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1. ABA President Silkenat Shares Notion Of ‘Civil Gideon’ -

The president of the American Bar Association sees at least a discussion on the way about a “civil Gideon” – a requirement that a citizen who cannot afford an attorney in a civil court proceeding should have one appointed by the court.

2. American Bar Association President Visits Memphis -

American Bar Association President James Silkenat is in Memphis Tuesday, April 15, for a speech at the Memphis Rotary Club and to visit Memphis Area Legal Services.

Silkenat is a partner in the New York law office of the national law firm of Sullivan & Worcester.

3. Race Judicata 5K To be Held Saturday -

The Race Judicata 5K fundraiser for Memphis Area Legal Services will be held Saturday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at Downtown’s Mississippi River Park.

The annual race is hosted by the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

4. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a community day and grand reopening Saturday, April 5. The event includes a 9:30 a.m. Freedom Forward Parade from Cook Convention Center to the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

5. Race Judicata 5K to be Held Saturday -

The Race Judicata 5K fundraiser for Memphis Area Legal Services will be held Saturday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at Downtown’s Mississippi River Park.

The annual race is hosted by the Student Bar Association at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

6. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

7. Backlog Backlash -

The first thing Veronica Coleman-Davis wanted to do was take a look at where thousands of untested rape kits had been stored over the last 30 years.

The former U.S. attorney is investigating how the backlog came to be. It’s an effort that, until her appointment in February by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., had been pointed at clearing the backlog with no answers from any of the players in the criminal justice system about how the backlog happened in the first place.

8. Events -

The Daily News will hold a free breakfast seminar on monitoring, protecting and growing your business with The Daily News Online March 19, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Germantown Conf. Center, 1900 S. Germantown Pkwy. Attendees receive a free five-day trial of Daily News Online services. RSVP at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

9. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

10. City Council Reviews Raleigh Springs Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members get their first public detailed look Tuesday, Feb. 4, of an “urban renewal” plan for the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

11. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

12. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

13. Association for Women Attorneys to Host Annual Banquet -

In less than a month, the Association for Women Attorneys will host its annual bash that includes a silent auction, cocktail reception and an award presented to a prominent member of the legal community.

14. Dickerson to Carry Tradition of Service as Young Lawyers Division President -

Jake Dickerson, associate with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, is the incoming 2014 president for the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.

The division arranges and hosts continuing legal education seminars, networking events, pro bono opportunities and fundraisers such as the annual golf tournament benefiting the Porter Goodwill Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. MBA members 36 years or younger, or within their first three years of practice, are automatically members of the division.

15. Veterans’ Aid -

Cordell Walker wanted to join the military in the 1960s as his older friends were enlisting or being drafted for the Vietnam War.

“I really wanted to join the military but could not because I was the only son in my family and I was too young,” said Walker, who for the last 26 years has been executive director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services Inc.

16. Silva Strikes Right Chord With Immigration Practice -

Tony Silva with Donati Law Firm LLP grew up in Nashville and with a background in music. He left the Music City for the University of Memphis as a classical performance major, with plans to become a performer and professor. He would go on to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance in classical piano before taking a turn towards law.

17. Rainey Kizer’s Dexter Named Board Chair for Girls Inc. -

Latosha Dexter, an attorney with Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named board chair of Girls Inc. of Memphis, as well as the organization’s Mentor of the Year.

18. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

19. County Trustee Launches Workshop for Seniors -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir is introducing a new workshop series for seniors.

Titled “Home Sweet Home,” it focuses on things such as property taxes and the importance of properly transferring real estate to heirs.

20. Kelly Garners Accolade for Pro Bono Work -

To wrap up October as Pro Bono Month, Pamela Williams Kelly of the Law Offices of Pamela Kelly was presented with the Celebrate Pro Bono Award from the Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee and the Memphis Area Legal Services Pro Bono Project.

21. Kinard Elected President of State Attorneys Association -

Christy Kinard, governmental affairs and professional standards director for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, has been elected president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association.

22. Kinard Elected President of Tennessee Attorneys Association -

Christy Kinard, governmental affairs and professional standards director for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, has been elected president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association.

23. 3 Memphians Among State Supreme Court Applicants -

Two Memphis judges and a Shelby County Commissioner are among the five applicants for a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft, Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Holly M. Kirby and Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy have submitted applications to the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments, the newly formed body that will send a list of three finalists to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

24. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

25. Incubator Launches to Assist Young Lawyers -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, in partnership with the Memphis Bar Association and the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has announced the launch of a new incubator program for young attorneys.

26. August 30-September 5, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2008: The Levitt Shell in Overton Park opened its inaugural concert season with Amy LaVere and Justin Townes Earle following a $1.3 million renovation that improved the sound system and took out the shell’s benches in favor of an open green area.

27. Legislature to Explore Annexation Votes -

The Tennessee legislature has put a moratorium on annexations, and even if the moratorium wasn’t in place, the Memphis City Council hasn’t been anxious to annex any territory beyond South Cordova for several years.

28. Salomon Helps Clients Navigate Estate Planning -

For Jason Salomon, an attorney with the trusts estate and personal planning service team of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, the kinetic needs of his clients and the challenges turned into opportunities keep him involved and excited on a daily basis.

29. Rhodes Program Spotlights Community Service -

Rhodes College’s efforts to make community involvement an important part of student life was recently on display with its second annual REACH (Research, Engagement, and Community History) Symposium held in the Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

30. Judicial Election Process Muddied -

The Judicial Nominating Commission had a busy last few days before it went into limbo last week.

The commission sent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam two slates for each of the three appeals court vacancies to come a year and two months from now when three appellate court judges opt not to run for re-election and end their terms.

31. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, AutoZone Inc. and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC will hold the fifth annual pro bono legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The free clinic offers seniors legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely at 523-8822.

32. Events -

The Cooper-Young Business Association will feature Standby for Mars as part of the Red Hot Summer concert series Wednesday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Cost is free. Visit cooperyoung.biz.

33. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission, Victorian Village Inc. and the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities will host a launch party for the James Lee House renovation Monday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the house, 690 Adams Ave. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

34. Hancock Helps Employers Avoid Legal Landmines -

Jonathan Hancock, partner and shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC’s labor and employment practice group, feels fortunate to have been instructed in employment law by current Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. while attending law school at the University of Mississippi in the mid-1990s.

35. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, June 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

36. City Council Again Tackles Budget, Tax Rate -

Some Memphis City Council members say they are prepared for a long day Tuesday, June 18, at City Hall as they continue down the arduous path to a tax rate and budget for the coming fiscal year.

“Let’s just be ready to spend the night,” said council member Harold Collins last week. He commented as council-mediated discussions between the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and municipal union leaders on possible cuts in employee benefits got nowhere quickly and ended after less than an hour.

37. City Council Mulls Ending Auto Inspections -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris will propose Tuesday, May 21, exempting Memphis auto owners for two years from required auto emissions inspections.

38. Tribute Symposium Honors Six Local Women -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis paid tribute to six local women at a sold-out luncheon of more than 1,600 attendees on Friday, April 26.

The Legends Awards honor women whose work embodies the mission of the foundation – to support women and children throughout Shelby County.

39. Access to Justice Committee Hosts Free Legal Clinic -

The Access to Justice Committee will hold a free legal clinic April 13 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal assistance on a range of subjects to clinic participants. The Saturday Legal Clinic is a collaborative effort of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., the Community Legal Center and other nonprofit organizations.

40. Pro Bono Hotline Makes Access Inroads -

In the first three months of 2013, nearly 800 Tennesseans have called a toll free hotline for pro bono legal assistance, which is only about 100 fewer inquiries than the state’s online pro bono website averaged over the same period.

41. Access to Justice Commission Hosts Free Legal Clinic -

The Access to Justice Commission will hold a free legal clinic April 13 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal assistance on a range of subjects to clinic participants. The Saturday Legal Clinic is a collaborative effort of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., the Community Legal Center and other nonprofit organizations.

42. Bradley, Burch Porter Recognized for Pro Bono Work in Community -

Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and probate attorney Beth Bradley have been honored for giving back to the community.

43. Purifoy’s Police Aspirations Evolve Into Legal Career -

Shayla Purifoy majored in urban studies – a mixture of history, political science and sociology – at Rhodes College. Her senior seminar was on community policing.

“It was so much fun, it was so exciting,” she said about her time spent shadowing police officers on the job. “They were helping people and they really were impacting that area, which was the Madison Heights area.”

44. McIver Celebrates 15 Years at MALS -

Harrison McIver has entered his 15th year as executive director of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. with a daunting challenge that’s as constant as it is acute.

45. Real Estate Law, Community Work Keep Purdom Busy -

Clay Purdom, director and shareholder with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC, says he comes from a “numbers family.”

His father and sister are both physicists, and his grandfather was one of the first certified public accountants when the formal licensing process first began.

46. ‘All is Not Lost’ -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has been nationally recognized for its work providing health care services for the homeless population of the Mid-South, helping people like Grace Hilton-Young transform their lives.

47. Mayor, Banks Revive Program Targeting City’s Unbanked -

It started with a letter. More than two dozen of them, actually. Bankers from around Memphis got a missive from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. in 2010 that solicited help from bankers like Joe DiNicolantonio, West Tennessee area president for Regions Bank.

48. Bailey Finds Ideal Job With Community Legal Center -

At the beginning of January, Johnna Bailey began work as immigration attorney for the Community Legal Center, a resource for the working poor.

“It’s defined as those who are just above the poverty line, meaning that legal aid would not serve them, but it’s still too expensive for them to hire a private attorney,” Bailey said.

49. Turning the Page -

It’s that time of year again. It’s that time when journalists across the fruited plain collectively try and make God laugh – with our prognostications, of course, about the year ahead and of what might be.

50. Memphis Bar Association Announces New Positions -

The Memphis Bar Association has its new officers for 2013.

Linda Warren Seely, director of private attorney involvement with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., is the 2013 president. Kirk Caraway, an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC, is the new vice president. Tommy Parker, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is the new secretary/treasurer.

51. Memphis Bar Association Announces New Positions -

The Memphis Bar Association has its new officers for 2013.

Linda Warren Seely, director of private attorney involvement with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., is the 2013 president. Kirk Caraway, an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC, is the new vice president. Tommy Parker, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is the new secretary/treasurer.

52. RedRover Co. Receives Pro Bono Service Award -

Memphis sales and marketing firm RedRover Co. was one of 10 Pro Bono award recipients at a recent recognition event in Downtown Memphis as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month in October.

53. RedRover Co. Receives Pro Bono Service Award -

Memphis sales and marketing firm RedRover Co. was one of 10 Pro Bono award recipients at a recent recognition event in Downtown Memphis as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month in October.

54. Council Ordinance Addresses Blight -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, Dec. 4, on an ordinance that requires property owners to keep their names and mailing addresses on record with the city.

The proposal, up for third and final reading, is designed to make it easier for the city to determine the ownership of vacant or abandoned property and notify the owners of code violations and serve them with legal notice should the city take them to court for the violations.

55. Blaylock Honored as Fellow in Memphis Bar Foundation -

David Blaylock grew up in Smalltown, America. Oxford, Miss., to be exact, on the historic square in his father’s shop, Blaylock Drug Store, the current home of Square Books.

56. Ben F. Jones Law Chapter Chooses Officers -

The Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association has tapped new officers and board members for 2013. And the group’s president-elect talks about the group’s work in a way that heralds a continuing service to the Memphis community.

57. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will host the 14th annual Business of Service Conference Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the MLGW training center, 4949 Raleigh LaGrange Road. The conference provides training and networking for grassroots community leaders. Cost is $5. Register at mlgw.com/serviceleaders or 528-4820.

58. Portrait Unveiling Scheduled for Longtime Judge -

George Brown, who graduated from Booker T. Washington in 1956, grew up in a Memphis that still was years away from stamping out the last vestiges of segregation.

59. Memphis Area Legal Services Relies on City’s Legal Community -

The description of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. as a law firm works in some ways.

But unlike conventional law firms, the attorneys work with clients across several institutional boundaries that might not ordinarily be part of the services offered by a conventional law firm.

60. Legal Community Seeks Access, Diversity -

Diversity and access to justice are some of the watchwords often heard around Memphis legal circles these days.

Diversity, because of the continued concern that both men and women get equal shots at advancing up the ranks from law school all the way to the corner office. Access to justice, because of everything from the recession’s grinding toll to the ever-present scars of poverty in Memphis that all combine to make legal problems harder than ever to pay for.

61. Seely Sees Career at Memphis Area Legal Services as ‘Mission Work’ -

October was National Pro Bono Month in the legal profession, a time when attorneys are urged to use their knowledge for the greater good and help those in need.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has written that “a lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.”

62. Bar Foundation Keeps Steering Money to Causes -

Since 2010, the Memphis Bar Foundation has provided $124,000 in grants to two dozen Memphis-area local causes.

It’s a total that’s noteworthy on a few fronts. One reason is in two of the last three years, the foundation – the charitable arm of the Memphis Bar Association – gave away the largest amount of grants in the foundation’s history.

63. Hospital Liens Escalate in Third Quarter -

Circuit Court filings for the third quarter of 2012 were up from a year ago while Chancery and Probate Court filings were down.

The filings for the three civil courts, as followed by The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com, also included a spike in hospital liens filed in Circuit Court.

64. Downtown Memphis Commission Celebrates Progress -

There was bicycle-powered smoothie preparation, an aerial circus-style art show, Beale Street Flippers, live music outside, a disc jockey inside, and food and drinks from Downtown restaurants and suppliers.

65. Luttrell to Reassess Local Air Quality -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is about to examine county government’s entire approach to air quality issues after the Memphis City Council voted last month to cut all city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

66. Pro Bono Requirement Added For Law Students -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has been making some changes to the school’s curriculum that better reflect, and help prepare students for, the changing nature of the legal profession.

67. Kelsey, McManus Seek Opinion On South Cordova -

Two state legislators from Shelby County have requested a legal opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper on the recent annexation of South Cordova by the city of Memphis.

68. MALS History Stretches Far Back -

Context for a capital drive launched by Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. to pull the organization back from the financial brink can be found in MALS’ history, including its formation in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

69. Literacy Mid-South Seeks New Volunteers -

Literacy Mid-South is in dire need of volunteers to accommodate the influx of adult students who’ve responded to the organization’s outreach efforts.

The mission of the nonprofit, based at 902 S. Cooper St., is to maximize the impact of child and adult literacy and learning through advocacy, research, family literacy workshops and resource development.

70. Business Focus -

Memphis’ small-business community got a shot in the arm earlier this month.

Tennessee’s three-day sales tax holiday ran from Aug. 3 through Aug. 5, and it drew shoppers to retailers that carry certain clothing items, school supplies and computers.

71. Glankler Brown’s Humphreys Carrying on Family Name -

R. Hunter Humphreys Jr. considers himself a rare breed of law student – one that didn’t want to pursue a legal career in litigation.

Now an associate at Glankler Brown PLLC, Humphreys specializes in secured lending, commercial and residential real estate and general business transactions. He occasionally makes an appearance in Probate Court, but his practice does not typically require much courtroom activity.

72. MALS Capital Drive Under Way -

Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. exists to provide crucial legal help and representation to needy Memphians.

73. Baker Donelson Lawyers Support Startup Programs -

The budding Memphis-area business accelerator programs Seed Hatchery and ZeroTo510 are continuing to pick up steam as they work to attract new investment and entrepreneurs with a knack for the hustle.

74. Former Principal Charged in Exam Scandal -

For 15 years Clarence Mumford, a one-time assistant principal in the Memphis City Schools system and later a teacher in Tunica County schools, allegedly helped unqualified teachers pass the PRAXIS teacher exams required to teach in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi by getting others to take the test in their names.

75. Events -

Attorneys from AutoZone Inc., Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and Memphis Area Legal Services will hold the fourth annual free legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The pro bono clinic offers seniors essential legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely of MALS at 523-8822.

76. Events -

TnAchieves will hold a reception for prospective mentors for the 2012-2013 school year Monday, July 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Leadership Memphis, 365 S. Main St. Current mentors and tnAchieves staff will talk about opportunities to mentor high school seniors planning to attend community college. Visit tnachieves.org or email Kaci Murley at kaci@tnachieves.org.

77. Medical Realignment -

Private practice is fast becoming a thing of the past, as physicians groups across the country scramble to align with large health care systems in a move largely driven by national health care reform.

78. Auction to Fight Funding Shortage for MALS -

Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. is known for the help it provides to people in need of legal services.

79. Safe Haven -

Victims of domestic violence in need of help will now find navigating the system much easier, thanks to the new Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County.

The 10,000-square-foot center combines civil, criminal, health and social services all under one roof, taking up the entire sixth floor of the Madison Professional Building at 1750 Madison Ave. in the heart of Midtown.

80. RSVP Now for Nonprofit Conference -

Nonprofits are one way we come together to advocate for what we believe in, to provide services, to educate, to heal, inspire and enjoy the arts. To name just a few. At the heart is community, and with that comes communication.

81. Family Ties Inspired Baptist to Pursue Law -

Ahsaki Baptist, an associate in the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP who’s been with the firm for five years, was surrounded by the law growing up.

82. ‘Speaking up for Others’ Brought Bellamy to Law -

Raquel Bellamy is bilingual, loves to travel and even lived overseas for a year, so all that no doubt helped solidify the practice area that’s today a big part of the boutique law firm she founded in Memphis.

83. Work Continues At Community Legal Center -

Founded in 1994, the Community Legal Center – an integral part of the Memphis law community that provides legal services to the poor – is fast approaching its 20th birthday.

Meg Jones, executive director of the CLC, said there will be some special activities planned around that anniversary. In the meantime, work continues at the center representing not the people in poverty served by Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., but the people classified as low income who can’t afford an attorney.

84. Wyatt Tarrant Law Firm Launches Mobile Site -

The law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP has launched a mobile website – one of the first firms in the Memphis area to do so.

85. Bee Raises Funds for Literacy -

Literacy Mid-South Thursday, April 12, will host its 2012 Corporate Spelling Bee from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Goldsmith Room at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road.

86. Humane Soc. Names Walker Development, Marketing Mgr. -

Leah Walker has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as development and marketing manager. Walker represented her home state as Miss Georgia in 2008 before joining the Greater Memphis Chamber as a development consultant.

87. Speaking Out -

For its 15th annual benefit luncheon Wednesday, March 7, the YWCA of Greater Memphis hosted its first ever male speaker – actor-turned-activist and best-selling author Victor Rivas Rivers – who traveled to the Bluff City to speak out against domestic violence.

88. Org Asks What Memphis is Reading -

Literacy Mid-South has kicked off a Twitter campaign to get Memphians talking about their favorite books.

“What are you reading, Memphis?” encourages people to tweet about books they’re reading, using the hashtag #ReadMemphis.

89. UPDATE: City Preps to Annex Bridgewater Area -

UPDATE: State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville withdrew Thursday, Feb. 9, two bills dealing with annexation that prompted the Memphis City Council's consideration of the Grays Creek annexation. Norris withdrew the bills based on a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General that concludes the bills are constitutionally suspect.

90. Grays Creek Annexation on City’s Agenda -

Memphis City Council members take up the first of three readings Tuesday, Feb. 7, of an ordinance to annex the Grays Creek area that is in the city’s annexation reserve area.

The ordinance is a reaction to pending state legislation in Nashville that would remove part of the area from the Memphis annexation reserve.

91. Suburban Schools Reports Conclude No Cost To Get Buildings - The local discussion about changes to Shelby County’s two public schools systems has shifted this week to efforts by leaders of the county’s six suburban towns and cities to form their own school system or systems.

92. Report: No Cost for Bartlett Schools Transfer -

The local discussion about changes to Shelby County’s two public schools systems shifts this week to efforts by leaders of the county’s six suburban towns and cities to form their own school system or systems.

93. Hamm Drawn to Burch Porter For Firm’s Public Service -

Mary Hamm was probably destined to end up at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, a Memphis law firm with a storied past, a roster of well-known legal talent and a history of social justice work.

94. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

95. SCO’s Steele Receives Optometry Recognition -

Dr. Glen T. Steele, a professor at the Southern College of Optometry, has received the prestigious William Feinbloom Award from the American Academy of Optometry for his work with InfantSEE.

96. Love of Horses Impacts Dunlap’s Law Practice -

Melanie Dunlap, an attorney with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, is a lifelong horsewoman whose love of horses does not end at the doors of her law office.

97. Supreme Court Website Provides Civil Legal Help -

The Tennessee Supreme Court has created a website targeted especially for people who can’t afford a lawyer and need help with civil legal matters.

JusticeForAllTN.com includes court forms, resource pages for individual counties, court alternatives, help with finding a lawyer and more. In essence, it seeks to be a one-stop-shop for anyone who needs a lawyer to help with all or part of a case, who needs to find an agency to help with a legal problem or who wants more information about representing themselves.

98. MALS Expands Fundraising Amidst Cuts -

Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. is expanding its annual fundraising drive in both its amount and who the nonprofit is seeking donations from.

99. Farris Bobango Targets Expansion -

The law firm of Farris Bobango PLC has a proverbial “help wanted” sign outside its office doors in Memphis and Nashville.

Firm partner John Bobango said the firm, which was founded in the 1950s, is looking to expand its offices in both cities in specific practice areas.

100. Laughter Laizure Furthers Mission of Community Legal Ctr. -

Kathy Laughter Laizure began volunteering with the Community Legal Center in Memphis relatively early in her career. In an effort to help people who couldn’t afford legal representation, she would accept as many pro bono assignments from the organization as possible.