Law Office of Ricky E. Wilkins , Wolff Ardis PC, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP , Linda Casals , Babetta Gray, David Cook, Jessie Marshall and the Memphis Public Library & Information Center Staff , Zayid Saleem, Lisa Martin , David Wade, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Public Action Law Society , University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Student Bar Association and Saul C. Belz.
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300 New Citizens Welcomed at Naturalization Ceremony
     On Monday morning, April 26th, 306 new citizens were sworn in during a Naturalization Ceremony held at the Cannon Center. The event was co-sponsored by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, and the Memphis Bar Association. A special thanks to Judge Jayne Chandler, Jennifer Sisson and Brenda Sims for assisting us with the event. 
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