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VOL. 128 | NO. 47 | Friday, March 08, 2013

Longtime Family Lawyer to Host Divorce Seminar

By Andy Meek

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Prominent Memphis family law attorney Larry Rice is gearing up to hold his 25th anniversary Divorce Skills Seminar next week.

He’s also bringing the seminar to Beale Street from outside the city, where it had been held in Tunica for several years. And his audience will represent a cross section of attorneys from around the country.

The seminar will run March 13-15, and it will be held at the historic Daisy Theatre on Beale. More than 100 attorneys and paralegals from across the country are expected to attend, and they’ll get 16 hours of continuing legal education credit upon completion.

“I’ve been lecturing now for 25 years around the country,” Rice said. “Thousands of lawyers listen to my presentation, say nice things about it, but lawyers being lawyers they love every chance they get to play ‘stump the stars.’

“So every time somebody can come up with a problem or flaw or gotcha in my system, lawyers love pointing that out. But what I do is go back and incorporate all those so my system gets better and better.”

The upcoming seminar also has a charitable focus. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to Shelby County Books from Birth, an organization that provides age-appropriate books for young Shelby County children.

Additionally, this seminar is the only continuing legal education program offering financial scholarships for new and practicing attorneys.

Larry Rice is certified as a family law trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and certified as a family law specialist by the Tennessee Board of Specialization in Memphis.

He also authored “The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice: Forms and Procedures for Lawyers.” That book, including its first, second, third and just-released 25th anniversary editions, is a standard reference for divorce lawyers.

Rice was the founding chairman of the Divorce and Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association and co-founder of the Family Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

“We’ve had people attend from Nevada, Hawaii, California, really all over the country,” Rice said of his seminars. “We did it down in Tunica for years and years, but what we’ve come to believe is Memphis is a bigger draw nationally than Tunica is, and we’re drawing more and more of a national audience than a regional audience.”

Rice will be joined at the seminar by his son Nick, whose practice is also focused on family law.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Nick is a continuing legal education lecturer.

“One of the things I’m going to be talking about is procuring digital evidence off Facebook,” the younger Rice said. “Emails, texts, different privacy laws, I’ll go over stuff I’ve done in the past and new ideas we’ve got.

“Basically, I’ll get to have a roundtable discussion with a lot of people who practice in this field to kind of test out my ideas before I bring them out in court. So I will have thought my way through them and put them in front of a firing squad by the time I get to that point.”

The Rices know the ins and outs of both sides of marriage. Larry Rice has been married to his high school sweetheart for 35 years, and Nick Rice was married just this month.

The older Rice dedicates some of his time presenting to area churches about “How Not to Hire Me – Everyone’s Guide to Staying Married.”

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