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Short items of interest from around the community Southwest’s ‘smART on Cooper’ Auction slated for Burke’s Books

The fourth annual “smART on Cooper” silent art auction will be held on January 29 at Burke’s Bookstore, 936 S. Cooper, to benefit the Southwest Tennessee Community College Honors Academy.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and bidding closes at 9:30 p.m.,” said Doug Branch, director of the Honors Academy, “and entry to the auction is a $5 donation to the Honors Academy.”

Among the artists who have donated works is Paul Edelstein, one of the Mid-South’s best-known artists, who was raised in Memphis, where he still lives. His figurative abstract style paintings feature vibrant colors, which he calls his “day obsession.” Edelstein’s paintings appear in the movies “The Firm” and “21 Grams.”

Also represented by her work is photographer Annette Fournet, who also is an assistant professor in Southwest’s Languages and Literature Department, where she teaches art. Her work is exhibited at galleries and museums in France, Denmark, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan, Great Britain and the United States.    

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Honors Academy activities fund and be used for, among other things, the Academy’s trip to the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference in Little Rock in February; to fund “Evening at the Theater” in March; sponsorship of a National Poetry Month guest reading in April; the Honors luncheon in May; and at least one “Evening at the Theatre” next fall.

“We’ll have a gallery full of paintings, fine photography, and other art media,” promised Branch. “And there’ll be plenty of refreshments to enjoy as you browse.”

For more information contact Pat O’Brien, 333-4021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Send mail correspondence to Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, Tenn. 38134.

U of M Law School to  host Symposium

“Memphis in the Law” will be the focus of a symposium February 11 at the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  Running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event will celebrate Memphis’ contribution to the greater legal community.

 Opening the symposium will be Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.  Presenting lawyers and judges will include David S. Kennedy, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee; W.J. Michael Cody, Charles F. Newman, John J. Thomason, Sheri Lipman, William R. Bradley Jr., Steven L. Winter, Don Donati, Rebecca Adelman, Edward M. Bearman Jr., and Daniel Kiel.

Topics of discussion will be the Chandler bankruptcy amendments, the Martin Luther King Jr. injunction hearing, the Overton Park Expressway case, the NCAA ruling against the University of Memphis stripping the university of its winning season in 2009, Elvis Presley and intellectual property law, the Tennessee v. Garner case (the fleeing felon), the employment discrimination issues in the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company v. White, procedural fairness and the Bearman Rule, and the story of public schooling in Memphis from the 1954 Brown case until today.

Program attendees will be eligible for 5.92 hours of CLE credit.  Early registration, for $190, is in effect until January 25th.  Registration after Jan. 25th will cost $235.  For persons attending but not seeking CLE credit, the fee is $40.  The fee includes meals and parking validation for the Brinkley Building parking garage near the law school.

Registration is available online at www.memphis.edu/lawreview/symposium.php.

To register with a corporate check, contact Stephanie Bada, U of M Law Review symposium editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the symposium, contact Bada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 901-489-0150.

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