MBA Bar Bulletin–June 3, 2009

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       June 3, 2009 the weekly enewsletter of the memphis bar association

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June Message from MBA President Arthur E. Quinn 

Dear Members of the Bar:
       Every Tennessee lawyer should read the April 3, 2009 order of the Tennessee Supreme Court styled. "In Re: Pro Bono Services Rules Amendments." That order amends the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 8, RPC 6.1 and its commentary, effective January 1, 2010. The Amendment states, in part, that "a lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year."
       While the rule is aspirational, it clearly sets the standard for which we should all strive.
       Who can question that the needs of poor people in this community are significant? The impact of this Rule, if its goal is to be met, is significant. Scarily, I began to analyze this Rule as if I were a managing partner of a law firm. Think about it: 50 hours per lawyer. There are almost 3,400 lawyers in Shelby County. That means there would be 170,000 hours of pro bono work performed annually. Assign a conservative value of $100.00 per hour to that total and this particular asset is valued at $17,000,000.00 per year. What a tremendous annual contribution to our community by our profession!
       At the Memphis Bar Association, we are already contemplating ways to help each of you meet this goal (for the cynics, the hours on your most recent divorce case, where your client stiffed you on the fee, do not count).
       As a reminder, the annual fundraiser of the Community Legal Center is June 9 at Theatre Memphis. It involves a performance of "Curtains", a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. Please check this Bar Bulletin for details.
 Yours very truly,
Arthur E. Quinn, President



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Welcome Summer Law Interns!
The 2009 Summer Law Intern Program got underway last Thursday at City Hall with an orientation program. Over 70 students have been placed as interns due to the generosity of Memphis lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. Thank you to all who are assisting with this year’s program, and please welcome these interns as you cross paths with them at the Courthouse and at other legal functions. Pictured: Intern Aislyn Taylor (left) and her mentor Erin Melton of Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell enjoy lunch together in the Hall of Mayors following the orientation program on Thursday, May 28th.

Commemorative Casts of the Shelby County Courthouse Doorknob by Artist Bob Rogers
Commemorative casts of the doorknobs of the Shelby County Courthouse, adorned with the Shelby County Seal, are now being offered for sale. The brass casts were created from an original Courthouse doorknob by Bob Rogers at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. The casts were then mounted on wooden plaques inscribed with "Shelby County Courthouse Centennial, October 15, 2009." A limited quantity of these will be available at the MBA office next week. Each handcrafted cast is $300, and all proceeds benefit the Shelby County Courthouse Centennial Celebration and its corresponding educational programs, including Courthouse tours and historical displays.
      Additionally, the MBA office has two copies of the book, "The Courthouse, Shelby County, Tennessee," published in 1984 by the Shelby County government in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the building as well as a limited number of copies of the book "Shelby County Courthouse: Renovation & Restoration, 1980-1992" written by Janette C. Russell. Both of these books are $25 and available for purchase at the MBA office located at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220. All proceeds from these books go to the Courthouse Centennial Celebration and its corresponding educational programs. For more information, contact Dottie McCallen at 901.527.3573 or

Sign up by Friday for the YLD Annual Golf Tournament on June 5th!
The MBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual Golf Tournament  on Friday, June 5th at The Club at North Creek (8770 N Creek Blvd, Southaven, MS–Only 20 minutes from downtown!) The price is $65 per player and includes cart, greens fees, range balls, soft drinks, beer, and prizes. A Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Porter Boys & Girls Club. You don’t have to be a YLD member to play. All MBA members are invited and welcome to participate. Please note that there will be no MBA Annual Golf Tournament this fall!
      Prizes will be given for Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin and there will be lots of door prizes as well. Door prizes include a 2-night stay at the Marriott Hotel; items from Oak Hall and Vineyard Vines; and gift certificates to Fleming’s Steakhouse, Dan McGuiness Pub, Spindini, Flight, Sauces, BarDog Tavern, the Green Beetle, Hueys, BB Kings, Memphis Pizza Café, Boscos, Rendezvous, Majestic Grill, and the Kooky Canuck. 
     Click here for more details and to sign up now!
Professional Privilege Tax Deadline Moved to June 15
The deadline for Tennessee’s Professional Privilege Tax has been extended two weeks because of a mailing delay.  The $400 payment may be made online at or by mail to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, Andrew Jackson Building, 500 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37242. 
Study Recommends No Judicial Redistricting
An 18-month study of judicial redistricting in Tennessee has concluded that there is no need for changing judicial districts.  The study, made available by the Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education, concludes that workload equalization and access to the courts can be achieved without redrawing district lines through the use of the weighted case load methodology currently employed by the Judicial Council to allocate judicial resources.  The study recommends better mechanisms for documenting the work of limited jurisdiction courts – General Sessions in particular – and that a plan be developed for collecting and maintaining case data.
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Upcoming Events                                             

Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule
Click here to view this week's schedule.

Sign Up Now for the Young Lawyers Golf Tournament—June 5
The YLD will host its annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 5 at North Creek Golf Club. Click here for details and to sign up now! 

CLC 9th Annual Fundraiser–"Curtains"–June 9th
The Staff and Board of Directors of the Community Legal Center invite you to join them for a benefit performance of "Curtains" at Theatre Memphis on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.  Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.  All proceeds from the auction and performance will benefit the Community Legal Center.  The CLC provides legal representation in civil matters for individuals who do not qualify for assistance from Memphis Area Legal Services but remain unable to afford counsel.  Tickets are $40 for general admission, $30 for nonprofit agencies, and $25 for students.  For tickets and/or further information, please contact the CLC at (901)543-3395.

Upcoming Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance CLE
On June 17th, GMPA will present "History of Patents and Patent Laws" with Gregory 'Scott' Dorland, Ph.D., Senior Patent Counsel for Medtronic Spinal & Biologics, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at The University Club, 1346 Central Avenue. The CLE offers 1 hour general paralegal CLE credit and the fee is $17 for GMPA members (lunch included) and $25 for non-members (includes CLE sheet & lunch). For more info please visit
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Shelby County Courthouse Centennial Celebration
has few landmarks that have reached the century mark.  One of those is our stately and beautiful Shelby County Courthouse.  We are planning to celebrate the Courthouse Centennial on Thursday, October 15, 2009, beginning at 4 pm.  This celebration will be one of the MBA's premier events this year. The estimated costs of producing a quality event are high, and the MBA Bar History Committee is tasked with raising the sums necessary to fund this important event. For information on sponsorship opportunities, click here. For more information or to assist the MBA with its efforts, please contact Dottie McCallen at or 901.527.3573.   
National Association of Women Judges to Hold Conference in Memphis in October
The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) will host its annual conference in Memphis on October 15-18, 2009. 300 women judges from across the country are expected to attend, and former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be among the speakers. Look for more details in the coming months!  Sponsorship opportunities are available for the conference. For more information, please contact Jeana Littrell at or (901) 434-8561.
Grand Opening Set for New Law School
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will hold an opening gala for the school’s new location in downtown Memphis on Jan. 16, 2010.  A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will be held separately.  Watch upcoming issues of the Bar Bulletin for information on how you can be involved in the opening gala.

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Continuing Legal Education

The CLE Committee will meet on Thursday, June 4 at noon in the MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please bring your lunch and join us.


Wed. June 10 "Crucial Conversations". This seminar will be rescheduled later in the year.

Wednesday, June 16 – ABA Teleconference: Recession-proof yourself: Taking control in a down economy. No CLE will be offered.
Wednesday, June 17 – "How to Streamline and Improve Efficiency of the Bankruptcy Process with Best Case7 Bankruptcy". Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section.
Tuesday, June 23 – "Legal Tech Show & Seminar" at the Westin Hotel
Tuesday, June 30 – ABA Teleconference: Beyond the "group hug": Staying positive in a down economy. No CLE will be offered.
Click here to register for online course and to purchase ALI-ABA products:
Click here to view the available ALI-ABA live courses and webcasts: 
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